Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The secrets of witchy women

Viewers watching NTV's Witchy Women were likely on the edge of their seats when the host delivered the following spiel: "Please welcome a young enchantress who's going to divulge a heck of a secret, even though it could cost her dearly in terms of employment."

So what secret did the enchantress reveal?

The above is a paragraph from an article at Daily Yomiuri Online where a more mundy world secret was revealed. (It's also in the comments in case it disappears.) I loved the fact the show is called Witchy Women and the announcer called her an enchantress :-) Though perhaps both are Japanese terms and the translator is responsible for the inspiration!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A day in the life of a monster

Describe an ordinary day in the life of a monster. It might be ordinary activities -- like brushing teeth, eating breakfast, taking a bath-- done in monsterly fashion or ordinary activities for a monster -- like collecting a daily quota of 5 brains, creating new crop circle designs.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

All parents must die!

"This cannot end well for them." Photo ©Rich Thomas
Whoa, bit over the top there with the title!

It's a common complaint about Disney movies that they're fond of killing off parents. The problem is that parents have an annoying habit of stopping their kids from risking life and limb so it's hard for kids to save the world when the parents want to lock them up safe and sound. ;-) So the parents tend to be red shirts.

A commenter on The Not So Grand List of Overused Fantasy Cliches mentioned making parents inept is another cliche way of preventing parents from interfering.

It's cool when parents treat their kids' ideas as worthy with enough sense not to want to kill themselves even while taking risks ;-) The Addams Family parents were awesome at supporting their kids. :-) I can also remember Encyclopedia Brown's mother treating his desire to solve mysteries with respect, though he wasn't exactly risking his life. ;-) But I'm pretty sure Danny Dunn had some grand dangerous adventures and his mother was cool about it.

Kids want to read about kids taking charge and tackling their problems.

So what ways can you think of for parents to not interfere? Come up with a list. :-) Come up with your own ideas and collect the ideas of how other authors have tackled the problems.

I'd love to see your collections :-) If you'd like, you can post them in the comments.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Oh, noes!

I had to get one of those job things! One that pays you to spend your time doing stuff other than what you want. (Though if they teach me how to decorate cakes, that won't be so bad!)

I love creating the prompts so to continue, I'll slow down to one regular prompt a week. It won't be forever! But it will be for a while :-(

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Prepare for takeoff

Byrony felt someone watching her as soon as she stepped aboard the afternoon shuttle for Mars. Glancing surreptitiously, she saw no one she knew and no one watching her. Which was good since she wasn't supposed to be here and must be the source of the feeling. Hefting her backpack higher onto her shoulder she continued down the aisle, the feeling accompanying her.

Keep it under 1000 words and include the following words. It can be helpful to spread them out rather than trying to cram them all in at the beginning! :-)