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Sun, Aug. 8th, 2004, 05:01 pm
Writing Down the Bones

Crap. I've got this absolutely brilliant idea for a story (or maybe a short screenplay) that I want to write, but I'm not supposed to be typing. Bah bah and double-bah. Anyone want to take dictation?

Anyhow, inspired by my idea and by the 500-word-fanfic meme I saw on sardonix's journal, how about this: since I can't be writing in volume, can people suggest ideas for me to tackle in 500 words or less? Any genre is fine - from fanfic to epic poetry to how-to manual - but you've got to give me a topic, one line to use, and one character (or, for non-fiction, fact) that you'd like me to include. Just drop it in the comments and I'll post your piece as soon as I write it.

God, being mostly unable to type is driving me fucking batty. Can you tell?

Sun, Aug. 8th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)

Anyone want to take dictation?
Sure! Just call me on my cell phone and I'll start transcribing into the... computer lab... with six other people waiting to use the four computers here... *sigh*

I'll be happy to help when I get back, though we may have to discuss payment; I am a professional, after all.


Speaking of professions, if I can make some good contacts in the city, I may switch my two jobs from transcribing-and-bookstore to transcribing-and-theater-work soon after I return. (Carrie, the assistant Technical Director here, is encouraging me to do this thing.) The 30% discount at B&N and the promise of health insurance in a year is nice and all, but I'm not sure getting paid half the wages of the other jobs is really worth all that. I do actually like my coworkers at B&N, which makes it a little harder... we'll see.

Ooh. Writing requests from kleenestar! Okay, have a go at this one:

Rupert Giles + Ethan Raine + beer, somewhere in England. 400 words exactly.
Use this line: "One cannot get a good, British, warm-as-piss, thick-headed beer in America," slurred Giles. "And that's the real reason I came back."

Prepare for much partying next week. I miss you guys.

Sun, Aug. 8th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)

I won't feed you the info you asked for, but I will say that every piece I've written that's under 500 words has been a warping of a fairy tale (or, in one case, a piece of mythology). You could try those; they're fun.

Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)

Hey, I'll take dictation for you. I write about 70-80wpm when I feel like it so I'd love to type for you. I will freely accept food as payment, unless you'd like to barter something else. I hope your wrists feel better soon! I'm readily available during the day, and can be contracted for some evening time too if necessary. =)

Sun, Aug. 22nd, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)

I won't even bother explaining how I came across your LJ, but I need to explain that I misread your last line in a truly inspirational way. I read it as, "God, being unable to type, is driving me batty." I've often felt that way about God, but rarely due to his typos.

Though thinking of the agrate agravations of the universe as being God's typos might well do me for a stand-in philosophy on a hard day at work.

Topic: God's Typos
Character: A small girl in a dress at least three sizes too large.
Line: "I don't actually think you can be upset about my being born /and/ expect me to make your fortune for you. I'm pretty sure it has to be one or the other."