Ideas Archive

#vss #ohj #gr8ff

Posted 20 June, 2014 By Pxl

I’ve recently discovered #vss, #ohj, and #gr8ff. Having had a nanofiction Twitter account (puntitled) for a few years, it’s good to finally find a group of people who enjoy what I do. Expect more updates both here and there from now on.

p.s. This is still technically a group blog– contact me if you want to join.

Goosebumps book ideas

Posted 10 June, 2011 By Pxl

Inspired by this, which is probably the funniest thing on the internet this week.

Sleep Walkers: A boy fears he is killing people in his sleep.
Big twist: He was only half asleep.

Time to Die: A boy is tormented by a time traveling adult who seems intent on setting up situations that will kill him.
Big twist: The time traveler is the boy from the future, who doesn’t understand causality or something.

Happy Endings: A boy is worried that he is trapped in a fairy tale because everything is too perfect.
Big twist: He was, but then he ruins it and everyone hates him for ever.

New town: Not everything is right in the new town. A boy suspects they are all extraterrestrial spies who want to enslave humanity. And he will find out the truth… By Any Means Necessary.
Big twist: It really was all in his imagination! Reading too many Goosebumps books made him paranoid and unable to cope in society. He lives in a group home now.

The Substitute: The substitute teacher is acting weird, but nobody suspects anything. So the boy must follow him home and spy on him every day to prove it.
Big twist: He is actually discovering his burgeoning sexuality and it is not what he would have expected.1

  1. He likes stalking. []

This one’s called the ‘Irish Priest’

Posted 29 November, 2010 By Pxl
  • 2 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 3 drops of Holy Water (or blessed regular water)
  • 1 Cherry

Pour whiskey into shot glass. Open up with drops of holy water. Add a cherry. Weep for your sins.

This story’s about robots and ninjas

Posted 24 October, 2010 By Pxl

Story Idea

About one million years from now, a race of robots exists on a planet. The story begins shortly after a virus has deleted much of the memory of the planet. A committee is formed to analyze the catastrophe, determine what empirical work needs to be done and create robots to fix it. One robot is created specifically to rescue what knowledge has been lost.

Unable to find any traces of the knowledge that seems to be lost as all data is corrupted, the robot attempts to perform physical and chemical experiments, and archeological and philosophical analysis to determine the origins of their robot society. His experiments are inconclusive, as the possibility of a sentient chemical life form creating them to test out new planets never occurs to him. He then personally concludes that the only rational conclusion is that all existence is an illusion or a dream of some sort.

Also there are ninjas.

I’ll probably call it… Dr. Jamelico

Posted 5 October, 2010 By Pxl
  • 1 oz Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 6 oz Dr. Pepper

Mix cold and serve.

The idea behind writing down ideas.

Posted 24 June, 2010 By Pxl

Having independently originated the time travel device used in Primer,1 I thought I should write down all of my ideas here in case I eventually precede another blockbuster idea… you know: for bragging rights. So here’s this idea I’ve had for a while:

A boy meets a girl.  He doesn’t like her at first and she does like him. Then he likes her and she doesn’t like him.  Then they both like each other and are together. But there’s a force keeping them apart. It’s gravity, let’s say. Because the world blows up and everybody dies. Also there are ninjas.

  1. I wanted to use it on my novel. []

I start all kinds of stories.

Posted 17 June, 2010 By Pxl

Story idea:

The main character, let’s call him Marvin, is legally in his 30s, but looks about 50. It opens on the funeral of his older brother. Marvin is devastated at blames himself for his brother’s death. The story then flashes back to Marvin’s youth. When Marvin was 16, an 18-year-old version of himself went back in time to show him how he could travel through time to any point in his own life. Marvin uses his power for selfish gain at first, but also to avoid errors. He keeps running into future versions of himself who advise him not to date person X or follow career path Y. Marvin ends up living in an odd loop where he advises past versions of himself to do things without knowing why. He just does it because he remembers future versions of himself doing that to him.

Using his abilities, he’s able to save lives, property, impress people, and do well for himself. However, Marvin also avoids all of the pain and heartbreak that build character, so he finds himself unable to deal with the minor issues in his life or hold on to friends no matter how hard he tries. He also misses out on chances that he would have taken otherwise and so never has quite that exciting of a life, despite the fact that he has abilities nobody else does.

One day he’s sitting at home with a revolver, waiting for a future version of himself to arrive to stop him. None does. He picks up the gun just as his brother knocks on the door. His brother stops him and they have a heart-to-heart, and Marvin decides not to kill himself, but also not to ever travel back in time, no matter how much he wants to: it has led to nothing good in his life.

True to his word, Marvin doesn’t travel back in time. Soon enough, bad things start happening to him and he just rolls with them. He starts building stronger relationships. First with his brother, then with his brother’s friends, then with his own. It’s hard for him at first, but eventually he realizes that this is what his life had lacked: failures, but also unexpected successes.

Tragically, just after Thanksgiving, his brother gets into a car accident and dies. Marvin knows he let it happen and realizes that he cannot undo it, as all his life he’s been unable to change the past.
The short story ends with Marvin going back in time for the last time to say goodbye to his brother. His brother comments on how Marvin’s not as much of a dick as he used to be and bemoans the many years of estrangement they’ve had. Marvin concurs and asks him to start hanging out more often. He leaves and asks if his brother could go visit him that evening.  Coincidentally, that evening turns out to be the night the Past Marvin had planned to commit suicide.