Firsts, Fours and Forgetting

I got a haircut a few days ago, each snip of the scissors meaning my head had less protection against crazy ideas like this:  I’ve had a new story idea including (but not limited to) the Gooplebury Sewage Works, recurring amnesia, a land of lakes, and the four corners of the Earth.  These ideas have come from anywhere and everywhere.

The first idea (the sewer one) was sparked by this innocent statement:  “If I were a giant semi-cylindrical object, I would be a water slide,” said by La Stranezza.  I, in turn, asked this question: “How many children’s fantasies have been set around a magical land found in the sewer?”  You can see how my mind works.

The second idea was sparked mostly from Brandon Mull’s Beyonders, book one.  In that story, the characters go into a cave where there’s a certain type of puffball mushroom that causes them to lose their previous memories, until the scent of puffballs is no longer in their nostrils.  It created a strange type of conundrum.  What I’m going to do is different, so I won’t be convicted of plagiarism, but it’s like that.  It will be a very interesting way to tell the story, let me tell you.

The third idea was sparked in the grocery store when I saw a package of Land-O’-Lakes cubed lard butter.  I began to think of a land of lakes, then an island community, then that connected with the sewer system.  Perfect!  Just don’t drink the water.

And the last idea was found this morning, when I was actually trying to get my plot straight.  (That’s a first for me!  Hip hip, hooray!)  The four corners of the Earth aren’t thought about, written about or hypothesized on much anymore, because as we all know, there are no corners to a sphere.  But I shall prove you all wrong!  Later.

There is one thing you can help me with…  What’s a less cliche, yet still awesome, artifact shape?  Let me put it in different terms.  You know the stone of Orthanc, from LotR?  It’s a glowing ball.  As are crystal balls, scrying spheres, elemental spheres, and any other really cool swirly-design artifact thingy you care to mention.  The fact is, spheres are cool but people use spheres a lot.  So I want something different.  A cube?  A pyramid?  An irregular geometric solid?  A bucket of gelatinous masses?  Or, I know!  Four ninety-degree angles, kept in the same temperatures.  I need your help.  What do you think?  Or should I make five corners of the earth?  Or thirteen?  That’s a bit hard to keep track of…

Anyway, I think this idea is one of the most thought-out ones I’ve gotten, as well as the most crazy.  I can’t wait to start it.  Well, I can because I still don’t have any characters.  (This one will have an antagonist, too!  Another first!)

The first chance I’ll get to write this is probably going to be this summer, in August, Camp NaNo.  I’ve still got two months to think it through.

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  1. I like the four 90 degree angles idea. Or your object could break the laws of physics and upset Euclid in a coolly-rebellious way and have five 90 degree angles, connected with straight lines, appearing on a single plane. Instant mind-melting weirdness.

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  2. Then maybe a cube/dodecahedron construct where every angle of every face is only 90 degrees, but each face has five angles? Or it could be a tesseract – four dimensions for the price of three.

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    • Ooh… You have good ideas. *looks up a tesseract* That’s a great idea. I’ll probably use a tesseract. Thanks!

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      • You are quite welcome. My completely pointless scientific knowledge has done some good, so I feel accomplished. XD

      • I’ll have to completely understand a tesseract before I destroy all of my credibility, however. I don’t want to look like too big of a fool.

      • The wikiedia article on them has some nice models you could use. They make your eyes cross if you look at them too long, though.

      • That’s what I looked at first, and it looks cool. I’ll have a hard time describing it, though.

  3. Charley R

     /  June 6, 2012

    I think you should create an object that is a self-contradiction, but because it’s there you can’t deny it. Bend everyone’s brains a bit. Because that’s always fun 😉

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    • How would I go about that?

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      • Charley R

         /  June 6, 2012

        With difficulty. Just describe something that is a logical contradiction – a sphere with sides, a triangle with more than three sides … you can do it!

      • A sphere with sides is called “multifaceted”. It’s been done before! And a triangular prism has four sides…

      • Charley R

         /  June 6, 2012

        Dammit … THINK HARDER! YOU CAN BREAK LOGIC IF YOU PUSH IT FAR ENOUGH!

      • Indeed, indeed… I’m not thinking. Someone suggested a tesseract, though.

      • Charley R

         /  June 7, 2012

        Again, they’ve been used before. Quite a bit…

      • Really? I think I heard of a tesseract once in A Wrinkle in Time, but beyond that… I probably won’t use it, though. I’m struggling between a few more cliches. Should the four artifacts be of the four original elements of the world: fire, air, water and earth? That’s been done before so often. Or should I have there be five corners of the earth?

      • Charley R

         /  June 7, 2012

        Five corners is more original. And then you can have a delightful mess of “FIVE corners? Where’s corner number bloody five?” xD

      • But of course that debunks the theory of there being four corners of the earth…

      • Charley R

         /  June 7, 2012

        That’s the point!

      • I always like to do the “and that’s why people say…” It’s my fascination with etymology, I suppose. But yes, the five corners of the earth… A little less legendary, but perhaps the people talking about the four corners had never seen the fifth…
        Now, the artifacts. Any more ideas?

      • Charley R

         /  June 7, 2012

        Erm … lemme think on that one. Evil genius brain needs some sugar.

      • Good genius brain needs some peace and quiet and some escape from the two sibling homeschoolers doing a poetry class behind him.

      • Charley R

         /  June 7, 2012

        *evil genius brain sends hugs. Because even evill peope like hugs*

      • *good brain resists hugs, because no matter what people say, you don’t have to be a hug person to be good*

      • Charley R

         /  June 8, 2012

        BUT I LIKE HUGS! I will cry evil tears if you do not return my hugs!

      • Hey, we’ve already established that hugs are evil. It is therefore unlawful for me to hug back, being good myself.

      • Charley R

         /  June 8, 2012

        HUG ME DARN YOU!

      • I will have to remind you not to swear on my blog, please. And I will not hug you just for that.

      • Charley R

         /  June 8, 2012

        But … I said “darn” … didn’t I? *is confused*

        Sorry about that. 😦

      • I edited your comment. I have these powers. Good once again triumphs over evil! *fist pump*

      • Charley R

         /  June 8, 2012

        *glares, then vanishes with a swish of a cape and a resounding cackle*

      • Ah, now you’re cackling. That sounds evil. *puts on glasses and suitcoat* Now, when vanishing evilly, the experts use scents, like a sulfuric smell– rotten eggs. It smells like this: *lifts one arm* Pretty horrid, you’ll agree.

      • Charley R

         /  June 8, 2012

        *isn’t there, so can’t reply*

      • All right, class dismissed. *removes glasses with flourish* Next time we’ll talk about why, when and where to use sound effects such as– *burps*

      • Charley R

         /  June 9, 2012

        *faint clappng is heard from the other side of the galaxy*

  4. Aye, spheres are overused. Perhaps….a DODECAGON! Aye, I admit I’m a wee bit obsessed with that shape, but it’s an idea. Your ideas do sound interesting, and it will make for a most interesting plot. Sewer systems indeed!

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  5. Eep! I nearly forgot. I got Airborn and the other books in its trilogy yesterday, and so far, it’s…interesting. So far I’m not fond of it, but perhaps the beginning’s a squick slow?

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    • It is, it is. I must confess that I find myself absolutely fascinated by the sky, so probably overrated this series.
      And I would never have known what a squick was if not for Leviathan, which I finished and thought passable.

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