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April 1st, 2009

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10:19 pm - If this keeps up, I may need a Wednesday weirdness tags
And it it is once more time for posting about the weekly Wednesday weirdness that is my life.

- In my Psych lab, we discussed the psychology behind how magic tricks work. Which I will have to write an essay on. Based on a paper which included quotes from a trained professional pick-pocket.

- In Star Trek club, we watched the fabulously well suited combination of an episode of BSG, and Lego animations of Izzard jokes. And 6 straight minutes of dreadful puns.

I don't normally watch BSG, so I couldn't tell you which episode it was. All I know, is that in it Baltar declared himself a tool. Instrument of God, same diff.

- In Novels, we discussed the fascinating combination of Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, and Alice in Wonderland. As one does.

- There was a guy on my tram who had brought a keyboard. As in the instrument.

And while it's on my mind, for my Novels class we are supposed to come up with, well, a novel. We don't have to write the whole thing, just the first ~3000 words, and have a brief summary of the rest of it.

My problem? I have no idea what my "novel" should be about.

Now, I have been vaguely considering writing about something to do with ghosts. Or the end of the world. Or both. And someone in my class was fascinated when I was talking about the psychology behind magic with them, and suggested I write on that.

But I have no ideas whatsoever about what kind of plot I should have going. Anyone have any suggestions? Or could prod me into inspiration?
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Date:April 1st, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Because 3000 words is not a novel or anything close to it my purely pragmatic advice is to build up a lot of open threads and relationships at the start. Sure you have to summarise the rest of it but no one can really judge how good the rest of it will be by just reading a summary. I think you should treat it like an episode within a season arc if that makes any sense.

EDIT: 15_minute_fic has a lot of writing prompts if you're having problems starting.

Edited at 2009-04-01 11:59 am (UTC)
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Date:April 1st, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
From what we've been doing in class, we basically just need to come up with a decent hook that would make people want to read further. And, you know, an idea of where they would go if they did read further.

But I may check that out when I have some time.
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Date:April 1st, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Despite the name, it isn't so much a Trek club as it is a "watching sci-fi DVDs" club.

So I really don't know what the consensus of opinions to the movie is. I'll probably hear a lot once the movie's out, of course...
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Date:April 1st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I want your Psych lab. In fact... is that paper available online?

Plot suggestion: Ghosts, knowing the future by virtue of being dead and all, try to avert the end of the world by picking the pockets of the living.
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Date:April 2nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
The paper is listed here, first one under "Persepctives", but I think you need to pay to read it. Unless you have access to somewhere with a subscription to that journal.
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Date:April 2nd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'll check with the local university; they ought to have it.

All hail the Hypnotoad!
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Date:April 2nd, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
They probably will, it's the sort of thing they would.

All hail Hypnotoad indeed.

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