Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #75

Today's prompt is from a misread tweet.

"A new Tazer from the Angels."

Since I misread someone's tweet in only seems fair that I link to their site since they were trying to promote either hard work.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #74

Today's prompt is just some random objects that you should try to squeeze into your story.

A gremlin with the starter in the back seat.

wishful thinking
obscured vision

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #72

I have been rather busy lately so the daily writing prompts have kind of turned into the 4 or 4 times a week writing prompts. I will try to do better, but life does sometimes get in the way.

Today's writing prompt is:
You can't go back. There is no going back, that is just the way it is. No one ever goes back.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #71

Today's prompt is another setup, so here is the idea.

The planet is at war. The technology being used in the war is going to wipe out both sides, life, technology, everything. In other words, if there are any survivors it will basically be a civilization reboot. In order to preserve the race as a whole, one or both sides have created "Time capsules" with hibernating people, and technology. This / these time capsule(s) get(s) lost for a very long time, much longer than was necessary to wait for the effects of whatever weapons used did to the planet to wear off. When they do awaken, things are very different, but they have not changed.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #70

This is a prompt I suggested for part of a Galley Table topic. If you use this topic, keep your eyes on twitter / facebook /google + and come join us as we talk about this topic.

Humans have colonized 20 or so other planets. Faster than light travel has not been accomplished, and the planets are far enough apart that it take 20/30 years to get from on to the next. The last planet colonized sends a ship back to the other planets as a kind of cultural exchange. The plan is for the ship to make a loop, and come back to the last planet. The ship carries, unknown to the people on board, a disease that is killing the colonies it visits.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #69

"System failure."
"Engines, life support, power systems, safety systems, automatic life pods, fire suppression systems, thruster control, waste management, environmental, shielding, hull integrity verification systems, navigation, communications, guidance and control,"
"Computer, give me a list of things that have not failed."
"This list might be lengthy do you wish to continue?"
"Yup, that was a long list computer."
"Please repeat request."

Monday, August 8, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #67

The captain's sneer on the view screen was all it took for Wallace to understand, if he didn't get this issue resolved, he had better find an airlock and quick. Because what the captain would do to him would be far worse than the cold of space.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #66

Bob looked at the wind swept ground. It looked like it had been scrubbed with a scouring pad. There was nothing left but the bare earth. He laughed to himself at that thought. They were about as far from anything that could be called earth as any man had ever been, but they still called it that.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #65

I used to live in a town that had two claims to fame, the first one had to do with it's name and the other one had to do with wooden ducks, properly known as decoys. Go look up duck decoy capital, if you want to know. Maybe I was a jaded teenager, but I think there is more to it than that. So with that, Today's prompt:

I have had a thought on wooden duck decoys. I've been away for a while now and in retrospect I think I can safely say. Every duck decoy that you buy, has a smile on it's face. If you hold it close to your ear you will hear the last word of every duck fooled by a decoy... can't hear it? Remember Admiral Ackbar's famous line "It's a trap!"

Monday, August 1, 2011

Daily writing Prompts #64

The Trick with this prompt, really with any story, is to take something mundane and turn it into something interesting.

"Yes I need a new license."
"This is the wrong form."
"This is the form they gave me in line 6."
"That is your problem, you should have never been in line 6. If you want a new license you need to start in line 1."
"I started in line 1, they took my name and told me to go to line 6."
"Who did you speak with in line 1?"
"I don't remember her name."
"See you need to talk to Nancy in line 1, she will send you to the right line, if you talked to Trudy, she usually gets it wrong."
"So what line do I need to go to?"
"I don't know you need to talk to Nancy, but you better hurry she goes to lunch in 15 minutes."
"You mean you can't tell me what line I need to go to."
"Nope that is Nancy's job. If I do her job then what will Nancy do. Next!"