Friday Plot Swap: Playlist Shuffle Style

FRIDAY PLOT SWAP:

Playlist Shuffle Style

Need a plot? Take one!

Have a plot? Leave one! 

*So, I had this whole post ready to go and lost everything when my computer froze just before I hit publish. PSA: Save as a draft, my friends.*

HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!!

November is my favorite month. I love the colors. I love Thanksgiving (all the food without the pressure of gift-giving). I love my husband and our anniversary is the week of the Thanksgiving (I was teaching the year we got married and didn't want to do sub plans for a whole week.) 

And, the best part of November? NaNoWriMo!!! (National Novel Writing Month~I'll blog more about it next week.)  

So, if you are doing NaNo or just looking for some inspiration, let's turn on our soundtrack! 

I love using music for inspiration. You can read some past musical plot swaps here and here. I like to give my characters theme songs. The song I Was Me by Imagine Dragons defines the main character in my current WIP. 

I don't recognize these eyes
I don't recognize these hands
Please believe me when I tell you
That this is not who I am
If I recover, will you take me back again?
I'm just another, trying hard to fit right in
But my photographs remind me of who I used to be
If only I could go back when I, I was me.

A few years ago, Roni Loren posted about 30 songs for 30 chapters. It's a writing exercise where the basic idea is to put a playlist on shuffle, write down the songs in the order they pop up and use that to guide your writing. 

Since, I was feeling musical today. I opened up my Spotify and hit shuffle. Don't worry, I'm only using the first five. Here's what it came up with for me . Click the title for the video. 

1. Twenty Years and Two Husbands ago (LeeAnn Womack)  I love country music because they always have a story to tell. This video also has some cool nostalgia for you .

I remember when he took my hand and said "I do"
And the kitchen I was standing in, when he said "I'm through"
And I swore I'd never fall back in, put my heart through that again
Never let somebody get that close
But that was twenty years and, two husbands ago

2. What I'd Say (Earl Thomas Conley). This song would have been the perfect soundtrack to my life at one time. Another country song with so much story potential. 

How's it goin', might be what I'd say
Well you broke my heart you know
Or it looks like rain today
Or God I've missed you
Since you went away
You're lookin' well
Or go to hell
Might be what I'd say

3. Smuggler's Blues (Glenn Frey) I am a HUGE Eagles fan. I had this song on an actual vinyl album long before I should have been listening to it. But, it's a great story. The original video used to be available on youtube but it looks like it's been taken down. I remember hearing an urban legend about a DJ who locked himself in the station and played this song repeat for hours because he "needed to get a message to someone." 

The payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw
Don't matter if it's heroin, cocaine or hash,
You've got to carry weapons 'cause you always carry cash
There's lots of shady characters and lots of dirty deals
Every name's an alias in case somebody squeals
It's the lure of easy money, it's got a very strong appeal. 

4.  Only Prettier (Miranda Lambert)  I love everything about this song. It's a great study in character development and how southern women insult each other. Plus, it has a cute video for added inspiration. 

Well I've been saved by the grace of southern charm
I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card
If you wanna pick a fight well I'm gonna have to say goodnight
I don't have to be hateful, I can just say bless your heart

5. My Heart Can't Tell You No (Sara Evans) Another soundtrack to my younger years. *sigh* Yes, I know Rod Stewart did it first. I like his version as well, but the video to this one has so much to work with. 

I don't want you to call me up no more,
Saying you need me.
You're crazy if you think just half your love
Could ever please me.
Still I want to hold you, touch you
When you look at me that way.
There's only one solution I know:
You got to stay away from me,
Stay away from me!

So, hit shuffle on your playlist and let me know what you've got. Does your WIP have a theme song? Does a certain song sum up your character in a few verses? Let's swap! 

Friday Plot Swap- Puppy Love Style

FRIDAY PLOT SWAP:

Puppy Love Style

Need a plot? Take one!

Have a plot? Leave one! 

Our puppy, Cooper, the day after we brought him home. 

Our puppy, Cooper, the day after we brought him home. 

I wasn't planning on a plot swap today. My living room looks like a corn-maze of boxes. I've been sorting through it all week. No one has given me any cheese when I find my way out at the end of the day. Not even once!

So, I had planned on having everything on hold until November 1st. FUN STUFF coming up! (Hints: NaNoWriMo, new reviews of awesome books, catching up on my organizational status, and some great plots swaps.)

Then, my friend,  Teri Anne Stanley  (who is a fabulous writer and you should totally check out her books!) posted this on Facebook. 

Guys adopt stray dog and puppies that crash bachelor party

It's the sweetest story ever! The mama dog showed up at the cabin they were using for their "Guys-only" weekend. They fed her, named her and followed her to where she was hiding seven puppies. Then, they gave them ALL homes. *swoon* The article has adorable pictures of each man with his puppy. A perfect series idea. What if they were all bachelors and each puppy led them to the love of their lives? 

Then, because I like to be sure you have several plot swapping options, I started searching for more dog stories and found this "hero". 

Man 'high on LSD' saves dog from imaginary house fire – police

The man drove his car through the neighbor's fence, busted through a glass door and "saved" their dog from a house fire. Except, the house wasn't on fire. My favorite part in the article is where it states, "Police found him standing ‘heroically’ with the dog in his arms when they arrived at the scene..."

There's so much you could do with this. What if the guy wasn't high but was having a premonition and arrived too early? Or, how about a romance between the homeowner and the trooper who shows up to take the report? Or, this could be a nice snippet of backstory.

Our other puppy, Penny, the day we adopted her. 

Our other puppy, Penny, the day we adopted her. 

They became best friends. 

They became best friends. 

   

And grew into this. 

And grew into this. 

So, that's what I have for you this week. What could you do with these? You do some swapping. I have go finish the boxes. :( 

HAPPY WRITING!! 

 

Friday Plot Swap: State Fair Style

Friday Plot Swap:

State Fair Style!

Need a plot? Take one!

Have a plot? Leave one! 

Image Credit: GrayArtist courtesy of Pixbay.com

Image Credit: GrayArtist courtesy of Pixbay.com

It is state fair time here in Texas. The only time I saw my dad's family growing up was when we gathered there once a year. So, I have great memories of the fair. When I got a little older than the picture below, my cousins and I would take off on our own. Just had to check in a Big Tex every few hours. If you aren't from here, Big Tex is a massive talking cowboy, we'll discuss him more in a minute. 

My cousin, Josh, pushing my stroll at the Texas State Fair sometime in the late 70s. That is a really large acorn on my shirt. 

My cousin, Josh, pushing my stroll at the Texas State Fair sometime in the late 70s. That is a really large acorn on my shirt. 

My daughters are the age now that I was when my friends and I would take off with my cousins. This was long before cell phones but well after the case of Charlotte Kinsey and Cinda Palette who went missing from the Oklahoma State Fair in 1981. I can't imagine giving my girls that kind of freedom now. 

My friend, Jenny, and I at the Texas State Fair in 1992. This was at the end of the day. We were exhausted and I was done with my mom taking pictures. Hence then teenage-not-gonna-smile pose. 

My friend, Jenny, and I at the Texas State Fair in 1992. This was at the end of the day. We were exhausted and I was done with my mom taking pictures. Hence then teenage-not-gonna-smile pose. 

Being a suspense writer, when I started thinking about this plot swap. My mind instantly went to the case of the missing girls (interesting side note: The sister of one of those girls was my roommate in college for about two weeks. She had been a pre-schooler when they disappeared.) 

But, that felt too easy. There is so much more to the fair that could make awesome stories. Like, THE FOOD! I don't know about other places, but here, we fry EVERYTHING. 

Such as Fried Bacon Tilla. That is bacon woven together to make a tortilla then wrapped around meat, cheese and other stuff that I'm sure is amazingly healthy. 

So, what if your main character had the "next big fried thing"? She's working to make a name for herself. She needs to when the Big Texas Choice Award. (Yes, that is a thing. That link has a cool video about the competitors.) But, she is being sabotaged by a nefarious rival. Or, a food-truck-crossed-lovers story about two rival fried food producers falling into the big vat of love. (Okay, yeah. I made it creepy.) 

Check out this article about the food to be inspired by the southern-fried creations. 

By Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Howdy, folks! I'm Big Tex. 

This is a standard meeting spot at the fair. You can see him from just about anywhere and it's tradition to have your picture taken in front of his fence. 

Mom and I in front of Big Tex. Some time in the late 70s or early 80s because that is an AWSOME paisley shirt I've got going on. BONUS PLOT SWAP for you: The position of her right hand is not an accident. Let your mind play with that for a little while. I'd seen this picture throughout my entire life and was in my 30s before I ever noticed. 

Mom and I in front of Big Tex. Some time in the late 70s or early 80s because that is an AWSOME paisley shirt I've got going on. BONUS PLOT SWAP for you: The position of her right hand is not an accident. Let your mind play with that for a little while. I'd seen this picture throughout my entire life and was in my 30s before I ever noticed. 

Big Tex is an icon. He speaks in this deep, smooth voice with an obvious southern-drawl. I always wondered about the man who owned that voice. What if you were walking through the state fair and your long, estranged father's voice came out of a fifty-five foot tall cowboy? Or your ex-husband's voice? Or the love of your life who got away? 

Tragedy struck in 2012, Big Tex caught fire. This article has amazing though slightly odd pictures as well as video. I can't describe to you the feeling of watching this happen on TV. He's a statue. He's not real. It was still heart-wrenching. 

It was determined the fire came from an electrical short in his boot. But, what if it was intentionally set? What if your hero firefighter or arson investigator had to spend time at the state fair research who would want to destroy Big Tex and why? What if watching Big Tex burn triggered a buried memory that reopened a cold case? What kind of fun could be hemmed into a story about a seamstress hired to create new clothing for the giant? 

So, that's our state fair plot swap. Does your state fair have any good ideas just waiting to work their way into a story? Could you make something better out of these? What have you tried that's fried? Have any guesses about why mom extended her middle finger? 

 

 

 

Friday Plot Swap: Clown Style

Dawn's Plot Swap

Have a plot? Leave it.

Need a plot? Take it. 

Let's clown around! 

*Special Bonus picture at the end of the post! 

My oldest daughter at 4 years old with a family friend who is a Fire Safety Clown with our local Fire station. 

My oldest daughter at 4 years old with a family friend who is a Fire Safety Clown with our local Fire station. 

So, how do you feel about clowns? I know they strike fear in the depths of some people's souls, but they've never really bothered me. Except Pennywise from Stephen King's It. That bastard haunted my nightmares as the poster child for unadulterated evil. 

Today's plot swap is actually brought to you by my husband. 

Isn't he a handsome guy? 

Isn't he a handsome guy? 

In the middle of a family evening this week, he looked up from his laptop and asked our two teenage daughters this question:

"If you were out somewhere, say near some woods and saw a person dressed as a clown, would you, under any circumstances, feel it was okay to follow that person in the woods?" 

Their facial expressions were pretty priceless. The oldest rolled her eyes as if that was the absolute lamest thing she'd ever heard of. The youngest looked genuinely horrified.

For the record, they both answered, "No." 

Then my husband forward me this link. 

(Trigger warning: In all seriousness, if clowns freak you out, do not click on this link because there are pictures of some pretty terrifying ones.) 

Tennessee officials warn that 'predator' clowns are luring children into the woods after a spate of eerie threats

The article is perfect for plot swapping. So, many ideas!

First, the Tennessee Highway patrol tweeted a warning about "possible predators" dressed as clowns luring children in to the woods. They included a fairly creepy looking picture of two clowns. The plot-twist? These were the WRONG CLOWNS. The picture wasn't even taken in Tennessee and the clowns in the photographer do some kind of clown/woods art thing. 

So, what if your protag accidentally got caught up in that? He's working birthday parties to make extra money, chases a lost dog into the woods and WHAM! His picture is all over the news a face-painted predator! 

BUT, WAIT! There's more! 

The article goes on to report a 20 year-old being arrested in another state because he was dressed as a clown and lurking in the woods near an apartment complex with no apparent reason. 

So, your protag is being stalked but people think she's crazy because it's a clown! That doesn't really happen. She must be drinking...again. 

Don't start writing yet! 

The next section of the article features a sheriff in Mississippi who put out this warning:

'Who ever [sic] you are running around in Tchula wearing a clown suit waving a sword and scaring the hell out of people, let me give you some advice,' Hampton wrote.

'STOP IT!!!! Because if I roll up on you and you wave that damn sword at me. IT'S GAME OVER SON!!! I'm gonna teacha how da duggy!!!'  

 

This man needs to be a character in a romantic comedy. A man who is just done with this nonsense. His love interest could be a woman (or man) who gets arrested for beating the crap out of Bozo, who was just doing his job making balloon animals for a car dealership opening. 

Finally, 

The article ends with reports of two schools being locked down and a young girl bringing a knife to school because she wants to protect herself from the clowns. YA book ala Christopher Pike, anyone? 

For the record, our family friends who volunteer as clowns are amazing people who would never hurt a child. 

So, swap with me! What could you do with this? Read any good plots lately? 

BONUS: as promised. Me, as a clown, circa 1992. 

There are plenty of stories to that go with this picture. I'll save them for another Friday. 

Friday Plot Swap: Slumber Party Style

Dawn's Plot Swap

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Let's swap scary slumber party stories! 

 First, I have to confess that I am a big, fat chicken. I don't do scary movies. I don't read horror. I listen to nothing that's going to keep me up at night with the covers tucked around my chin (because that's how my cousins taught me to protect myself from the vampires-- Thanks for that, by the way), staring at my closed bedroom door, wondering what just made that noise? It had to be something supernatural because I only live with three other humans, two large dogs, a bird, fish, hermit crab and snake. Nothing else could possibly have made a tapping noise other than the ghost of a demon-child out to eat my soul as a tasty midnight snack. 

But, remember slumber party ghost stories? The old, urban legend kind that scared everyone for about a minute, then you'd laugh and fill your mouth with another handful of M&M's and let it go...until someone had to pee and now suddenly all twelve of you were crammed in a tiny bathroom because there could be someone just waiting in there to kill you and cryptic message to your fellow partiers on the mirror that, "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" (Do you know that one?) 

So, let's swap some slumber party stories. I'll go first.

*This is not my story. I did not create it. One of my former students shared it with me. I'm just passing along what I remember* 

A teenage girl is babysitting this little kid. (First off, babysitting is always an open-invitation for bad stuff to happen to you. It's documented countless times in various books and movies. Parents should be required to pay for life insurance and provide hazard pay because these poor babysitters are always the first to go.) Anyway, girl is babysitting and the kid (let's make it a little boy named Matt. An adorable little boy with freckles and shaggy brown hair.) Matt asks babysitter (um, Susan) for some ice cream from the freezer, which, of course, is downstairs in the basement. (Another disclaimer: I'm from Texas. We don't have basements. So, the logistic of this story may require some suspended belief on the part of those who've actually lived in a house with one.). 

So, Susan goes down to the dark, scary basement (is there any other kind?) and while she's getting the ice cream, she notices someone outside the window. They seem a little too close to the house and Susan's a little concerned but she goes back upstairs to Matt and fixes his bowl of ice cream. But, now he wants some chocolate syrup. Susan's annoyed because, "Why didn't you tell me that the first time?" She goes back down to the basement (because evidently these people don't keep food in their kitchen). And, this time, she sees the person very clearly, too close to the house, looking in the window. 

She takes the chocolate syrup back up stairs and Matt asks for some nuts and cherries for his ice cream. Susan's really annoyed and freaked about the person looking in the window but she doesn't want to scare the little boy. So, she's thinking about calling 911 as she goes back down stairs and this time the person is not only looking in the window. They have a long, sharp knife and a crazed look in their eyes. 

Terrified, Susan runs back up the stairs only to find Matt dead in the kitchen with blood everywhere. She calls 911 and the police come. The parents come home in the middle of the chaos. The police are trying to calm Susan down. She keeps screaming about the person she saw outside the window in the basement. 

The mom of the boy is very confused and says, "There are no windows in basement. ONLY MIRRORS." 

Does that not just give you chills? 

Am I the only one who has almost had to kung fu fight their reflection because a mirror scared the holy hell out of them in the middle of the night? Or worse, your own reflection in a window? 

So, how could you turn this into a plot? Obviously, thrillers and suspense. Kind of hard to morph this into a romantic comedy. 

So, swap with me! What good slumber party stories do you remember? 

PSA: DO NOT GOOGLE "SLUMBER PARTY STORIES" unless you are looking for some more, um, interesting tales than what I had in mind! I'll just be in the corner, washing my eyes with bleach. 

Happy Friday!  

Return of the Friday Plot Swap: How's Your Heart Ticking?

Dawn's Plot Swap

Have a plot? Leave it.

Need a plot? Take it. 

Before life slapped me around last year, the Friday Plot Swap was my favorite weekly post. Thanks to the magic of Facebook's "On This Day" feature, I've been reminded how much I fun I had with these. And then, some great plots fell in my lap. So this is what I have for you this week. 

How's your heart ticking?

That was one of my mom's favorite sayings. I thought it was appropriate for the two plot bunnies I found this week. 

What could you make out of these? Have you seen any stories that would make good plots lately?  (Click on the titles to see the full stories).

I left my heart in...Ohio? 

A coroner says a heart found in a plastic bag on the ground next to an Ohio gas station appears to be human. This was the one that sucked me back in. It screamed, "How can you read this and NOT have a Friday Plot Swap?" It was right. There is just so much to work with here. Serial killer leaving clues. Bitter ex-girlfriend of lab research assistant trying to sabotage him. What really cracked me up was the comments on the article. One person stated, "It would be easy to mis-identify a heart from a chimp or monkey for a human one..." Well, that clears everything up! Because it's totally commonplace to find a chimp's heart in a Ziploc at a gas station in Ohio. I will admit that I've never been to Ohio so I am in no position to offer an opinion on what may or may not be found in their gas station parking lots. 

 

I miss you. 

Speaking of hearts, if this video doesn't make yours just swell right out of your chest, you should make an appointment with a cardiologist, maybe a therapist as well. The expressions on these kids' faces say it all and the way he hugs her. It's like his whole world just became right again. Can you imagine the story possibilities here? These two reuniting as college students?  Or the long, twisted path that brings them back to the same airport as adults? Or even just a sweet picture book about the hardship of leaving your friends. *Sniff* I'm not crying. Onions. I bought too many onions. 

So, that's what I have for you today. 

How's your heart ticking?

Got any cute plot bunnies or even scary plot bunnies with fangs trying to lead you astray?  

Happy Friday! 

Friday Plot Swap~ Spring Break Style



Dawn's Plot Swap

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This has been Spring Break week for me! My family and I have done virtually nothing. It has been AMAZING! For our plot swap, I thought I'd offer up some great Spring Break ideas. What could you do with these? 

Fun for the whole family: 



The family that plays together stays together. I'm not sure which is worse. The fact they brought kids along or the fact they were caught because an off-duty police officer was having lunch across the street and thought the woman sprinting back to her car after going in the bank looked suspicious. 

So, romantic suspense: They were robbing the bank to protect their children from a nefarious villain.  
Romantic comedy: The sister of the woman must match wits with the off-duty police officer to prove she isn't guilty. 

Great recreation with friends: 


Mo. golfer survives fall into Ill. course sinkhole
This had to be a terrifying experiences. But, my favorite part is that his friend didn't see him get swallowed by the earth. When he vanished from sight they assumed he'd fallen down a hill, but didn't go looking for him until they heard moaning! 
Horror: The friends never find him and he must claw his way out before the demon beast at the bottom of the hole claws him. 
Time travel: Of course, the sinkhole is a portal to another dimension where he arrives and must solve five tasks (it was a par 5 hole) before returning. 

For the adventurous type:

Did you know there is a book titled "The Thrill of the Chase" in which the author outlines clues to a $2 Million dollar treasure he supposedly hid in the mountains near Santa Fe? 
Well, this woman did. She went looking for it and got lost. She was later found safe.
But, oh, the possibilities! 
What could drive her to risk everything to go hiking alone searching for this treasure? 
What if she'd found it? 
What kind of personal growth did she experience while on the chase? 

Swap with me! 
Got any good plots going?
Great spring break plans? 
Intentions of committing a felony? 










Friday Plot Swap~Mismash Style



Dawn's Plot Swap

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I have an eclectic set of plot starters for you this week. 

Let's start with the cave!



Kids discover underground treasure: a cave in Bexar County 

This would make a great middle-grade plot. A"How I spent my summer vacation" type story. Or, a Dawn-would-never-read-this-because-she's-a-big-fat-chicken, horror story about the evil that would certainly lurk in such a place. 

DON'T OPEN~EVER


Creepy. No other word for it. But, oh the possibilities. The article says a woman in a long skirt has been seen leaving the packages. Who is she? Why would she be doing this? Who are the gifts meant for? 

and, finally, 
Huh? 


What kind of twists could you make out of that? 

So, swap with me. 
Add your story to our mix.





Friday Plot Swap~Text from Last Night Style

Friday Plot Swap~ Valentine's Style


Dawn's Plot Swap

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Happy Valentine's Day! 

Could you make something sweet and romantic out of these? 



Nothing really says, "I love you more than life itself." like nasty, hissing insects!

How you doin'? 

I can totally imagine a scene with a woman crying to her friends, 
"He named a ROACH after me!"

Seniors get their groove on at Valentine’s Dance

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/14/3235341/seniors-get-their-groove-at-senior.html#storylink=cpy
The interesting part of this story is that organizers brought in "20-something" rookie football players to make sure there were no wallflowers. 
Perfect set up for a young woman who had to take Grandpa to the local dance and met the man of her dreams... Who hopefully still had his own teeth! 
Especially if her grandpa was like this guy!


12 true stories of romantic trips gone awry

Still need some inspiration? Check out this link. Awesome plot-starter stories. 
I especially liked: 
"Do you wanna touch?"
and 
"Love, Italian-style."


So, swap with me!
Got any awesome love stories? 
Stupid-Cupid-Valentine's-Gone-Awry? 
Deep down, do you really want to a hissing cockroach after your significant other? 


A False Prophet, a Found King and Oompa Loompas

Friday Plot Swap

Dawn's Plot Swap

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We've got some good ones this week!



How'd you like to be an innocent hitchhiker who catches a ride with a man declaring to be Jesus? 

I love how the news article causally mentions, "Oh, yeah, and the hitchhiker had a hatchet."

Of course, why wouldn't he? 


Body found under parking lot is King Richard III


This one is specifically for my time-travel writing friend, Janet Taylor

Oh, the possibilities. 

The historical story of how it got there. 

Maybe a modern psychic who kept seeing a body there?

 The implications for the business? 


 



Oompa loompa doompety doo
I've got a perfect puzzle for you.
When Oompas attack,
what will you do?


Bonus Swap: 
This story made my heart happy. I just had to share. 


They grew up across the street from each other. He used to drive her to school. They fell in love, but her father arranged for her to marry someone else. So, they eloped...and have been married 80 years! 

Sweetest love story ever. 


So, Swap with me!
Could you do something awesome with these? 
What twists would you add? 
Heard any good plots lately? 

Friday Plot Swap~ As Seen on TV


Dawn's Plot Swap

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AS SEEN ON TV

I went to a workshop once where the presenter compared loglines to the little blurbs you see on your TV guide. Last year, as an experiment I scrolled through my guide for some plot ideas. I decided to give it another try with some different movies this year.
Click on the logline to go to the movie description. 

Friday Plot Swap: Primitive Style



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What could you do with these?



The man decided he wanted to make his home under the boulder when he was 8 years old. He saved his money, bought the land and has lived there with his wife for 30 years, raising seven children.  What would their life be like? What if one of their children was accepted into a prestigious school and left home? What kind of culture shock would he/she experience?  


A Harvard professor says that by injecting Stone Age genes into a human embryo — and then implanting the embryo into a human surrogate mother — it will soon be possible to create a living Neanderthal.

In the past few days, the scientist has come out saying he isn't actively searching for a woman for this experiment. But, the science fiction implications of that kind of procedure are endless. What if the baby disproved everything we know about primitive man? What if the woman was meant only to be a surrogate and give up the baby to some scientific organization, but decides she can't. Then, takes the baby and runs? 


This is my favorite this week. Scotch, bottled in 1898 and left behind during a failed expedition in 1907 was found perfectly preserved in frozen crates during 2010. After extracting a sample to be used to recreate the formula, the bottles are being returned to where they were found as a tribute to the explorers.  
Stories, stories everywhere!
The story of the expedition. 
The story of finding the bottles
The story of the team recreating the formula.
What if someone wanted to steal it? 
The story of the team returning the bottles.

So many different plots! LOVE IT!

So, swap with me!
Read any good plots lately? 
Have any abandoned plots you want to drop off for adoption?
We accept all kinds. 

Friday Plot Swap~ Solid Gold Style

Friday Plot Swap


Dawn's Plot Swap

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Need a plot ? Take one.


Have I got a story for you this week! 
Can it be a coincidence both of the stories came out within days of  each other? 
I think not. 
This just begs to written


That could be an awesome story alone. Think of all the people who have to be planning and scheming how to steal even just a little of this money right now!
But, then you have to read this!


You know who is plotting to steal it?
THOSE PEOPLE! Right? 

What a great plot! 

Think of these characters: 
  • The reluctant thief who is only involved because he/she plans to use the loot to do something noble. 
  • The daughter of a former thief who wants to pull of a heist to shed doubt on her father's conviction. 
  • ooh, even better, the daughter of an former thief who infiltrates her father's old crew to pull off the heist and leave them hanging just like they did her dad. 
  • The police officer who just knows the tunnel robbers are going to make a move on the gold and wants to be ready for them. 
I could do this all day!
What do you got? 
Swap with me! 





Friday Plot Swap~People are crazy.

Friday Plot Swap


Dawn's Plot Swap

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Need a plot ? Take one.

First, a little music to inspire you today. 


The song would make a pretty good plot itself. But, 

today's swap is inspired by the chorus: 

God is great.

Beer is good.

And, people are crazy. 

Let's start with Mars, shall we? 


Definitely want to read the fine print on this one!

So many places this story could go!



Then, we can move on to stupid crazy.



Serial Bank Robber's Love Letter Helped Convict Him

This guy's escape and crime spree could be a novel in itself. Guess he thought so, too. He wrote out every detail and sent it to a (hopefully, former) girlfriend. 

My favorite part is that at the very end of the letter, he asks her to send him $100. Run, sweetie. Run now! 

This just screams "creepy, stalker suspense!" What if the girl didn't even know him? Or if he is a long ago ex-boyfriend? Or, if all of it was a distraction so a different crime could happen? 


We'll end our swapping journey with just crazy, crazy. 




Man arrested for barking at police dog

The headline is slightly misleading. The man was already handcuffed and in the back of a cruiser when they brought a drug dog to search his car. Clearly, the man responded in the best manner possible barking and growling at the dog. 

I'm sure the officers loved that! 

Swap with me!
What kind of craziness is going on in your plot? 
Or your world? 



Friday Plot Swap~Love gone wrong style

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I knew I was going to use this first one the moment I saw it. 
This screams mystery to me. Who is the woman? Why did the man feel the need to be "dead" to be away from her? The woman found out when she went to his former house. Can you imagine that conversation?

Maybe he needs to take a hint from this guy?
 

Mystery Man Spells Out Heartbreak on His Van

 First of all, Dude, WHAT DID YOU DO?!?! Second, what makes  you think "Linda" is going to see your random van? Lastly, how is she supposed to respond? Throw herself on the hood? 
I could see this working for a sweet, light romance or a creepy, stalker thriller.

Speaking of creepy, stalker stuff

Woman Finds Ex-Boyfriend Living In Her Attic.

 Oh, the places you could go with this one. The article has details about how he was living up there and the fact he was staring at her through the ceiling vents.

 So, Swap with me!!! What could make of these? Heard any other good plots lately?



Return of the Friday Plot Swap!

Dawn's Plot Swap
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It's Back!
I have missed swapping with you.
Have I got some stories for you this week!

Woman spends summer as mermaid 

This woman would make an awesome character! Her fiance is a pirate. Does it get any better than that?  

For the full effect, you really need to check out the video. 

 






Central Texas woman aims for skunk, shoots husband

This story caught my eye because allegedly she fired the gun outside. The bullet missed the skunk, ricocheted off a deck, traveled through a closed back door and hit the husband. Hmm, a bit stinky to me. :)  

 

 Mary Todd Lincoln to be retried for insanity

This is for my Historical writing friends, but the story kind of fascinated me. The plan is to have actors playing Lincoln and her son, but real judges acting as lawyers and trying the case according today's laws. Imagine the story of preparing for that, especially if it happened to parallel what was happening in the person's life at that time...or if the lawyer happen to fall for the actor! 

  SO, SWAP WITH ME!

It's been too long.

Heard any good plots lately?