Friday Plot Swap~ Weirdness

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Here is what I have for you this week. 
Just general weirdness.

AMERICAN narcotics agents have intercepted two parcels of marijuana valued at $70,000 en route to one of the nation's biggest publishers, St Martin's Press
 
I bet if they dug to the bottom they would find a query letter and manuscript. Just a hopeful author trying to stand out in the slush pile. 
 
 
This gives new meaning to "things that go bump in the night". 
 
A Malaysian shoe store has launched a promotion that is too bizarre to make up: "Get a pair of shoes from Shoes Shoes Shoes and get a free man."

There are just so many ways this one could go. It is actually an online dating site...kind of. 

So, swap with me! What kind of weirdness is going on in your world these days? 
 
Need more weirdness?  
 You can check out the previous Weirdness Plot Swap here.
Or some Things that make you go hmmm here.

 
 
                                 

Police, Pranks and Popping the Question

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I went for a little bit of variety this week. 


You know this is a "Rogue, hard-boiled detective gets slapped back to traffic duty but uncovers the crime of his career" story waiting to happen! Or, if you prefer romance, "speeding woman swerves to miss a leprechaun in the road and is ticketed by the hot police officer of her dreams." 
Can you think of any better ideas?
 
My first thought with this one was
But there are several other ways this could go, maybe the number wasn't random. Maybe the girl knows something and was trying to get help. Or maybe it doesn't go to a police officer, but someone else who strikes up a friendly conversation claiming to be a classmate from her school, but is he really what he says? 

The lure of a $6000 diamond ring on the special date of February 29 prompted a Dunedin woman to pop the question...

I loved that she asked him. Evidently, there is some kind of English tradition of woman asking men on Leap Day. So much you could do with that. 
 
So, Swap with me! Could you make something good out of these? What do you have going on in your WIP right now? Heard any good plots lately ?
 
 


Friday Plot Swap

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It's been a long week. Poor blog got ignored most of the week, but I wanted to be sure and not disappoint my Plot Swap readers. 
 
So, here is what I have for you.
 
 I needed a laugh more than anything else this week. These made me smile.
 
Oops, I meant to say: 
 

Must have been quite a party: 
 
Officials are puzzled over a mysterious hot tub that was installed — and then removed — from the roof of a building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
  What do a Chicken McNugget and George Washington have in common? The same squishy profile, according to a Nebraska woman who has put her three-year-old George Washington Chicken McNugget on eBay , where it has currently drawn a high bid of $4,400.
 
So, how has your week been? Heard any good plots lately? I know these are kind of silly, but you could make some good stuff from them. Imagine being the PR person who had to put the spin the governor's "slip". What if it wasn't a slip? 
Maybe the hot tub was part of a romantic night to impress a girl? I mean, it is a college. 
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Friday Plot Swap~ Musical Style

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We haven't had a musical swap in a while.

For some reason I got on a Drink and Dial Kick. :)
This is what I have for you this week:


Last Call
Lee Ann Womack
I recognized your number,
It's burned into my brain,
Felt my heart beating faster,
Every time it rang.
Some things never change,
That's why I didn't answer.





My favorite line:
I bet you're in a bar.
It's always the same old song.
That Johnny Walker Red,
By now it's almost gone.
But baby, I won't be there
To catch you when you fall.
I bet you're in bar
'Cause I'm always your last call

What do you want from me?
Jerrod Niemann
Why’d you call me today with nothing new to say?
You pretend it’s just hello, but you know what it does to me to see your number on the phone.


My Favorite line:

What do you want me to say?
That I’m content? That I’m on the fence? That I wish you would’ve stayed?
Oh baby what do you want, what do you want, what do you want from me?
To come here and make love tonight cause you’re feelin’ lonely.



Lips of an Angel
Jack Ingram
Honey, why you calling me so late? It's kinda hard to talk right now. Honey, why you crying? is everything okay? I gotta whisper cause I can't be too loud Well, my girl's in the next room Sometimes I wish she was you I guess we never really moved on


My favorite line:
Does he know you're talking to me? Will it start a fight?
No, I don't think she has a clue

On Again Tonight
Trent Willmon

I'm glad you picked up the phone.Yeah, I know that we both agreed,We'd leave each other alone.We're just wastin' our time,We know it ain't right.There's no goin' back, but havin' said that:




My Favorite line:
I don't expect things to change.
We've got to get on with our lives.
Space is a beautiful thing,
When you need some room.
I don't know about you, but I'm lonely right now:
I'm just thinkin' out loud.

So, swap with me. Any of your characters pulling a drunk and dial?
What songs do you have going through your head this week?
What would you make of these?




Friday Plot Swap~ As Seen On TV

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I went to a workshop once where the presenter compared loglines to the little blurbs you see on your TV guide. As an experiment I scrolled through my guide for some plot ideas and give you these basics plot lines.
What could you make from this starting point? 
Check back later this weekend and I'll post what movies they represent. 

 Death at a Funeral
So, swap with me! Got a logline to share? From movies, television? Your own WIP? 

Friday Plot Swap

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Last Plot Swap of 2011. I was looking for sweet stories to end the year. Each of these squeezed my heart.
 
Here is what I have for you:
 
This is a touching story of a woman who made an ornament and hung them on the trees in front of her house for all 434 Texans killed in Iraq. That leads my mind to a infinite amount of plots about the woman herself, the soldiers on her tree, their families, the people who pass by it everyday. So many possibilities. 
 
A Christmas card that crisscrossed the country as part of an old joke between two Texas men will rest this holiday for the first time in 61 years.

You can imagine the stories that would go along with this card? What these men have seen in those 61 years and the loyalty to keep the swap going that long? 
 
 A New Mexico woman gave birth in the front seat of a truck as it sped down an icy highway in a snowstorm.

Lots of plot to work with here, but it doesn't seem particularly touching until you read this part :
 
[The father] said his 3-year-old daughter, Renee, was "so good" during the whole ordeal and tried to comfort his wife through her labor pains by patting her on the head and telling her, "It's going to be OK." 
 
Now, if that doesn't make you go "ahhh". Well, I guess you are just stronger than I am.


So, swap with me one last time. What's got your mind working? Any sweetness or sadness going on in your world (the real one or imaginary)?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 

Happy Holidays!

Thinking about Thursday
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
From our family to yours.


No real post today. I have a ton of Christmas stuff still looming over me like a thunder cloud. Please feel free to enjoy these "Ghost of Christmas Past". Okay, most of them have nothing to do with Christmas, but they are past so, you know. 

Anyway, Merry Christmas...Happy Hanukkah...Merry Festivous...Happy Kwanzza... Merry Random day you get off from work because you don't celebrate holidays at all. Whatever your choice... Happiness and peace to you. 

Let's Talk about Sex ( That one always gets attention)

Just Me (Since we talked about Sex, I felt I should introduce myself.)  

How He Won My Heart with a Hammer (You can be in awe of my husband's romantic side.)


Remembering the Good Ole Days (You know you want to see my 80's hair!)
No Plot Swap Tomorrow. Here are some links to previous swaps to tide you over. :) 

Dream Style (Check out the comments on this one!)
Boy Band Style (Picture of me with 90's hair!)




Friday Plot Swap~ Musical Style

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In honor of Olivia Kelly's guest post yesterday, I decided to make today a musical swap. I dug into my OneNote files and pulled out some of my character's theme songs. 
 Here is what I have for you today: 
 
This is Justin's song. He's hesitant to leave his heart unprotected again, but he can't deny his feelings for Charleigh.
I almost said I love you
Could I really be that kind of guy
See one candle burning in your eye
And watch my heart fill up with butterflies
I almost said I need you
Girl I shouldn't go there anymore
Act like I never been in love before
You probably think it's my first time
 
This one is for Luke. Poor guy, he had convinced himself he was over Gloria. Never wanted to see her again. Until the day he come home to find her sleeping in his bed. 
You took a hammer to these walls,
Dragged the memories down the hall,
Packed your bags and walked away.
There was nothing I could say.
And when you slammed the front door shut,
A lot of others opened up,
So did my eyes so I could see
That you never were the best for me.
 
 
And last, we have this for Race. The world he ruled was shattered when the witness he was protecting died in front him.  But, now, Haylie is standing in front of him, needing more protection than he could ever offer.  

 
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning, I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
* I prefer this version, but Coldplay's isn't bad either.
 
So swap me ! What songs fit your characters? Or your story? What songs tell the story you wish you could write?  

Friday Plot Swap: Cute Meet Stye

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Let's swap cute meets this week. 
For those of you not into romance writing, here is a definition for Urbandictionary.com:
Scenario in which two individuals are brought together in some unlikely, zany, destined-to-fall-in-love-and-be-together-forever sort of way (the more unusual, the better).
 

My first one for today is a personal story. My great-grandma was one of my all-time favorite people. She drove a mustang well into her 80's and had three husbands before it was fashionable. I always loved to hear her tell the story of how she met her first husband:
"A girl I knew in town was having a party. I went with a gentlemen friend named, Sam. Now, mind you, he was just a friend. In those days, the men would all gather on the porch to smoke.  After we had been at the party awhile, it was getting late and I needed to be heading home. I looked around for Sam. When I didn't find him, I thought he must be on the porch with the other men. 
It was dark  and when I stepped out on the porch, I couldn't see anything so I just said, "Sam, I'm ready to go home now."
This handsome man that I had never seen before stepped up and said, "Well, I don't think we've met, but my name is Sam and I'd be happy to take you home."  So, I let him.
 
This is what else I have for you this week: 
 
[A]woman in a hurry cut off another driver Thursday, then flashed him her middle finger. Unfortunately for her, that other driver turned out be [a]Milwaukee County Sheriff.
What if he was a handsome, single, county sheriff who is also assigned to oversee her community service sentence? 

Friday Plot Swap~ Spirit Style


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Spirited 13 Haunting Tales 



What other topic would be appropriate for today's plot swap than ghost stories? 
First, I have to admit I'm a big, fat chicken! I don't watch scary movies. I don't read ghost stories and researching for today's post will most likely give me nightmares for days. 
But, here is what I have for you. Hope you enjoy it while I am sleeping with my lights on! 


They see dead people:
Great article~ COMPLETELY freaked me out.
Sarah, just a toddler, refused to come downstairs until "he" left. Looking around, there was no one in the living room but me, but there Sarah sat, on the top of the stairs, peeking down between the banister rails and refusing to come down. The man was bad, she said, and she wouldn't come down until he was gone. After several minutes she told me he had put his jacket on and was leaving. And finally, she came down.


It inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. 
Need I say more?
The Stanley Hotel has many ghosts, but none of them have ever been violent, a rarity in the U.S. haunted house business. Room 481 has the most paranormal activity, as well as the entire fourth floor on which it's located. Children are heard playing in the hall, piano music drifts from a supernatural source, and a strange man has been reported appearing in people's rooms before going into their closets and vanishing. 

The article list several other haunted places. I didn't read all of them because I was getting goose bumps. I knew about the Stanley because one of my dear friends got married there. I attended the wedding, but we stayed at a different hotel!

and, last, I found this:

Ghost Hunting: A Spooky Science

If you needed an new an interesting way for a couple to meet, one of the articles I found about ghost hunting was an advertisement for classes. Now, that would make an interesting start to a relationship!

So, swap with me! What's your favorite ghost story? Are a you a horror fan or a yellow belly like me? 



Friday Plot Swap~ Mystery Style

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Have you seen a news story that got your wheels turning? 
Do you have a plot in your head that would make a great story, just not one you intend to write?  
Leave it here on Fridays 
or 
pick up a plot for your weekend writing time.
Here is what I have for you this Friday: 
Some old style mysteries. 


 

Additional link: Cynthia Anderson
 
So, swap with me! 
Got any old mysteries in your inspiration file? 
Have an theories on these?  

Friday Plot Swap~Show Me the Money Style

Friday Plot Swap~ Musical Style

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 We haven't had a musical swap in a while. These are the songs that have been stuck in my head this week. What's in yours? 
Someone Like You~ Adele

You and Tequila~ Kenny Chesney
What can I say? ~Carrie Underwood

So, swap with me!
Any songs floating around in your head as a soundtrack to your work in progress? 
Can you guess from these what kind of story I've got going right now?

Friday Plot Swap~ How Bizarre

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A little strangeness to brighten your plots today! 
First a little music to get you in the mood. 
 

One of the versions I read said the clerk didn't even know who Gumby was and described it as a "Big Green Spongebob." 
 

Bear Takes Family's Prius for Spin, Leaves It Wrecked 

How would you like to have to explain that one to your insurance company? Maybe a good start to a romantic comedy. 

Police in Ohio were working Saturday to determine who dumped more than 1,600 pairs of panties by the side of a road...

So many ways this one could go!

 So, swap with me! What's going on in your world (real or creative) that could fit into my file of "How Bizarre!"  


 


Friday Plot Swap~TFLN STYLE

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These are always fun. Here are some 
Depending on your genre, they could make some interesting dialogue.

Under what circumstance could one of your characters say this?

Have a great weekend! For those of you off on Monday for Labor Day, I hope it is a nice, relaxing weekend.

Be sure to stop by on Tuesday! I will be doing my first book review!
 


Friday Plot Swap~ Mystery Style

Thinking about Thursday

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I am getting back to my first love this week with some mystery plots. What would you do with these? 
 Swap with me! What twisting tale would you make out these? Any mysteries going on in your neck of the woods?

Friday Plot Swap~Free for All

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FREE FOR ALL!

This lack of an organized Friday Plot Swap is brought to you by Dawn's day job. Unfortunately, Dawn's day job recently ate her. Please feel free to swap amongst yourselves until Dawn is able to claw and dig her way out of the belly of the beast.

In the meantime, please consider visiting some of our previous plot swaps:

The First Ever Plot Swap
Musical Style
Text from Last Night Style
End of the World Style

Thank you for your patience and have a great day.

Friday Plot Swap~World of Weirdness

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This week, we are entering the World of Weirdness. Some of these stories have interesting characters to inspire you. Some of them have plots that will make you shake your head and said, "Huh?".  Some of them have both. 
Like this one:
 
An Upper East Side couple grieving over the loss of a stuffed toy monkey they’ve raised like a son the past decade went bananas with joy Saturday night after being reunited with their beloved Beanie Baby. 
(Really, you need to read the whole story to grasp the, um, originality of these people)
  
Three people in Beatrice, Neb., were charged after a woman allegedly asked her friends to stab her so she could avoid a probation hearing, 
(I have some great friends. Amazingly enough, I don't see any of them doing this for me.)

Doctors were baffled when a British man told them, "I can hear my eyeballs moving." But they finally diagnosed that Stephen Mabbutt had a rare ear condition in which sounds inside the body are heard very loudly, 
(I have no comment on this one.)

So, swap with me! What kind of weirdness is going on in your world *real or imaginary*?
 

 

Friday Plot Swap~Double Life Style

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A good mystery always has a twist. A popular version of this is the character living the "double life".  The perfect wife and mother turns out to be a government spy.  The all-American husband turns out to be a psychotic killer. So, today, let's talk about the double life.
Here are some examples I have for you: 
 
 
 
 
So, swap with me! 
What is your favorite "double life" plot?
If you were going to lead a double life, what would your other life be?   

Friday Plot Swap~Reality Style

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 Ever have something happen to you or someone around you that would make a great plot? 

Here is what I have for you this Friday:
 For those of you writing YA:
When I was fourteen, I met a boy at an amusement park. He lived across the country. After seeing each other twice that weekend, we wrote letters every week (no cell phones or internet) for three years. A week before my senior prom, I broke up with my boyfriend and as a graduation gift, my parents flew my pen-pal down to be my date. 
For those of writing mystery or suspense:
Three members of my mom's immediate family all died in the same week in July. Exactly 8 years apart. 
 
For those of you writing paranormal:
My oldest daughter had an imaginary friend until she was five. Her friend's name was "Grammy" and, obviously, a grandmother type. She had all of her Pre-K teachers convinced Grammy was real. She talked about spending weekends with Grammy, getting ice cream and Grammy's cute dog having an accident on the rug. This was all sweet until she started talking about Grammy spanking her with a tree limb. This is a child who has never been swatted with anything other than a hand in her life and has never seen any one beat with a "switch". The weirdest was one night when she told me about going to see Grammy. But Grammy was in bed, wouldn't wake up and her face was blue. Then she didn't talk about Grammy anymore.
So, swap with me! What's happened to you or someone around you or your neighbor's cousin's sister-in-law's best friend that would make a great plot?