Inspiration #1

The following is a collection of story ideas that I don’t have time to do or have lost interest in. Feel free to use them for your stories, but please mention something akin to “based on an idea by Joe Rover, joerover.com.” Feel free to mix and modify the ideas.

A pair of teenage sleuths get in over their heads as they discover members of their local police force are corrupt. The rouge officers have their hands in many illegal activities within the town–everything from drugs to rape to murder.

An animal activist and an intelligent talking animal must team up to save a community of intelligent animals from poachers. The activist at first things being around talking, thinking animals is great but the idea of being around animals that never stop talking wears thin over time. Also, the animals appear to have lost their innocence and are acting more like humans. Will the activist still support the animals or will they start to see the animals as having the same flaws as mankind?

What started as a friendly hot air balloon race turns nasty as the prize money and fame increase. Friends turn on friends and rivals get rougher as storms, malfunctions, and other contestants try to put a stop to the race. The teams will stop at nothing to win, even creating the weirdest and silliest offense and defense gadgets/weapons ever thought of for hot air balloons. Everything from giant needles to catapults that launch cats–nothing is left unused, even the kitchen sink.

Bobby, a young intern for the big city newspaper, is hungry for the story that’ll finally show everyone his worth. Instead he is trapped covering the obituaries. It’s a thankless job filled with upset (and sometimes outright furious) family members and a tedious, repetitive form he must follow. But while on the surface they seem unrelated, Bobby soon sees something amiss. As he begins to investigate, he uncovers a conspiracy that could get him the recognition he wants–if he lives. Is it a government experiment? Ancient plots? Mad scientists? Maybe all of the above.

After the death of a loved one in a car crash, a physicist creates a time machine. They succeed in stopping the crash only to have their loved one killed in a case of road rage. Another attempt stops the road rage, but their loved one dies in a hit and run. However, this time the physicist recognizes the driver–it is the same from the crash and the road rage. Slowly, the physicist discovers the accident was no accident but murder. Why is someone after their loved one?

Aliens have had it with human hate crimes. They’ve chosen four people (you select the combination of race, gender, disability, etc) to prove humanity can change by having them work together to stop a series of hate crimes. If the four are unable to stop the crimes, the aliens will “eliminate the problem” themselves. Can the four work together or is the human race doomed?

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!


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Weekend Read | Review

Over the last few days, I’ve been looking over the app Weekend Read by Quote-Unquote Apps.

The app let’s you read various screenplays, and not just independent, hardly heard of screenplays but from movies like Big Fish, The Boxtrolls, Wizard of Oz, and more. Along with the ones provided, you can add your own through links or Dropbox.

The interface was fairly easy to use–not perfect but not difficult. With the app, you can also switch between a “modern” version of the screenplay and a version of the one submitted to studios.

I wasn’t too found with only being able to store four files in the library–unless I wanted to pay more, but you can delete screenplays you’ve already read.

The app’s look isn’t flashy; it is pretty standard for a file reader. But the simple look makes it easy to locate what you want. The simple look also makes the app inviting. I didn’t feel like this was something only a big-time screenwriter could understand. The app isn’t filled with confusing jargon; it is designed for everyone in mind.

Compared to other apps, it isn’t the most exciting, but it is a fairly inexpensive tool if you are looking into writing your own screenplay and want examples. It is also good for, just as the name states, a weekend read. 3.9/5

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File 001 | The Detective Files (Review)

“Independence and Freedom-File 001” by Jeff C. Fuller is one of the many articles/short stories that can be found on The Detective Files website. In the story, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are stolen.

The story is told in first-person: Detective Charles Early. He and his new partner, Emma Stevens, must recover the stolen Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

The story has a noir-like style. I could almost picture a rain-drenched city and a detective in a trench coat. I’m not sure if that was the author’s intention, but it is what came across to me. Whether intentional or not, the mood and feel continued throughout the story. It didn’t feel like one minute it was a detective story and the next it was a comedy.

One of the first things I liked about the story is that it ended. By the end, the items are recovered. The story is self-contained. I don’t feel like “now I have to read twenty more files to learn what happened.”

I noticed some editing mistakes. For example, at one point Emma says, “Don’t you thin sir?” Fuller might want to look back through and fix some of these errors.

The dialogue and structure of the story gave it an “always moving” feel. I wasn’t bored or wondered “how much longer till the action.” I also liked the idea of this organization that helps solve cases that are too difficult for regular authorities; it kind of added to the mysterious-noir vide of the story.

I also noticed that Fuller repeats words in some sentences or has redundant text. For instance, at the beginning it says, “The last security guard made one last round around the building when he turned and signaled to the other guard that all was well.” The next sentence has the guard saying that the building is clear and all the alarms are on. Fuller might want to choose between keeping the dialogue or the description.

At one point, Fuller uses the word “feel” many times in one sentence. “Chuck, I have a gut feeling and I am not sure why I am feeling this way but I do have a feeling that this was an inside job…” These issues can easily be solved by eliminating the repetitive word or changing it to another word.

What I found to be the best part of the story was the style. Throughout the story, it sounds as if Detective Early is speaking. The narration stays in character. The descriptions of people sound like how a detective would describe someone in a report. The whole story sounds like someone writing a police report. Fuller does an excellent job at making the story feel like it is a file/report but at the same time making it sound like a story. Fuller balances the two well.

“File 001” made me curious to read more files and even check out the main novel The Detective Files: Emma Stevens and the Lord of Crime, which is published by Page Publishing; it is available at retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 4/5


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Searching for Ideas | Living the Write Life

After seeing the 2018 Robin Hood movie, I thought it’d been fun for you to get a peek at what happens when coming up with story ideas. Disclaimer: This is my own method and not to be taken as something other writers/artists do.

Me: Hey guys, I just came up with an idea. Why not do a Robin Hood story? We could call it Robin Hound.

Danny: That joke’s been done.

Brain: To death.

Me: Then maybe we call him Robbie Hound.

Sally: Not your best work.

Me: *sigh*

Brain: What has you on this path anyway?

Me: I just saw the 2018 Robin Hood.

Brain: Little late there. We have already seen it.

Me: There were some problems getting it.

Danny: I liked that part at the beginning where one of the soldiers was hanging upside down. It made me think of…OH! If we are doing this, we should have a scene like that. The Crusaders are approaching the man. Suddenly, Admiral Fishbar says…

Danny and Me: It’s a ruse! Ah-hahahaha!!

Sally and Brain: *sigh*

Brain: Just one problem. “Admiral” is a navy term.

Me: Speaking of fish, we could have Robin be a fish-person instead of a dog-person. We’d then call him Robin of Lox.

Brain: *rubbing the bridge of his nose* It is just getting worse.

Sally: Or he could be a casino owner. That way he’d be called Robin of Lucks-Lee Casino.

Brain: Et tu, Sally? Let us move on, shall we?

Me: OK, Grumpy Pants, what part did you like?

Brain: I enjoyed the choreography during the treasury raid.

Me: Oh yeah, that was awesome. During it, I thought, “That’s a lot of guards. He really needs to recruit his Merry Men.”

Danny: Ooh! Like other folk legends…like Aladdin.

Me: And have a Folk Legend Cinematic Universe?! Yes, please. They could have Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and…uh…*snaps fingers*

Danny: King Arthur.

Me: Yeah! He could be the one recruiting them all like Nick Fury.

Brain: Those legendary characters come from different time periods.

Danny: Pfft, Arthur could just have Merlin pull the people through time.

Me: The threat could be some immortal being who keeps showing up through the ages so they all have to team up in order to stop the villain.

Sally: Who’d be the villain?

Danny: Morgana?

Me: Been done. She’s always the villain.

Danny: Maybe a viking foe. Do you think they could recruit Hiccup and Toothless? Dragons are legendary.

Me: I thought this was live-action.

Danny: It could be.

Me: Live-action Toothless?

Danny: Can’t be any worse than live-action Genie and Sonic.

Me: You have a point.

Ding!

Me: What was that?

Brain: I have just finish preparing a meal of pizza and doughnuts.

Danny and Me: *rushing off* Alright!!

Sally: Was that some trick to get us to stop talking?

Brain: Absolutely. Would you like a doughnut?

Sally: Eh, why not…


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