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Story Seeds

1) Job Listing: ‘$40K a Year to Attend Harvard University as Me’ (This is a real Craigs List ad mentioned in The Atlantic)

2) It’s rare for me to do this, but:

3) Everyone has done and redone A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but I don’t think anyone has done it found-footage style, like BLAIR WITCH. Give Scrooge Google Glass, and there you go.

4) “[X] IN SPACE!” Heart of Darkness in Space. The Grapes of Wrath in Space. On the Road in Space. Great Expectations in Space.

5) A young scribe is sent to the wizard-king’s kitchens to create a cookbook, and discovers a whole secret world of pantry-spells, strange inhuman suppliers, and possibly a plot against the throne. Actually, I don’t like the plot against the throne, thing. Better if the scribe is just really determined to made a fully-comprehensive codex, even with the most obscure and difficult recipes.

6) The Seven Habits of Highly Cheerful Reapers. It must suck to be so grim all the time. I envision a whole section of the bookstore devoted to helping Reapers be more upbeat and deal with stress.


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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
I choose #5!

Back later.
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Go for it.
Jun. 5th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Re number 5: Patricia McKillip "The Book of Atrix Wolfe". Lots of kitchen stuff, and magic and a magical queen.
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Ah well. I knew it was too cool to be new.
Jun. 5th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
Misread that as "The Seven Habits of Highly Cheerful Reavers," which is also rather eye-catching.

Edited at 2014-06-05 05:12 am (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2014 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm sure that one would focus on increased reaving. Lots and lots of reaving, morning to night.
Jun. 5th, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
Sharon Shinn's JENNA STARBORN is Jane Eyre In Space! :)
Jun. 5th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Change the word to "Shinigami" and the Japanese have done that Cheerful Reaper thing many times. Come to think of it, Gaiman's Death was pretty perky.
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