Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Story


Genevieve and Seedling

A young woman comes home after work to her gloomy and lackluster apartment. She picks up and examines her travel magazines and maps with longing.

Genevieve checks her mail. She gets a letter and a small package. She’s been given a seed. ‘What the heck is this? What do I do with this?’

Next day, Genevieve comes home. She’s stressed, exhausted, and bored. She looks at the seed and thinks ‘oh ok might as well try this thing.’

Genevieve plants the seed in a pot of soil and places it by the window. She waters it lightly. And the next day it sprouts. She smiles, pleased and hopeful.

Every day from then on when she comes home, Genevieve takes great care tending for the seedling. She waters it, places plant food in the soil, and watches it for long periods of time. For a while it doesn’t grow, and her enthusiasm wanes. She gets a little worried. Then one day, it grew smaller. Panicked, she tries everything she could to revive it; she gives it super expensive fertilizer, turns on the radio to classical music, sings to it, and even turns on the T.V. to watch stand-up comedy for it.

One day, she comes home, her seedling has gone from the pot. She panics, digs into the soil to find that the shape of her seed has changed and hardened. Genevieve scratches her head in confusion. She wonders if her plant had died or grew sick.
Genevieve comes home one day. There’s something “thumping” in her apartment. She enters to find a large and silly-looking creature. It has turned on the TV to comedy central and the radio to the classical music station. On sight, it greets her enthusiastically while Genevieve kind of quivers in shock. She doesn’t know what to make of the creature. Quickly, she opens the window and tells it to go out, which it does. When it’s gone, she check her pot. It’s actually broken, with the soil spilling over. Then it clicks. The creature had been her seedling!

Genevieve sticks her head out the window, wondering where it went. It appears and startles her. She lets it back in, pacing around the creature, examining it. The creature extends a hand to her and points at the window. Genevieve is unsure what the creature is communicating. The creature then urges her to hop on its back, to which she waves her hand furiously and declines. She backs up on the table where her maps and magazines were. She picks them up, studying them, remembering her desires. She runs into her room quickly and changes into tourist gear and decides to hop on the creature’s back.


The creatures busts the both of them out of the apartment and takes flight in the sky. Genevieve has a blast. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Character Development Exercise

Genevieve

Attributes:
likes planning and preparing 
careful 
committed to tasks at hand 
curious 
explosive when happy
anxious 
worrisome 
fidgety 
hard on herself
easily discouraged 
easily flustered

Story:
Genevieve inherits a seed and is given instructions to care for it as much as possible. She takes care of the seed, but after some time, there is no sproutling. It isn’t after months in which she finds a large green creature in her home and realizes it used to be the seed she has inherited. It busts her out of her crumbling home and takes her on an adventure in the sky.

Backstory:
Genevieve lives in a dinky apartment where she doesn’t get that much natural sunlight. She works hard at her day job but lives a lack-luster life and always comes home drained. Genevieve begins to yearn for something more than her boring life with no one to come home too.

Tollbooth:
Genevieve drives her scooter up to the tollbooth. It was the way home every day, even if it did cost several cents. It was better than going through the junkyard neighborhood. Genevieve fiddled through pockets. No change? That’s okay, let’s check the bag. And so Genevieve goes through every pocket of her bag. As she finds nothing, her heart starts racing and her breathing becomes heavy. She goes through her last pocket and realizes she has no change. 

Genevieve drops her bag and lets out a flabbergasted cry. In her frustration, she kicks her scooter to the floor. Oops, she shouldn’t have done that. “Sorry!” She says, even though her scooter is inanimate. Quickly, she props it back up and dusts it off like an injured child.

Genevieve goes on a scavenger hunt around the area for loose change. After fifteen minutes, she only manages to find eleven cents. Amazing! Except that she needs four more to proceed. Drats! She has no choice but to go through the junkyard neighborhood, a sketchy area with terrible sewage and smelly people and rats. Or she could wait until someone else came and paid for her entrance as well. But she can’t miss her sitcom. It was a new episode tonight!

Hmm… okay, well maybe the junkyard neighborhood might be worth it, she thought. She drives her scooter away and takes that detour. She goes through the alley ways carefully. It’s shadowed and the building looms over her as if it were ready to swallow her. Genevieve shivers the entire time. She looks at her surroundings and yelps at rats squeaking by the walls. “Ugh.” Something large seems to be fumbling around the dumpster and a bead of sweat rolls down her neck. “Huzzah!” It’s just a weird old man, but Genevieve screams and gets her butt back home as fast as possible.

She arrives back home pooped. She turns the T.V. on to find herself fifteen minutes into the new episode. She grumbles as she drops her bag to the floor. A couple coins spill out. Genevieve counts it.


It was twenty cents. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Concepts


Monster Juggernaut wrecks havoc upon surrounding communities. On closer inspection, the monster delivers mail between two pen pals.
As part of the marriage ceremony, the bride and groom must be cast out in the desert. They must work together to survive in difficult places and defeat the desert monster together before they can reach the altar.
In which a girl gets sick and starts sneezing flowers

In which love potions backfire when the person it is administered to is actually allergic to love potions.
A potential character I'd like to use.