Friday Fuel: Matriarchs and AA for toys

Friday Fuel, writing life May 4, 2012

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here. I actually set my latest completed manuscript aside and started a new project! It’s both exciting and a little scary to start something new after spending so much time with one manuscript. It’s a little like leaving a group of old friends for a new set– out of my comfort zone.

I took a class on monsters in graduate school and had to find a foreign myth dealing with a monster. This mythological beast has been in the back of my mind since, so I finally gave in and started writing about it. It’s fun so far.

In other news, Scott Johnson’s third Stanley Cooper novel, Ectostorm, released this week. Next week I will feature an interview with Scott and a review of Ectostorm! Go to Scott’s website to learn more about the Stanley Cooper Chronicles and a link to buy the books.

Here’s your Friday Fuel:

1. On this day in 1974, the first women to climb an 8000 meter peak reached the summit of Manaslu. On this day in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom. Write a short story in which the society is matriarchal rather than patriarchal.

2. What was your favorite toy as a child? Write a scene in which that favorite toy comes back for your help to deal with an alcohol problem.

3. Write a ten-word sentence that sums up your yesterday.

4. Change the gender of your protagonist and write a scene that shows his/her personality as the opposite gender.

5. Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes the person beside him on a bus is actually the bully that made his life miserable as a kid. What does he do?

Have a great weekend and tune in next week for my interview with Scott Johnson and a review of Ectostorm!


Tattooed writer with an attitude seeks like minded people who appreciate snark and ink. Or snarky ink.

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