THE IDEA FOR THIS EXPERIMENT came from a short story I wrote, inspired by pages from a script by Trevor Hollen. The entire thing - script, story, and explanation - is in one of my Thought Experiments. I realized that if I can do this for an essay, why not declare myself all-in and ask my readers to Tell Me What To Write.
15 Nov 2012
THE FIRST STORY IS DONE. It was inspired by two suggestions. JT gave me: "Ninja Lizard Cowboys Motorcycle Riders from Space."
cyrillic-name-man gave me: "Genre Fantasy. Plot twist is Something similar to Dark Energy."
Out of those two brief snippets, I created "The Desires of Dark Energy." You'll find it here.
11 Dec 2012
THE SECOND STORY IS DONE. It was inspired by two suggestions. Denjie gave me: "Have a dark loner guy in your story. He tries to do the right thing, but his ways look dark and he doesn't let many people get close to him. The major aspect about him is his anger, it just snaps in him."
Christopher Allen gave me: "How about a mind fucking crime drama with a severe twist."
Out of those two brief snippets, I created "What the Dollar Bill Said." You'll find it here.
Temporary hiatus while I go holiday visiting across the USA for the next couple weeks. After that, the week of Christmas, the game's back on.
28 February 2013
THOUGHT THIS WAS A DEAD PROJECT, HUH? I guess you're wrong. I got a little carried away with the next story...I turned it into a damned novelette. It's around 20,000 words long! That counts for around two or three months worth of stories.
The idea donor wished to remain anonymous.
It is titled "Perfect Children." You'll find it here.
31 March 2013
SPEED, THE PRINCE OF CATS, DIED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. He was my friend and my constant companion for the last seventeen years. I gained a small bit of distraction from my grief by writing this story.
It is titled "Retirement Age." You'll find it here.
My name is R. P. Bird. This place is my experimental laboratory, wherein, on a regular basis over the next year, I will write stories inspired by you, the reader.
Here are the rules.
From Halloween to Halloween, 2012 to 2013, every two weeks - if I'm busy, every month - tell me what to write, I'll make it into a short story.
News articles, images, characters, events, story ideas - all are welcome. The originator is mentioned on the cover page - though the actual short story is mine. Some ideas need not apply: pornography, politics, and the works of others. This is not the place for fan fiction. Original works of fiction based on the inspiration of my audience, that's what this is about.
Come join the fun. Twitter me an idea. Keep track of the fun at my Facebook pages - me or official me - or here. I'm also known to frequent my main website at rpbird.com. If the ideas start to elbow and crowd each other, we'll start a lottery.
I will post the resulting stories here. If it's too much of a bother to convert them to html, I'll post them as acrobat files - aka pdf documents. This thing here.
Fun should be had by all.
In 2002 my writing career died when my father died.
I became my mother's care giver - for seven years.
I could write again as a professional in 2010, a year after she died.
I write 20,000+ words a month. But where does that get me?
The age-old problem of writers: how do you find your audience? They exist. They're out there. They're having trouble finding me. I'm having trouble hooking up with them.
Who do we rely upon for matchmaking? The shaky, sometimes cross-eyed services of agents and publishers. I'd rather go out and find them myself. Simply posting online won't do it. 8.9 billion pages on the internet. Too much noise.
Might as well be a Beduin poet typing on a 1910 Underwood in an abandoned medieval fort in Timbuktu.
I write 20,000+ words a month. I just finished a 180,000 word novel. Can I leverage my productivity to this task? Why not try?
Writing in public has a honorable history among authors. It's been done, usually at bookstores, since the 19th century, as a way of increasing interest in an author's works. The last practitioner of this arcane art is Harlan Ellison.
Update needed. Why not do something similar online? I'm always up for an adventure.