Yesterday was such fun. I loved coming back here again and again and finding more and more clever ideas and even some complete scenes! I found it very inspiring, and so lively that it kept me revved up all afternoon while I wrote. When I did write, I had those shivery and amazing kinds of synchronicities, one after another, that seem to say, "You're on the right track."
During lunch at a restaurant, I was writing a scene on a napkin when a child behind me, out of the blue, began singing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way." I couldn't believe it, because those words were the exact right punch line for the scene I was writing! I crossed out what I had written down not two minutes earlier, and wrote in those lyrics, instead.
Then I went to the library to work on the same scene which happens to have Santa's reindeer in it. Before I started writing, I opened an email and before my wondering eyes was a message from a friend with these lines: "Heigh ho, and off they go, pawing the ground, snorting." Those words popped out at me like an in-joke from the writing gods. I had not said a single word to her about my story. I have read and reread her email since then and I still can't figure out what those words "really" refer to. I only know that some impulse prompted her to type a phrase that fit Santa's reindeer at the very time I was writing a story--in October-- featuring Santa's reindeer. How does that happen?
Next, after writing a scene about wild dogs, I got up from the desk, glanced at the DVD's on the shelf and the first one I saw had the title, "The Wild Dogs." And that wasn't even the last of the coincidences yesterday.
Something tells me this story is going to turn out just fine. :)
Thank you all VERY much for all of your funny, smart, ingenious, generous ideas!