A Return to the Idea Mill

I had a great time having D. S. Nelson read my tea leaves. There’s still time to check out my reading and make comments here.

I also owe you guys my own post today. Regular readers know me as a writer of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy stories. I’ve also blogged about getting ideas from Zite magazine and things I subscribe to in my RSS reader. There’s been some interesting news lately and I decided to share it with you guys.

This is an Idaho headline. Strange black blobs have formed along the Snake River. No one seems to know what they are, but they appear benign. Read the news blurb here: strange blobs.

I can absolutely think of several science fiction stories and maybe even a fantasy based around this. For some reason, Creedence playing It Fell Out of the Sky is running through my head. What about you guys?

In this story, an artist used genetic material from a Van Gogh ancestor along with a laser printer. He created a replica of the artist’s severed ear that people can talk into. He says they can keep the ear alive for several years. Read the blurb here: Genetic ear.

My mind works differently, and I was taken back to The Boys From Brazil. This was a great Gregory Peck movie many years ago regarding the cloning of Adolph Hitler. As a writer, why not Genghis Kahn, Napoleon, or Torquemada.

This one is one of those list type articles that I call mad science. There are eleven technological “advancements” noted. Here’s the link: Super Powers.

Not all of them jump out at me, but I can see a stalker/rapist type with high tech invisibility clothing. I can also see computers that lead to the fall of man by cataloging all of human learning and thought. People no longer have to think for themselves, evolution takes us another direction, the power fails…

And finally, it wasn’t uncommon to cover books with human skin at one time. Harvard University confirmed they have one such book. Someone just helped them self to the skin of a mental patient who passed away. I remember hearing of a pair of shoes made from a Wild West criminal at one point. Read the book article here: Book.

So what if the unfortunate skin donor was really cursed or possessed? I can see a paranormal story where the book is some kind of religious or political artifact, but no one knows the curse is still there. Some centennial event is marked by a politician or Pope reading to the masses from the original book. Where could you go with that one? (Kind of makes me want to see Army of Darkness again.)

I’m sure there are more things out there. I like to post these on occasion, not as writing prompts per say, but to illustrate how I get my ideas. Where do you guys get ideas to write about? If one of these articles inspires you tell us all about it.


Filed under The Idea Mill, Writing

16 responses to “A Return to the Idea Mill

  1. I really like the skin suit idea! I think the ear thing is just gross! LOL! But I love the way your mind works… You’ve got some great stuff here! 😀


  2. You have an interesting mind…


  3. Have you read The Machine Stops by E.M.Forster? It’s a sci-fi short story (around 12,000 words) written in 1909. Seeing how your mind works, I think you’d really like it. I have it in a book of Selected Stories by him, which are all excellent actually.


  4. Oh man, the skin book idea sent my mind racing with a really awful idea involving some of my shapeshifters and a sect of witches that do really horrific things in the name of science – I already have some “shape shifters” who utilize magical pelts, but most of those have to be earned by the individual. A book that anyone could learn the spell from – man, oh man, possibilities!!!

    Thanks for sharing 😀


    • Go get ’em. If you’ve never seen Army of Darkness, it’s a cult classic – with a skin book in it. That’s what it reminded me of.


      • I’ve seen bits and pieces -enough to know a boomstick when I see one- but I’ve never sat down and watched it beginning to end. Of course, I rarely sit down and watch a movie beginning to end. I’m kinda short attention span like that. It’s kind of amazing I ever get anything done. 😛


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