Every now and then, in our idle moments, my husband and I come up with brilliant plot or concept ideas. At least they seem so to us. Okay, they're usually silly. But sometimes silly is good. Like when we wrote a pair of hundred-word Christmas stories about how Rudolph's career developed after that first foggy Christmas, inspire by Neil Gaiman's "Nicholas Was..."--we used them for a memorable Christmas card.
I think we're really on to something now. I have a backache and my husband handed me my daughter's fat stuffed duck, a fluffy goofy critter based on Sandra Boynton's illustrations. I christened him Eggs, short for Exemplary Duck, as he's named on his tag. "Hug,"Joel ordered.
"What is this, duck therapy?" I said.
"He's a duck-tor. Dr. Eggs."
Then we started laughing and imagining a TV series called Dr. Eggs, about a quirky doctor a la Dr. House, who is a reproductive specialist and gives his patients naughty advice on how to get pregnant. Hey, it could work. We're up for bidding.
As part of my credentials, let me tell you that some of my ideas that have been laughed at or looked askance at were actually my most successful. There was a time when I gave up sharing my ideas even with writer friends because of the weird looks I would get. Thankfully I now have a like-minded husband to share them with.
I got raised eyebrows from a creative writing classmate when I told her, "I have a great title for a young adult story: 'Peanut Butter Kisses.' " She was like, "But what will the story be about?" I vaguely mumbled an answer along the lines of "Something about peanut butter and a first kiss." It took some years, but I eventually did come up with a story that fit the title, and it is one of the popular ones in Bagets Anthology.
My husband and I come up with a lot of goofy plots for love stories while driving. It was a great day to pass the time in the long drives during our dating days. Like one time we saw a helicopter howering by a tall building on Valentine's Day when we were stuck in traffic. We joked that someone must have been really desperate to get to his date on time and hired the helicopter to bring him there so he could slide down a rope and make a dramatic entrance just before his date gave up waiting for him. Another time, we saw a guy gallantly helping a girl over a pedestrian barrier. They then dashed across the highway holding hands. We decided they could make a great movie about them called "Love on a Two Way Street," about a couple who meet and fall in love when jaywalking together. Once we saw a lot of filming going on at the bridge near our house. We wondered why anyone would want to film the cornfields at night. We decided that they were filming a movie. It would be a romantic film about a woman who had fallen into the river and was rescued by a water buffalo and led his farmer owner to her.
I doubt very much I'm ever really going to develop full stories based on these ideas, so anyone is welcome to them. When you think about it, they're not as silly as some movies that have actually been made!