As I blogged once before, I am always surprised when people ask where I get my ideas. With articles/headlines like these, how can my imagination not be fired up? (to understand the title, you have to have go read Amy Ruttan’s blog.


I found this article fascinating – especially since I’d written about a similar phenomena in the story I started for NaNo2007. I really need to get back to finishing that. That’s not snow that they’re walking over, nor is it foam, it’s a four mile underground crystal ‘river’. Cool, huh?

The survey expedition by members of the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project in early July added several thousand feet to the measurement of the spectacular formation, which is at least four miles long. The explorers who have been following the passage under the rolling hills of southeastern New Mexico say there’s still more of Snowy River to be discovered.

The few who have walked on the formation say they’ve seen nothing else like it. Early studies point to its uniqueness: Already, some three dozen species of microbes previously unknown to science have been uncovered.

Hmm, three dozen species of previously unknown microbes … *big grin* … guess what else is down there?

file under: Paranormal possibilities


According to this article, parts of Quebec are experiencing things such as waterspouts now – which are more common to the tropics. That should come as no surprise to anyone living in southern Ontario or Quebec. We’ve had the wettest June and July in our history this year – which I can attest to. It’s not that it’s been overly hot, but because of all the rain, the humidity has been quite uncomfortable.

file under: paranormal possibilities


Did anyone else read this article about the 60 something year old guy who was arrested for having an S&M party? Lucky for him, the judge ruled:

The “bondage, beating and domination” that did take place was “typical of S&M behaviour”, he said.

He was found not guilty, and the reporters who sensationalized it were fined sixty thousand pounds.

file under: erotica research – use in a possible sequel to Sam’s story


Then there’s this story about the latest sighting of Ogopogo. For those of you who aren’t up on Canadian folklore, Ogopogo is Canada’s version of the Loch Ness Monster in Lake Okanagan (Kelowna, British Columbia.) GG, Curly and I were there a couple years ago. We didn’t see anything. *pout*

First Nations legends call the beast the N’ha-a-itk, or lake demon, according to local lore.

Similar to the monster of Loch Ness in Scotland, the Ogopogo is purportedly a serpent-like creature, somewhere between six and 15 metres long, with a horse-shaped head and a dark blue or brown body.

file under: definite paranormal possibilities (actually this story sort of ties in with my paranormal Delving Deep)


Then there’s this story where a judge in New Zealand recently made a 9 year old girl a ward of the court so they could change her name from ‘Talula Does the Hula‘.

The girl had been so embarrassed at the name that she had never told her closest friends what it was. She told people to call her “K” instead, the girl’s lawyer, Colleen MacLeod, told the court.

Registration officials blocked some names, including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, he said. But others were allowed, including Number 16 Bus Shelter “and tragically, Violence,” he said.

Hmm, wonder if anyone’s told JR Ward’s Vishous, Rhage, Phury or Zsadist about this case.

file under: character development – source of possible internal conflict for hero/heroine


Then there’s this story about a couple who are complaining about a mysterious rumbling noise.

Bob and Leona Ehrfurth say the noise that’s been plaguing them for two years sounds something like a rumbling motor, with a subtle vibration that won’t quit. Then it stops — especially when they try to show city officials or acoustic experts what they’re hearing.

From the headline, and this first paragraph, I figured they were both a little squirrelly. Nope. Apparently other people have heard it too. Guess I’m not the only one who is losing sleep. Although at least I know what’s causing my problems – my neighbours who insist on having hot tub parties starting at 11 p.m. Every single night since last November. During snow storms, and freezing rain; they’ll sit in it during thunderstorms, the idiots. I think we’re going to end up calling in the city too.

file under: possible paranormal explanation? method of torturing neighbors to murder and mayhem for future mystery or suspense novel?


And to end off on a slightly insane note, here’s a video Guitar Hero shared with me. I love the Muppets’ slightly offkilter sense of humor. And the addition of Statler and Waldorf at the end makes it just that much funnier. I miss Jim Henson, the Muppets haven’t been the same since he died.

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2 thoughts on “Plot Monkeys

  • July 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Plot monkeys, YES YES. LOL!!

  • July 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    LOL – I blogged about Talula and her unfortunate name. It’s scheduled to post tomorrow. I’m glad the judge showed plain common sense in this case.

    I have so many ideas I worry about having time to write them. When people say they’d run out of ideas I always feel sorry for them. It must be sad lacking imagination. I prefer my colorful world!!

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