Chasing Plot Bunnies

I think the story gods are out to stop me from writing Zel or something, because they’ve been sending way too many plot bunnies my way this past week. And strangely, half of them are about fractured fairy tales. So. I need to work on my Zel novel, so I figured I’d throw the essence of each plot bunny down here so that I can have it later. And so I can, you know, let the bunnies go. For now.

Plot Bunny #1: I’m still not sure what the definition of “suspension” means in Chemistry, but the word, along with a cool picture of a helicopter blowing dust into the air, gave me an idea. It’s a sci-fi screenplay called Suspension, even though I’ve never written a screenplay before, and my sci-fi isn’t very scientific. Pretty much, it’s about this people who have figured out how to suspend time in a certain area. And…that’s about all I know. I tried writing the first scene, and heh. I’m really bad at screenwriting. But it was fun anyway.

Plot Bunny #2: I was thinking about coming up with an RP (roleplay) for the YWP NaNoWriMo site, because…it sounds fun. Anyhow, a plot bunny came to me and named it Bloodstone, and it’s a semi-typical fantasy thing with a party of adventurers and such. After all, it is a roleplay.

Anyway, the premise of the story is that there was once this legendary tale of demon made of fire with soulless black eyes who terrorized the land of Eriilaen, and the best warriors of the time fought it and, along with some magic, managed to trap the demon inside a crimson stone–the bloodstone. Since the demon was still able to speak to people through the stone, it was given to the elves for safekeeping, as they were less likely to become corrupted through it.

But then the bloodstone disappears from the elves’ safekeeping, and the characters are called to go find it. (There’s other stuff too that I won’t put here–I’ve been spending way too much time on this plot bunny, but that might be okay if I actually decide to do the roleplay.)

Plot Bunny #3: I actually had this idea a while ago, but the plot bunny came back to me with a vengeance, and told me to write the story of The Little Mermaid. Only, in this version, the mermaid is given a choice to either keep her voice, or her beauty, and she chooses to keep her voice and give her beauty to the sea witch. I also want to follow the original fairy tale in that she has to marry the guy instead of just kissing him. (However, it will probably still have a happy ending, because I like happy endings.)

I haven’t decided yet, but I’ve been thinking that the mermaid might not really want to fall in love/have already fallen in love, she might just want to explore the human world and see what it’s like. She didn’t want to have to do the whole love thing, but since love is one of the strongest magics in the world, that was the only way she was going to stay human. I don’t know about that though.

This idea interests me a lot, because I want her to fall in love, and someone to fall in love with her, without her having to be pretty. I understand that looks are important sometimes, but when people say things like you have to be attracted physically to one another to fall in love, it kind of bothers me. What happened to stories like Beauty and the Beast? And what is that sort of statement telling to girls nowadays who think they aren’t beautiful (though they likely are)? So, I do want to tell this story at some point. I don’t know when that will be, but sometime, hopefully.

Plot Bunny #4: This one actually came today, while I was doodling in the notebooks. It came originally from an idea I had for the world building of Zel–a rainbird. (Which is not the most creative name and I might come up with something later, but for now I’m just calling it that.) It’s this half bird, half fish/amphibian/something that lives in the water. I haven’t decided if they live underwater, or they just have the ability to go underwater.

Anyway, I’ve had a lot of ideas on the rainbird. It only flies in the rain. Why? I don’t know, but they’re called rainbirds for that reason. They have really long wing and tail feathers, and when they fly, they look like ribbons. And then something about the rain makes them colorful and rainbow-y, whether that’s just magic or something to do with water and rainbows and stuff like that.

I really liked the idea of the rainbirds, and since I haven’t actually included them in my Zel novel yet, and since I probably won’t because there’s a slight drought going on at the moment, I thought I could create another fractured fairy tale with them. Maybe The Swan Princess, or the one where the girl’s seven brothers get turned into birds. Or some other fairy tale that involves the rainbirds much more than my Zel novel would’ve.

Plot Bunny #5: Lastly, one day I just thought of some random words and wrote them down. I don’t really know if that counts as a full plot bunny because the idea is so random that it has nothing to do with plot, so maybe it’s like…a lucky plot bunny rabbit foot? Actually, that sounds weird. Never mind. Here’s the words:

You must complete the circles…eternity spinning together….everything and nothingness all at once.


 

Have the plot bunnies been trying to infest any of your lives as well? I’m telling you, they can get to be a real problem…

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18 thoughts on “Chasing Plot Bunnies

  1. scatterbrainedseamstress January 21, 2016 / 9:46 PM

    Haha, plot bunnies have been killing me too… I sent an email to you about one.

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    • Lana January 22, 2016 / 6:49 AM

      I saw that! I also responded to it, and it looks really cool.

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  2. Shim January 22, 2016 / 10:49 PM

    Those sound awesome.

    I have a note to share about the beauty thing but I can’t get words to form tonight, so remind me to tell it to you tomorrow.

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    • Lana January 23, 2016 / 8:44 AM

      Thanks!

      Ooh, okay. *reminds you to tell me your note about the beauty thing*

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      • Shim January 27, 2016 / 11:26 AM

        Okay, not totally sure I have words right now, either, but, basically, beauty is subjective, right? So someone you find pretty, I might not agree. And it’s fun to play with that—although also hard. Like, easy example. My character Shimara is pretty plain. Ask anybody in the story, even her sister, and they’ll agree—she’s pretty plain. She’ll openly admit to it, too. Ask Ean, though? He’d tell you she’s the prettiest girl on the whole planet. (This is hard, though, because if, say, Ean was my only PoV, then the reader would assume she was pretty because that’s what Ean thinks. And Shimara herself is hardly reliable with this, because her self-esteem is probably at the same level as mine. So in order to pull this off, I’d need another PoV, like, say, her sister Wyell—someone who’s kind of biased but does agree that Shimara’s fairly plain.)
        The other thing is that I’ve found from personal experience that sometimes being “attracted” to someone can change your opinion of their “beauty”. So, like, another example, and this one’s making me blush, for one of my crushes, somebody asked me if I thought he was cute, and I was like, “Um, I don’t know”, and then a few months later, I realized I did think he was cute, and the reason that that changed was I’m pretty sure just because I was attracted to his personality.
        Also, I think “attractive” is different than “beautiful”. So.

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      • Lana February 1, 2016 / 3:17 PM

        Oh yeah, I definitely agree with all of this. Guys are definitely way more cute when they’re really nice and kind (at least for me). And yes to the last thing you said. Some guy can be the most “attractive” guy in the world, but he’d only be “handsome” to me if he was good and kind too.

        I’m going to use some of this stuff and play around with it in this novel…whenever I get around to actually writing it.

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      • Shim February 9, 2016 / 11:39 PM

        Exactly.

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  3. Kellyn Roth January 23, 2016 / 11:02 AM

    Yep. I know about plot bunnies. They demand development. Angrily. Evilly. Vindictively. 🙂

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    • Lana January 23, 2016 / 2:40 PM

      Indeed, very much so. You wouldn’t expect something so sinister from something as fluffy as a bunny…but it is what they do. 😀

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      • Kellyn Roth January 23, 2016 / 3:17 PM

        🙂 Well, have fun developing your bunnies! 😀

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      • Lana January 26, 2016 / 10:53 PM

        Thanks! I will have fun developing them, though hopefully I’ll get some writing done on my current stuff before then.

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  4. queenmelainiemerker January 25, 2016 / 6:45 PM

    OOOH THOSE ARE AWESOME PLOT BUNNIES/LUCKY PLOT BUNNY RABBIT FEET
    HOW DO YOU GET SUCH GOOD IDEAS
    ALSO, GO WORK ON YOUR ZEL NOVEL!

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    • Lana January 26, 2016 / 10:52 PM

      THANKS AND I DUNNO WHERE THE IDEAS COME FROM. MAYBE I HAVE CATNIP BUT FOR PLOT BUNNIES INSTEAD OF CATS. *GIVES YOU CAT-BUNNY-NIP TO ENTICE THEM*

      I REALLY NEED TO BUT I’M PROCRASTINATING AGAIN. *slaps self* bad llama

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      • queenmelainiemerker January 31, 2016 / 10:57 AM

        OOOH. *USES CAT-BUNNY-NIP* *WAITS FOR IDEAS*

        *GASP* GO WRITE IT. WRITE IT NOWWWWW. IMMEDIATELY. GO. WRITE!

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      • Lana February 1, 2016 / 3:10 PM

        *WANTS TO KNOW WHAT AWESOME IDEAS THE CAT-BUNNY-NIP WILL GIVE YOU*

        BUTTT BUT BUT– I WILL. SOON.

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  5. theoneandonlykit February 2, 2016 / 7:34 PM

    I love the rainbird and the Little Mermaid retelling ideas! They sound like the sort of thing I would be interested in reading if I saw it in a book store.

    I have way too many plot bunnies, and honestly, most of them are super brief scenes or barely intelligible ideas.

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    • Lana February 2, 2016 / 8:47 PM

      Thanks! I like them too (obviously, or I wouldn’t write them).

      I have lots of those plot bunnies too. Maybe someday I’ll get to all of them…

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