I love when I wake up in the morning and mull over random thoughts that pass through my brain and realize that there is a story there. Sometimes the story is related to my dreams, though I haven’t had many of those in the past few months. But more often then not, the story is related to things I’ve been talking about, reading and even listening to lately.
So, what have I been doing the last few days? At work I was working on a weeding project where I was pulling books from a collection that was from one of our former libraries. Because it was a different library which got consumed by the current branch, it’s pretty easy to spot the books because the stamps on them have to do with the old library name. One of the books I ended up pulling was a Colorado Trivia book. The book itself is now just shy of 20 years old and being not from Colorado I was curious about what kind of trivia it had inside. Not surprisingly I only knew answers to a few of the questions I perused because they had to do with Leadville, Colorado or people from Leadville in the late 1800s.
This led me to think about some of the information I had come across in doing research for my werewolf novel which, for those of you who may not know, is set in the above place and time. This was soon followed by another thought, courtesy of The Functional Nerds.
Somehow in the last couple weeks I managed to skip over their 52nd episode in my Google Reader and I went back and listened to it earlier in the week. They talked with Steve and Andy Scearce who have each had a short story published in different anthologies. One of those being Rigor Amortis. And while I won’t be writing zombie erotica, the zombie idea got lodged in my brain.
Now I have, what I think, is a pretty humorous story rolling around in my head dealing with zombies and a historical event. Which will likely be influenced by other humorous zombie related things I’ve read and watched in the last year.
Right now I have no idea if this will just end up as a short story, or if something bigger might be there, but I do know that I’ll have a lot of fun with it. And I’m pretty sure I’ll have trouble not working on it while I work on finishing Script Frenzy this month.
Do you ever get story ideas that you are so excited about that you just want to start working on them right away?