This morning started off normally. I woke up late, jumped in the shower, ran for the bus, and made it to class in time for Japanese lessons at eight fifteen. I was the first one to get there, so I sat around and waited with my copy of Of Mice and Men (finished it today), and people gradually showed up. When seven or eight people had gathered, including the instructor, we decided to move into the classroom next door so the Biology students could do their labs without the constant “REPEAT AFTER ME, HA-JI-ME-MA-SHI-TE….. GOOD, NOW AGAIN”. The Japanese club president walked next door to get the notes set up, and we waited, talking amongst ourselves.
Not five seconds later, she bursts back into the room. “GUYS, THERE’S A CORPSE IN THERE!” she screamed, panic written all over her face. “I-It’s lying in a pool of blood, facedown, and– MRS. R, THERE’S A DEAD PERSON IN THERE!!” She rushed over to my teacher and started freaking out. The rest of us were half panicked, half very, very confused.
Until my teacher started laughing–laughing!–at the club president. “Ahh, forgot to mention. Forensics is doing a lab today. Don’t touch anything.”
Turns out, it was a mannequin lying facedown in a pool of fake blood. We had to go into the classroom and spend the next fifty minutes reciting Japanese syllables next to this realistic-looking crime scene.
This is my life.
On another note, I think I have a general idea or two for NaNoWriMo, which makes me happy. Both of my [most] solid plots are actually the result of last year’s brainstorming– this time in 2010, I had way too MANY ideas. Now it’s the opposite.
I’m going to develop the characters and plotlines for both novel ideas, then decide which I’d rather write for NaNo. I’m just glad to have a place to start now.
For those of you who have an excess of ideas all the time, what’s your secret? Any tips to generating them? Even if your brainstorming sessions involve spinning around clockwise, drinking blue Kool-Aid, spraying the back of your left arm with bug spray, and writing out the Constitution in binary, I’m willing to try anything.
I’d also like to hear your opinions on Of Mice and Men, if you’ve read it, particularly the ending. I’m still trying to decide whether I like it or not, but the more I think about it the more satisfying it is.
“Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit;
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. “