Throughout February, I am running the FebShoMo project, a method of brainstorming outlines for stories. As part of this process, I post regular updates about what I create.
My brainstorming notes are raw ideas, and may not develop into anything useful. Or they may form the core of a future RPG plot. Either way, I cannot share too much with you here, for fear of spoiling the final story. Instead, I present an edited selection of my brainstorming
Skuld Cards: Entropy, Dust, Torment
SF brainstorming of individual cards:
- Entropy – warping space, black hole, transforming cloud, distortion of light
- Dust – dusty planet, dead moon, debris in space, detritus of the space race, planetary rings
- Torment – total loneliness of empty void, jealousy of space tech, lack of government oversight and control, corporate oppression, authoritarianism
This set of cards did not have the “easy” Sun as part of the trio. Thus, the initial brainstorming was a little more of a stretch to find those SF connections. However, once the above list was in place, then a few ideas jumped out at me.
Despite the obvious political connections of Torment, I did not write a dystopian outline. Instead, I chose a more environmentalist approach. Then I was sidetracked by the idea of linking this outline to a previous SF short story. This set me thinking about the necessary world-building aspects of linking the two stories. Brainstorming a setting is familiar ground for me, so the target word count quickly vanished in establishing these connections. I am happy with the result, but the story from today needs more work to build it up. Once again, I created setting over plot. The effort was not wasted, but the outline needs a lot more story.
What SF concept would you create with these cards Can you see a different story? What setting do they suggest to you? Let me know what you think.