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There’s A Story In There Somewhere…Space (Eye)Balls

Stuck for a story idea? Let me help! I’ll periodically post a random tidbit that struck me as odd and offer it up to you as the potential seed for a story.

Use it as a starting point for your #FridayFlash. Take an idea from it, twist it and tweak it into something all your own. Share your idea with the rest of us – I’d love to see how many different incarnations everyone can come up with. I may just try my hand at it myself…

What do you say?

Today’s tidbit: This article I read about astronauts returning to earth after long space missions with their vision altered.

“In the past few years, about half of the astronauts aboard the international space station have developed an increasing pressure inside their heads, an intracranial pressure that reshapes their optic nerve, causing a significant shift in the eyesight of male astronauts. Doctors call it papilledema.”

It’s no secret that potential astronauts must go through rigorous testing before and after they travel to space. But apparently after spending a year in space, the nearsighted astronaut no longer needed his glasses to see afar. The bad news? He now needed specs to see up close. Apparently space travel does something to the optic nerve – but only to males. So far, no female astronauts have complained of this affliction.

Obviously, I don’t want to make light of this topic – but I think it also makes a good seed for a sci-fi/horror story. What do you think? Is there a seed of a story in there that you can build upon?

What other effects would you have your characters experience? Where would you take the story, given these bizarre circumstances?

Challenge extended.

There’s A Story In There Somewhere – Ozzy Osbourne: Medical Miracle

Ozzy Osbourne in waxDid my challenge to write a tale inspired by Galileo's stolen fingers pique your interest?

I actually brainstormed on it a bit, but my idea needs some tweaking before I share. But don't let that stop you! If you wrote something, do feel free to share!

So, today's strange writing prompt comes from an article on the one and only Ozzy Osbourne. When talking about his once booze and drug-adled lifestyle, Ozzy quipped that he was a medical miracle for surviving the years of partying, and as a result, his body should be shown off at London's Natural History Museum.  

Although I was more excited when I pondered how displaying the original Prince of Darkness (aka Dracula) would be far more exciting (albeit impossible), it got me to thinking about our current museums and how they will change in the future.

Last year I went to see the Book of the Dead at the ROM. This past March, I went to the AGO for the King Tut Exhibit. Cities the world over have museums and exhibitions showcasing ancient artifacts, treasures and even the odd disembodied finger or two.

So, how will museums change? 100 years from now, will all our museums be filled with embalmed stars and starlets as a result of our celebrity-obsessed culture? What kind of world would it be if history's most sought-after treasures were not the origins of civilization but a strange collection of gossip magazines, celebrity photos and enshrined bodies of people who are famous for being famous?

What story would you write given this bizarre writing prompt? Would you write a tongue-in-cheek tale or twist it into something chilling and horrific? Share your ideas in the comments section!

You know I would opt for something twisted…..

Have a great weekend!

There’s A Story In There Somewhere – Galileo’s Stolen Fingers

Stuck for a story idea? Let me help! I'll periodically post a random tidbit that struck me as odd and offer it up to you as the potential seed for a story.

Use it as a starting point for your #FridayFlash. Take an idea from it, twist it and tweak it into something all your own. Share your idea with the rest of us – I'd love to see how many different incarnations everyone can come up with. I may just try my hand at it myself…

What do you say?

Galileo's FingerToday's tidbit: this article I read about a Florence Museum putting the finger, thumb and tooth of Galileo up for display.

The body parts, found by an art collector after he purchased a lot of religious artifacts at an auction, were apparently cut from the astronomer's body during a burial ceremony in the 1600's. The good news? The disembodied parts will be showcased along with two telescopes, a compass and a wealth of Galileo's other instruments (and his middle finger, which is already on display in the Museum).

The better news? After revamping the Museum, they also renamed it in the famous astronomer's honor. Hey, I would have to, if for no other reason than to appease the ghost of Galileo, whom I'm betting will be showing up during the Witching Hour to search for his missing appendages.

So – what do you think? Is there a seed of a story in there that you can build upon? What would you have done if you had discovered the missing fingers buried in your basement or in a seemingly innocent auction purchase? What kind of person would chop the fingers off a corpse (Galileo or not)? Where would you take the story, given these bizarre circumstances?

Challenge extended.

Tune in next week to share your story, read mine, and receive another strange writing prompt!

Photo: Museo Galileo