Perhaps you were wondering what I was up to last week; perhaps you don’t give a flying rat’s behind. I actually went off exploring the local treats my city has to offer, and now run back to you to convey them thorough “storytelling eyes.”
On Sunday, I walked the length of the beach, down the rocky shores of La Jolla, California, where on one end I stared up at the cliffs and wondered how amazing it would be to climb them, but would never dare to attempt it, and on the other I looked up at a palace mansion and imagined what it might be like to live there. I’m more than certain a daredevil character would be more fit to the former task, while I’d imagine a colder, more reserved character in the latter. A mix of both might be even better. Sunday night I went to see the Step Up Revolution movie and noted to myself that you can’t really make a great flash mob movie, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try.
Monday I attempted ice skating for the second time in my life, and the first time in five years. I concluded with the resolve to take lessons and experience a new trial a character might face in training, e.g. falling on their behind and laughing their ass off.
Tuesday was the Gavin Degraw/Colbie Caillat concert, in which from the second row I discovered Gavin was a rather eccentric character and reminded me of a cross between Jack Sparrow and Andy Kaufman.
Wednesday I attended an art festival at Lagoona Beach where I strolled the countless boutiques and observed the dozens of ice cream shops, one of which had ice cream shaped in forms I had never seen before and wondered if it would taste any different. Through my binoculars at the art show I witnessed statues and paintings come to life as humans were arranged in the setting of famous images portrayed on stage to the kind of narrator voice I imagine my characters hear, only male.
Thursday I boarded a night ship and witnessed a helicopter float above the water for a good twenty minutes in the darkness, wondering what treasure it was about to retrieve and still guessing.
And Friday I attended a comedy club that reminded me how engaging mind games can be and of the value of repetition and punch lines.
It was certainly quite a week, and now it’s back to blogging, tweeting, and scouting out more excellent stories!
-The Story Addict
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This week’s special indie feature is urban fantasy. Quite fitting, if I do say so myself: