NaNoWriMo, I have nary a one. I can't write the novel I'm in the process of writing -- that breaks the rules. So, I have to come up with something fresh and new. I've consulted my brainstorming journal -- the one where I furiously jot down any wild-hair notions that pop into my brain. But most of those ideas are either short story premises or creative non-fiction essay ideas.
I need a software where I can plug in three random things -- an avocado, a martini glass and the Tibetan book of the Dead, say -- hit "generate" and have the idea software grind them up into a plausible idea for a novel. Then present me with the idea, preferably one that begins something like "It's about this guy/girl who...."
See, now that Steve Jobs is dead, I don't imagine anyone will be conceiving such a software. I have considered sending the idea to Applied Minds, Inc., because those guys specialize in the business of "Wouldn't it be cool if...." But I don't have any connections there (otherwise, I'd have a job there, dammit!!!). If I had paid attention all those years ago, when my dad was trying to teach me how to write code, I might be able to do it myself now. Of course, if I learned how to write code back in the mid-80s, I'd be living in the Silicon Valley, living off my Microsoft dividends.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda....
Anyway, I haven't given up. There are still plenty of programming fish in the sea. I'd happily give up the idea, just to have someone invent it so I can use it.
That's pretty much what I came here to say today.
I'll be posting later on the current NaNoWriMo adventure, if you'd care to follow me. Of course, if I don't gestate an idea between now and then, I may have nothing but 50,000 words of stream of consciousness. Which could be an interesting creative take in its own self.
Awesome graphic credit: "A BRIGHT IDEA" by OwaikeO (deviantart.com)