Shannon Stacey

Inventing plot holes

Last night, while I was cooking dinner, the Tall Kid wandered into the kitchen. Not an unusual occurence, as he generally makes an appearance to scope out the what and the when of his next meal. But this time he lingered. Hovered, actually. It was obvious he had something to say, but he made random small talk instead.

Finally he spit it out: So you working on DG4 yet?

The kid loves brainstorming. My husband thinks it’s a combination of his love for mental puzzles, plus he connects with me on a non-Mom level. If that makes any sense. And I enjoy it, too. I was actually a little bummed when the recent tweaks for No Surrender were character motivation and nothing I could really brainstorm with my guys.

His shoulders actually slumped a bit when I said I hadn’t started DG4 yet, but he perked up slightly when I told him I was working on another romantic suspense (which we’ll call GI1—no, no soldiers). He doesn’t think it sounds quite as cool as the DG books, but I threw him some scenarios and let him play what if? until supper was ready.

Sometimes he’s a little too far outside the box, though. When I told him I was trying to decide how the hero should travel to a remote location, his suggestion?

A HALO jump.


5 comments to “Inventing plot holes”

  1. Charlene
      · May 12th, 2009 at 11:31 am · Link

    Whee! I bounce stuff off my husband all the time. “How would you jump a motorcycle off a moving trailer?” “What kind of gun/bullets should you use on a werewolf inside a building? How would you make silver bullets?” “What kind of hacker attack would make sense in this scenario?”

    It is good to have your own brainstormers and subject matter experts in house.

  2. Annmarie
      · May 12th, 2009 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I love boys. Big ones and little ones and in between ones. They have such unusual ideas. I think a HALO jump would be perfect. If I knew what a HALO jump is, I could better defend his idea.

  3. Jill Sorenson
      · May 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm · Link

    My husband is my awesome brainstorm partner. He knows about guy stuff. We do a lot of action scene “blocking,” if that makes sense. Sometimes I need to wrestle around with someone in real life to figure out the moves. It helps when he just listens, too.

    Your boys sound like real sweethearts. : )

  4. Shannon
      · May 13th, 2009 at 9:09 am · Link

    A HALO jump is a High Altitude Low Opening jump. The really cool ones you see in action movies.

    I’ve never physically blocked a scene…with people. I will reluctantly admit to occasional LEGO use. (For action scenes. Even though I have a Han Solo LEGO and a Princess Leia LEGO, I’ve never used them for blocking a sex scene. Oh, and I mean SK has those LEGOs. Not me. They’re his. Even the Indiana Jones one I hid. And the Captain Jack Sparrow…never mind.)

  5. Aja Howes
      · May 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Dude, a HALO jump is perfect way for the hero to get somewhere – TK’s a genius!!! :woot:

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