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28 January 2013 @ 11:29 pm
LJ Idol Exhibit A: "Trawling the Waters"  
Trawling The Waters
LJ Idol Exhibit A | week 2 | 300 words
Throw The Little Ones Back

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The first idea that comes to mind is, "Fish! Or fishing! Yeah, let's do that!" But it's too obvious, too simple, and what do I know about fishing? This one doesn't have legs. It'd never make it in the polls.

So try again, stir the imagination a little bit. Ooh—"Drinking! Tequila or some other kind of shots and the difference between drinking to get drunk, and savoring what life has to offer. That'll work!"

But I don't know. Sounds kind of preachy. Not very much fun to write, either. Hey, if I don’t want to write it, then who's going to want to read it? Nah, scrap that one too.

Try again. Um… oh, I know: "Fairytales and cruelty to wee folk!" Well, actually—that's kind of a pun, isn't it, and I'm not a big fan of puns. So, probably not.

How about, "Discrimination against the vertically challenged"? Wait, isn't that practically the last thing all over again? With the puns and the cruelty, except more political? Geez, it's like these ideas are all self-destructing.

Well, I'm running out of possibilities here, and still haven't hit paydirt. None of those other approaches really speak to me, so I guess there's only one left: "Topic Meta!"

They say go big or go home, and what could be bigger than using consideration of the prompt to fulfill the prompt? \o/ That's totally a thing, right? And the self-referentiality just announces itself like a nudist crashing a church picnic.

So it's all good now, and surely I can count on you to tick the box of Yay? Hey, what're you doing?!?

That had better be applause I'm hearing right now, and not the flushing sound that leads to being swept down an unforgiving drain… :\




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audreybuttercupaudreybuttercup on January 29th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
"Fairytales and cruelty to wee folk!"

BWHAHAHA!! I want that to be a topic!!

:smiles: I struggled with the topic. I almost went with fishing but tried my hand at fiction instead. I suck at fiction. I love your idea of Topic Meta. The topic inside the topic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hahaha-- someone might write that one yet! We have a lot of authors who dabble in that kind of fantasy genre.

I realized earlier this week that I'd never tried Meta as a genre for an Idol entry, but my next thought was, "Nah, that'll never happen. I'm never going to find a scenario where that applies."

Speak of the devil...

So glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for commenting!
whipchickwhipchick on January 29th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Digging your meta :) And I love the nudist crashing the church picnic!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it, especially since it feels risky. Anything new always seems like a risk!

Let's just hope the meta is as obvious as that nudist. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 29th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
topic meta is never a bad thing! i especially like that this is a wee post that you didn't throw back. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Haha-- you found an additional layer of meta in the meta! \o/
theun4givablestheun4givables on January 29th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hah! I think everyone thought of fishing. I know sure as hell did. ;)

Crossing my fingers that my idea was more original than I thought. Meta as a last resort is always good, too. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Your idea was extremely original-- genius, even! Have no fear. :D
(no subject) - theun4givables on January 30th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
alien_writings: Kalen!alien_writings on January 30th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Meta is fun! ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
It is! I've never done it as fiction before, but the idea occurred and I thought I'd take a stab at it and see if it worked out. It really seemed to, though let's hope voters agree. :)
Maerhysmaerhys on January 30th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Hee. I meta and this is really well done. I have to say I'd love for you to write some fairytale fic though.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to get the stamp of approval of someone who's a connoisseur of meta, too!

I keep thinking I'll venture into a fairy tale at some point. The closest I came was last Idol round, where I wrote more of a fable than a fairytale-- especially the ending. :O
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hairlilycobalt on January 30th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Of course! Fishing for topics! Haha :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
And throwing back the ones that don't seem 'big' enough! :D
Your Facekandigurl on January 30th, 2013 06:37 am (UTC)
You had me at "nudist". ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
With church picnic bonus, for added wrongness! \o?
(no subject) - kandigurl on January 30th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't done Meta before, but some of my favorite entries from the last round were Meta. The one for "Twitterpated" that was full of fakeified hashtags was one of the best!

I was somehow thinking much, much smaller than 5'2". More like "little-people" small, rather than broad middle of the height bell-curve. :)

Actually, now I'm wondering if someone will take up dwarf-tossing as a topic. Yikes. :O
zephyrlyzephyrly on January 30th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
I actually almost took this same angle, but then I watched a documentary about the Mothman sightings last night, and that more or less have me my entry.

And there's nothing wrong with the Good Folk. Absolutely nothing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Mothman! That could be interesting!

Some people are very skilled at writing about the Good Folk, and also actually like puns. But since I typically don't, I would be a very bad choice to take that approach!

I actually look forward to a couple of authors possibly writing that who have real talents in that area. :D
Myrnamyrna_bird on January 30th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
LOL. Loved this!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do enjoy writing humor, though this was definitely a new setting for it!
Kate: embracemezzogiorno on January 31st, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
YES.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 31st, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Hee! :D
lexybackohelectricshock on January 31st, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
Hahaha! This is great.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 31st, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it! :D
baxaphobiabaxaphobia on January 31st, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
hahahhahahah! Love this!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 31st, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do so love doing humor pieces. Will I make it long enough to wind up writing at least one story that is pure crack? I sure hope so. *grin*
(no subject) - baxaphobia on January 31st, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Laura, aka "Ro Arwen": LJ Idol - Exhibit Aroina_arwen on January 31st, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Very cute meta. My husband, upon hearing the topic, suggested the Canadian "sport" of dwarf tossing, and I was like O-O. Ha!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 31st, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Haha! I mentioned that in the comments above as, "Well, somebody could do a ranty thing on that." Though I think people would just be too horrified by the topic!

But actually, I kind of want to read that now. We have a number of people who could do a rant like that justice!