Thursday, March 14, 2013

Inspired by Typos

So this is my first Thursday's children post. My friend, Rhiann Wynn-Nolet, does these each week. The rules are simple. Just post something about inspiration and writing. The rest, is up to the blogger.



Sounds simple enough.

Which is why she's been bugging me about it for weeks and this is the first time I've done it. In my defense, I've been hard at work with revisions and goofing off on Guild Wars 2.

Yes, I know the second one really isn't an excuse, but it does seem to eat up time.

Anyway, my inspiration that I will be talking about comes from a typo. I used to have a document with the info about who said it, but I can' find it. *pouts*

Anyway, here's what happened. It was during a Pitch Madness event, organized by Brenda Drake. The theme was paint ball and the blog hosts were talking about the comments on their site from the various agents. The posts were along the lines of "Lots of Paint Splatters" here. My feed was full of them and I was only partly paying attention, until I saw the typo.

"Lots of Pain Splatter over here".

Then it hit me. Pain Splatter. That would make an awesome band name for my MC, Julius. It could be his favorite band! Yes! I asked if I could have it, and the tweeter agreed.

So, the band Pain Splatter was born. In my first draft, Julius only mentions them once. I decided they needed more book time so I added in a scene where you get to meet the whole band.

They are:
  • Kray - Lead singer
  • Clot – Drums
  • Puddle – Bass Guitar
  • Mucus – Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals
The band is a mixture Punk/Heavy Metal/Thrash band. Think wall of noise kind of "music" which is perfect for grumpy, outcast teen like Julius.

Also, since it's March 14th.

HAPPY PI DAY! :D


'Till Next Time.



20 comments:

  1. LOL. That is funny. It reminds me of the Heavy Metal Band meme going around facebook where you find your band name by combining the words that go with your initials. I think mine was Rancid Thorn or something... Now what kind of groupie do you think would be attracted to someone with the name Mucus?

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    1. LOL. I'm sure he gets plenty of groupies. He's in a band. Granted, most of the groupies are probably less than desirable, but I don't think he's entirely too picky.

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  2. Haha... that's an awesome source of inspiration. Just goes to show that sometimes the name or word that you need doesn't exist. You gotta make it up!

    Thanks for joining us, and hope to see you back next week.

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    1. Thanks John! :D And yes, sometimes the name or word doesn't exist yet.

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  3. Cute. I love random mistakes, and thoughts that weave their own life. Best of luck on the story. Sounds like a fun one.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. :D It's a difficult story to write because of the intense emotions in it, but it does have moments of humor.

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  4. Typo inspiration is brilliant and Pain Splatter is the perfect name for a thrash metal band. I love it! :)

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    1. Thanks Chris. It fit so well, I had to use it!

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  5. Ha! Typos. I think you're on to something. Those mistakes are inspiring and well, your post has made me grin. Thanks.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=227

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  6. Love, it. Inspiration truly does come from anywhere--if we have our eyes and minds open.

    Happy Pi Day back at you!

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    1. That it does and yes, happy Pi day!

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  7. Oh, Happy Day!! I'm so glad you shared this :) Pain Splatter rocks, lol. Proves that it truly is the little things in life that make the biggest impressions.

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    1. Thanks Kate! :D Glad you like the name. The scene where the reader is introduced to the band was kind of fun to write.

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  8. I love fun typos! Especially when you can use them for a story. lol. Pain Splatter is a great name for a metal band. And Mucus? eeewww! But it reminds me of a my own fictitious band name. It was like 15yrs ago, I miss heard something someone said to me. I don't remember what they really said, but I heard "Electrified Boogers." At the time I joked that if I ever started a band, THAT would be the name. haha!

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  9. Welcome to Thursday's Children - what an excellent way to discover a new band! I love typos too. I once had to mark some legal essays about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. One of my students referred to it as the singing of the Treaty all the way through his essay. It really tickled my fancy...

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  10. That is totally an awesome name for a band! Thanks so much for joining us ;-)

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    1. Thanks! :D I haven't had a chance to read other people's posts yet as I'm on vacation, but plan to soon.

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