Friday, February 18, 2011

60 Seconds

Current Project: April Fool's Anthology
Status: waiting for June

60 seconds

If you only had 60 seconds to choose something from your home, what would it be?

I know what I would take—my grandchildren. If they were not at my home, I would make sure the dog and the cats were safe. After that, I would go for the pictures, the old family albums.

What would you take? A piece of heirloom jewelry, which might bring back memories of other times and precious family memories? Perhaps you would take the computer since many family portraits and documents are stored there. As a writer perhaps an unfinished and unpublished book would be in the hard drive.

This thought came from a movie I watched the other night and it made me think. We hear about wild fires and people fleeing from their homes sometimes with little more than 60 seconds to get out.

Sometimes we see their cars filled with important items from their homes.

What a person would take tells a story all its own. It speaks to the kind of person he/she is and the values they hold.

So let us take a look at some of the genres.

Romance: A love letter, a piece of jewelry, a picture…

Mystery: A little black book, a satchel of evidence, if you were Sherlock Holmes, your pipe…

Science Fiction: A PDA, a teleporting machine, a time travel machine…

Historical: A family bible, a weapon, a family heirloom…

Take a minute to comment and your suggestions to the list.

4 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

What a fun exercise, Chris!

Hmmm...Medical Romance: Sick child's favorite stuffed bear, prescriptions, photos

Steampunk: keys to the ornithopter or the dirigible, research journals, ether gun

This is a concrete way to think about genres. Love it!

Genene Valleau said...

How interesting, Chris!

I'd get people (if any happened to be visiting me) and dogs out--that's just instinctual. Beyond that, I don't know. Though my new computer is small enough to tuck into my purse. That would be a good save. :)

I also like this as a way to delve deeper into the characters of our stories. Perhaps I'll do this with the books I'm currently working on.

Sarah, love your steampunk examples!

wavybrains said...

very fun!

After the kids and the dog, I'm not sure what I would grab--most of our files are backed up online, but I might grab my laptop and Nook if they were right there. I think I'm a bit too practical--I'd probably quickly grab blankets and shoes and something, anything out of the kids' snack pantry, and grab Tavy's special doll if she was easily locatable. I guess that says I'm a mom.

For genre, YA: cell phone, laptop, iPod, backpack, favorite t-shirt, lucky items

Paty Jager said...

Great post. For me- after my dog and if grandkids were visiting it would be my flashdrives.

historical western- people then heirloom(the only reminder of their family)perhaps the family bible.