The Un-Galumphing

Instead of assembling tricky items into a story or plot, I want you to connect a horribly predictable set of stock novel elements into a very unpredictable plot.  It’s going to take a very tricky mind to avoid the easy connections and cliches!

  • Nazis
  • Time travel
  • Attractive female doctor
  • Masculine undercover agent
  • Wise men from Tibet
  • Secret societies of mercenaries
  • Atlantis

 

17 responses to “The Un-Galumphing

  1. Isabel Stigmitz, MD, kept her head down. The lab coat looked convincing, but she didn’t want anyone asking her questions. After all, she was an imposter. The lovely brown wig helped her look competent and even attractive, but she decided a limp would discourage coworkers who wanted to chat at the research facility.

    Her years of studying with the wise men in Tibet had taught her how to assume alternate identities, and that came in handy today, when she was in the clinic to steal the rest of the genome files recently run on leftover DNA from Hitler, Himmler, and Goring. She needed these for her next imposter job as a nightclub magician who brought back historical figures through a very impressive apparatus that she called a time machine.

    She had hired an assistant to help her in the act, an ex-undercover agent who was out of work. He’d appear shirtless, of course, with just enough scars across his six pack abs to make women in the front row drool and want to save him. He would pretend to be from a secret society of mercenaries who still fought those with Nazi ties who continued Hitler’s evil legacy. With her pseudo-Hitler and his henchmen, her act was quite impressive, violent, and threatening. People definitely got their money’s worth. Good thing her assistant was skilled in combat, since her Nazi clones had lately begun to get quite feisty. That last batch of genomic injections might have been a bad idea.

    Perhaps she’d deep six the bratty bunch and branch out into an act that used her time machine to bring back some survivors of Atlantis. That sounded more glorious. She could skip the genome approach and go in for revealing togas and nicely greased torsos. Good job for some philosophy majors from the local university. They could open at the Boom Boom Room, following the sea nymphs who had a very enticing act in a fish tank.

  2. Sandra Degrow (Sandrella)

    A bright light appears in a Tibetan mountain range; a flash of fire and debris. The year is 2035. Jeff Speer reaches his hand up to touch his brow, as searing pain explodes across it. He just struck his head on the control panel of his small aircraft as it crashed into the mountains.
    Jeff smelled fuel and with all his strength, crawled out of the small plane and dove into a small cave under a nearby ledge. His aircraft burst into a fireball, as it slid down the other side of the mountain, never to be flown again.
    Jeff knew he should not fall asleep because he may have a concussion. That much he did remember from his secret agent training. He passed out anyway.
    Our pilot woke up two hours later on a green stretcher in a cavernous hollowed-out structure. He tried to speak but was urged to be silent by four very old and sage men in draped garments and bald heads.
    Jeff is offered water and is gently sponged to remove the dirt and blood from his face. There is a bandage around his head. He feels for a bump with his good hand and is relieved to find one. Jeff tries to sit up, but his urged by a feminine voice to lie still for now and rest.
    The next morning Jeff gets off the bed and decides to walk around the cavern; but finds himself plummeting down a shoot, or a log flume, into an underground cenote below. The water is warm and fresh as he swims around for a few moments.
    When Jeff surfaces, he hears feet clicking across a concrete platform that has steps and a handrail.
    “Hello there, Mr. Speer”, said the voice he heard earlier. “Come up here and dry off. We can get to know each other.”
    Jeff obediently mounts the steps to the platform and is greeted with a very large towel, straight out of a towel warmer. A very beautiful woman in a grey dress and white lab coat is the bearer of the towel gift.
    “My name is Dr. Ella Somers, Mr. Speer”, she said. “There are some dry clothes in that change room over there” as she motions with her hand to the far end of the platform.
    Jeff enters the change room, changes his clothes as directed, but the door he entered is no longer there. There was a very familiar door, however in front of him made of steel with a small rectangular glass window beside a large door handle.
    Jeff opens the door and now finds himself in his Grade Twelve history class. The same woman, Dr. Ella Somers, is actually his teacher, Ella Somerfield.
    “It’s so good of you to join us Jeff; sorry about your stunt driving accident. Find your seat and catch up please.

  3. It looks like you had fun with this un-galumphing. Nice twist at the end!

  4. Dealing with multiple computer issues or I’d participate. New hard drive, restoring, copying files off dinosaur hard drives. Argh!

  5. Harry stretched his arms above his head taking care not to wake the lovely doctor. She must have arrived during his recovery nap after his return from the remote Tibetan cave. The three wise men had been in deep meditation there and so it was a bit of a wasted trip testing the ‘Atlantis 6’ model. He experimented with a couple of time settings but they were either not there or else there but totally ‘not there’.They had been meditating since 2050 in the hope of saving the planet. But of course now Harry was back in 2021 to deal with a group of Nazi art collectors who employed secret mercenary societies to raid different museums around the world. They were hell bent on saving art by their chosen artists and erasing deviant art from the world. He had to wonder why the doctor with her name tag and stethoscope was in his bed . Maybe she just couldn’t resist getting under the covers with an undercover agent.

  6. Anne, I’m interested in taking your Ed2Go course. But have several questions; I’ve posted them to ED2Go’s help section but have not had them respond. what is the best way to get questions to you regarding the course.

  7. Hi Ann,
    I’m looking into your ED2Go business writing class and had a couple of questions. what is the best forum to post those? I thought I posted this question a little bit ago but don’t see it on here.

    Thanks,
    James

    • Hello James,
      This is a better spot to contact me. Let me know your questions about the Effective Business Writing course. I’ll be happy to help. –Ann

      • Thanks Ann

        I’m interested for purely personal improvement. I’m not taking the course for any sort of requirement. So my overall concern is time commitment.

        How much time on average do you typically see the course load taking?

        I appreciate any insight. I’m very interested in improving, but with a full time job and three kids I have plenty on my plate. So I’m really trying to gauge if I will ultimately follow through.

      • James Butler

        I’m sorry if I”m double posting, I haven’t seen my comment from a night ago pop up….I might have input it incorrectly.

        Can you give me an idea on average how long the program really takes. I know it is spread over 6 weeks but typically how many clock hours do you see it taking. I’m taking this as a self improvement class as opposed to a requirement. I’m not the type of person that starts something and doesn’t finish, I’m just trying to make sure I don’t “over subscribe” myself.

        Thanks for any help.

      • Ryan Butler

        Ann, I posted the following in the comments but didn’t know if responding to this email was the best avenue. Regardless my question is as follows:

        I’m sorry if I”m double posting, I haven’t seen my comment from a night ago pop up….I might have input it incorrectly.

        Can you give me an idea on average how long the program really takes. I know it is spread over 6 weeks but typically how many clock hours do you see it taking. I’m taking this as a self improvement class as opposed to a requirement. I’m not the type of person that starts something and doesn’t finish, I’m just trying to make sure I don’t “over subscribe” myself.

        Thanks for any help.

        On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 12:35 AM, Ann Linquist Writes wrote:

        > annlinquist commented: “Hello James, This is a better spot to contact me. > Let me know your questions about the Effective Business Writing course. > I’ll be happy to help. –Ann” >

  8. Definitely not genre fiction! Great fun, Sheila.

  9. Thanks Ann.I find your blog inspires wild adventures. :))

  10. Hi Ann, I took your beginners writing workshop in Jan 2014. I can’t believe 2 years have gone by already. So this year I came back to it and plan to explore writing more interactively.

    The attractive doctor stared at the report as the wise man from Tibet stood at her side with perplexed frown shadowing his serene stance. Her long thin fingers shook uncontrollably as she read the results. Tears slowly flowed down her alabaster cheeks falling on the chartreuse paper as she tried to hold her composure.

    “What would posses the people of Atlantis to send a masculine under cover agent to replace the Nazis Swastikas with purple fluffy bunny rabbit emblems?” I mean it is well known they use their time travel abilities for very unorthodox missions, but this?

    Did they think really think our do gooders league of secret society of mercenaries would tolerate our mascot being distorted without even a whiffle ball of revenge? Her words echoed through the glistening pink marble walls landing at the cushy slippered feet of every attendee’s plaid prayer rugs laid out in concentric hexagons with care.

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