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I need your help [May. 24th, 2003|11:07 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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I'm writing a short story, and I'm stuck at one point. So, please help me brainstorm on the following:

If you had 24 hours to become famous, but it didn't matter how you became famous, or what happened after that 24 hour period, what would you do?

I've already thought about assassination, and it's not fitting the story how I want. And it has to be something that you can plan, not something that happens randomly...


[User Picture]From: necrolemur
2003-05-24 11:10 pm (UTC)


Not to get too political or anything, but I think that I would like to go to jail for something that I really believed in, like civil rights or free speech or something. I would like to make a gesture at bringing down The Man.

Or inventing something really cool. But, honestly, I'm more likely to do the former.
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[User Picture]From: arnurna
2003-05-24 11:48 pm (UTC)
Assasinations are usually planned, I think. And if you're wanting to pull it off, you definitely need to plan it. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't mind becoming famous for assasinating g-dubya, and that's saying something considering I'm a pacifist.
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[User Picture]From: ka0
2003-05-25 12:06 am (UTC)
Sorry, I just realized that I misread the question. So the past reply had to go!

Here are some actual answers:

- Create a masterpiece.

- Discover something. New land. New treasures. New technology.

- Save a person's life. Brownie points for saving orphans, children, elderly, and/or famous figures. Extra brownie points for saving more than one. Ex: Expose and terminate a mass assassination plot against the court.

- Similar to saving a person's life...Be the one to "diplomatically" prevent a war or some grand catastrophe.
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-05-25 12:22 am (UTC)

you rang?

The key thing is to make use of that deadline. Max out your credit cards and sell whatever you can - if it looks like this is a normal day's spending money, you'll be taken more seriously when you make the most incredible claim imaginable (cold fusion? immortality? matter replication?). Offer to demonstrate it's proof and release the plans for all the world at a press conference tomorrow, in exchange for police protection until then. So, now you're on camera, looking confident and clearly not running. You present a good mystery - a good story. And one whose resolution is just around the corner. What news organization wouldn't cover this?

Or, you could just make an ass of yourself on camera, leak the footage online, and threaten to sue every person who downloads it. But the first one's more poetic. Your constraints give you power.

Somewhere between there? Max out your cards to pay every SPAMmer who'll take your money, and broadcast a marriage proposal to no one in particular. Describe yourself honestly, and give your real phone number. Invite the recipient to call you even if they're not interested in marrying you, and to forward this letter on to anyone who might be.
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-05-25 12:33 am (UTC)
I'd give you some advice, but I want to go on your short story. Any idea when you might run it?? Can I choose who I want to take with me on it????


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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-05-25 07:35 am (UTC)

Wrong short story...

I'm talking about a fiction short story, not an AOKP Short Story...

Sorry to get your hopes up.

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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-05-25 11:27 am (UTC)

Re: Wrong short story...

I was kidding....
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2003-05-25 10:08 am (UTC)
Male or female character?
Take notes from real life:
Female - shoot the wife of the man you are having an affair with in the face, ala buttafucco
- Pay for your b/f and other thugs to take out the knees of your biggest competitor, ala tonya harding
- chop off the penis of your abusive or cheating husband, ala loranna bobbit

Male - Have your penis chopped off by your vengeful wife (hehe)
- Do a Fox TV special: Who wants to marry a multi-mullionaire?
- Brutally murder your ex-wife and male friend and then get into a low-speed chase w/ the police while in an SUV
- Enact some spectacular stunt in the middle of central park, (lock yourself in an ice capsule, go over niagra falls in a barrel, etc) ala David Blaine
- Get up on stage as an extra during a televised concert and dance like a moron with SOY BOMB painted on your chest, ala SOY BOMB.

Other ideas:
-Donate all your money to charities, leaving you a pauper. Make sure the local news stations know
-Do a high scale/profile hostage situation.
-Start parachuting from atop hugh buildings in the middle of NYC
-Run around times square screaming that you have SARS
-Tape yourself to the front of a subway car and go for a ride (I dont think thats very easily done, but it would be fun, no?)
-Follow the fire dept around and rush into fires and saving random people/cats/dogs/etc.
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[User Picture]From: arnurna
2003-05-25 07:38 pm (UTC)
quite a few references to the killing of lovers and chopping of penises here... anything on your mind love? ;)
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2003-05-26 07:57 am (UTC)


Okay, um great ideas... but now I'm a little scared of you Euphoricone.
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2003-05-26 12:56 am (UTC)

Famous, eh?

Don't do assassination. Even storywise, I would want you to be a good assassin, and good assassins don't get caught. In fact, if they're very good, nobody but the people who paid for it actually know who did it, or better yet, you pinned it on somebody else so people THINK they know when in actually they don't.

You could be famous for something great, yet simple enough that anyone could do if they felt compelled to do it. "Homeless, Inc." or something.

Or do something big, but in the end you get nothing in return. The man who cured a famine-torn country by organizing genetically-engineered crops in a land whose government didn't trust it out of some strange "superstition" or belief in lies.
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