Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

Lies and the lying liars who lie about them


Lemme tell you, that girl had one
fruminous bandersnatch. Why, her skank was the size of Warren G.
Harding's collarbone.


Weird things run through my head sometimes. The above bit is some
character-defining dialogue that I needed to write down before I forgot
it. I have a collection of these little bits and pieces that are
essentially throwawy lines that I can use when I'm writing dialogue; a
little bit like that can give you a quick sketch of insight to a
character. And when you're writing a screenplay, you want all the
character shortcuts you can get without becoming cartoony or
one-dimensional.

The weird part about this is that it came unbidden into my head,
completely unattached to anything. Out of the blue, as it were. I wasn't
thinking about a screenplay, or a character, or anyone in particular.
Just BOOM! And there it was. Never dentally inspect a free equine.

To me, this sounds like a piece from a stand-up routine. That may be
because one of the scrrenplays I'm writing has stand-up as a part of the
plot, and it fits into what I'm doing. On the other hand, I'm not going
to lock it in to that, because you never know: one day I might need a
character that can reference Jabberwocky and the skeletal anatomy
of ex-presidents at whim.

It's actually a story I started writing a long time ago. It's gone
through several changes as I've gotten older. I should probably pull all
of it together into a finalized script and see how long it is.

In my spare time.
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