Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Writing Fodder

As a writer, one is always ear-wigging and eye-peeping for juicy bits of info and observations as fodder for stories, character studies etc. And this is what I gleaned on a mooch around town today.

Overheard in C & H Fabrics when I was having a ruffle through the fabric remnants bin. A middle-aged man, balding, fair bit of stubble, evidence of a stomach that likes it food, was on his mobile phone to a friend...

'Yeah, mate...yeah...just 'ad me eyebrows threaded...yeah, get some sun block...SPF 15... just a little tube. For your nose. Dave got second degree burns last January in Austria.'

A tall lady walking a very tall and unusual breed of dog, clearly performing some kind of socialisation exercise...

'I've introduced him to 5 people this morning and he hasn't bitten a single one.'

A teen girl trying to convince a middle-age woman on the benefits of designer clothing...

'Of course, two hundred pounds is a lot of money for jeans, but you'd never need to buy another pair as long as you live.'

And my favourite newspaper story of the day...

...the residents of a town in America who are holding a prayer, music and poetry vigil following the shooting by police of their 'pet' elk. The words 'cooking' and 'taxidermy' also featured in the report. The two police officers involved are under investigation.

And finally, the best extract from a book by a proper writer, Mr Terry Pratchett...

'A gent tried to ply me with liquor once, but he ran out of money.'

2 comments:

Andy said...

That would be 'Sir' Terry Pratchett! Xxxx

Denise said...

Pedant!