Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thinking Out of the Box, Or Totally Without It


When I’m not thinking about anything in particular, that’s’ when I can easily come up with some entertaining ideas and stories. It happens when I’m outside of my usual seriousness. I mean, it’s always. Well not really. It could be about the origin of things or an explanation of how things work. Or why some things are named as such. And all of them are just made up stories which don’t have any basis at all but sound like they have. It is like gossips. That could be one reason that makes these stories interesting.


A couple of years ago, I had this office mate who ate a lot but was not gaining much weight. Even up to now, she’s still as lean as she was. And during lunch, I observed that she’s taking longer to eat her meals compared to the rest of us. She was always the last to finish. I tried to come up with an explanation to this. It could be that she’s taking longer time to chew her food because her digestive process is almost in a complete cycle by doing that. She chews her food so much that what she swallows are just the nutrients.  And that could also be the reason why her body’s not growing.

Another explanation I came up with was about another office mate who never eats beef but came from a province where cows are abundant. The story is that when she was young, she had a pet cow. She loved it so much that she even gave a name to her. It’s “Rosette” (it’s a rip off from the “Nobody’s Boy” story, I know). Then during her 7th birthday, her mom prepared lots of food for her party.  She was having a good time. There’s one food that she liked most and while enjoying this particular viand, she saw something familiar on her plate. An ear ring. She remembered suddenly whom she gave that ear ring to. Then she rose quickly to check on her pet cow outside their house. She didn’t find her. Her chest was pounded by strong heart beats.  Then suddenly, another guy officemate showed up in the story. He was wearing a bloodied apron and holding on a sharp knife.  ALAS, reality bit her. Rosette was gone. And she even ate her. She enjoyed the taste and it added to her guilt. With all of that, she promised herself that it would be the last time she’ll be eating beef in her entire life.  


Kasama si Joli Coeur


And these stories I made stuck. My officemates were not offended either and we actually have a good laugh every time someone mentions about it whenever we guys meet. On these occasions, I noticed that I was able to come up with a creative story in an instant. I was relaxed and in a very light mood. I had no fear of rejections on blurting out those ideas even if they're out of this world. Though as crazy as they might sound like, still, it entertained my friends even those who are the subjects of these stories.

Creativity seems more plentiful when we think without the boundaries and the fear of rejection. It’s when we see everything is possible. It’s that moment when we can think what’s truly outside the box. Or better yet, thinking as if the box does not exist. And then create a whole new reason of why the box is there. Then continues to describe how big that box is that it contains a lot but yet it can’t take a hold on what’s outside of it. Though I wonder who put those stuffs inside it and why he did leave those other things outside.  


This is creativity.


There are a lot of stories about people who succeeded by not listening to the negative advise of others saying that their ideas are ridiculous, stupid, impossible and too late. SM Malls, Honda, Google, Facebook, Apple and a lot of other major brands we know in and out of the country wouldn’t have existed if their creators listened to their critics. Beatles would have been just a bug. And Eminem would just be a chocolate treat.  All of them, they throw the fear of rejection away and just did what they had to do.  And they all did their best and became the world’s best.

Some couple of weeks ago, I was chatting online with a friend about the movie Breaking Dawn 2. It was the last installment of the Twilight saga. In case you’re hiding in some place not reached by civilization, Twilight story started with the love triangle scenario between a vampire, a werewolf and a human. Then an idea came up. If I would make another story on its genre, I will use the “Plants vs Zombies” game template. There will also be a love triangle between a lady human, a plant and a zombie.  The Sunflower and the Zombie will fight for the girl’s attention.  Then the girl got very sick and is nearing her death.  Then she has to choose. First option is to be buried once she dies and later on rise from her tomb and be one with the zombie. Or, she can opt to just decompose there to fertilize the soil so she’ll be absorbed by the sunflower and be with him forever. A hurting dilemma for the lady. And a very romantic one, isn’t it?

Plants and Zombies fighting to win your heart.


Right now, I’m working on a story and it’s a serious one.  It’s supposed to be a novel. But it might just be a short story. It depends. I don’t know yet but I already have the plot. I will try to finish it. I will. And I hope you will read it. Of course you will. Thanks in advance.

20 comments:

  1. I love this post... So random but tis really makes sense.

    Not gaining weight even when you ea more has to be credited to one'smetaolism too... Tsk. Too bad, I am the opposite of chewing more and eating less... plus I have poor metabolism. I should have said I'm fat... lol

    I love Joli Coeur... Ganyan pala spelling niya...

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    1. Salamat bro. Yup, puedeng may basis din nga kasi baka di nasstress masyado ang intestines niya at nawawala na ang fats and carbo bago pa niya lunukin ang pagkain. hehehehe.

      Nung una, di ko rin alam na yun ang spelling. Akala ko Jolly Cour. Sinearch ko na lang at inedit ko kanina. :)

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  2. Si Joli Coeur naalala ko pero si rossette nakalimutan ko name nya. Dito ko lang nalaman ulit. May aral tong post mo ah. Galing nairelate sa life. Aabangan ko yang short story mo :)

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    1. Salamat pre. Malalaman nyo agad pag nasimulan ko na yung story. :)

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  3. your plant and zombie story is STILL a better love story than twilight!

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    1. Hahaha. Try ko kaya gawan ng libro no pre? Baka mabenta rin sa Hollywood. :D

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  4. I have this feeling na sasali ka rin sa Bagsik ng Panitik ano parekoy? go go go lang!

    Ako din madalas, yung mga magagandang ideas bigla bigla kung pumapasok sa utak ko. Tapos naman pag nakaharap na ako sa harap ng computer, saka naman bigla nawawala. Kaya dapat talaga i-capture natin parati ang mga ganun. Isulat agad kahit sa notebook or kapirasong papel hehe.

    I missed Remi! Nobody's Boy pero mas gusto ko yung Nobody's Girl, sobrang akong naiyak sa kwento nun lalo na yung theme song. Super melancholic T_T

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    1. Wala pa naman sa plan pre. hehehe. Kailangan ng matinding praktis din muna bago makasali dun. Good luck nga pala sa entry mo. Astig. Tele-fantasya ang dating. puede nang bilhin ng GMA 7 hehehe.

      Tama, dapat pag pumasok ang idea, isulat na agad kahit saan para di natin malimutan. :)

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  5. Matapos ang halos dalawang dekada, ngayon ko lang nalaman na Joli Coeur pala ang spelling ng pangalan niya. :D Kung ako yung babae mas gusto ko si sunflower. :D

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    1. Ni-research ko pa nga ang spelling.Kasi alam ko parang french name kaya dapat spelling french din. hehehe.

      naku, gusto mong maging fertilizer? masaya naman maging zombie a? hehehe

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  6. Ganyan din ako pero puro kalokohang story yung nagagawa ko. Kaya madalas yung mga kasama ko napapatawa ko.

    Tungkol naman sa dilemma na love tringle sa plants versus zombies and pwedeng isa pang mangyari ay tragedy. Maglalaban yung plant at zombie para sa pagmamahal ng babae pero pareho silang mamamatay. In the end ay mamamatay din yung babae kasi kinain siya ng iba pang zombie. :-P

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    1. Pag kalokohan kasi, kadalasan ala tayo iniisip na limitasyon kaya yun, talagang nagiging mas creative tayo. :D

      Masyadong tragic nga ang ending bro. Tapos siguro, puede rin may matitira sa babae na mga parts na magiging pataba sa mga natitirang mga plants. Enough para magka energy sila para tuluyang masugpo ang mga zombies.

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  7. i will read it! kakatuwa medyo related pala ang latest post natin. and of course, ngayon pa lang sasabihin ko na sa iyo na more power sa iyong galing sa pagsusulat.

    nakaka-touch yung story dun sa beef. ang sakit sa dibdib nun kasi alaga pa niya mismo. saka fan ako ng remi (yung boy version) saulo ko pa nga dati yung opening song nyan kahit Japanese. hehehe!

    Like ko rin yung sentiment mo about sa box at sa mga taong hindi nakinig sa criticism. mahirap yun na parang ikaw lang naniniwala sa idea mo. you need a lot of courage and determination na hindi lang i-prove sa iba ang result ng hard work mo kundi sa sarili mo rin. at nasa ganyang phase ata ako ngayon nyan. hehehe

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    1. Onga madam hoshi, related nga ang latest posts natin. hehehehe.

      tama, laban lang tayo ng laban. kasi pag naging ok naman ang idea natin, tayo rin naman ang makikinabang at hindi sila. kung mag fail yun, tayo din naman lang din ang magfefail pero tayo naman ang unang unang matututo din sa failure na yun.

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  8. Totoo to.

    Yung restrictions/ boundaries, yun yung nag-p-push satin to be creative. Halimbawa: Since 2012, I gave up TV. I noticed how I'm more productive at madami na akong naiisip na kung ano anong gawin. Like recycling ideas, mas madami akong nabasang libro, at kung ano-ano pa.

    This year, sinusubukan kong limitahan ang oras ko sa internet... Hopefully makaya ko na isang oras lang sa isang araw (not taking in consideration yung mga research stuff na kelangan gawin for work).

    Para din itong yung fact na the biggest companies now were born during a recession. people are forced to be creative kapag may retrictions. people are forced to think out of or without a box.

    Good luck sa short stories mo. Aabangan ko yan :)

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    1. Hi Rae. Salamat po. Sure. malalaman nyo agad pag nasimulan ko na ;-)

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  9. Love triangle with a zombie? Thats interesting :-)

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    1. Yup. and romantic too. isnt it? ;-) hehehe. Thanks

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  10. Ang galing naman mag sulat...:) entertaining post with a lot of sense..:) I love the story of the plants and zombies, i just cant imagine a girl falling for a zombie though...hehe


    xx!

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    1. Hehehe. thanks. Malay mo naman di ba? Dati naman di natin maiimagine na magiging romantic ang mga vampires and werewolves. ;-)

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