Wednesday, February 25, 2009

La la la la writing a musical la la la /

Heeeeelp! I am at a coffee shop "writing", which actually involves drinking faaaaar too much coffee, stalking people on facebook, stalking people on Twitter, switching tables every thirteen minutes to see if it the new scenery will inspire me, checking my email, checking my email, checking my email, noticing that the artwork here is really freakin' creepy, checking my email and ordering another coffee.

If anyone is reading this, I am in need of inspiration. So I'm turning to you! Can you post a comment that includes:

1) A first name for a guy
2) A first name for a girl
3) A location
4) An adjective
5) A pet peeve
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen

This is obviously just for fun, but you never know what will spark an idea for a scene...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Greg
2) Rachel
3) An 8 mile long airship
4) Decadent
5) Annoying voices
6) Hitchhikers Guide - Radio Series


1:49 PM  
Blogger hooloovoo said...

1) Nick
2) Agatha
3) Mars
4) Swirly
5) People who don't say what they mean
6) Best movie is too hard, but the best play I've seen was the Sweeney Todd revival where the actors play the instruments.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Lucas
2. Elisabeth
3. Antarctica
4. Robust
5. People with tunnel vision
6. .. POTC yeah. thats what im going with. Pirates of the Caribbean

2:02 PM  
Blogger psn said...

1.) Josh
2.) Rebecca
3.) Grass covered hills and pristine ponds intermixed
4.) Serene
5.) People who close emails with

blah blah blah,

then expect their signature to finish it off, but their signature doesn't attach itself to the emails

6.) The Shawshank Redeption... I keep revisiting it and liking it more each time.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) A first name for a guy: Alistair
2) A first name for a girl: Ellyssa
3) A location: Arlington (no idea where it is or if it exists, just popped into my head)
4) An adjective: phenomenal
5) A pet peeve: dishonesty
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen: Perhaps not the best but Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a lot of fun and a bit of an emotional roller coaster. You can watch onlien for free at Hulu - written by Joss Whedon & Co

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Ludwig
2) Clare
3) Mongolia
4) astute
5) Over-explaining a story
6) The Legend of Rita (it's in German and hard to find, but you NEED to watch it once. NEED.)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

1) Steven :o)
2) Sonja
3) Teutoburg Forest
4) shirty
5) laser pointer
6) Bridge to Terabithia


2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) A first name for a guy : Daniel
2) A first name for a girl : Judy
3) A location : on the moon
4) An adjective : free
5) A pet peeve : the monotony of life
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen : Donnie Darko for the movie. For the play, I'm gonna to say Starmania to be faithful to my country!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Jeremy
2. Lauren
3. Louisiana
4. Virulent
5. People who don't pay attention
6. "The Court Jester" (one of many movies on my favorites list)

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Simon
2. Fiona
3. looking through shoe store window.
4. unmarked
5. chewing with mouth open
6. Smokey and the bandit

3:08 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

1)Carol (dude's name, as in Carol O'Connor or Carol Reed)
2) Edwige
3) The back room of a pharmacy
4) lugubrious [luh-GYOO-bree-us]– adjective mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.
5) unnecessarily complicating things
6) Magnolia is ONE of the best movies I've ever seen

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Alfred
2) Guinevere
3) Paris
4) Yellowest
5) People who claim that you're in a bad mood, when you're really just quiet
6) Maybe this is isn't The Best Movie Ever, but I love it: Sunset Boulevard

Ok, that was kind of fun. :)

3:15 PM  
Blogger Riley said...

1) Martin
2) Riley :D
3) A couch in a bar.
4) Fractious
5) People who blame everyone else, but never themselves.
6) I'm gonna go with "Amateur", the Hal Hartley film from '94.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Michael
2. Shane
3. Forrest
4. Salubrious
5. Hypocrisy
6. Casablaca

3:46 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

1. Fred
2. Jessica
3. Reynoldsburg, Ohio
4. Shiny
5. People who stand in the middle of walkways and are completely oblivious to traffic around them.
6. gack. Lacking the absolute best, I'll go with a movie that has everything movies should be: The Princess Bride.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Saltonmouse said...

1) Andrew
2) Victoria
3) Avalon
4) Shiny!
5) Scent. People who smell bad or people who smell good but have way too much of whatever it is on.
6) Clue

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Leonard
2) Helen, Edda, Edna
3) Cardiff Castle
4) ebullient, nifty
5) The vanishing (vanished) use of were as a subjunctive in English
6) Yeah, I have no idea about best.

7a) most personally significant play: In 1996, I had just managed to flunk out of my freshman year of college, and I spent three weeks with my aunt in NYC. I spent most of my days in museums getting an accidentally thorough education in modern art - not only through the MoMA, but also the Guggenheim had a wonderful modern art retrospective. And then my aunt had tickets to see A Fair Country with Dan Futterman. And it wasn't good, but I ended up relating it to where I was in my academic career (even though it was still way too early for me to fully appreciate how painful the entire process would be) and then there was a brief discourse on Mondrian that latched into the modern art education in a bizarrely timely fashion. And for that reason, the play has stuck with me.

7b) Most personally significant movie: Chariots of Fire. I think I first watched it when I was five or six. And then, for some reason, I kept watching it every few years. And each time I watched it, I would understand more and be able to identify more of the nuances, so that was how I measured my growth even more than pencil marks on a doorframe.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Allen
2) Lydia
3) The rainforest!
4) Juvenile
5) People who make plans and then forget them
6) I don't know! Too hard to choose :(

4:32 PM  
Blogger Katheen said...

1) Shivaji
2) Kathleen
3) Anna's Tacqueria
4) deftly
5) People who stop dead at the top of the escalator.
6) August, Osage County

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Kellen
2. Honour
3. Backseat of a cab in NYC
4. Quirky
5. People who slurp their coffee
6. "To Catch a Thief"

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Isaac
2. Kalyani
3. Sitting on a mattress on the bare floor leaning against the wall, wrapped in a soft fleece throw and a good book with a dog laying on your toes
4. tattered
5. people that repeatedly ask you questions they know you don't know the answer to, and when you tell them you don't know, they respond with "yeah, but [enter question here]?"
6. Serenity

1. Jethro
2. Mercy
3. sitting upside down in a chair pretending you can walk on the ceiling
4. sticky
5. bugs that insist on flying straight into your ear several times in a row
6a. The Interpreter
6b. Water (By writer/director Deepa Mehta)

Love's name generator.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Addie said...

1) Alexander (so many nickname possibilities!)
2) Mackenzie
3) The park (Taylor Creek in the east end is a new fave of mine)
4) deaf (I have deaf on the brain. Just got a new puppy yesterday and his ears don't work)
5) chewing loudly or with an open mouth
6) I really liked East of Berlin. But I think that one is just popping into mind cause it was the last thing I saw. Don't know if I have just one fave (I love them ALL! I am such a theatre junkie. and movies? don't even get me started - I work in an arthouse type movie theatre for a reason).

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Adam
2) Edith
3) A hospital hall
4) Hysterical
5) I have this phobia about sponges. Don't ask why, I don't really know myself XD
6) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (both the musical and the movie)

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Malcolm
2) Riley
3) On a plane
4) vicarious
5) using the wrong form of 'too/to/two' or 'their/there/they're'
6) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, of course. :)

5:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh, oh, are we playing madlibs??!?!

1) Ian
2) Bryanna
3) Mars. or the Sears Tower
4) casual
5) People repeating themselves

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just know you'll never be able to wade through all these comments, but just in case *g*:

1) You know I've got to go with David
2) And thus, Kate
3) Waponi Woo
4) substantial
5) People who say contracted words as if they were two words, ie: "couldn-dunt" or "couldn-dnt"
6) Phantom of the Opera

6:00 PM  
Blogger Kelly (aka Ameranth) said...

1) Francis
2) Frances
3) France
4) frank
5) frankincense
6) Frank (

(I must confess to fibbing about #6. I've never actually seen it.)

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Walter
2) Sara
3) Franklin, TN
4) Battered
5) People making grammatical errors
6) Fire (well, it's the best play I've seen in the past year;)

6:45 PM  
Blogger Kait said...

Late to the party. Silly work.

1) Danny
2) Olivia
3) a bookstore
4) Sisyphean
5) When people miss a call from an unfamiliar number on their cellphone and proceed to call that number back, even though they didn't leave a message, and demand, "Did you just call me?" (I'm looking at you, Dad.)
6) Best Play: The Invention of Love
Best Movie: Um, Before Sunset

7:04 PM  
Blogger Angry Ant said...

1) Jeremy
2) Sarah
3) Key Largo
4) mellow
5) People who play with their nose
6) Curse of the Starving Class

7:06 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

1) Owen
2) Annabel
3) Wedged between the desk and the printer stand
4) foamy, billowy, tangy, parched - I am rather fond of adjectives
5) That Guy, the one who is described in any sentence beginning, "You know how in any group of people, there is always That One Guy who thinks that he is...".
6) In honor/mild protest of "Slumdog Millionaire"'s Oscar win: "Monsoon Wedding". I want to roll around in that movie.

PS - I've taken to hauling the laptop to the park on occasion, because the lack of connectivity helps me do, you know, ACTUAL WORK - and my sketchy laptop battery adds a little drama to the proceedings. Plus, less coffee, fewer fascinating-yet-distracting humans, etc. It's been a chilly winter (I'm in DC) but I hear that spring is coming!

It's nice to see you blogging again! *waves*

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Jon
2) Lilah
3) Atop a bookshelf
4) Sanctimonious
5) Chewing noises!
6) Dead Again

7:07 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

1) Elliot
2) Julianna
3) Main Street, Anytown USA
4) Frilly
5) Pedantry
6) The Shawshank Redemption

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Jared
2) Anna
3) Czech Republic
4) Incredible
5) People who think they're better/smarter than everyone else
6) Evita

7:26 PM  
Blogger Falada said...

1. Robert
2. Anna
3. an arctic science station
4. maudlin
5. artificial smiles
6. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives Of Others)

Hope that helps. :D

7:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4)Snarky or creepy is good too !
5)people who can't help critisizing just everything
6)too hard to choose a favorite movie -> Back to the future/A fish called Wanda/The weather man with Nicolas Cage/ Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks

Anyway, good luck with the Muses ! ^^

7:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1) Michael
2) Jenny
3) Cardiff
4) asinine
5) repeating my name over and over again
6) play: Taming of the shrew
Movie: The dark knight (random,i know)

7:58 PM  
Blogger Brian Schwartz said...

1) Jim
2) Lily
3) Australia
4) Ridiculous
5) Being disruptive during a movie
6) Annie Hall

10:00 PM  
Blogger Monk said...

1) Jamal
2) Stephanie
3) A pastry shop
4) Slippery
5) Drivers on cell phones
6) How about a book? Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Liam
2) Gwyneth
3) a hotel lobby
4) indefatigable
5) whiny kids/people who speak very very loudly
6) Hope Floats

12:54 AM  
Blogger Becky L said...

Okay, kate, here goes (it's very late so sorry if they don't make a lot of sense):

1) Howard
2) Geraldine
3) In the container on the top shelf of the corner cabinet behind the bread box
4) funky
5) People who think stop signs at intersections means 'pause'
6) hm....can't really pick a 'best' but I'll go for a play I really, really like - Cats

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Nicholas
2) Kim
3) basement
4) splendid
5) people who say the word "exactly" and really stress the first two letters when saying it.
6) high school production of "Into the Woods"

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for you; last time I attempted to write a musical I got through two songs (can they be called songs if it was just lyrics? I will say yes, so it feels like an achievement, please don't take that away from me, world!)... anyway, I lost the will to live.
I find people watching helps though, especially somewhere there are a lot of tourists/different groups.

1) A first name for a guy Horatio
2) A first name for a girl Nia
3) A location Tower of London
4) An adjective Stingy
5) A pet peeve Wrongly assumed superiority complexes
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen Dance of Death / Ivanov

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Peter
2) Marie
3) On a bridge
4) soft
5) classmates asking "do we have class tomorrow?" when they can easily look it up on the schedule.. if not even faster then waiting for me to check the schedule and supply the answer to them.
6) Willow (a movie I keep rewatching now and then, it has its faults and errors, but I just love it)
I've acually never seen a play :(

5:39 AM  
Blogger jen said...

1) Johann
2) Joanna
3) New New New New New New New New New New York
4) fabulous
5) whining
6) And I'm going to have to second Smokey and the Bandit...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quizzes! I love these. (And I love seeing you here again, yay.)

1) A first name for a guy - Baker my mother's maiden name)

2) A first name for a girl - Ellen (because simplicity is lovely)

3) A location - waiting for the subway while snow falls

4) An adjective - persnickety

5) A pet peeve - (I have so many. . . ) People who shuffle down the street, scuffing and dragging their feet.

6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen - THAT IS TOO HARD. But I loved Gosford Park an awful lot.

Hi, Kate! Welcome back to your blog. We missed you.

9:01 AM  
Blogger ~Stephanie McPhie said...

1) A first name for a guy - Connor
2) A first name for a girl - Samantha
3) A location – A balcony over looking Moro Bay, CA. with seals barking in the background.
4) An adjective -Mollifiable
5) A pet peeve – White lies
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen – Barefoot in the Park

Good to see you here! ~S

9:53 AM  
Blogger Rosangela Canino-Koning said...

1) Sean
2) Laurel
3) Bridge of a Supertanker
4) Adjectival
5) People who misuse "effect/affect"
6) How 'bout a book? "Pattern Recognition" by William Gibson

10:13 AM  
Blogger Kath in Baltimore said...

1) Joe
2) Lindsay
3) the Scottish Highlands
4) frigid
5) People parking in my parking space
6) L.A. Confidential

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Marcus
2) Colleen
3) A windy isle
4) mixing up bacteria and viruses
5) Play? The recent run of Hamlet at Stratford Upon Avon. Film? Changes from time to time, but at the moment I'm going to say RENT.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Ethan
2) Claire
3) Subway tunnel
4) Moist
5) There/their/they're misuses
6) Garden State

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Richard
2 Lisa
3 the laundry room
4 green
5 broken promises
6 West Side Story

12:10 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

1) Heather
2) Jake
3) A Villa in Italy
4) Hysterical
5) People who hog two seats on the TTC
6) Joseph And The Technical Colour Dreamcoat

Okay Kate there is mine.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

1) Ben
2) Erika
3) Yorkshire, England
4) Shiny
5) People who swear too much
6) When Midnight Strikes

7:20 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

1) Adam
2) Kara
3) island in the Pacific (warm... wish it was warm here)
4) enchanting
5) people who do not use their blinkers when changing lanes or turning
6) pick a movie? so hard... I'll go with The Boondock Saints

11:52 PM  
Blogger KMPeterson said...

1) Charlie
2) Nichola
3) A Craftsmen house in Pacidina
4) Shiny
5) Everything has to be perfectly straight (Or is that just OCD?)
6) Cirque Du Soleil- Saltimbanco or, if that doesn't count... Either Serenity or Stargate. Its a close call

1:22 PM  
Blogger Tressa Shafer said...

1) A first name for a guy: Elias, Ananias
2) A first name for a girl:Kyrie, Addison
3) A location: Seattle
4) An adjective: Free
5) A pet peeve: load chewing
6) The title of the best play or movie you've ever seen: I will go with play I have been in instead, Boy gets girl.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Carson
2. Ola
3. Nelson, MO
4. irascible or infamous
5. drivers who do not use turn signals
6. Brigadoon

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Nigel
2) Bella
3) A small apartment
4) Thrusts
5) A grating voice
6) "The Lieutenant of Inishmore"

I saw this play at the Phoenix Theatre here in Indianapolis. I've never laughed so hard while at the same time thinking "OMG!".

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry...I'm late with this...but I still wanna play! *grin*

1) Nicholas(Nick) or Jake
2) Megan or Joelle
3) Atlanta, GA
4) stupendous...or David's favorite "AWESOME" (kidding)
5) People driving in the fast lane...going slow.
6) South Pacific in high school. My one big line was: "Going to the beach Nellie?"

It was fun!

Kimber the fan formerly known as Kimberly
...but I answer to both. ;oP

10:33 PM  
Blogger Bev's Place said...

Is it too late to play? I just found your blog by jumping around from one profile to another in Twitter.

1) Dougal (or Dougie for short)
2) Jewell (It's the name of a good friend)
3) The golden sun drenched beaches of Fiji
4) Incongruous
5) People who know everything about everything and tell everyone about it.
6) Bus Stop I don't know if it is the best movie I have ever seen but it is my favourite Marilyn Monroe film. Most people have never heard of it.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Kira said...

Just found this...I write music but can never do the lyrics, so best of luck to you - I feel your pain!!

2)November (Nova)
3)the Black Forest (If you've never been, you should!)
4)congealed (my absolute least favourite word ever - I couldn't even say it when I was younger without cringing)
5)having to repeat myself more than once (as in saying something, then saying it again, and then being asked to say it a third time...I usually say "nevermind" at that point)
6)MOVIES: American - Bringing up Baby; German - Im Juli; French - La Vie en Rose
PLAYS: American - Harvey; French - Les Miserables

Hope you find what you're looking for!

-Kira :)

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5)The habit of not putting a CD back into its case, thereby creating many stacks of empty CD cases and piles of loose CD's over time...making it unneccarily difficult to find the CD you want to play.
6)Lula Rent (Run Lola Run)

11:47 PM  
Blogger Ruggles said...

Dry foods section at QFC
That horrible dead squeaking sound that cotton balls make when you rub them between your fingers...uuggghhh
The Red Balloon

...bit late in coming, but hey.

P.S. Your coffee shop/work routine sounds exactly like mine, except I don't move around obsessively: I either grab or stake out the cushy chair. the cushy chair in th corner, especially ones with prime people-watching views, always win.

4:34 AM  

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