Bucket of Ideas

People often ask me, “Where did you get a crazy idea like that?” I usually reply with some cock & bull explanation that I merely observe the world around me and the stories write themselves. Today, (against my own better judgment) I have decided to share my source of inspiration. Be forewarned that this act can only be performed by skilled professionals after years of training.  DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
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Bucket of Ideas
“Billy, see that bucket hanging on the fence?”
“Sure, Grandpa. What’s in it?”
“That’s where Grandpa gets the ideas for his stories.”
“Really? How does it work?”
Grandpa leaned over, stuck his ear under the spigot, turned the tap, and made a bubbling noise to indicate the invisible flow filling his brain. Once full, he straightened up, shook his head like a dog and said, “Umm, that’s a good one.”
“Wow, that’s cool. Is that where Grandma gets her ideas for all the projects she has for you?”
“Oh no, son. She has those delivered in a large tanker trunk.”

21 Comments on “Bucket of Ideas

  1. A great story Russell – made me smile.Now I know what to do when I'm short of ideas for a new story – thanks.


  2. You got it, Ron. I prefer to think of it as 'gravity fed' since it all runs downhill. I guess you could also say my bucket list is a little different than most folks.


  3. Haahaa! Nice! I love the interaction between the grandpa and his grandson. It reminds me of the times I spent with my own grandpa – thank you for bringing up those memories. :)http://mahjira.blogspot.com/2012/07/thirst.html


  4. Is that all I have to do to get comical ideas such as yours? Fill my head with water from a spigot? Got a hearty chuckle from the tanker truck of ideas. You know where to find me.


  5. I need to get me an idea bucket. That way I have a place to store all the ideas I don't have time to get to. Nice story. Thanks for the chuckle!


  6. Well, Russell,I'm late as hell to this story and I apologize. One of the reasons I'm sorry is that it is another good one and I should know better than to miss them. I'll do better next time.That tanker truck swings by this place, too, and too often for my taste. Is it a genetic trait in women?Aloha,Doug


  7. Funny how when I put my ear underneath the bucket the story ideas make water puddles at my feet after it flows in one ear and out the other. Will an ear plug in the ear that is turned to the ground help? suffering from ASD – a story deficient fan…


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