Haboobs – the next big idea

One of the things my non-writer friends ask was “where do you get your ideas?”

The world was flooding with ideas.

Example: In an onsite work meeting, there was a sudden crazy downpour. The building’s severe weather alarm went off because of the tornados and hail near by (but not near enough to see if you pressed your nose against the window).

My boss mentioned haboobs. Haboobs were dust tornadoes in Arizona that were full of fungus. If you breathed it in, the fungus may look like lung cancer.

So public safety message – if you happen to wander outside to see a haboob in action and happen to get diagnosed with lung cancer or any other lung related ailment, tell your doc you were outside for a haboob – which at this point I like typing haboob and it’s even more fun to say.

Anyway, the word ‘haboobs’ ricocheted around in my head and what-iff-ed all over (which is very messy). Since I tend to write more fantasy/sci fi (and sometimes horror) it went something like this…

Caution, you may not want to continue reading if you are prone to motion sickness or if you are pregnant. May cause dizziness and a general WTF feeling. You have been warned.

What if the fungus took over people?

What if the alien’s were using tornados to infect people?

What if the tornados were actually created by a species of sentient fungus who were actually using it as a space program to launch the first fungal space ship! (actually!)

What if a perfect storm of a MEGA tornado sent this airborne fungus across the whole world and infected every breathing creature outdoors with its deadly spores?

What if tornados used the fungus to communicate?

What should we have for lunch?

Well, you can see how it went.

The issue was not the ideas which propagate like hopped up bunnies, but really how do you make ideas into anything useful? How do you not get distracted by the next great idea? How you not eat your weight in ice cream each day (which is probably a different blog post).

Have a great week.

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