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February 11th, 2002
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In the course of actual job-related stuff . . .
Another source of random writing inspiration. I don't think I'll use it, but it might be interesting. It's a sampling of the most recent questions being asked at Ask Jeeves.

http://www.ask.com/docs/peek/

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From:hrafn
Date:February 11th, 2002 10:46 am (UTC)
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Wow. That is so totally fascinating! And it updates itself automagically every 30 seconds - which gives you just about enough time to read through one listing. :)

What? Easily amused? Not me . . .
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From:magid
Date:February 11th, 2002 10:53 am (UTC)
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you found this how?

btw, do you want triggers for writing in general, or writing fiction, or what? i think i have something i photocopied out of a book on writing that had some interesting things (if i can find the paper....)
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From:queue
Date:February 11th, 2002 10:59 am (UTC)
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I was using Ask Jeeves to find the distances between cities for a problem. For certain things, I like Ask Jeeves better than Google. This was a link from their main page.

I'm not really looking for writing triggers. If I were, it would be for general, not specifically for fiction.
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From:surrealestate
Date:February 11th, 2002 10:59 am (UTC)
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They lie.

There is no way the questions typed into Ask Jeeves are that consistently well-formed. And more importantly, there is no way you could take a sample of that many searches and not have many, if not most, of them be sex-related.

I'd be willing to believe that these are only from the drop-down menu questions that AJ creates for you when you query, which is no fun. They may also just be generating the page based on their own collection of queries, and that's even less fun, but I've seen AJ do that before.
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From:queue
Date:February 11th, 2002 11:28 am (UTC)
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You at least just get a random sampling of topics, which makes for a nice jumping-off point for writing. I have some book on writing by Orson Scott Card, and he talks about one story where he incorporated two very different ideas that had been floating around in his head. By themselves, they wouldn't have been very interesting. But the combination made a wonderful story. So, picking two random topics might provide a nice creative spark from someone. For this exercise, it doesn't matter that it's not the words that peole phrase it in; but I agree that doing that is much more interesting.
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