Monday, March 09, 2009
Octopunk's overdue recap of last week's Infinite Monkeys Monday
Posted by Octopunk
Actually, my initial notion for the story was a set-up involving the guy who stole my bike, so you guys could pen different versions of nasty fates to befall him. The monkeys/typewriter idea was really just about the image I wanted for my Finish It Monday, but then, well, you saw what happened. It is a pretty charming idea.
And what results! This is really hard to judge. As Monday unrolled I thought maybe my "monkey riot" line was too much of a lead, and I should have left things more open. Turns out I had nothing to fear, the different directions you guys went were a hoot.
Of course I was thinking bloody monkey riot, and much the way I spooled out what I thought AC was thinking the previous week, she grabbed that torch with gusto. "Redrum," ha! Never would've thought of that.
JSP's was a great dis to The Boss and featured the priceless closer "worth every last monkey."
Whirly's was wonderfully creepy and cemented the fact that leaving a specific mystery element (what the monkeys wrote, in this case), was a good Finish It Monday move. Again, I never would've thought of that.
I dug Miko's because it touched upon the weird, conceptual armageddon that I also feel is nestled in the Infinite Monkey idea. There's a short story called The Nine Billion Names of God that touches on a similar point. I would've given him the win if he hadn't used "your" when he should've used "you're." Just kidding.
Ultimately I went with HandsomeStan's for the little touches: the million silent, staring monkey faces and especially the reference to the infinite monkey cigarette smoke in the rafters. Why are they smoking? Because they're writers. Unbelievable.
That's some good stuff! I really wish we could draw more of you guys in. Now I'm gonna read HandsomeStan's post and get noodling. Good luck, you bastards!
Note: nobody should smoke, including writers.
at 11:06 PM