Sunday, March 27, 2011

My son the writer

TheBoy is 3.6 years old. He loves stories. Tonight he wanted a verbal made-up one. I asked him to give me the starting synopsis - typically it's stuff like Humpty and Stumpty play with my tool box - so I could start telling it and crafting it as I went.

The synopsis?

'Ellie and Dellie are swimming superheroes!'

Yep, that was all him. The names of the characters - never heard them before - and what he wanted them to be.


Naturally during the story they saved him when he fell in the river. He tends to star in these stories. For the most part the characters that routinely appear - like the same stable of actors in a Judd Apatow (1) production are - TheBoy, Humpty and Stumpty, Russell (from Pixar's Up), a Monster (who is friendly), and The Robot. They get up to all sorts of mischief together.

(1) We've been on a JA kick of late. All seventeen eps of Freaks and Geeks (damn you NBC for fireflying it!), Pineapple Express, and now Undeclared. Awesome stuff. Apatow's talent makes me seethe with jealousy.


  1. Nice use of firefly as a verb!

  2. It only applies when quality programming gets bizarrely cancelled by some pencil pushing accountant TV exec.

    Quoth Family Guy...
    Peter: Everybody I've got bad news. We've been cancelled.
    Lois: Oh no Peter! How could they do that?
    Peter: Well unfortuantely Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that FOX has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That 80's Show, Wonder Falls, Fast Lane, Andy Richter Controls The Universe, Skin, Girl's Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freaky Links, Wanda At Large, Costello, The Lone Gunman, A Minute with Stan Hooper, Normal Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddy, The Street, American Embassy, Cedric The Entertainer, The Tick, Louie, And Greg The Bunny....
    Lois: Is there no hope?
    Peter: Well I suppose if ALL those shows go down the tubes we might have a shot.


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