walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Today's Activities Include: Names!

I've been working on a fiction project and using the social security baby names database. Fun! As a bonus side effect of creating names, birth dates, college majors, etc. for two families (mom dad kids -- not aunts uncles etc.; maybe later), I've learned all kinds of odd details, like, what was the first birth year that didn't have a draft lottery during the Vietnam War.

The goal here is to make it so birthday parties, phone calls, etc. are actually _not_ plot driven, but can instead become plot drivers, by creating an interrupt in the story being told in which new developments can occur. I don't know if I've ever seen anyone do that before.

It was A.'s half day, so she hung out with the sitter for a little while and then I got her back in time for play therapy and T. went off with the sitter.
Tags: daily activities, writing
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