My Smash fanfic-in-progress has a schedule.
I have given myself some guidelines in designing this:
- Some fights will happen at certain weeks in the story, and this is unavoidable. The others can be shuffled.
- Four fighters are going to end the season at 4-2, 5-1, or 6-0 and make the finals.
- Everyone else will end the season at 3-3 or worse.
- Certain fighters are going to be 0-2 at week 3 so there can be side stories about their struggles.
- Fighters on the same team do not fight each other.
- Nobody should fight more than two fighters from any other team. This can be fudged in the offscreen fights.
- The tournament is larger than the named characters, so fighters can fight "someone else".
I have created a logic puzzle. It's like Sudoku.
So, after a short time I now have a full schedule for all characters. One of them ends up at 4-2 instead of 5-1, and I cheated by having Alex fight "Other" offstage on two different weeks, but it will work. It does not have to be logically perfect, it only needs to carry the story. I was only trying to fit some of the fights to the formal schedule, but I had to schedule more and more of them to make it work.
Here's an idea that I got one morning and spent the whole rest of the day writing down. Might as well publish.
The Boddy Estate
It is a dark and stormy night outside the Boddy Estate, a Victorian mansion.
A group of detectives enter the mansion. They resemble Sam Spade, Sherlock Holmes, Jessica Fletcher, Charlie Chan, and other familiar faces. They badmouth and berate each other like the parodies in Murder By Death but are even more abrasive because they are only going to be on screen for a minute.
Lightning flashes and the power goes out, leaving them in darkness. The detectives insult each other again, their voices rising as they nearly come to blows.
Lightning flashes and thunder booms, and there is silence and darkness.
The Boddy Estate at morning
Morning breaks through the mansion's windows. Every one of the detectives is dead, sprawled all over the room. One of the bodies is hanging by a noose from a slowly spinning ceiling fan. Another has knives in his body. In the foreground, an open bottle of poison sits next to someone's drink. Spread across the ground are at least two pistols, an axe, a lead pipe, a broken candlestick, and other murder implements. There is no blood. This is PG.
At the open front door stands a group of teenagers with a Great Dane dog. One of the teenagers says: "Gee golly! It's a mystery!"
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Tonight I pounded out a new scene from a fic I'm never going to finish. Part of me says, oh, it looks nice! Share it! Another part of me says, this burns many of the plot points and characterization quirks that are supposed to be revealed during the course of the story, so I should hold off until I've finished it. Then I remembered that I'm not going to finish this story so I might as well post it, and it makes a good summary / introduction to the universe. Enjoy.
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