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[RegularJOE asked for a story based on hannahbee's thoughts on self-fulfilling prophecies, and a quick scripted tale came to mind.]


INT. CHINESE RESTAURANT


(A young woman, SARA, in her twenties is sitting at a table with a friend, YVONNE, another young woman in her twenties. It’s raining outside. They’re almost done with their meal, and are laughing at a shared joke; SARA’s laugh is shyer, while YVONNE’s is more boisterous. SARA generally is meeker than YVONNE in manner and speech, although not quite mousy; YVONNE’s clothes are bolder, however. The SERVER brings the check and two fortune cookies.)


SARA: Oh yay, fortune cookies!


YVONNE: (laughing, mildly rebuking) Sara, fortune cookies are so fake! They’re not really Chinese, you know. They were invented in California!


SARA: (breaking into cookie, lightly shrugging) But they’re fun.


YVONNE: I’m just saying! (breaking open her cookie) “Be kind to strangers.” Oh wow, thanks, cookie. What does yours say?


SARA: (reads to herself) Oh, gosh.


YVONNE: (getting out her cash to pay her check) (sounding bored) I hope it’s better than mine.


SARA: “Get your mind set — confidence will lead you on.” (She slightly emphasises the “will”)


YVONNE: Seriously? (scoffs) That’s so corny. (eats her cookie, forgetting the paper; YVONNE isn't mean, she just can't relate to SARA when it comes to wanting to believe in signs and needing confidence)


SARA: (hastily gets out cash for her check) (quietly, almost absently) Yeah, pretty corny. (We see her putting the fortune in her jacket pocket, betraying her seemingly absent attitude)


(They get up to leave. YVONNE leads the way, with a casual stride. In the entryway of the restaurant are some bulletins. One is for rock climbing, and features encouraging slogans. There are tabs hanging from the bulletin with information on the rock climbing studio, and SARA pauses to take one. YVONNE stops to see what the delay is, as SARA pockets the tab in her jacket.)


YVONNE: What’s that?


SARA: Just… a thing. (She catches up to Yvonne with a smile)


YVONNE: So yeah, anyway -- (trail off as they walk down the sidewalk, away, YVONNE gossiping)


AT SARA’S HOUSE, SARA is in her room, alone, shedding her jacket. She takes the fortune and the tab of paper out, and looks at them, clearly thinking. She bites her lip, looking torn. After some contemplation, she closes her eyes, tilts her head up as she sighs, then opens her eyes and nods, looking gradually more resolute. We see that on the bulletin board behind her in her room there are a couple of photographs of people climbing cliff faces, as if torn out of outdoor magazines. As if she doesn’t want to lose the moment, SARA hastily puts on her jacket, and, holding the tab, quickly leaves the room, now with an air of purpose. The fortune flutters to land text-up on her bed.)

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The nature of monogamy (the practice of having only one mate, or a marriage between two people), the difficulties of monogamy, etc.

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Your OTP -- One True Pairing -- is your favorite fictional couple. For example, if you've always liked the relationship between Mulder and Scully best, you'd 'ship' them as your OTP. ;) People bond over shared OTPs or argue over competing OTPs. It can be pretty entertaining. A little rundown of this might make a good quick bit / interstitial.

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An animated short about deep sea fish, who have adapted to live in the dark conditions far down in the ocean -- they are blind, or they are bioluminscent, or they have large eyes, etc. Could be some really cool visuals!

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How about a short film about a dark horse -- a little-known contender, not expected to win, who makes a good showing.

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When is it good or when is it bad to be kept in the dark?

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I'd like to see a little science-y interstitial (we had some in the first season) laying down the facts on dark matter. Dark matter cannot be seen directly; it's sort of assumed to be there, and its properties are inferred, but it makes up about 85% of the total matter in the universe. (This is obviously just a basic layman's rundown.)

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[I will be revising this!]


What should I do when I create a new RECord?


Adding a new RECord to the site is not hard, but there are some steps to follow to make it easier for others to find and use your RECords.


- Enter a concise, descriptive, and unique title for your RECord. (Please don't leave the default "Record Title" text!)


- Select the correct type (Text, Video, Image, Audio, ZIP).


- Select cover art, if desired, to show a "thumbnail" image of what your RECord is about. (Does not apply to image RECords.)


- Add tags so that your RECord can be easily found. You can either enter text in the Tags text box (do not use hashtags before entry) or select pre-set tags from the drop-down menu.


- Understand and select the checkbox reading "I warrant that this RECord is my own original work and that any resources used in it are either from hitrecord.org or in the public domain." Do not upload copyrighted material.


- Cite your REsources. If you are REmixing or referencing another member's work, you must cite the applicable RECord. In the section below the Release Record portion, the Cite Resources section allows you to choose from Recently Recommended, Recently Downloaded, or Recently Uploaded RECords. You can also search for the RECord number or a keyword in the RECord title to display those RECords. Hover your mouse over the desired RECord, and click the plus sign to add the REsource. Cited REsources will display to the right. Click the X to remove a REsource.


- Add it to an album. Albums help organize your RECords. You can add your own RECords to albums you create to make similar RECords you've made easier to find. On your RECord's page, click the plus sign at the bottom left of the RECord's display area. To display this RECord prominently on your profile, select Featured to add it to the Featured album. Select Hidden to hide this RECord. To find an existing album, enter text in the Search my Albums field, click the desired album name, and select the checkbox to add your RECord to this album. (When you browse other member's RECords, you can add their RECords to specialized albums for organizational purposes, in case you want to RECommend or REmix them.)


- Add it to a collaboration (if applicable). Collaborations centralize work focusing on a specific project, theme, or idea. On the desired collaboration page, click Contribute at the top of the page. Click Existing Record to add a RECord you've already created. On the pop-up screen, click the drop-down menu marked Step One to select a category your RECord applies to. Then, if necessary, search or filter your existing RECords to find the desired one. Hover your mouse over the RECord and click the plus sign to add it to the collaboration.

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The audience becomes the artist.


The artist becomes the audience.


The shortest distance between two hitRECorders is a circle.

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As others have mentioned, I think that overall our best bet for a next big project would be RECollection, Vol. 2. There are a number of projects that might not be broad enough on their own to carry an entire product -- one example being the Hungry Ghost, which already has an animated short and songs -- which could work together nicely in a collection, be it in the book, on the CD, or on the DVD. Short films, music videos, radio show, illustrations, poems, etc. You know the deal. I strongly believe this should be an upcoming project (not just because I arrived on hitRECord too late to contribute to the first). (Side note, Psalmist mentioned board games -- I wonder if we could somehow incorporate a board game into the cover of RECollection, or some other sort of game.) (ETA: The Fictionary could probably be part of the RECollection book as well.)


I'd love for there to be an illustrated book specifically for children, but I'd rate another RECollection higher than this, because it would incorporate a broader array of RECords.


Lastly, I believe Marke said that socks for the RECord Store are already in the works, but I'm not sure where the process is with that, and I hope it goes forward. I've long dreamed of hitRECord socks :)


 

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For IvanaK's album Breaking the Pattern (Pattern Book Curation).


Where your gaze might drift peacefully past the smooth perfect repetition of a flowing, ongoing pattern, when the pattern's broken your hand is forced. Your eye is caught. You have to pay attention.


There is, of course, beauty in the perfection of a complete pattern. The faultlessness astonishes us, takes our breath away. Often unbroken patterns are new, fresh, exact. Mint condition.


But time and entropy have their way with everything, even perfect patterns. Impeccable, pristine repetition breaks down, falls apart, crumbles. Something gets skewed. The lines bend. The boxes drift and go astray. He leaves. She sits down. A crack forms. The colors fade and change, stop matching.


And it's beautiful.


Because as gorgeous as immaculate patterns are, it takes the anomaly to make us truly see, to capture the mind and heart with a touch of asymmetry. A small rebellion against smooth and (dare I say) boring harmony. A tiny glitch.


The Japanese have a term -- wabi-sabi -- which describes the philosophy that it is the imperfection, the anomaly, that creates the beauty. It's the evidence of life lived and the passage of time which creates the vibrance, the celebration of authenticity. The soul. Sometimes, it's the exception that proves the rule.


To have flaws is to be vulnerable. When we appreciate the broken pattern, we acknowledge and echo those flaws... in ourselves, and each other.

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Chapter Title: Déjà vu


You think to yourself: this has happened before.


When? You can't exactly remember.
But you recall this street, this light, those colors, those trees.


There's a song in your head and you're not sure how it got there.


But the melody keeps repeating, the traffic lights keep changing: red, green, yellow, red, green, yellow.


Maybe this time, you won't make the same mistakes.


 

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