the famous pair of scissors

One of the questions I hate being asked most is: where do you get your ideas? Usually, this question is asked by well-meaning relatives and neighbours and other casual acquaintances after they hear you write science fiction.

In one case, the answer is clear: I bought a pair of scissors. Notice the brown-coppery hue of the blades? This is not due to the fact that I was wearing a magenta shirt (which I was), but because the blades are that colour. They’re made from titanium.

Wow. Cool scissors.

That’s what I thought when I bought them, too, in January this year, when shopping at one of those mega-office-supply stores with the kids for the start of the school year.

When I came home, I decided I wanted to know more about this mysterious thing called titanium, and from one thing came another. It inspired me to write a short story.

That short story has just won the second quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest.

From the stationery store to LA. Pretty special pair of scissors indeed.

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13 comments on “the famous pair of scissors

  1. Pingback: FableCroft » Aussie Spec Fic Blog Carnival October 2010

  2. Hey, Patty, this is Aaron, #3 in your WOTF group, offering belated congratulations! Looking forward to seeing you next year.

  3. Hi Patty, just discovered your blog, so a belated congrats from #2. Nice to see some Aussies represented in the WotF winners this year. See you next year!

  4. I just read this, and the note on the google blog! =) That would be cute if you could actually get it safely here with out being attacked by the airport police… or safer yet… bring a photo of it to the awards! =)

    Thanks for shareing, see you soon my dear! =)

    • Sure, I can do the photo, but thb, I’m actually quite scared of the US border security. A friend of mine went to LA recently and she got frisked and interrogated quite heavily for no other reason (she thought) than that she is a camera person with a TV crew.

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