I am working on worldbuilding, cultures, religions, etc for five kingdoms for a fantasy series. Today my allergies have been winning so I decided it would be a good idea to sit back and watch some documentaries on religion as research. I’ve been meaning to do this for months anyway, so I figured I might as well do it on a day like this.
In my search I came across Going Clear on HBO. I don’t know why I watched it since it’s about a more modern thing and I’m writing epic fantasy but something drew my attention to it. I’m not going to say a lot because I’m still processing, but I will say that I’m freaked out. Enough that I think I’ll pass on any other documentaries for now and stick to reading about ancient and medieval religions instead!
I think I’ll go visit Cracked to clear my head.
Sidenote: I do have a character that is blindly worshiped by the people in her land and they would do anything and everything she asks, so maybe today’s adventure isn’t a complete loss.
Any of you ever had someone confront you after they caught you shake your head at their terrible parking? It happened to me a little while ago. I was about to pull into a spot and realized there was a car taking up half of that spot and the one in front of it. I drove around and went to another spot and noticed there was a lady in the badly parked car. I shook my head and thought she was an idiot.
That was the end of the story for me. Not her. As I walked in front of her car to get to the store she partially got out and said “Why did you shake your head at me?” She was pretty agitated, and waving her phone at me. I was so surprised I only said “Excuse me?” She repeated her question, which seemed to anger her even more.
I stopped and stared at her for a second before responding. “Look at your parking job.” She turned bright red, and I continued on into the store, (I’m pretty sure I was still shaking my head). I have no idea what she said after that, but I could hear her practically yelling into her phone, bitching about me I’m sure.
So after I walked in the doors I turned back and watched as she corrected her parking issue and I laughed, which of course got me weird looks from the people near me. Did I leave out that this lady was a much older woman, like 80? She was also half my size, so I was somewhat impressed that she had to guts to confront me.
I felt a little bad, because I didn’t have to even respond but she caught me off guard. However, I think it’s ridiculous to yell at someone for noticing when you mess up. I did see her in the store and she pretended like I didn’t exist. This time I kept my head under tight control.
I feel like I should somehow turn this into a short story or flash fiction, or even a small scene. Either way I wanted to share it; this was too weird not to. Has this kind of thing ever happened to any of you? How did you handle it? I can’t be the only person that has that issue where words come out of my mouth before thoughts are completely processed.