INT. Late afternoon. The WRITER is sitting at her desk, typing on a laptop. The typing is slow but steady.
SMALL VOICE: (in a sing-song manner) HelllOOOOoo.
THE WRITER ignores the SMALL VOICE.
SMALL VOICE: Look at me. I’m shiny.
The WRITER continues to type, now bending over the keyboard and typing with, perhaps, a touch more force than necessary.
SMALL VOICE: Hey. Pay attention to me. I’m so shiny.
WRITER: Go away.
SMALL VOICE: And glittery. Look at me, I can spit sparkles. I’m a living firework display over here.
WRITER: Go away.
SMALL VOICE: Are you sure?
SMALL: But I’m soooooo shiny.
The WRITER stops typing.
WRITER: Okay. You win. What are you?
SMALL VOICE: An idea.
SMALL VOICE: A new idea. An idea for a plot far, far better than that tired old thing you’re working on. This idea is fresh. It’s bold. It’ll set the world on fire.
WRITER: I can’t think about you right now.
SMALL VOICE: Yes, you can. C’mon. Think about me. You’re not finished. You’re nowhere near finished. Why not put that old thing in a drawer where it belongs? You know it’s not that good. You’re sick of it. Close the file. Shut the door. Move on.
WRITER: Why does this always happen? I need to finish one project before I start another - otherwise nothing gets finished. I know this. I’ve learned.
SMALL VOICE: Soooo shiny. Right here. Right now. Write me. You won’t be sorry.
WRITER: Maybe not, but give it a month or two and do you know what’ll happen?
SMALL VOICE: What?
WRITER: It’ll be late afternoon. I’ll be typing. And then, out of nowhere will come a small voice saying in a sing-song manner “HelllOOOooo.”
SMALL VOICE: But...I’m shiny.
WRITER: I don’t doubt that you are. Tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to open a new file and write down your basic premise.
SMALL VOICE: You won’t regret it.
WRITER: I might. I might not. But I know the only way to make you shut up is to write you down.
SMALL VOICE: But….I can spit sparkles.
WRITER: Honey, so can I.
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. Her newest games, Humpty was Pushed, and What the Dickens? will be published soon by Red Herring Games. Her 'writing sheep' are being featured this year in a series of columns in the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Antonelli, Author.