NaNoWriMo 2018: Soup the Perfect Comfort Food (except when it isn’t)

Soup it is! Magical soup that tends to make people’s lives better, but something’s changed in the world of our soup-making heroine because now the outcomes are unintended, and people are unhappy. What’s going on? Who done it? Is it that Englishman come to town? Her step-sister who’s upset because she never acquired magical baking or cooking skills?

Now who wants to play? Does anyone want to offer possible scenarios of a magic soup gone wrong? Let’s think funny or gross, nothing mean or violent. I’m thinking that this novel will probably attempt to be (how many other qualifiers can I put in?) irreverent and funny (we’ll see). I can’t offer you any prizes except for the possibility of your idea being ill-used next month when push comes to shove and I neeed another 20,000 words.

So I’ll be offering other possibilities for your input as I outline, but this is the first one since it’s the story set-up.

Thanks for playing! 🙂

ps this is my first time writing a post on the mobile app. It seems they do not believe in spellcheck nor special characters. Of course, I’m saving those for my novel. 😉

15 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018: Soup the Perfect Comfort Food (except when it isn’t)

  1. Does our heroine have a “soup kitchen” restaurant? Maybe she has names for her soups, all vegan, of course. Maybe something like “Happy go lucky asparagus soup” because asparagus is a natural aphrodisiac and mood enhancer. But when someone eats it, their mood is revved up and they start kissing everyone, or the opposite affect “green with envy.” Seems you need to start with a list of soups. Or maybe they bring out what the person is really feeling. Interesting premise.

    1. That sounds like a great idea. I’ve had the line going on in my head where someone calls her a soup nazi aka Seinfeld, she just rolls her eyes and says that title’s been taken. So, yeah, it’s going to be a place that primarily serves soup.

  2. Random thought: You could put a twist on the old cliché, “There’s a fly in my soup.” When someone eats their soup and starts to float. “There’s flight in this soup.”

    If you want gross, “There’s poop in my soup.”

  3. What if her upset sister (or step sister) is a horticulturist who grows the vegetables the soup sister uses in her soups? And all the jealousy or envy seeps into the crops as she tends to them and then transfers to the soups causing a ruckus in those who consume them (Similar to Maggie’s suggested side effects.)? Maybe the sister doesn’t realize what she’s doing? She’s too upset about not having magical cooking abilities to realize she has magical cultivating skills that are manifesting themselves in a negative way. . Perhaps the sisters will rebuild their relationship (get over a past misunderstanding?) and team up to use their respective powers for good.

    Sorry, got carried away. I’m sure your story will turn out great whatever path you take. Good luck during NaNoWriMo!

  4. A restaurant that serves soup….to have something happen to the heroine she would have to be tasting the soup. Perhaps there is a secret potion that makes her fall in love with the next person she sees. Who could that be…the new Englishman? Someone else’s husband? Someone totally unsuitable such as a Russian poison toting ex-military guy?

  5. Our heroine tastes the soup, finds it delicious, but to everyone else tasting it, it tastes godawful, the flavour of their worst nightmare- the good they hate the most and they turn the colour of the soup (asparagus – green) or they smell like the soup they ate and hate and it lasts for several hours (whatever length you wish to make it) and they rant and rave until it disappears as suddenly as it came all the while pointing fingers at someone they dislike the mailman the grocery clerk someone who they felt wronged them and then profound apologies abound as they realize they overreacted in mysteriously funny ways. 🙂

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