Friday, April 12th, 2013

Writing Prompt – If You Had Robot Help…

Scooba Robot Floor CleanerI’m looking to purchase another robot floor cleaner.

I’ve had both the iRobot Roomba and iRobot Scooba robots: one to vacuum and one to wash the tile floors.

I loved them both… death, you might say. As both have been used long past their usefulness. It’s time for a new pair.

(I’m doing research, since there are a few more manufacturers on the market since I bought my first, but I’m still leaning toward the iRobot brand at this point.)

But as much as I love them, I want something more. Something like…

…Rosie the Robot, from the old cartoon series, The Jetsons.

Rosie the Robot

She dusted, she did the dishes, she ironed. And she talked back. If you’re going to have robot help, you might as well have something which also speaks its mind. It could come in useful:

Me: What do you think of Chapter 3, Rosie?

Rosie: Where’s the drama? It just drones on and on without passion. Too many adverbs. Not enough dialogue.

You get the idea.

I could think of another million uses, too. Like: making sure there aren’t any stinkbugs in the house, pulling the weeds in the front garden, and watering all the plants. Oh, yeah, and making dinner. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned dinner while diddling over a scene.

While she’s at it, she could pay the bills, balance the checkbook, and make sure everything is filed away nice and neat… because those piles of paper tend to linger around here until they’re a fire danger.


Here’s Your Prompt

  • What job in your life would you like to see replaced by robot — or appliance — help? How would it change the way you do things?
  • Write a story about this fascinating new robot (or appliance). What negative aspects could cause significant drama?

Good luck!

2 comments to Writing Prompt – If You Had Robot Help…

  • Kelly, I can’t resist commenting on this. My father has a Roomba, but something quirky happened on the assembly line, because this one is an intelligent Roomba. It talks, and has a personality. Dad’s not an author, but for several years now he’s been e-mailing stories of himself and Max (the robot), including the discussions and adventures they’ve had. I think he does it to entertain the family. One of these days I should collect those e-mails and write a fictional story featuring Max.

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