I never seem to get stuck when trying to develop new plot ideas. Unfortunately, I keep discovering that everything I come up with has already been published and/or filmed. Even though what I come up with isn't exactly the same as the other works I find, it often seems so derivative that I can see lawsuits or rejection letters before I even write one word. This is really starting to tick me off. The other day inspiration had hit me, so I just started writing. The end result was an entire chapter in one sitting. I opened the scene with an archaeologist overseeing a late night excavation of the ancient ruins of Paris (distant future setting). This archaeologist was also an amateur astronomer of sorts, and on this particular night a rare astronomical event was going to occur: A total eclipse of a full moon during the Leonoid Meteor shower (I even researched the NASA database for an exact date when this will actually happen in real life). As the eclipse begins, he stops his crew to appreciate the amazing site of a blood red moon under a brilliant shower of "shooting stars". However, what starts off as a beautiful, natural phenomena suddenly become dangerous, as small, baseball-sized meteorites start hitting the landscape. But the big threat isn't so much being hit by a meteor. The big threat is to the futuristic city that is built under a huge oxygen dome. The back-story here is that the planet went through a sixth major mass extinction that was drastically accelerated by mankind's abuse of planetary resources and the environment, resulting in a current atmosphere with only a 12% level of oxygen in it. Enough to breath, but not to stay healthy and alive for very long. The dome is destroyed, of course. Certain groups take advantage of the chaos and move to take control over the oxygen supply in order to seize power. The city breaks off into two separate factions and a civil war over oxygen begins. Then I find a book called "Oxygen Wars", set in the distant future. I haven't read the book yet, but I'm naturally assuming here that it's a futuristic war over oxygen. GRRRRAHHHH!!! I'm about ready to just give up.