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30 August 2020

 Song mood: In Too Deep by Genesis.

It’s been an Inspector Morse weekend.  I’m halfway through the original series.  I think I came upon an understanding.  If the show follows the book closely, it will say based on the book.  After the second season, the shows stopped following the books closely and then it says based off the characters.  Some of them say based off an idea by the author, which would indicate that the author collaborated with the producers for the screenplay.

The other thing that I realized is that if they are going to follow the series, Chief Inspector Thursday won’t be in the new show for much longer.  Which this last season hinted at.

I expect to work on my own mystery this week.  It happens in Sandy, England.  My Inspector Trevor is surnamed after the Irish author, William Trevor.  

Trevor is one of the biggest names in literature.  Or he was when I attended college for Creative Writing.  I’ve read a few of his short stories.  I think I should listen to a few of his novels that I tried to read.  He’s kind of like John Le Carré, I enjoy his writing, but it’s a whole lot easier if I listen to the story.

For the mystery, I will start with the actual murder itself and then the scene where the detective explains what happened.  Once I have those two scenes I will start at the beginning.

A few weeks ago I ordered a Nebraska Passport book.  And I have been told today that I can go on the app.  I can go to any of the locations and ask for the book.  I will make a goal of twenty as I don’t foresee going to Western Nebraska.

I’m really excited for Miranda through Opera Omaha.  I want to plan out things to do next year, but I’m afraid that there are just a lot of unknowns.  Then there is the possibility of creating events to do.  Looking for castles, museums and whatnot.

Plans for this week: write a horror short story, start writing a murder mystery, read Death in the Nile, visit different places in Nebraska.  I may even think of a halloween costume for pictures.  And probably read Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones as that will be delivered some time this week.


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