Skip to main content

10 September 2020

 Song mood: You and Me by Lifehouse.  I saw Lifehouse twice.  Both small venue, which was odd because they had a song that was on the billboard charts for 55 weeks.  I saw them in Fargo, ND and in Aberdeen, SD.  But maybe small venues were their thing. Hanging by a Moment is one of my favorite songs of all time, mainly because I love the bass-line.


I finished reading Death on the Nile.  I guessed who was murdered and who did it.  I was a bit off on how it was done.  And had I been paying attention to one small clue, I would have been right on how the events took place.  Anyway.  I dare say sometimes Agatha Christie borders on Hallmark type mysteries.  In this book there were two newly formed couples.


Next up on reading: Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones.  I will be going through my books and making a list of books that I need to read by the end of the year.  In this instance I will be physically placing the books in order.


In my dream this morning, I was hanging out with a friend from my writing group.


I was thinking today, that my writing group used to hold writing retreats at a monastery.  And I thought, with a group of friends, one can make a retreat like a little writer’s conference.  It would be fun.  We’d have certain times where we could chat with each other.  Then dedicate time for writing.  Even have word count contests.  Towards the end we can set some time to talk about what we learned while writing.  It would be fun.  I know I said that twice.


This weekend, I’m going to set some time to learn about my camera.  I may take some pictures, if there is something for me to go do.  If I had my way, I would have a group of friends dress up and enact a story in 31 parts.  There would be fake blood galore.  And then I would have an awesome set of poems for October.


I haven’t cosplayed for a while.  There was nothing to go to.  It would help if I could hang out with other people who cosplayed.


This weekend, I will start writing my mystery.  The tougher scenes come first, ie. the murder, the explanation.  Then the beginning and character building.  Then work my way to the end.  

After that, I will do my editing.  Then I will get someone to do copyediting.  I will look through my pictures of Sandy, England and see if any of the pictures are dark and foreboding.  If so, there’s my cover.  I’m hoping the Catholic Church I passed will fit the bill.

As I go through the process, I will look into what the Mystery Writers of America has to offer and join that guild.  With a little luck and support of the MWA, maybe the book will be somewhat of a success.  I will work on book promotion through national and regional guilds.

Once the book is finished, I will determine which project to work on next.


Pandemic or no pandemic, I want craft an interesting year for 2021.  If there are no events to go to, I will make ones up with the idea of small groups.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

18 November 2020

Song mood: Mysterious Ways by U2. Currently I’m listening to The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan.  I’ve listened to a couple of novellas that she wrote where her detective Cormac Reilly briefly shows up in and liked them.  This is the first book with her star detective.  Between McTiernan and Trevor on who writes better suspense, I would say hands down McTiernan.   A person who writes mysteries as a genre follow a set of conventions so that the reader isn’t in a state of confusion.  One great example is putting dates before each section or series of sections.  Literary writers don’t follow conventions and the confusion at times come from the writing.  Where I say, let the characters mislead the reader not the writing itself. I am enjoying The Ruin .  It’s nice to get back to a solid mystery. I continue to walk at the lake.  Although, it’s a modified path where I get around 2.5 miles instead 4 miles.  I still need to figure out what to do for exercise in the winter.  I want to get a rowing m

Anticipated Books of 2021

For me, the two most anticipated books are both by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  The first one is Certain Dark Things to be released 7 September and the second is Velvet is the Night to be released 17 August.  Both are after my birthday so they can’t be my birthday book.  Which is too bad.  Garcia proved she could very write well with Mexican Gothic .  I’m inclined to believe she is the best writer out there. Currently I’m listening to Untamed Shores , Garcia’s thriller that was released last year.  It is similar to Mexican Gothic except without the elements of horror. Speaking of the birthday book, I finally chose the one.  And this time there will be no hiccups.  This year’s birthday book will be: The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory.  The book is set to be released on 18 May.  Three months before my birthday and if the book is to be pushed out, I think it would about a month or so.  It’s a murder mystery that involves a boy band formed by the animal people from The Island of Doctor