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31 May 2021

 Song mood: Royals by Lorde.

This weekend, I helped out with a family project.  So it’s been reading and watching Murdock Mysteries during wait times.  It was good to hang out with cousins.  I got to have a neat conversation with one of my cousins about fantasy books.  It felt like old times, I thought it was so cool.

The prevailing thought this morning was, and I was thinking about myself: don’t be such a winy bitch and write the damned mystery.  Depending on how successful I am of getting past myself, there may be fewer posts next month as I work on getting a mystery done.  Of the size of about 40,000 words.  I think that 120 pages is about right for the kind of mysteries I want to write.

This morning I was reading this book on writing called The Write Structure by Joe Bunting and realized that I knew most of what he write already and all I needed to do was read the exercises.  Like I already know why you need an inciting incident.  Like that is the action that brings the hero into the story.  Therefore reading that, would waste my time when all I wanted was an exercise.  I marked the pages with the exercises.

Books on writing, I know you just pick and choose what feels right for you for the information that you take from it.  No one book on writing is the end all be all for writing.  I don’t think that such book exists.  And I still buy these books because I’m hoping for that one piece of information that will kick me back into writing that one book.  Anyway.  I need to stop wining and just write the book.

Currently, I’m listening to Maigret Sets a Trap by Georges Simenon.  Next up Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  Hopefully by the time I finish these, I will be able to pick a mystery to listen to.

Still need to make plans for my birthday.  I can’t do anything real exciting as I want to go to Paris 2022.

Well, this is me, not so exciting self over a holiday weekend I forgot was a long weekend.  If I am successful writing a mystery, I will post about it, later.


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