Skip to main content

14 October 2021

 Song mood: Africa by Toto.

I figured out my mystery novel. Or the basics, I have yet to name the characters. I know the back stories of three characters.

The protagonist is a freelance photographer.

His wife is a mystery writer from England.

He’s kind of famous as a photographer, but hardly anyone knows his name. She’s famous where everyone does know her name. I like that idea in a couple, where you have two people who are good at what they do, but the wife has far more recognition for what she does. Anyway.

The book will be in two parts. Where the first part is the mystery. Then the second part is the thriller. In this part, the identity of the killer is known and now they are trying to get away.

I’m thinking that the ending sequence happens on this one trail I heard about while living in Seattle. If you go on the trail during low tide, you’re fine. If you go on the trail during high tide, you’re taking a risk because once the tide is in, parts of the trail is underwater for a day or two. So far, I haven’t discovered where exactly it’s at on my google searches.

I got some of my ideas while talking with my photographer friend. I asked him what he takes out on a photoshoot. I couldn’t understand a lot of the things he was saying, but he was passionate about talking about it. What I did pick up were a couple of terms. Something I knew I could google later. The terms being ‘soft box’ and ‘light kit.’ Then he showed me the photos on his computer and phone. I knew then that the profession of my protagonist had to be a photographer.

I will probably need some cheering on or some nagging to get this finished.

I’m missing Tokyo at the moment. I know that my next trip to Tokyo will be a lot different. The last time I was in Tokyo, I hung out with Canadians on New Year’s Eve. It was a wild experience that I can only remember fragments of.

I once walked from Shibuya to Asakusa, which took me four hours. It normally takes 30 minutes by subway.

More than likely, I won’t be by myself when I go there. So I probably won’t go exploring areas of the city like I used to. I have a lot more experience with subways and railways.

One place I definitely want to go back to is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. On the 44th and 45th floors was an observation deck and cafe. I’m also thinking there was an Italian restaurant there as well. Where I had spaghetti and red wine.

The other thing I wouldn’t mind seeing again is the Diabutsu, or giant Buddha statue in Kamakura.

Well, I’m getting into weekend mode. I will outline this story on index cards. I will do some writing. I will watch some mysteries. Anything additional that happens in the weekend will be a bonus.


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