Song mood: In the Meantime by Spacehog.
The groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. Winter really wasn’t that bad this year. I just don’t winter, no matter the length. So far we have had a spring like winter. Where one day it’s warm enough to melt all the snow and bitter cold the next. Reasons to hate winter: 1. It’s cold. 2. My skin gets super extra itchy. 3. I don’t exercise as much because of the cold.
I’m starting to make progress on the disappearance novel. What I’m working on is stacking the cards against the protagonists.
I made a change to the murder victim. The victim is an ex-girlfriend to the male lead. She has the most unappealing traits. Like the character has a drug problem, which leads to a money problem, which leads to her fate. I want the reader to see right away what is going to happen to this character.
The reason I made this switch was because it will add extra tension between the protagonists. It will make Eileen suspicious of Sean. Also, it’s other purpose is to make Sean realize that Eileen has to be the most perfect person for him.
I’m also giving Eileen a rude ex-boyfriend. It’s something that you see in the old movies. Give the main character(s) a bad ex or soon to be ex so that when the character meets Mister or Miss Right, the character or the audience can see who that character was meant for.
In Brining Up Baby, David Huxley (Cary Grant) is about to marry Alice Swallow. She recognizes him for his brains and his work. But that is all that she focuses on. But then David meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) and all hell breaks loose. He thinks that she is ruining his life. The audience knows that Susan is the one who David will end up with in the end. The audience knows that Susan is ruining his life because she is in love with him and doesn’t mean to ruin his life, but is really clumsy.
It’s clear that Susan really loves David far more than Alice. So that is what I will try to show, that Sean and Eileen love each other despite all that is going on in the story and that they are meant for each other.
I’m halfway through The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. It’s really good. I kind of think that if Neil Gaiman wrote a mystery, this is what it would be like.
The momentum to write is building. The momentum of being creative is building as well. And that is a good thing.