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Transsexual Crime Scene Ponies and Other Such Stuff

 

Illustration by Tres Maxwell
Illustration by Tres Maxwell

Chapter Ten and 21006 words. This is my first crime novel.  It is a lot of fun to write. It exercises both wit and intelligence. It is not without challenges though. I decided to list them here. I am open to suggestions BTW.

  1. I am worried that my characters are going to come across as talking heads.  It is difficult to have serious conversations and exchanges of information while at the same time inserting observational clues into the narrative without giving too much away to the reader.
  2. I have a character that is funny, but I don’t really want her to be cheesy or corndoggy, because she is also smart and deep. (She’s probably going to be anyway…that’s just what it is.) She’s a stereotypical character. I can’t help that. It’s who she is. She is inspired by real life people I know.
  3. It is hard to write funny stuff without making fun of people, which is one thing I want to avoid, if possible. (At least not come across as deliberately hurtful.)
  4. Keeping convoluted plot details straight in your head gets tricky.
  5. Balancing action and idleness while keeping up a steady pace that quickly pushes the story forward is more complex than it sounds.

These are my five whines of the day. And it stormed off and on all day, so I didn’t get to swim (that’s my excuse).

Any suggestions? How was your day?

In A Nutshell

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This is my first New Year’s Day as a blogger.  I have spent the last two days reading posts on last year’s highlights and this year’s goals.

It all seems so formal.

I was just chatting with a blogger about how I make a list every day.  I put five things on there that I hope to accomplish by day’s end.  If there is anything left at the end of the day, I roll it over.

Never put on more than five things, so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Never allow the rollovers to make me feel unaccomplished. It is progress.

I have been doing this since the age of 31 and I am 53.  My therapist started this practice, and it stuck.  It works for me. I do this every single day.

I guess that’s about as formal as I ever get with goals and resolutions.  I only have one major goal for 2014:

  1. To put my fingers to the keyboard and write!

That’s all!

  If that is accomplished the rest will come in due time.

Looking back on 2013 I have learned a few things:

  1. I love my Swiffer.
  2. I can cook anything in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Kirby’s are REALLY worth their weight in gold.
  4. WordPress is the greatest place in the world to connect with awesome and inspiring people.
  5. Humans are weird.
  6. Books are books.

No great revelations here. A few observations.  Life is a blast and can be boring all at the very same time.

Happy New Year!