I've finished World to World, the first volume in the Lying Swords trilogy. Except that I haven't. I'm working on the second volume, title not yet decided. As I'm working on it I realize that to accommodate what I'm writing I need to go back and add or change something.
I introduced a knife-wielding serial killer in volume one. It offers several possibilities for other characters and circumstances. But now I've reached a point I've planned since I intro'd the character. He's going to murder a family of four, and I'm not sure how to write the killing of a preteen girl. I'll have to contemplate making the preteen a boy, or maybe both children will be teenagers. It'll take some work…I may just have the carnage found by police and not describe the actual murders. And I just now came up with that idea.
I put this aside for a few days because I needed to think about how to handle that scenario and how to fit it in best with what’s going to happen after. That last idea I had led to another, and then another. Now I have the solution. I had to go back to the second chapter in the first book and make a change, which inspired some additional information that is relevant to much later in that first volume.
This is something I first noticed in college: writing about something often facilitates the creative process.
I was reviewing the other morning the cast of the movie Bad Day at Black Rock. The first time I saw the title on the Guide on my cable t.v., I thought it sounded like a B-movie western. Later when I saw it again on the Guide, I decided to see the cast. OMG! It is an A-movie, and not a western: Cast starred Spencer Tracy (Academy Award Winner—twice), Walter Brennan (Academy Award Winner—thrice), Ernest Borgnine (Academy Award winner—later), Lee Marvin (Academy Award Winner—later), Robert Ryan (Academy Award Nominee), and a few other lesser-known names. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards. If you get the chance to watch it, do so, if for no other reason than the quality of the acting.
Ernest Borgnine was chosen for the role of Marty, the role that won him the Academy Award, based on his performance in this movie. On a couple of places on the internet you can find Borgnine’s commentary on Tracy’s acting in this movie. “Praise” is an understatement.
While I was thinking about that, I somehow got off on a tangent and starting making up my own cast for a movie. So, here it is: Starring Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Robert Fuller, Robert Duvall, Robert Young, Robert Redford, Robert Culp, Robert Blake, Robert DeNiro, Robert Conrad, Robert Stack, Robert (Bob) Newhart, Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts, and Cliff Robertson in the comedic mystery, "Where Went the Roberts?"
Too bad, Hollywood. You missed your chance.
I continue to read Dean Koontz. I finally was able to get the second book in his Frankenstein Series, City of Night. I wanted the third book, but the library tells me it’s been out a long time—they’ll look into that. So I checked out Koontz’s Life Expectancy. It was the first Koontz novel I read and I wanted to read it again. I gave it to the library after I was done with it, and I regretted that.
Ladies and gentleman, it is football season. Need I say more?
Yes, of course. Please read. If you care to, many of my published stories and poetry can be found here: FW-STORIES - PAGE & SPINE: fiction showcase (pagespineficshowcase.com) .