I loved writing this story. The words just flew onto the page. It was a lot of fun to write about Selena working in the FBI instead of as a homicide detective, because I feel like the stories can be broader in scope and not isolated to a single location. Don’t get me wrong, The Runaway Train was a blast to write, and it has done a lot of great things for me as a new author! I can’t wait for you to see what else I have in store for Selena, and I hope that you enjoy her adventures as much as I enjoy telling them.
The corridors are empty
A dead ship in a black sea
Blinking buttons of computers
Pierce the dark of the bridge
They never should have landed
On the stormy planet red
Never did understand
What burned in their veins
One by one they fell
Traveling to the planet blue
Carrying with them the cursed air
To a civilization they never knew
©2014 by M.W. Griffith
It was a long weekend, and a struggle to get back on track. Today, I plan on following a criminal character that the FBI has been observing. He’s a smart guy, with OCD quirks that somehow lend to his likable nature. It’s good that the people who have read the story enjoy this character, and I have a particular fondness for him myself because he’s technically a “bad guy” but yet there is a sympathetic quality to him. My goal is to have him as a man who exists in that gray area. Those type of characters have always fascinated me.
In other news, I hooked up a portable 500 gigabyte hard drive to my mac to back up all of my files. Sure, Drop box is great, but I need my work in more than one place. It’s sort of like a security blanket that will help me sleep at night.
There is a delicate balance that must be maintained when writing anything of considerable length. In my case, a mystery novel with more than a handful of characters that weave in and out of the story itself. Remembering that these are not cookie cutter television investigators, and that I am attempting to make them as lifelike as possible, this process can be a daunting challenge without a tedious array of notes to accompany my sessions. Peoples actions are most often motivated by the things that are happening in their daily lives, and my investigators certainly have their own lives and demons to contend with while attempting to tackle a heartbreaking homicide.
Today, I plan on visiting the hospital and birthing center with my wife, and then going for a good jog. Afterward, it would be good to refocus my energy on the book. The scene in particular involves a person that my main character knew when she was a teenager, and this person brings back a rush of memories about her sister’s mysterious death, among other things. I also have to get my character out of the hotel and into her father’s house. This shouldn’t be too daunting a task, unlike trying to shift away from the somber tone of the story. Even though it’s over 20,000 words so far, I know that the story and investigation are just beginning, and I’d rather not subject my readers to a suffocatingly depressing atmosphere. Things should lighten up before long, but this is a homicide that they are dealing with.
Well, I suppose that I should get ready to take on this day.