I did not get called in for a specific job today; my plan was to write and start the tidying journey of the room I lovingly refer to as Mt. Crapmore and here it is nigh on to noon, CST, and I have gotten as far as reading my email.
My Amanda Friend says that I should listen to my conscience and subconscious, both of whom are on in blanket fort on the couch, and rest and nap. It’s tempting.
A bazillion years ago my brother answered a Myspace posting asking what he thought my job would be if I wasn’t involved in theatre. He said, “True Crime Novelist.” (I know, how can it be both True and Novel? Truman Capote and Erik Larson are masters of the genre. My copy of In Cold Blood is staring at me right now. It would definitely be a good day to catch up on my reading.)
I think that is definitely a good job for me. I am interested in research and True Crime and after listening to what is meant to be spooky, crime drama podcast that somehow made cult murders sound droning and boring, I know that the genre need a specific voice. I’m just not doing very well at the writing without a real deadline thing.
I think I may have a severe case of the crummies. I don’t feel 100%. Maybe if I had something that would drag the muse out if its cage and get it going, I would be able to jump right into it. How do I find a worthy story?
Well, check the crime articles on Huffington Post (because I have no other source of information)
- The actor who voices Squidward on Spongebob Squarepants has been arrested for DUI. Interesting, but I don’t want to read a whole story, much less write one, about it.
- Coco Austin shares a bikini picture. How is that a crime?
With stories like this to chose from, I went to cold case button. The one that grabbed my attention for the longest amount of time is the case of four bodied found encased in steel drums and burked in New Hampshire. The deaths occurred over 30 years ago and have been ruled homicides. (because no one dies of natural causes and is ceremoniously sealed in a barrel) The bodies are of an adult woman and three female children between the ages of 1-11. The adult and two of the children are linked by mitochondrial DNA, so they are related, but the nature of the relationship, as is the identity of the third child is unknown.
Advances of forensic science may lead to finding the identities of these people. (You will note I do not explain the process. My math skills make my science look great.) Article Details here.
In my opinion, the story is in the third child; who she is and how she wound up with the people that caused her to be killed. There are stories in the whole event, the circumstance and the identities. I think the mystery is in the most obvious unknown. (I’m not dead sure what I meant by that.)