30 October 2017

Odds and Ends



Jan Grape
by Jan Grape



As usual on Sunday morning, afternoon and evening, I'm wracking (or is it racking or wrecking?) my brain for something cogent to write for my blog article. All you other Sleuthsayers, who have two or three articles already scheduled and two or three emergency articles online, are just too good for me. I envy you all. 

As I reject one thought after another it occurred to me that maybe I've just written all that my brain file cabinet holds. If it's true that each of us only have so many cells in our bodies before we die then perhaps my brain only has so many words, I've just used them all up already.

So I decided I'd share the odds and ends of thoughts that came to me today. None of which could possibly be a full length article. 

First I thought about cats and dogs. You can kill off any number of people in a book but heaven help you if you kill a dog or a cat. We are all a bit crazy about our pets. Some folks are total dog people. Others are total cat people. And a huge percent are equally in love with both canines and felines. Personally, I love both dogs and cats although I haven't had a dog is over twenty years. It's just easier for me to have  cats that I don't have to walk. I know it's good exercise but I don't live in a neighborhood with level ground or sidewalks. 

Another thought was reading about how several years ago when the color pink - especially the sickly pink of Pepto-Bismol made men feel weakened. Could this calm prisoners down? A couple of commanding Naval officers at a correctional facility in Seattle painted the holding cells a pink color. The name became Baker/Miller Pink, named after the commanding officers. For five months it did seem to work. 

Soon prisons, visiting teams locker rooms and even housing projects all over the country turned up pink. Did it really work?  Probably not. Maybe people just got ill from the color or decided they didn't like it but it soon disappeared. Have any of you ever used color as a calming effect on your bad guy in your book?

Another idea.  Marriages; is having an affair better than getting a divorce? There are divided thoughts on this from psychologist and psychiatrists. We mystery writers think murder is the quickest solution except the perpetrator must be caught. We all know you just can't GET AWAY with MURDER. 

Of course, you  get away with murder if you come up with a perfect murder plot in your book. I think a few writers have but then along comes, Agatha Christie, or Jack Reacher or Sam Spade who solves the crime.

Please let me know if y'all have any thoughts on these odd subjects. And my apologies to Time magazine for any ideas from their pages.

Happy Spooky Day






2 comments:

Paul D. Marks said...

Jan, you're so right when you say, "You can kill off any number of people in a book but heaven help you if you kill a dog or a cat." My wife and I are both dog and cat people and we wouldn't hurt any real life, in fact we rescue them. But I did kill a dog off in a book for dramatic purposes and boy did I hear about it from some people. One person was so persistent and just wouldn't let it go, I found myself avoiding her after a time. Not someone I knew well, luckily.

Jan Grape said...

Thanks Paul. I've funny how people get so wrapped up in a book that think we could or would kill a cat or dog. Those of us who love our animals and treat them like children would rather die than harm our little animals. Even if our fiction story wants to show how mean and horrible our character is wecan't show them harming an animal.
Perhaps that's a good thing but when a reader practically stalks you for harming a dog in your FICTION. Then I have to say you've obviously written a wonderful and believeable story. but HOW COULD YOU?