Watch lists? FBI? TSA? Well, if I wasn’t before, I probably will be now!
Funny, isn’t it? Authors search all kinds of odd things. I had one story I worked on last year where I had to search on how to defuse a bomb. No intention of ever having to do it either and at this point in time I could not tell you which wires to snip in order to not be blown up. And no, my bomb didn’t have an on/off switch like in Sherlock (The Empty Hearse episode).
Last week I had a delicious breakfast with a friend. Three hours of talking about life, writing, funerals, autopsies, tissue donation and donating bodies for science to save money on burial. You know, the practical stuff of life. Oh, and how I need to ask some questions of a funeral director I know. Won’t that be fun?
I even submitted that bomb book to the FBI for fact checking purposes. See. I’m sure I’m on a watch list with them. The gal who emailed me really liked my story too and that was a really rough draft.
I’m cracking myself up because, well, it’s all true! Now you know why this is the silygoos blog.
Writers can be irreverant but they also are artists at heart who care deeply about the characters we create out of our imaginations. We feel the depth of their pain. So why they may not be real, their words and emotions are very much real in our minds.
That includes the passions of our villans as well.
But then, you want a good story to evoke emotion. Now personally, I avoid Nicholas Sparks because I don’t like crying at the end of every novel. To be honest, I only read three, but that was enough for me to know that he was not a happily-ever-after storyteller.
So if the FBI or TSA show up at my door, please point them to my blog so they know I would never blow anyone up, shoot them, plant a bomb or any of the other horrific deaths I’ve perpetrated on my imaginary villians. Not to mention the torture I’ve perpetrated on my main characters. I don’t even own a handgun or rifle, although if I did, I’ve been told I would be a crack shot. Better than a crack pot. Or would that be cracked pot?
Writers. We’re a despicable lot. Shocking at times, but also fun and hyper-sensitive about imaginary people.
A book is a wonderful friend and escape from the trials of this world. I hope you find many to read and enjoy. Stay tuned because I keep trying to share with you the new and upcoming great authors here, as well as some who have multi-published and become faves of mine.
Writing at your best! I love this….especially about being a crack shot, not a crack pot or cracked pot! We ARE passionate about our characters. I woke up one morning praying for one of my characters!
I’m probably more of a cracked pot most days! Glad you enjoyed it!
If you disappear for months at a time, now we’ll know you are in a top-secret facility. Being…questioned.
Just make sure to send me some chocolate, will you? Since I doubt anything I write compromises national security, I hope I am safe. Either that – I could just disappear having found that perfect spot to write with no kids yelling for “MOM!” every two minutes. Not that it ever stopped me before.
Funny – been there so many times; like, how could a minor get a weapon across the country? And then, my mail carrier, who just loves all the strange stuff that comes to my house, brought me a certified letter from the Oregon DOJ yesterday.
So – do we need to find a bolt-hole for you? Know any safe-houses out there?