February 26th, 2005

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Whee! That was fun

I'm pleased to report that the Murder Evening was great fun. In addition to the approximately 90 paying diners, there were the family of gangsters, the rival gangster and the detective who all mingled with the guests and played out the drama of their complex and (ultimately) violent relationship. It was all too complicated to relate here -- in the best whodunit tradition -- and there were red herrings galore (mostly created by the guests reading more into the situation than was meant!). We all questioned the characters, made notes and tried to draw conclusions. My guess was half right. I thought the gangster had set his adopted daughter up to murder his wife. In fact he had murdered her himself. But that didn't really matter. It was the experience that mattered.

I am now unwinding in my hotel room, feeling sleepy and ready for bed. Tomorrow the plan is to investigate the quaint village (weather permitting) before heading off home.
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Writing progress

Words today: 550
Words in Chapter 14: 2883
Words total: 64,781
Reason for stopping: End of scene and time to go in search of breakfast.
Other: I think my writing output would rocket if I could live permanently in a hotel. *g* I woke naturally, without the alarm, at about 7.15 am, made myself a cup of tea and realised that the next scene was itching to get out. 550 words later, I have set up the other impending disaster, the one the characters have been unaware of until now and Ceri and Wil have bought a pony. (They need transport for the final scene to work.)

For the first time in my life, I really feel as though I know what I'm doing with regard to selecting what to show and what to tell. I'm really liking the omni viewpoint too. It makes it much easier to skate over the dull stuff and concentrate on the most interesting scenes. Buying the pony had the potential to turn into the type of scene I now think of as the characters now choose the curtains. I don't think I've written about that here, so will try to do so later today.

But now I need to go and look for the dining room...
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