Writing Can Be Murder

September 21, 2007

Talking to myself

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:23 am

I haven’t blogged in a while for a couple of reasons.

 1) I’m busy, busy, busy

2)  Because I’m busy, I’m tired

3) I get tired of hearing myself talk

I talk to myself a lot. I talk to characters. I talk to my imaginary critique partner. I say WTF a lot — an awful lot.

Like yesterday. I drove through a section of a town I hadn’t been through for a while and I was pleased to see that the gun shop that had opened there a few years ago had closed  (not a big fan of firearms) but what blew my mind, and by blew my mind, I mean I thought about it for the rest of the day and I’m still thinking about it this morning, was the shop that replaced The Bullet (or whatever the “oh we’re so clever” dumb ass name was for the gun shop).

A psychic set up shop in the gun store building!  Now, I’m no expert or anything but wouldn’t a place that sold implements of destructions have bad karma or give off bad vibes or something?

So I started spinning a story. A psychic inherits a store front. Unaware that it was a gun store, she sets up shop. Soon strange and creepy things start happening and psychic woman is burning sage and lighting candles and doing whatever else will cleanse the place, but it doesn’t work. Then the ghost of a man who was murdered by a gun that was sold at the gun store shows up. Together the psychic woman and the murdered man’s ghost must solve the mystery of his death.

 I’ve got a bunch of scenes worked out in my head. I’ve talked about them to my imaginary critique partner. I know how I’d open the story and I know how it ends.

But here’s the thing, I’m NEVER going to write it. Why? Because I’m too busy.

So why the hell am I talking about it?



  1. Because that’s how your mind works. I love how it works! If this one energizes you enough, you’ll write it. I hope you do. I’d be interested to read it!

    Comment by Cyndi — September 23, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  2. Thanks Cyndi! Don’t take offense at the next post, ok?

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — September 24, 2007 @ 7:37 am

  3. Hey, it sounds like a cool idea to me. BTW, I saw WTF a lot too. LOL.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — September 24, 2007 @ 7:39 am

  4. Thanks Jennifer – good to know I’m not alone 😉

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — September 24, 2007 @ 8:12 am

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