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Writing and the Weekend

So, when I arrived at the shop yesterday I was determined to rework my "Out of the Box" story completely and spent the day thinking about it and reading the wonderful link that a friend had sent to me on writing murder mysteries (much of which I already knew, but some of which was a wonderful relevation). Last night I began the actual re-write and, although I'm only three pages in to what had already been nine pages, I'm feeling much better about where the story is going.

This is the final weekend of Renaissance Festival. It seems like yesterday when I was posting that the season was just beginning. It's looking like we'll have beautiful, warm weather. Cloak weather for the first hour or so, but then not needed until the sun goes down. Yesterday morning there was a fire at the Fest grounds. It started in one of the food vendors at 6am or so, and spread to six other stalls before finally being brought under control. Five different fire departments were involved because there are no fire hydrants or large-pipe water up there, they had to truck in all of the water needed to fight the blaze. The fest opened yesterday slightly late, but no-one was hurt, and that's the most important thing.

I'm looking forward to my fall activities - a small gem and lapidary show in two weeks, and maybe a visit or two to an art exhibit before I have to start my holiday hours. I still want pretty things to look at, though, so I present the pic above for your eye candy for the day. The pic is aspen trees in the fall near Marble, Colorado. I grew up nearby and we visited Marble several times while I was growing up. It was a beautiful area. Marble's quarries supplied most of the marble used in the Federal buildings in Washington DC and many other amazing structures. I loved our rare trips out there and remember them with great fondness.
You don't expect a fire at a festival, do you? It was good that no one was hurt; however, have the stall holders lost their businesses?

There had been a very large off-season fire there about six years ago that took out much of the new part of the grounds. This was much better. It was during the season, people were around so it was caught sooner and the damage was lessened because of that. But still very bad news for the vendors who lost their businesses before the busiest weekend of their year. Some of them also have other locations, but I think at least one was a solo venture.

- Erulisse (one L)
What a shame about the fire.

I'm so glad the link helped you think through your story - that mix of confirming that what you are doing is right, whilst shining a little extra light, is always the very best feeling I think!
The link was so very helpful. It helped to give me a framework to work within and helped me clarify my villain and red herrings. Now to just keep this down to a realistic story length - I have no intention of writing a novel for this one - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
I've only seen aspen trees a few times in my life, and they're always so lovely.
I miss my seas of golden leaves in the fall. I've always imagined Mallorn trees to have a lot in common with Aspens. Up here, in Minnesota, we get the spectacular reds of our maples, and those are stunning. But there is something about mountain valleys filled with gold that sets my heart singing.

- Erulisse (one L)
I am glad that no one was hurt but I feel bad for any of the businesses that were harmed by the fire.
I am very grateful that no-one was harmed. Money is valuable, but life is so much more.

- Erulisse (one L)
I don't know where the people I know who write fanfiction get their confidence! I would love to write a mystery story, but it just sounds overwhelming to me. Maybe some day.
OMG, I don't consider this confidence, it's just what my muse pushed into my head and, after doing some trial writing, it seemed to flow well enough to make it real. Of course...that was BEFORE I decided that I needed to do a completely new rewrite *sigh*.

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm glad your story is going well. I'm giving this challenge a miss as I don't think I would enjoy writing out of the box or my readers enjoy the result!
Well, this is very outside the box for me, but I like pushing myself into many different directions with my writing since I'm still so new to the game :-)

- Erulisse (one L)