Now for something completely different…

What a crazy two weeks it has been! It feels like I have been on a wild rollercoaster ride. I’ve been tempted to jump off once or twice, but I didn’t. This is what I have wanted for a long time, and it finally came true. Maybe not in the way I had imagined, but nevertheless, I’m a published writer now!

I want to thank you all for the support and encouragement you have given me over the last three months. That’s right, it’s been three months since I posted the first chapter of Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot. Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

I’ve been getting questions about when I’m going to start the next one. Well, I’ve started! Only one chapter, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve been busy doing some editing work, so I have not had as much free time to write. Yes, I do have a title for the new one. Death Makes the Front Page. Yes, someone in our little town of Brookdale is going to bite it. Have you met them yet? Yes, they were in book one. No, I’m not going to tell you who did it, mainly because I have no idea who did it yet. I can’t tell you what I don’t know yet, now can I?

I was going through an old spiral notebook last night, and I came across a page that said “The Cemetery Club”. Underneath that, I had written “4 ladies, 1 ghost.” Prim, proper ghost named Amelia Ditwiller – well known family that have been around for generations. She dishes info in an ever s0 displeased style. Glances askance at the ladies if they make improper comments (use profanity, etc) or if they were something risque.

I even have a general idea about the story: Our heroine, married with two kids and a dog, has to haul her soaking wet laundry to her aunt Grace’s laundromat because her hubby, who claims to be able to fix anything, can fix NOTHING. He has left the dryer in pieces. So when our heroine opens the door of a dryer at the laundromat, she finds the gossip queen (Amelia) ready to be fluffed and folded inside. Now our heroine has to figure out who overdrive the queen before she is sent to the cleaners herself.

My other note is about Amelia: Gossip queen – always sticking her nose into everyone’s business. She learns something about someone in town & resorts to blackmail. It goes against what I said about Amelia being prim & proper in my earlier notes, but I figure we can play around with that a bit.

So, what do you think? Do we have another great story on our hands? Or should this be another Lizzie Crenshaw mystery?

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