Saturday, August 7, 2010

It was a dark and stormy night...

New idea! My mom (God bless her, she's 71 and thinks she's 40) is bored. She has read every book by her favorite mystery authors and has resorted to grabbing armfuls of books from the library shelves just to try something new. She was lamenting this to me last week, complaining that she was unhappy with how the books were written - characters without an ounce of character, thinking and acting in ridiculous ways, skating along unbelievably thin plot lines.

Now, for years we both, like everyone else you know, have said, "Some day I'm going to write a book." I even started writing one (but that's another post). So last week I suggested we write one together. It could be about a woman living in the north woods of Michigan, her daughter living in the big city and their differences (and similarities) while discovering and solving a crime.

Mom got very excited--"We can do this!" she cried. "'It was a dark and stormy night...'"

"Oh, please." She could probably hear me rolling my eyes over the mobile phone. Then I said, "Okay, but here's how it starts: 'It was a dark and stormy night.' She paused, her fingers hesitant above the keyboard. 'I can't believe I just wrote that old cliché. Am I losing my touch?'"

Mom laughed, then cautioned, "Except I'll be writing longhand."

It was my turn to laugh. "No worries, mom. You write the first chapter and send it to me. I'll transcribe it and write chapter two. Let's see what we come up with."

If nothing else, we'll have a little diversion to keep us occupied for the rest of the summer. What are you doing for diversion this summer?