My days are filled with my Muggle work, but every now and then I have scheduled a break-away to the Porches Writer Retreat. Tomorrow and Sunday I’m setting my sights on finishing my novel. I haven’t touched it since my last time here except for in my mind. I’ve planned a new beginning and a change in my focus-character. I’m gunning for at least 20k words or the end of my tale–whichever comes first. Tonight the plan is to finish up two papers in Forensic Psych. My current courses have given me great insight into the criminal and psychopathic mind. In particular, my readings on Edward Gein have occupied my days. The little town of Plainfield Wisconsin may wish he’d never touched their soil, but they will never be rid of his gory history. Gein is the man behind the true story that many fiction tales are based on. Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Bloody Face in American Horror Story–these all embody pieces of the strange horrific tale of Ed Gein. Haven’t heard of him? I recommend the Audible book: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein the Original Psycho by Harold Schechter: https://www.audible.com/pd/Deviant-Audiobook/B01DV4E4ZS . Schechter, by the way, has quite a few other books on my list for reading/listening so if true crime is your interest then see if his other tales excite or incite you.
Same venue but different, I just finished the Audible of “Phreaks” by Mathew Derby, which was a fun bit of teenage rebellion against the big telephone business Ma Bell. If you give it a go, there are a couple of well-known actors you’ll notice when you start your listen. One of them, Christian Slater, is unmistakable. I highly recommend this little adventure while on a road trip: https://www.audible.com/pd/Phreaks-Audiobook/B082MQ5TDB .
Alright–tonight a Cabernet Sauvignon and Criminal Psychology paired with Abnormal Psychology–finishing up a couple of papers. Tomorrow and Sunday–tie up the darn novel! Will I get there? I seriously don’t know but I’m going to give it all I’ve got and hope the characters do what they do best and lead the way! More tomorrow after I stumble, fall and pick myself up several times. And don’t worry–the skinned knees along the way are part of the journey and I have a bucket of BandAids.