Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Sunny and cool
I returned the rental car this morning – and I’m sad to hear that Ford plans to discontinue the Taurus – typical, they create an excellent car and then don’t make it any more. Since when did cars become like shades of lipstick?
The repairs on my car will be expensive enough to put a serious strain on me, and I have to do some juggling. But the estimate’s less than I feared, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m in the city for most of the next few days anyway, so it doesn’t make sense for me to have a rental car merely sitting in a parking spot.
I’m trying to figure out ideas for novella tie-ins. So far, I’m considering:
--Cletus and Elwood’s trip from Nashville to New Orleans;
--One of Daisy’s escapades when she was still actress “Phoebe Richmond” before the start of this piece (I might be able to work Luther into the piece);
--How Daniel ended up an orphan;
--The actual story of Daniel’s grandfather in Washington, DC during the war of 1812;
--Some of Charlie’s naval adventures;
--Dudley working on the railroad out west;
--Arthur prospecting for gold;
--Luther’s exploits as a gambler;
--Frank’s experiences ferrying slaves to freedom;
--Eliza Colby’s experiences running the inn on her own while her husband is off driving;
--James and his family in San Antonio;
All of these are referred to in passing in the Widow’s Chamber, and it might be interesting to investigate some of them more deeply. Some of them would require an awful lot of research; some of them might require just a bit more to add on to the research I’ve done.
Nothing like doing several days of research and then it ends up merely as a passing reference in a sentence!
The story idea triggered by the bridge almost-jumper is percolating. It will probably end up being a rather dark comedy.
I need to do some more work on Widow’s Chamber and Charlotte today before I go – which means I need to shut up here and get to work.
Day work and a show tonight, two shows tomorrow, and a show Thursday – plus I have to finish getting ready for guests. And get the pre-Derby article finished.
Not quite sure how it’s going to happen, but if I don’t get started, it won’t.
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