Pick Your Poison – The Mystery Writer’s Dilemma

Since I began to compose my own mysteries, the biggest struggle seems to be how to kill someone. Maybe it just doesn’t come naturally to me to think of killing someone.

These days, I wouldn’t wish pain upon even my worst “enemies”.

But I have come to love my cozies, the lighthearted mysteries that entertain and comfort me in spite of the misfortune of the murder victims as they are violently attacked, or ingest toxic substances.

So, in my “spare” time, I try to come up with believable, yet unpredictable plots. Research into ways to kill someone can be quite troubling, though. Some poisons that were readily available in earlier times have become regulated today, but still, a good number of drugs, plants and household products could still be accessed by someone plotting a murder, or hopefully, only a good story. Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons (Howdunit Series) is a classic for mystery writers seeking toxic products for plots.

I’m still not sure how someone who grows more peace loving with age has become enamored of reading and now writing cozy mysteries.

I do know I was never a fan of most fiction,¬† the plots seemed either too boring or too filled with human drama. Then I discovered cozies. Cozy writers seem to enjoy the same aspects of life that I do. Many focus upon pets, gardening, and generally living a modest but pleasurable lifestyle. While they’re upset by murders, they seem to accept them as an unpleasant but inevitable part of life.

Of course, historical mysteries are still may favorite to write. I think they can be every bit as intriguing as stories involving current era fatalities. One of these days, Black Cats, Schemes, and Childhood Dreams, or a short story of mine may see the light of publication, when I deem them to be ready for public reading.

Compromise is Key to Contentment and Continuity in Personal Interactions and National and World Relations

via Daily Prompt: Compromise

Your significant other has planned an impromptu all weekend trip to the Lake, reserving a room for Saturday night. You are tired and hoped to stay home to find out who murdered Mrs. Worthington- a character in the latest installment of a favorite mystery book series, of course.

Would you normally battle it out, resulting in a bad weekend for both of you, perhaps with neither of your plans seen through? Or cave, go on the trip, kicking your spineless self all the way, returning to work on Monday drained, disoriented, and difficult to work with as you’re still focused on finding that killer?

Wouldn’t it have been better for both parties to discuss their feelings, perhaps coming to a compromise of a one day lake trip.

Or, alternatively, to go on the all weekend trip with the agreement that the planning party drive and do what he/she wishes on one day while you spend that day relaxing and discovering the outcome of the investigation?

Of course it takes two to compromise. Sometimes that’s the problem, but one person must make the first move toward discussion rather than disagreement.

Not all situations present options for compromise, but next time you disagree with a course of action, why not consider if a compromise might be possible. Present your thoughts rather than simply complain.

Imaging how much better the world might work if leaders could more often compromise. There seems little we as individuals can do to support that goal, especially in light of the fact that the public seems so divided. Perhaps if we began to consider compromises as solutions to our differences with those we live or work with, the effect might reverberate, creating a better world for us all, personally, politically, globally.

I haven’t read this book but perhaps many of us should start here, as marriages present some of the most difficult, yet imperative situations for which to find compromise.

He Wins, She Wins: Learning the Art of Marital Negotiation

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Creating Space-Time for Reading-Writing

Cats, Books, Mystery Books,

via Daily Prompt: Profuse

The biggest challenge for many of us as writers, is finding a place and making moments to pursue our passions of working/relaxing with printed words.

I work one nearly full time job and another that takes up a few hours each week. Add to that the profuse amount of personal responsibilities that tug at my brain each day-housecleaning, catbox cleaning and personal time with pets, bill paying, grocery shopping, meal prep, reading . . . . You all get the picture, as we share the same struggle between meeting our obligations, and fulfilling our personal needs.

It’s amazing to me that I’ve been able to do as many blog posts as I have lately, here and at http://www.thepennymasonpost.wordpress.com. I guess I’ve managed because I’m making it my priority just now, as I did my book projects. Blogging is, admittedly a bit easier as once you click publish, a post is done. Longer projects consume my mind as I’m trying to focus on other activities. Still, it blogging takes up time.

I suppose the phrase in the first sentence (making moments) of this post holds the key to finding time to read or write. I make notes of ideas for posts while at breakfast. I take a book to work or compose a post while on my lunch break, I stay up too late typing many nights, but feel I won’t sleep if I don’t put on paper what’s in my mind, or finish that next chapter before a book is due at the library.

I don’t really have a personal place to read or write, but that doesn’t really matter. The kitchen table works, as does my recliner, my car, or a park bench. When we’re focused upon the world of words, it’s like an out of body experience anyway.

Regarding writing, as other bloggers can confirm, I’m sure, when our mind holds a profuse amount of ideas we’ll invent a place and time to put the words on paper.

Share your creative ways to make time-space for reading-writing in our comments section . . .

Keep Calm and Read On