It wasn’t supposed to be like this

I planned on writing today, but forgot Old What’s Her Face had the day off. This usually means a day of television blaring, playing with bulldogs constantly, and no way of writing.

They’ve been working her hard, including at least one 16 hour shift. She’s tired. At one point she fell asleep, so I took a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I made a title sheet and copyright data. I prefer having a title, even if it’s a working one. Since I jumped ship, this one will be the next adventure for Lizzie and the hat.

The working title is “Just Plain Wered.” Note the spelling on that last word. Make of it what you will.

I started off with a new character. He’s an old cop and has a dead wife. Since this is part of my paranormal series, I wound up spending some research time on vintage perfumes. (The things we do for our stories, right?)

I settled upon a perfume named Emeraude. My cop found a way of communicating with his dead wife by using his sense of smell. Emeraude was her standard scent.

I kind of like it. These stories need some recurring characters, and I have plans for him briefly in the subsequent story. I’m still trying to keep people from having to read each book, so I may need to work on his intro for the next one. I think it will work, though.

Lizzie and the hat appeared while playing one of their nightclubs. I added a bit of mystery already and wound up including some emoji’s in my dialog. (Remember, this is the corny series.) My formatter ought to love that. It’s the clapping hands emoji. The song they played is called “Clap for the Wolfman.”

I even made the piano player, Fat Larry, do the voice over part for Wolfman Jack. I gave him new dialog, so as not to risk any copyright issues. Titles aren’t protected and new dialog ought to be safe.

Lizzie paid the band out in the parking lot under a beautiful full moon.

  • Just Plain Wered
  • Clap for the Wolfman
  • A beautiful full moon

Anybody want to venture a guess what this one might be about?

All told, it was just under 2000 words. Not a bad writing day at all. It needs some work, but it exists, so it can be fixed.

It feels like a bonus in a way. I like doing stuff like this, because I’m still trying to figure out whether Serang is going to attack a fortress or not. Something about swords vs stone walls has me sidelined. It will happen later in the story, so I think I’ll skip it in the early section. No new Lanternfish words, but no wasted time either. Now I have something started for Lizzie and the hat.

Talk to me people. The Internet has been maddeningly quiet lately. Do any of you remember or have an opinion about Emeraude? (Apparently the new version isn’t the same concoction.) Have you ever put emojis in a story? Does anyone remember The Guess Who or Wolfman Jack?


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24 responses to “It wasn’t supposed to be like this

  1. Hmmm. I’m thinking mummies. Definitely mummies because you’re trying to throw us off the scent with the other clues. 😀

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  2. I remember Emeraude. Had forgotten all about it, but I still remember the smell. I Googled and how today’s version is described doesn’t sound anything like I remember.

    Yes, I remember Wolfman Jack and The Guess Who. And now, my mind is off Dueling Banjos and thinking about Clap For the Wolfman.

    I like the idea of the character communicating with his dead wife using his sense of smell. It is one of the most powerful memories.

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  3. I remember Wolfman Jack and his voice very well. I remember the name of the perfume but not the smell. I’m with Joan in that smell is powerfully linked to memory and is a great way for him to link to his wife. Can’t wait to see what you do with this story.

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  4. ‘Fraid most of this goes over my head. Not sure if it’s an age thing or a cultural thing? Still, looking forward to it anyway 🙂

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  5. I don’t know any of the stuff mentioned, but I’m definitely interested in the way your muse is going! And I love the use of sense of smell for the old cop and his dead wife. Love that title. Good luck, Craig 🙂

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  6. I’m not familiar with the perfume, but I remember Wolfman Jack and The Guess Who. And I’m liking the hints you’re giving about this story.

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  7. I love the emojis/pics in the Hat series. The addition of vintage perfumes sounds awesome. Can’t wait to read it!

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  8. This post shows how useful it is for you to work on two stories at the same time. When you’re stymied on one, you make progress on the other. I remember the names of everything you’ve mentioned, but not much else. I love the idea of an old cop who can communicate with his dead wife, though. Makes me wonder what she can tell him from the other side:)

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    • I don’t know that I’ll take them that far. I’ve been parked on this character for a long time, and he fits here. I will use him as kind of a herald for the next book, too. I’m enjoying that sad romantic angle on them right now.

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  9. This is why I usually have more than one project on the go: you can work on one while trying to figure things out for another. Anyway, glad you got a new story started for Lizzie and The Hat. I loved the last one, and am sure this new one will be awesome too. Actually, all your books have been excellent reads so far.

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  10. Bit of a perfume connoisseur, I am. I like Emeraud, both the old and the new. The old smells better, of course. I like the sweetness of the top notes, and the deep warm feeling of the dry down. For its cost, the old was a steal — I mean, really just cheap and good, hard to find. I do think it’s a memorable scent, as when I smell it, I immediately think about the women who wore it.
    I’m part of the quiet interwebz — sorry.

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