Candice: Has anyone been on a murder mystery night? I’ve been on one a long time ago for a Hen do. To be honest we drank too much and couldn’t really keep track of what was going on.
However, Friday night I went to an amateur one, amateur performers but a professionally written play performed by them. The proviso was a wedding where the whole family were there and suddenly in the middle of the performance someone keeled over and died. It was our job, as a table of 8, to work out who done it.
The deceased was the father of the groom, an obnoxious man who told everyone what he thought of them before keeling over. The rest of the wedding party then came round each table and you were able to ask questions about what you had seen or heard. This turned into a bit of a bun fight as everyone on the table wanted to ask questions at once (and got progressively worse as they drank more Crabbies Ginger Beer). At the end we had a conclusion…however it wasn’t the same conclusion across the table!
After a vote we decided on the answer but I didn’t agree, it seemed too obvious to me. The murderer was supposedly the wife of the deceased, killing him for being cruel to her. Well, the fact she had her arm in a sling was a bit of a give away.
However, that was the consensus and we went with… and we were right. Or rather the table was.
But to me it did not ring true. In my world of plotting, she was too much of an obvious subject and I thought it was some else, some one more subtle. However, in all my reading and watching these kind of programmes perhaps I am looking for the red herring before the actual culprit. This show did not break off 10 mins before the end to have an advert break before announcing who the real killer was, which messed up my usual lines of deduction.
So, am I not as good as I thought I was? Perhaps I’m just better as murder dramas for TV or film, not for entertainment on a Friday night in the local community hall. Good show though!
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Candice: I have to admit to not feeling inspired today while trying to come up with ideas to blog about. Keeping it fresh for our lovely readers each week means that by Friday I’m starting to rack my brains for ideas, looking for news stories and by Sunday really dredging through anything to come up with something interesting to write about. You guys don’t want total tosh, you want something about writing!
I have to admit I have quite a good excuse this week. On Friday I had a last minute call to see if I could do Casualty on Saturday, down in Cardiff. Without checking the weather forecast I said yes. I havent done any extras work this year so fancied a day out. Anyway, got up at 5.30am on Saturday to find my car 3 inches deep in snow. Off I went for my 110 mile drive, let us just say there were points where my heart was in my mouth as the traction control kicked in when I was slipping on snow. After all that rushing, they didn’t use me until 5pm!
Had an interesting lunch break though, as they are currently filming Doctor Who at the same studio, so we lunched with some weird and wonderful creatures. I shall look forward to seeing that episode!
Anyway, that plus now having a lovely cold means that my head is not in the right place for inspiration. However, its got to get there by Friday as Phil and I have booked a writing day, utilising the Easter weekend and the fact the other half is not around. And we plan to use it to tackle ‘The Book’. Obviously said novel has been languishing in the back of a cupboard, and our minds, for over a year while we try to find inspiration to work out how to make it from good to great. Once done we can start sending it out to Agents again, but we need to knuckle down to it. Both Phil and I have ideas floating around in our heads but we need to sit down with a blank sheet of paper and give it one more go. I’m excited by the prospect but also daunted as this is the ‘big’ thing, the thing that we think might get us somewhere, but is just frustrating as no one has picked it up yet. Patience is not one of my virtues.
So here’s to lots of Beecham cold and flu tablets and hopefully a clear head on Friday.
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