By Martha Reed
Even though the sun is shining I find myself feeling a little sorry for myself because I’m stuck inside because of the temperature. Truly, I am a lizard. If it’s less than thirty degrees outside then I am indoors, working. Reading Wilfred’s post didn’t help matters any (Hawaii?) and having one sister texting me from Florida asking me whether should she go sailing or get a massage is really icing my cake.
So, in my own defense I started thinking about my next vacation. I haven’t started to formulate any plans although the calendar rolled over and I have accrued some time off. I started thinking about what I did last year and of all the plans I made I have to say the most enjoyable vacation was the surprise one: a friend from work asked me to travel with her to Las Vegas to see the Beatles Cirque show and I said yes. The show was amazing; you really have to see those performers on their home base but the best part of the vacation was the Sunday morning we decided to stay in, be lazy, order room service (the best!) and watch a movie. The pay-per-view movie we picked was The Hangover:
Now I’m not advocating the excessive consumption of anything but this movie was hilarious. I think the best part of it was the writing because just as you thought you understood what was going on the carpet got pulled out from under you and there you were, scrambling again.
I bring this up because I’m trying to incorporate some of this into my new novel. Yesterday, as I turned what I think of as a corner, I added a couple of fat paragraphs that I’m hoping will wake the reader up. My concern is that after two hundred pages, readers may start to doze because they’ve memorized the fiction formula. I think this is one of the reasons The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is doing so well; you never know what to expect.