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Research for the next book
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:43:33 AM »
Hi folks,

I thought it might be interesting to get an overall input from you guys for my next book

Someone dies through a freak accident. The year is 1976.  The family are cleaning out her room.  She was flamboyant yet also very secretive. They found all kinds of things in her wardrobe.  I wanted to include this scene so show the secret personality of this character, things we didn't know before.  She has practiced witchcraft, but please don't include any witchy things as I have them already.  My question is: what would you, as a reader, want to find in her wardrobe? Please don't say a broomstick  ;D

Perhaps the kind of clothes she wore in her secret life.  I am sure some of you know the scenario when Mum has passed away and you found out things about her she never told you about.  So anything really and once again I will put the MWC members into the dedications as I did in my first novel. Thanks everyone :D



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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 04:49:07 AM »
Drink, drugs, letters. A secret love affair with a married man.

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013, 08:11:48 AM »
How old?

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 08:23:37 AM »
Maybe something engraved. A watch with a personal message on. Mans initial they don't recognise.
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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 08:49:31 AM »
I second the secret love affair letters.
Also, vials of blood. A huge bag of different keys. Porn videos starring her.
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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2013, 09:53:15 AM »
My mother had written poems which were published in magazines. We never knew about those.

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2013, 10:12:12 AM »
When were video machines in circulation this is 1976? I liked that one. It's not so far fetched when you know the story.   Also the character was 55 years of age. Good ideas so far. Thanks.  

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2013, 11:23:16 AM »
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When were video machines in circulation this is 1976?

They were available but very expensive and used primarily by businesses and Hollywood.

and her age is ?

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2013, 11:31:07 AM »
Forget video.  Reels of old cine film.  She could be doing something risque, like a porn film, or just show her doing something perfectly harmless that no-one ever knew she was into.

Example:  People who've only known me for the last thirty years for example will never have seen me flying a model aeroplane, sailing a model yacht, or blowing things up.  Yet they would probably feel they've known me 'forever'.  Not suggesting any of these would suit your character, but many of us lead quite episodic lives where a particular activity can be all consuming for a few years and then vanish as if it has never been, apart from a few small mementos.

You could of course find a series of books she'd had published under another name, but with her younger picture on the inside back cover.  We all know how secretive writers can be at times.

Or something heroic from many years back.  A letter of commendation perhaps for saving someone's life, and a few yellowed newspaper cuttings.  'Schoolgirl dives fearlessly into swollen Dart (or wherever) to save child.'  Not in the same class as finding a Grandad's never mentioned VC, but...  Once again, we all know how quiet or dismissive many heroes are about their past exploits, particularly if it was a one off, a long time before.   "Dunno what all the fuss iwas about.  Anyone would have done it." But they do tend to hang onto the little reminders for themselves.

Maybe that's set your mind wandering down a few alternative tracks.

Gyppo

PS:  On the witchcraft front quite a few come to it via a teenage curiosity about eastern occultism/religion, but it feels a little too foreign for them, so they slip back towards one of the western traditions instead which fit more comfortably in the English mind ;-)  So a photo of her as a Buddhist perhaps.

 
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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2013, 11:44:43 AM »
So, if she was born in 1921, then a major event in her life would be WW2. That opens up all kinds of things related to the war from being a spy, to having a German lover, an allied lover, etc. Also pictures of security related war stuff.

Yes, I'd not try for video but 8 mm and super 8 movie film was very popular. Still photographs are another option and they could be porn, war related, etc.


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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2013, 11:53:04 AM »
Slides -- they'd be small enough to have in a box/envelope that could have been missed. They might not even be hers but someone else's. :o

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2013, 11:57:44 AM »
Wow, you lot really do have vivid imaginations - that's why you are writers  :D   I have three scenes to fill in and your ideas to help me with this are mind blowing!  Thanks guys, wonderful stuff so far. She was probably born in 1921 as you worked it out.  So the war thing is positive. 





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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2013, 12:24:07 PM »
Tape recorders were a "novelty" item, especially among the middle class. Audio recordings might be another device. Also, if you use 16 or 35 mm movies, remember most home versions did not have sound. Same for 8mm, which came later.

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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2013, 02:34:55 PM »
I really do favor the war thing. So much was going on at that time. Sabotage, spying, treachery everywhere you looked, Halls that catered to servicemen, etc. And after the war, the Red scare.

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Re: Research for the next book
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2013, 03:36:32 PM »
What about like in Titanic Lin? A risqué portrait? Rolled up and gathering dust in the bottom of her wardrobe? xbx
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx