Reading that there would be no set topics for this year made my heart pitter patter at a disturbing rate. What? I have to come up with my own topics? propelled a torpedo through my mind. Whatever was I to do? Whining occurred. Protest--against a majority? Then I understood. I was supposed to exercise my mind, cogitate; not procrastinate. I didn’t like it, but I got it. Where is a Dalek to exterminate one when one needs one?
Now you know I watch too much Dr. Who. It’s actually a fantastic show that encourages cogitation. Plot twists; terror; running; Daleks shrieking “Exterminate!” More plot twists, more running. Mysteries abound.
My historicals have romance but they almost always have some mystery if not a lot of mystery. That is, I believe, because I read so many mysteries and I love solving puzzles. That is what a mystery is after all. One of the mysteries in my Honour series is just who is the French Master spy Donatien and when will de la Croix and the band of heroes recognize him in all of his disguises. No Dalek’s here but some very interesting plot twists. Some are absolutely necessary to the story. For example Jamey Vincouer was supposed to come home to wed his cousin Maddie and save her but he goes MIA in the was in Spain. Before he did he save Bellaport’s life. Bellaport knows the fix Maddie is in and decides to repay the debt. Now is this a plot twist or a plot point?
Maybe someone can blog about the difference later this month. Do you use plot twists? How do you use them? Are we really happy coming up with our own topics? Even after this meandering post?
Late last month I blogged about goals. Infections and IV meds interfered with my goal of a page a day. Rather pathetic goal and I have only managed five pages since the 22nd of January. BUT that’s five pages! More than I’ve written in a year. I’m hopeful one the IV meds are done I’ll be able to BITHOK with the best of you!
Happy Valentines! Which reminds me to dig out my old Signet Regency Valentine books. In which of my Honour books did I use Valentine’s Day?