But they've decided to go on Spring Break.
Fine. While they enjoy themselves in whatever warm sunny retreat Muses go, I will try to flesh out my characters (Ha! See how I got around the annoying obstacle of your absence, Muses? So there!).
Like all good stories during the early stages, this new story idea is evolving in unexpected ways. Characters are vying for main character status! Well, nuts! What am I supposed to do with that?
This story originally was going to have the elderly eccentric Agnes Harper, resident of the oddly consrtructed Peanut House, as the main character. Then her grand niece Amy Murphy stepped forward and took the Main Character role. Ok. That will work.
And then the plot loop-de-loops and a male character takes the reins. Which creates its own issues for me because it can be difficult for me to write in a male perspective. Actually, currently, 2 male characters have taken center stage; identical twins whose lives have went very different ways who share a horrific secret.
So, while I am waiting for the Muses to return, I want to flesh out these 2 brothers; Bill and Doug.
They are the grandsons of the aforementioned curmudgeon, Harvey Dilwood. Bill grows up to become a respected cop in the small town while Doug is sent to prison for a careless act that takes 3 lives. One of the lives is the twins' own mother and Harvey's daughter, Janice. The other 2 lives are Amy Murphy's parents.
So, I know I meant to write a light-hearted story this time with a happy ending, but this is how storywriting develops.
Despite the heavy undertones of those lost lives, which affects the lives all the other characters to some degree, I do want to keep most of the scenes light; maybe even introducing the point of view of Agnes's kleptomaniac cat, William.
Now THAT can be fun; an animal's POV.
So this is where I am presently with Book #4; fleshing out characters, especially the male characters.
What does this have to do with St. Patrick's Day?
Just wanted to wish you a happy one and let you know I'm still actively writing :)