“All I need, really, are a few ideas.”
Dud’s been working on his novel, “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” for
several years now, and it has taken on different blends of
seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in
our little valley.
For example, the bizarre romantic connection between Dewey and Emily
led to a rewrite of the part where the book flashed back many years
to when the Duchess and the Truck Driver first met.
And when the Truck Driver’s son met the Duchess’s daughter, 20 some
years later, it was the courtship of Randy Jones and Katie Burchell
that he patterned that after.
What is still left to solve, however, is what happens when the Truck
Driver and the Duchess discover that their children are sweet on
each other, because the kids happen to be half brother and sister.
And then, the guys at the coffee shop wanted to know why the Truck
Driver, an American truck driver, was there driving below the
Duchess’s castle in Europe. At first he was just calling it a
special assignment, but the guys wanted to know what the special
assignment was, and did he have to change his name for it, and was
he armed, and did theme music play when he shifted gears.
He’d already killed off a few characters early on in the book, so he
believed he was under no obligation to bump off any more, but then
the book is called “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” (which his friends
think sounds like wet diapers) and the soggy bottoms are back in the
good ol’ U.S. of A. and how was he going to get the Duchess and her
daughter across the foaming tide?
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And as he walked and thought, he
asked himself if really good writers like Balzac and Max Evans had
to struggle like this. He nodded and smiled to himself.
Sometimes I’ll bet they just wanted to sit down, open a beer, and
Hey, not a bad idea.
Art does exact its price.
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