Don’t you think that’s a catchy title for Non-Sequitur Thursday? I do so love an eye-catching headline. However, I am going to go on to explain that one and talk about killing somebody else, so it is not exactly a non-sequitur. I ask you to bear with me.
I was on the phone with my sister, Diane, who also writes novels. I had written her a long letter lamenting my novel woes. I had talked about character and plot, which I rarely do. For one reason, once you’ve talked about it, you often feel you don’t have to write it. Must maintain that oomph, after all. For another reason, the person you’re telling it to might roll their eyes and say, “That’s been done.” I hate that. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, so I wrote the letter.
Diane, alas, did not have any specific advice for me. It had been a couple of weeks since I had written the letter, so I updated her on a couple of scenes I had written.
“I killed off another character,” I said. “But not one of the ones I was talking about in the letter.”
I heard my niece in the background say, “Aunt Cindy killed somebody?”
I don’t know why she sounded surprised.
The reason I’m using this admittedly thin story for a post is that I must post and run today. Steven and I have a read-through for a play we are in. Perhaps you read a previous post where I spoke of how we had auditioned for Roxy, which is being presented by the Herkimer County Historical Society and Ilion Little Theatre Club. We are very excited to be part of this original production, which is written by a local author and concerns a local, historical case.
The play is about Roxalana Druse, who killed her husband in the Town of Warren. She was tried in the Herkimer County Courthouse, imprisoned and later hanged in the 1843 Jail, which is right across the street. I believe much of the dialogue is taken from actual court testimony.
Guess what part I got. I’ll give you a hint: see the headline of this post.