One writing chore which has been on the back burner but is quickly moving to the front is the murder mystery I am putting together for the Herkimer County Historical Society. Performance date is March 31, so I have time. Not oceans of time, but at least a mud puddle’s worth.
Of course I have been quite occupied with my 100 Days of Novel and getting my article(s) together for Mohawk Valley Living magazine, but I have been bearing my mystery in mind. I have all the character sheets written and a good start on the clue sheet. Additionally, I have been thinking about it a lot. I know, I know, thinking about writing is not writing. Still, thinking is at some point a good idea, if not actually required (for example, I do not vouch for the amount of thinking that goes into my average blog post, but I’m sure you knew that).
I got a nudge from the Historical Society the other day when they Facebook messaged me asking for the title and a few details. Well, details I have many, but a title, not so much. I asked my husband Steven’s help. He is sometimes very clever at thinking of blog post titles. He came up with “Murder on Exhibit,” because the plot concerns an upcoming exhibit at the Historical Society. The only thing I could think of was “Slaying at Suiter House” or “Slain at Suiter House.” Suiter Memorial Building houses the society’s museum and collections.
While at work today I thought of a few other possibilities: “Herkimer County Murder,” “Murdering Local History,” and “Museum of Murder,” to name a few. AND I came up with the one we eventually picked: “Secrets at Suiter House.” “Murder on Exhibit” was the first runner-up.
I will share more details of the murder mystery in future posts (preview of coming attractions). In the meantime, can you keep a secret? So can I.