Sunday, September 26, 2010
Ye Leopold Return Tales
It seems that I cannot have a literary passion these days without trying, in some fashion, to ape it. It hath long been one of my little literary aches to write a series of psychic detective tales, with my psychic being a child of Sesqua Valley. This poses some few problems, because the haunted valley is, as I have constructed it, a secretive place, and such a series of stories would involve clients coming to visit my detective at his house in the valley. But now I see that this can have entertainment value and dramatic effect, so my mind is working overtime on ideas for such a series of tales. I have vow'd to work on two books only this coming year--and whenever I make such a vow I can never keep it. I've got this weird feeling that I'll be writing three books in 2011, one of which will be Tales of Leopold Return, who will be my psychic detective. The stories will be highly inspir'd by the Nero Wolfe novels, and Return's sidekick will be a female version of Archie Goodwin. Tough talking, probably lesbian; a woman of ravishing beauty who dresses mostly in masculine attire and ain't no wimp. Of course, the series won't comprise "serious" work of fiction, but fun (yet hopefully not trivial) tales in the tradition of Jules de Grandin and Carnaki.
I like being surprised by my sudden "needs" as an author, & to write a wee collection of amusing psychic detectives tales is suddenly a keen ache indeed. I'm not clever when it comes to plotting, so they won't be whodunits with intricate plotting and red herrings. They will be investigations of supernatural queerness. They will be mass fun to write.