For those of you who took the time to read my last post and the vignette it linked to, I’ve posted the last line now. I had meant to do that first thing this morning, but one of our sons invited us out for breakfast, so I had to get ready and leave the house before I was fully awake.
Of course, knowing I had to wake up with the alarm this morning meant I barely slept last night. I don’t know why I can never trust the alarm. Anyway, during one of the times I lay there trying to fall back to sleep, I wished I hadn’t left you to guess the missing line because either it was obvious from reading the vignette or you would think of a much better line than I did. Either way my reveal would be ho-hum.
So then I considered posting a bogus last line. Something evil, such as:
I turn toward him and, with my free hand, plunge the knife into his heart.
Or something ambiguous, such as:
At last, I’m the man I was meant to be.
Obviously, in the end, I decided to play it straight. That vignette has been with me since May 2010. I wrote a post about the day it came to me. In her comment on Friday’s post, Michelle described the piece as “revealing”, and Cathryn agreed. After I wrote it, I realized it was a “conversation” one of my characters from The Brevity of Roses must have had with herself.
So, that’s that.
In other news, I am finally back to work on my next novel, which feels great. I still might publish a little something before the novel. I’m thinking about giving away a couple of autographed print copies of Brevity. And I might have something else in the works.
Ah, sorry, I guess I can’t help leaving you with a little mystery today. 😉
6 thoughts on “What I considered in the dark”
Glad the muse has returned and you are working on the novel. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for that great line but I did like “I turn toward him and, with my free hand, plunge the knife into his heart.” Just as well it’s your vignette and not mine. 🙂
Believe it or not, Judith, I have written stories where that line would be entirely appropriate! 😀
I love the view of the bridge on your site and this post on the last line is so uplifting especially with the news that you are back writing!!
That’s the pier at San Simeon, CA, Chris. And yes, it’s exciting to be back to work. 🙂
Glad you stayed with your original last line. More importantly, you’re back to writing. May many good days of writing follow.
BTW, the evil ending would have worked for me as well. Mystery, can’t get enough it.
Thank you, fivecats. And I’ve written many a story with an evil ending, maybe I’ll publish one someday.