Well, I’m back. Mom’s home and settled in. I just helped her from her recliner to the bed so she can get a nap. All in all, the transfer home went as well, if not better, than either of us hoped for. But, after three weeks in the hospital/rehab, it took a lot out of her. The fact she is having to rely on a walker or wheelchair to get around and that I have to be there with her is not helping her independence streak one bit. But being home will be good for her–as long as I keep her remembering she can’t do everything on her own just yet. Now to wait for home health to call and get that set up.
Now, I promised you guys a post. I suppose you want one that is more than a “whaaaaa?” which is about as much coherence as I have in me right now. So I’m going to take a look at some of your suggestions and see if I can string a few cogent thoughts together.
Harryvoyager wanted some thoughts on “how one builds good villians and good villainous schemes.” I’ll be honest, I look at what’s going on around me, either now or in the past. I was in my mid-20s when I learned true evil really exists. Worse, it existed in someone who looked exactly like the sort of young man you might want your son or daughter bringing home. This fellow, who came across as soft-spoken, polite, caring, intelligent, was a cold-blooded killer. Worse, he was a child killer as well as a rapist, etc.
A lesser form of evil I came across around the same time–and one who, like the first one, I helped put in prison. This time, evil came in the form of a grandfatherly type of man who knew how to best use (and abuse) his power to take advantage of those he should have been protecting. I don’t know how many young women he raped or how many he impregnated. But the real evil came from his wife who got up on the stand and tried to convince the jury her SOB of a husband couldn’t have impregnated the 16-year-old he hired to clean his office because he couldn’t get it up. Forget the DNA reports. Forget the fact the girl could describe certain physical attributes only his wife or lover would know.
I may not have written anything with these two men’s crimes, but I have used parts of their personalities to help craft some of the antagonists in my books. Other inspiration comes from history books, etc. It can be found anywhere. The trick is finding a way to put your own spin on it.
Zsuzsza, sorry. I haven’t a clue about how to write an effective cover letter. I suck at them. Anyone here have any suggestions or who might be willing to read her letter and give her constructive criticism?
Teresa from Hershey. I have seen a couple of stories about AI writing of late but haven’t had a chance to really look at them. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Give me a chance to read the stories and I promise I’ll get you a post up about it in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks for all the good wishes. We’re hanging in but there are going to be good and bad days. Like so many others who have found themselves having to care for aging parents, I’m doing my best to make it work. For now, while she rests, I’m going to do the same.
Oh yeah, the featured image is my own creation via Midjourney AI.