Sunday, 29 May 2016

In search of a victim

I was researching hard* in the New Forest the other day, when I got an idea for a story set there. Trouble is, something must die ...

If it was a person I'd be OK. Always killing them off I am. One particularly annoying woman has died in at least nine different stories so far. This time though, it needs to be an animal of some kind.


Not any of the donkeys though. I couldn't kill a donkey, even one I'd made up for the purpose.











How about him?











*Yes, that is a mug of tea in my hand. What's your point?



27 comments:

  1. No - way too young ... how about a mosquito - that will make sure you don't linger over that mug of tea and get back to writing!! Still tis a bank holiday ... enjoy - cheers Hilary

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    1. I could kill a mosquito, Hilary - but won't work for the story.

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  2. Noooooo!
    What about a snake - they have lots of those in the New Forest!

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    1. I hadn't thought of snakes ... that might work. Or maybe I could put one in another story ... which would mean another trip for research purposes. That's seeming like an excellent plan!

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  3. Lovely writing setup! Oh, and if you must kill an animal, how about a spider?

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    1. It is a jolly fine office, Linda. I'm lucky.

      A spider? But they have cute fuzzy legs and shiny eyeballs on stalks* ... couldn't kill one of them.

      *actually I'm not positive about that bit, as I've never gazed into one's eyes, but it's how I imagine them

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  4. You may as well kill a beef and make some jerky. Yum-yum!

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    1. There are cows in the forest, Oscar - but that would require much more action than I was planning to include.

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    1. Do they have them this far down south, Wendy?

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    1. It could be a rat, I suppose, Sheila. Don't know what a bankster is - some watery creature, I guess.

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  7. Difficult one - animals always seem more innocent than people. Maybe a particularly annoying wasp?

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    1. Which of course is more of an insect...

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    2. An insect wouldn't work for the storyline, Rosemary. I agree they're annoying though.

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  8. Nooo not him! Love the donkeys. Does an animal have to be killed - is there no way to save it? Can't believe I am pleading for the life of a made up animal :-) xx

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    1. Ok, the cygnet lives - but something must die. Sorry.

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  9. Well, this is a tough one... it could be a rat or a mouse I suppose. Alternatively you're just going to have to amend your plot!

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    1. No one likes imaginary animals dying, do they?

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  10. Wild boar charging perhaps? Weapon - hiking stick? If it were me I'd flee rather than fight!

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    1. I'd flee too! (Must find out about wild boar - have a feeling there might be some on the forest, but don't know if they're allowed to roam freely)

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  11. I think the only animal I could kill would be a rat or a mouse, but a pigeon would do if you could kill a bird. I'm intrigued to know why you need to kill an animal? You can't be writing for People's Friend!

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    1. No, not for the People's Friend, Maggie!

      It was a pigeon which gave me the story idea, so I think I'll keep things simple and stick with that.

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  12. You could have a large cat that was a pet who they'd let loose because he'd become too expensive to feed. If you didn't shoot him, he'd attack the donkeys and that lovely swan and all other things we love.

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  13. Oh no! Will we see it go to animal heaven? I recently watched The Queen (again) with Helen Mirren. She was up at Balmoral, out in the sticks coz her Landrover had broken down and she saw the most beautiful stag in front of her. She heard the hunters and told it to 'shoo'. It did but they got it anyway. Very sad.

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    1. I remember that scene! Gosh, it was a long time ago I saw the film.

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