Mr. Tracey is Falling in Love

 

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Can Mr. Tracey keep Miss Darcy out of this messy murder business? It may already be too late.

Gilbert Tracey may be falling in love. Just a little bit. I’m not sure yet, and he himself remains entirely in the dark about his incipient crush on the young lady down the street. I’m hoping for his sake that it’s just a crush and not true love, because she is destined to crush his amorous aspirations.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. I certainly didn’t have it in mind when I first started writing Gilbert Tracey, because, you see, I had no intention of monkeying with the plot. Rename the characters? Oh, yeah. But send them off on unforeseen affairs of the heart? Oh, no. So how did this happen? Continue reading

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Getting to Know You: Appropriating the Story

When I decided to take on the challenge of re-writing another author’s story, one that was well-received in its own day (more later about why I decided to try this crazy experiment),  I knew that I needed to find a story that I could make my own, without have to completely re-imagine it. I needed a story that would not simply appeal to readers today, but one that would appeal to me — enough to keep me writing and polishing until my new version is in publishable form. But it also needed to be story in which I could see room for improvement — or at least room for me to put my mark on it —  lest the project result in little more than a lengthy exercise in technique.

So my task from the beginning was two-fold: to find a suitable story, and then to find ways to make it my own. Continue reading