Definition of an anomaly: Something that deviates from what is considered normal or expected, an inconsistency. That pretty much summed up my relationship with Clay, which wasn’t exactly what you’d call normal. We stayed in the same place with irregularity. Our whole relationship was a definite-maybe.
Clay and I go way back to when I was chasing down leads to find out why my husband, Stephen, had died under suspicious circumstances. Little did I know at that time when I first met Clay, he was not only a quaint bookshop owner, but also a very sly PI: a private investigator.
With and without Clay’s help, I solved that mystery. Of course, we both had commitment issues. So we eventually worked through my lack of trust in his slick segues in what was really going on back when we first met by managing some great undercover moments since then.
I’d say my relationships with my crew are ones for the books: my books. Each time we all get together to solve a another mystery, it ends up in my next novel. My agent usually fields my sometimes outrageous stall tactics, while my editor thinks up red side-margin, spot-on comments that are not only helpful, but give me a chuckle or two, while she critiques the believability of my mysteries and sentence structure. I love her to death, but…
Hey, we’re talking fiction, right? I always counter, many people and characters speak grammatically incorrect.
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Take note of the following:
“This was the most unkindest cut of all.”
(Marc Anthony – Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: Double superlative)
“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
(An intro to each episode of Star Trek: split infinitive)
“You ain’t heard nothing yet, folks.”
(Al Jolson – Movie: The Jazz Singer: Double negative.)
P.S. Thank you, James Harbeck for those fine examples.
(I could go on and on.)
Hopefully, you understand the essence of my point.
(Adverbs first, tend to show the speaker’s attitude)
I hope you enjoyed this brief peek inside The Lush Life!
Peggy/Sam – Author/Sleuth