Fingerprints…really?

E014097I’m almost finished with a novel I’ve been writing for way too long. Then my husband asked “what are you going to do about fingerprints?”

I just look at him. I’d thought about the issue then never really addressed it except to have my characters be crafty and lucky.

“If they change identity then what do you do about fingerprints?” Damn him.

So I go online (to Google) and look in fingerprints and removing them and faking them. I suppose everyone could have an arm transplant but then I get into a different genre. Then my much-anticipated novel becomes even more confusing. I wasn’t planning on this.

The plot suddenly seems silly and shallow. But wait…the writing is good (really good – better than anything I stick on this silly blog) and the dialogue is witty and the characters are different…and it all seems so shallow.

All because of the fingerprint issue.

If this was a Vampire novel I could deal with it, but it isn’t about Vampires.

Darn it.

Just one word can change things. I try to teach my kids that, especially with school starting. You can say something and forget about it but it might change everything for someone else. So make sure what you say is nice or productive or – well, just think before you speak.

I could say “Life is like trying to write a novel.” I could say it is also like wearing sunscreen, ripping out an ugly old lawn or making salsa or washing a cat (I don’t recommend you do that). But hey, we all know life is like EVERYTHING. It is. It is just one big pile of EVERYTHING.

With summer ending with too much going on that I haven’t shared here…my brain is full. You know what I mean? Where are the Zombies when you need them.

So back to this book. I would read it if somebody else had written it. I’d recommend it. I’d say “I wish I could write that well.”

We should all be that lucky. In fact, if you’re a famous literary agent I have your next best seller so send me a message (juliettevampiremom@gmail.com). Or if you want to make a movie or cable TV series out of this blog I’m fine with that too.

In the meantime I have to take the kids to back-to-school shopping and meet a Werewolf for lunch.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman (who hopes all of you find your muse and the perfect backpack and binders)

Note – a few hours after I posted this I figured out how to deal with fingerprints (and it does not have anything to do with reanimated body parts or latex.) Tomorrow I’m sure it will be something else – but that is what the imagination is for!

And now for a gallery of cute cat photos (can’t go wrong with cute cats)

Hipster Cat

Hipster Cat

Flat Cat (Oscar)

Flat Cat (Oscar)

Vintage Kittens Awwwwww

Vintage Kittens Awwwwww

He does stupid things like sit in the bottom of bags.

He does stupid things like sit in the bottom of bags.

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kiss me

kiss me

Rub my belly

Rub my belly

Gloria the Calico Princess

Gloria the Calico Princess

3 thoughts on “Fingerprints…really?

  1. Yeah. All sorts of details come up when you’re finishing up a novel, don’t they? I spent the last month sorting through all my plot-lines. There was much untangling to be done. But it’s better now.

    I think this part of the writing process is more of a roller-coaster than straight up prose generation. Despair and self doubt, then triumph (when you solve a problem), then frustration (when you find ANOTHER problem), then relief … all in the span of one writing / revising section. It’s tiring.

  2. It does take ages to recover from the stray word, doesn’t it? And it can turn what seems mystical and marvellous into the banal with the flick of a switch. I wish you all the luck in the world with this Juliette. Let me know if you need any help.

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