Archive for September, 2015

Murder Mystery

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Grim-reaper-shadowMurder is fun. Obviously I don’t mean that literally. But I did enjoy writing my first murder mystery. I entered a realm I had previously only been a spectator; a reader and watcher of TV shows.

It was at first difficult to write. Most of the novels I write I give full disclosure of the characters as much as possible. In a murder mystery some information is held back until the clever detective discovers the clues. So I had to adjust my writing to bring out the information at the right time. As with most murder mysteries the detective has to have unique qualities.

I decided to make my lead detective, Moss Stone, a believer in letting the universe lead him to clues. His partner is more down to earth, but has a past with him. That leads to interesting exchanges as she hasn’t quite gotten over him.

The murder mystery also occurs at a convention centre, and thus I have a lot of potential suspects and interesting characters to choose from.

So I set the ground work for my first murder mystery. It’s due to be published by Melange Books sometime next fall. By that time I hope to have another murder mystery written with the same detectives. I have the plot roughly figured out, such as the location and the people involved. Now comes the hard part, actually writing it.

 

The Great Walker Wall

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

I noticed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has suggested building a wall between The United States and Canada. I have to admit it caught me by surprise, as I had no idea he believed Americans should not be allowed to escape to Canada.

Walker's Wall?
Walker’s Wall?

Besides that, costs of building a wall and then maintaining it would certainly put a crimp on the monthly budget. I thought replacing windows was expensive, but a 8,891 kilometre wall would certainly top that.

Because I like math and was curious on the cost, I discovered the US Corps of Engineers had calculated the average cost per mile of a wall if it was built along the Mexican border. That turned out to be $2.8 million per mile, or $1.75 million per kilometre. So 8,891 x $1.75 = 15,559.25 million or more than $15 Billion.

But it doesn’t end there. A wall without guards is useless. Some ambitious person could use a long ladder to get over the top. So let’s position a guard every 100 metres. We would need to have 3 persons per twenty-four hours. So that means we would need 266,730 soldiers. Plus support personnel. That’s a small city, and by coincidence about the same as the population as Madison, the capital. So maybe that was Walker’s plan all along, to provide employment for every man, woman and child in Madison. We’re on to him now!

All in all I’m now rather embarrassed by my own simple fence I have around my yard. Cheap to make and there aren’t any guards to protect the property. As a matter of fact my neighbours feel free to come over anytime for a drink. I guess it depends on one’s philosophy. Do I spend the money on a bigger fence or should I put that toward beer for when friends come over? I have a feeling Mr. Walker doesn’t spend much on beer.