Monday, January 07, 2008

Researchy Stuff

I would have liked to have not learned the editing tricks I picked up. I would have liked to have kept plunking away at stories without thought to form. The thing is, I'm just obsessive-compulsive enough to get carried away with it. When I worked in the corporate environment I used to enjoy making forms. I like boring things. I find them relaxing. So now I'm editing. Lots.


I picked up a couple of new story fragments yesterday.

Story Fragment #1: There is a ghost story from around here that involves a headless wagon driver. No one seems to know how he lost his head. I will need to consult with Pastor Jimmy about this. If anyone knows the rest of the story it will be him. I know there are a few Grassy Fork ex-pats who read the blog, so if you remember this hant story from childhood, we would all like to know the rest of the story.

Story Fragment #2: True story. Long ago, a woman gated her four year old child up in a cave. She went by each day and gave it a piece of candy. The child eventually starved to death in the cave. The law found out and the woman went to prison. I need to find this story on my next research trip to the library. Hopefully there will be something in the Plain Talk archives.

Of course, it's a dreadful story. But I need to know why? Even crazy people have reasons for doing such things. Crazy reasons, but I feel I really need to know the crazy reason. And what's up with the candy? This sounds like the premise of an excellent story to me. And I'm already churning things around for it. But first, I need to know what drove this mother to do this. Four years is a bit late for post-partum depression, isn't it?

1 Comment:

  1. Leeuna said...
    Hi Rosie,
    This sounds like something that you could write and take your readers right inside the minds of the characters as well as the scene. I hope you find out more about it too as I would also like to know "why".

    Have you read this story in The Southern Reader, about an ax murder in Sevierville. I know you live in Cocke County but thought you might expand into Sevierville for story ideas.

    Here is the link to the website and the story. It is a true story.

    My First Ax Murder Writer/reporter Bill Dockery’s true account of a 1975 Sevier County, Tennessee murder and its after-effect.

    You might want to keep this post private if you plan to check out the story and write about it.

    Have a good week.

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