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Monday, February 14, 2005

Ever Forward 

I wrote the forward to my novella this weekend. I decided to have Jana, a character from the stories, tell the story of how the narrator came to write the exploits of the detective character. By doing it that way, I was able to give a rough outline of the two preceding novels and hopefully build a little interest. I was also able to squeeze in some biographical background on the two primary characters.

My stories are actually a pastiche of a mystery series that was written in the middle of the 20th century. Those novels were themselves a pastiche of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is speculated that the protagonist in the stories I am parodying was (in deep background) the illegitimate son of Holmes. With that as my starting premise, my detective is the grandson of the character in the later series, and the narrator is the daughter of his assistant. I never give the names of the these supposed ancestors in my stories, and I won't spell them out here either. I dance around it quite a bit in the Foreward, so if you are familiar with the series in question, it should be quite obvious. If you are not familiar, more's the shame for you as they are very entertaining novels.

By the way, for some unknown reason, this server is not allowing me to post the script to allow comments.

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