Monday, October 28, 2013

A Messy House Plot

I almost forgot to blog here today. Actually, I remembered this morning, along with so many others things I was supposed to remember. Primary on the list was getting the house ready for Wednesday. Not an easy task, considering I'm getting the living room and dining room painted on that day, an inconvenience which is long overdue, by the way.

I've had to pack up tons of stuff, some necessary, some unnecessary, and shift it all into other rooms in the house. Those rooms are not happy with the other items cluttering them up. Nothing seems to want to fit nicely, and I confess the rooms other than the living room and dining room are looking pretty messy.

What does all this botheration have to do with mysteries?

Well, it's not a bad idea to add everyday activities, and not so everyday activities in a book to round out the story and make it seem more real.

An example might be: A messy house makes it harder to find something you've misplaced, and not finding it could have disastrous consequences. It could make a person just late enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, either at home when a burglar makes an appearance, or maybe at a crime scene when the coast might have otherwise been clear.

If you think of other examples, please mention them.

Morgan Mandel at a friend's house, which
never seems to look messy!
Morgan Mandel


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

My house is messy without getting ready for painters.

Barry Knister said...

I'm sure the lack of order in my own chaotic study explains Brenda Contay's apartment. Brenda is the central character in my mystery The Anything Goes Girl. Her place is almost empty of things, and she thinks this is evidence of a character flaw: she lacks whatever it takes to "populate" her place with chosen objects. Her creator, on the other hand, can't part with slips of paper, let alone real stuff.

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