The Souvenir

“Supposedly, Janice Marie Rodgers, age 17, knew nothing of the legend surrounding the item she found when she entered the house. Neighbors saw her walk directly into the home through the unlocked front door, and she was only inside for a brief moment before she walked back out and continued on her way.

As was previously reported, there is no forensic evidence tying her to any activity within the house other than the trail of bloody footprints she left as she walked through Sarah Baker’s blood directly to the display cabinet. There is evidence that she removed a single figurine before turning around and walking out again. There is no evidence tying her to any of the murders in that home, or to the previous tragedies. All evidence corroborates with Baker’s confession, and he claims to have no knowledge of Rodgers. He refuses to discuss the figurine.

It is unlikely that a teenager from a neighboring town with no social ties to any of those involved would have walked directly into a murder scene and have been so unaffected. Currently, investigators believe that Miss Rodgers may already have been on the brink of violence, and her happening upon the scene was coincidental, though likely to have motivated her “psychotic break”. Family and friends state that she seemed like a happy and well-adjusted young woman, and her murder spree is entirely unexpected.

Exactly how the figurine reached Colin David Brand is not known, but it was not found on or near the body of Miss Rodgers. When police raided the hotel room where he lived, it was seen as the focal point of an altar Brand decorated with belongings from his victims, but while police were still in the room, the figurine seems to have vanished. Brand’s whereabouts are still unknown.”

Excerpt from The Liffey Chronicle, May 18, 2018

Fresh Start

I’m doing a little restructuring of my blogging habits. Once upon a time, there was another blog, one that held all of my fiction, and here I talked about my life as a writer. In the process of keeping two blogs, I began to realize that blogging was eating into writing time that could be spent focusing on working toward a novel. Writing time is precious when you are raising a small child. So, I took some time away from the blogs, hoping to rectify that. It didn’t work. Probably because 2020 is a cesspool.

I think writing the occasional bit of flash was keeping my creativity flowing, so I need to return to it. However, it’s with a different goal. I’d like to develop a little town with the possibility of recurring characters and settings. I’d also like to remove my personal goal of keeping stories around 500 words, while it’s helped my berevity, it seems to have damaged my ability to develop things into longer stories. To this end, I’ve taken all of my writings of of both blogs, because projects I’ve babbled about are shelved, and many of my previous stories will be revised, developed more, and re-released.

So. October is a few days away, and that’s the coolest month of the year. Last year, I participated a little in Grim List, a Twitter prompt game. Even back then, I kept thinking about this little town I’m about to finally focus on developing, as last year one of the prompts led me to write a little snippet from the town’s local newspaper. Here is information about Grim List, and the next post will be a slightly revised version of last year’s piece, to introduce the town.