Meet my friend Finch. He’s got one of the coolest (and possibly grisliest) jobs on the planet. As a forensic anthropologist, he is often called when human remains are found that are in an extreme state of decomposition. By analyzing these bodies and their graves, Finch is able to “talk” with the dead and find out important information about who they were and how they died. For more info about forensic anthropology, click here
As you can no doubt imagine, knowing a guy like Finch lends a huge advantage to any writer, especially writers who tend to kill off their characters. He is an extremely thorough, brilliant resource that can answer questions ranging from the basic–what does a dead body smell like?–to the complex–what will a person look like when he’s been killed by X and disposed of in Y for ten years?
However, not everyone is fortunate enough to know Finch. There’s not enough of him to go around. That’s why I’ve asked him to guest star on this blog for a special Q&A to help my fellow mystery/crime/horror writers.
If you have a question for Finch, submit it as a comment to this post. I will collect the questions and send them on to Finch, who will answer them in June (exact date TBD). You will find your answers on this blog, most likely in mid-June, so check back often for updates.
Making The Cut: Day One
Today is the first day of my new “adventure”, namely Jillian Michaels’ Making the Cut program. I passed the fitness test with flying colors, receiving “excellent” in every category, which either means that I am in great shape for a woman my age (and in most cases, according to Jillian’s handy chart, a woman much younger) or that Jillian has really low standards. We’ll see how the month unfolds.
This couldn’t come soon enough. I’m still a healthy weight for my height, but I’m getting a little too close to the upper end of that zone for my liking. My pants are currently a tad tight from all the extra water I had to start drinking today, so that just adds to the bloated, gross feeling.
The meals haven’t been much to write about so far–scrambled eggs with veggies and a little Parmesan for breakfast, followed by a bun-less cheeseburger (homemade) and a non-starchy veggie salad for lunch, but I’m looking forward to dinner. Mmm, lamb chops. I’m also looking forward to my first Jillian-style workout, since I’ve never tried the majority of the exercises before. Frog push-ups, here I come!
Writing For The Win
The writing continues to go well. I can’t say my fingers are flying across the keyboard yet, but at least they’re sauntering. I have more incentive than ever before to finish this novel and push forward on my quest of becoming a full-time writer of fiction.
Many thanks to everyone who has emailed or told me in person how much they enjoy this blog. It helps to hear it, since the comment section is still a little lonely at times. Please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback here. One great thing about a new blog is that there are no trolls or know-it-alls yet, so you can post without fear of getting into a stupid debate with some moron who has nothing better to do than critique blog posts.
To Bed At: 11:30 pm
Awake At: 6:30 am
Novel Pages Written: 3.5
Exercise: JM’s Making the Cut circuit training, one hour (or possibly two, since it will take me a while to figure out what I’m doing!)
Thanks for reading!