Wednesday, September 21, 2005

you know, back when i had that recurrent and never-actually-serious fantasy about taking a break from academia to go write a mystery novel...

...as insane as that plan was, I realized today the idea for a mystery novel itself was pretty good. Apropos of nothing, I started looking over my outline for it today. Usually when I go back and look at old writing of any sort, I see only flaws and misguided intentions. Not to mention that, really, what the world of mystery novels needs most right now are more protagonists who are completely neurotic assistant professors at unnamed large midwestern universities. Then again, maybe having it set at an unnamed highly prestigious private university would be even better...

6 comments:

nina said...

Yay you! There aren't many who can go from thinking about writing a mystery to actually sitting down and working out plot details. With all the goals you're meeting and projects you are managing to attend to, I think you should aim high -- like run a marathon or something. That and write a mystery. So very cool.

jeremy said...

Hmm, I don't think I have the energy for doing all of both those things. Maybe I'll run half a marathon and write half a mystery. That would still be aiming high. Now I'll have to look for someone to run the other half marathon and someone else to write the other half of the mystery.

Anonymous said...

Just don't go committing any mysteries

Anonymous said...

How about "Skull and Bones on Bow and Arrow"? Lots of possibilities for a mystery there [ I was thinking of a pig roast after a Harvard Yale game]

Anonymous said...

Will your pen name be "Gerald Frozen"?

Absolut said...

It seems to me that two yrs of this current position are the perfect time for you to write a novel. I mean, unlike others, you already have tenure so you don't have that to stress about.

And just to make it all relevant to the postdoc (postenure) you could have its topic be health policy scholars. Can't you just see the mass appeal of that?!