A change of plans

There’s a great 1988 movie, starring Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna, called Things Change. It was written by the director, David Marmet, in collaboration with one of my favorite writers — Shel Silverstein.

The film has so many great lines, so well delivered, but one of my favorites is just five words long — six, if you count the contraction as two words.

“What’d you have in mind?”

On January 1, I posted Some Thoughts on Janus Day, a list of writing goals for the coming year. The major project I had in mind, just over three months ago, was to complete a science fiction novel, Northlands Chronicle, before the end of the year.

But, as Mamet’s film title says, things change.

I’ve been kicking around an idea for a time, a private eye noir set in Las Vegas; the working title is Concrete Lions. Not really much more than a situation, not really a story with a fully developed plot.

On Friday morning, I got one of those mental tickles and started to set down words; by yesterday afternoon I had the entire plot outlined. So, Lions is now a go, my major project for 2009.

I’ve updated the site to reflect that, including editing the original post and have 3,800 words complete — the first four chapters. And there is more on the way.

Northland Chronicle is just going to have to wait.

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