Here’s an interesting little tidbit. Author, playwright, editor, teacher, and promoter (and wife of author Peter May) Janice Hally has a fascinating feature about writers’ rituals posted on her “Suite 101” site. (http://research-writing-techniques.suite101.com/article.cfm/writers_rituals_donis_casey). (FYI – I don’t know what I just did with that link. Apparently it’s on there twice, but I’m afraid to mess with it, so good luck)
Many mystery authors have posted their rituals on the site, and it is entirely fascinating to see how we all go about the Craft. I offered to name a character for whoever knows the year of the Big Blizzard, which also happens to be the year I was born. I’ll give you a hint. I don’t mean the blizzard of 1888. No relatives or childhood friends need apply.
I guess I should have said I’ll name a character after the first person to name that year. I may end up writing a book set in 1918 with a bunch of characters named Tiffany, Pylot, Apple, and Madison. Perhaps I’ll be inspired to start a contemporary series. A Sci-Fi Romance? I’ll let you know if things get out of hand, but until then I’ll be interested to see what happens.