Monday, August 8, 2011

A Surprising Story

Hey there...
Well my posting has been mighty infrequent...but you will be glad to know that I have been writing away at that mystery story.  As promised, Sophie Ellis has now discovered a mysterious scrapbook filled with hand drawn missing posters.  The last missing poster in the book has blown away and been snatched up by a stranger.  She knows she's on the verge of something huge.  Sophie is now in search of a quiet place to think, so she's going to go to a coffee shop and examine the pages of the book more closely.

Next Goal: Sophie will study the drawings and ride the train home.  On June 18th (2 days later) there will be a news story on TV about a woman who has gone missing.  This woman will be the one from the scrapbook.

So I'm excited because I got a new follower (hi new follower!).  And it's time for me to keep writing.

Till next time...
T.A. Rain

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Racing the Storm

So today I'm sitting in a Starbucks because my sister and parents are attending a meeting.  I have nothing else to do so I figured I would write a little.

I just thought of a scenario to post about so here goes:

What would Nancy Drew if she were at a Starbucks with a laptop and a love of writing?

The answer came obviously to me...she would write a mystery story.  So that's what I'm going to do.  This is going to be an ongoing post because I'm going to use this blog to post my outline ideas.  I figure that this will keep me going because I have a horrible habit of never finishing any of the story ideas I think up.

So I have about an hour and a half to write before my mom comes to pick me up from Starbucks.  Here's my goal:

Establish mystery.

Main Character and "detective": Sophie Ellis

The mystery: Sophie finds a scrapbook containing hand-drawn missing posters.  One of them flies out and is picked up by a mystery person.  Also, I'm thinking of having the maker of the scrapbook be watching Sophie discover the book.  Maybe all the disappearances have been caused by the same person.  I'm not really sure about the ending, but I know that Sophie will end up into this mystery way over her head.  She's also going to meet a private investigator at some point because it's classy.

It actually sounds like a promising idea to me...but time will tell I guess.

Till next time,
T.A. Rain

Thursday, May 19, 2011

An Unpleasant Meeting

Thank you to an anonymous emailer for this scenario:

"What would Nancy Drew do about mean girls in school?"

Well, In The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy frequently runs into the Topham girls (Isabel and Ada) who are known for being the "mean girls" in town.  According to this book, the Topham sisters became jealous of Nancy's popularity in school.  Even though those girls are very rude to Nancy, she always tries to be very polite to them no matter what they say.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Missing Will

For kicks, I'm going to start with a scenario that actually appears in one of the books.  Though it may not have much practical application, it's a good intro into how Nancy's exceptional mind works

You're trapped inside an airplane and bound for who-knows-where.  The pilot is an enemy and your hands are tied behind your back.  What do you do?

Well, on one occasion, this exact thing happens to Nancy!  What are the odds?  Well anyway, even with your hands tied behind your back you should be able to reach for some lipstick in your pocket.  Don't have lipstick?  Try for a permanent marker or eyeliner (or if you're in a dramatic mood, you could cut yourself and use blood, but only use that for last resort).  With your writing medium, draw an S.O.S. backwards on the window of the airplane.   Chances are, your boyfriend will be flying in a plane right next to you and will see it!

That one was kind of a joke, but I would love to hear any "real-life" scenarios from people.  Let me know if you have any ideas.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Rescue

Hello all.
     Before I begin writing about the point of this blog, I'm quite sure the first thing Nancy Drew would do would be to introduce herself.  Following her lead, I will also introduce myself.

Let's start off with some get-to-know-you facts about Nancy:

1. Nancy Drew first appeared in 1930 as a 16 year-old girl sleuth.  Later her age was changed to 18.

2. The character was created by a man named Edward Stratemeyer, but all of the Nancy Drew books were  written by ghostwriters (including Harriet Adams and Mildred Wirt Benson) who collectively used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

3. Nancy's best friends for the majority of the books are Bess Marvin and George Fayne (who also happen to be cousins).  In the first four books, Nancy is assisted by Helen Corning.  Bess and George make their first appearance in The Secret of Shadow Ranch.

4. Nancy's "preffered date" is Ned Nickerson.

5. In every single Nancy Drew book, the girl sleuth's hair is described as "titian," which is an old-fashioned way of saying "blonde."

6. Nancy lives with her father, the famous lawyer Carson Drew, and their housekeeper Hannah Gruen in a town called River Heights.

7. In some of her cases Nancy is assisted by her pet terrier, Togo.

8. Nancy is well known for cruising around River Heights in her blue roadster.  Sometimes her car is referred to as a blue mustang convertible.

9. Nancy never accepts money for solving mysteries because she's an amateur detective.

10. Since Nancy is 18 in all of the revised original books, she must have solved 56 cases in one year.  That would mean that she solved each case in approximately 6.5 days.  Not bad for an amateur!

...and some get-to-know-you facts about me:

1. My name is T. A. Rain

2. I own all 56 of the original Nancy Drew books from The Secret of the Old Clock to The Thirteenth Pearl. 

3. I have introduced several friends of mine to the Nancy Drew books over the years.

4. I am also a hard-core mystery fan and love books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.

5. Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite film director.

6. Aside from reading mysteries I have been taking dance lessons for twelve years now and have participated in several plays.

7. I believe in ghosts.

8. I like folk music.

9. My dream car is a blue convertible.

10. I will give bragging rights to anyone who can guess the pattern of my post titles.

Now if you weren't able to make it through that list of get-to-know-you-facts, I am now going to reveal the purpose of this blog.  Nancy Drew ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS does the right thing.
Who doesn't want to be like Nancy Drew in that way?  Well now you can.  If you have a scenario (either from real life or made up) send it to me in an email or post it in a comment and I will do my best to tell you what Nancy Drew would do.

That's it for now,

T. A. Rain