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Friday, March 15, 2013

You Know It Don't Come Easy

As work progresses on "Seer, Tyro, Fiend", I keep asking myself if I am over-developing Stefanie's psychic abilities. The idea I began with was that she should explore her talent as opposed to her reluctant reliance on it in "Dabblers" and that it should change. Now I wonder if it's changing too fast or departing too much from its origins, i.e., the ability to foretell tragic events. Having said that, however, she was able to discern facts about past events in the case of her Uncle Hank, so maybe I'm not going too far out on a limb after all.

Now it's getting close to crunch time, where I have to decide how it all comes together, where "good" and "evil" go head-to-head. I'm thinking about having one of the conspirators turn on the other when put under pressure, but I'm still not sure how that would work. Perhaps the first step is to decide where that confrontation will take place. Then, who will instigate it? Maybe the good guys lay a trap which goes terribly wrong somehow. Or maybe the bad guys take offensive action because they are close to being discovered. Must think on this some more.

For today's Gotcha, I have to thank the morning TV news because of a story they ran today.

dying/dyeing  The first word, familiar, as in "The fire was slowly dying." (And no I don't want to "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"!) The second word is the trick: "Today they are dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day." In this case, the root word is "dye" but turning it into a gerund defies the usual rules.

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