Purple Roads has taken a turn that I didn’t expect! Sometimes when that happens, it’s quite difficult; other times it’s great and the words just pour out – I think that’s what I’m about to experience… well I hope I am! I know when I went to bed; the new plot just ran around in my brain for the entire night, even when I was so-called sleeping!
Lunch with my critique partner, on Friday, was amazing. We decided we needed to map out a story for a minor character. The trouble was this character decided that he wanted to be in the limelight! He’s gone from being a bloke that just popped up, every now and then, to holding the key to the whole story! (I must say, I do wish he’d spoken up sooner!)
Purple Roads involves trucks and even though I grew up in a trucking family, it’s been a long time since I’ve sat in one. I thought I’d better go and see what changes had been made in the last fifteen years! The technology, from computers that tell you every tiny thing that’s happening with your truck (at that minute!) to mobile phones, iPod holders, CD players… Well, it’s a far cry from the old wireless and tape deck and large clumsy HF radio that had a calling distance of over 3,000 kilometres, which the blokes that used to drive for Dad, had.
The trucks are comfortable; and they need to be, for a lot of these guys, they spend over 200 days per year, on the road.
I must say a huge thank you to Myles so showed me all the trucks and took the time to explain all the terminology that’s changed, since I was a kid. Also to the bloke who is answering questions about a time in his life, which was hell; thank you for reliving the memories, so my writing can authentic.