Stranded on an Alien Spaceship for Life

Along on an alien spaceship, headed to the other end of the universe (an unknown) and all the time of your life ahead of you. Forget being stranded on a deserted island… what would you miss from planet Earth, stranded on an alien spaceship for the rest of your life?
stargate universeSource: Unsolved Mysteries: 15 TV Cliffhangers – Rotten Tomatoes

Stargate Universe started out so well. I wish they had kept it going (with the alien ship which seemed to have a personality and mind of its own for at least awhile). Then the show got complicated with people jumping around from Earth and back and having some mini wars… I lost the plot about mid-way. I was happy when they were trapped on the ship, learning how it worked, finding odd aliens and planets along the way.

I would watch it all again and would still like to see it continued with more stories and characters.

Writing Mysteries

Originally posted to SuiteU, part of Suite101. SuiteU is being removed from the site. I wanted to save the ecourses so this resource would not disappear.

Writing Mysteries

By Janet Blaylock

Janet Blaylock writing on Helium

Introduction

What are your favorite genres? Romance perhaps? Maybe it’s Adventures or Comedies? How about the more intense genres of Mysteries, Detective Fiction, Suspense, Horror, or just good old Thrillers? Have you ever wondered how they are written? How the author builds up the suspense and the excitement that keeps you turning those pages right to the very end? If you do, then you will probably find “Writing Mysteries” intriguing. In the previous course, “Mysteries,” you learned about the different writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie; or the later writers such as Catherine Coulter, Nevada Barr, Sara Paretsky; or the famous authors of suspense or thrillers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Stephen King, and John Grisham. They have learned the essence of a good thriller/suspense book. When you first pick up a book and you say to yourself, “This looks like a great book.” They have already captured you and will now hold you hostage until the plot is inevitably revealed. Finally, you say to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could write a book like that!” Well, you can! You will learn about the elements of fiction writing such as settings, themes, characters, plots, etc. You will also learn how to write mini-mysteries and short stories. The information you receive in this course will help you to write your first novel, so lets climb on board and let the suspense begin!

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Mysteries

This was originally part of the Suite101 University ecourses offered for free. I wanted to preserve the information for myself and others as Suite101 is taking all of the ecourse University content down.

Mysteries

By Janet Blaylock

Introduction

This course is a pre-requisite to “Writing Mysteries.”

What are your favorite genres? Romance perhaps? Maybe it’s Adventures or Comedies? How about the more intense genres of Mysteries, Detective Fiction, Suspense, Horror, or just good old Thrillers?

If you enjoy reading books by the earlier writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie; or the later writers such as Catherine Coulter, Nevada Barr, Sara Paretsky; or the famous authors of suspense or thrillers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Stephen King, or John Grisham; then you may find yourself investigating the cases right along with the detectives. This is the essence of a good thriller/suspense book because they have already captured you and will now hold you hostage until the plot is inevitably revealed.

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Write a Short Mysterious Mystery

The fun thing about reading a mystery is having a group of people and picking which of them is guilty. It’s not always a murder, or at least I don’t think it should always be focused on a death. There are endless mysteries in the world, why choose just one.

Could you write a mystery? Write about a group of five or more people, give each a description, some background/ history and show who they are through the actions and conversation in the group. Don’t make anyone look guilty and yet give hints as to who is guilty. That should be enough for a bit of fun for a short story. You don’t even need to give it a traditional ending with all the loose ends tied up into a neat bow. Leave the ends tangled, let the reader keep guessing, wondering if they guessed right. After all, you’re writing a mystery.

Interesting Groups Found on GoodReads

Dystopias and Social Critiques

The Alternative World

Apocalypse Whenever

Hard SF– Where the reality of the science counts.

Urban Fantasy

Cozy Mysteries

Dragon and Magic Lovers – For those who like books that include dragons.

Wicca and Witchcraft – Discussing Paganism and books about Wicca and Witchcraft.

Witches Brew – Books with Witches in them.

Do you use GoodReads? I joined awhile ago but haven’t done much with, just too many social sites to keep up with. I took another look at it today and will set up the widget and see if I can login at least as often as I start a new book.

Five Minute Mysteries

Writing a mystery is at least as complicated as solving a mystery. I’ve found a few links to 5 Minute Mysteries online. Try a few, then try to write of your own.

My try at it:

Karol would often see Mr. Craig, who lived across the street, out jogging but only on windy days. When it was sunny he would walk along at a good pace, stopping to chat with whoever was outside. Why did he only jog on windy days?

Mr. Craig wore a hat, on windy days it would blow off and he’d try to catch it.

Not great but a start at it. Writing them is tricky. I tried to come up with the answer first and then figure out how to phrase the mystery/ question itself.