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Murder She Wrote

Murder She Wrote

What’s your mental image of a writer’s life? Mine comes from watching too many episodes of “Murder She Wrote”, which are still broadcast at 7:00 p.m. every weekday evening in the Toronto market. In the familiar opening sequence, Jessica Fletcher is pounding away on what I am told is a Royal Magic Margin Vintage typewriter. Every once in a while she gets to type “THE END” with a great flourish. That final page gets added to a few hundred others and stuffed into a big manila envelope and mailed off to her publisher. Unlike Jessica, Andy Farmer, played by Chevy Chase in the movie “Funny Farm”, is not an established author. Andy sends a manuscript off to the publisher and watches the mailbox for a response. Each day a maniacal mailman drives by or near the mailbox. For poor Andy, those letters from the big city bring only bad news. If that wasn’t enough humiliation, his wife Elizabeth who isn’t supposed to be a writer at all, has her manuscript for a children’s book accepted for publication on the first attempt! Continue reading