I've been working on ideas for a new tvdetective book, and have been tempted to take Dan and Adam out of Devon and Cornwall for an adventure for the first time.
I suppose it's part of what writers do - liking to try something different, shifting out of the comfort zone, setting yourself a new challenge. What's life for, if not to move onwards, learn and innovate?
Much of this week has been spent working in London, and it's there I'm considering as a setting. It's a little different from Devon, to say the least. Many people may rave about the metropolis, but it's certainly not to my taste. Nor do I think it would be to Dan's, although the tougher and more stoic Adam would probably cope better.
The first thing I always notice about London is the noise. Endless traffic, people shouting into phones and at each other, the near-continual screaming of sirens. It's a setting which would certainly make for a stressful, highly pressured backdrop if I'm dabbling with a thriller of a plot.
Everything in London is such a hustle, whether it's for a space on the tube, or a seat in a bar or restaurant. Nothing is simple. I could certainly set some interesting challenges for the boys in the big city.
But then... I came home to Devon and the thoughts started to wane. I struggle to imagine anywhere better than here to live, so why might I want to write about anywhere else?
The upshot of this blog is that I'm very glad to be home. To be able to breathe air, rather than chew it, is a simple, often overlooked pleasure. And to be able to hear birdsong and the trees whispering in the breeze...
Yep, I think I've managed a first in this little musing - I've been debating with myself what to do about the setting for the book for a few days, and in the space of this I've talked myself out of basing it in the capital. I'd be ashamed; It would feel disloyal to my wonderful home county!
Right then, finally a song to go with the blog, and today what better than Paul Simon's Homeward Bound? A lament to longing to be back where we belong.
As with so much of his work, it taps straight into an emotion shared by every member of the human race at some time in their life. And it's a darned good song, too.