I just replied to e-mail about one of my cultural references ("Super Green"). I enjoy sprinkling cultural references throughout a story, and there will be more, some explained explicitly, some not.
Counting all of the music references as one in chapter 4, there's at least nine cultural references in the first four chapters.
Of course many of them are quite old, so I'm showing my age.
Darrien's thoughts and words on music in chapter 4 is close to my own taste (whereas a whole lot of other aspects of Darrien are nowhere near to me in real life).
One of my favorite genres to read is hard-boiled detective fiction, or variations on it. So similes are a must. They can be hard to come up with, specially compared to some of the classic brilliant lines ("A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window").
But there's a few in this story I'm proud of: "quicker than a gecko's blink" is my favorite so far. Later on I use "a cello short of a string quartet" but I don't think it's that creative (and it may be one I have heard somewhere else).
I've never written fiction before. There's a certain amount of writing I've done relating to my career (software engineer) or hobbies, but nothing of a creative bent and nothing like this.
I feel like I'm at the beginning of a long journey, not sure where it will end up, but I know it will be exciting, and maybe at times unpleasant, but worth it.
What's surprised me the most so far is how real my characters feel to me. None of them are counterparts to friends in real life, although a few elements and descriptions here and there are based on people I know. And of course all of the main characters in this first story are people I would love to know in real life (there are a few coming up that won't be as sympathetic).
Speaking of coming up (yeah, yeah, I realize all of the double entendre possibilities of that phrase), here are some vague previews of the rest of The Love Scouts:
-- The mystery starts (obviously) at the end of the second chapter, although there are plots elements and a few hidden macguffins throughout the first two chapters.
-- I'm planning on publishing a chapter per week. For those that groan about authors that take forever to finish a series, I have ten chapters written, which is at least two thirds of the story, and the complete plot is outlined, including most (if not all) of the final sex romps.
-- While the sex scenarios in the first six chapters mostly deal with an adult male and teen girls, there will be other combinations coming (haha) up. There's a common, but not exclusive, theme of group situations.
While this story is labelled a mystery, I'm looking forward to seeing comments as the plot and story unfolds. At heart I do believe it's a mystery (or I wouldn't have labelled it so), but it's definitely not a traditional type of "solve the mystery", and there's other ways I could (and possibly will) label the story. I won't mention any right now because it might give away some of the story.
That's enough blogging for this fine morning. It's tax day in the US, and I haven't filed mine yet.