It’s Monday and my desk calls to me in a voice I can’t ignore. Some Mondays, I don’t want to set the writing aside while there are lots of unfinished thoughts swirling around. Other Mondays, I’m glad I can stop wrestling with recalcitrant characters for a while.
Today, I don’t mind. The weekend has been good to me. I’ve managed to pick up the threads for Starstruck, the sequel to Undercover Star. Knitting seems to help me think, because I finally located the red thread that holds the whole thing together.
In Undercover Star, both Josh and Mat had to learn not to judge a book by its cover. Or a man by his job description. Starstruck, on the other hand, is all about attention. Seeking it, avoiding it, ignoring it, or dealing with it.
“It’s a case of careful what you wish for,” Matisse pointed out as they’d settled on the sofa with coffee mugs in hand. “Because once you’ve got it, you have to deal with it.”
“Did you ever-?” Josh wasn’t quite sure how to phrase the question. He’d not once seen Matisse court attention. He often did the opposite. Unless he stood on a stage he was far more comfortable out of the limelight than in it.
“Seek attention? Sure. When I was growing up, I wanted to be noticed. And I got what most people only dream about. I had a hit, and then another, and an album that went platinum… and by the time I realised I’d got it wrong, it was too damned late to do anything about it. Attention isn’t a laser beam with a really tight focus. It’s… more likea search light. I wanted people to listen to my music, but the light shone on me as well, and I had to learn how to deal with that.”
They finished their coffees in silence, while Josh pondered how not getting the attention they wanted could prompt someone to commit a crime.