Boat Life, Writing

The Writing Process | Alien Abduction

Alien Attack
Alien attacking our sailboat and trying to abduct us.

Okay, that blog post title might be a bit misleading. My writing process doesn’t involve being abducted by aliens, at least I think it doesn’t. If I had been abducted by aliens, would I even remember? Would they have erased my memories?

But my writing process does involve research about alien abduction, as it figures into a sub-plot of my cozy mystery, Murder at the Marina.

To be honest, all that I knew about alien abduction came from watching The X-Files and that was a very long time ago, so I did a bit of internet research on the signs that someone has been abducted.

It was actually quite fascinating. I could actually check a number of items off of the list — like insomnia, seeing bright lights, and unexplained bruises — which had me a bit worried. Maybe I had been abducted.

Actually, my bruises can probably be easily explained. People who live on boats call them boat bites. Whether you’re working on boat projects or just trying to maneuver around the cramped spaces you find on boats, you’ll often end up banging into something. If you bruise easily, like I do, then you’ll end up with a lot of boat bites.

The bright lights are probably easily explained as well. We have a hatch over our bed which the moon shines through not to mention the big security light in the marina’s parking lot.

And the insomnia . . . well, that’s just probably a reflection of getting older. {Sigh}

Have you ever been abducted by aliens? Would you remember if you had been?

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6 thoughts on “The Writing Process | Alien Abduction”

  1. Occasionally I wake up in the morning and have scratches on my back – fine ridges of scabby lines on the upper part of my back where i can just barely reach. I always thought maybe Greg was mauling me in the middle night but he denies this. Perhaps Aliens! And the insomnia, perhaps that isn’t due to Greg’s snoring at all either.

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    1. I feel bad for husbands – we assume it’s their snoring keeping us from getting a good night’s sleep, when it might just be aliens 🙂 Your scratches are interesting. Maybe you have a cat stowed away in your van. It hides during the day and comes out at night when you’re asleep and leaves its mark.


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