What Ngaio Marsh means to me



My author just finished reading enter a murderer   by Ngaio Marsh.
He really liked it. He also likes Margery Allingham and Michael Innes. I wonder if the novel he’s writing about me will be a murder mystery too. That would be okay. So long as I wasn’t the one murdered.

This is ridiculous. I was born in 2001, but because I am a work of fiction all my knowledge is based on what my author (who is 35 years older than me!) read. Hence my two pets (Barker the dog and Corbett the cat) are named after The Two Ronnies, a comedy duo from the dawn of time who no self-respecting teenager today has ever heard of. And now I am being forced to imbibe detective fiction from the first half of the Twentieth Century!!!

My author also saw The Real Thing at the New Theatre. It wasn’t a murder mystery, but the characters all worked in the theatre just like the characters in Enter a Murderer. Maybe my character will be in a play.  I’d like to be in a play. I wonder if he knows that?

Tonight my brother and I watched the latest Dr Who, in which Clara died. I don’t think she’s really dead, but Blair does. If it says “…to be continued”, I reckon it means it’s unfinished, and you don’t have a major character die half way through a story unless you’re Alfred Hitchcock.

There I go again! I should never have even have heard of Alfred Hitchcock! What kind of fourteen-year-old am I?

What I’m going to look like.

Hi again, it’s me, Adayre. I know you know who I am because my name is everywhere on this site, but it sounds polite, so there you go.

Short post this time.

You’ll notice I’ve added some pictures to the site. I know I asked for suggestions last time, but I couldn’t wait too long for replies, so I did what any real person would do and searched the net, and I found this site called Bitstrips.com.

So, I created a cartoon character of myself.


Here it is.

You’ll see I have shoulder length red hair, like it says in the unfinished novel that I’m in, but I’ve also made some choices about face, eyes, clothes and stuff. I think it looks okay, but it doesn’t do much to help me in Quest #1 (to become a real girl). So, that’s still something that I have to work on. I’ve put the Bitstrip image on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Bitstrip is limited however. You have to use their images and, well, I hardly look unique. I figure if you’re going to be real, you really should  look unique. My author may not be too happy of course. He wants his characters reinvented every time someone new reads the book.

I’m thinking of inviting other characters in the book to contribute to my blog – my brother, Blair, for instance. What do you think? I’ll be editor-in-chief of course. Can’t have him saying something horrible about me! On the other hand if he does, it’ll say more about what a despicable little brother he actually is.

I think I’ve decided without your help. I’ll invite contributions. That will legitimise the blog and me.

A few comments from readers would legitimise me as well, by the way!

Come on, people! Comment, follow me, tweet what I say, friend me on F’book, etc! You have to help me become a real girl, just like Pinocchio’s friends helped him become a real boy. And unlike Pinocchio, I don’t lie.

I just make things up a bit.

I have to, because my author has failed me.


Adayre xxx


Fictional Character Takes Action When Author Stops Writing Novel

Ok, this is a bit of an experiment.

Right from the outset, can I say that I’m a work of fiction. I’m not going to tell you my author’s name. Not yet anyway. I’m a bit worried he’ll Google himself and find this. And boy, then will I be in hot water!

You see, my author doesn’t know I’m doing this. I’m going behind his back. The manuscript in which I exist has been sitting in a drawer for far too long and I’m sick of it. Now I’m not going into the ins and outs of how I managed to start a blog all by myself. If you want you can put it down to magic realism.

Another thing. I’m using a pseudonym. I’ve got to be careful. He might accidentally find me on the web if I use my real name. He’s a writer and probably has a nom de plume, so why shouldn’t I?

Now, I haven’t read the book. He’s keeping it from me. I’ve only got snippets of info about myself. I suppose I’ll find out more later in life. The snippets I know are in the “About Adayre” section. As I find out more I’ll update it.

So, how did I find out these snippets? Well, we have these conversations, my creator and I, and I know what you’re thinking –

“They’re not conversations, because he’s doing all the writing” –

but I reckon I do play a part! Even if I’m fictional, I still exist in his head! So, when we have our conversations, I am talking to him, and he is talking to me. So there!

However, I do take your point, which leads to what is going to be my first quest. I think there are going to be many quests before I’m done (including the one in the novel) but this is the first one.

Quest #1: To become a real girl!

Yes! I don’t think you can be real and know as little about yourself as I do. So, I’m going to make friends and I’m going to become somebody! You’re reading my blog, aren’t you? So, that gives me credence and credibility. Doesn’t it?

I know what you’re thinking. I’m just a puppet, like Pinocchio.

But this is where you can help! You can make suggestions about what I can do to achieve my quest.

I’ve set up a Facebook account, even though Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like fictional characters. He only wants “real people” on his site.

(Where did I get that piece of info? It must come from my author.)

Well, I am real in a way, as I explained earlier, so maybe I’ll do it anyway. How’s Zuckerberg going to know? In fact, it’ll be a good way to test how real I’m getting. Find the link to the left of this page.

I’ve already set up a Twitter account. So please follow me and I’ll follow you. I’ll always put it on Twitter when I have a new post. The link for this is also to the left of this page.

I know my author would also like me to be real, but he means it in a different way – he wants it to be a reflection of his brilliant writing. He’s dying for people to say,

“Oh she’s so realistic! You’ve really captured her voice beautifully! She sounds just like a real 14-year girl.”

Which is what I am, by the way: a 14 year old girl who wants to discover more about herself – more than just the name of the school she goes to and who’s in her family. I don’t even have a clear idea of what I look like. According to him, I have shoulder length reddish hair, but that’s not a complete picture. He’d say ‘the readers will fill in the rest’, and that is exactly want I want you to do. Interact with my blog and help me to create my real character. Realer anyway than what my author has created so far. Shoulder length red hair! Pffft!

Now, coming back to reality (joke!)

If you have any comments on that or any suggestions at all, please leave them at the bottom of my blog post. Which brings me to… (Drum roll)

Things I want you to comment on/make suggestions about:

  •  I want to make this blog look good with pictures and things. Now I don’t have any pics of me (for obvious reasons), but I’d like some. I can’t draw and I can’t steal other people’s images. In any case, how’s that going to help me achieve Quest #1? Please make suggestions as to what I can do.
  • I read that I have to make sure everyone who comes here knows this is a fictional blog. I reckon I’ve made it clear already, but it‘s been said that I have to have some kind of formal disclaimer or something on here. I would like to make it interesting. I thought I could have quotes from readers on my home page that say it how it is. Things like “You’re unreal, Adayre!” or “It’s such a pity I can’t meet you in person. You sound fab.” You can probably do better and if you do, I’ll publish you on my blog.
  • Anything else that is going to help me achieve Quest #1.

–           No-one is allowed to say surgery! You’re writing to me not my author and you can’t perform surgery on a fictional character!

–          Don’t be too critical of my writing – I’m working on it.

–          Be super critical of my writing. But…

(DISCLAIMER ALERT – better put it in italics)

If you just hate my writing, don’t tell me that. Just find another blog to read that you do like. I hope that doesn’t sound rude.

Although real people can be rude and that’s my aim – (ambiguous, but you know what I mean!)

See you next time and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.