And now, for the last entry of WIP Week 2013: A spin-off from Cada Veces starring the book’s original “leading lady,” Dra. Celeste Ballesteros.
Series Title: The Celeste Ballesteros Mysteries
|Elmore Leonard’s Rules of Writing, condensed..|
Proposed Installments: Stunt (Script Frenzy 2013); Seven Funerals (NaNoWriMo 2013, assuming that none of my previous WIPs will require me to rebel)
Premise: After years of waiting and speculation, the notorious professor (and acclaimed writer) Celeste Ballesteros has been granted an extended leave of absence from teaching at the University of the Philippines. Her absence from the classroom, however, has sharpened the sense of perception that she has developed from years of reporting for the Manila Herald. She may be no Sherlock Holmes, but she knows the National Capital Region well… and rare is the criminal element that can escape her watch.
|Well, okay, these are sardines, but am I making you hungry yet?
(from Dessert Comes First)
Also, It’s hard to feel sorry for Daria because she’s caught between two cute guys, but that’s why we have Celeste to remind her that she used to be just as annoying as the students from Cada Veces when she was an undergrad at UP. (There are also some Cada Veces cameos here; there’s a chance that Rhobelle and Kim may serve as her assistants here, and Sabrina may be a distant relative of Daria’s.)
What else is going on? Some of the characteristics that made Celeste distinct in Cada Veces will be explored here. Despite all the admirers, she refuses to be “worshiped” by fawning sycophants who look to her as a role model. (This probably explains her nefarious teaching style at UP.) She chooses to pick her battles privately at a time when most of her contemporaries take to the blogosphere to go at each other’s throats. Stunt, however, brings more of her eccentricities into light: Her unwitting involvement in the Mang Errol case starts with her obsessive stalking of her crush, the Korean actor Jung-Ho Chang. We may also get to see more of her friends and frenemies, as well as her apartment in Quezon City.
Do I want to see this
published produced? It’s hard to say; most of the cast here is Filipino, except for Jonny Lee Miller as Ethan, Daniel Henney (or even Lee Min Ho) as Jung-Ho, and Danny McBride as the weapons expert Alex, who is guilty (or is he?) of placing the bullet that ultimately kills Mang Errol.
Does this need a critique? I haven’t written it yet, but if I do, I suggest bringing a lot of pandesal while reading.