Lying around
by Annette McCleave on February 24th, 2009

I once planned to write a book about a woman who could tell when people were lying. Of course, that, in and of itself, is not a paranormal story; if you happen to catch the new Fox series, LIE TO ME, you’ll know that a few unique human beings already possess that skill.

The heroine of my story lived in a world where everyone was born with obvious gifts. These gifts fell into certain categories: natural, technological, artistic, etc. Within the categories, the depth of the gift varied–some had the ability to shift fully into animals, others simply had a supremely enhanced sense of smell. My heroine’s gift was called Lie Divining and only one percent of the population was blessed with that gift.

But my heroine also possessed a second gift, called Truth Seeing, which was extremely rare and very highly prized. With a handshake and a couple of quick questions, a truth seer could ‘feel’ a person’s inner thoughts and motivations. It’s the kind of gift some leaders might kill to control, and that was the crux of my story.

I wrote fifty pages or so, then put the manuscript aside. I don’t remember why. My research notes and that rough start are still lying around somewhere, so I could have another go at it some day, but I doubt it. Some stories come alive for me, and some don’t. This one didn’t.


Fox clearly found the lie divining concept fascinating enough to create a series based on it, and I must say I’m really enjoying LIE TO ME so far. Anyone else liking it?

p.s. If you visit the Fox site, they have some neat info about the scientist who inspired the show and the curious places where lying shows up in real life.

5 comments to “Lying around”

  1. 1

    I’ve seen that show and enjoyed it – Tim Roth is an interesting actor. It think it’s one of the better shows that’s begun this year.

    Your abandoned story sounds really interesting! You never know – sometimes a “missing link” comes along that makes those fragments take on a new life.

    Interesting post!

  2. 2

    I haven’t seen that one yet but I’ll try and track it down… another one that started this year that I’ve been enjoying in The Fringe. It’s been sort of fun watching to see what they’ll come up with next there.

    Your story sounds similar to something I read when I was younger… just in the sense that everyone was born with a talent, some that were ‘worth’ more than others, but I can’t recall what the title was (it was at least a decade ago that I read it so I might never remember the title :l ) I really liked that story when I read it, and with the twists that it sounds like you’ve added in to your story I think that if you ever decide to go back to that story, and finish it, I definitely read it!! Good luck.

  3. 3

    Thanks, Sharon,

    I agree about Tim Roth. I remember when I first saw him back in the movie Rob Roy with Liam Neeson. He has such a wonderfully gritty edge to him.

  4. 4

    I’ve only seen commercials for The Fringe, Lacey. I’ll have to try to catch an episode.

    If you remember the name of that book, I’d love to get the title–sounds like one I’d enjoy reading. :grin:

  5. 5

    Isn’t that funny how some stories just don’t come off the page? Sometimes we don’t have the skill to pull it off, or there’s a flaw in the structure or whatever, but sometimes the story just doesn’t… live. I wonder if Dr. Frankenstein had that trouble?

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