Exercise in characterization

Borrowed from writingprompts.tumblr.com

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This is an interesting concept to me, so I thought I’d take a stab at it. From my own point of view, I think I am one part Fairy Diplomat, one part Brutally Honest Grandmother, and one part Reclusive Hermit Woman Who Talks to Cats.

I think I am a Fairy Diplomat because I don’t quite follow the rules of humanity, though I do try to fit in and to make people happy. I can’t always hide the magic in my imagination, and this has made me a bit of an outcast. A little weird. However, being brought up a Royal, I have excellent manners, and I am also able to recognize my own kin hiding amongst the humans.

Brutally Honest Grandmother: Sometimes I just have to put on the bright red lipstick and tell it like it is. Sometimes that bitchy little Early Twenties Who Thinks She Knows Everything needs to be put in her place. If someone never learned to respect their elders, well then, I’m happy to give them a lesson when they’re thirty. Better late than never. Fortunately or unfortunately, this personality is mostly in my head because I’m also a Reclusive Hermit Woman Who Talks to Cats.

Sometimes, I just can’t handle the real world. Sometimes I don’t want to talk to people, and I want to escape to my little cabin in the woods. No address, no driveway, no phone. This is really just a fantasy, however, because my Diplomatic responsibilities would never allow it.

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I Solemnly Swear…

So, after much thought, I think that I have figured out why all my blog attempts have failed in the past. I’ve always been told, “Write what you know”. When I blog, I write about work, family, chores, hobbies, projects, pets…whatever’s on my mind at the time. Half the time, I wouldn’t even post what I wrote. The other half of the time, I’d post it, re-read it, and think to myself, “This is boring,” or, “I don’t want anyone to read this.”

Writing is a privilege for me. I’m not one of those people with the talent of being able to write while doing other things. When I get to write, it’s in the quiet of the morning, or some stolen hours alone on a weekend. In other words, it doesn’t happen very often. 😛 When it does happen, why in the world would I want to write about all the things I’ve been doing when I wasn’t writing?

So, this is why, despite it being in the forefront of my mind, I am NOT going to write about anything like that. I’m not going to write about what I do for a living. I’m not going to give cute anecdotes about my kids or my husband (although I love reading that stuff!). I might write about my cat, but only because she is the coolest. I think I want to use this as an exercise to help me transition more easily into my own “writing world”. Ha. I suppose we’ll see what happens.

Drabble Day!

Some of the authors at Red Adept Publishing came together for a Drabble project, and I joined in the fun. A “drabble” is a piece of writing exactly 100 words long. I found the idea of creating an entire story in 100 words a little intimidating, but I had a lot of fun. It was good exercise. 🙂 We all came together with the theme, “Payback”, and it was fun to see what everyone did with that. Here’s mine.

Drabble: Payback

Lucy Clarke pressed her back against the wall, pulse drumming. Had he seen her? Clutching her rifle, she inched her way to the corner and risked a quick glance.

The teenager’s back faced her. He inspected his own rifle, cursing.

Lucy grinned. Unarmed.

Stepping out, she leveled the gun, getting him in her sights. Holding it steady, she shouted, “Damien!”

The boy turned, his frustrated expression melting into one of terror. “Ms. Clarke, no!”

“Payback,” she muttered, and pulled the trigger three times.

Damien’s white-clad chest exploded in lime green paint.

Lucy turned and strode off the field. “Little jerk.”

Lots of fun! Here are links to the other RAP drabbles.

Stephen Kozeniewski

Erica Lucke Dean

Harvey Chute

Edward Lorn

Kimberly G. Giarratano

J. Leigh

Cassie Cox

Thanks for reading!

First Post

Well, here it is. No promises. This is my…fourth? Maybe fifth attempt at blogging regularly. Hopefully this one will stick.

I am a writer, but the writing part of my life tends to be pushed into the background most days. I have been working on one novel for almost four years, which has got to be some kind of personal record. I usually delete it much sooner than that. I am determined to at least finish the thing to a point where I wouldn’t be embarrassed to let someone read it.

I also need to simply be in the habit of writing, and I think that’s where this blog will help. You can expect general musings, short stories, character development exercises, and the occasional promotion of books I like.

I am super lucky to be on staff with Red Adept Publishing, which gives me the opportunity to work with some amazing authors and editors. It is inspirational for me, and I love connecting with others who share this passion. RAP has published some excellent works, and there is always something new on the way!