Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holidays - character inspiration everywhere

The holidays are coming! The holidays can bring a sense of enjoyment or a feeling of dread, and sometimes a little of both. For me, it’s excitement. I can sit for hours outside a busy location filled with rambling people just to watch them; the Holidays bring out the most interesting people. For some this activity would be quite boring, but for me, it’s filled with excitement and anticipation. For each minute I sit in my chair enjoying my cocoa from Starbucks, Panera or any local sit-n-sip, I see potential characters; characters that I can play with.

In other words, my restful sit down becomes a game of “I wonder, what if.” For example, I wonder if the Goth girl drinking a Grande coffee with extra sugar is actually a student from the local university, or if she’s just checking out the locals looking for someone suitable to provide a snack for her vampire master. Or, how bout the suit clad guy in the back corner nursing his extra strong black Columbian coffee? His back is against the wall, his eyes darting around the room. Hmm…could he be waiting for a government contact? Was he an assassin? The later looks good to me; let’s write that down. And my personal favorite, the beautiful girl sitting next to the window enjoying her lemon poppy seed muffin just a little too much…she must be Fae; because faeries drunk on poppy seeds act exactly the same way (Personal writing group joke.).

My point? When out and about, take the time to look around you. There’s always more there than meets the eye the first look around. :D


At September 23, 2010 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Trisha Wooldridge said...

So true! I love people watching... and situation watching. Esther Friesner once shared a story on a panel of how she saw a shoe on the side of the road, and how she sees such things with some frequency, so... is there a monster who goes around eating hitch-hikers, but just can't finish that last bite, so it leaves the last foot behind.

And was that smattering of poppy seeds left on your table to hold off the undercover Fae PI on the tail of that assassin?

At September 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Barbara Ann Wright said...

I don't people watch much, but I love being outside during the holidays because I love seeing decorations. Something sparkly always puts a happy in my day.

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