Character “Bible”

 

Hiya Merideth!

Talking about the process of writing is rather intimidating to me because for each story it’s different and each method of writing is different. Like…this was mulled about in my head for several drafts but even know my words feel mucky.

So, I took pictures.

I keep everything “organized” by keeping it in one notebook per story or legal pad, or sheets of random addendums tucked away as needed into my “organizational tool”. Yeah… However, that means if I’m working on Red I’m searching for a purple notebook and all my notes, though in disarray, are in one place. (These are my notes from Red, by the way.)

There are several matriarchal lines noted and ties between family lines.

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Tertiary character gets a physical description, a minor motivation, and since the main character is letting a room from this grandmother a general floor plan of the abode.

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Ellie is my protagonist, so she gets a character page with a brief history of her life as well as motivations and physical appearance. She also has several short stories written from her perspective from various hunts at various ages that won’t be making it into the book but greatly shaped the path of her life and the growth between there and where she is now. As a character displaying signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s important to me to document the severity and path her symptoms have taken in order to be consistent as well as allow her healing and setbacks in a reasonable manner.

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Where I start, though, is usually some scene that plays itself out and won’t let me go.

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There’s no outline for this, just a general idea for a book and a few handwritten pages of a disgruntled princess without a thrown in a war camp leading her less than perfectly respectful followers.

Some bibles are for stories yet to be taken on, Untitled is just a simple plot outline married with some jotted down Grimm stories to research and the first two chapters drafted out to get the feel of Keely’s story that I may pick it back up in the same tone. Flighty thing is just off to rescue a prince to save the life of a unicorn that was taken right out of the palace garden. Cheeky bit of fluff that one is.

I hope this helps, in some small way, on your path.

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Road Trip!

For most people, I imagine that road trips are simple affairs of pack yo bags, pack yo wife, errybody up in here get in the car.

Me? Well, I complicate things.

Let’s play “Justification”:

I’m going back home to Ain’tcraphere, Virginia where the closest grocery store is nearly an hour away and forget any version of Walgreens or CVS, Honeychild. You gots the Walmart and its buy in bulk subsidiary of Sam’s Club. Which means if you’re going to be making anything outside of what Cookie in Atlantis would consider a food group then count yourself out of luck. It’s okay…I’ll just order online, you think to yourself, while the inhabitants start laughing. Sorry, kiddo, Nowheresville, Virginia is on the wrong side of the Digital Divide and most people round these here parts don’t even own a computer while those who do are on a dialup connection.

So, I feel a bit justified when I get a little obsessive with the planning trips back to the mountains.

I love those mountains…they get in your blood and when the leaves start to turn it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The people have a sort of neighborly way about them because your blood runs deep as generations of your relatives have lived there but you also inherit the family nemeses. I’m looking at you Old Man Creasey, you know what you did and even if I’m a bit hazy on the details that were handed down but the line in the sand has been drawn. For Narnia!

My List:

Cooler

Icepack

Honeybaked Ham (Thanks, Penguin!)

Fixin’s

Marshmallow Fluff (apparently, it’s “rare” this year…and I’ve been tasked with importing it)

Fabric for apron (it’s a thing, I’ll take pictures)

Pillow and fabric for cover (because sewing is dangerous)

The Blue Whale and corresponding yarn

Mawmaw’s purple shawl (in progress)

Yarn for Granny

Cocoa

Phone Charger

Clothes

Greenbean casserole stuffs

Spanish Binder (Homeworks, yo.)

Camera and charger

Rice paper wrappers

Feed Me Seymour!

What I eat for dinner when I’m home alone…

Cereal with milk

Steamed broccoli

Greek style tuna fish salad and crackers

3 biscotti and 2 glasses of milk

Leftovers from the night before

Frozen pizza and leftover steamed broccoli

Can of Dinty Moore stew

Zebra cakes

What I eat for dinner when someone invites me over…

Homemade vegetarian spring rolls with teensy drops of siracha and freshly baked strawberry pie

Grilled burgers served with a citrus summer salad and delicious crisp wine from a local winery

Freshly made salsa served atop juicy grilled chicken and tender crisp green beans

Delicious pork chops served with cabbage cooked with apples in just this sweet yet slightly tart combination that has me wanting more

Creamy macaroni and cheese with a salad tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette dotted with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella

 

 

We jokingly call it “married single girl cooking” because we are happily married but 24 hour duty rotations, weeks of field training, TDY assignments, and deployments mean military wives are often alone when it comes around to dinner time. Sure, some of us have kids to cook for, but a good portion of us don’t and for me, dinner has always been a family affair. We sit around the dinner table, talk about our day, put on some music, and focus on spending a little bit of time with one another. When that doesn’t happen, I feel a little lost and it’s usually when I feel the loneliest.

There’s really no solution for the situation it’s just something to go through while waiting (however impatiently) for the one in uniform to come home.

Three months down. Six more to go!

 

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