by Jan Grape
Bet you've never heard of Smith's Law. Well, don't fret. I'm sure
you've heard of Murphy's Law? Well, my late husband, Elmer Grape used to
claim that Murphy was an optimist. That whatever did go wrong was going
to get worse.
So I had my internet tech out last week
& got my desktop back online and then sorta got the laptop going
also. Well, it was working; it just takes thirty minutes plus to load.
Since computers were working I delayed buying a new laptop. And today is
when Murphy's Law kicked in. Things got worse.
afternoon while trying to get my article written and posted, I cannot get
online with either computer. The desktop is totally hopeless. I managed
to get online with laptop but after 40 minutes of the cursor spinning
it just would NOT open the sleuthsayer website. So I'm writing this on
my phone. Thank goodness I bought a styles thingy last week. I can't
imagine trying to type this much with a fingertip.
so things won't be a total crying towel, pitiful Patty, I'll give you
an idea of what my original article was about. I've had people say that
my policewoman sounds exactly like me. Or that this character or that
character is Aunt Whosit or Uncle What's his name. In reality none of
that is so. The characters I make up are just that "made up."
Zoe Barrow sounds like me...it's probably because you give her a Texas
accent because I'm from Texas. Like most writers say, there's a little
bit of me in several of my characters. But Zoe is younger, thinner,
prettier and braver than me. (I got that one from Sue Grafton about
comparing Kinsey to her.)
However, I take bits and
pieces of people I know or see to compose a character. I've gone to a
mall to people watch. To note gestures, walks, body language. You may
take a trait of Aunt Whosit and marry it with Cousin Whom. When you do
that you do need to be careful they don't recognize themselves. A friend
once said she made her mother-in-law into a yippy dog but the MIL never
Characters are fun to create. But don't just
give a list.of hair and eye color. Give us something to their makeup as
a person. Thats when characters come to life.
I think this is about all I can type this way . So until next time watch out for Murphy.