Thowback to 1971 – this is my husband trying out the Arm uniform but in the end he retired from the Navy. I remember the icicles like that, Mom always liked putting them on our tree. He looks anxious to get into the presents there under the tree.
Some years ago I read a great essay about beginning writers trying too hard to make their characters unique. It was called or referred to the Mary Sue archetype as the ‘violet-eyed heroine.’ As I worked to improve my characters from dialog to depth I also wanted physical appearance that was reasonable. This means I want characters across a long story to have a good representative distribution of human features. Eye color is one, as eyes say a lot for people in body language. They are the windows of the soul after all. That led to research on the human eye. Here’s what I found about eye color and it’s distribution in world population. Continue reading
My listening is as diverse as my reading. I’m not a big music person but I love a good story. So when walking, cleaning, driving, grocery shopping, or whatever you’ll find me listening to either an audiobook or podcast. I subscribe to around 30 podcasts at any given time. There are always new ones I’m trying out for those that podfade. Currently here are three I enjoy now – two are crimal based one isn’t but all are strange in an interesting manner.
The time had come when I was settled in our new home AND didn’t have a cast on my foot. It was fall and the garden needed some prep for the season. We did trimming back or the wild bushes so spring blooms would be dense, cleaned up the dead parts of things, trimmed back the irises (FINALLY) and generally got it back in shape. Here’s a few pictures of the day.
Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday. If you have a chance pop over to her Facebook page and wish her a happy one.
Happy Thanksgiving 1988 style! From my table to yours! This was our first Thanksgiving in Charleston. Yes, that’s two pictures of our dinner but for years they have been displayed in our photo album like this because it was our Thanksgiving as a couple. Oh and I still have the scarf but the style of wearing it has changed…