Life and A Rogue Character

April 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm 8 comments

Now that we’re settled into our new little jewel box of a home, a few truths have emerged:

  • It grows larger any time you have to mop the floor.
  • One thing out of place makes the entire house look trashed.
  • Spiders that invade a small house are just as big as spiders that invade a large house.

After two days of breaking my back trying to get the garden in shape at this new house, I was very happy to see rain on Saturday.  This town was built on clay, you might think you have top soil, but it’s no more substantial than foundation and blush on a ladies face.  I had forgotten this fact after working on the gardens of my old house for 15 years.  Luckily, we had this early great weather, I’m nowhere near planting anything. 

Progress on my new book continues with the exception of my main character’s sidekick who has gone totally rogue.  I keep telling him I’m going to write him out and replace him with a girl if he doesn’t knock it off, but he’s not listening.  Lest you think I’ve gone totally insane, remember the story acts itself out in my head and I just record the action.  Despite this technique, I do have a plan and a rough outline for where I want the story to go…then something like this happens.  Punkin’ headed supporting character keeps pushing his way to the forefront. 

 

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rel  |  April 22, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Kat,
    Whenever we go on a trip, i like to stray off the well traveled route onto less travel byways; the flavors of life are so much more intense there.
    rel

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  • 2. LauraJ  |  April 22, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    send him to go plant something in the garden!

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  • 3. QuillDancer  |  April 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    How do you know the supporting character isn’t supposed to be the lead? The story hasn’t ended yet.

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  • 4. Jon M  |  April 23, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Treat him rough! I turned on of my characters into a flower when they wouldn’t behave!

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  • 5. katcampbell  |  April 23, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Rel – Excellent advice.
    Laura J – he’s such a pill right now, I wouldn’t even trust him in my garden!
    Quilly – This one is not his story, he must play sidekick or nothing.
    Jon M – Hey, now that is a good idea.

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  • 6. Hayden  |  April 23, 2008 at 6:52 am

    oh, you are so much more in control than I! More than once I’ve had a character completely rewrite something to suit him – makes me crazy, but I tend to follow along. I like Jon’s tactic!

    as for the garden – my days of trying to dig down through clay are over. I figure build it up lasagne garden style, or nothing!

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  • 7. katcampbell  |  April 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Hayden – I have to beat them into submission, my way or the paper shredder. Funny you mention lasagne gardening, that’s part of my post for tomorrow. Crazy of me to think I could make this clay comply like my characters…but it was good exercise trying.

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  • 8. katherine.  |  April 30, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t believe you use to live in Kokomo….when?

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