We Marooners seem to care less and less about what the “brr!” months are all about: crunchy orange leaves tinged with gold and brown, crips and nippy air all around, and anything cranberry. (Yes, the scent of bathroom cleaners included. Main Mall, I am looking at you.) Are we so wrapped up in our own thoughts, our 8 to 5 jobs, and our self-inflicted harmful thoughts that we are willing to overlook the beauty of October rushing in with the promise of more than chilly nights? The blessings of October that are centered on, but not limited to, great discounts on all things horror? And let’s not forget that during this time of the year, our folks over there at Brown Salts hold their classic take on The Midnight Convention. We all know what that means! Horror movie marathons, midnight zombie runs. ghost tours, séances, and that yummy apple pie made famous by Boothe’s. Definitely worth the two-hour trip to Brown Salts!
Let’s not forget November, where we hold the first week sacred for our dead loved ones. It also gets uncomfortably colder and colder. Better start stocking up on scarves and insulated gloves. Come December, we all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The weather doesn’t get less colder (on the contrary!) but all those pretty Christmas lights and colorful lanterns strewn just about everywhere are comforting consolations. Who could resist beautiful decorations, right? And if we are anything here at Maroon City, it’s this: Fashionable. Trend-setters. Hip to the core. Also, December gives us the perfect excuse to get drunk: Parties! And more parties! (Pro tip: Don’t get smashed during company parties. Chances are you’ll always regret what you’ve done. It’s The Morning After‘s leitmotif, regardless of whether you work at a law firm or a call center. Stick to wine, instead. It’s healthier, besides.)
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I have been such a space case the past couple of months that I completely forgot I was working on something. A writing project, if you will. It started very spontaneously. So spontaneously that I wrote it down on our dining table, the words easily seeping out of the black gel pen that I so highly favor. I still remember that feeling I got while writing it down: electric, seemingly charged. Lightning coursing through my veins. Before I knew it, I had created a newsletter about a fictional place I created for my finished story.
Long story short, to spare you from painful ramblings: I was struggling with continuing that story. I was in the middle of book two and I just stopped. I was in a slump. No scene seemed fit or exciting. The characters were uninspired. I was ready to stop writing altogether and just numb my brain with junk food and reality TV shows. But then I started writing this… dispatch. I didn’t know which direction it would take. I just started writing about one of Maroon Island’s folklores. (Maroon Island is the fictional place I mentioned.) It picked up from there. This has been written last August, but I still want to share it with you. I’m hoping it’ll come across as unsettling yet fascinating. Here, dig in:
THE MAROON DISPATCH 8/15
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If you want an idyllic relationship or some semblance of a tame, peaceful life in general, then don’t date or marry a writer, whether published or aspiring. We’ll overthink and overanalyze every structure of text messages and emails and yes, the captions in your Instagram posts are included. We love words. We eat them for breakfast and then gobble them up some more throughout the day. We juggle and dance with words, be it conversational or archaic. When someone says “Shopping!” our minds immediately envision a huge library where there are thousands of bookshelves that are floor-to-ceiling (a high ceiling, mind you), crammed full with a wide assortment of books. (Bonus if there’s tea or coffee around.) And then there’s that thing we do, where we watch a book-turned-movie and mostly always say, “The book was better.” Don’t fight us on this. We know what we’re saying and we have formed attachment to a character or two or more. We just know the story. Okay?
“If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
With that said: Welcome to this post that talks about one’s very own characters! Have you written a novel? In the middle of writing one? Cait and Sky have unleashed this month’s Beautiful People round-up. What is it? To quote them:
It’s aimed at writers so they can answer the questions about their characters and their books. It’s designed to help you get to know your book better! (And also give your followers a sneak peek of your works-in-progresses.)
They do this every month and it’s really fun. Here is the post where I participated in Beautiful People for the first time. It’s where I introduced my novel’s main characters for the first time. *gasp!* Now, months later, I talk about the two main characters’ take on marriage and children, their choices for breakfast, and more.
* Note: Alex and Jason are the two main characters to my still unnamed novel. (Oh, the shame!)
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