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Monday, January 07, 2013

Monday Ramblings


Being sick stinks.  Friday, I was sick in bed all day.
I don’t like being sick and am never a pleasant sick person. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself; perhaps there are no pleasant sick people. But, when I’m ill, I whine about my aches and pains and grieve my daily life. And, in the midst of my discomfort, I imagine everyone else enjoying life without me. 

Friday would have been my favorite Friday of 2013. I am sure of this. How? Well Friday (as you may remember) is my favorite day of the week. It was also jeans day, which is my favorite piece of clothing. It was the last workday of a two day work week. Friday could have been my favorite Friday of 2013 and …
I missed it.

Now to Writing
Saturday, I wrote more on the Mona book. I know what Mona looks like because a month ago I saw a photo on the Internet and knew immediately – this was the girl in my mind: red curly hair and bright blue eyes. I grabbed it off the Internet and filed it.

But, I wasn’t sure of her parents’ appearance or anyone else’s. So Saturday, guess what, I found them on the Internet too.
So I stopped writing and searched for others. Mona’s mom was the most difficult. There were three applicants. I put Mona and her deceased dad side by side and one by one the applicants stepped up and tried out for the part.  Finally, I knew which gal should be Mona’s mother.

I copied/pasted the character photos into a document along with what I know about them thus far. This has already helped me know my characters better except  for Goth boy.
I also wrote another post for The Ruralhood. These stories come to me in the middle of driving or sleeping or at just about anywhere. It’s awesome. I hope they keep coming. 

The Triangle is about young silly love. This reminiscence reminded me that I worked at a garment factory right out of high school for 2 ½ years. It was hard work and I didn’t like it, but, if you let yourself (and you should) you can glean something from every experience. At that point, I had been sewing most of the clothes I wore, but this job helped me become a fast seamstress and for that I am appreciative. I wouldn't trade the experience.

So, has the flu hit you yet? What was your first job out of high school? Do you ever assign photos to your characters?

 

22 comments:

  1. No flu here in Manila! Yay. The worst I ever get is a stubborn cold here.

    I don't know that there are too many pleasant people who are sick and act normal. Yeah, so don't be so hard on yourself.

    Cheers in 2013!

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  2. Hi Teresa .. I can empathise - 'cept I ended up in bed for 5 days ... and still don't feel 'perfect' - heavens wish I could ever feel just purrrfect!

    You got some writing done .. hope this week brings some more relief and well-being - cheers Hilary

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  3. Sorry you were sick. A lot of people were sick the past two weeks.
    I've never looked for photos of my characters. In fact, when people ask who would play my characters in a movie, I struggle to answer that as I have no idea.

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  4. I think it's so interesting how you find the look of your characters. Also, I wish I could sew as fast as you!

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  5. I've been sick these past few days, but am trying to keep a peaceful spirit. I know that is much easier said than done though! :)

    And I've never assigned actual photos to my characters, but thank you because now I am inspired to envision how they look physically and not just their inner minds.

    Have a great week!!

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  6. I haven't been sick but everyone in my house has been so I've been running around buying meds and offering moral support. Hope I don't get sick in the end. Hope you feel recovered now.

    Also, it sounds like you're getting a lot of writing done.

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  7. I hope you're feeling better. We got hit here pretty hard too - it was about 5 or 6 days before I felt normal again (as normal as I get anyway!) Feel better!

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  8. This must be an exceptionally bad season as almost everyone I know has been sick. I hope you feel better soon. I was fortunate to get a job as a receptionist after high school but my first job ever was playing the Easter Bunny at a local shopping center. My father arranged it for me and I hated it. All the kids pulled my tail. I always picture what my fictional characters look like and often it is a movie star I picture. Henry Fonda seems to pop up often and I have to tell him I've already used him once. (Don't look for my characters at a bookstore as the books made it no further than a shelf in my living room!)

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  9. So sorry you were sick on the Best Friday Ever. But so happy you're better :)

    I've only assigned photos to one group of characters, and those were the characters of Solomon's Compass.

    Now I'm going to read your Ruralhood story :)

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  10. I had the bit of a stomach flu last weekend, so I feel you. I haven't vomited in a long time and it was horrible.

    I sometimes do photos for my characters, but I like doing theme pictures instead. I create boards on pinterest.

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  11. Teresa, you sound like you are participating in our two question Thursday meme. lol

    Sorry, you have been sick. I had bronchitis and strep throat, but we have no sick days so I suffered through it (as usual) taking call after call with a raw throat. I was not feeling pleasant but put on a good front for the customers. Being sick is the pits, so it makes me even more grateful for my usual good health. God is good!!

    My first job out of high school was as a WAC. I love sewing, but do not think I would like working in a factory. My friend in NY did and she would plug her sewing machine in directly and sew straight through without using a treadle. I like using a serger for speed, but my son's dog broke it. :-(

    Good luck with your characters. Sounds like fun.

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  12. I think it's cool that you found images of your characters online. I haven't done that. I do glean personality traits from people I know, or meet. My first job was typing bulletins for my church. Sorry you were so sick. We all came down with it over Christmas. Bah.

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  13. Hope you are feeling better. No day is a good day to be sick.

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  14. hope you're better!---my first job was as a page at my local library--happy new year

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  15. Glad you're feeling better. Sorry you missed the potentially best Friday of the year.

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  16. I hope you're well enough to wear jeans this Friday. ;)

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  17. Hope you're well.

    I like your character development method.

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  18. You have pictures and you aren't sharing? How can that be!? It's funny, I rarely have pictures in my head of my characters, though for my ABNA entry I see them pretty clearly.

    I agree with you about those experiences. I've had some crummy jobs, but you get through them, learn something, follow through and do what you need to... and grow.

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  19. Hope you're continuing to feel better. So far we've missed the flu bug and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stays away. My first job out of high school actually started while I was still in school - working for the local newspaper as a reporter/photographer.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  20. Yuck! Not fun at all. Everyone in my house has had something coming on with them over the last two months. Two have fevers now. It never ends!

    Awesome update on your projects. Best of luck completing them! :)

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  21. Glad you're feeling better! Lots of viruses going around right now. Sounds like everything is coming along really well with your stories...and I love your blog redesign!

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