Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Five

1. I'm beginning to think that groundhog might not be able to predict the weather. It's shocking to say the least. But the evidence is what it is. That elusive, oh-so-desperately wanted season called Spring? So hasn't shown up yet. Not even a hint. It was in the single digits this morning, my car frozen solid yet again. Argh. Pux-a-whatever-your-name-is, you better make it warm up soon, or I'm coming for vengeance!

2. Sometimes, you need to start a new project to clear your mind. Sometimes, you feel like your writing is just utter crap, and playing with a new idea helps you remember why you love writing. I'm not saying that I am flirting with a SNI (Shiny New Idea), just that sometimes, for some people, it can actually be a good thing.

3. Scraping off a frozen car sucks even more when you know your husband is basking in the heat and sun in Mexico. For "work."

4. Really interesting characters are multi-faceted. They're complicated. They're light and dark. I read someone's review today that said they were kind of bored with a book because the "hero" was SO good. Real people have flaws. We often find these flaws annoying in real life (oh come on, you know you do). But fictional characters without any flaws or failings or problems of some sort tend to be... well, boring. I wonder if that would be the same in real people. Do our flaws and foibles give us depth? Make us interesting? Would be boring if we were perfect? I guess we'll never know...

5. Taking your two-year-old to the movies might not be a good idea. Just sayin'. The five-year-old loved it, watched the whole thing. The two-year-old? Enthralled... for about ten minutes. Short movies are 90 minutes long. Popcorn bought me ten more minutes. Candy lasted only as long as he took to chew it. You do the math. From what I got to see of it, Megamind was an interesting example of multi-faceted characters. So are my kids.

How's that for a mix of profound and inane on this Friday morning? Pretty much sums up my week. All over the place. What's on your mind today?

10 comments:

Jen Albin said...

rewrites, always rewrites! Took my 8 month old ad 3 year-old to Toy Story 3. Nursed my daughter and in the last 5 minutes, my son stood up and announced it was time to go and walked out! I was scrambling to grab my daughter and our stuff and get out the aisle. I haven't attempted it again.

Melissa Gill said...

I am so feeling you on all counts. So ready for Spring. So dying to start a SNI. So in need of complex characters. And three is my minimum age for taking kids to the movies. Actually 3 1/2. Have a good weekend!

Shari said...

I am loving your random thoughts today. A shiny new project does get me excited about writing. Number five is why I never took my children to the theater as small children. As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

DL Hammons said...

The next time my wife chastises me when she catches me playing video games when I should be cleaning out the garage or putting up that vanity mirror she's been begging me to install...I'll just tell her I'm adding depth to my character! :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

I haven't attempted movies yet. My oldest is 2.

thepadixons said...

I say never trust a groundhog that lives in a heated tunnel. Great post.

R.S.J. said...

Everyday I'm going to remind myself that my husband would boring if he didn't have flaws. But it wouldn't hurt if he strived for perfection would it?

Jennie Bailey said...

I'm not even going to mention the weather here. I can't imagine scraping frost off car windows! What's on my mind? I am thinking about healing quickly so I can trap that poor little starving cat that showed up under the neighbor's house. As warm as it is during the day, we take quite a dip at night. 49 degrees may not seem cold to us, but to a poor kitty with nothing warm to snuggle up to, I bet it's bone chilling.

Wannabe Writer said...

I can totally relate to your 2-year-old. I don't think I've seen a movie in years that could keep my attention for more than ten minutes either! :)

Regina said...

Totally understand the whole movie fiasco. Been there before. I wish I could say that it gets easier, but...I dunno. I hope it does and I hope if warms up too.