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  • July 28th, 2009 | 4:34 PM
Letters to Characters

Dear Flyboy,
I wonder what a perfect day is like for you or would you even recognize it when you saw it? Are you so busy feeling sorry for yourself that you've forgotten what it is like to be happy? Can you tell me about one absolutely perfect day in your life?

Author in search of happy days

Dear Plant Kid,
It is plants you're obsessed with right and not bugs? Because I sense you going off to the buggy world a little bit too much. I know if you have plants you have bugs but can we just think of them as spices and not a main course?

Author a little bit bug obsessed herself

Dear Max,
Even though you've been pushed to third or fourth on my list doesn't mean I'm not still thinking about you, jotting down ideas as they come to me. But you know where I'm stumped. You have to tell me what really happened with your mother's boyfriend and you have to quit lying to me about your sister.

Author afraid of what you are going to tell her

Dear Cooper,
Welcome to the part of my world where I talk about you before you are totally real to me. I'm not sure where fall on my list behind Flyboy. We'll just have to see how quickly you come to life. What I want to know about you first is where did you get that giant chip on your shoulder? I already know what you do about it but I want to go back to where it all began.

Author who has no idea where you came from only what you did that started it all

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 4 comments — Leave comment )
July 29th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Okay, from someone who's spending more time talking with her characters these days, how do you know when they're lying and we're not just not-accepting? :)
July 29th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Oooh, good question.

I don't know that I will know for sure until I get to that part of his story but as I explore him he still won't meet my eyes so I know he's hiding something.

gut instinct?
July 29th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Guess that's what we go with. Latest char told me all about this past that I couldn't believe. Then I realized it sounded a lot like another character. And he told me about a goal that didn't seem like his. And I realized it was matching my hero's. I'm learning he's big into distraction, and I think he may be trying to distract me.
July 29th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Yep, they are good at that distracting game! It might be interesting if he is mirroring your hero but with different results.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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