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  • June 8th, 2010 | 9:19 AM
Flyboy writes back

Dear Author Who Needs to Grow A Pair,

I've got three things for you:

First off, habits are funny things. Sometimes you don't even realize something's becoming a habit until you've been doing it for years. And if someone asked you why you do some of the things you do, you might not even be able to pinpoint where it all started. Maybe that matters. Maybe it doesn't.

Second, maybe I did wonder about my mom when I was a little kid. I don't remember. But since no one could ever tell me much about her I really didn't care. Really. But Tate, well there he was right on the television set doing all sorts of crazy things in airplanes and somehow that made him more real to me. The kind of real that had me hoping he'd walk through the front door any minute and tell me the crash was just one more crazy stunt he'd pulled off.

Third, quit thinking like a girl.

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


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June 8th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
I love the way Flyboy talks to you. :)
June 8th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I love it when he TALKS. :)
June 8th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Becky can afford to love it - he's not saying this stuff to her. If a son talked to you like that you'd have to discipline him. With characters, you've got to put up with their crap to figure out the problem.

Sooner you than me. My characters never know I'm there. I hitch a ride behind their eyes and try to be vewy, vewy quiet. Like I'm hunting wabbits.
June 8th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Well Flyboy has always been a little hesitant to speak up and in danger of being overpowered by the other characters in the book so I'm glad to see him giving me crap.

I wish I could see more of what my characters see - mostly I hear things they hear and then have to figure out what everything looks like.
June 8th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
And believe me he sounds like a flyboy! At least a lot of the pilots I know...
All they do is grouse, be irreverent, and talk bs. So it sounds good and interesting to me.
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June 10th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
That's the idea, Laura, get some of that snarkiness into the book. I hope. :)
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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.

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