Good Morning Flamelings!


Let’s talk about life’s little distractions.


I am a creature of habit.  I love making lists, checkmarking them off and having a routine on which I do these things. Part of the reason I do this is because I have a terrible memory so it helps things run smoothly in my life and the other part of why I do it is that I’m inherently lazy.   There, I said it.  I don’t like the fact that I am lazy but I am.  I find shortcuts to everything that I can.  Unfortunately that only truly gives me joy when I’m at work, playing in Excel.


This coming weekend I am going to visit my mother so it was doubly important that I stick to my weekend routine last week because I essentially had to do two weekends worth of stuff in one weekend and introduce some of the to-do list into the week work, which I hate doing.  List was made, plans were set and then, bam.  I fell sick with a sinus infection; not one of those piddly little bounceback ones, but make me fall to my knees, don’t want to get out of bed, someone chop off my head so I’d feel better ones.  


I didn’t do anything on my list.  I simply didn’t have the energy.   Now my whole routine is down the drain and I’m all willy nilly about everything.  It increases my stress and my memory loss.  I’ve also suffered from not knowing what day it is and what I still need to do to prepare for my visit to my mother’s to making sure my cats are okay while I’m gone.


One little distraction in life has burst my bubble.  Do you ever put yourself into these situations where one tiny little bump throws off everything?  Is it worse when it’s a big distraction or a little one?  On the other hand, do you sail through everything that life throws at you?



Reminders:


Voting deadline for week 3 heart-shaped paper is Thursday, February 26th 11:45pm EST (tonight).  Show some love to the Flamelings that got inspired.

Submission deadline for the mini contest for week 4 ‘Ha!—would a madman have been so wise as this?’ is Sunday, March 1st 11:45pm EST.

Workshops are still ongoing; click here to find both the dialogue and drabble ones!



 

Good Morning Flamelings!


Let’s talk about making your characters flawed.


I’ve mentioned my terrible, undeniable, years-long friendship with writer’s block before.  What I didn’t mention is that I actively roleplay in an online video game (MMORPG).  I have a steady partner in which we tell each other stories about our characters for a couple of years now.  While our particular characters have been established for most of those years, we do occasionally make up new characters to start new adventures with that may last a night or two or they may stick around.  


One of the first things I think about is how this character can be flawed.  It’s way too easy to make someone perfect especially with video game character creations to be limited and those options to be perfect - unrealistic body types, scandalous clothing/armor, perfect hair, perfect skin and no real way besides imagination to insert anything beyond the ‘norm.’    I have to say that this is the typical case of the video games I play but I have come across where you can have scars, imperfect skin tone and various other little flaws.


Once I find my character flaw, I work around that flaw to build parts of a character but mostly letting my interactions in role playing to help shape the character like life often shapes us.


How do you make your characters flawed or seem more real, less perfect? Does it happen naturally or do you find yourself inserting little character quirks to make them appear more realistic?  Do you have ones that you tend to assign to characters over and over in different pieces or are they all individually unique?


Reminders:


Voting deadline for week 2 PBJ is Thursday, February 19th 11:45pm EST (tonight).  Show some love to the Flamelings that got inspired.

Submission deadline for the mini contest for week 3 heart-shaped paper is Sunday, February 22nd 11:45pm EST.

Workshops are still ongoing; click the link to find both the dialogue and drabble ones!


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