Monday, July 19, 2010

What Do You Do After Writing Icky Characters?

What do you do to get the ick off after writing a particularly nasty scene in a vile character's voice?

I took a shower. Washed my hair. Put on essential oils of my friend, Karen's, creation called "Clearing".

But I'm still feeling icky. So. I thought I would share a few things with you to feel better.

Over the weekend, I put a link on the Red Dress Club blog to one of my older blog posts "What You See Is Not Always What You Get". I met some new writers, visited some cool blogs and got some great feedback from the readers. One comment in particular, from a woman named Sandra, made my weekend.

I spent much of said weekend playing in the mountains with my friend (and sister-in-law), Carolyn. So I didn't have much time to do any blog reading or writing. Now I'm woefully behind. But, this morning before settling in with my manuscript, I clicked over to Sandra's blog, Absolutely Narcissism, and belly laughed reading her hilarious Beach Day post. Go ahead. Check her out!

In other news, I read an update on Lucille Ball's estate. Her lifetime achievements awards will revert to her daughter, while the widow of Lucille's second husband gets to auction off her love letters. I find that incredibly sad. I hope whoever gets them will treat them with love and respect.

Finally, I'd like to dedicate this old video of Raquel Welch and Cher singing "Woman" to my new friends, the ladies of the Red Dress Club and to all you writers with little kids at home.

But, hey Guys, check it out. Raquel Welch is smokin' and Cher is her quintessential self! 

Pictures from top to bottom: Carolyn; the lake at Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA


The Words Crafter said...

I don't think I ever saw that one, but MAN, that brought back memories: Sonny & Cher, Red Skelton, Tony Orlando & Dawn-variety shows used to have talent. Oh, Laugh In! ewww, I feel old now! But thanks for the video!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

My most memorable, utterly amoral character is DayStar. He came to life in a nightmare of mine during my time of driving rare blood after Hurricane Rita.

In my nightmare he was waiting for me in my spacious suite afforded me by Lifeshare. Sitting in his immaculate gray Armani suit, he was masked by shadows.

Gypsy was crouched, hissing and baring her teeth, in the opposite corner at him.

He chuckled at me as I walked in scared down to my toes, and in the voice of ghost bells in the night, asked, "Do you think it feels good to kill? It must feel good to God. He does so much of it."

He has been with me ever since. His presence has made my faith the stronger by contending against the questions I can hear him ask me.

You have an interesting, thought-provoking, and fun post. Thanks for sharing it with us, Olivia.

A.T. Post said...

My vile characters are only icky because they're two-dimensional. So I went outside and tried to do something three-dimensional. It didn't quite work...

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Awww, Words Crafter, I didn't mean to make you feel old, lol. But I know what you mean...

Roland, I'm met DayStar over at your blog and he would not be the ideal companion to live with. I'm having trouble with the vile creature who just sprang out of my computer and he's flesh and blood. Well, his character is, anyway. Ugh. I guess you get used to it after a while, and erect a wall? I could use some pointers on that.

Postman, you made me laugh! And what, pray tell did you do outside? Or dare I ask?? I find it hard to believe that anyone you write would be two-dimensional. Of course, now that you mention it, maybe mine is?? He's real to me. *shudder*

Jemi Fraser said...

That's a great video - love those 2 :)

It does take some time and fun to wash out the villain. Blogging is a good rememdy for me :)

Gardner West, private eye said...

Olivia babe, I hope you don't mind me calling you babe. Love your blog!

And that vid. Wow Rachael and Cher are smokin in my time. I'm amazed to see how gorgeous they are in your time.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love visits from sexy chicks. Coincidentally, I've got a Sonny and Cher vid lined up for this week on my blog survey of whether or not women like to be called babe, in your time. Great minds, eh?

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Jemi, glad you enjoyed the video! Blogging yesterday did help, thank you so much.

Gardner, dude! I love your blog and your friend, Terry's, too. You can bet I'll be around to check you out each week, someone needs to keep an eye on you!

And, Gardner? Some men can get away with just about anything, including calling a girl 'babe'.

Oh, and I look forward to seeing me some Sonny and Cher action. Great minds, indeed.


Unknown said...

Hey Olivia! I followed you over here from Zoe's blog. I'm another GA writer, living in Jefferson. I love Zoe's idea to bring as many GA writer/bloggers as possible together sometime in August. Hope to meet you then! In the meantime, I look forward to following your blog and getting to know you better through your written words.

:)) Nicole

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Hi Nicole, welcome! Thank you for clicking over and for staying to introduce yourself. I love the idea of getting together, too. Out of curiosity, I checked the map and we're about 45 miles apart with Gainesville between us, so we're not far at all.

You have an awesome blog, I'm looking forward to reading your character posts, what a clever idea! My new friend, Gardner West, gets around that way and I LOVE IT.

Here's to clinking glasses soon.


A.T. Post said...

I dunno, I think I just jumped into the air. Something form of movement that would utilize all three axes, you see, X, Y and Z.

This guy, my villain (based on the Akkadian king Sargon) is about as shallow as they come. Typical megalomaniac with a huge ego and an evil laugh. Nothing else to him. Well, he can read minds and has a back story virtually identical to the MC, but that's it.

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