Writer’s Monday – Your Background Characters

Posted On Sep 22 2013 by

Do yourself a favor, plug in an old movie. Say…The Quiet Man with John Wayne or another favorite. But watch the movie from a different perspective. Take note of every background character. The waitress, the train conductor, the man in the street. Even if they only have one line. Especially if they have only one line. Notice something? Did the waitress just walk up and say, “Can I take your order?” Did the train conductor simply say, “Tickets, please”? No. These characters had…character. They were lively, over the top. Someone you’d never meet in real life, but would love to. …


Falling into Fall

Posted On Sep 22 2013 by

Summer doesn’t just end in my world. It comes to a crashing hault. I blame Labor Day. If we had no holiday to mark the end of practical summer, we’d hardly notice its passing. September would give us 30 days to make the transition (maybe 31 in Indiana, I never could figure out their time zones). We’d begin the month in shorts an T-shirts, end it in flannel jammies . The change would hardly be noticed. Fortunately, life isn’t like that. I don’t recall hitting middle-age, but somewhere along the line it must have happened, because my back always hurts …