November 25th, 2005


Breakout Novel Exercise 3 - Inner Conflict

What is the one thing your character wants the most? Write that down.

What is its exact opposite? Write that down.

Figure out a logical reason for your character to want both things equally as much.

Come up with some other conflicting things your protagoniist wants.

*sigh* This is the classic love-hate, approach-avoidance concept. I had that nailed down with Paul and his attitudes toward being in the Death-Eaters. But I also have some elements in Micaul which can be used for Avriet.

I slept until 10am--bad me!

Dream, the morning of November 25, 2005: Paul Betancourt, the guy who played Maturin in Master and Commander, is doing a sort of Peter Woodward thing by teaching some children of around age 12 or so to fight with pretend daggers and knives, as if they were child actors in a movie. He stands on a stage and has the children watching. Then he calls one boy forward to help him demonstrate the moves to everyone else before they try the moves on their own. Betancourt has a spear that he uses to gesture and point with for emphasis. That's about all I remember.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving was quite nice. Since my sister-in-law Janet was having her husband's family over as well as us, she was serving ham and brisket as well as turkey, with stuffing, broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, rice, and rolls. Dessert was a choice among lemon meringue, apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, chocolate cake, or strawberry cheesecake.

I think I was a relatively good girl and did not stuff myself, thank goodness. Er, well, I did stuff myself on broccoli. (g)


Shopping: I actually did go shopping today, but it was primarily to get myself a new pair of dress shoes for work and to get my monthly pedicure. For the shoes, I went to the SAS shop across the street.

I like SAS. They make good shoes which fit my feet and last a long time. There's just one problem--variety. Going to SAS is like going to Marble Slab for ice cream. Where there used to be 31derful flavors, as it were, at Baskin-Robbins, there are now a much smaller number. At the SAS store today, I saw the exact same styles of shoes I have been wearing for the last ten years. I'm not kidding. They're still selling the beige moccasin style that I wore back in 1997 or earlier! They have maybe five styles of dress shoe, a couple of sandal styles, clogs, and leather tennis shoes.

I love SAS, but I am so tired of wearing the same styles. I think, for my next pair of summer shoes, I'm going to Naturalizer. They sell my size, and they have far more variety. Coffee milkshakes are great, but every once in a while, you want Daiquiri Ice. I am so in the mood for a Daiquiri Ice pair of shoes!

At Randall's, I also bought myself a Floppy Dog--or, as the brand is named in French, a Chien au Repos. It's a big stuffed dog with white fur, gold ears, and gold spots. His nose is brown velour. He's totally adorable! The lady at the cash register asked me if the dog was for myself or a gift, and I admitted to her that I couldn't decide. (g)

I also bought a carton of Southern Comfort Egg Nog. I look forward to trying that out this evening.

Mark and I are going out with Tom for pizza at Napoli's across the street. I'll give them my usual pizza order and see if they get it right. I like unusual ingredients on my pizza.
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