Lindi here. Happy December! The month of hope, beginnings, and cookies. Yes, cookies.
I love cookies.
But, we aren’t talking about cookies today. (I want to make gingerbread cookies this year. I’ve never baked them and I love gingerbread! If you have a recipe you LOVE, I’d LOVE for you to share it in the comments.)
Oh, and depending on how it goes, (the baking) that may end up in a book. Okay–cookie talk officially over now!
Being a writer is kind of like having a 24/7 job. Yes, other thoughts enter your mind, and some of us have day jobs that we have to focus on, but the stories are always rambling around in our brains. Even when we are ready for a break. (I’m sure most people with creative minds find this to be true, no matter what form of art they choose to pursue.)
A couple of weekends ago my hubby and I were sitting in a Waffle House eating breakfast with our grandson. I’m looking out the window and an orange Jeep Wrangler pulls into the parking lot. Before I can even register that thought, another pushes into my brain. “That’s what your heroine drives.”
The reason for the words, “your heroine” is because I keep changing her name as nothing seems to fit. I’ve been thinking on and struggling with this story, Birthday Girl, for a couple of years. It’s a different type of story for me, but I love the concept and it won’t let go of me.
Most of the time I start writing and the “theme” or the “story center” comes to me as I write. It’s been a great process. But this time is different. (I think I’ve blogged about this whole process before.) But something (God, I’m sure) is relaying to me I must have this “story center” figured out before I get too far into the story. I’m 6K words in, and I’m still struggling.
Then revelations like what she drives hit me at the oddest of times. But hey, driving an orange Jeep Wrangler does set a few parameters in my mind. I don’t think she’s a city girl wearing suits and heels. I don’t think she’s rich. I don’t think she is a people pleaser.
I do think she’s down to earth. I do think she’s an outdoorsy type of girl. I do think she likes to wear jeans, and sandals and eat nuts. Okay–that’s far out, I know, but you get my point.
So, I’d love to know your thoughts. Reader (and writer) input is so important! What are your assumptions of a girl who drives a Jeep Wrangler-an orange one. If you have no assumptions that’s good to know, too.
If you leave a comment, either reader input OR a recipe, your name will go into a drawing. I’ll send you a nice Christmas package of Gingerbread cookies, (store bought–promise!) some tea, and a copy of my book Rich in Faith.
Thank you in advance for your input! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.