What I Did This Summer (plus a character design!)

Well, I’m finally back. It has been a long and busy summer, so I first want to apologize for being gone so long. I think it was a well-needed break though, and now I’m ready to get back into my writing and revising with fresh eyes.

Today I just want to catch my readers up on a little of what I’ve been doing. “What I’ve been doing” includes moving, moving my mother-in-law, driving to and from Vegas (eight hours one way), getting a second dog, making my new house livable, starting a new job (actually, two new jobs), camping, driving to and from a cabin in the middle of nowhere (four hours one way, two of which are on the windiest road Hell could devise), oh, and getting a tattoo. Wow. That would make one chaotic what-I-did-this-summer paper, wouldn’t it?

Anyway, “what I’ve been doing” also includes donating my hair, about which I promised a blog.

So here it is, a pic of me with my freshly-cut hair!

This is the shortest I’ve ever had my hair. When I told people I was going to cut it, most were dismayed. My hair has a weird wave to it, which can often be very annoying, but which other people tend to like. But it’s not like it’s doing much good on my head when I’m going to complain about how hot it is this summer, especially when there are kids out there who would love to have it instead.

Long story short (pun intended), I was nervous about cutting my hair so short, but now that it’s done, I’m so happy I did it. And I recommend it to anyone and everyone out there who is able.

To celebrate, I want to include a character design for my novel-in-the-making (untitled at this time):

Gwen – twelve-year-old who needs a wig

  • named for her grandmother (father’s mother)
  • – family calls her Gwennie
  • – wishes her name was short for Gwennyth or Gwenevere, like a princess, and has even told her friends at school that her full name is Gwendolyn
  • – jealous of her older sister’s princess name, Angenette (which was their mother’s maiden name), and doesn’t understand why she would shorten it and go by Angie
  • needs a wig because of a fire that started outside her bedroom – Angie is the one that puts out the fire on Gwen and pulls her out of the house
  • loves Eliza Dushku, especially on the show Dollhouse, because she is strong and confident and brave

  • admiration for Eliza Dushku is a displacement of Gwen’s admiration for Angie, who is sixteen and too busy with her own life to want or care about having a kid sister
  • – similarities between Angie and Eliza Dushku: hair color (Angie dyes her hair black and so is the only one in the family who is not blonde); both are actresses, and very good ones in Gwen’s mind (although Angie is only active in her high school theater) – Eliza Dushku is who Gwen wishes her sister was, and therefore also who Gwen wants to grow up to be
  • requests a black wig from the  organization so she can look like the person she wants to be – in order to request this, she has to accept that she won’t ever look just like herself again – the question is, if Gwen can’t look like her old self, will her new self be a mimic of her role model, or will she make it her own?

That’s it for today, but stay tuned for more character designs – I have seven more for this novel alone!


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