Yes, it’s cheesy. No, I couldn’t resist.
So, our exploration of The Hobbit has officially begun in my 8th grade class. And what better way to kick off the book than to wear something apropos for the occasion?
But one of the best parts of the outfit is hard to see:
My mom found it on Etsy, so needless to say we match. (She has the same checked shirt, too. We try not to wear them on the same day…)
I also have felt quite Hobbittish this week after spending some time in my garden.
I have to admit, I’ve spent weeks watching my green bean plants, worrying if the bees that seem to love the rosemary and tomatoes were even visiting them. Then on Tuesday, I looked more closely and was shocked to find green beans hanging everywhere! Who knew that they blended into the plant so easily? They are also a little fuzzy on the outside. I’m not sure if it’s just the kind I have, but it takes a little getting used to.
Are you growing anything this season?
And my great streak of blogging twice a week ends. Here’s to a fresh start at it. : )
The good news today is that I am still at my word count goal, so there will be no embarrassing dares to endure from my creative writing students. I can just hear their disappointment now.
In other news, in spite of my attempts at planning out a novel a bit more than I have in the past, my characters have managed to grab the plot and run off with it. Ah, the problems of being a pantser.
It all started yesterday. I had been stuck. The last thing that I wanted was for the two major locations in the characters’ travels to look too similar. I asked my husband for inspiration, and his response was “pirates.” Needless to say, those scallywags made for an exciting twist.
But the most exciting twist was yet to come. A new supporting character (who, I might add, barged into the story and made herself quite comfortable in the middle of the plot without warning me ahead of time) appeared with her baggage in tow. And she must have had an influence on the protagonist and other supporting character (an old knight) because before I knew what happened, the knight was captured by pirates.
I rolled my eyes. Seriously? I could just envision the pickle that they were about to get me into. And during NaNoWriMo, too, when time was so precious.
“Fine,” I told them. “If you want this mess, you find a way out.”
And they did in about fifteen minutes. They burned the pirate’s headquarters down.
I already like these characters better than a certain prince who will remain nameless after leaving me in a three-month quandary about how to rescue him and whether it would be worthwhile to just kill him.
Have your characters done anything unexpected lately?
There’s nothing like sunsets during this time of year. Everything has that golden hue (even when the cooler weather is trumped by summer’s desperate attempts to stay), but it especially shows up before everything slips into darkness.
The colors in this picture inspire me. Perhaps if I end up feeling stuck during NaNoWriMo, I’ll find some way to incorporate this… In fact, I think I feel an idea coming on already…
How would you incorporate this imagine into your writing if you had to add it into your current project?