Whenever I wrestle a story to the mat and pin it for the full count (an allegory for finishing a first draft), the victory song from THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T plays in my head. Yes, I’ve always watched too many movies.
So I finished the first draft of “Still Life With Peanut Butter”, in which Mamie and Florence enter a recipe contest run by a peanut butter factory which wants to create some good buzz to counteract the finding of a dead body on their premises. It’s a short story, so recipes are not included. If the story sells, I’ll post the recipes on this blog.
And I’ll sing the victory song.
Oh, today’s Tuesday, so I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today. It’s about Curry. Tim Curry.
WRITING PROMPT: What does your main character do to celebrate a success that’s intended to be one of many? Eat a chocolate? Go to the shooting range? Have a drink? Call a friend? Light a candle?
Bodie POctober 19, 2011 at 12:23am
My characters don’t do victory dances, largely because they are so seldom victorious that they are pretty much stunned into immobility by the experience. Sometimes they swear a little.
Marian AllenOctober 19, 2011 at 7:57am
Hi, Bodie! Well, that’s the thing: different characters in different circumstances will react differently to the same happening, as I know you know. I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Old Show, and we’d watch Spock’s face with great concentration. A slightly raised eyebrow would have us in stitches because it signaled a reaction as strong as Fred Sanford clutching his chest and shouting, “I’m comin’, Elizabeth!” lol!