Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Favorite Character Blogfest Entry

In response to Laura Josephsen's Favorite Character Blogfest, I'd like to present one of my favorite original characters: Lasca Grimshaw, a photographer in her early 30s.

Why Lasca?  Well, she's quirky and contradictory.  (How many professional artists are there who hate having the spotlight shined on them?)  Mostly, what I adore about Lasca is her tilted-taco mindset.  It's this quality of hers that keeps her strong when she must eventually confront her most fantastic and frightful talents.

Book: Without Wings
Author: K. Writerly [homepage]
Publication date: December 2011
Excerpt from Chapter 1
Word count: 207


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“You’re famous in here!”

Translation?  Well, I’d rather not think any more expletives than absolutely necessary.  I’ve far too many other vices already.  I imagine Paul says, “Please return to your art show and talk to your adoring fans.”  Yes, that’s what I’ll assume he really means.  Something motivating.  Something to distract me from the critics and snobs. Something to keep my mind off the fact that there’s a war zone on the other side of that door and, to make matters worse, I’m not allowed to actually drink the glass of wine Paul is waiting to shove into my hand.  I reflexively lift the cigarillo and take a last drag, forcing myself to focus on my lovely little fantasy.

“I’m famous in the occasional backseat, too,” I can’t resist pointing out, if a bit half-heartedly.  In all actuality, it’s been ages since the last time I acquainted myself with the unique and challenging dimensions of a backseat.  You see what steady employment does to your sex life?  It’s criminal, I tell you.  Absolutely cruel.

I can feel Paul’s scowl reach out and smack me on the back of the head.

“Backseat gymnastics do not pay for film and frames.”

Facts.  Bah.

Temperamental gallery owners.  Double bah.

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And that, in a nutshell, is Lasca Grimshaw.  (^__~)

26 comments:

  1. I like her already. What a wonderful voice. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! It was great meeting you. (^__^)

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  2. Quirky, indeed. And a bit snarky. Thanks for dropping by.

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    1. Thank you muchly, madam! Snark is as snark does, yes?

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  3. that was funny - very well done - I could read more about her - love that dry humour

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    1. Oooh, thank you! That's music to my ears. (Should you feel so inclined, here's the link to the book sample: Without Wings.) Thanks so much for stopping by! (^__^)

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  4. what a quirky train of thought she has! love seeing her process to say what she says! great character!

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  5. Nice voice and it sounds like an awesome and intriguing story. Well done!

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  6. Nice, I love your voice in this. I'm glad I stopped by.

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by, too! It's nice to meet you. (^__^)

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  7. I love quirky characters and yours has a great voice.

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    1. Thank you so much! Quirky characters are so much fun, aren't they? (^__~)

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  8. Lasca is an excellent choice! I love her quirky Lasca-way of looking at things. :D :D

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    1. I'm so very, very glad you think so, Chickie! You are the Without Wings Expert TM and all... (^__~) HUGS!!

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  9. Thank you so much for your comment on my Joey! I wasn't sure if I was portraying him well - and I guess I did. He is my fav of the six in this series. Thanks again

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    1. You portrayed Joey with wonderful imagery. I still don't know what makes him tick, of course, but all those glimpses put together make him very interesting!

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  10. Love that snippet! Lasca is wonderfully quirky and I can imagine her expressions in that little piece. Well done.

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    1. Ooh, I love your love for this snippet! Thank you so, so much, Christine. (^__^)

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  11. Love the voice and the humor! Great job.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was wonderful meeting Diego on your blog.

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  12. Wow. Your character has a very strong voice. You seriously need to be published.

    Count me in as a new follower! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristy! (You posted the excerpt about Death, right? I really enjoyed that! Six's POV is so fascinating!)

      (^__^)

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  13. Hehe, I really like the sense of humour in this. I could definitely read more of this character.

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