Elizabeth I, Cheddar Cheese & IndieReCon

25 Jan

This post is a bit of a disjointed mish-mash of different subjects, but that’s me all over at the moment!

Firstly, I’m having a week or so off from the editing to give myself a bit of distance between rewriting and editing again. I have a stack of A4 pages and a red pen waiting for my attention and am planning on diving back in sometime next week.

In the meanwhile I’ve gone back to what I know and I’m doing a bit of research for a new historical project. Here’s a small clue as to the subject area:

Elizabeth books

It’s not really that obvious, I know…

I spent all day yesterday working in the library — my home from home — and got so much done. Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes to up my productivity (I think it also helped that I was working on paper, and leaving my netbook at home meant I wouldn’t connect to the library’s wireless…).

There are always some interesting characters in the library, but one middle-aged man in particular caught my attention. He bumped into an older friend and they sat there gossiping about all the funerals they’d been to recently (as you do).

When his friend left, the man pulled an unopened block of cheddar cheese out of his backpack, peeled back the waxy wrapper, and started eating it like a bar of chocolate — just taking big bites and munching away! I love cheese as much as the next person, but that’s something else…

But it made me think that I don’t make my characters unique enough. All it takes is one little quirk like that to make a character really human. Maybe one of my WIP’s characters should develop a love of cheese?

One final thing I wanted to share is this free online conference for self-publishers, IndieReCon. It’s happening from 19-21 February, and if you have even the slightest interest in self-publishing, I suggest you take a look at the schedule.

It’s exciting stuff and covers every subject an indie author could possibly be interested in. I’ve signed up, so please let me know if you do too.

Anyway, I’ll leave it there for today, and wish you all a happy weekend! (And a snow-free one if you’re in the UK — or any other snowy part of the world, for that matter…)

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6 Responses to “Elizabeth I, Cheddar Cheese & IndieReCon”

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh January 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I guess we all need a cheese-eating character in our stories. At least one oddball, right?

    • Stacey Mitchell January 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      I’m slightly embarrassed to say I don’t even think I could make up something that bizarre without feeling I’d taken it too far. I guess the sky’s the limit!

  2. Christina James January 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I asked my husband to get a single pack of cheese today and he came home with two slabs of ‘mature crunchy cheddar’! ‘Buy one get one free!’ he said, gleefully. I’m now going to watch to see if teethmarks appear… I think that we think alike about creating characters; when reality is stranger than fiction, it’s good to file it away for possible later use! Super post.

    • Stacey Mitchell January 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      I’m certainly going to let myself go a bit. I used to think that to be realistic, characters had to just be ‘normal’ (whatever that is). But in real life, people do very strange things — so I think we can just go for it!

      Enjoy your cheese! :-)

  3. Elle Turner January 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Wow, don’t think I’d fancy eating cheese that way! Good luck with your project and thanks for the IndieReCon info – might sign up. xx

    • Stacey Mitchell January 31, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Elle thanks for your comment — I’m sorry it’s taken so long to reply (I thought I already had!) But yes I agree. He must really love his cheese!

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