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Writing Prompt The Fourth

At least I think it's the fourth. Yes, yes,  I could check but I don' feel like it, okay?

Moving along!

I thought I was going to be great and really take my time with this and do a good job. But instead, I'm going to be lame and throw something together so I can move on. Because this writing prompt isn't prompting me to do much of anything except half-ass it.  ("Such honesty in her work!"  they'll all rave someday.)

So, a character that I got excited about and wanted to run away with (ugh, what a phrase!) . . .

I suppose since I'm going for completion here as opposed to skill and talent, I would have to say Lesje from Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood. Anyone who knows me knows that Marg and I have a Thing but this character was particularly of interest to me. She was a first generation woman trying to make her way in the larger culture while still satisfying her traditional parents, and also she loved dinosaurs. So, what's so great about that, you ask? Good question. You get a gold star for being so inquistive! As well as a dirty look.

"What's so great about that" is that Lesje has a particular talent of really just not quite getting it. She isn't terribly beautiful, she's terribly put out by social events, and she's not very put together. I can relate to that, but moreover, I can dig that in someone else. She prefers being alone with the skeletal remains of extinct creatures, which she knows everything about. She's got a boyfriend that sucks, she starts an affair with someone on accident, and she flops at parties. Still, there's something about her. She's simple, she's easy, but crack open that massive brain of hers and you find that she probably has more thoughts and contingency plans than the Greater Cincinnati area put together. She's internal. She's the sort of person you'd meet for coffee and would startle to realize the sun is coming up behind after you've talked all night. She wouldn't get your jokes at first. You'd have to be upfront and direct about your intentions, and even then she might misunderstand what you're doing there with her. I see my old self in her.

As a side note, I thought about picking Zaphod Beeblebrox for a second but then I realized he's kind of an ass and would be unbearable if he somehow escaped the confines of the written word.

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