Girls Write Out
Thursday, May 04, 2006

I think I've gotten even more weird since I've been writing. This fact was driven home to me just today. In MIDNIGHT SEA Leilani Taguma is blinded in an attack. She's learning to navigate by smell, touch and taste. I was writing a scene where she's looking for gum in her purse. What would she smell, I wondered? I picked up my own purse and inhaled just as my husband came into the room. The look on his face spoke volumes.

"What are you doing?" he asked with an expression that suggested he was about to call for the men in white coats. "Smelling my purse," said as if it were the most natural thing in the world. "Why?" he asked. I explained, but I could tell my explanation still didn't cut it. That's when I realized I've seriously gone over the edge. I'm now an eccentric. I smell purses for fun and profit. I'd always thought I'd like to be eccentric as I get older. Now I'm not so sure.

Anyone want to share the weirdest thing you've ever done?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 4:27 AM  
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At 10:26 AM, Blogger Mom Nancy said...

Mostly I think about my stories while driving in the car and will interrupt a silence with something like, "I think she could just go out on the glaciers with him."

My husband will just look at me and say, "Who? What are you talking about?"

I usually laugh, realizing that the discussion in my head wasn't out loud, and explain.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

But C, you are weird. : ) Oh my gosh, I can't even think of all the weird things I've done. I'm sort of a specialist in it. I love those cell phones with gizmos, because now when I talk to myself in the car, I just look social.

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

oh my, i am like queen of weird. i just do random weird things all the time. i'll have a think of something really weird and get back to you!!!

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

The funniest part of your purse-smelling adventure is that she wouldn't have smelled for the gum, she would have FELT for it! LOL You don't LOOK for things in the bottom of your purse, do you? Or are you one of those people who has an organized purse? LOL, I just dig around in mine, and if I find a piece of gum, I pull it out, pluck off any lint and pop it in my mouth (the gum, not the lint)! :o)

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Ane. She wasn't SMELLING for her gum, she was feeling for her gum and just mentions the smell. I know this because I've already critiqued that chapter. :-)

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

My purse usually smells like what ever gum I'm chewing at the time... (Trident Tropical Twist most of the time.) Although there was the time it smelled like Listerine....:)
I usually talk to myself when I shop... a bad habit I picked up from talking to my sister on the phone when I shopped. now I don't even need a phone! :)

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

I do weird things on a regular basis. Today I was driving and was being closely followed by an aggressive driver who thought that my going 60 mph in a 55 zone wasn't quite fast enough. When she got to a passing zone I threw my fist up in the air and chanted "go go go!" to her and when she passed I threw both arms up in the air and shouted, "whoo hooo, you did it"
Funny thing is that even though she flew past me she still got stuck behing the guy in front of me, at which I laughed myself silly. Especially when we had to stop in a construction zone.... ;)

At 9:31 AM, Blogger C.J. Darlington said...

This is kind of gross, but once when I was about to throw up, I was taking notes to myself. "What exactly does this feel like?" Do you salivate before you puke? Is the room spinning?

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I'm totally weird....normal stuff is the exception for me. I carry on full conversations with myself--people just don't "get" that I'm arguing with my h/h or villian. I call a buddy and instead of hello, I greet her with "if I kill off such & such, where can I hide the body?"

Okay, it's official. Hello, my name is Robin and I'm a freak!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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