Doris Jeanís Corner
We pulled the pickup in front of the museum in McCook Nebraska. The object was to visit Budís cousin who volunteered there. A pick up drove slow down the block, turned around and came back to us. The driver explained as he got out that he noted our Louisiana tags.
It did not take long to discover that he was Budís second cousin who had not seen Bud in several decades. What had brought Bud notoriety was the fact that few out of state license plates make their way down town; most stay near the man highway. Bud did look a bit different from the locals with his cowboy boots and his Stetson. If you were to journey just a bit further south say an hourís drive and stop at any cafť, Bud would fit in. Yes, he is from Kansas.
Take someone out of a normal comfort zone and you have the basis for a story. Would he be as comfortable in a tea room? The writerís group comment on how he stands out against the lace curtains in the Victorian style dining room, it makes for a great photo opt. Bud has no problem adjusting to different things, but would you?
Can you convey that uneasiness so others feel? Have you been out of your comfort zone? Nothing drastic but a bit of a stretch should give you some food for thought. If you encountered New Orleans during Carnival, it would be an experience that you can get nowhere else, but if you think that is all there is, think again.
I donít fit in with the regulars at the cafť in Kansas. I donít own a pair of blue jeans. Just by a personís dress, we categorize. Do you look deeper or scratch the surface? Education is none discriminatory; make the character have his own quirks. Can you see the possibilities that such situations present? Step out and have fun with the contrasts.
May God bless you,