Enter The Fantabulous Great Basket Giveaway of '10. Here are what they look like so far:
I haven't included the books though, because those will be inserted to fit the tastes of the wieners... er... I mean WINNERS. All you must do to play is................
1. Be a follower. Like a little duck in a pond. Only you don't have to swim. Instead push the nice, little button over there ----------------------------->
2. Tell me in the comments HERE, as in this post, or HERE, as in last week's post, what month of the year is a significant one to you and why.
Good luck to the wiener wannabes!
Now on to the content of this post......... I need to admit my greatest weakness: I judge people. I think I have people figured out far before I get to know them and it irks me that I'm such a jackhole like that. The other day I saw an acquaintance of mine at the library (because where else would I be) and she was telling me (please don't be reading this, acquaintance) how she couldn't get her act together that day and get her kids to story time like I had. I immediately thought, "It's ten o'clock in the morning! You can't get out the door by ten?"
And like the aforementioned callous jackhole that I am, I judged her before I even thought, "Well, you're here more than I am even." Which is true. Or: "Are you having a hard time? Anything I can do?" Well I found out later that she's pregnant with her third and having the not-so-fun-kill-me-now morning sickness. I've been down that road before and haven't been able to get out the door earlier than 10 too. So I should have cut her some slack from the get-go. Shame on me.
But it got me thinking: I watch people a lot. I listen and observe and judge... er... NOTICE people's ticks, tone, and physical essence. My writing gleans from life observations and especially people observations. So what I want to know is, a) is it a normal tendency in writers to judge others, since we generally are an observant bunch and b)how do I learn to keep observing but lose the judgemental attitude I impose on others? Any thoughts? And as a side thought, do you judge your CHARACTERS before they show you who they really are? Do you know who they'll be before the book is even in draft form? I'm curious...