Sorry for the late post today folks-- been having some internet troubles.
Something very interesting happened to me yesterday. I met one of my characters.
You know that record-scratch sound they use in movies when the main character realizes something that makes them stop in their tracks? Yeah, that was me.
The guy was a costume character at a local theme park. He was dressed in a turn-of-the-century safari outfit and had an impeccable upper-class British accent. When he interacted with me (in the persona to match his outfit, of course), it was like I was meeting someone famous. I was stunned. Words left me.
Here, in front of me, was someone who shouldn't exist-- but he did. Sort of. Even though he was an actor playing another character, he was flawlessly playing MY character. The quirks, the voice, the look-- it was all there.
He must have thought I was the weird one. There I was, star-struck by a dude in a safari outfit. Complete with silly hat. Oooookay, crazy lady.
It was hugely strange, but also really neat, in a way. It was like someone decided to make the movie in my head and I was watching them film it.
And now, I have more material, too!
I know some writers base characters off of real people, but have you ever met one you've made up in real life?