This was one of those mornings when you wake up (after three hours of sleep) and stare at your closet for ten minutes, then put on yesterday's clothes. Then you find your windshield is spotted generously with bird poop and you're out of windshield cleaner. Then it sprinkles a touch, not enough to get rid of the poop, but just enough that if you use the wipers, the poop will spread into a huge smudge across the window.
I hate Mondays.
It's been awhile since I've updated this blog (more than a week...oh no...bad habits forming!). It's been a crazy week, but here's something small, so I can feel productive.
We all have someone in our lives that we love to hate. We adore them, find them amusing or fascinating, or just plain care about them. We can't flush them out of our lives because they live, breathe, and we can touch them. We don't want to.
Some of the most interesting characters in fiction are the ones we revile. I'm pulled back time and time again to study Charlotte Martin, who I equally would like to strangle. There are few characters more interesting than Humbert Humbert. And of course, there is nothing quite like diving into the mind of Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov. Twisted characters are the ones we are drawn to and are some of the most memorable in fiction. Real people are flawed. These characters threaten to inhabit the dark recesses our minds that we fear to confront.
How do you find the line between unreadable evil and intriguing and disturbing character sketches? Have you wrestled with any characters like this in your writing and who are you favorite controversial characters in literature?