Friday, February 20, 2009

Here comes the beso!

Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes today.


I'm here to announce the winner of my blog giveaway for a MAC lipstick and gloss, but in so doing, a whole bunch of things came together and gelled at once.

I finally remembered why I was doing a MAC giveaway in the first place. Have you noticed the little widget in my sidebar titled Project Countdown? If you're like I am with most people's sidebars, probably not. But that little box is my word count goal and progress toward it on my current manuscript, The List. Recently, last Thursday as a matter of fact, I hit the halfway point to my goal. When I hit little milestones like that, I give myself rewards. This time it was a mani/pedi and I got my eyebrows taken care of. Finally. Because they were all overgrown and stuff. You know those obnoxious little garden gnomes that plague Mrs. Weasly's house in the Harry Potter books? I think some of those came out in the wax.

Anyway, since my work-in-progress is light, fluffy chick lit, it seemed like a good idea to give away a lipstick to share the celebration with you. That's why I decided to give it away. I knew I had a reason, even though I forgot it yesterday. One of my greatest flaws is that I get ideas into my head then I fixate on carrying them out, even if I forget the point after a while.

I digress, though. Which is another of my flaws. I prefer to believe that all the rabbit trails I follow are utterly compelling, but then Baby G pukes on me or something and I'm reminded of my utter humanity and vomit-scented boringness.

Wow, I digressed again.
Anyway, today I was working on my daily word count goal for The List, and it suddenly occurred to me why my mom has been so much on mind this week. It's because I have this character named Laurel, a really quiet girl, a really minor character, that I didn't quite understand. She's shown up in a couple of scenes but she never talked and I couldn't figure out why until yesterday when I found out she's deaf. *Smacks head. Deaf, duh. Like my mom. Excellent lip reader, great speech, but definitely deaf. I realized that Laurel is my mom, a pretty girl who loves Institute (Bible study) classes but doesn't say much to anyone and steers clear of the handsome boys who flirt with her because she's self-conscious about her disability in front of strangers. Her character grew out of my mom's stories I heard growing up. She was a total babe but super shy and the flirting and socializing at Institute were a high point in her memories.

And at some level, I have been subconciously trying to visualize my mom at that age, her mannerisms, her motivations, so I could infuse them into Laurel's character. I've had a great time writing Laurel. It's felt a little like visiting with my mom.

I think I'll still post a story or two about her next week, but I told you that she had a bald head and an angel smile. I have proof, in these photos taken outdoors on the Thanksgiving two months before she died and two weeks after my dad died. She would always wear her little white lace cap if it was cold and would never wear a wig because she said they made her itch and were only to make other people feel better. She felt she had quite enough discomfort without an itchy wig, thank you very much. She's got her hood up because it was extra chilly outside, but she loved her lacy white cap and wanted everyone to see that, too.




I really, really miss her. But seeing her smile, even if it's just a picture, makes me feel really good.

And so does giving away lipstick! Yay to Kimberly at Temporary? Insanity, who won this giveaway! She's one of the very first bloggers I discovered and has often helped me with the MOST inane blogging questions, and she's a fellow writer, so I'm quite delighted to send her the lipstick and see for myself how well she rocks the Viva Glam when we meet in April.

Thanks for playing!

16 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Melanie, your mom was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

You mom IS beautiful. Those pictures are awesome. And congrats on your writing goal.

Sandi said...

I don't know if I have ever commented here before, but I always stop by to read-So glad I did today, what a sweet post for a sweet lady- your mom is adorable! We will all be anxiously awaiting the completion of your book (no pressure) haha. LOL at the trolls in your eyebrows!

Shellie said...

oh man I don't have time right now to read your post but had to comment right away on how beautiful your mom is. It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face! Be back later!

Annette Lyon said...

I can't help but grin at her grin--it's contagious.

And I love how Laurel showed up and you had to figure her out. Normal people (ie non-writers) don't get how that works.

Luisa Perkins said...

Your photos are lovely! I'm so glad you posted them. Congrats to Kim! She deserves a glamorous color for that great kisser of hers.

Kimberly said...

I think that is so amazing that your mum's life has interwoven with the story you're currently writing. It must feel like a gift.

And thank you so much!

Kazzy said...

I can barely see the screen here because those photos of your mom really got to me. Sheesh... And on a digression of my own, I pluck my eyebrows every stinking day!

That Girl in Brazil said...

How can you make me laugh and cry within seconds of each other?

Heidi Ashworth said...

Now we know at least two of you will have a glam smile at the storymakers conference in April. :)

Elizabeth said...

don'tcha just love the way characters have a mind of their own...so glad your mom is so present in your WIP.

your motivation is inspiring...

Heather of the EO said...

Thank you for sharing this. Your mom looks so HAPPY.

Kimberly will rock the gloss. Or lipstick or whatever. Remember, I'm the Dr Pepper Lip Smackers girl...

lame.

I'm so glad you're writing a book. I wish there were more flowery words for that, but I'm really so glad...

Jessica G. said...

Thank you for sharing about your mother...what great pictures you have of her.

I had a minor character in my book that decided she didn't much like being minor and kept jumping into scenes until I agreed to give her a bigger storyline. And then she became my most interesting plot. Dang it when my imagination knows better than I do...

Karen Putz said...

What a tribute to your mom to have a book with a character that will be very familiar to you as you write.

Shellie said...

great post Melanie :)

LisAway said...

That really is the smile of an angel.

I think this is how giveaways should be. None of this "Just leave a comment and I'll announce in December of 2011 who won." Yay for Kim!