The rationalle being it's writing related after all. But now it's four o'clock and I've got diddly squat to show for word count and even less desire to write a blog post. So, guess what? Meet:
Constable Michael Davenport, who’s in the hot seat today. I live to serve.
Nice to know you’re happy to be here. I didn’t say that.
So, as a Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police do you always get your man…or woman? You’re implying something here and I feel the need to set you straight. There is nothing sexy about my job. A job I take very seriously. A job I would never jeopardize by acting inappropriately.
Nice uniform. Knock it off.
You’re what? 6’1” – 6’2”, a hundred and— Finish that sentence and I’m out of here.
Fine. Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on TV? At home. What if it’s a date? Then it’s her choice. If she wants to stay in, get cozy? I don’t invite women who I’m not serious about back to my place. So if we’ve gotten to this stage I’m hoping it means we’ll be having breakfast in bed the next morning.
You cook? That’s so- Don’t say it. I live by myself so yeah I cook. Otherwise I’d starve. It’s the second decade of the twenty-first century a guy who can cook shouldn’t be a novelty. It’s a necessary skill everyone should have.
Touchy much? If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be? Um…that’s actually an interesting question. I don’t read a lot of fiction. Mostly non-fiction. But…I just finished reading The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. I’m a history buff. He led quite the life. So, I guess him.
Wow, that’s…fascinatingly boring. At what age did you lose your virginity? I’m not answering that question. Why? Are you embarrassed by the answer? No. It’s none of your business. You sure that’s all it is? You’re looking a little flushed. Next question.
Do you have a personal written budget? And I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you do. I’m financially responsible. So yes, I have a budget, keep track of the market, and am in regular contact with my financial advisor.
Ohhhh, are you rich? Again. Next question.
Jeez, you’re a laugh a minute. Do you like to sing karaoke? No.
(Sigh) Would you rather have super strength or super intelligence? How about a little bit of both. You know, balance in all things.
What is the one habit you have that you would like to change? Saying yes to nosy, inappropriate writers.
HaHa. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Let’s see…dress, casual, baseball, runners…five or six.
Who’s the latest artist you downloaded to your iPod? Buddy Guy
A blues man, nice. Favorite sport? Baseball. Snore. Why? What’s wrong with baseball?
Have you ever thought about UFC? You know what? Never mind. Angelina Jolie or Nicole Kidman? Nicole Kidman Why? I don’t know…because I had to pick one?
DC or Marvel? Batman.
I love these kind of writing exercises. I find them helpful in terms of getting into deeper point of view and often the answers surprise me. And from this exercise I can tell tell you a few things. Mike is going to be forced into crossing lines in his professional life. He's going to end up with Grace at his apartment long belong he's ready for her to be there. There's a very good reason he doesn't talk about his sex life. And I'm pretty sure he's going to be up on a makeshift stage singing karaoke. While Aspen Lake might not be Gotham, it's still going to need a hero.
Writing prompts and exercises? Yay or nay? Do you like getting a look inside main characters?