How I Write – Two Truths and a Lie

This week’s topic: Name 2 truths and a lie about your lead characters. You can reveal the lie later on in the post or the next day or the next week. Or even white it out so they have to highlight the answer to see it like a spoiler.

The current story I am working on is called Riding On Fumes. You can read the blurb on the project page. This story is different than any I have written before. It is not a romance but has romantic elements. I would say it falls into several categories or genre’s: Women’s Fiction, Family Saga, Contemporary Fiction. I have three lead characters for this stories – Derrick, Jeremiah and Julian. Natalie is also a big part of the story as well.

Derrick

1. I have a wicked sweet tooth.
2. I have been clean and sober for 4 years.
3. My friends call me Diesel.

Jeremiah

1. I admit, most women, find my smile (and dimples) irresistible.
2. I lost my virginity when I was 13.
3. I am looking for that special woman who will be my partner, my queen and the love of my life.

Julian

1. One thing on my bucket list is to go on an around the world vacation.
2. I am very picky and tend to frequent the same places, especially for dates. Because at least if the date sucks, I know I’ll get a good meal.
3. I bake to relax.

Natalie

1. I left home because I got pregnant at 16 and my mom made me get an abortion.
2. I came back home to mend fences with my family after a recent health scare because life is too short to live with regret.
3. I am a reality TV enthusiast.

To see what lie the characters told, just highlight the black box.

Derrick’s Lie –

I have a wicked sweet tooth. His response – I do eat the occasional sweet maybe two or three times a year but I am not a big candy or gum person. There are exceptions to the desserts. I have my favorites but it depends on who makes it. For instance, I only eat my grandmother’s peach cobbler.

Jeremiah’s Lie –

I am looking for that special woman who will be my partner, my queen and the love of my life. His response. This is the biggest lie ever. I love being a bachelor. And I am not looking to settle down anytime soon. Now I enjoy the company of a woman (or several) frequently but they all know their place in my life. I am too busy to devote time to a relationship.

Julian’s Lie –

I am very picky and tend to frequent the same places, especially for dates. Because at least if the date sucks, I know I’ll get a good meal. Julian’s Response – This is obviously the lie. I do tend to frequent the same restaurants and spots. But I am very flexible and easy going especially when it comes to dating. I love trying new things and exploring the wonderful restaurants and different cuisines in the area.

Natalie’s Lie –

I am a reality TV enthusiast. Her response – While I do like some reality TV programs, particularly the competition type shows. But I am an outdoors girls. I love sports and camping.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

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Hair Wars – My Hair Journey

I have been chemical free for over 7 years. Let me explain, I had to stop getting chemical relaxers for my hair after an illness and medication which completely changed my how my hair reacted to the chemicals in the relaxers.

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So I did the BC (Big Chop) and used a texturizer for a few years to transition to completely natural. I stopped using the texturizer about 7 or so years ago. And I will admit there have been days I wanted to venture back onto the chemically relaxed and straightened side of the product aisle. But I am finally at a point (and age) where I am happy with my hair and embrace my natural style. I use very little to no heat. I maybe use heat once or twice a year. I switch up my style with protective styling (braids, twists, buns, faux hawks, twist outs, etc.). I hawk/haunt/stalk certain natural hair vloggers on youtube. I even switch it up with a wig every once in a while.

My family has been less than supportive. My mother doesn’t understand it after all this time. She has stopped short of asking the big question (one several friends have gotten). My mother hates my hair.

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Every time I go to the store I get stopped and asked by other women (some transitioning, some natural) about my hair and what I use. And yesterday I got the ultimate compliment – A stranger came up and told me I love your hair.

I have tried multiple products. And am still on that search for the products that work for me and my hair texture. I have kinky/curly hair. And my hair is fine is some areas, coarse in others and thick. And by thick I mean a lot of it. And it is very dry.

I recently tried the Hair Milk Collection from Carol’s Daughter and the Mimosa Hair Honey. So far I am liking it. I used it to do a twist out and used the Hair Honey as a finisher for shine.

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It hasn’t been easy. And this (continuing) hair journey has been frustrating and difficult. I have learned a lot about myself . And I may not have a lot of curl definition like I want. I may not be able to be a wash and go chick. But I can finally say I am at a place where I can say that I love my hair.

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