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We knew Wes was different from the time he was a toddler. He'd sit, tiny curls brushing florid cheeks, intently focused on a speck on the floor. It was as if he could see the universe in that small spot. He loved to be read to and would spend long minutes babbling out his own stories. Wild hand gestures and big eyes told of the import of these stories. It was impossible to focus on anything else. As he grew, his depth increased. His teachers told us of moments that he'd seem so far away, only to snap back to attention and give a thorough and complete answer. They'd see him at recess 'preaching' to the other children - holding them rapt with his stories and graceful charisma. We had endless conversations about morality and free will, thinking surely our child would grow to be a preacher or philosopher. He's a good man. A strong, moral man. And so I plead with the jury to be lenient. He would never hurt those people! He's not a bad man! If he did what you are saying it was surely because he believed it was in their best interest...

This month I am participating in the April A-Z Challenge! My theme for the month is ‘character development.’ Some days will be exercises from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, others will be profiles of characters from my book Armageddon: Pick Your Plot (paperback, Kindle), and some will just be random characters I make up. I hope you enjoy!


  1. James Whitemore8:26 AM

    Well, that certainly took an unexpected turn!

  2. Michael Offutt9:19 AM

    It almost sounds like you are channeling the mother of that Johar guy from the Boston bombings. She's in complete denial

  3. Tina Downey9:28 AM

    Was not expecting that! Another good one. I'm amazed what you can do as far as character development in just a short paragraph.

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  4. Gotta keep 'em short! Otherwise they'd never get finished :)

  5. I haven't actually seen any of that stuff. I try to stay away from it because it stresses me out :P


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