This is not just a weed, but the Scottish Thistle.
If you know me very well, you know I’m a big fan of Outlander. The tv series and the book. I love most of Diana Gabaldon writing, the sex scenes I can do without. I started watching the series because of the Scottish scenery. I’m of Scottish descent, and I’ve visited Scotland. I even have a tartan, my family Anderson’s plaid. I love a lot of things Scottish. When my family that lives outside of Glasgow come, I sorta start talking with the accent. It’s strange that I flow into that tongue, but I do. Love the people. Have never eaten Haggis and never intend to. Give me a meat pie instead.
Now to get back to the book I’m reading by Diana Gabaldon. It’s called Outlandish, and it is a big book. She tells about herself, why she wrote the book, a synopsis of all of the Outlander books, a cast of characters, and I could go on and on. I’m not half-way through and I’ve been reading it for a while. I will finish it by the end of the year. Ms. Gabaldon gives a lot of instruction in writing by telling about why she wrote the characters. She says there are three kinds of characters, mushrooms, onions, and hard nuts. As I read I loved the way she used each one.
Mushrooms are characters who pop up without warning. A character comes into your head with no warning and dances itself into the story. Haven’t we all had those. A book wouldn’t be nearly as interesting if it wasn’t for the mushrooms. Some mushrooms stay and some only last a little while, but they are fun to write.
Onions are the characters that you can peel back the characters. These are usually characters you keep like the main characters of the book, but they have such a good story and you can delve into them and write more about them. I love onions. I’m learning to peel back the onion and make my characters more interesting.
Hard nuts are hard to crack. Some of these characters you hate when you start writing them. You don’t know where to go with them. They are hard to figure out where they’ll go in the story and how much to tell. When you begin writing about them you wonder if they’ll survive even through the story, but they do and you come out with a stronger story.
Can you find your mushroom, onion, and hard nut in your manuscript? I’m writing a different story for me to write. My mushroom is about to pop up in a mountain girl that will say, “Can you fry kale in bacon grease?” I will explain later. My onion is the main character, Daisy, and she has a lot to peel back. Determined, no nonsense, devoted, funny, and a lot more to peel. I love Daisy. The hard nut? I think it’s the deputy sheriff. He is hard for me right now, but I think he’ll come around. He’s like Barney Fife in physical appearance. Know-it-all, hard worker, nose to the ground, and really a hard character. I have to work with him. I had to have him to solve the crime, but I don’t know if he’s going to do it or not, because he thinks Daisy did it. I’ll leave all this for later.
If you can overlook the sex and language in the Outlander series, you’ll see how well written it is. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. I’ve never been to Skye, but it is on my bucket list.