What Will Your Main Character Drink?


“What Will Your Main Character Drink?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about your main character.

It’s possible that what your character’s drink is significant to the plot in a crime novel. It might on the surface look like her favorite drink, but it could be tinged with poison.

Does your main character drink too much of a certain drink that causes him health, relationship, or money problems?

Whiskey Stranahans Tour www.Morguefile.com

Whiskey Stranahans Tour
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Does your character refuse to partake of certain drinks because of their taste, cost, or because of the memories they invoke?

Is your main character stranded on a desert and see visions of all the drinks on this page of my blog, yet cannot get a single sip of water?

Does your character have a way of brightening up another character’s day with whipped cream designs in a cup of hot chocolate?

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Does the villain in your book try to romance your protagonist with a high-priced meal and wine! Is she fooled?

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Is your main character forced to stay in a rinky-dink hotel and not even have money to get a soda from a soft drink machine?Pepsi machine morguefile file8281305757473

Does the owner of the motel hear him complain and offer him a cup of coffee free?

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Does your main character wake up on the farm? Does he know how to milk the cow to get enough milk for his family for breakfast or will he resort to asking for help?milk morguefile Mleko w dzbanku

 

Did your main character buy strawberries at the store and use them to make smoothies as a reward for writing the next chapter of her novel?strawberry smoothie morguefile941239402476

Oh no, your main character found out she’s allergic to strawberries! Perhaps she can reward herself with a chocolate milkshake instead!

Chocolate Milk Shake www.Morguefile.com

Chocolate Milk Shake
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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed browsing through my story ideas and pictures. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com. It is wonderful that they allow us to use these pictures for free.

What is your favorite drink? What will you never drink even if someone paid you a hundred dollars?

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How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?


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How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place? http://www.morguefile.com

“How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the third in the series with pictures to help you visualize your character and his personality better. 1 shoes, 2 houses, and today’s is transportation. All the pictures come from www.morgue.file.com

Will your main character ride a motorcycle? Or ride behind holding the driver around the waist?

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Will he drive or be driven in a limousine to a grand opening of a big store, play, or movie or movie?file000575015145 limousine morguefile

 

Will she save the town’s oldest citizen in a fire truck?file000902155104 Fire truck morgue file

 

Will she drive or be transported in a special needs school bus?file2371283419067 bus morguefile

 

Will she deliver small parts in a truck? Can she change its tire?file4221296915901 truck morgue file

Would he drive or be driven in a convertible during a parade? Or across a sandy beach?

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Would he be rich enough to prefer driving a Lamborghini Sports Car?lamborghini-red-car morguefile

 

Would he drive or be driven in a taxi cab?new-york-taxi morgue file

Would he skateboard to a friend’s house?

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Would she drive or be driven in a police car?

Would his travels in a jeep today remind him of war times long ago?

 

Would your main character fall asleep at the wheel of a tractor trailer container truck? Or would he own a whole fleet of them and schedule routes so that no driver gets too tired?

Container Truck www.morguefile.com

Tractor Trailer Container Truck
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Would your main character be an artist who decorates her small car with a big mouth? Or would she need a larger car so she won’t be claustrophobic?

Would your main character be delighted to go to work on a bicycle?

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I hope that traveling through these pictures has given you an idea of a different way for your main character to get from place to place in your manuscript. Choose one that he’s comfortable with and then snatch it away and give him a mode of transportation he’d have trouble maneuvering to reach his goal.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

I am very thankful for you, my readers. Some of you have been with me since 2009. Others joined me at other times. Sunday, November 16, 2014, I surpassed 180,000 views.  Since July, I’ve received 10,000 views a month. Thank you to God for giving me the guts and the words you need to hear and pictures you’d like to see to inspire you. I am blessed by you.

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In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?


“In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?”

After writing the post about shoes characters might wear, it started me thinking about what house a main character might reside to bring about tension in the story or calmness in the middle of a stormy lifestyle.

Here are books that’ll start you on the road to visions of houses in your head for your main characters. They got my creative juices going.

I used http://www.morguefiles.com to find the images to help get you thinking. Thanks, morguefiles.com.

1. Perhaps your main character likes an apartment to mingle with lots of people but ends up getting in heated arguments over noise, pets, or water leaks. Why does your character choose an apartment in this building?

2. Would he live in a beach home? Does he work as a lifeguard? Work for a restaurant? Work for a local fire department? Why does your main character live in a beach house?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

3. Does your main character need a birdhouse? Perhaps he runs a bird sanctuary? Or a bird adopted him? Why does your main character need a birdhouse?Birdhouse morguefile741339681493

 

4. Has your main character inherited an unknown house out in the middle of no-where that according to documents might need a little work? How does your main character handle this? Why would he take on the challenge? Or would he give it away only to find out there is oil on the property?broken down house morguefile00068708957

 

5. Does she live in a mountain cabin so she can ski? hunt deer? enjoy a nearby waterfall? Get away from people when a nearby resort bus breaks down near her cabin? Why did your main character choose this cabin?Cabin Morgue File IMG_3911

 

6. Does your main character fulfill a lifetime dream of living on a farm? Raise horses, cattle, or sheep? Why did your main character choose a farm?Farm house morguefile3011284635445

 

7. Is your main character so rich he lives in a mansion with 100 rooms and 100 servants! Why did he choose a mansion?longleat_house_pond morguefile

 

8. Is your main character find himself devastated by a tornado that devoured his home and wiped out his family? What if he’s always helping others and now he has to accept help? Why did he choose this house?

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Tornado struck home
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9. Would your main character be dependable and concerned with the safety of boats and ships and as such live in a lighthouse? Why?

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Lighthouse on Oregon Coast
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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this post. Please leave what kind of home your character would live in gladly and which one would add tension to your main character’s life.

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Joan Y. Edwards
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What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?


“What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you, Jennifer Larson for your clever new picture book, “Lost Soles” in which Flip and Flop go on a trip to the beach to protect a little boy’s feet from the hot sand. On the way back to the car, Flip bounces out of the beach cart and is left behind. How sad! You’ll have to read it to find out if Flip and Flop get back together again.

Lost Soles cover image Copyright © 2014  Jennifer Larson

Lost Soles cover image
Copyright © 2014
Jennifer Larson

This fun book brought me to the following questions for the characters in your stories:

What shoes would your main character wear?

Which shoes would your main character never wear?

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boot with cactus planted in it file8151343567861
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Which shoes would lead your main character into the depths of danger?

Which shoes would lead them into a role of a hero or heroine?

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Black dress shoes fro men file6631258831932
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Which shoes would your main character refuse to purchase because of the price?

Which shoes would your main character purchase because of the price?

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Black Dress shoes file5311237381224
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Would your main character wear laces or Velcro?

Would your main character Nike, Reebok, or a nondescript name brand?

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shoes with laces file5961270333740
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Which color shoes will your main character usually wear?

Which color shoes will your main character never wear?

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Under what circumstances would your main character wear stilettos?

Under what circumstances would your main character wear hip boot?

 

Do your main character’s shoes make noises that add to the tone and suspense of the story? Tap, Stomp, Squeak?

Are your main character’s shoes like stealth bombers? So quiet you don’t hear the main character enter a scene?

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Tap shoes IMG_1642
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Under what circumstances would your main character wear an old pair of shoes with holes in them?

Would your main character prefer to go barefooted and just decorate his or her foot?

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Mandy Wedding 502_pe
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I hope you enjoyed this walk through questions about your character and the shoes he would or wouldn’t wear. Please leave a comment telling me which shoes your favorite shoes or shoes you would never wear. Thanks for reading my blog.

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Joan Y. Edwards

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Beware: Windows Scam


Beware: Windows Scam Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Beware: Windows Scam Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“Beware: Windows Scam” by Joan Y. Edwards

On November 5, 2014 a scammer posing as a person in customer service for windows computers called me. He said, “I am from Windows computers. Your computer has been sending error messages to windows. Your computer could be giving personal information to hackers.”

He called from a cell phone number. This was a clue that he wasn’t necessarily from a company. If a phone call is from a major company, its name would probably show up in my caller ID.

I asked him, “What is my name?”

He didn’t answer that. He only had the name our phone was listed, my husband’s. He said, “Is _____ your husband? Let me talk with him. When will he be home?”

I told him, “My husband doesn’t own the computer.”

I asked him, “What kind of computer do I have?”

The scammer answered, “All brands of Windows computers have this software on them that send Windows messages when it receives malicious software. You have gone to different websites and downloaded malicious items from them.”

I said, “I have software to keep malicious things off of my computer.”

Then I hung up.


If you have an answering machine and caller ID, it’s a good idea to let people from unknown numbers, leave a message.  Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t.  Scammers, I think, want to speak directly to a real person. They are not likely to leave a message, but they might.

If I had fallen for his scam, the man would have charged me a fee with my credit card to download software for him to take remote control of my computer. He would tell me, “I’m going to remove all the malicious software off of it.”

Probably, what the scamming man would really do is get all personal information from my computer…bank accounts, social security, passwords, etc.

Scammers may pretend to be from phone companies who handle the internet for customers, too. These companies do not have enough time to call all their customers about possible viruses or other malicious software on the customer’s computers. They have enough problems keeping the internet and phone service going.

Here are links that explain this scam more:

  1. If you’re not having any kind of problem with your computer, don’t let them invent one for you. I went to a You-Tube video and watched an actual recording of one of the Windows scammers. The language got rough at the end. So I’m not putting the link to it. However, in it, I learned that the scammers may direct you to look at an area of your computer where your computer log is kept and show you warning messages there. They will lead you to believe that these warnings are about a virus infecting your computer, but they probably aren’t.  It could be a warning about the clock being off. These warnings and errors are usually not the kind of thing to worry about according to Leo A. Notenboom. He explains further in an online article about the event viewer in a computer’s log: http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewer_and_should_i_care.html
    Leo says, “Go ahead and browse around in the Event Viewer. Don’t panic when you see lots of warnings or errors. As I said, even a functioning computer will have those. In fact, if you look while your system is functioning normally, you’ll get a sense of what “normal” looks like in your Event Log. Then, later when you see items that seem suspicious, out of place, or seem to be related to the problems you’re seeing, that’s information worth paying attention to.”
  2. Scammers use legitimate remote control software from AMMYY (Remote Control from Any Place) – This software is free however, scammers may try to charge you for it.  http://www.welivesecurity.com/2012/08/24/ammyy-warning-against-tech-support-scams/
  3. Microsoft’s Warning about these Scammers: http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
  4. Spammers say they falsely tell you they know your computer ID. They take you to a part of your computer with the CLSID: 888DCA60. This is not the distinct ID unique number that is different on each computer. This ID is the class number signifying that it is a certain class of computers. This number is the same on almost all of the computers made during the last five years or so: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28048626-Scam-Call-qYour-computer-is-infectedq-scam
  5. David Jacoby Walks You through Spammers Steps: http://securelist.com/blog/incidents/33734/trying-to-unmask-the-fake-microsoft-support-scammers-17/

Four Main Points to Remember about Scams such as this::

  1. Microsoft or other companies, telephone or computer companies do not call you. There is no company called Windows.  Microsoft, Windstream, or other companies will not call to tell you that a virus is infecting your computer.
  2. There is no software on every windows computer that sends messages back to Microsoft.
  3. If a company calls you and tells you that your computer is infected with a virus or malicious things, and you have not called this company, hang up.
  4. Note the number they called from, the name of the company they represent, and the person’s name who called you: and report it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted?NextQID=216&Selected=t#crnt

Keep yourself and others safe. Spread the word so that others are informed. Knowledge is power.

 

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Beware: Phone Scammers Impersonate IRS


Beware  Phone Scammers Impersonate IRS Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Beware Phone Scammers Impersonate IRS Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“Beware: Phone Scammers Impersonate IRS” by Joan Y. Edwards

A scammer called me this week, posing as an IRS representative. I didn’t fall for it. I checked the internet to find out more about it. Please be alert and aware that this is going on all over the USA and scammers could choose your phone number to call.  They may call in person or leave a recording. They tell you a badge number and may tell you to call a certain number before the IRS takes action against you.

I reported the scam reported the scam and the number they called me from that showed up in my caller ID: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

You can find out more information about the IRS scam at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

Here’s a portion of what that page tells you:

The IRS will notify you by snail mail if there is a problem with your return or taxes.

Here’s what I found out on the internet at

“Other characteristics of this scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484 or report it at: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.”

Please tell your family and friends so they can be aware, alert, and safe.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan

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What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?


What Can You Do with a 3" x 5" Index Card? Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here are seven things you can do with a 3″ x 5″ inch index card:

  1. Fan yourself when it’s hot.
  2. Draw a picture on it and color it.
  3. Draw a map on it.
  4. Cut out a design.
  5. Glue the bottom and two sides to make a pocket
  6. Write words on one side or both sides.
  7. Fold it into a very tiny boat or other design.

If you’re inclined to write words on it, here are 20 suggestions of what to write on an index card:

  1. Leave a thank you note.
  2. Write a compliment for someone.
  3. Put a recipe on it.
  4. Write a list of top 3 must do items for the day.
  5. Write a list of stores where you shop.
  6. Make a grocery list.
  7. Make a list of your best friends and why you like them and what emotion you feel when you think of them.
  8. Make a list for Santa Claus.
  9. Make a list of reasons you’d visit someone.
  10. Put name, address, phone number, and email address.
  11. Write a list of 3 of your favorite movies and the emotion they bring to mind when you say the title.
  12. Write a list of 3 of your favorite TV shows and the action scene you liked best in each one.
  13. Write a list of 3 of your favorite books in a particular genre.
  14. Write a pitch for your story on it.
  15. Write a character sketch on it.
  16. Make a list of scenes for a book.
  17. Write number facts.
  18. Write spelling words for the week.
  19. Write new vocabulary words you want to learn and/or use in a blog post.
  20. Write possible test questions and your answer.

If you want to know about a few great digital note-taking ideas, check out my blog: Digital Notes – Post-It Notes and Sticky Notes http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/digital-notes-post-it-notes-and-sticky-notes/

 

References:

  1.  “How to Use 3×5 Cards,”Levenger.com, http://www.levenger.com/3-x-5-cards-705.aspx
  2.  Microsoft Templates for 3×5 and 4×6 Index Cards,” http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/index-cards-3-x5-and-4-x6-TC010253801.aspx
  3. Digital Notes – Post-It Notes and Sticky Notes http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/digital-notes-post-it-notes-and-sticky-notes/

Thank you for reading my blog. Please leave a comment to let me know what you do with 3″ x 5″ index cards.

Celebrate you right now.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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