Nothing is EVER that simple!
Long story short, I had to "upgrade" (for all of you who don't speak Geek- that just means they got more money out of me) to another model. My new, new mini PC has longer battery life and Windows 7! Oh joy, oh rapture . . . oh, blister it, somebody just smack me! If there is one thing I can't stand it's having to learn a new operating system.
So, my productivity was not as stellar as I would have hoped. BUT I did manage to work a little more in my WIP Notebook. The new section I'm on is about 'Setting'.
I really enjoyed fleshing out Weston Manor and Langdon House. Ha! Guess my doctorate in daydreaming is finally paying off. Creating the backdrops for Melanie and Bradford's tumultuous courtship has proven to be very invigorating and oddly philosophical.
During one of my moments of creativity, I had a startling comparison pop into mind. Writing is a lot like painting. Characters are the subjects. The setting is the backdrop and the plot is the canvas that holds the two together.
Take for example, the Mona Lisa. Would the tone of the painting change if she'd been placed behind a brilliant blue sky? Or a robust seascape with puffy clouds? It's the combination of her intriguing looks and gentle earthy tones that catch our eye-- that lend the lady a mysterious glow. A truly perfect pairing any author would probably sell an eye-tooth for!
So, tell me--What is it about your characters and settings that you hope will draw a reader's eye? Do you try to capture every detail of your setting like a medieval tapestry? Or do you keep things on the periphery like an abstract? Paint us a picture!