Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday Musings

Couple of questions from yesterday’s blog. Siobhan – Wallyworld is the nickname for Walmart. And yes, there are a lot of soap actors on my boards. I do this for two reasons. There are a few soap magazines and it’s easier to find them than to scan several “variety” type rags for one or two precious pictures of someone for my characters. I like to have several pictures of the person representing many moods, especially if I’m not that familiar with their work. Secondly, you can find more casual or action pics of soap stars. Scenes from the show, etc. In mags they’re more formal shots, posed for the sitting. Take yesterday’s “cover” (that’s what I call them). There’s a photo of my heroine Maddy aiming a gun, which she actually does in the book AND Clooney (my hero of course) running from a car explosion, only in the book he’s the one in the explosion. They add to character dimensions that I’m looking for. I also make up writing tapes/CD’s for each book. Some have words, others don’t. If I’m in the zone it doesn’t matter if there are words or not, but if I’m having trouble, am easily distracted then I have to go with instrumental. For example, on Maddie and Nathan’s tape is the Theme from Somewhere in Time and Etta James singing At Last. Since they are mysteries, you’ll also find songs like Smugglers Blues and In the Air Tonight. Ambience, so to speak. These books were about the Delmont siblings and Clare Delmont was the youngest. When she takes to the floor at the local bar, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Look at Little Sister plays. It gives me a feeling for the character. This is another of the covers, the book is Gifts from the Devil. I’ll get back to them some day. They call to me every once in a while just to let me know they’re waiting.

12 comments:

Brandy said...

I think it's a great idea to have more than one picture to use for reactions and emotional scenes.
But, most of all, I think it's great that you've found a way to make your characters, for you!

Lis said...

That's such a good idea :o) Very cool

raine said...

Love your music selections.

Loreth Anne White said...

I love this, Bailey. I do the same thing -- collect images that inspire the mood, or tone, or reflect scenes in the book I am working on. Works like a mantra to get me back into the headspace.

beautiful day said...

You have some very stylish ladies in ur pic board, youve got one of my heros on too...Harrison Ford...hes lovely...have a lovely day....its beautiful again, hope that snow didnt come x

Bernita said...

I'm beginning to understand how this board thing works.
Yours is not static.

Bailey Stewart said...

Yes Bernita, not static at all. See that tiny picture of Harrison Ford there in the middle? His character is a senator, so I can imagine that he's standing in front of the Capitol steps. It's really great for keeping me "in character".

Dru said...

I find your setup interesting. You always have to go with what makes your creative juices flow. I love your taste in music. When I read the music, the songs appeared in my brain.

Jill said...

Love your boards!

Melissa Marsh said...

The only soap opera I used to watch was Guiding Light.

Love your picture ideas.

Susan said...

I love the way you use your character board and your choice of music is awesome!

Siobhan said...

Walmart - I now know what you mean. They took over Asda in the UK. Great idea having music for your books. Maybe I'll try that too. BTW, Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!