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Friday, July 13, 2007

A Tourist in My Own Town

I only recently moved to where I currently live in rural New York. I thought I was starting to be familiar with the setting until the pal I mentioned earlier (Deb Blake, author of "Circle, Coven & Grove") asked if I'd been to a certain local cafe. I didn't even know where it was (Main Street). She laughed and said, "It's where we send all the tourists!"

So today for lunch, I was a tourist and Deb was dining-buddy tour guide.

I mention this because I think, as humans, we tend to take "our own backyards" for granted. It's that whole "the grass is always greener on the other side" mentality. My neighbors mentioned going on vacation to a site in the state I grew up in. I (sadly) had to admit I had never been to that location (though it's supposed to be one of the top places to see and wasn't too far from my home).

I taught in a state where, although nearly surrounded by beach, many of my students had never been to a beach in their lives. Heck, the school was only an hour from the beach! I was stunned. But, it appears I'm also guilty of the same sin.

So here's an odd thought--What might a character in one of your stories suddenly discover about their everyday surroundings that reveals something about their personality because they initially overlooked it? How might they react when they finally realize it's always been right "under their nose" (so to speak)?

Constantly curious...
~Saoirse
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