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Friday, July 29, 2011
GUEST BLOG: ALLISON KNIGHT
gentleman who had a huge nose. And he insisted on drawing attention to it by taking out a large colored handkerchief and wiping it every minute or two. What a wonderful second string character he made.
There are all kinds of places to go to watch people, shopping malls, parks, restaurants, grocery stores, anyplace where people congregate. I don't visit the shopping malls like I used to, nor do we eat out all that often but I do love to go to the casinos which are only about an hour's drive from our home. These casinos resorts are great places for watching people. I've found some great expressions watching these people.
There are the individuals who are there just for fun. They don't pay a lot of attention to what's going on, they talk to people, they move around the casinos or the restaurants, shops, whatever, and oh what wonderful characters you can find there. As I sit and watch I see the most wonderful characters that will fit into any of my books.
Of course, there are the serious gamblers. They are all business. They don't smile, they concentrate on the game as if what comes next might be the end of the world. They do have the most wonderful expressions especially if I wanted to write a mystery or a horror novel. Usually, I don't pay that much attention to them. They really aren't good characters for my novels.
Of course, there are those who are serious, but there to have fun as well. They don't wear the glum expressions of the really serious players. These are some of the most fun people to watch. The husband who doesn't want his wife to lose any more money, the girl who is coaxing her boy friend to win, the grandmother who doesn't like the noise. Oh, I did love her expressions. The expressions of these people make for great fun, and I love to just sit and watch.
If you have the occasion to visit a casino, you might find the 'people watching' is even more fun than playing. I find some great characters watching casino players. And remember, wherever you go, there just may be an author out there wondering if you would make a good character for that writer's next work.