“May I Offer You a Sherry?”

“If you could be — even briefly — one of your OWN characters… which character would you be? Why? For how long?”

That’s easy.

The women in my free-style poems are in sad situations, or at least, bittersweet ones.

One is dying; it’s based on a dear friend of mine, the one who got me to get my first poems published and gave me the strength to write, submit and publish more works.
Another is one who will not let go of her past; that is based on a relative.
The third is also based on an extended family member and that is the one that is bittersweet. It’s based on a dream my mother had, which I had forgotten until I had a similar one about 15 years later.

As for stories, several are supernatural. One is actually me, based on what happened to me, but no one wants to believe, (I didn’t either!)  Another is based also on some of what has happened to me but to a much farther extent, and based on what a friend told me of her experiences, (to make it a hybrid story), to which I added plot and ending. (Or rather, I will add an ending. The problem here is that the characters changed on me. I never ceased to be amazed at how they have plans of their own!)

Another story sprang to me when someone told me of her experience as a participant in a magic act, but I don’t want to be any of the characters, even though the story is upbeat.

I am also a character based on something that happened with the family in my rhyming children’s story, but I already played that part.

I also went through the evening that the play-to-be-rewritten-as-a-story is based. Although I changed some of the circumstances and certainly the end, and I don’t want to relive that night.

There is the story with the plot handed to me by Grandson#1 when he was 13. The story has a good start and a good end, with some parts in the middle finished. I can’t see myself as either of the main women in the story, and I don’t think that I fit into the angel’s part, either.

There are a few other starts, but as for finished or nearly finished works, there is one that I would step into in a heartbeat. It’s the first full-novel that I ever considered writing and I have it close to finished.

I borrowed on my past experiences and situations for it enough to upset The Husband, who is afraid others will think that the characters are actually us, but I needed a solid, comfortable foundation. The idea of the husband being a history teacher, wanting to see the historical places in their vacation spot, gave perfect opportunities to have the storyline play out. The problems of small schools gave me more areas to work within the story, so I wrote what I knew, which helped while I concentrated on the rest of the plot, the subplots and dialogue.

Synopsis: A woman takes her husband on an impromptu vacation to a small Caribbean island. Although a friend arranges for Sherry to pay only a small fee at her family’s resort, her husband is reluctant to go, which only adds to the nagging feeling in her that something is wrong.
Alan’s been distant recently; he’s suddenly staying late at school and Sherry has heard one female teacher’s name a little too often.  Sherry refuses to believe the worst, even refusing her fears to become conscious thoughts. Once on the island, she finds an old brick wall with a cryptic message carved into it and she becomes obsessed with deciphering it.
Can Sherry find the meaning of the message, while ignoring the writing on her own wall?

I want to be Sherry, who is in her mid-thirties, (to feel that again!) She has a few of my attributes, but she is stronger than I was when younger.

I want to be Sherry, if only for the Caribbean vacation!


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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12 Responses to “May I Offer You a Sherry?”

  1. I understand your wanting to be in your thirties again. Oh, to be young and know what we know now, right? But in reality, I don’t think my mind ever left my middle-age period. The only thing about me that’s changed is my body. The aches and pains. I’d gladly get rid of those for my younger body. My husband, on the other hand, has never grown up past the age of ten, I do believe. LOL He’s got all those aches and pains right along with me, but his mind set is stuck somewhere back in his childhood…or…maybe all men are like that. Most of the men I’ve know are, come to think of it. The different is, Arnie admits it. LOL

    As for wanting to be one of my characters, I am. I’m all of them. I put a little piece of me into every heroine I write about. And yet, I wouldn’t want to be any of them completely. I have enough trouble dealing with my own idiosyncrasies. (And yes, Arnie is all of them too when it comes to the heroes. 🙂 At least, little pieces of him.)

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    • Oh, Sharon, I never left fairly young adulthood,(except for more experience). I get surprised EVERY TIME I look into a mirror! I certainly do not feel like a ‘little old lady’. My husband never was a kid very much; we both were too-old as kids. He, however, can be stuck at a younger age. We’ve been thorough a lot, especially with family, but I still hear “I’ve never done that before!” (Other wives have complained about hearing that one,as well.) No, I never did a lot of things that he expects me to take care of and I pointed out to him that there IS a first time for everything. He had to BREATHE for the first time, for instance!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    That story on the island with Sherry and her husband sounds like it’ll be a terrific read.
    Interesting that you mentioned the characters in your free-style poems. I’ve written a lot of poetry — though not much lately — and never actually thought of any of the PERSONAs in those poems to be “characters.”
    Hmmm. I need to go back and read some of my old stuff and see if those personas strike me as characters.

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    • My free-styles have been about certain people, Jeff, and certain situations. Perhaps I am wrong, but I see them as characters.
      Thanks, I think that the island story has merit. I was inspired to write a full-sized novel, a romance, even, with this one. Two former Foxes were involved in my writing this, so their names show up, as do all of the women in the the small challenge that got me to start putting the story down in earnest. There a character named after you, (a nice guy). All of the main characters are named for someone supportive of my endeavors.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sherry sounds like a great choice. I look forward to reading her story someday!

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  4. trishafaye says:

    Put me on the waiting list. I want to read Sherry’s story too! It does sound like a terrific book.
    And I want to be Sherry’s friend – the one who’s family owns the resort. Then I could vacation there anytime I wanted LOL
    Loved your post!

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    • Thanks,Trisha.Actually, I know someone whose family owned a great deal of a famous, but small, resort island. They have had to part with most of it over the years, but she goes to the island quite often. (Yes, I am green with envy!)

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Good choice! That Caribbean vacation would be fun.

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  6. Sherry sounds like a great choice. I want to read her story and find out what happens.


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