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May 06, 2011

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Maureen O. Betita

Well, my normal excursions consists of walking the dog and I do observe how people are with their dogs...and how the dogs are with what interests them...

Other than that, I am the most unobservant writers out there. Two weeks ago, the bank next to my Starbucks was robbed... They fired a shot into the back... They sped away in a car. First I knew of it was when the parking lot filled up with cop cars and the other coffee drinkers were all stading at the windows gaping out...

I was sitting at a window. The window closest to the bank.

Maureen O. Betita

Uh, make that standing at the windows gaping out...

Sheesh!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I'm laughing AND I'm glad you're safe.

Once when I worked at the mall, I found out the next day it had been robbed, and I didn't know anything about it when it was happening. It's a big mall and I was on the first floor, and it happened on the second floor. Apparently the robber had on a multicolored clown wig, so I'm hoping I would have noticed that if he'd been in MY area. LOL

JennWalkup

This is a great post and so true. It's really important to notice and catalog these things for future use, or at the very least, just to soften my old standbys that I tend to use for descriptors in first drafts. Love the observations you made at the coffee house - LOL!

Maureen O. Betita

Donna - I'd obviously be a very bad witness... When I'm writing that is it, the universe ends at the end of my fingertips and I just don't notice much else!

And I often daydream plotpoints when I'm not actually writing them, so I'd probably be useless no matter what the situation.

Donna Cummings

Jenn, I love to see what people do when I'm sitting at Starbucks. And I'm usually just staring out the window, brainstorming, but that's when they walk in (and I try to act like I wasn't staring at THEM, cuz I'm not! LOL) It's amazing the stuff that shows up in my brain later, as a result.

Donna Cummings

Maureen, you could testify what you were writing when the crime occurred. LOL "The kraken had just reached his tentacle toward the ship. . ."

Maureen O. Betita

Yeah, I've always wanted to visit the mental hospital!

Kari Marie

I love going to the Mall of America or the State Fair and sitting on a bench and watch the drama unfold. So entertaining!

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I've never been to the Mall of America -- I think my head might explode! LOL But it is fun to see how people interact, especially when they don't think you're paying attention. :)

Clarissa Southwick

Great advice. Hilarious descriptions. I love visiting this blog :)

Donna Cummings

Clarissa, I love when you visit! I'm glad you enjoy my descriptions. :)

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