A loyal friend and reader gently reminded me recently that it’s been a long time since I’ve done a progress update. This is a time of year when progress writing is inherently slow. Gardening in particular and outdoor activities in general, compete for dibs on my time. This year, personal issues have been added to the mix, as has an attempted collaborative project with Invid Fan. Sometimes it doesn’t take much for my brain to seize up. But!…
I am making progress. It feels like I have all the pieces for the next two chapters gathered; all that remains is to assemble them correctly. However, one major chunk hangs in a sort of limbo. It’s very important to the story, but I’m not sure exactly where it needs to go, or even if it should see the light of day in the first place. All I can do is write it out and hope the Muses are kind enough to tell me where it belongs.
All this, in a roundabout fashion, got me thinking about Karen and Laci (DUH!) in a specific way. I try to be fairly vague in my descriptions of how they look. I’d prefer to give you the framework and let you fill in the details to suit your own tastes. What’s beautiful to me might not be beautiful to you. I trust that you are an intelligent and literate reader, with an above average imagination. You don’t need me imposing my will on your own mind’s eye – guide it, sure, but run roughshod over it? Not so appealing.
That said, I’m curious about how readers “see” Karen and Laci. I have a fairly clear image of Karen in my head. Laci is a bit more nebulous. She’s at that age where her appearance, her physiognomy, is naturally in a state of flux. I have images, both mental and jpeg, of how she might look in three or four years, but right now…
Actually, how I picture Laci oftentimes depends on the context of the situation. Laci making love with Karen looks different from Laci with Karen in the Museum of Fine Arts.
I’ve had some back and forth with friends/readers about Laci’s appearance. Photos have been exchanged, comparisons made, and there’s no one overarching image that fits. She’s my creation, so it’s been suggested that my view is the only one that counts. I disagree. I purposely left her in outline form, as it were, so you the reader might fill in the fine details yourself.
I’m really not sure if one way is better than the other.
Once again, thanks for being patient. I’m getting there.