Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday, Monday

So here I am, Monday morning, barely awake. I'm sure it's Monday because the first sip of coffee burned my tongue. That only happens on Monday.

This is writing day, and so far I've run through about half a dozen possibilities of what to chat about. Yes, definitely Monday - LOL.

We've talked about Mondays here before and learned we have the Yea! It's Monday - I get a fresh start group. And we have the Please don't tell me it's Monday again - the weekend wasn't long enough group.

Although I'm coming to have a new appreciation for Mondays, I'm not totally on board yet. I'm still a good 80% in the Please don't tell me it's Monday group.

So what about your characters? Your main ones, I mean. Hero and heroine - one of each would be a good mix. Both falling in the same group would be an entirely different story. What about the antagonist? What's his - or her - view of Mondays?

Extend this and think about my favorite day of the week - Friday.

How do you view Fridays?

What about your characters?

Happy Monday!

31 comments:

Talei said...

I like the ' please wake me when it's Friday' group... ;-) Good luck writing this week, I'm working on a chapter which is proving a right pesky little... you know. * deep sigh *

Miranda Stowe said...

I think my character is one of those sappy happy "YAY, it's Monday." I, however, am not.

Holly Ruggiero said...

My MC is probably a non-committal Monday person. As for me, my work doesn’t follow the M-F pattern so my Monday’s shift around making them likable. ;)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'll admit to being one of those crazy Monday people who like to just jump into the week. My protagonists? Not so much. :) I think they're more normal!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Since I’m retired it shouldn’t matter to me, but Mondays are still Mondays and they seem to roll around too fast. I like Fridays better. My character disliked every day of the week – or did until she rediscovered herself.

Carol Kilgore said...

Talei - Thanks! And good luck to you, too.

Miranda - Sounds like me and my character :) Thanks for commenting.

Holly - That might make me a little bonkers, but would be fun for a while.

Elizabeth - Mondays have been better since I have a regular schedule.

Jane - Kudos to your character!

VR Barkowski said...

When my protag was a teacher, Mondays meant something. In my current work, my protag is a consultant, and Mondays mean little. I, personally enjoy Mondays because they mark the start of a fresh week, and it's quiet in the house after the weekend chaos. When I worked 9-5, I HATED Mondays.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm off today for President's Day, so it's a cool Monday.
In my character's universe, there's not really Mondays, so they have no opinion.

Lydia K said...

I have mixed feeling about Mondays. But they sway towards the worse when I burn my tongue on my tea!

Ann Best said...

Monday's just the day after Sunday for me. But I like it because then my aide for my daughter comes back after her weekend off! Don't know what my characters think about Monday.

But some some who work away from home, today is a good Monday. I remember this from my "past" life!!
Ann Best, Author @ Long Journey Home

Terry Odell said...

With no day job anymore, and with a retired Hubster, we can't tell one day from another. We know it's Sunday because we go out for breakfast and there's no mail. Otherwise, one day is the same as the next, or the one before.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

N. R. Williams said...

In my first book, The Treasures of Carmelidrium, the days of the week don't really matter and are only mentioned a couple times. In its sequel, they play an important part, at least to my characters.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Carol Kilgore said...

VR - I'm coming not to mind Mondays, and that's a huge step forward. I always look forward to returning to my manuscript every day, but there's just something about Monday....

Alex - A world without Mondays :)
Hooray for Washington!

Lydia - Exactly!

Ann - Holidays are always good.

Terry - Each day has a different feel for me. I don't know how it would be without external clues, but maybe the same.

Nancy - I always have to know the day of the week my story starts, and then I have a timeline. Or either an event will occur on a specific day, which will then determine what day of the week the story begins. Why is that important to me? I have no idea :)

Arlee Bird said...

Interesting question that I've not really thought about in the context of my characters or writing other than when certain places might be closed or there is something like a church service.

Personally, I used to make a distinction concerning what day it was, but once I started working at places where I sometimes worked on weekends it didn't really matter as much and now one day is mostly like the next for me.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Rula Sinara said...

Mondays mean quiet time for writing, since the kids will be at school (I do love 'em ;)). Friday means family for me. I guess there are plusses to both, lol (me, the eternal optimist).

Maryann Miller said...

I am definitely in the "It's Monday, I get a fresh start, group." In fact I get more accomplished on Mondays than any other day of the week.

I hadn't thought about how this would apply to my characters, but that is interesting. Have to make sure I am letting them have their own views of Monday's and Fridays and not mine.

Glynis Jolly said...

I like Mondays. For me it's wash day. I don't mind doing the wash. I pick up the dirty clothes, sort them by white and everything else, put the soap and bleach in the washer. Then I put a pile of clothes in and go work on my blog. Same routine for the dryer. Folding clothes is my forced break from the PC. I like Mondays.

Carol Kilgore said...

Arlee - I love how we're all different about so many things and alike about others. Unique :)

Rula - I love having my time to write M-F, but there is just something about Monday. Weekends are family time here, too.

Maryann - How they view or don't think about those days could take their attributes and plot in new directions.

Glynis - You don't mind laundry? Come to my house! We are either the dirtiest or the cleanest people in the universe. Laundry never ends.

The Words Crafter said...

I like Mondays. I don't look forward to them, mind you. They're just nicer to me than Tuesdays and Thursdays. And Fridays...love 'em!

Carol Kilgore said...

Words Crafter - And you don't mention Wednesdays. Hmmmm :)

Donna Hole said...

I'm in the yay its Monday group when its a holiday. Today was a holiday for me BTW.

Otherwise, its all about I need more time off.

For my characters: Well, I have three to play with. There's Amy, who is a stay at home mom so her routine doesn't vary much regardless of day of the week.

There's Robert; works when drinking doesn't get in the way and hits the alarm until Amy pretty much dumps him out of bed.

Then there's Cal, who is up before the sun, regardless of the day of the week or the season. Once that first cup of coffee is finished, he's off and ready for some type of action or other.

I'm with Robert; I hate mornings, not matter what day of the week they fall on.

.........dhole

Carol Kilgore said...

Donna - Interesting characters and great description of them. I got an instant image of each one.

Talli Roland said...

I rather like Mondays. I think my characters do, too - they get my full attention once again!

Clarissa Draper said...

Maybe I'm the only one who likes Monday because it's the start of a week. I always love starts. My characters? They're not talking to me right now.

Michelle Teacress said...

I know what you mean. I like the weekends because I get to follow my own schedule. So since last Monday was a holiday, it was a good one - which doesn't happen often!

lbdiamond said...

Mondays, grrrr, lol!

My MC has to worry about survival, so no day is better or worse than the next, I guess.

Carol Kilgore said...

Talli - I do like returning to my characters. That alone is almost enough to overcome Monday-itis.

Clarissa - I love starts. But I do hate to give up my weekend. I wonder if it's possible to have both - LOL

Michelle - Yea holidays!

lbdiamond - Let's see ... survival or Mondays? Maybe I'd take Mondays :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

On Mondays I get to watch my cute little grandson. He's 17 months old and full of energy. My writing week starts on Tuesdays. :) And today, a villain showed up in my manuscript I didn't expect. I love it when that happens.

Carol Kilgore said...

I do love when characters just show up and claim their right to be there, too, Kathi. And cool about your grandson :)

LR said...

If it's any consolation, I burned my tongue on my tea yesterday. And I also bit the inside of my cheek while eating a carrot. :) Writers lead dangerous lives.

Carol Kilgore said...

LR - Yes we do! I hate biting my cheek, too.