Unlike my love for just about every genre of music, I have a very distinct “type” that I’m drawn to when it comes to the guys that would turn my head on the street (aka musicians, Hollywood actors, characters in books – you know, completely unattainable in the real world). My head turners are generally somewhat pale with blue eyes and brown or black hair. Dimples, freckles, sizeable nose optional but strongly appreciated. Look up Townie in the Boston to English Dictionary. Or Black Irish. Or hockey player.
So every once in a while when I get this totally inexplicable crush on one of those unattainable men who fits little to none of those above qualities, it throws me for a loop. And it makes me write differently too.
Right now I’d say my top five head turners would include Ian Somerhalder, Alex O’Loughlin, Adam Lavine, Matt Bomer, and Joseph Morgan. I can almost hear you asking, ‘Joseph, who?’ You know him, he plays Nicklaus, or Klaus, on The Vampire Diaries.
Obviously he has a little bit different look than those other guys. Blonde, button nose, oh and his character on TVD is evil. Like the fruits of the Devil…she says in a Mike Meyers voice…but he’s getting better. Maybe. Who knows with that show.
Anyway, side-by-side one of these kids is not like the other. See?
I started thinking about this recently and realized I find myself fan-girl crushing on a guy that doesn’t fit my usual type about once a decade. Jason was ten or so years ago. Before that was Sully. Sometime before that was Sean Astin. And he’s where it all began. So maybe that means the once a decade not my type guy really is my type?
It’s an interesting theory especially considering the guy I married has only one of the above listed hotness qualities but a host of others all his own that make him still one of the hottest guys I’ve ever known. Yeah, yeah, I know I don’t usually get squishy. Deal with it.
At any rate, I said I write different when I get my once a decade off-type crush. In this particular instance it’s because I can see Joseph Morgan playing Danny in the Reckless Abandon movie so I have a really strong handle on Danny’s character right now.
I wasn’t planning to have much of Danny in the sequel though. Perhaps this is telling me to just go with the once a decade free-fall and let the character out onto the page. Maybe I need to resolve the Danny stuff early; it would allow Shaw move on with her life. Or maybe she can’t move on right now? I have to start doing some research on community property states, murder of the spouse, or divorce, what goes where and who gets what when the marriage ends in any type of circumstance.
The answers to those questions will help me decide how I want their storyline to play out. And in what decade I’m going to focus the next book. I might go back in time before moving forward with these characters.
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