Lois Lane Syndrome

Lois Lane – voted most likely to remain forever clueless

Lois Lane is not my favorite character. She’s touted by the other characters as a strong woman, and it’s a good thing too, because you’d never notice otherwise.

Mostly she makes poor decisions (the definition of TSTL=too stupid to live) and then when things, as expected, turn out badly for her, she hollers, “Help! Superman!” and waits around to be rescued.

She’s also allegedly an intelligent person, poor decision making notwithstanding, and yet never suspects that Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same. I watched Superman Returns the other day, and when Clark Kent returns from a long absence on the same day as Superman reappears, Lois never bats an eye.

It’s Polkaroo!

If you happened to be a Canadian child of the 80’s, as I am, then you probably watched Polka Dot Door. I remember quite vividly the moment that I realized that Polkaroo never came around when the male cast member was there, and that probably he WAS Polkaroo, even though he’d come back and say, “What, I missed seeing Polkaroo again?”

I was five years old, and I figured it out.

Lois is allegedly an award winning investigative journalist.

Yeah right.

 

Lois has been on my mind while I’ve been working on The Undercover Outlaw. My heroine, Alicia, has a secret identity, and I need to be sure that the hero, Logan, doesn’t come off as a victim of Lois Lane Syndrome because somehow I think it’ll be less acceptable in a big strong alpha male.

I think the key will be to not let it go on for too long. The big discovery is definitely lurking on the horizon … I’d best get back to it …

WIP Wednesday … ish

Okay, I know it’s not Wednesday at all, but I was busy yesterday helping to pull off an epic surprise bridal shower for my boss. Seriously epic – my co-workers are impressively devious. Actually, I’m a little concerned about them. Pretty sure they could have a second career as con-women.

Sooo … this week, how bout a snippet from The Undercover Outlaw? This is from the first meeting of Alicia and Logan.

“And where do your journeys take you, Mr …” Alicia let her voice trail off, hoping he’d respond, instead of shutting her down with the steely glare she’d seen used on the others who’d tried to strike up a conversation with him. She didn’t need anyone having time to notice and comment on her empty plate and leaned forward a little. Maybe a better view down the front of her dress would make him chattier. Or at least put him in a better mood.

His eyes flickered to her neckline and he shifted awkwardly in his chair. “Logan, Miss Light,” he said, and Alicia rewarded him for answering with a deep breath that brought his gaze back to her chest. “A pleasure to meet you.”

His voice was a pleasant surprise, deep and rumbling, but with a velvet undertone so smooth she could almost feel it against her skin. She leaned towards him, and hoped he’d continue talking. He did.

I do like these characters – who wants to come take over my real life for a few days so I can spend more time with them? 😉

 

WIP Wednesday – Mama’s Broken Heart

Storywonk calls it Discovery, the time when you’re getting to know your characters, working out the story, mulling things over, seeing what fits and what doesn’t.

I love Discovery, and I especially love the important bits of information I get from the most random of places.

Like Miranda Lambert songs.

If you haven’t heard it, feel free to click and have a listen! So fun, lots of great lines in there, too!

But there’s one line that makes me think of Alicia, the heroine in The Undercover Outlaw.

Can’t get revenge and keep a spotless reputation.

Sometimes revenge is just a choice you gotta make.

See, I didn’t know that revenge was part of Alicia’s motivation for her involvement in Logan’s heist – until I’d listened to the song (over and over so I could sing along. Badly.)  Then it was so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before.

Can’t wait to see how it all plays out for them! Because, for all the Discovery in the world, I’m still a pantser through and through.

 

WIP Wednesday

Accountability, that’s the ticket.

I’m currently working on the first book in my future Outlaw Women series for Total E Bound.

At least, I’m supposed to be, and I really want to be, but it’s springtime and crazy busy around here and I’m struggling to find the time and energy to make any serious headway. So, a little public accountability should be motivating! If nothing else, I’ll get practiced up on my excuses. 🙂

My plan is to share something about the story that I’ve worked on during the previous week – might be a snippet from the story, or an idea I’m playing with, or something non-story related that I’ve found inspirational. Anything related to the project!

So, follow me through the writing of The Undercover Outlaw! (And feel free to poke me if I don’t report in weekly!)