Wherein I Remember Just in Time That I am Not a Ninja

When you’re writing a novel, there’s a blurry line between fiction and reality. I infuse my story with aspects of places and characters I have known. My heroine has characteristics I possess or wish I possessed.

Some of my best plotting comes while I work out. I have a playlist of songs on my Zune I’ve chosen to help get me in the right mood to write and I listen to it and get pumped up, brainstorming ideas and visualizing scenes I plan to incorporate in later chapters.

This week I was out walking with Wanda in the stroller when I noticed a man walking ahead of me wearing a backpack. He seemed out of place in our neighborhood and I felt a strange vibe coming from him. He was going the way we were going but he was walking slightly slower than me. He kept stealing glances behind him, keeping me on his radar. He was slowing down and I was gaining on him. Was he letting me gain on him?

In a psychotic fit of imagination, I thought, “If he tries to pull anything funny when I pass him, he will be so surprised by the beat-down I will give him.” In my mind, I planned out the fight scene and just how thoroughly I would shut him down.

I continued on my way, getting closer, still feeling a strange vibe that something was going to go down when I caught up to him, still imagining how I would triumph.

About 30 feet from him, I had the sudden realization that I was not a character in my book, that I was a very real 32-year-old woman with a baby in a stroller and almost zero martial arts training. This realization was disappointing. I turned down a side street to avoid the confrontation.

Yeah. Maybe plotting should only be done when walking in a controlled environment.

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4 Responses to Wherein I Remember Just in Time That I am Not a Ninja

  1. Erin says:

    I love it! They say visualization is a powerful thing. Perhaps you have hidden talents?

  2. Emily G says:

    I have to say I do the same thing! (Not write an amazing novel, but visualize what I would do if X happened.) In fact, I did it yesterday when we saw the man dressed like a woman just hanging around the kids play area at the mall. (Nope, not joking.) I was also unable to do anything with my plans as he was just waiting for a nearby store to open.

  3. Caryn says:

    I do that exact thing! The movies make it look so effortless, but I’m sure if given the opportunity to actually use everything I “learned” from the movies I would lose. Badly. A little imagination is a dangerous thing.

  4. korinthe says:

    Ah, but I bet your ready-for-the-takedown vibes would have crushed him as you approached 🙂

    (Still think you did the smart thing)

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