I'm late, I know, and I'd love to blame airline delays, or snowstorms, or a security alert at the airport. But really I'm just a little disorganised this month and I didn't leave myself enough time to
And so I’m very grateful for the invitation here, it’s been a dreadfully busy time for me at work and the family have been in upheaval and the weather was grim over the New Year and my car is having trouble…
So you see why I’m so grateful? LOL
A change of pace is what we often need. Relaxing with friends, admiring the scenery, drinking too many Margaritas (I hope). And for my change of pace? I need to be dressed appropriately.
That’s what they say, isn’t it? We are what we wear. And that’s a useful tool in fiction. What our characters wear sets the scene for the reader,
For example, I’m just reading (again) J.R.Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books, and it’s all about the clothes. Well, and the fighting and the politics and the blood and the sex ... but you know what I mean. Lots of sweeping leather, wraparound shades and big shitkickers. Weapons strapped all over the body like some new kind of alternative accessory.
And by the way, do you know I found it impossible to find an illustrative picture of Brother-like warriors with their clothes *on*? LOL
A couple of my recent short stories have featured the clothing as much as the men!
What not to Wear had Doug and Beckett wearing increasingly outrageous slogans on their T-shirts that reflected their equally outrageous love life! Until making out both in the elevator and over the Boardroom table got them fired LOL
And in How the Other Half Lives, Martin is very prim and smart, while Russ is his polar opposite, wearing ripped jeans and never ironing his shirts. And their attitudes are like their clothing: two men you’d think would have nothing in common. Until they volunteer to flatsit for each other, and gradually come around to see their neighbour as a friend rather than an alien. Which, of course, leads to more than just friendship…!
So can *you* think of anything you've read or written recently that depended heavily on what the characters wore? Do you like a lot of description in your ficton so you can really envisage what the hero looks and dresses like? Or do you prefer a bit of vagueness, so you can imagine them yourself?
It sounds like a version of the comic dolls and their cut-paper dresses I used to buy each week LOL.
So... I'll keep today's post fairly brief, to allow for
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. So said Mark Twain.
Hmm. Not sure that'll appeal to the nude sunbathers, Mark, but it takes all sorts to make a world :).
Now, have that cute waiter bring me
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BLURB: Lucas Fides has inherited his Victorian family’s auction house, good looks and a passionate mind. But he hides an illicit devotion to his friend Valentine and suffers shocking, erotic dreams. When Valentine introduces a new client, Gideon Arnaud offers important financial help and the opportunity for Lucas to realize his other desires. But Lucas will have to pay the price.