Life Is Too Short For Crabby People

A fellow writer told me the other day that she writes fiction in order to make sense of the “un-understandables.” 

I wanted to hug her. Actually, I think I did. Because it’s the way it is for me, too. Writing The Angry Woman Suite was in many ways an attempt to understand a handful of perplexing people who were, or still are, a part of my internal landscape—also people I admire, too, but mostly I write to understand those who get on my last nerve (so I can box them up . . . *smile*. . . is this a little like getting the last word?).  

My list of last nerve characters:

Know-it-all’s—doesn’t the world have enough know-it-all’s yet? Is it really necessary to keep churning them out?  

Bad manners–not just interrupting or slamming doors, but also sneering at another’s lifestyle, mindset, skin color, political leaning, and/or sexual orientation, or anything else you don’t agree with (unless  someone or something is being killed or abused) = seriously bad manners.   

Bores—we all know who they are. The problem is they don’t. 

Mean bores—there’s never a good reason for sheer meanness. But, sigh, there’s never been a really good enough reason for bores, either. They’re like roaches: everywhere and unnecessary.  

Cranks and whiners—a total drain on everybody. We all have challenges. Get over your big bad selves. Feed the poor.   

Mean cranks and whiners—ditto.

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But then there are those people who just can’t be pinned down. They’re enticing, private, mysterious, ephemeral. They’re generally the heroes. They’re kind, yet strong. I completely love manufacturing a good hero. The kind who can tell the mean, cranky, whiny know-it-all– the one who slept with a co-worker’s husband–where she can put it, yet in a direct, (but still) totally non-snotty way = winning.

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2 comments on “Life Is Too Short For Crabby People

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, I don’t even want to ask which one of those “last-nerve characters” I am!! Oh, the fun of fiction!!

  2. I’d like to see you define the hero types 🙂

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