Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Multi-state Adventure with my Sidekick, Wilson

Wilson is missing his love, Ramona Wilson.  We are on a quest to bring her home.

I'm glad Wilson is so photogenic and I really appreciate his listening skills, very similar to his second-cousin, the volleyball who starred with Tom Hanks in "Castaway."  Once again, Wilson is on another adventure with me.  Today is my first day without my laptop or a standard connection to the Internet.  I'm visiting friends and family the old-fashioned way, face-to-face.  At the end of my trip, I'll be returning home.  Our mission is two-fold.  First, we need to pick up a car we left behind in California.  Originally, my wife's aunt was going to drive it to Iowa once she recovered from surgery.  The doctor advised her not to drive for another three months, so it's me and Wilson on the road again.

Our second assignment is to re-unite Wilson with his first love, Ramona Wilson.  She was also left behind when we moved away.  Her face-lift surgery took too long and she was forced to reside in my sisters garage until Wilson rescues her.

Many of you writers here at the bistro may be wondering why I'm referring to my tennis racket cover and my tennis racket as if they were people.  Remember, a writer's job is to breathe life into his or her characters.  Wilson Mulligan and his girl, Ramona Wilson are helping me do that.  And there is no better way than to share their love for one another here at the bistro.

My brother-in-law, Tony, joined in the fun, creating a FaceBook page for Ramona Wilson.  If all goes well, they will be keeping me company on the road trip back to Iowa.  They plan to live happily ever after in our new home we will be moving into on May 1.

I plan to post photos of Wilson and Ramona when I get back to Iowa.  Some say Wilson is a head case and Ramona is quite a string job, however, I think they are a lovely couple.  Meanwhile, if you have a story to share about how you bring your characters to life, please comment below.


  1. Have really been considering trying my hand at storytelling, mostly true stories but open to creating fiction too. I am open to these ideas for sure. Maybe something will click and help me figure out how to at least try this type of writing way outside of my usual and my comfort zone.

    1. One advantage to fiction is the protection of privacy. My novel is filled with fictional characters mainly to give me freedom to write without volating privacy.