Thursday, March 26, 2009


We all know people who are a little grumpy but we love them anyway. Or maybe we just put up with them?

Right now I'm struggling with a character. He's in his seventies and quite a curmudgeon but I don't want him to come off as a stereotypical cantankerous old geezer. I want him to have some redeeming qualities or at least a real good reason for being so bad-tempered. Otherwise why would my heroine hang out with him, right?

So if you know someone who's a miserable old fart, why do you still stay in touch? Or have you cut off communications and given up?


wend said...

Maggie and I visit an old folks home every week (she's a Therapy Dog) and I have quite a few grumpy residents! But most of them have a subject that, once you steer them in that direction, they come to life and have a whole lifetime of stories to tell. I think if I wasn't able to do all the things I can do now I'd get a bit grumpy too! (is this an 'approaching 40' moment?!)
other WR

B.E. Sanderson said...

My father could definitely be a curmudgeon sometimes, but he told such wonderful stories and some really funny (albeit raunchy) jokes that the grumpiness was often overlooked. I'm also friends with an 80-yr old who comes off as grumpy sometimes, but only with people he doesn't like - or when he's missing his wife.