I did have some real things simmering in my head to say this evening, but then I got sucked into the #ThreeFictionalCharacters meme on the Facebooks. If you haven't seen it, the idea is that you describe yourself in three fictional characters. It may sound mundane, but when you're a book nerd stuck under a not-quite-asleep child, let me tell you, that kind of stuff is fascinating.
The first two popped into my brain very quickly.
Number 1: Rilla Blythe. Because she's nice, but unlike her more famous mother, she has to work at it a little bit. She wants to be a little silly and frivolous and sometimes even petty, but she tries to rise above.
Number 2: Mark Watney. Not because I have the ability to "science the shit" out of anything (oh lord-y no), but because the second I read this quote that I'm about to share, it became seared into my brain forever and I recite it to myself at least once a week and it keeps me sane:
"At some point, everything's gonna go south on you... everything's going to go south and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work."
But the third character, oh, the third character! As I laid in bed with falling-asleep-Little-Miss and then with falling-asleep-the-Kid, I about drove myself crazy. Katniss Everdeen? Mmm, no. Someone from Harry Potter? Ehh, I'm not that cool. Tolkien? Guernsey? Miss Peregrine? The Brontes? No, no, no, no.
I needed to get to my bookshelf. And when I finally did (i.e. when the children passed out) the answer came so quickly that I couldn't believe it was ever a question.
Do you know about the book On the Beach? The basic premise is that there has been a nuclear war and Australia is the only place where people have survived. But the people living there know that they only have about six months to live because the tradewinds will eventually carry the nuclear fallout their way.
It's one of my favorites--even if it is a bit depressing in the end--because of dear Moira. She drinks a little too much. She's a teensy bit slutty. But she basically helps everybody hold it together and keeps her head when the world is ending. I've loved her since I first read the book in high school, and even considered naming one of my children after her until we decided to go with a family theme instead....
In any event, there you have it. My #ThreeFictionalCharacters. Have you seen the meme? Have you thought about yours? Feel free to discuss in the comments!