Nancy: Characters With a (Super)Hero Complex

imageSo this is what it’s come to: drinking airplane-size aperitifs while sitting alone in a hotel room. While I’m being a road warrior for my day job (the reason for the hotel room and the drinking alone), I promised I’d keep my story brain engaged.

One of the ways I’m doing that is by keeping a journal of observations that one day – one very wonderful day in the not-too-distant future – I’ll use in my writing. This past week, I spent a lot of time people watching, thinking about people’s words and actions and how those can tie into archetypes for characters. One character type that got the wheels in my writer’s brain spinning was the eternal hero. Continue reading

Michaeline: Addams Family Archetypes

In a gazebo in winter, Morticia is looking at an X-ray, Gomez is showing the children and Grandmama a shrunken head of himself, and Uncle Fester is busying himself with a mysterious instrument. (A piccolo? A hacksaw? A stereopticon?)

Before the TV show, there was the cartoon. The Addams family share a warm family gathering. (A bookcover, via Wikimedia Commons)

Happy Halloween, y’all! Today, I have a little fun with the characters from the Addams Family. If you don’t know about them, please take some time to dig up (har-har) some of the old Charles Addams cartoons from the New Yorker. Or the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation. Such a lovely, spooky sensibility that plays with the border between “normal” and “weird.” Perfect for today, the traditional border between autumn and cold, hungry winter.

Morticia Addams: She is the Goddess stereotype. As a tempting maiden, she drives her husband crazy. But she also is a fruitful mother of two children. And her calm demeanor and mysterious taste in all things home and hearth make her rather crone-like. She owns her domain, and dominates it.

Gomez Addams: He’s apparently an entrepreneur and he’s obviously a very rich man. Continue reading