Welcome back to our Cast Away series! This week, we’re talking about casting off the things that don’t serve us.
Oftentimes it’s difficult to cast away toxic habits, even for fictional characters. Wickeds, have your protagonists changed any of their bad habits? If so, name one. Was it a challenge? Why or why not?
Sherry: If being overly curious is wrong my protagonists don’t want to be right. Chloe does love to eat but she compensates by running and doing water sports.
Barb: Jane Darrowfield, the protagonist in my Jane Darrowfield Mysteries, has a new man in her life after decades without one. He doesn’t live with her, but they frequently cook dinner together at her house. He’s been moving things around in her kitchen, making it more “logical and efficient.” Jane is trying very hard not to be reactive, controlling, or negative about things just because they’re new. She’s trying to fairly assess the value of each change. She is occasionally succeeding.
Edith/Maddie: Mac Almeida is trying to lessen her obsession with everything being neat and tidy. So far she’s not too successful, although getting involved with solving homicides can be messy to the extreme. Robbie doesn’t have too much toxic going on, unless it’s her fondness for Four Roses bourbon. Stay tuned for news on that!
Jessie: My sleuth Edwina is trying to be more flexible and enthusiastic about trying new things. And she is working on her backseat driving! Beryl, on the other hand, is not a fan of even the notion of a habit being bad!
Julie: Lilly Jayne is trying to open up to new experiences. In Wreathing Havoc she doesn’t love the idea of the plant sculpture competition in Alden Park, but she supports her friends. In The Plot Thickets (out this fall) she’s trying to let go of her need to know and control all. Though solving the mystery depends on just that.
Liz: I love these! Maddie’s bad habit is drinking too much coffee, clearly. And she has no desire to change that. Also, she can’t say no to any animal in need, which is definitely not a bad habit, but one that sometimes puts her in precarious positions! Violet, meanwhile, is trying not to doubt herself as much.
Readers, what about you? Any bad habits you’d like to cast off?