Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Which Linda Reveals a Deep, Dark Secret

You were expecting a camel, weren't you? HA! Surprise! No camel today.


Because. That's why.

(What? I'm not allowed to be contrary?)

Today I feel like posting pictures of a horses instead:

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Aren't they adorable? They're Icelandic horses, a hardy and good-natured breed. I think they look somewhat Teddy-bearish.

Here's a closeup:

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

You want to know a secret?

I actually like horses better than camels. (There. I said it.)

Seriously, the whole Hump Day camel thing started as a joke. I was looking for something to blog about. It was a Wednesday--"Hump Day"--so I thought, hey, I'll post a picture of a camel. 

Then it just sort of ... stuck.

You want to know another secret? I'm kind of tired of it. (Horrors!)

Now, I'm not saying I'll never post another camel pic. I probably will. But I thought it was high time I came clean about my true quadruped preferences.

How about you? Any deep, dark secrets you'd care to reveal? Come on! It's liberating.

Bonus Question: If you're a writer, do you give your characters secrets? 

If so, are the secrets only from the other characters, or are they from the reader, too? Do you ever suspect your characters are keeping secrets from you?

BONUS-BONUS Question: What's the most surprising thing a character has ever revealed to you while you were writing? 


Kimberly Sabatini said...

They are soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!

Jessica Lemmon said...

Those are so friggin' cute! I don't blame you, Linda. You do what you want! ;-)

Finding out Shane from Tempting the Billionaire didn't have a house staff shocked me. What billionaire doesn't have a house staff?! But, he insisted on doing his own laundry and dishes...

(Which, I admit, is sexy.)

Delia said...


Of course my characters keep secrets from everyone. They're real people.

Aren't they?

abby mumford said...

i too am much more partial to horses than camels, so i applaud this switch. maybe next wednesday you won't even post a picture.....ooh, you're keeping your readers on their toes, grimes!

Teri Anne Stanley said...

Heck, my characters seem to be keeping whole plot points secret from me...I can only hope they'll let them go at some point before I get there.

And I'm kind of with you on the horse thing. Misty of Chincoteague was my first love...

Diane Henders said...

Aw, so cute! Surprises are good - I can hardly wait to see what you do next. :-)

I'm not much for deep dark secrets. The deepest, darkest one I had was when I wrote three novels without admitting to anybody (even Hubby) that I was writing at all.

But my characters are always keeping secrets from me, the bums! I think my biggest surprise was when I discovered Kane had worked undercover as an exotic dancer - he always seemed so buttoned-down before. Not that I was disappointed... like I said, surprises are good... :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

I don't know much about horses, but they fascinate me. Much more than camels do!

My characters all have secrets. Many times they don't want to share them with anyone.

The most surprising reveal to me was a character who told me she was an undercover FBI agent during the middle of a short story.

Judy,Judy, Judy said...

My characters have kept secrets from my readers, from me. Of course, I can't think of one right now.
Yeah - camels are done. I support you in your efforts to move on. If you want another day like that what about martini Monday or... or...or geez none of the days go well with cigars.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Those horses are adorable. With those stubby little legs, I thought they were ponies. But that one in the close-up looks sick. (I'm pretty sure he's a little hoarse.)

I suck as a lady of mystery. No deep dark secrets (I care) to reveal. My characters, though, have secrets, which are revealed little by little. Kinda like a strip tease.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

The first manuscript I wrote after We Hear the Dead had a protagonist who kept secrets from the reader. That book hasn't found the perfect home yet, but I am sure my favorite little liar will some day have a home.

The most surprising secret a character ever kept from me was that he had an estranged brother who had fallen in with anarchists. I had to throw out my draft and start over!

Geoffrey Cubbage said...

Fuzzy ponies! They have been my go-to filler on the blog for years now. I have a whole category named after then. No Icelandics, though...yet.

Maybe I can do a few fuzzy camel posts to pick up the slack while you indulge your pony cravings.

Hm, pony cravings; that got kinkier than I meant it to. Yeesh. Well, no one ever said blogging was easy.

Patsy said...

I don't have any secrets at all. I'm sure you believe me.

My characters often do though. I don't think they keep any from me but sometimes I'm a little slow in understanding what they're trying to tell me.

Al said...

Does that mean hump day will become saddle day?

Romance Reader said...

They are so cute. Love the photos.


Jennifer Shirk said...

Say it ain't so!!

Ok, I confess that I think Matthew Mcconaughey is ugly. There I said it.
He looks like a big blonde ape to me.

Whew! I feel better now.

Deniz Bevan said...

Hmm, deep dark secret... I just don't like tea very much. I keep trying, because it's Turkish and British, but I'd rather have coffee any day!

Love those horsies. Wish I could ride one!

LD Masterson said...

Okay, I'll admit it. Camels have interesting faces but I'd rather look at a horse any day.

My secret...the only kind of black tea I don't enjoy is Earl Grey... which wouldn't be bad but I'm a Trekkie. (Capt. Picard always drank "tea, Earl Grey, hot".)