At the end of this month, I celebrate another birthday. Yay! I’m not one to fret over getting older. Once the biological clock was answered, the whole age thing stopped mattering to me. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I hit the big 4-0, but somehow I doubt it.
I’ve always loved birthday celebrations. They should be a big deal. There should be date nights or weekends away. When my old school friends and I all turned 30, we went on a girls’ cruise. When we all turn 40, we’re going to an all inclusive spa and resort in…somewhere tropical. I’d also like to do a Disney cruise with the fam if money suddenly starts growing on trees. Life is short! Celebrate!
Looking toward my birthday got me thinking about my sign. Y’know, my zodiac sign. I’m a Taurus.
Even though I don’t put tons of stock in astrology, allow me to break it down for you about the major Taurean characteristics:
Patient and reliable
Warmhearted and loving
Persistent and determined
Placid and security loving
Jealous and possessive
Resentful and inflexible
Self-indulgent and greedy
Solidity, practicality, extreme determination and strength of will – no one will ever drive them, but they will willingly and loyally follow a leader they trust. They are stable, balanced, conservative, good, law-abiding citizens and lovers of peace. In the main, they are gentle, even tempered, good natured, modest and slow to anger, disliking quarreling and avoiding ill-feeling. If they are provoked, however, they can explode into ferocious anger. Equally unexpected are their occasional sallies into humor and exhibitions of fun.
- Being Attracted
- Time to Ponder
- Comfort and Pleasure
- Being pushed too hard
- Being rushed
- Being indoors
Sound like anyone you know? Because if you know me, some of this sounds very familiar. I don’t fall into every Taurus characteristic, but a lot of them. And the ones I do fall into, I fall way in there.
What does this have to do with writing? I’ll tell ya: Personality traits. Your characters. Have you ever been stuck with figuring out exactly WHO a character really is inside? Maybe you know a little, but they’re blocking you on the rest. I suggest browsing the zodiac. As you read, it may hit you. “OMG this is SO my heroine!” You spy a few traits you recognize and the zodiac can fill in the blanks. You may never use all these traits in your story, but it will help to know your characters inside and out when the unexpected derails your plot.
So…what’s your sign, baby?