Are You Sleep DeprivedResearch suggests that everyone sleeps and that they need it. The exact amount of sleep varies from individual to individual, although most professionals recommend eights hours of sleep. I have evaluated my sleep patterns for seven consecutive days and was able to conclude: I need more sleep.
As shown on the graph, the hours of sleep I get vary. The hours range from nine hours to no sleep period. I believe its pretty obvious that I do not get enough sleep and suffer from mild sleep deprivation and pseudo-insomnia. I have often jokes that I'm a vampire because I'm nocturnal by nature. I tend to sleep better during the day then at night. The graph also shows that I'm a light sleeper, waking up many times during the night. This also contributes to my fatigue in the morning.
I have narrowed the reasons for my light sleeping to anxiety and paranoia. I have repetitive nightmares and after I wake from them I tend to lie awake watching the shadows in my room. When I do start to drift off to sl
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt3The Perfect Woman. How much time do we spend striving to be that elusive creature? You know the woman, or at least imagine you do. She is brilliant in the boardroom, passionate in the bedroom, and puts Martha Stewart to shame when entertaining.
She's the star of all our favorite romances, because she's the woman we all want to be.
Hmm. Wait a sec. I don't want to be like that. And that wasn't the lady who accepted the proposal of the dashing hero in the Regency I just put down. In fact, I am not sure I have ever read a romance in which the heroine was so darned wonderful that all she had to do to find happiness everlasting was straighten out that silly hero of hers.
No. In all the romances I have seen, the heroine has a bit of emotional baggage to overcome. And she has a few real life obstacles in her path. She has to work to get the brass ring in life, and I like to watch her do it. That's the story!
So, if our romances don't star Patti Perfect, who does traipse across the pages?
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt2Character Archetypes part 2
I have searched the wondrous load of random crap that is the internet to give you this list of hero archetypes. I tried to give examples and decent definitions of each archetype.
This hero is the quintessential alpha hero. He might have been born to lead, or perhaps he conquered his way to the top, but either way, he's tough, decisive, goal-oriented. That means he is also a bit overbearing and inflexible.
This man tends to be at the top of his career field maybe the CEO of a major corporation, or a prince. If he's not already number one, it's only a matter of time.
Some examples of Chiefs:
John Wayne in most of his movies
Captain Kirk of Star Trek
Marlon Brando in The Godfather
If this man were trapped in a basement with an unconscious heroine and a bomb ticking, his first reaction would be anger, which he would, of course want to take out on someone else. He can never admit he's made a mistake, and since h
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt1Guide to Character Archetypes Part 1
I made a list of basic character archetypes. There are plenty more, and you can scour the internet looking for them. But I wrote the most common, and some odd ones you've probably never thought of.
The protagonist on a literal or figurative journey often from childhood to adulthood, innocence to experience.
The antagonist or character blocking the hero's path.
The hero's inner evil, the dark side of his psyche that makes success difficult or impossible unless accepted.
Mother and Father
Yup, the parental units are near and dear to our hearts and especially our minds because of their nurturing or lack thereof.
The Wise Old Man
A mentor, a teacher, a counselor
The Friendly Beast
This shows that nature is pro-hero.
The bad, bad person who tempts the hero
A person (or animal) whose death relieves others of a sin or wrong
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