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So, I was working today at a high school wrestling tournament. I keep score and keep it organized, sitting at a table on a platform in the middle of the gym. In between frantic bouts of record keeping, I was thinking about/wroking on my WIP.

So I noticed this coach, a young guy, with hair that I thought would look good on my character Mason. But as things would have it, I couldn't get a picture of him with my phone. I tried and tried, but he was too far away. Every time he got closer, someone stood in front of him. Of course, staring at him, I noticed other things that would fit Mason, an energy and a trace of temper and arrogance. I became more determined to get a few shots to jog my mental image when I needed it.

Then the finals of the tournament came. In a key match, the official made several bad calls that resulted in a wrestler from this coach's school losing. Naturally the coach was incensed, and I thought rightly so, but I only write what the officals say.

After a few more matches, I had very little work left to do. I decided I was going to get a good picture. I climbed down from my platform and wandered around the gym floor with other parent-looking people taking pictures of kids with trophies. Still, he was elusive. James Bond, I am not. I knew I had to be obvious by now, but what the hell. It was just a picture of a nameless adult for my phone that would never see the light of day.

I did the best I could and went back to the head table. A few minutes later an assistant coach approached me. "Is there a problem? Why were you taking pictures of our team?" Of course, stammering that I'm using your head coach as a model for a character in my erotic gay romance was out of the question. So I just turned beet red and said, "I'm a writer. I like his hair for my character."

Total stealth fail.

On my way out of the gym, I saw the assistant coach again. He told me the head coach didn't believe me. I said, "Honest. Do you want a business card? It's my ninth book. I'm not..." crazy? a stalker? How could I say that? I was. Both at once.

And what do I have to show for upsetting an already righteously aggrieved young man and causing myself humiliation? A couple of blurry, dark shots and a resolve that after all, he looks nothing like Mason.


I thought Mercury was out of retrograde.


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Jan. 17th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I so deserve it. I am laughing at me, but I feel so bad that he's worried I'm going to post him being mad on the internet or something. He was calm when I was taking pictures. I am a bad person and a worse spy.
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Jan. 17th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Definitely. It might even work in this book. Maybe Mason will suck at it. A Mason with different hair. Yes, we're back to the short hair I thought of at first!
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
a little bit i think that's awesome - but i think we need to get you one of those super cool spy cams for just such occasions.
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Look at me wear my ass as a hat. I could have the most coolest of spy cams and I would still suck.
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
you need to do some research on spies and jewel thieves! oooh, and then write m/m equivalent of Hot Ice or better yet Honest Illusions! ooooh, or If Tomorrow Comes.

yeah! that's the ticket!
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Girl, that just SUCKS that you didn't even get a picture by the end of it.
LOL And I SO get you with the Mercury.
I was NEVER so happy to see the 15th pass in ALL of my life.

Jan. 17th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: Mannn
I couldn't use one if I did. All I'll do is look at it and think: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to freak you out.
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Awwww! Poor guy AND poor you!
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm just an idiot. He really didn't deserve the added stress. I can't blame him for paranoia, given the way some people use the internet to attack other people sometimes.
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)

*is amused more than she should be at your misery*
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I am soooooo pathetic. :D
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Oh, GOD. I also work in the education field, so I understand the need for stealth in situations like these. But still, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Sorry. ;)
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah. Me < mad skills
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Oh poor thing. (Both of you!)
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
I did a good job, huh, dee? I just hope now that he hasn't found himself on google alerts that he's mellowed.
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
I love this story much more than I should :)
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Am I Captain Spaz, or what? Are they doing a retreat this year?
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Yes! Looks like in May, though I don't know the exact date. I'll be there, and I hope you will be.

If Chris Hansen hasn't tracked you down, that is.
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
hehehe. This reminds me of the time I confronted this guy who was taking pictures of my students during a camping trip. I was all self-righteous and threatening about student safety-and privacy....Yep, turned out he owned the camp and my boss had begged him to put our school in their brochure. Awkward!
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