On my ride to work today, I saw a camel. No, not the camel from the Geico commercial. This camel was walking along the road with a rather intent stride, unlike the lackadaisical camels you normally witness. He was heading towards the same coffee shop that I was about to stop at. He made it there first because I was stuck at the traffic light.
While sitting at the traffic light, I saw an alligator cross the intersection. It was a troubling image that all the others at the intersection seemed unconcerned by. As the light turned green the alligator disappeared and I pulled into the coffee shop, but there was no sign of the camel.
Is this a bad setup for a joke, or has Maureen been tipping the bottle very early in the morning? No. The sad truth is that I forgot my glasses at home. When I don't have my glasses on, I see things. The camel was most likely a deer, or perhaps a heap of mud from a construction site. The alligator was more likely the early morning sun glare against the black top.
I know. I know. Put your glasses on, woman!
Fortunately it's a very short drive to work.
In the recent series I wrote, the hero has a visual impairment. He sees things more outlandish than camels going to the coffee shop. His flaw has no impact on the heroine, however. She was in love with him from book one. How often do you give your characters flaws? As readers, do you want the hero and heroine to be perfect, or will you accept them with physical burdens?
Maureen A. Miller