Lately she seems to think I have a shoe fetish. I have no idea where she got that notion, but I have to admit I think more about shoes than my humans. It’s my vantage point. I spend a lot of time looking at human’s knees and feet. Is it any wonder I start to make associations?
For instance, I can always tell what the weather is like outside. Cold brings out socks and heavy boots. (Did you know a rolled up ball of socks is fun to play with? Just saying.) And my male human prefers work boots with laces. Ah, laces. I don’t know why he gets so annoyed when I try to help him in the morning.
We have visitors from time to time, and I can tell right away if I should rub against their legs. I avoid females with tall spikey heels, they’re murder on my tail. People with soft-sided footwear can be a challenge. I think they call them Tennis Shoes or Sneakers. Neither name makes sense to me. What is tennis? And not one human whose worn them has ever been able to sneak up on me. In general humans seem to be rather loud, but then again that may be due to my excellent hearing. Not that I’m bragging.
I try to help my human out from time to time with characterization. My world is filled with shoes and knees, so I describe my life using those elements. Her “characters” would do the same. A florist would see love as “blooming” or adversity as having “thorns.” A baker may feel his temper “rising” higher than the soufflé he made that morning. We think and describe our world based on our experiences and passions.
So the next time you’re creating a character, make sure to step into their shoes and relate what’s happening through their past experiences and not your own. How would they feel about a parent’s death or a betrayal? How do they fit into their world?
Okay, I’m going back to laying on my shoes now. They really are more comfortable than they look. If you have any questions for me, just leave them in the box below. I’ll get them when my human leaves the room.