Tattoo Girl, part 2

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Tattoo Cat by Something Ferdinand is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Part 1 here. (But it’s okay not to read Part 1 first, this post is standalone.)

. . . So strong.

Her name was Jaime.  Naked her skin was blue in the darkness of her apartment in Greenwood near the highway.  Others might have found the apartment too noisy with the highway so close by, but Jaime loved the clear bright light, that came in from the east in the morning and put her in a mood to paint.  She had taken up pointilism in an art class at the community college last year, and even though the instructor termed her work “derivative,” she didn’t care.  Filling a small canvas with tiny dots on the way to creating an image drew her close to Chuck Close, the artist whose work created faces out of individual mosaic-like colored shapes.  She liked to think she channeled Seurat.  She did not know how to draw like a real art student, but she reasoned, you could make anything with dots – wasn’t that how pixels worked on a computer screen?  She could make art at least as good as computer, she figured.

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Seurat by Martin Beek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

She never would have started painting if it had not been for the book she found at the library that one rainy afternoon:  Art in Detail.  One hundred art pieces – nearly all paintings – each one examined minutely on the following page using historical and technique notes.  Jaime just figured she could do it.

Anything was doable after she had successfully left her marriage.  All those times André had told her she’d never amount to anything, that she was fortunate he had married her, that she was lazy and would never be successful.

Well, she was successful at leaving him, wasn’t she?  And now, she realized, she had become a bodybuilder in her spare time and she was on her way to becoming a painter.  During the days, yes, she worked at Office Depot in the local shopping center, mostly in copies and printing and sometimes on the floor, and there wasn’t much in that job to keep her attention.

But oh! the colors she saw in her painting.  She saw those colors in her mind even when she wasn’t in front of the canvas.

Dancing colors.


I’d like to say thank you to one of my readers and fellow bloggers, Dahlia of Stories and More, for suggesting that she would love to hear more about this character’s life.  To all my readers:  I hope that she captured your imagination as well!  I sometimes feel my characters live on even after my story about them has ended.  Even though that sounds strange to write it down “out loud,” I know that it is one of the reasons I keep writing.  – To learn more about the characters’ lives.

How do you imagine your characters?  Do they live on after you have written about them?  Or do they fade back into your imagination, patiently waiting for another opportunity to be written about?


24 thoughts on “Tattoo Girl, part 2

  1. I do like it a lot when we get to know more about your characters. You should have a book of compilation of short stories and novellettes 🙂 I do like this a lot.
    I find your choice of names interesting. How do you choose them? I often get stuck at names and have to look up meanings. I have my favorite names, of course. Jaime was my deceased father’s name. Filipinos have a strong Spanish influence (my maiden name is Aguilar).

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    1. Ooh! Thank you, Anne! I love the idea of a short story compilation. Confession: I am working on a couple of compilation projects, one I am calling “The Little Book of Lies,” where each piece is a different version of lying, e.g., “Mendacity,” “Prevarivation,” “Trickery,” etc. AND I have a second collection project, “The Little Book of Monsters,” stories about monsters who live in graffiti walls and travel for holiday between graffiti walls, and other monster-based stories. 🙂 Thanks for the kudos!
      About names, I really understand what you mean. I hate to get stuck using the same names over and over. I try to pick up names from the outside world, but I also have a very thin “baby name book” that I got a while back in a shop somewhere, and sometimes I flip through it to look for ideas. It’s very limited, but sometimes that’s better than a much larger book that is more comprehensive.
      There is a sound to the right name. I’m glad Jaime is so meaningful to your family!
      p.s. would LOVE to hear more of your fiction on the blog. You are good! Any ideas about collecting them into a story collection? I know your time is short these days …!

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      1. Oh wow! That’s great, Theresa. I know they’re going to be awesome. I never thought about a compilation based on a specific main topic. The monster project sounds fantastic. You have the creativity and skill to ace this project.
        I do need to detach myself from the frustration of the world of work and allow myself to be in the space of creativity. I have to be deliberate about it, I know. Deep breathing… releasing… ☺

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  2. Ah so happy you decided to build on Jaime and thank you for crediting me. I feel characters have a life and will of their own. Once, while penning a story I remember introducing a character just to make a point about a young girl (the protagonist) and her infatuation with an older man and its repercussions at her home. But ultimately the man just took over the story and ended up marrying the protagonist – much to my surprise and delight. I didnt have to do anything, just type on the keyboard as he insisted on doing his own story 😀

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    1. That is a lovely recollection, Dahlia! Thank you for sharing it with me, and thank you for letting me know you enjoyed this little story. It is very nice for a writer to know there is someone to read their work (as I’m sure you know!)!

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