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a2z: The letter is 'L' for Listen

Oscar Wilde said it best.My own business bores me to death. I prefer other people's. 

I'll admit it. I listen. I can't help. The stories coming from other diner tables are interesting.
Last night I overheard the sweetest child's voice telling her daddy what she liked about him the most. 

Sometimes I only get snippets and those connect like magnets with a solid click and a character will grow in my mind.

The sad thing is I've taught Ed how to listen too.

The frustrating thing is, he won't always share what he hears. Like last night, what was making him smile? What girly girl language did he try and translate into man speak? 

So here is my defense:
I'm a writer, listening gives me a feel of how people interact with each other in social settings. And if you're at Wal Mart on your cell phone I will follow you and you just might end up in a book.

for more a2z post check out Patty Wysong.
posted by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer


  1. Gotta LOVE the curiosity of a writer! You made me smile because I'm the same way! :)

  2. I knew there were more of 'us' out there. :) Diana

  3. I'm the same way, too. Sometimes their conversations are more interesting than my own ;)

  4. That is soooo true! Love the pics.

  5. You are too funny! :) I think your husband is just trying to get you riled up. He's really thinking,

    'Hmmm...I wonder if I should order dessert.' :)

  6. Laury! You're probably right!

  7. Too funny! Next time I'm in a Wal-Mart, I'll be looking for you...

  8. I'm the one standing behind you with the notebook or my phone looking like I'm texting but I'm taking notes, Kristi.

  9. You take such amazing photos for your blog :)

  10. Ah, I'd be trailing right along with you. I can't tell you how much it fascinates me to hear snippets of random conversations. Fun! ^_^

  11. So I'm thinking 'royalties' if I end up in your book! :)

    I'm pretty sure that men speak Swahili. Now, if he could just learn English, you'd get some great story lines out of him.


  12. Oh, I'm glad to know it comes with the "writer operating system"! People are so interesting!

  13. I wish I could hear to eavesdrop, but I find I'm a better watcher. Either way, it is that writer's curiosity and imagination that stimulates the observation deck!