Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor
“Make a wish….”

…being an optimist! Gasp! Shock! Horror! How can this happen? I’ve read her books, you say, she’s dark, a bit twisted. Please say it isn’t so!

I know, it seems an odd mix, because I definitely do have a dark sense of humor. I think that’s what keeps me from being an annoying Pollyanna (or that is my hope LOL).

I can’t say I thought that much about whether I was or wasn’t. I just kind of tooled through my days, doing my thing, committing my fictional mayhem…if I could whistle decently (which I can’t) I’d have whistled while I worked. If I were a dwarf, I’d probably be Happy.

Even when I’d get depressed, I tended to think it was kind of funny. I sucked at being miserable and even when I nailed it, instead of wallowing in it, I’d find myself wondering if I could use it in book…

It’s kind of sad. But even that doesn’t bother me. If I had a theme song, it would be I Love to Laugh. A friend of mine has a theory about me. She thinks I am so cheerful because of my fictional mayhem. I wreak some pretty bad havoc on my characters, so she might be right. It’s a sort of Dorian Gray effect maybe.

The hubs would emphatically agree. Someone (I forget who) said that “man has put you through hell!” The hubs looked at me and said, “Who looks like they’ve been through hell? Who has TWO artificial hips? What’s left of my hair is gray!”

Oops. Picture me trying to whistle — and failing — as I change the subject. And give him a big smile. Cause life is pretty good. Even when it isn’t. Cause if it isn’t? It’s great copy for the books.

I was mulling a contender for “Worst Havoc Wreaked on Characters in a Novel,” but it is tough to pick just one. If you like your books with havoc and humor, then start with The Spy Who Kissed Me or Do Wah Diddy Die. And don’t forget to make a wish. 🙂

So, are you optimist? Pessimist? Combo of the two? Don’t want to commit to either? Find fictional havoc cathartic? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana Gift card of optimistic pessimism and joy. Winners are announced in the first blog post of the month (which is rapidly approaching–yet another reason to be optimistic!).

Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

Perilously, yet optimistically yours,


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  • October 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Awwww girl…I adore you EVEN more now!!! As if that were possible. You sound a lot like me, although I have gone through some pretty depressed or angry periods in my life – for the most part I think I am a pretty optimistic, happy person. Hubby is definitely a realist (his code for pessimist) so our conversations are generally interesting…LOL!! But I think it’s what keeps us balanced. I expect the best, he prepares for the worst and we always meet in the middle.

    Love it. Here’s to our optimistic nature…may it always keep us warm, cozy and happy even when we are creating fictional hell for others. LOL!!

    • October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

      I’ve actually suffered periods of depression, but decided that sucks way too much, so try not to go there anymore! But you sure come across as positive and happy on your blog. How funny, cause my hubby is the “realist” in our family, too. LOL!

      Yes! Here’s to optimism! We gotta live the days anyhow, why not live them smiling? (And look out characters!!!!) LOL!

  • October 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Great post! I love it! You two sound great, Pauline. I’ve used my fiction to get drama out of my system a few times. I don’t think I wreak enough havoc on some characters.

    That dragon sculpture is gorgeous! And then I noticed their “wish bone.” Now the piece is a bit chililng. I’m not sure how the little man is going to get out of that situation. LOL.

    • October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks, Diana. I think the harder life gets, the worse it gets for my characters. LOL! I’ve funneled some serious havoc into my fiction. But I’m still standing and at the end, so are they. (grin)

      Yeah, the dragon sculpture is a bit dark. I do have a dark sense of humor. The inscription on the bottom is “make a wish.” LOL! I’m thinking the little hero is toast. (grin)

  • October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I was shocked when someone accused me of being a pessimistic dystopian writer. I work out my problems in my fiction. And yes, it’s usually optimistic, even at its darkest.

    • October 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Wow, see based on what I know of you, I’d call you cheerful, too. I mean, your remodeling! That takes some serious optimism, IMHO! Fiction is a great place to funnel all the stuff of life. LOL!

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