When I saw the topic for the February Beautiful People, I had almost made up my mind to skip it all together. None of my fictional couples are extremely well-developed yet, so I didn’t have much to write about.
Then I remembered the story that’s been taunting me since last September. My NaNo project, the topic of my nightmares…(Okay, maybe that may be a slight exaggeration ;-) )
Yes, I’ve been talking
and whining about Clara’s Story here on the blog for quite some time. Writing about real people is extremely difficult for me; trying to fit in all the little details can be stressful. Of course, I had to use some “storyteller liberties” in the book. Most of the answers below are according to how the book has been written, but I threw in some fun facts as well. :-)
In a mud puddle.
Well, not quite. William bumped into Clara and sent her flying into a puddle. He was nice enough to help her out of it.
Clara noted that William was rather handsome and tall, and strong enough to pull her out of the water without much effort. William’s first impression was, “She isn’t crying or yelling at me, but she’s standing here dripping wet in the freezing cold. I might be able to get along with this girl.”
Not long at all…though by the time the book ends they’ve been married for more than twenty years.
Extremely committed. Divorce wasn’t an option back then. Yes, they would die for each other…William almost did.
I’m not good with quirks so I’m going to do interesting facts instead. (These are all facts, not fiction.)
–I don’t actually know what year Clara was born. According to census records, she could have been born in 1866, 1867, or 1868. For the book, I split the difference between those years. Henceforth (until I find a more reliable document), her birthdate is November 22, 1667.
–William had never chopped wood until he was nearly 30 years old.
–Clara was the baby of her family and incredibly devoted to her parents, yet she willingly left them and followed William to Spokane when asthma nearly took his life.
–William was the only surviving child of his biological parents. (He has one half-brother.)
–Aaannnddd I can’t think of anymore so there ya go.
In Chicago? A fancy dinner and starlight walk along the shores of lake Michigan. In Tumtum, probably an afternoon away from their passel of sweet kids.
Quite similar in most areas. Clara tends to be more of the spitfire personality-wise, though William does anything and everything to ensure his family is safe and well cared for; but he does it in a more quiet manner than Clara.
Best moments always seem to happen in the kitchen. :-) Worst moments…those seem to have something to do with the kitchen as well.
Next few years? That’s kinda tough, as I haven’t decided for sure where in their lives I am going to end the book. Factually speaking, they were married for fifty years before William passed away.
And, for your enjoyment, here is the ONE photo I have found of William and Clara together.
And this photo is of William, likely taken when he was around 19 years old.
Is he not handsome? ;-) (I think he looks like he’s trying hard to be serious.) From talking to people who actually knew him, I learned that apparently he was quite the tease and always cracking jokes.