Just a quick note before I take off to do errands. TV said (and I always DO WHAT THE TEEVEE SAYS DRAT IT) to get out before noon and stay home out of the heat and pollution afterward.
On a critique-group mailing list, a critter said that the book under discussion had a major problem in that the heroine was “inconsistent.” She thought the character should be completely revamped to be believable.
Now, what was it that bothered the critter? The heroine is a vice president of sales in a large corporation. She’s tough, realistic, and practical. Frugal, not a money-waster. Wears navy blue business suits even on casual Fridays. But she has a quirk: she keeps catalogs such as Victoria’s Secret, Frilly, Rockabilly Girl, and the like at her desk, and now and then she flips through them and orders a totally frothy dress or prom dress or something else outrageous. She never wears them or goes anywhere to wear them, but she has them in one of her closets at home “just in case” she ever gets an invite to a place she can wear them. (To business banquets she wears something designer and subdued.)
I say this is not inconsistent, but a character quirk that deepens the character and makes her more real.
The crit group is dithering.
What say you?
(It’s not one of my books, or the heroine’s obsession would be something much more offbeat, such as . . . you don’t wanna know. *grin*)