I got the biggest kick out of seeing my newest grandson last week! He put on quite a show--sticking out his tongue, sucking his fist, smiling, grimacing. . .he even tried to gnaw on his toes. He's as cute as they come--replete with the same trademark cleft in his chin as his daddy.
Hands down, I'd rank this real-time, hour-long video event as the best piece of cinematography I've ever witnessed. You see, my newest grandson isn't expected to be born for another six weeks or so. He and his mommy (and Daddy Kevin, our youngest son) are in Kansas City, while I'm here in Ohio. But thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I was able to link to a live video feed of the 3D/color sonogram they performed in the doctor's office and catch my first glimpses of our little man.
Now, he's no longer a nebulus figure I look forward to meeting eventually. Not just a grainy gray one-dimensional outline like that of the first still-life sonogram image that I couldn't make heads or tails of--literally. I can see his precious little face in my mind's eye. He's REAL to me. . .and I can't wait to hold him in my arms and become real to him, too.
For you writers, do your stories come alive with three-dimensional, full-color characters? Do they become real to your readers--more than inert and monochrome words on a page, but vibrant, moving, breathing, human beings? Who is the most memorable or favorite character you've ever created in your writing? Or, if you're a reader, what book comes to mind when you think of the most memorable character you've encountered in your reading?
For your viewing pleasure, I am attaching a couple of still pictures captured from the 3D sonogram of Baby Boy Downs. I'm sorry to say, the still pics don't do him justice. At all. You'll just have to take my word for it. . .he's a real doll! sd