Rona Shively isn’t known for her relationship prowess. She’s often been plagued by ridiculousness and until she met Garrett, she’d been involved with a number of unnecessarily difficult entanglements. Her sister, Jane is worse. She tends to pick the wrong guy even when ten of the right guys are lined up in front of her. I mostly get my inspiration for these two and their romantic shenanigans from my own misfortunes in the dating arena. Inevitably, there’s some guy out there who claims to want to date me and then decides, after disrupting my life with his overtures, that maybe, it just isn’t worth the hassle. And then comes the lying, the backpedaling, the scheming, and ultimately…the ghosting. The funniest part of it all is that they always think I don’t know what they are doing, but I ALWAYS know. I only go along with it because it’s easier than starting a big argument. I let it fizzle out and move on. So, as I’m writing the next book in the Rona series, I’m enjoying giving these ladies the necessary backbone to head off the drama that comes with taking too long to call a spade a spade. Instead of sitting and wringing her hands and wondering why her boyfriend hasn’t called, Jane goes out and picks a fight. It’s hilarious and empowering…even for me.
Another thing that has given me motivation for writing these stories is watching TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy. After this last week’s episode, I had more than enough fuel for the raging fire of disappointment, anger, and frustration that Jane is trying to fight. Let’s see what she does with it. I mean, really. Who is the genius that decided it would be great to see one of our most beloved characters (Alex Karev) completely de-evolve and hop back into a shiny, happy relationship with the very woman (Izzie) that none of us could stand for the sake of two children whom he had no idea she’d made without him. Come on, Shonda! Alex isn’t that stupid or shallow anymore. And we had all just gotten comfortable with the fact that we never had to hear about Izzie again…or at least I had. All of the news articles that said we should expect tears as we watched the final “Alex” episode were just plain wrong. I didn’t want to cry, I wanted to slap him. And let’s not even start on how upset I was for Jo! I see what you’re up to, Ms. Rhimes…and I just don’t like it.
It pains me to admit that I’m so invested in the characters on Grey’s, but it’s been a decent show for the most part. So why not? Why shouldn’t I be a fan? Or rather, why shouldn’t I have been a fan before this unfortunate showing last week?
The point is, when we love our characters we sometimes do some really stupid things to them. Whether the motivation comes from having made our own mistakes or having studied the mistakes made by others, we get motivation from all sorts of places. I can only hope that what I write will motivate someone else to take action in their life or at the very least, they will be so irritated with watching someone make a stupid mistake that they will try that much harder not to do the same. So, I’m hoping that what I just witnessed on Grey’s will keep me from letting my characters do things that are completely against the character I’ve built up in them over the years. Grey’s may be able to recover from pulling stunts like this, but I’m not sure Rona could.
Keep your eyes open for news about the next big Rona Shively Story. I think you’re going to like it!