How well do you know your girl friends?

It’s very interesting to get together with a bunch of your girlfriends and even more interesting when those girlfriends are writers. And as a Goddess who loves to strip down archetypes, it was hard NOT to notice and strip down my three really good girlfriends who happen to be writers!(Me, Jane Porter, Heather Webber, and Cathy Liggett)

Last weekend the four of us writer gals had a writer’s retreat that actually turned into a girlfriend get-a-way. Trust me, we had the best of intentions of writing and getting a lot done–because we said we were going to.

Our retreat was planned to stay at  my parent’s house, while my parents were away, and plug away on deadlines, brainstorm, and relax. Jane had a book signing at The Kentucky Book Fair, so we spent a good portion of our time hanging out in Frankfort with her and a bunch of her readers.

(Cathy, mom and Heather at dinner)

The more time I didn’t spend on my edits, the more I watched and listened to my friends. I did chuckle a few times, because I began to strip them down!

Cathy Liggett: Nurturer to the core!

Cathy is working really hard on a new book. She has been brainstorming, writing, ripping it up and starting over. She also was making sure her family was were they needed to be and had everything they needed to have while she was gone.

Not only did she keep her house straight two hours away, she also listened to me whine and continually stayed optimistic with encouraging words to help me keep going. While working on her novel, she showed some NURTURER flaws (not really flaws though), she never gave up on what she wanted to accomplish with her plot and she had to have it perfect before she sent it to her agent. Cathy is AMAZING!!

Heather Webber: Chief

So Heather might be petite in form, but she’s BIG in reality. Heather is a chief in all areas of her life. She was also keeping her family of five in line from two hours away as well as taking her job (author) to a whole new business level. I observed Heather working with Cathy by taking charge on brainstorming Cathy’s ideas and turning them into a workable plot that Cathy felt comfortable with. She continued to flesh out her new novel. I was amazed as she worked to get what she wanted, was in control of her business, and got some pages written.

Jane Porter: The Librarian

YES! Jane is LIBRARIAN to the core. She is strong and has become an expert in her women’s fiction field. I got the pleasure of watching her interact with several of her readers and how she used her brains to tell her story in a way they could relate to her. Of course outside of the readers, we writers discuss business and how we see our future in this crazy writing world and Jane has a clear, vivid career oriented goal.

Now it wouldn’t be fair to leave myself out…

Tonya Kappes:  Free Spirit

I hate to admit it, but I think I’m the FREE SPIRIT! When I think about the characters I read about, I cringe when I realize I’m the loud, likes to laugh, don’t take things too serious, full of energy and I’m a very strong woman. But my downfall is not conforming to other’s ideas or suggestions. I realize I need to try new things or listen to some of my friend’s suggestions.

Herculean Task:  What is your best friends archetype? For a list of characteristics click the Hero Archetype button on the top of the page. ONE LUCKY BLOGGER WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF JANE PORTER’S SHE’S GONE COUNTRY!! (US residents only-sorry. Winner will be picked Sunday November 21st 8 AM)

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Quirky creations of a high-class hillbilly writer! Tonya loves to write about fun loving heroines and the crazy situations they get themselves into.

Comments

  1. Ack, I’ve been stripped down!!! Never thought of myself as a chief. LOL. Will need to take a closer look at myself. You nailed you, Jane and Cathy! What a fun weekend we had–can’t wait to do it again.

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    Tonya Reply:

    Yes Heather, we do have to do it again. ONLY this time we have to get work done!

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  2. Misa says:

    **sobbing into my coffee** I wish I’d been there, though I’m not sure I’d want to be stripped down. Don’t know what archetype I am… that’s a little too self-reflective. Brava for figuring yourself out, T!!!

    The weekend sounds SO fun. YOU are petite, but look at the others, too. You are the beautiful girls of Kentucky/Cincy…and beyond.

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    Tonya Reply:

    Misa, you are one of those swashbucklers with a little chief mixed in:) BUT best friend to me!!

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  3. Hi Tonya. What a great weekend that must have been. I can’t think of a better way to spend a get-away than with writer friends. To answer your question would take some thought. You got the brain cells going. Another project. Oh dear.

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    Tonya Reply:

    LOL Margaret! These brain cells are always working-aren’t they.

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  4. Jeff Salter says:

    Tonya,
    I’m surprised you got any work done at all. It sounds like some of your colleagues had one eye on their distant households for most of the time.
    Your assignment was, basically, which archetypes are our closest friends?
    Well, my buddies doen’t really fit any of the 8 categories on your site’s list.
    I had a close friend for about 10 years (until I moved to KY) and he was one of those who tells the same stories over and over. So I heard all of his stories about 50 times. We got along fine because I didn’t remind him that he’d already told that story (endlessly).
    But our other buddy — we were the three amigos — didn’t hesitate to jump in and tell SW that he’d already told that story. We’d all laugh … but SW still finished the story.
    MG was the one with the wisecracks … hardly ever ‘serious’ about anything.
    So … since I don’t see those characteristics in any of your archetypes, I conclude that my closest friends are “off the charts”. Ha. They’d enjoy knowing that.
    Jeff

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    Tonya Reply:

    Jeff, you can use the eight hero archetypes strip your friends! It sounds like you have a few swashbucklers in your group!

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  5. misa says:

    Swashbuckler, hmmm… I think I like that.

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  6. Danica Avet says:

    If I had to archetype my two best friends and myself…My best friend (non-sister) is the free spirit. She marches to the beat of her own drum and it’s obvious by the way she dresses, the movies she watches, and the way she expresses herself. There aren’t many women who could pull off leopard print pants, a red knee-length jacket, and 5″ platform shoes without looking like a pimp. My sister (also a best friend), is a librarian. She doesn’t like to draw attention to herself in the way she dresses, but she’s quick and witty and loyal to a faul.If I had to archetype myself, I’m a total chief. I don’t like when people waffle as they try to decide something. I want an answer, yes or no. I like to take charge, but I do it with the best intentions towards those I’m leading around.

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  7. nova says:

    it was interesting to see what each of the archetypes represents. i had to smile and laugh reading each one’s descriptions because i would “see” some of my friends in the wording. i think i am the chief, always trying to make sure everything is ok with anything and everything. i also see some of the crusader, in the fact that i am actively trying to get help for my son’s depression and also trying to help raise awareness and funds for CCFA (crohn’s and colitis foundation of america). my friend, karen, would be the bad girl, always keeping herself at an arms length from everyone and seeming like she can take on the world. my daughter, sarah, who is my friend, is the free spirit. she never seems to quite know where she is going with her life, and is always trying to see what new things she can experience. my friend, jess, is the swashbuckler, always trying to get us into something or doing something, no matter what the adventure is. i could “strip down” some of my guy friends, too. my boyfriend is the warrior, always in control of the adventures we have in our life. i can go to him for anything. my friend, henry, is the bad boy and the charmer. he is the “life of any party” and always has more admirers than he really ought to have. my friend, jon, is the swashbuckler in the group. he is coming through a tough time, and adventure is his middle name. he is always wanting to try something different to do.
    i really love my close friends, the guys and the gals….they bring out the best in me and make my life what it is…

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  8. Jill James says:

    My best friend is Lee. She is definitely the Chief. She reminds me of the commercial with herding cats. She could get any group of people organized and in line. But, part of her is definitely the Professor. She would have been an awesome history teacher. She could probably recite the line of English Royalty back to the 900′s or something. LOL

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  9. tonya says:

    Danica I love you free spirit friend! She and I would get along! I also think from reading your blog and getting to know you cyberly, that you’re a chief just like Misa.

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  10. tonya says:

    Nova I love that you looked at all the archetypes. I agree that you are a crusader! Listening to all you do for crone’s is amazing and girl, you are on a mission! Way to go!

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  11. tonya says:

    OMG JILL!! Lee is soooo the chief! AND my go to girl for all things history or a great smile!!

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  12. Dru says:

    Sounds like you had a good time on your writing retreat.

    My best friend is the Sage while I’m the Nurturer.

    Tonya, I’ve never met you, but I definitely see you as the Free Spirit.

    I’ve met Heather and she’s definitely the Chief with a side of Nurturer.

    I can see Misa as the Swashbuckler.

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    Tonya Reply:

    Good Dru! YES! You are right on the money girl!! I sent you a package today:)

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  13. Jane Porter says:

    Tonya, this was such a great blog and it brought back memories of a great weekend!!

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    Tonya Reply:

    Thanks Jane! You made it a very memorable and enjoyable weekend for me!!

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  14. Lee says:

    I laughed at the free spirit Tonya, you are so much the southern free spirit. I wish I could have been there with you…I know what you mean I always watch my friends, and find they can be pretty interesting. They’re cops, so they’re really interesting, if they knew I watched them for a book or something, they’d turn into the female version of Starsky and Hutch!!

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    Tonya Reply:

    Aww. . .Lee, you are my hero! I love every chief part of your sweet little person! Trust me ladies and Jeff, when I say Lee is a chief-even behind the wheel of a car;)

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  15. Laurie Faelan says:

    Tonya, my crit group (and best buddies) and I are trying to set up a writer’s retreat this spring. So I’ll attempt to strip them down.

    Anastasia – The Nurturer – She takes care of us. Calls us when she hasn’t heard from us. Remembers all of our birthdays and special events. Even keeps track of our kids and grandkids. Ana keeps our spirits up.

    Renee – The Crusader – She fights for us, pushes us. She sticks to her goals and stays true to her path. With Christina, you always know you have someone in your corner.

    Brynna – The Sage – By day she teaches HS english. She helps us fine tune that submission before it’s sent out into the world. She is also a gentle nurturer. You can always count on Brynna for a shoulder to cry on and wonderful advice.

    and me, I guess I would be The Chief – I’m pushy and I like to get things going and make them happen.

    Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful weekend! I can’t wait for ours!!

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