First, the answers!
1. Where did Darrin and Samantha Stevens live? (1 point each for city and state; 5 bonus points for actual street address!)
Darrin and Samantha lived at 1164 Morning Glory Circle, in Westport, Connecticut.
2. What was Darrin Stevens' job?
Darrin (both Darrin #1 and Darrin #2!) worked in advertising. (By the way, did Darrin #2 really think that Samantha wouldn't notice that he and #1 had done a switcheroo on her?)
3. Name Darrin's place of employment. (Bonus point for city and state!)
Darrin worked in Manhattan for McMann and Tate.
4. What Hollywood Squares comedian played one of Samantha's relatives?
Paul Lynde played Samantha's Uncle Arthur.
5. What was forbidden in the Stevens household?
Witchcraft/magic, of all things (!), was forbidden in the Stevens household.
The best thing about putting these trivia questions out there, is that I often end up getting more facts to tuck away in those corners of my brain that should actually be housing more important things. Anyway--got a great add-on to this week's questions from my friend, School Psychologist Extraordinaire, Kristina. Kristina is from none other than the real Westport, CT, and actually lived by the actor who played Darrin's mother on the show. How cool is that? The closest I ever got to a Stevens was through the screen of my TV in my living room in Auburn, Washington.
Now, for you writers out there, on to the Fiction Friday part ...
Over the years, I've often gotten so devoted to my favorite TV characters, that I have wished, like Kristina, that I could go over to their house and hang out and play with their dogs--really get to know them.
It needs to be the same with my characters. I'm at the point in my WIP where I need to get to know them better. I need to sit down with them like they are my best friends (or my worst enemies!). If I sat down and watched TV with them, what would they laugh at? What would make them cry? What books would be on their bookshelves? What kind of snacks would they go get from the kitchen? Who would they pick for president? Board games or video games? Kickball or Dungeons and Dragons?
If I get to know my characters well enough, their stories will tell themselves.