Cassidy Dane, the shopaholic best friend of a woman who loves to take notes, has been swirling around my head again lately, looking for another project. She first appeared in a short story I wrote last year. You can follow the link here:
This crazy story of friendship and marriage was actually the byproduct of some research for my novel-in-progress. I was trying to come up with creative business ideas that made sense for the book, and this was one of the many schemes that didn’t make the cut.
Even though this story was written in first person, it was meant to be completely fictional. Here is where that squiggly line between fiction and reality got blurred:
1) Okay, I admit it-I love to make lists. I have a different note pad near each of my phones, another on my desk, and a small one by the home computer. So I guess I’m kinda like the narrator.
2) Cassidy Dane is based on a real friend of mine. Kinda. Okay, she’s me too! I love to shop for gifts for my friends and I always come home with a little something for myself. Or two somethings.
3) I worked at the Nordstrom jewelry counter for several years, helping many confused husbands find just the right gift.
4) I did not get a vacuum for my birthday. It was a food dehydrator.
This story sounded so much like me, in fact, that after it was published in January I got congratulations emails from several friends who wanted to wish me luck in my new business. I’m picturing Cassidy on a new adventure soon. Stay tuned for details!