omg!! You will have warm weather. How wonderful! And tennis. Sigh. it's cold here, but I spent a lot of time outside, getting the last of the ceramic flower pots indoors and getting the wet wood-rotting leaves off the wooden deck. And crushing aluminum. I'll have to write a post about aluminum soon.
My brother said he identifies with all his characters, even the villains. He says that he has to fully get inside his characters to understand their motives.
I also asked him if he had a philosophy of comedy. He did. Comedy is creating a situation in which the underdog embarrasses the top dog.
Of course, it's a lot more than that, but that's always at the back of his mind. A specific event in his childhood made him realize the power of language to affect and offend the oppressor, and create language, and thenewgreen if you ask, I'll tell you that story.