Thursday Thirteen #26 — Farming the Home

A few weeks back, we took a closer look at Mitchell’s desk and the stuff on it. Last week, we were pondering the issue of rock stars and their names.

One thing I’ve always wanted my fiction to stress is the way in which my rock stars are normal people. Sure, not all of the stars in real life are normal (and not all of the stars I create here at the Meet-and-Greet or in book-length fiction will be), but it’s more fun to relate to real people who are living our dreams than it is to try to relate to some diva who clubs her assistants with her cell phone — and then makes them go buy her a new one.

When I first envisioned Kerri and Mitchell, I couldn’t see them — Mitchell especially — living in one of those houses featured on MTV’s Cribs. So I created the farm house.

Here you go. A glimpse inside (not very Cribs-style, I’m afraid, but if you really want a look inside their refrigerator, ask. It could be fun.)…

Thirteen Things About Mitchell and Kerri’s Farm house

1. It used to belong to Mitchell’s parents’ friend Wayne.

2. Wayne sold it to Mitchell for, effectively, peanuts.

3. The house sits on 3 acres on top of a rather steep hill.

4. The land below it used to be farmed, back when Riverview was first founded. It wasn’t particularly good farmland, and was more valuable for its proximity to the growing downtown.

5. The other houses on the street are owned by corporate executives and other rich types (including a few of the Riverview Otter baseball players).

6. When Mitchell bought the house, an old barn remained behind the garage. It was Kerri’s idea to convert the barn into a guest wing that they’d attach to the house. One bedroom for each band member.

7. The kitchen still had a rustic feel and needed to be modernized. Val designed it, and as a wedding gift, stocked it with everything Mitchell and Kerri could possibly need — and a lot they don’t. (Like Mitchell, who hates coffee, would use an espresso machine?)

8. The attic had already been turned into living space; maid’s quarters, to be exact. Mitchell converted it to studio space for Kerri and chopped holes in the roof to install skylights.

9. Wayne had fenced the property, so his dogs could run loose. Mitchell and Kerri decided that would make good fan control.

10. In what had once been a formal parlor, Kerri painted a life-size likeness of the band on the longest wall. The rest of the room is treated as a trophy room, and the room is rarely used.

11. Mitchell and Kerri had the original hardwood refinished. It is in the TV room, kitchen, and front entry.

12. Kerri hates the front entry; it’s too dark and the steps are too close to the front door. Even painting the walls a bright yellow didn’t help open it up.

13. Mitchell’s office is part of the old-barn addition. It’s his retreat and the only reason he can stand doing most of the business stuff the band demands of him.

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  1. Rashenbo

    April 25, 2007 7:29 pm

    Fabulous idea! I love the header image… if only I could have a farm house like that?BR/BR/A home is so fundamentally important to us… and how we keep our home is a direct reflection of that. BR/BR/I think it’s fantastic that you’ve put so much thought into their home. It would be a wonderful place to live!

  2. Amy Ruttan

    April 25, 2007 7:33 pm

    I want that Farm House. That’s a gorgeous home.BR/BR/Sounds like a great place to live. *sigh* I hate living in the City.

  3. Cheryl

    April 25, 2007 7:36 pm

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. When I first started writing as a young teenager I spent an inordinate about of time on my characters and fleshing out all the details. I think it’s much more fun than the actual writing.

  4. Wylie Kinson

    April 25, 2007 8:33 pm

    I can’t believe the detail you pay attention to (or should that be, create!!) Awesome!!!BR/BR/But I do miss Walter…

  5. Thomma Lyn

    April 25, 2007 8:35 pm

    What a beautiful farm house — like Mitchell, I hate business stuff, but if I were in a band, I could stand to do the necessary business stuff in a lovely place like that, too. :)BR/BR/Thanks for a nifty post! I so enjoy learning about your characters and their environs.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  6. spyscribbler

    April 25, 2007 8:36 pm

    Oh wow, that sounds like a dream! My heart went all pitter-patter … I think you’ve just described my dream house.BR/BR/Happy Thursday Thirteen, Susan!

  7. Rhian / Crowwoman

    April 25, 2007 9:23 pm

    Susan – living in your head must be utterly fascinating 24/7. You give new meaning to parallel universes. And the way you can throw open the door and let everyone walk around, conveying the richness of environment…sigh.

  8. DK

    April 25, 2007 9:24 pm

    Susan! Glad to be back. I love this farmhouse. In my opinion, every story needs one, no matter the genre! Okay, maybe not every genre. Hey thanks for stopping by and for the referral to Yeagerspice – I’ll definitely check them out! Happy TTing,BR/DKBR/A Flyover Blog

  9. FindingYourPath

    April 25, 2007 9:35 pm

    Sounds like a great place… BR/I really like the part of joining the barn to the house.BR/BR/Thanks for the read MitchBR/BR/

  10. Janet

    April 25, 2007 9:46 pm

    I’d love to live in an old farmhouse!

  11. Vader's Mom

    April 25, 2007 9:53 pm

    That’s fun! I loved the tour 🙂

  12. Vader's Mom

    April 25, 2007 9:53 pm

    That’s fun! I loved the tour 🙂

  13. Vader's Mom

    April 25, 2007 9:53 pm

    That’s fun! I loved the tour 🙂

  14. Chelle

    April 25, 2007 10:42 pm

    Sounds like the farm house from “Charlotte’s Web!”

  15. L^2

    April 25, 2007 10:57 pm

    Sounds like a great place to live. I love all the details you’ve included, like the fence to keep out crazy fangirls. 🙂

  16. Robin

    April 26, 2007 2:31 am

    I love that house. If they ever decide to sell, I’m buying! The commute might be a touch problematic though. Is it close to an airport?

  17. she

    April 26, 2007 3:27 am

    But certainly Mitchell needs the espresso maker when he’s playing host? He can’t possibly *gasp* NOT offer coffee to people?BR/BR/Lovely house, but I would have gone with something smaller…

  18. Tink

    April 26, 2007 4:44 am

    That’s one house I’d like to live in! I love my home, but it’s totally different…BR/Thanks for visiting my TT.

  19. gabriella hewitt

    April 26, 2007 6:27 am

    I love that house you have up there. What a welcoming looking place. I’d trade it for my apartment any day!BR/BR/Great list and a great way to really think about your characters and who they are.

  20. Tilly Greene

    April 26, 2007 6:37 am

    You’d make a wonderful real estate agent for the rockers 🙂 Umm, I was wondering, what about the bathroom…is it a decadent space or not?

  21. Gattina

    April 26, 2007 7:00 am

    I only can say that the house looks nice, because I don’t know the persons you are talking about, lol !

  22. scooper

    April 26, 2007 7:32 am

    I feel for the neighbors. I bet they irritate the neighbors just for fun.

  23. Sam

    April 26, 2007 8:37 am

    That is a gorgeous farm house, and I love how you wove it into the story. Very cool!BR/BR/PS I mooched Metrogirl off you – but I asked that it be sent to my mom’s addy in the US!BR/;-)BR/Sam – (Jennifer)

  24. Rhonda Stapleton

    April 26, 2007 8:47 am

    Wow, that DOES sound like a great place to live! What good insight into their characters, too!!

  25. cheesygiraffe

    April 26, 2007 9:00 am

    I have to agree I love the house in the header. I love hardwood floors. Can I move in with M and K? *G*

  26. karen!

    April 26, 2007 9:26 am

    Another wonderful TT.BR/BR/Yes, we do want to see what’s inside the fridge! OJ and…BR/BR/But, S, doesn’t Kerri drink coffee? at least occasionally?

  27. julia

    April 26, 2007 9:27 am

    I love that Kerri tried to fix the entrance with yellow paint and that it didn’t work.

  28. Lori

    April 26, 2007 9:57 am

    Hmmmmm, interesting:)

  29. Crazy Working Mom

    April 26, 2007 10:19 am

    Wow, so beautiful! BR/You’re a great tour guide. ;)BR/BR/Have a good Thursday!

  30. Jane

    April 26, 2007 10:52 am

    I love the farmhouse. It looks like a very pleasant place for your characters to live.BR/Thanks for coming by my T13.

  31. Michelle Hasker

    April 26, 2007 10:58 am

    Great idea and nice TT. I really learned alout about the characters.

  32. mar

    April 26, 2007 11:02 am

    It sounds like a wonderful place. I always wanted an attic…BR/happy TT!

  33. ~A:F~

    April 26, 2007 11:16 am

    Wow, I want this house! You’ve made it so real, I can already picture myself struggling up that hill, eager to get homw…searching for the dogs, who got outdesperate for a coffee and searching in the kitchen for the espresso machine that Mitchell hid. BR/I’m a T13 newbie…my fisrt one is up too:)

  34. Ash

    April 26, 2007 11:26 am

    I want to live there!BR/BR/Awesome freaking house, I’m drooling just looking at it!

  35. Julia

    April 26, 2007 11:43 am

    The Farm House look great, I want to live in it *grin*. What a beautiful placeBR/BR/Happy TT – have a good day!

  36. ~A:F~

    April 26, 2007 11:49 am

    Hey- this is the best kind of therapy, and not only that, but you’re getting me into writing!BR/BR/And another thing…thanks for the comment on my blog. You leave the nicest messages…:)BR/You’re definitely gonna be my ‘happy’ pill!BR/And you’re right…I’m Holding My Head Up High…and Moving On!!

  37. Sparky Duck

    April 26, 2007 11:52 am

    I am disappointed in the lack of toile

  38. Susan Helene Gottfried

    April 26, 2007 11:56 am

    How’s FIVE AND A HALF grab you, Duck? (two and a half in the main house and three in the guest wing — one for each room) BR/BR/Yeah, it’ll make the resale hard, but now you know why they have a housekeeper. YOU want to clean all those toilets?

  39. Lori's Light Extemporanea

    April 26, 2007 12:18 pm

    I enjoy how you really get into the characters. Whether you use it or not in the book, the background is right there, in the background, per se. You can always tell if an author hasn’t envisioned background.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  40. Lori's Light Extemporanea

    April 26, 2007 12:18 pm

    I enjoy how you really get into the characters. Whether you use it or not in the book, the background is right there, in the background, per se. You can always tell if an author hasn’t envisioned background.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  41. Lori's Light Extemporanea

    April 26, 2007 12:18 pm

    I enjoy how you really get into the characters. Whether you use it or not in the book, the background is right there, in the background, per se. You can always tell if an author hasn’t envisioned background.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  42. FRIGGA

    April 26, 2007 2:20 pm

    I do enjoy the way your characters are complete. That, and I WANT A HOUSE LIKE THAT!!! Especially the kitchen already stocked.BR/Happy TT13!

  43. Kuanyin

    April 26, 2007 2:51 pm

    Excellent post! Happy TT!

  44. Sanni

    April 26, 2007 6:04 pm

    Well, I want that farm house, too. I guess I´ll have to share it with Mitchell, Kerri and … the whole blogosphere =)

  45. Christie

    April 26, 2007 9:09 pm

    man, you really hash out the details on every little thing with your characters, it’s awesome! love the house. happy tt! thanks for stopping by!!

  46. Lauren

    April 26, 2007 9:21 pm

    Sounds preetttyyyy 🙂

  47. Elena Croft

    April 26, 2007 9:23 pm

    Wow that sounds like a great house!BR/BR/Happy Thursday!BR/Elena

  48. Boltbabe

    April 26, 2007 11:52 pm

    Ok, your comment got me here, but this post has me marking it down to come back for a long visit. =) This looks great!BR/BR/NHL, I absolutely would miss it! Here’s how my family is rooting for the playoffs: Me-Devils, DH-Devils (now that TBL is out), ds#1-NYR, ds#2-Canucks, dd#1-SJS, dd#2-doesn’t care…she’s only 3, but sheesh, come on…get with the program girlie. lol! Who are you pulling for?

  49. Haley-O

    April 27, 2007 1:07 am

    What an amazing imagination you have. So detailed. Sounds lovely!

  50. Joy Renee

    April 27, 2007 4:08 am

    so i’m not the only one who has to visualize my character’s environments as vividly as their inner and outer persons before I can tell their story. Do you draw floor plans and maps?BR/BR/thanx for visiting my TT re free online ebooks

  51. Sophisticated Writer

    April 27, 2007 6:08 am

    Fantastic, Susan! OK, how about next time you let us inside their kitchen? I wanna know what they have in there and what they love to eat and drink ;)BR/BR/I love farm houses!

  52. Titania Starlight

    April 27, 2007 6:25 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I noticed on your profile your favorite bands. I love the same bands! Tool is coming to my town. I am so going! :o)BR/Have a nice weekend.

  53. Swazzy

    April 27, 2007 7:00 pm

    How fun! Your attention to detail is phenomenal!

  54. TopChamp

    April 28, 2007 2:27 am

    I like the sound of this house… now I need to find me a real life Wayne who will sell me such a lovely place for next to nothing. Here’s dreaming!

  55. Jill

    April 29, 2007 5:49 pm

    I’m like Mitchell, I don’t like coffee!!!BR/Yup, I’m lazy and busy this week, almost forgot about TT!!

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