On Saturday, I taught YA Character Collage, a characer development class with the Writing Pad here in Los Angeles.  It occurs to me that the best sight in the world just might be the top of a writer's head.  Fingers flew across keyboards, pens swam across the page, heads down, tongues tucked firmly in the corners of mouths Peanuts-style.  (Okay, that last part is not true, but I like the image.)

I was proud to see how bravely everyone dove into their character exploration.  It's always astonishing what you discover about the folks whose lives you're writing.  All you have to do is ask them a few questions and they'll open up to you.  It's magic!

Also magical, if a complete non sequiter, is the sign on this apartment building in West LA.  It's not unusual for buildings to have names here-- usually 1950s and '60s style apartments that are far less grand than the moniker on their facade.  Places like the Ogden Arms...

Or the Capri...

But what about this magical place?

That's not "Capri," and I wouldn't want to live there.  But isn't it awesome.?