Let’s Talk with Debra Goldstein

National Stay Out of the Sun Day vs. National Bikini Day
by Debra H. Goldstein

When I write conflict into a story or chapter, I must balance different viewpoints, how varied characters react to the same stimulus, and show that the conclusions and behavior of the characters may reflect each one’s personal beliefs. A good comparison of what happens in my writing can be seen in the ying and yang of two July holidays.

You probably think I’m referring to July 4th and the big bang of fireworks representing conflict, but I’m not. I’m talking about the national holidays that are celebrated on July 3rd and July 5th, —National Stay Out of the Sun Day and National Bikini Day. No two holidays could contrast more.

Each holiday is exactly what its name implies. National Stay Out of the Sun Day encourages people to stay indoors. If they are unable to remain indoors, it is recommended that they find a shady spot or go to the gym. The key is to kick back and enjoy. National Bikini Day celebrates the creation of the two-piece bathing suit known as a bikini. When first introduced, the bikini was slow to be embraced because its design was considered risqué. Even today, it isn’t for everyone, but whether one wears a bikini or a one-piece, it calls for time in the sun lying by a pool or baking in the sun at the beach.

These holidays conflict in the same manner I balance scenes when I write. Two quite different personalities emerge in addressing them. Being truthful, I love to look at the beach from indoors, so I presume I’m a person who would celebration National Stay Out of the Sun Day. For a chance to win an unsigned copy of Two Bites Too Many, tell me, which holiday do you prefer?

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  1. Sally Cootie won the copy of Two Bites Too Many

  2. The winner of a copy of Two Bites Too Many to read while staying out of the sun is Sally Cootie.

  3. Pam Hopkins says

    I’m a stay out of the sun woman. I do not enjoy going to a beach; would rather be in the shade by a lake.

  4. Karen Phillips says

    I love a nice shady spot with a cool breeze, such as under a palm tree with a handsome cabana boy bringing me an ice cold umbrella drink!

  5. As a Floridian, I stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer. When I take a walk, I always wear a hat to protect my face. On the beach, I’ll pick a shady spot and am definitely not a bikini wearer at my age. I prefer to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort.

  6. I’m definitely firmly entrenched in Camp Stay Out of the Sun.

  7. I don’t think I’ve been in favor of a bikini since I was about 14. So guess I’d have to go with stay out of the sun.

  8. I just had another basal cell carcinoma removed, so I lean toward staying out of the sun. I live near the beach, so I go early in the day or in the evening. We’ve even walked the beach at night by the light of a full moon.

    This is a great post on conflict. So glad I stopped by!

  9. maggietoussaint says

    I think my last bikini was deep purple, but it’s been so long it’s hard to remember! The sun is not my friend these days- I even have long-sleeved shirts and pants with sunscreen in the fabric. I’m a stay out of the sun gal mostly, though I get my outdoor time in during early mornings and late afternoons when the sun is not so intense. Oddly, though I am very good at keeping my face covered, my hands are slightly darker than the rest of my body. I have a hand tan.

  10. My bikini days are over. Now I try to stay out of the sun.

  11. cherylhollon says

    I’m with Diane — no bikini for me. My simple black one-piece out by the pool with a book. That’s me!

  12. I’ll be in the sun, but vain enough NOT to wear a bikini these days, LOL!