Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Character Profiles: Brodie

Full Name Brodie, the Scholar
Nickname: n/a
  1. Age:19
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1901, 3rd Month, 20th Day
  4. Hair color/style: course, dark brown hair, shoulder length; wears in braided pigtails
  5. Eye color: golden brown
  6. Accent (if any): none
  7. Height: 5'9
  8. Weight: 134 lbs
  9. Tattoos: an eagle soaring across her shoulders
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: none
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: being alone
  2. Childhood: she was spoiled as a child but was also very sweet and loving.
  3. Adolescence: she was a little more focused and knew what she wanted out of life no matter what her family wanted for her.
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: She loves the history books, just hates writing them.
  2. Authors: Marka of Adamant City
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? She doesn't like being told what to do or people with short tempers.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? She won't admit it, but she likes flowers.
  5. What is their favorite time of day? just before sunrise, when the birds wake up.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? Brodie likes to take walks or go jogging.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? stew, black cherry seltzer. She likes cold drinks.
  8. Favorite animal? the eagle
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? Technically her messenger eagle.
  10. What relaxes them? sparring or walking
  11. Do they have any bad habits? She's judgmental and can hold a grudge.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). She doesn't like overly hot weather or food that's too spicy.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Brodie's sisters taught her the histories and geography once their mother passed. She was battle-trained by Commanding Watchmen.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? (see Cyan's profile for current location). Laris used to live in Royalos Castle in the midst of Royalos, a walled kingdom city. Sprityn Guards watch the walls of the both the castle and the city.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Brodie is very bright and cares a lot for people, but she's also too headstrong for her own good which gets her into many arguments.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? She speaks Sprityn, Crystalline, Luup-beti, and knows the Treesprite Sign Language.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Brodie's father, a 1st Lt. Watchman, died in battle when she was 8. Her mother, from the line of scholars, died when she was 11, so her eldest sister raised her. She loves her siblings, but when she decided to join The Watch, she had a falling out with her eldest sister, and her distant family looked down on her. She doesn't care about them, but wishes her eldest sister would support her decisions.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Brodie was a hyper child, always following her sisters and playing with her eagle. She liked to play with wooden swords and guns, playing Watchman with the neighbors' children.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Brodie always wanted to join The Watch.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: Watching her sister paint her first mural. Worst memory: When their mother died.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? Brodie often listened to her grandfather's words of wisdom. Even after she joined The Watch, he never stopped giving her advice or sending her letters.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? Brodie has the top education as a Scholar.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Brodie's closest friend is her brother Donovan, and they send letters to each other back and forth, go surfing when they have a day off.

Express Yourself: Favorite Things

Welcome back to Express Yourself! This weekly meme was created by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests to get to know their followers a little better.

This week, they ask about items that bring us comfort or hold special memories.

I feel like I answered this for something else, but I have a TY Beanie Baby frog named Smoochie. I bought him in the Philadelphia International Airport just before my field trip to Mexico when I was 14. I was very nervous, so I held him with me and often put him in a seat with his own seat belt if the one next to me was empty. I almost left him in our hotel, and freaked out, but fortunately, one of the other girls saw him and brought him to me. I took him on many trips after that as a good luck charm.

Oddly enough, I also had a stuffed doll with a music box inside of her that played "My Favorite Things." She was a raggedy-Ann type doll, with pink hair and pink clothes. Her head tilted from side to side as the song played. I started writing a horror story based on that doll. lol I wonder what ever happened to her.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Freeday: Don't Mope. HOPE!

Happy Friday!

I went to bed in a weird mood after watching a Youtube series that made me emotional about my own weird relationship (I waited til 30 to have 20-something issues), but I woke up pretty charged up for today. An hour before my alarm, too, but that's fine. I get off work at Noon! Whoo!

Last night, writer guru @Michelle4Laughs tweeted that one of the New Agent Contestants withdrew because they received an offer on their manuscript!

And this morning I read that @lararectenwald, whose story Lavender Marriage won the Adult Fiction award during this year's Query Kombat, received an offer of representation!

That's some exciting news, and a year ago, I would've been a little bitter wondering, "Why not me?" and not even read a blog post about someone else getting The Call. This year, I declared that it would be my year, changed my attitude (making into QK Round 1 helped immensely), started being happy for others, and also, instead of moping, hoping!

With query critiques finally beaten into my head to the point where I've finally gotten it (you don't know how to get it until you get it lol) and with a few final cuts and tweaks to my manuscript, I think I can say if not 2014, then 30 will be my year for finally saying, "Mom, I've got a book deal!"

Yes, she should probably be the first person I call. lol

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Words: Talulla Rising Continues

Good morning! Every Wednesday, I have begun to use Random.org to pick a page of the book I'm reading and a line or two and post it. Last Wednesday, I was preparing to begin Glen Duncan's Talulla Rising, so I braved the spoilers and ran the number generator anyway. So far, this book is just as great as the first, and I can't wait to see what's in store for Talulla. Let's hope I get another vague or already-read page number today!

So out of 352 pages, Random.org has given me......Page 272.

Page 272 has 34 lines on it, so fro 1 to 34 I have pulled......7 (in my Monica from Friends voice)!

Every moment you enact the koan of bearing the unbearable.

Knowing what Talulla has been going through, I can understand what this means. And after looking up the word "koan" I realize that bearing the unbearable is, indeed, a paradox, but sometimes it happens, doesn't it?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Express Yourself: School Daze

I love that movie. lol

Welcome back to Express Yourself! This weekly bloghop is brought to us by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

This week, they ask us about our favorite grade school memory.

So, we moved to Dover when I was in the 4th grade. I didn't fit in very well, and most kids made fun of the jheri curl/afro I had (thanks, Mom), so I didn't have the best time. But at the end of the year, we had that day (what do they call it?!) of races and activities, and each class was broken (Field Day lol) up into teams. My class was the Red Team, and I was in two races: the 50 Yard Dash and Potato Sack Race.

Now, the friends I did have were my bus stop friends, and every morning waiting for the bus, we'd race in the Shore Stop parking lot. Other people didn't realize I could run. I got 2nd Place, and totally shocked my class (I really should've done track in high school, smh).

Then, the Potato Sack Race came. I don't remember who my partner was, but they went first, and made it, and when I started hopping, I swear I felt like it was a slow-motion movie moment lol. The other kids were falling all around me, but I kept hopping! And jumped into my partner's arms for 1st Place! My class cheered and jumped up and down. It was a great moment. lol

Our team still got 4th place overall, but hey. haha