Hey, Beautiful People! It’s time again for Beautiful People! (See what I did there?) I think you know the drill by now. Beautiful People is a blog linkup party for writers hosted by the beautimous Sky and Cait in which each month they give us 10 questions to answer for any character of our choice. *takes deep breath* Long sentence is long*
Want to join in and linkup? GOOD. You should! It’s ridiculously fun and helpful for us crazy writer folk. So get on over to Sky's post here or Cait's right heeere to linkup! It runs all month long with a new one on the 5th of each month, so plenty of time still to join in on the fun.
It’s always a battle in my mind trying to figure out who gets featured. Since I’m currently working on my entry for Rooglewood Press’s Beauty and the Beast contest I thought I should do one of my two main characters from there, but this month’s questions are a little too personal and spoilerific I fear. Sooo, you guessed it, I’m falling back to a Fallen Matter character. (See what I also did there??) Tiff gets the spotlight today because she’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy exploring her character.
"So they say you came in just yesterday." The girl stood up, stepped right on the cots, and sprawled herself across mine. Folding her arms behind her head, she peered up at me, eyes inquiring. "I'm surprised they've already let you loose."
I scooted closer to the edge of the cot, wondering if I should sit next to Fay on her bed since this girl, Tiff, apparently decided to take over mine. "Um...let me loose?"
"Yeah. Us enlisters always have to go through a testing process before being released in the public. Well, if you can call this place the 'public'."
"You're an enlister, too?"
"Yep. Tyran, Nuke, Fay, here, and I were the first to be rescued by the Purists. Been here for a year now. But don't worry, I ain't gonna ask what the gens changed inside your skull. None of us talk about that. The Enlighters say it's best for us to forget, to remember that we're ordinary human beings and not some revved up guinea pigs. I can't argue with that."
1) What does your character regret the most in their life?
There was an. . .incident a couple years back where the Intelligents (the government of her city I guess you could call them) threatened her grandparents (her only family) in order to get her to do something really, really terrible. They didn’t mean for it to go as badly as it did and she certainly didn’t! It just happened. But accident or not, it will never stop haunting her. It’s very spoilery so I can’t go into anymore detail than that. Sorry.
2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?
She absolutely loved the few times her grandparents took her to one of the Asian restaurants in the city. They were want for money, so when it did happen it was a very special treat. Sitting in the oddly lighted place, listening to Asian music and eating her favorite food, while getting real quality time with her grandparents and forgetting about the troubles in the world were priceless moments for her.
Most sorrowful would be the aforementioned “incident.” But also after she escaped from the Lab, a place where the Intelligents are giving teenagers unnatural abilities, and she came home to find her grandfather was dead.
3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?
Injustice. She can’t tolerate people who treat others cruelly, especially for no fathomable reason.
4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?
Tiff is Tiff. She’s pretty much always her casual self no matter what the circumstances are. But, when alone, her thoughts do wander from her as the regrets from the past show their ugly heads. Usually she’s a carefree, playful individual, but if she lets herself think too deeply, like she’s prone to do when alone, sorrow takes root.
5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.)
Under the example of her grandparents, Tiff has learned to put her faith and trust in God. She’s actually the one that probably has the most faith over all the characters. And she’s pretty straightforward, not one to believe in superstitious things.
6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
Often she’ll say “In a jife” instead of in a jiff. Actually, most of her speech is a little offbeat. She tends to use odd words and phrase things a bit differently from your average human being.
7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
She’s actually pretty good about standing up to her fears, although there are some she prefer push to the back of her mind. But if she’s forced to face them, she’ll take them head on. Don’t let her lax attitude fool you. She’s not one to underestimate.
8) Do they have a good self image?
Tiff is quite comfortable in her own skin. Not prideful, not self-conscious, just comfortable with who God made her.
9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves?
Definitely isolates herself. Or more like pushes the problem to the back of her mind and continues to keep her casual image.
10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?
LAUGH. A LOT. Because Tiff just makes people laugh, that’s her thing. Also I’d just be so giddy with joy to be with her I wouldn’t be able to hold in the laughter. Tiff would be SO fun to hang out with! (But I might also cry a little because of reasons.)
(P.S. I’m still currently out of town and will be for another week, so I may be a bit lax on comments and whatnot, but I promise I haven’t dropped off the planet. By next week I’ll start settling back into things.)