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The Six Question Character Challenge

I was tagged by Luke over on his blog, to do a Six Question Character Challenge. Thanks so much for tagging me! I always get excited when someone tags me in a blog challenge. 🙂

Okay, so I decided I’m going to do it on my WWII novel, This Very Moment. (I thought maybe you were tired of hearing about that story, but I already got started to use that story so it’s too late now! 😉 )

These are the six questions I’ll be answering about some of my most important characters:

  1. A contradiction within the character (the good kind that indicates depth)
  2. The character’s Meyers-Briggs type
  3. Favorite color
  4. How would they slay a dragon?  (Even if there aren’t dragons in your book)
  5. What is their darkest secret?
  6. Where do they see themselves in ten years?

I’m also going to include pictures from my pinterest board. 🙂

marilyn

Marilyn King: (main character)

  1. Contradiction: She is fun, and strong, and brave, and wild (in a good way) but she is also terrified of turning into her mother.
  2. Personality type: I actually don’t usually do MBTI tests, but I think I did for her a LONG time ago, and I think it may have been ENFP. Maybe. I wouldn’t swear by it.
  3. Maroon, or Navy. Those are usually the colors I imagine her wearing.
  4. I could see her standing up to the dragon, just herself and her God. 🙂
  5. Her darkest secret? I don’t think I can say without spoilers….
  6. In ten years, she would be relaxed. Happy. The war would be over, and those she loved would be able to have a peaceful life with little to know sadness in it. Kenneth, her twin brother, would be happily married with kids of his own for Marilyn to spoil– because marriage and children wouldn’t be in her future.

peter

Peter:

  1. He believes in right and wrong strongly, but he believes in getting the right results no matter the cost.
  2. I have no idea…
  3. Navy blue as well.
  4. He would charge at the dragon, yelling. Maybe a shotgun in his hands?
  5. Well. Um. Spoilers. So. I’m skipping. 🙂
  6. In ten years, he would probably be happily married, maybe back where his family came from. Someone high in society, and very rich, and smart. Someone people looked up too.

william

William Millbrook:

  1. He is brave and wise and strong. But the hardest thing he ever does is walk away.
  2. And again, I never figured it out (or if I did I forgot.)
  3. Green, like grass. Or red like apples from the apple orchard where he lives.
  4. He would quietly assess the dragon before trying his hardest to take it down (but probably dying in the process.)
  5. Darkest secret? He his head over heals, completely, 100% in love with someone, but he can’t tell her. (Wow, that sounds dramatic. I’m almost rolling my eyes…)
  6. He doesn’t really think about the future much. He just wants the war to end.

kenneth

Kenneth King: (Marilyn’s twin brother)

  1. He cares about people a lot and loves to help them…medically. Other then that, he isn’t the best at making friends (kind of a loner, shy.)
  2. I think he is an INFJ. I think.
  3. White. Clean. Fresh. Pure. Like snow on the mountains, or a clean hospital room.
  4. He would probably try to take the dragon down, not by fighting but by poisoning him, or starving him somehow. Then when the dragon is weaker killing it.
  5. He thought he was in love once, or at least he thinks he would’ve been eventually. She hurt him, and now, even though he’s no longer upset, he doesn’t think he’ll love again– he just accepts is as a fact of life.
  6. In ten years, Kenneth wants to have his own medical practice, or even a hospital. He’d love to be an uncle and see Marilyn happily in love and married.

There we have it! Some things you might have not known about my characters until now! (I didn’t even know some of those things about my characters until now. Like their favorite colors. XD)

I’m tagging Kara (figures, right?) over on Saved By Grace, Sierra Abrams, and Tessa Emily Hall.

Any questions y’all want my characters to answer? Or from another story, perhaps? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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Hello, Fall

Hello, Fall

When I think of fall I think of the pretty colors the leaves change into. I think of nights I actually begin to need the extra blankets on my bed.

Drinking hot tea, and wearing sweaters. Jeans. Boots. Maybe a scarf that I made myself.

I always love writing, but for some reason the fall just puts me in a even bigger mood to write. Maybe it has something to do with NaNoWriMo?

Fall means cold toes and wearing slippers.

I’ll have to readjust to wearing socks inside– during the summer I got used to having bare feet and now when I where socks without shoes it bothers me. Haha!

It means (hopefully!) work will be less busy, because people will be traveling less.

It means that everything gets to be flavored pumpkin and maybe even dyed orange if it is particularly unlucky.

The days get shorter, and the holidays get closer.

And for some reason, I think Fall is my favorite season.

Come at us, Fall, and stay awhile.

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Being a Reader And A Writer

I love to read. But I also love to write. And the more I learn how to write, the more I (hopefully) improve at writing, but the more I find bigger mistakes in other people’s stories I find.

Now, I’m not saying I’m perfect– nope, nope, nope. But I think it is easier for readers to notice mistakes in books (in some ways) then writers.

Readers are not emotionally invested in the book.

Okay, reader DO get emotionally attached and invested in characters, but if you haven’t created the character, pulled them into the page and written them into the story– as much as you love those characters, you won’t know them like the author. As a reader, you get a different perspective then the writer– which is good and bad. 🙂

Whenever I get ready to write a not five or four start book review, I feel guilty. I usually try to convince myself it was better then three or two or one star reviews.

As a reader who writes, I don’t want to crush the author’s hopes and dreams of having a book that everyone will love. Usually, whatever I want to say about the book, I try to say nicely. 🙂

I’ve heard of writers who don’t read… and I don’t understand them. That’s like drinking but not eating. Both are good and enjoyable. I love to write but I love to read too. 🙂

Are you a writer or a reader?

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Life As A Writer

I write. (I know some of you are thinking, “well, not on your BLOG but okay.” I’M SORRY, OKAY?!?! 🙂 ) Anyway. I don’t write some of the ‘weirder’ books with time travel and aliens and evil government uprisings (usually) but I still write. And I still get IDEAS even if I just stick them in the “Someday-Maybe-I-Wish-I-Could-Write-All-The-Stories-Now” folder.

As writer, though, (or maybe it’s just me, or because I’m homeschooled– I think it’s a combination really) I can be really… unique. Very different. 🙂

For example, several weeks ago I went out to dinner for a friend for her birthday. I got sweet and sour chicken, but they put it on top of cabbage (which it turns out I kind of like) and had rice in a separate bowl. We started talking about the cabbage and I said, “How do we know this is actually cabbage and not something like dried spider guts?”

Probably not the most pleasant thing to talk about while eating….

Blurting things out before you think about them is bad enough when you’re not a writer, but when you ARE a writer what you blurt out is even worse…. But it’s also a bigger and better accomplishment when you don’t! Or at least I get pretty excited….

Oh, or I have another example.

A couple of years ago I volunteered at a Renaissance fair. Since I was just a volunteer I didn’t really have to ‘act’ at all so for the rehearsals we mostly played games that forced you to interact with each other and think quickly. So when it came to me to say an action quickly– did I mention I don’t work well under pressure? Can we blame it partly if not completely on that?– I blurted out the first thing that came to mind, “Shooting people.” I’m pretty sure everyone took a step back.

So, yeah. At any given moment I can/will make up a story about the person in the story who had five tubes of tooth paste in his cart any nothing else, or anything really.

Famous quote from the famous Adrian Monk. (This is really a fictional tv show but Monk has a sever case of the mental disorder known as OCD or CDO)

I just figured this quote from Monk fit. 🙂

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