Parents Just Don’t Understand // Beautiful People, June Edition

beautifulIt’s time for another Beautiful People post! BP is a monthly link-up for writers hosted by Cait @ PaperFury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In  to answer questions about their books and characters. This month’s theme is all about parents.

The main characters in my WIP fantasy series are adults, and very few of them have parents that affect their lives or are involved in the story. (Since it’s a portal fantasy that’s basically a second world fantasy, and the main characters left their parents and their old lives behind.) But, there is a scene a few books into the series where my character Ol Aarons (short for Oliver) gets to visit his family after a many-decades’ absence — so I’ll be filling this questionnaire out for him!

1. Do they know both their biological parents? Why/why not?

Yes, though he hasn’t seen either of them for a very long time.

2. Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?

Yeah! We briefly see a photograph of his father hinting that Ol resembles him strongly:

The black and white photo could’ve been of Ol today, only the man in the photograph had smoother cheeks, a blunter nose, slightly more space between his eyes. But Ol had inherited his father’s eyebrows, his square chin, and his slight, perpetual frown.

3. What’s their parental figure(s) dress style? Add pictures if you like!

We see Ol’s mom in a frumpy, floral house dress. I imagine pictures of his father as a young man in military uniform contrasting strongly with his present-day father, a guy gone slightly to seed. For him, I see ratty, comfortable clothes — sweat pants, etc., and shirts that do not hide a sizable paunch. (This is not very flattering.)

4. Do they share any personality traits with their parental figures? And which do they take after most?

His parents are a little bit cold, a little bit stubborn, a little brash and distant. All those are traits Ol can identify with and probably inherited in some respect from them. I’d say he takes after his mother the most, though he looks more like his father.

5. Do they get on with their parental figure(s) or do they clash?

Clash. Ol’s meeting with his family after years of absence does not go well at all.

6. If they had to describe their parental figure(s) in one word, what would it be?


He didn’t know why he expected them to be kind or nurturing or anything beyond stubborn and suspicious. They were his family after all.

7. How has their parental figure(s) helped them most in their life?

I would say, they prepared him to be self-sufficient. To cook for himself, restrict himself, give himself rules and exercise self-discipline.

8. What was their biggest fight with their parental figure(s)?

When he comes back into their lives momentarily, and can’t explain to them why he’s not home for good. He can’t explain about the fantasy world and his window for returning home only being so big, so they can’t conceptualize why it’s taken him so many years to reconnect with them, and why he’s taking off again so soon.

9. Tracing back the family tree, what nationalities are in their ancestry?

Hmm — good question! I hadn’t thought past their last few generations of American-ness. They have the kind of dark hair, dark eyes I could see having some Irish ancestry in their blood.

10. What’s their favourite memory with their parental figure(s)?

In the little bit I’ve written about Ol’s childhood, he thought very favorably of his mother’s food. So I imagine any family dinner, any holiday, lunches he brought from home, were sources of comfort for Ol. After leaving home, that memory of home-cooked meals would’ve been one he missed most.

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I liked these questions — I don’t give nearly the attention to my characters’ parents as I should! (And even less to their children — there are only two kids in my entire six book WIP. Child-bearing couples just aren’t the priority over here, apparently!) If you’re a writer, do you incorporate your characters’ parents into the story? If you filled out a Beautiful People post, link me to it! Otherwise, let’s talk — what terrible traits did you inherit from your parents? *eyes my mom and dad* I think I got stubbornness and a horrible tendency to procrastinate from these lazy bums *cough* I mean wonderful, beautiful people. 😉

Beautiful People, May Edition

beautifulThis month’s Beautiful People post is all about your Camp NaNoWriMo characters! I spent April editing and writing bits and pieces for my ~fantasy series~, so I’ll answer the questions for my main character, Charley! I talked about Charley and his relationship with his best friend Simon in last month’s BP post. 🙂

1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of?

Yeah, Charley gets a few nightmares throughout the series — in the book I’m writing right now, he’s majorly worried about avalanches and getting buried in piles of falling rocks. (A legitimate thing to be worried about, I think!)


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Beautiful People: April Edition. All About Siblings! (Sort of.)

”PAPERFURY”This month’s Beautiful People link-up for writers is themed around National Sibling Day, and all the questions are supposed to be about a sibling relationship in your novel. UNFORTUNATELY ALL MY CHARACTERS SEEM TO BE ONLY CHILDREN??? I literally can’t think of one character (of dozens) in my WIP series that has a brother or sister. That’s probably something I should work on.

Anyway, that crisis is for another time. INSTEAD, I’m going to be taking two of my main characters, Charley and Simon, best friends since they were little teeny tiny kids, and answer the questions about their brotherly-esque relationship.

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I participated in one of these Beautiful People link-ups last November — and I really want to do more of them! This month’s edition is all about characters — we’re to pick one, and answer the following!

For this, I’m picking my main character, Charley.

1. What is their secret desire?
As far as a SECRET desire goes, I think he’d really appreciate taking a sidebar from all the questing, and death-defying, and general STRESS of his life, and go somewhere with endless towers of books where he can just throw himself down, grab anything, read for however long he chooses, and not have to deal with anything beyond finding the right reading snack.

2. What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story?
As far as the first book goes, Charley’s best and brightest moment probably comes at the very, very end, when he finds what he’s been seeking and accomplishes what he set out to do. (Unfortunately, this euphoria isn’t going to last long.)
In the rest of the series, there’s a scene in a later book where his two closest friends take the time out of the aforementioned death-defying and STRESS to throw him a birthday party he wasn’t expecting, and doesn’t feel he deserves. There’s cake, and hot chocolate, and a fantasy world equivalent of trivial pursuit. 😛 Continue reading “BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: MARCH EDITION”

Beautiful Books Survey — How's NaNoWriMo Going?

The idea for today’s post comes from this cute link-up for writers I just stumbled on (in my continuous efforts to procrastinate from NaNoWriMo). It’s a survey about how our NaNo novels (or whatever we’re writing) are going. Are we typing our fingers raw, crying into our keyboards, or avoiding the computer entirely out of fear it knows what a failure are and talks about us behind our backs all the time with the printer?) Here are my answers!

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

lol oh god. It’s going okay. Instead of writing a book from scratch, I’m trying to use NaNoWriMo to rewrite the first book of my series. (I know that’s ~against the rules~ but I have to finish this project.) However, there’s a reason NaNoWriMo isn’t for revision. It’s a slow-going process, full of mental hiccups, mental breakdowns, and complete collapses of self-esteem — an uphill slog made no easier by the recent release of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

For real. I thought today was Wednesday because I completely lost Wednesday to a video game.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

Here’s my tentative opening:

It started with a tremble. A pinch to the walls and to reality. The dresser, sitting opposite Charley’s bed, sensed this sudden disturbance in the air. It wobbled. It moved.

Charley barely heard it, that screech of wood dragging across the floor. He rolled over in bed, pressed his nose into his pillow, and did not notice the dresser move forward a solid inch, as though pushed by an invisible hand. A picture frame teetered and tipped over. Distantly, Charley heard the glass hit the floor and crack.

And then the dresser, the solid oak chest of drawers which took Charley and his good friend Simon almost an hour to lug up the staircase into Charley’s apartment, weighing as it did roughly the equivalent of a small elephant, pitched forward and slammed into the ground. The resulting boom was enough to sit Charley straight up, his heart pounding in his ears. It was enough to make his bed and nightstand shake with reverberation. It was enough to clear the sleep from Charley’s head as abruptly as a leaf blower pressed to his ear, and it was enough to bring the Door into existence.

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