“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

So yesterday I wrote a little over a thousand words!

*cringes*

Please don’t shoot me! I tried! I just- got distracted by other characters?

Alright, that is an excuse and not even a very good one. I’ll try to do better. I HAVE to do better, or I’m not going to finish. So yeah. *nods* Note to self. Concentration is for cool people. Look into that.

And now I need another interview so I can figure out who on earth I’m writing! Or, who in space, because it’s SF… Anyways. Say hi to Sym, everyone!

*Sym greets the chorus of “hi’s” with a guilty flinch, and then glares at everyone*

Sym: “What’s your problem? Huh?”
Interviewer: “How old are you?”
S: “Green.”
I: “Height?”
S: “I don’t care what any of the girls said, I can’t fit through there. They just like whining. It’s their hobby. Whining and being stupid.”
I: “Do you have any bad habits?”
S: “You know, that depends on- Wait….  Why do you ask?”
I: “What’s your hairstyle?”
S: “I don’t understand the question.”
I: “Have any kids?”
S: “Dozens. Get over it.”
I: “Favorite food?”
S: “There are kinds of food?”
I. “Killed anyone?”
S: “I’ve got amnesia, see. No idea. Probably thousands. OR YOU COULD LOOKING IT UP YOUR SELF ON YOUR FLATLINING COMPUTER YOU”VE GOT THERE YOU GIRL. So no, no idea really.”
I: “Hate anyone?”
S: “Only stupid people. So most of humanity, yeah. And all girls.”
I: “Any secrets?”
S: *smirks*
I: “Love anyone?”
S: *Tries to continue smirking, but goes red.* “Whatever.”
I: “What is your job?”
S: “No idea. Like I said. You’re a moron and a girl.”
I: “Are you a boy or a girl?”
S: *So. Much. Profanity.*
I: “Family?”
S: “What do YOU think, machine-headed girl-idiot-child?”
I: “Best Friends?”
S: “No one I’d tell YOU about.”
I: “What was the most surprising moment in your life up until now?”
S: “When I woke up and didn’t know who I was.” *laughs*
I: “Where would you rather be?”
S: “Where else COULD I rather be?”
I: “Ever wish to be something else?”
S: “Have something else? Yeah. Be someone else? MASK no.”
I: “Ever kissed anyone that’s not a family member?”
S: *so red*

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"but I think you’ll be good to me/ I’ll be so good to you."

Today, at work, my plot finally arrived. It may have been fifteen days late, but it’s HERE!

Which really means I need characters. I realized, (belatedly, I know,) that my brain was still stuck on short stories. In them, you really only need one character trait, or maybe two. There just isn’t time to fit other things in them? And now I’m trying long form again. MUST SHUNT MY BRAIN ONTO NEW TRACK.

This post, therefore, is my attempt to nail down one of my characters. Say hello to Johanne, everyone!

Johanne: “Hi.” *dry tone*
Interviewer: “How old are you?”
J: “Seventeen? Why do you ask?”
I. “Height?”
J: “Tall enough…”
I: “Do you have any bad habits? “
J: “That depends on who you ask, really.” *bright, fake smile*
I: “What’s your hairstyle?”
J: “It’s- hair.” *looks at hair, nonplussed* “Dark and in a ponytail?”
I. “Have any kids?”
J: *stares* “Wow. That’s just- a special question. If you’ve seen me out and about, that would be my siblings? You know, not every family has 2.4 children? Some people get a bit edge about cutting their children into five pieces and only keeping two of the limbs. I’m just saying.”
I: “Favourite food?”
J: “Sandwiches? You know, I really don’t have an absolute favourite. I like cold food, but nothing really stands out.”
I: “Killed anyone?”
J: “I’d like to exercise my right to legal council.”
I: “Hate anyone?”
J: “Is my lawyer here yet?”
I: “Any secrets?”
J: “Have I been keeping my desire for a lawyer secret? Because I think I’ve been pretty open about that.”
*Later*
New Interviewer: “Do you love anyone?”
J: *small grin* “I wouldn’t say I’m incapable of emotion, no. I’m quite close with my family, even when we don’t get along. They’re very important to me.”
NI: “What is your job?”
J: “I’m a student, but for medical reasons I’m studying at home.”
NI: “Are you a boy or a girl?”
J: “Well, that sales woman was certainly lying about this shirt being flattering to my so-called curves.” *looks up as the pause stretches on. “That was a real quest- girl.” *sits back and folds her arms, eyebrows raised.* “I am medically female.”
NI: “Family?”
J: *pause* “I wasn’t cloned, no…”
NI: “Best Friends?”
J: “Are you capable of using verbs? I think that’s the questions we’re all waiting on!”
NI: “What was the most surprising moment in your life up until now?”
J: “WELL DONE, you. I applaud your use of language. I’d say that moment right up there, when you spoke so eloquently- that has to be in the top five.”
NI: “Where would you rather be?”
J: “Thank here? How long do I have to list places?”
NI: “Ever wish to be something else?”
J: “It is my fondest and most heartfelt desire to be a knife. Or a feather. I don’t know what I want. Where are you GETTING these questions?”
NI: “Ever kissed anyone that’s not a family member?”
J: *totally red* “N-no?”

So there’s Johanne. Touchy and mad, and not at all as worldly as she likes to tell herself. 😀

I think I like her. 😀

Ahem. When I SHOULD have been cleaning my room, I discovered this. *chortles* I’m not sure how accurate they are, but, I found the quiz Very Amusing. Which is perhaps because I just woke up. *cough*

You should all take it. *pushes you towards quiz* 😀

Kael is only a little like you. She isn’t really very cool: she blends into crowds, she hangs out on the fringes at parties, and wearing shades after dark makes her run into things. She may have sometimes thought that she was special, or destined for greater things, but probably dismissed the idea as a fantasy. She’s had more than her fair share of hard knocks, and probably spends more time than she ought moaning about it. And she’s gotten no slack from you.

In general, you care deeply about Kael, but you’re smart enough to let her stand on her own, without burdening her with your personal fantasies or propping her up with idealization and over-dramatization. Kael is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of her.

Score Breakdown:
I Love Her, I Let Her Go 9
You Mean Plaid Is Out? 7
I’m Destined For What? 3
Angst R Us 16
Momma HATES Her! 1
Total: 36

Jennet is only a little like you. She is not at all cool; in fact, she thinks cool is a temperature reading, and when she says “Oh, I just put on whatever old thing’s lying around,” she means “on the floor, where I threw it last night – but I turned the underwear inside out first.” There’s never been anything special about her that she could see; boy, is she in for a surprise. She’s come in for her share of hurt, but gotten off with minor damage. And she’s gotten no slack from you.

In general, you care deeply about Jennet, but you’re smart enough to let her stand on her own, without burdening her with your personal fantasies or propping her up with idealization and over-dramatization. Jennet is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of her.

Score Breakdown:
I Love Her, I Let Her Go 7
She’s The Anti-Cool 1
Plain Jane 1
Can’t Complain 3
Momma HATES Her! 3
Total: 15

"You would withhold rations from a dying man?"

Nothing much has happened on the real writing front, other than the fact that the list of books I have to read is growing by the day, and I really want to do lots and lots of technical research, both setting and character. I realized on overhearing Stephanie and Kendra talking about drama classes that I have virtually no experience at portraying characters who aren’t a facet of me. This should certainly be amended with all expediency. *grins*

My papers are sucking my brain out- but they leave me with a very strong desire to write. I have to get through exam week first.

See you on the other side of purgatory!