Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Method to My Madness. Or Not.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with outlining. Way back when I was first learning it in English, I didn’t mind it because it was a could-be-done-in-my-sleep-with-one-hand-behind-my-back assignment. Simple. But then they started making me do it with my actual writing assignments. And when I made it to high school, it was required with my creative writing assignments. Personally, I tend to associate “spontaneous” with “creative” and there’s nothing less creative than an outline. Following an outline is by definition following a pattern. I hated it with a passion.

But then I started writing novels. I realized just how complicated it can be to try keeping track of everything in your head for over a year and 60,000 words. Without an outline, you run the risk of not having a set (or well-thought-out) plot or mixing up details and clues. It gets quite troublesome. On the other hand, figuring it out as you go (“pantsing” for those who like that term) lends the work a bit of freedom to go where it will. Both have their advantages. Or you can do a hybrid outline/pantsing thing with a little of both. There appears to be no really wrong way to do it.

1. Outlining

I’ve tried strict point-by-point outline with some of my work and it’s fallen completely flat every time. There’s something about trying to write a novel before actually writing the novel that completely douses my creative fires. All the ideas dry up, the passion for the work flies the coop, and everything goes kaput. Also, it tends to put me in an indescribably nasty mood in which I feel the need to give up and go hunt for character photos on Pinterest or consume copious amounts of junk food. But apparently it works for some people. *shrugs* Go figure.

2. Pantsing

Outside of having an endlessly amusing name, this method actually has some merit. You can go any direction you want without messing up a plotline and there are always later drafts to tighten everything up. I did this with my first novel.

And I’m never doing it again.

I’m still working on fixing that stupid book, thanks to a plot that was overly complicated and didn’t really work, characters that popped in with clues that didn’t make sense, and about a dozen other issues that all arose because of pantsing. While I will admit that the creative freedom is nice and can actually be helpful, I can’t advocate pantsing. Nor, apparently, can many other people. Just about all the people I know that write use outlines of some sort, most of them stricter than mine.

3. Hybrid Outlining

This is the method I’ve settled on using, because it combines the better elements of the previous two. You’ve got the structure of traditional outlining and at least a little of the pantsing freedom. I tend to write a loose outline and write from that, changing things and going in new directions as I see fit. It seems to work well so far. It feels a great deal less stifling than outlining as well as less I’m-lost-what-on-earth-am-I-supposed-to-be-doing than pantsing.

So, howsabout you? What are your views on the subject?

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“So This Is Why…”: The Five Books That Influenced Me The Most

I’ve been a voracious reader since about second or third grade. As an only child, it was kinda a requirement. It was my way of keeping myself occupied (well…outside of causing massive amounts of chaos) without having playmates. And as such, books–and the things that go with them–have had a lot of influence on me. Here are the ones that I think had the most impact:

 

1. The Bible

 

Being the child of a pastor who was the child of a pastor who was the child of a pastor, this has kind of permeated my existence from the very start.  And I’m glad it did. It’s the only way to keep your sanity in a world full of chaos (not the good kind) and disaster and evil. And even if it wasn’t, you know, the most important book in the whole of the universe and one of the foremost religious texts, it’s a pretty amazing book. It’s one of the earliest works that’s still in print and read every day by millions of people, not to mention a pretty awesome collection of books. Read it. I highly recommend it.

 

2. Everything’s Coming Up Josey

 

Am I embarrassed that a Christian chick-lit book is number two on my list of influential books? No. Well…maybe a little. Anyways, there’s a lot more to it than that. It is slightly disconcerting how much I can relate to the main character. It felt like the author had been peeking at my life and feelings and stealing it as plot fodder! Josey (the main character) was like looking in a mirror. Almost everything about her–living in her imagination half the time (check), being a writer (check), and enjoying her food a bit too much(double check)–reminded me of me.

 

The story was about a lot more than simple romance (though that’s good, too). It touched on all the worries of the typical Christian girl–feeling insignificant, fearing that everyone else is on their way while you’re stuck forever, wondering if you’re going to be alone forever, being unsure of your purpose in life, and wondering what God has for you–and wrapped them up in a neat, funny, altogether-too relatable package. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it, and it always makes me think.

 

 

English: A page scan of a book The Lost World ...

English: A page scan of a book The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle image cropped, captions removed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. The Lost World

 

I think this was the first Victorian sci-fi book I read. Once I got into it, I read the second half in one afternoon. Since then, I’ve been hooked on all things Victorian, sciency, and strange. It wasn’t really the message or the theme of the work that influenced me. It was simply where reading the book has taken me. I’ve since moved on to writing my own Victorian adventure novels and sneaking neo-Victorian stuffs into everyday life, all due in part to dear old Mr. Doyle.

 

4. The Negotiator

 

Again with the romance…Phooey. Anyways, this was the first adult book I read, way back when. I was bored out of my mind, and my mother recommended this one so I dove in and never looked back. I’ve been poking my nose into adult books ever since, from Agatha Christie to Robert Heinlein and everything in between. The Negotiator opened up a brand new world for me. It showed me that the adult books were actually interesting and that complex plots were lovely. Definitely influential.

 

5. Calvin and Hobbes

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calvin_and_hobbes_stl_pd (Photo credit: thoughtquotient.com)

I was “reading” these long before anything else, a fact that I’m betting contributed to the peculiar, overly imaginative person I am today. If anything would foster a life of rejecting reality, inventing imaginary people, and sort of preferring them to the real article, it would be Calvin and Hobbes. My dad had almost the entire collection and I would spend hours looking at the pictures and enjoying the adventures of Spaceman Spiff, Tracer Bullet, and regular old Calvin. It wasn’t until later that I began actually enjoying Watterson’s sarcasm and copious vocabulary.

 

So what about you all? What books have made an impact on your life?

 

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Writing Prompt Monday – Entry #5

My apologies for being so late with the post. I was babysitting this morning, trying out archery this afternoon, and trying to do school this evening. Busy day, to say the least. BUT I GOT TO PLAY WITH A BOW AND ARROW!!! Now, I want my own.

But, back to the topic at hand…writing prompts. Due to my weapon-filled day, we’re gonna have a weapon-themed prompt.

Q. How does your character feel about weapons and the violence connected with them? Does he/she have a weapon? Do they carry it with them? Write an interview style response with one of your characters.

A. Flynn Churchill:

“Weapons? It rather depends upon whose hands they’re in, as to whether or not I like them. They’re ruddy useful things when you’re in trouble, but I don’t like solving problems and getting out of scrapes that way. It sort of feels like…cheating.
Pulling a pistol or a knife takes all the challenge (and therefore the fun) out of it. Though, on the other hand, if someone’s about to kill you, it’s hardly fun, anyways. Weapons can be very handy in certain dire circumstances.

Concerning violence…I don’t like it, weapon-related or not. But humans have always been violent creatures, and it’s better to be armed and ready for it than unprepared. When I studying the Indian ruins in Arizona, practically every chap I met carried at least one gun (if not more) and a knife. Typically, those were the chaps that survived.

Sometimes. In my younger days, I did not. If I needed one, I usually improvised with what was around me–fireplace pokers, chairs, priceless vases–and made do. Now that I have to carry a blasted cane, I occasionally take the one with the sword in it. Or the one with the dagger. Or possibly the shillaly.”

Your answer? Let me know in the comments!

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Writing Authentically Without Becoming a Crook: Lockpicks

Pin and tumbler lock picking

Pin and tumbler lock picking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am inordinately proud of myself. I just picked two padlocks with a bobby pin and a mini-screwdriver. It’s really amazing what you can learn off the Internet…

For those of you who write mysteries or adventures or anything else that involves breaking and entering and picking locks, I have a gold mine for you. I found it this morning through Pinterest, and I now feel somewhat akin to MacGyver because of all my newfound action hero knowledge. This site(which appears to be run by highly paranoid individuals–but I don’t mind since they’re incredibly smart paranoid individuals) has tutorials and videos on everything from picking your way out of handcuffs to lockpicking 101 to lockpick forensics to the various types of lockpicks. Hey, you can even buy lockpicks from there (*cough* Christmas is coming…*cough*). Anyways, I was really happy with the site because my characters tend to pick locks quite a lot–but I haven’t the slightest clue how outside of knowing a little of the terminology and the basic “listen for tumblers and pins”. Until today. Here are the links!

Lock Pick Types

Lock Picking Forensics

How To Get Out of Handcuffs

Lock Picking 101

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Book Review #8 – Journey to the Center of the Earth

        Journey to the Center of the Earth was my most recent literature/book club read, and as part of my class, I get to write a review/analysis. Woo-hoo. I was a little leery of the book when I started since I’d tried reading it once before and couldn’t really get into it. Something about the style and the characters just didn’t click with me; I’m more of a Conan Doyle and Poe fan when it comes to 19th century lit. But this time, for whatever reason, I enjoyed it at least a little more. The humor actually starting coming though this time, and that definitely helped me get through it. Anyways. On to the actual review!

When an eccentric professor acquires an ancient book, a riddle on a spare piece of parchment tucked neatly within its pages leads him and his nephew on an unparalleled adventure. The unlocked riddle brings them to a remote mountain on Iceland, where they enter an extinct volcano on a daring quest to reach the center of the earth. They soon find themselves at a giant underground ocean where the laws of science are constantly redefined and prehistoric creatures are in abundance. But in the bowels of the earth, a shocking discovery pits the travellers face to face with their own terrifying past.                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Amazon Summary

As I said, I liked Journey better this time around than I did last time, but there were still a lot of things that I hated. As far as good things go, it was funny; Axel made a lot of amusing little observations and smug remarks regarding his uncle. Also, it was a good example of early Victorian science fiction, and it can be a fun read for those of us who enjoy the style of that era. But Journey was nowhere near as good as The Lost World or Some Words With a Mummy. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why it’s considered a classic and required as literature when the rest of the early science fiction masters seem to be ignored. I didn’t see any moral dilemmas, character arcs, or noble plots typically found in books classified as literature. *shrugs* I don’t get it.

The plot was…rather disappointing. There was an obvious objective: reach the center of the Earth. But there was no clear point of resolution. No resounding “We did it!” moment. That’s problem #1. Secondly, it rambled all over the place with the characters seeming to completely forget about their previous objective and just enjoying the fact that they were miles underground. Granted, a loose plot is somewhat common with the writing of that era, but this was one of the more grating examples.

The characters were a bit better, but still not particularly likable. Lindenbrock seemed to have two sides; one being the utterly obsessed professor who gives no thought to anyone else and the other being the concerned, loving uncle. And he couldn’t decide which one he was, a fact that can be extraordinarily confusing for the reader. PICK ONE AND STICK WITH IT! Axel also seemed to have that problem since he waffled between curious scientist and freeloading nephew who can’t defy his uncle for fear of losing his position. The only character I actually liked was Hans and he said a probable total of 10 words throughout the entire book.

Also regarding the characters, there were no character arcs. No change in their personalities. No growth. Nothing. Now, this might have been alright with Hans (Hans is already perfect.), but with Lindenbrock and Axel, there’s a lot of room for improvement. There was so much potential with these characters, but Verne didn’t tap into it. It’s maddening! Absolutely maddening, I tell you!

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? Any redeeming points that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

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Titles, Handles, and Monikers

Names are vastly important. Every time you sign your name to an e-mail, you make an impression with the words alone. Your name may be a rock-hard Western creation or a frilly French confection, but it makes an impression, whatever it is. People automatically start assigning personality traits based on their assumptions, and suddenly, they feel as though they know everything about you simply from what they’ve deduced from your name. It can be quite amusing.

They do the same thing with characters–perhaps more so than with real beings, since they can’t ever see the characters. Therefore, as writers, we have to be infinitely careful in the handles we bestow upon our darlings. And that little fact is one of the banes of my existence. Naming characters is ridiculously hard sometimes! Ridiculously! First names are one thing; those usually pop up fairly easily. My main character came about as an extension of my name (since she was originally my role-play character), the love interest was titled with my favorite English gentleman name, and one of the main secondary characters was named after a favorite literary character. Easy. But there are a lot of other elements to consider besides finding a suitable first name, and most of them are far less simple.

1. Last Names A last name can make or break a character. Most of them make a statement of some sort or another, even without jumping into the meanings behind them. Give your charrie a last name of Wayne and what comes to mind? The ultimate cowboy? A hooded crimefighter? Both strong, powerful, solid images. That’s what’s going to project onto your character. But name them something a bit less admirable…Hitler or Moriarty, for example. That’s also going to project onto the character. And unless you want them coming off as an evil psychopath, then be careful whose name you choose. Perhaps Google them before making a final decision, just to make sure there aren’t any serial killers or terrorists or otherwise disagreeable personages by the same handle.

2. Meaning Honestly, I don’t think meaning…ah…means…much. The average reader isn’t going to have the slightest inkling what “Colton” or “Cassia” mean, and I doubt they’re going to care. You don’t want to put too much stock in name meaning when choosing one for your beloved character. While it can be fun to have a private author’s joke within a name, it isn’t necessary to drive yourself nuts trying to find a name that means cheerful for your chipper character and a name meaning doubt for the skeptic and so on.

Of course, in some instances, the name–and its meaning–figure into the plot itself. If my family were ever the subject of a story, the name would kinda have to be brought up, considering how well it represents us. It means either “of the lion” or “horse thief” and no one knows which. And knowing my family, it could go either way.

3. Originality 

Cassia Echo Rembrandt = Good

Akkjhgnbnhgnuik = Bad

‘Nuff said.

4. Impressions and Irony As I said above, impressions are everything, especially for your characters. The names should match the characters and give the reader an accurate impression of who they are from the first moment. Think of the great characters of film and fiction. Hercule Poirot. His name is like reading one of the books that feature him. You can almost see the brilliant, fastidious, proud, little Belgian just by looking at his name. Indiana Jones. Definitely all- American, apparently a traveler as signified by the place name, and probably a no-nonsense chap, judging by the solid last name. See what I mean? It matters.

On the other hand, a little irony can be fun, as well. Name the roughest- toughest woman in your book Fifi or something equally ridiculous. But, personally, I think that works better with secondary characters than with your protagonists. Also, too much irony, and it begins to feel slightly absurd.

5. Nicknames These can also be useful, as well, though they obviously don’t work for some characters. While “Indy” has an even more adventurous feel than Indiana Jones, I think Hercule Poirot would fly into a utter fit if someone called him “Herc.” Whatever works for your character. Nicknames are good as a quick way to show familiarity between characters, as well as a simple way of showing if a character is a loose, casual person or an uptight soliderly type. They have a billion different uses. Experiment!

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Writing Prompt Monday – Entry #4

Wow…guys, this blog is less than a hundred views away from being viewed one thousand times. That’s a lot of views. A lot of people. A lot of reading. A lot of affirmation for a certain young writer who is altogether too excited about people actually reading her work. So, thanks, guys! *blows kisses*

In other announcements (since I’m rather excited about it and have no one else to tell), I am officially in possession of my cover art! Now I can send the novel for binding as soon as I finish revisions. As you can guess, I’m bouncing off the walls with the thought of actually holding a copy of my first novel in a form other than a flashdrive sometime before Christmas.

Now, on to business…this week’s prompt. We’re popping back to characters this week, since they’re my favorite part of writing. Salud!

Q. How does your character feel about thunderstorms? What memories do they bring up? Do they make them restless or lethargic? Love them or hate them? What do they do on stormy days?

A. Well, since I’ve used Zissa for all the previous prompts, I think I’ll switch over to a character I’m developing for a later series, Elle Ross. Elle rather likes thunderstorms, as long as they don’t get too serious. She loves walking around in them with the hood of her cloak up, particularly at night, because it makes her feel dangerous and mysterious, like the characters in her books. They also remind her of her trips to and from Arizona (where her parents are homesteading) and tend to make her feel a little lonely and homesick for her family. Typically, a good rolling thunderstorm stirs her up and does make her restless. Unless she’s already upset, in which case, they make her want to go collapse on her bed and bawl. When she doesn’t happen to be working at the bookshop on rainy days, she’ll be at home working on her latest novel and trying to avoid her Aunt Constance’s attempts to foist suitors upon her.

Your Answer?

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Writing Challenge~Day 2~EXPANDED

        Since today and tomorrow promise to be spectacularly busy, what with a funeral in which my entire insane family is going to be in one place for the first time in five years, I don’t have time to do a majorly thoughtful post. So I expanded on the Character Interview Thing and branched out to my minor characters.
1. What is your full name? What does it mean?
Alec Harold Griffin. Alec means “Defender of the People” and Harold means “Army Ruler.” *sighs* Can you tell my parents are civil servants or what?
2. What do you want most out of life?
Love, laughter, a decent cup of tea…
3. If you had the chance to change ONE thing in your past, what would it be?
The fight at the Academy. Getting booted out of the Navy before I even hit the deck was…not the way I intended to leave my mark in England. But, in my defense, he was asking for it!
4. What is your family life like?
I don’t especially have one. Mum and Father are still working in India. I haven’t seen them for a good two years, and since I’m devoid of siblings, I’m left without a “family life.” Before that, though, it was good. My dad loves loves his work, but he’s a family man at heart, and Mum is adventurous, but a lady to the core.
5. What three words describe you best?
Charming. Incorrigible. Determined.
6. Give a brief summary of your past:
My father is a General in the British Army, and as such, I ended up being born in India and spending most of my childhood there. Eventually I was sent back to London to be properly educated (hated it with a passion), then dutifully joined the Navy to make my father happy. And was promptly discharged when I got into a brawl with a fellow student who tripped an elderly teacher. From there, one of my classmates, Alistair Sterling, who was discharged for correcting the teachers too much or being too brilliant, or some such, contacted me from the states about an organization he was putting together. And here I am.
7. What is your view on life?
It’s a gift: use it to the fullest!
8. If you had the chance to give your life to save someone else, would you?
Yes. *clamps jaw and refuses to elaborate*
9. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take THREE things with you, what would they be?
A good knife, a crate of tea, and Zissa. A knife enables you to build and hunt, the tea fortifies you for said tasks, and Zissa…well…I can’t think of any better company.
10. How do you view yourself?
…With a mirror? *grins and refuses to give a straight answer*
1. What is your full name? What does it mean?
Enola Wynn Graves. Enola is simply alone spelled backwards and Wynn means fair. Graves is somewhat self-explanatory.
2. What do you want most out of life?
Money. Something to interest me.
3. If you had the chance to change ONE thing in your past, what would it be?
Given the chance, I’d go ahead and shoot Andrew Kearnes rather than simply considering it.
4. What is your family life like?
It consists primarily of my cousin, Alec. I do have a sister in Manhattan, who is happily married with a nursery full of brats, but we aren’t exactly on speaking terms.
5. What three words describe you best?
Calm. Ruthless. Calculating.
6. Give a brief summary of your past:
I was born in St. Louis. The rest is…classified.
7. What is your view on life?
It’s considerably more desirable than the alternative.
8. If you had the chance to give your life to save someone else, would you?
…Why on earth would I?
9. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take THREE things with you, what would they be?
A yacht, a substantial firearm, and a good book to pass the time en route home.
10. How do you view yourself?
I am one of the most influential individuals in the St. Louis underworld, and have nothing to fear. Nothing to fear…
1. What is your full name? What does it mean?
Basil Flynn Churchill. I don’t know exactly what Mother and Father were thinking…Basil means “King” and “Flynn” means Descendant of the redhaired man. I’m not certain which is worse, but I go by Flynn.
2. What do you want most out of life?
 Someone and somewhere to come home to.
3. If you had the chance to change ONE thing in your past, what would it be?
Paris. Definitely Paris. Paris didn’t end well.
4. What is your family life like?
*grimaces* Ah…it’s complicated. I’m the middle child, so it falls to me to try and keep the eldest and the youngest from murdering each other. Benedict has always been slightly more favorable to my exploits than Zissa’s, but he still doesn’t appreciate my choosing such an uproarious life. And Zissa…well, she’s my baby sister. I’d do anything for her, and she would do the same for me. Despite the fact that we drive each other up the wall occasionally.
5. What three words describe you best?
Studious. Daring. Dedicated.
6. Give a brief summary of your past:
I was born in London, educated at home until I moved on to the university where I studied archaeology and anthropology. Soon after heading up my first dig, I acquired an arch-nemesis, an Italian thief and crime magnate named Paratore, and had a bit of a skirmish in Venice. I broke my leg there, and it never healed properly, leaving me with a permanent limp. Soon after, I attended a conference in Paris and met a girl there. To shorten the story, I married her within three days of our first meeting, and she was murdered on the fourth. I haven’t loved since, nor will I ever again.
7. What is your view on life?
Better than the alternative, but it has its less likable moments. And occasionally whole years.
8. If you had the chance to give your life to save someone else, would you?
Most likely. Unless the person was, you know, a despot or evil or trying to kill me or something…
9. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take THREE things with you, what would they be?
I have been. Several times. Really, you don’t need anything outside of ship wreckage to survive. There was one time in the Caribbean when these three sailors and I washed up on an island that turned out to be inhabited by cannibals, and we didn’t have anything outside of the boards we’d floated on, and–*story cut from interview due to length*
10. How do you view yourself?
I’m no one particularly special. Just an average(slightly below-average in romance, communication, and various other areas) chap who likes to study dusty old books and tombs.
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Writing Challenge ~ Day 3 ~ Your Novel’s Soundtrack

Since I’m trying to catch up on this thing and am currently sitting in a library with nothing to do, I’m going to go ahead and write up this challenge, too. Honestly, it’s the one I was looking forward to the most, anyways. I love picking out writing songs. So, here you are…now presenting the soundtrack for The Misadventures of a Victorian Vagabond: The Inventor’s Imbroglio by various artists.

I figured this would work for the first couple of chapters since it progresses in the same manner the song does. Nice and calm one minute, then huge fight the next.

And then this for the whole escape and train-jumping thing that occurs in Chapter Two.

This is Alec and Zissa trying to get along. Imagine lots of bickering…

These two characterize the mystery and Zissa’s attempts to figure it all out.

This is Chap. 14. Sappy things happen in Chap. 14.

This is Alistair and Prilla trying to cooperate with each other.

Alec and Zissa’s adventures in the Embassy.

This is the climax. Obviously.

And this is Zissa’s theme.
As for an overall tone, it sounds like a Victorian adventure. Which is good, since that’s what the novel is. It sounds like it uses a lot of humor and action, with intermittent romance and drama. Your thoughts?

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Writing Challenge ~ Day 2 ~ Character Interview

Yes, I’m aware that this is my first day for the writing challenge, and therefore should be on Day 1. But I only found it last night, and I’m dreadfully behind, therefore I’ll do the ones that appeal to me until I’m caught up. Anyways, it’s an awesome Challenge, written up by The Climb. I’d encourage you to join in!

*Note: This will be written in first-person from Zissa.*

1. What is your full name? What does it mean?

My full name is Zissa Sidony Churchill.I’m afraid neither meaning is particularly interesting. Zissa was derived from my aunt’s name, Zara, because she and my mother were very close. Sidony just means “of Sidon.” And Churchill…that’s a synonym for stubborn <sarcasm>.

2. What do you want most out of life?

I want a place to belong and people to belong with.

3. If you had the chance to change ONE thing in your past, what would it be?

One thing? About a hundred come to mind…But if I have to pick one out of the lot, I think my family situation would the first on my list. The way things have gone isn’t entirely my fault, but just for once it would be nice to have a whole family rather than just the ragtag band of oddballs that tolerate each other.

4. What is your family life like?

Oh, that’s a can of worms…My family is quite simply insane. Of course, so am I, but that’s beside the point. My parents are no longer living, and my brothers and I are all loners. Benedict, the eldest, is a lawyer in London, and has a singular dislike for anything unusual, interesting, or adventurous; in essence, me. Flynn, the middle child, is an archaeologist, and is forever off causing trouble somewhere. Flynn and I see each other from time to time, but both of us avoid Benedict since he disapproves of our chosen lifestyles. There are a few scattered uncles and aunts, but they all hate me because they think I’ll corrupt their children. I have contact with a few of the cousins, but that’s all I have in the way of family.

5. What three words describe you best?

Eccentric. Fortunate. Intelligent.

6. Give a brief summary of your past:

I was born in Churchill Manor in London, spent an uproarious childhood there, then moved on to even more uproarious young adult years traveling Europe. When I turned twenty, there was an…incident…at home, and I left. Permanently. I moved to the States to share a house with an old acquaintance from my travels in Italy.

7. What is your view on life?

It’s one long adventure, if you use your time correctly.

8. If you had the chance to give your life to save someone else, would you?

That would depend on the person, I think. I would do anything for my friends, and I would do anything I could to save an innocent life, but if an individual was the cause of the trouble in the first place…then they’re on their own.

9. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take THREE things with you, what would they be?

The knife I carry in my boot, a box of matches, and a notepad for observations. Any scientist worth their salt could survive on that.

10. How do you view yourself?

I’m a single, globetrotting, perfectly-satisfied inventor. *sighs* And perhaps slightly delusional, too.

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