Beautiful People this month is focused on summery questions. Ahem. Which is apt for the pouring rain we’re having in Scotland today. Since I’ve just finished my novella for Camp NaNoWriMo (with its Pinterest board), I’m going to talk about my protagonist, somewhat ironically named Summer.
- What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?
Summer doesn’t tend to have the money to indulge in gelato, but if she did, she would have a lemon or melon sorbet, something light that also acts as a palette cleanser.
- Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?
If Summer were invited to a socialite ball, she would happily accept regardless of the host, taking her lover if he were not already on a mission in the skies. Of course, the dress code is formal, and Summer has an array of formal gear, though she tends towards practical-formal rather than poofy dress and extended bustle dresses. Her style of outfit would be a dark green or emerald floor-length dress with a corset (underbust or overbust) in likely brown or silver, and her heirloom cairngorm around her neck. Paired with these would be a pair of kid-boots – and elbow-length gloves, depending on whose ball it would be. These kind of balls would be held in the centre of the New Berkshire city, where there is a city hall and a cathedral.
- Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?
Summer wears the typical kid-boots of the Victorian age with stockings, though you wouldn’t see that if you looked down to the layers. The kind of shoes she’d consider uncomfortable would be, hypothetically, the types of modern shoes, like trainers or Converses, which she’d find restrictive. In terms of Victorian shoes, whilst indoor heels are enough for hiding one’s ankles whilst indoors, they are not exactly practical outdoors.
- Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?
No, Summer has no birthmarks or scars (or tattoos) of note. She has other quirks of appearance.
- What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)
Summer has no access to a gramophone, so when she hears music it is often from the same source However, her tastes in music tend to be pretty consistent – she likes the classical music, rather than alternative music sources. Though, she has said to have a secret liking for Steam Powered Giraffe. 😉
- Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?
Whilst Summer does not actively play an instrument – simply because she has not the time due to work and social commitments – she suffered the chore of piano-forte lessons at the age of three. She persevered, but had little natural skill, and gave it up aged eight.
- What kind of book would you catch them reading?
As much as Summer appreciates fictional books, she’s not a bookworm bookworm, and is more likely to be found with a parchment report in her hands from the library or her fellow Psychobiologists than a tome. On that front, the sorts of research she’d find from the further past (eg. Darwin’s Origin of the Species) she’d find in battered books and put on her reading goggles and spread the book across her dining room table.
- How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?
Well, her current summer is spent in the Psychobiology lab on campus, researching and finishing her report for her Masters degree of Brain Study. However, in previous summers or holidays when she hasn’t been working in the department, Summer has taken to the skies with her beloved. She doesn’t love airships, but if she has The Sergeant holding her, she feels less sky-sick. She rarely returns to the town in which she grew up.
- It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?
Saturday would most likely be a day off for Summer, so she would be spending time watering the plants at the Horticulture building. If not, she would be expecting her Sergeant at the docking bay or drinking sherry with him in a variety of locals. She doesn’t advocate lazing, but it is nice to not have immediate reports and research to complete.
- Is there anything your character wants to be free of?
Her past. Cliché, I know, but Summer never got along with her stepmother or her blunt father, so thinking of her childhood often leaves her in shadow. Although it may help her, she is desperate to forget that she comes from a family of non-academics, by which she is embarrassed.
So, that was my Beautiful People post for this month. I had written a bio for Summer a while ago, but have never got around to posting it, so this is a little snippet of how she would act in certain circumstances. What about you? Have you ever written an extended bio for a character? Why?