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Getting to Know You 4/24-4/30

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Postby flyergirl » Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:43 am

Full Name: Maxine Price (Max for short)
Birthday: October 1, 1995
Birthplace: Columbia Medical Center, (NYC)
Current Location: Lives with her mom and her brother on the Upper West Side (NYC)
Heritage: Half Italian/Half ???
Eye Color/Hair Color: Beady brown eyes/Blonde frizzy hair
Right or Left Handed: Right Handed
Major Strength: Smart as a whip.
Major Weakness: Underdeveloped social skills.
Fears: To fail. To get into trouble. To diappoint people.
Life Goal: Maxine has many life goals.
Dream Profession: Harpist for the London Philharmonic
Actual Profession: 6th grader
Favorite Meal: She's not picky. Food doesn't really interest her. She eats because her mom places food in front of her. Otherwise, she would forget about it altogether.
Coffee Drinker: No way.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: HA! Maxine has never had one.
Has Character Been in Love: No interest in love.
Is Character Attractive: When you look at Max, you can see her mind spinning at full speed. This makes her beautiful.
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Max doesn't really understand what "attractive" is. How is it measured? Because it is not something concrete that she can touch or assess, she cannot come up with a conclusion one way or the other.
Healthy Habits: Bookworm.
Unhealthy Habits: Bookworm
Favorite Movie: National Geographic documentaries
Vices: Staying up after lights out completing one sudoku puzzle after another.
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): None.
Number One Regret: She said yes when asked if she wanted to skip a grade.

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Postby voxxylady » Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:00 am

At the start of Rehearsal: A Different Drummer. I'm now working on the second book of the series.

Full Name: Susan Angela Brooks
Birthday: July 11, 1954 (19 years old at the beginning of the story)
Birthplace: Glenn Heights, Pennsylvania
Current Location: Lakewood, Massachusetts
Heritage: Native American/Irish
Eye Color/Hair Color: Blue/Very Dark Brown
Right or Left Handed: Right
Major Strength: The ability to stay kind to others and take care of others even when things are crashing around her.
Major Weakness: Depending too much on those around her.
Fears: Losing those she loves
Life Goal: To own her own dance studio and make a difference in children's lives
Dream Profession: Prima Ballerina
Actual Profession: Dance Teacher
Favorite Meal: anything Italian
Coffee Drinker: no, but starting to develop a taste for it though she has to be very careful with her system
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: sweet wine, but barely drinks
Has Character Been in Love: yes, long-term but won't admit it to him
Is Character Attractive: yes, very, and it's highlighted by her inner beauty
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: No, she feels her lack of height needed for a true ballerina's build strongly and her heritage that shows in her features has worked against her often.
Healthy Habits: in shape from dancing consistently, careful about what she eats
Unhealthy Habits: worries obsessively and tends not to eat enough when she worries, has stomach issues
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Vices: quick temper, silent treatment when angry at her best friend until she explodes at him, distrust of others
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): no tattoos/ no piercings: has thought of piercing her ears but her dad doesn't want her to so she hasn't yet
Number One Regret: letting her best friend go off to college without telling him how she felt, and that she still can't tell him

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Postby mekki » Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:00 am

This is the lead character of a modern fantasy novel I am working on...

Full Name: Doon Byrne (but this is an alias)
Birthday: Feb 12, 872 a.d.
Birthplace: Ireland in what is now known as Cork Co.
Current Location: Islington, London
Heritage: Sidhe, a fey like being (Though his passport says he's Irish.)
Eye Color/Hair Color: He has two looks; his human look with sepia hair and autumn brown eyes and his true Sidhe look of sea sky blue eyes and naked white hair.
Right or Left Handed: left handed
Major Strength: Can talk his way out of almost anything
Major Weakness: Has a mouth against authority
Fears: The evil that man has against his fellow man, closed in tight spaces, old school witches
Life Goal: To live, man, to live!
Dream Profession: Doesn't have one, though he wouldn't mind have a turn at an episode of Top Gear
Actual Profession: Owns and runs a small bookstore in Islington outside of Angel Station
Favorite Meal: Nice fat burger, some overly salted chips and a pint.
Coffee Drinker: Nope. Too bitter. And the Italian drinks are too dressed up for his taste.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Guinness (It's a meal in a glass)
Has Character Been in Love: Yes But he's more likely to be in lust.
Is Character Attractive: Yes, in both settings. In his human setting he looks like a cross between a scuffy Colin Farrell and a boyish Dylan Moran. In his Sidhe setting, he's just insanely beautiful that goes beyond gender.
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: In his Sidhe setting he knows he is because all of his kind are. But he prefers his human look because he like the masculine side of it, "And yet I still look cute."
Healthy Habits: Loves fruits, veggies, a good nap on the couch
Unhealthy Habits: Smokes like a chimney. Mouths off like a drunk sailor. Never met a vodka he didn't like. Doesn't look before he leaps. Chases women way too much.
Favorite Movie: Shaun of the Dead (He loves anything Edgar Wright puts out.)
Vices: ciggies, booze, a bit of gambling when it comes to cards and woman. Not girls. Woman in all their curvaceous glory. (Goes weak in the knees for Salma Hayek)
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): A colbalt blue rank tattoo across the bridge of his nose that looks like a scar in his human form
Number One Regret: That in the end, he had to turn his back to his people because it was the right thing to do.

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Postby susans » Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:27 pm

from a short story i'm working on.

Full Name: Benjamin Danielson
Birthday: March 23
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Current Location: Eastbourne, MA (small town near Worcester)
Heritage: WASP. Family’s been in Massachusetts forever. One aunt into genealogy discovered links to several of the Mayflower pilgrims.
Eye Color/Hair Color: blue/light brown
Right or Left Handed: right
Major Strength: smart, kind, good sense of humor
Major Weakness: not a great judge of character, weak social skills. People think he’s a snob but he just doesn’t know how to talk easily to strangers.
Fears: these days, the ex-wife. Generally, social situations with new people make him nervous, he doesn’t know what people expect or what to do, or what to talk about.
Life Goal: raise a family, live a reasonably quiet life in a place where he has roots
Dream Profession: CFO
Actual Profession: accountant. He loves analyzing data, looking for patterns.
Favorite Meal: steak and potatoes.
Coffee Drinker: only when awake.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Sam Adams ale.
Has Character Been in Love: He sure thought so. Fell in lust & got married, now divorced.
Is Character Attractive: Not in the traditional Cary Grant sense. More boy-next-door – your casual, comfortable loafers instead of Mephisto’s.
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Yes, though he doesn’t think about it as terribly important.
Healthy Habits: checkbook balances to the penny. Investments made with good returns – his portfolio survived the internet bubble bursting. Oh, you mean “Health”… chasing around after his 5-year-old son is pretty good exercise.
Unhealthy Habits: verges on the anti-social. He really needs to get out more. Probably drinks more than he should since the divorce.
Favorite Movie: Galaxy Quest.
Vices: watches too much television
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): Shocked that you should suggest such a thing.
Number One Regret: Getting married to Jessie. Somewhat mitigated because he loves his son Mitchell.

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Postby Pendragon » Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:00 pm

Full Name:  Dr. Stephen Wolfen
Birthday: June 3, 1964
Birthplace: Jeanette, PA
Current Location: Padded cell
Heritage: Italian/German/a little Blackfoot Indian
Eye Color/Hair Color: Blue/Grey (originally brown)
Right or Left Handed: Ambidexterous
Major Strength: Quite possibly the most brilliant man ever born.
Major Weakness:  He knows it.
Fears: Being responsible for the end of the world.
Life Goal: Before the plague: to be greater than Einstein. After the plague: To somehow undo what he created.
Dream Profession:  A rock star.
Actual Profession: Genetic-Molecular-Scientist
Favorite Meal: Rib-eye Steak (medium well) bake potato, and vegetables
Coffee Drinker: Yes, usually espresso.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Mostly beer, occasionally scotch
Has Character Been in Love: Yes, didn’t work out, too devoted to his work.
Is Character Attractive: Moderately
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Definately
Healthy Habits: Before the plague: he ran 15 miles every morning.
Unhealthy Habits: Smokes: Marlboro’s
Favorite Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Vices: Gambling
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): none
Number One Regret: Creating Dahmer’s Plague; thereby destroying the world as we knew it.

Hey that was fun.


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Postby lwoods » Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:37 am

Full Name: E. Renee Toliver
Birthday: June 24
Birthplace: Mobile, AL
Current Location: Charlotte, NC
Heritage: Irish/Scottish
Eye Color/Hair Color: Green
Right or Left Handed: Left
Major Strength: Excellent written & verbal communication skills
Major Weakness: Inability to be objective about her love life
Fears: Loneliness, rejection
Life Goal: To have a successful career and personal relationship
Dream Profession: To become the President of Sports Journalism at the local broadcast company
Actual Profession: Director, Sport Journalism
Favorite Meal: Pasta & salad
Coffee Drinker: Yes
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: None
Has Character Been in Love: Definitely
Is Character Attractive: Very and very shapely
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: She does, but she is not overly confident about it
Healthy Habits: Takes time for self, physically active, doesn't smoke or drink, good body care - skin, diet, etc.
Unhealthy Habits: Goes to both extremes over personal issues
Favorite Movie: Indecent Proposal, A Star is Born
Vices: Manipulative, short-sighted, lack of self-control
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): Tatoos: One each on left shoulder, above right breast, on right hip; Piercings: Ears, belly button
Number One Regret:

Renee is all but obsessed with her ex-lover. She has wanted him from the first time she laid eyes on him. They shared a brief "exclusive" relationship in addition to a long-standing torrid affair. Both ended very badly because of her possessive, controlling nature. If she could relive the past, she would do everything she could to keep her lover and not push him away.

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RE: Getting to Know You 4/24-4/30

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Postby prismfx » Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:19 am

Create a background for one of you characters by filling out this list:

Full Name: Carlos Anthony
Birthday: October 16, 1970 shared with his twin sister Michelle
Birthplace: Boston, Mass
Current Location: Courtland,VA circa 1980
Heritage: African-American
Eye Color/Hair Color: brown eyes, reddish brown hair
Right or Left Handed: left-handed
Major Strength: totally fearless
Major Weakness: fearlessness--seems to get him into trouble
Fears: he'd never admit to it---since I'm privileged to know---  the talk about Indians who live in his woods and the weird music they hear sometimes at night
Life Goal: to see his dad again
Dream Profession: artist
Actual Profession: 5th grade student at Elephant's Fork
Favorite Meal: spaghetti no meatballs
Coffee Drinker: no
Favorite Alcoholic Drink:
Has Character Been in Love: no, has a crush on Titus' older sister
Is Character Attractive: cute kid
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: yes, he see his resemblences to his dad
Healthy Habits: energetic, determined
Unhealthy Habits: witty, smart aleck
Favorite Movie: Bruce Lee flic
Vices: anything daring
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): no
Number One Regret:his mom leaving his dad back in Boston

had to create this for his twin sister

Create a background for one of you characters by filling out this list:

Full Name: Michelle Denise
Birthday: same as Carlos
Birthplace: same
Current Location: same
Heritage: African-American
Eye Color/Hair Color: brown eyes, black hair
Right or Left Handed: right handed
Major Strength: knowing when to seek help
Major Weakness: reliant on her twin brother
Fears: Indians, the woods,
Life Goal: To write a book about her childhood
Dream Profession: writer
Actual Profession: 5th grade student at Elephant's Fork School
Favorite Meal: corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pot roast
Coffee Drinker: no
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: none
Has Character Been in Love: no
Is Character Attractive: cute kid
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: yes but she's a tomboy
Healthy Habits: friendly, mediator,
Unhealthy Habits: eat too much candy and bubble gum from the corner store, needs to see a dentist
Favorite Movie:
Vices: writing on things esp. her shoes and the bathroom stalls at school---she was the first to etch "Michelle D. wuz here" on the newly painted bathroom stalls at school.
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): no
Number One Regret: Writing her name on the bathroom stall, she's the only Michelle at the school. Principal called Antie.


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Postby jtcollins » Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:47 pm

How 'bout for an autobiography?

Full Name: Jonathan Tyler Collins
Birthday: 12/17/1984
Birthplace: Newcastle, UK
Current Location: New York, NY
Heritage: European
Eye Color/Hair Color: Hazel/Brown
Right or Left Handed: Left
Major Strength: Can manipulate others easily
Major Weakness: Easily upset and impatient
Fears: Being on a boat that isn't tied up to a dock
Life Goal: To do something meaningful
Dream Profession: Father
Actual Profession: Music teacher
Favorite Meal: Bagels with that smoked salmon stuff
Coffee Drinker: Coffee addiction
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Doesn't drink
Has Character Been in Love: Multiple times
Is Character Attractive: Some think so
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Not really
Healthy Habits: Recovering alcoholic
Unhealthy Habits: Still trying to quit smoking
Favorite Movie: Vodka Lemon
Vices: Smokes a lot, and not just cigarettes
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): No
Number One Regret: "God, why didn't I go to college?"

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