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Getting to Know You 4/24-4/30

Postby Brian » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:51 am

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Getting to Know You 4/24-4/30

Postby Brian » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:51 am

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

Full Name:
Current Location:
Eye Color/Hair Color:
Right or Left Handed:
Major Strength:
Major Weakness:
Life Goal:
Dream Profession:
Actual Profession:
Favorite Meal:
Coffee Drinker:
Favorite Alcoholic Drink:
Has Character Been in Love:
Is Character Attractive:
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive:
Healthy Habits:
Unhealthy Habits:
Favorite Movie:
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s):
Number One Regret:

Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer.

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

Postby fairchdr » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:26 am

Here is a character that I am currently working on in a romance short story.

Full Name: Todd Christopher Blanchard
Birthday: May 21, 1977
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Current Location: At 27,000 feet over Idaho in a Northwest flight.
Heritage: English/German
Eye Color/Hair Color: Blue/Brown with Blonde and Gold hi-lights
Right or Left Handed: Right handed
Major Strength: Engineering minded, problem solver.
Major Weakness: Can get emotional in a sensitive way over silly things.
Fears: Not too many things; IRS, Crazy Drivers, loss of a spouse.
Life Goal: Contentment and Famous
Dream Profession: Famous inventor
Actual Profession: Manager of a group of Engineers
Favorite Meal: Pot Roast Dinner
Coffee Drinker: Yes, and really hates it when he can’t order just a plain regular coffee these days without all the Italian words.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Stolies in a fruit juice. (What! The juice is good for you!)
Has Character Been in Love: Yes, and happily married.
Is Character Attractive: Moderately so, has great legs, but is quite modest about his being.
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Not necessarily so.
Healthy Habits: Works out at the gym because it keeps his wife off his back. But does enjoy the higher energy level from working out.
Unhealthy Habits: Likes and eats fattening foods with no remorse.
Favorite Movie: Beaches, Star Wars. (Ya, go figure on that one.)
Vices: Nothing serious, used to smoke but quit that a while ago.
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): No, Never. Hates it.
Number One Regret: Took too many years to figure out women.

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

Postby LElvebak » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:37 am

This is a series character from my mystery.

Full Name: Niki Alexander
Birthday: April 3
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Current Location: Houston, TX
Heritage: Hawaiian and Norwegian
Eye Color/Hair Color: Brown/Auburn
Right or Left Handed: Right handed
Major Strength: She's not afraid to fight for the underdog, which in her world is the homeless
Major Weakness: Children in trouble
Fears: That she will lose a child to the streets
Life Goal: Provide a safe haven for troubled teens
Dream Profession: Psychologist
Actual Profession: Drug Counselor
Favorite Meal:
Coffee Drinker: Yes
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Doesn't drink. It used to be Scotch
Has Character Been in Love: With her husband, but he was killed riding a motorcycle
Is Character Attractive: Yes
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: No, she doesn't see herself that way
Healthy Habits: Walks fast, swims
Unhealthy Habits: Going to crime scenes; investigating crime involving children
Favorite Movie: Out of the Past
Vices: Used to smoke pot
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): Heart on hip
Number One Regret: She killed a teenager on drugs

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

Postby Jillers » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:06 pm

This is my main character for a fantasy novel I've been writing since.... forever.

--Full Name:

Gailin Conor Melkham
Birthday: 21st of the Summer Season
Birthplace: Corilay Province
Current Location: The Good Grayden (a boat he and some others "commandeered")
Heritage: A Southern Plainsman
Eye Color/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde
Right or Left Handed: Right
Major Strength: Belief in his own moral code - he fights for what he believes is right
Major Weakness: Belief in his own moral code - a well known doctrine that can be manipulated against him
Fears: Going back home
Life Goal: Live out his days in obscurity
Dream Profession: Farmer
Actual Profession: Mercenary/Pirate
Favorite Meal: Lamb stew
Coffee Drinker: No
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: He drinks, but he doesn't like to
Has Character Been in Love: No, and he'd be to dense to even know if he was
Is Character Attractive: In his own wounded puppy dog way, yes. However, he’s not so attractive that everyone thinks he is. Battle scars also aren't an aphrodisiac
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: No
Healthy Habits: Always makes sure they have fresh fruit, adn that their equipment is in good condition
Unhealthy Habits: When the past catches up to him in some way, he drinks until he passes out. He also doesn't take care of his injuries if he feels he brought it on himself
Favorite Movie: There are no movies in this setting, though he always liked the traveling theaters that would come around. He was never sure of the titles of the pieces, but his favorites always included sword fights, humor, and a fair amount of mystery
Vices: Very short sighted, he'll leap into action and not think about long term consequences, only short term ones. And the drinking thing
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): None in the ink sense, but he did do a ritual carving of his family’s coat of arms on his left palm, and the symbol of penance on his right. Plus battle scars.
Number One Regret: He accidentally killed his brother

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

Postby emmakatetsai » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:21 pm

Full Name: Jack Anderson
Birthday: December 1, 1980
Birthplace: Nashville
Current Location: Boston
Heritage: Caucasian
Eye Color/Hair Color: Blue eyes, blonde
Right or Left: Right
Major Strength: Focused
Major Weakness: Too Focused
Fears: Imperfection
Life Goal: Study Pollock
Dream Profession: Artist
Actual Profession: Art Student
Favorite Meal: Strawberries
Coffee Drinker: No, Tea
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Bloody Mary
Has Character Been in Love: No
Is Character Attractive: Yes
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: No - doesn't think about it at all
Healthy Habits: Studies, eats well, reads a lot
Unhealthy Habits: Not enough sleep, too much obsessive thoughts
Favorite Movie: Pollock
Vices: Art, art, art
Tattoo/Piercings: None
Number One Regret: Studying art rather than making it

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

Postby eagletom » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:57 pm

Full Name:: Michael Buck Footley
Birthday: December 6, 1951:
Birthplace:: Marysville, CA
Current Location:: Portland, OR
Heritage: German/South Carolinian
Eye Color/Hair Color: Brown eyes, long gray hair :
Right or Left Handed: Started life right-handed now left-handed due to losing right hand in Viet Nam (POW)
Major Strength: Honest, reliable, trustworthy
Major Weakness: Brutally black and white when judging others
Fears: Heights, being perceived as stupid, bad dreams
Life Goal: proving himself as to be as good as before Nam
Dream Profession: Circuit Court Judge
Actual Profession: Part-time Private Detective, full-time paralegal
Favorite Meal: Beans and rice
Coffee Drinker: Mornings only
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Medium priced champagne
Has Character Been in Love: Married twice, divorced once
Is Character Attractive: Deceptively soft looking… constantly
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: Only from his left side
Healthy Habits: Stays in pretty good shape
Unhealthy Habits: Drinks a little too much champagne, a little pot
Favorite Movie: Napoleon Dynamite (reminds him of his brother)
Vices: Smokes a little pot, drives aggressively, video games
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): Lotus flower on the back of his neck
Number One Regret: Didn't get the guy who chopped off his hand

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

Postby abatchelor » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:03 pm

Full Name: Vicki Priesthood
Birthday: September 30, 1970
Birthplace: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Current Location: Wellspring, NY
Heritage: African American
Eye Color/Hair Color: Brown eyes/ reddish brown hair
Right or Left Handed: right handed
Major Strength: Passionate about her art work
Major Weakness: Her husband
Fears: Losing her husband to her faith
Life Goal: Is to stop living paycheck to paycheck
Dream Profession: Unsure, beyond painting a musuem masterpiece
Actual Profession: Batista at La Mocha Cafe
Favorite Meal: Veggie lasagna with garlic bread
Coffee Drinker: yes
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: corona beer
Has Character Been in Love: yes, the first year of her marriage
Is Character Attractive: yes
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: doesn't give her looks a second or first thought
Healthy Habits: Exercises 4 times a week, diligently works on art project every morning at 5 a.m., faithful mother
Unhealthy Habits: Drinks four cups of coffee a day, bits her nails
Favorite Movie: Casablanca
Vices: doesn't have any
Tattoo(s)/ Piercing(s): none
Number One Regret: getting married and moving to a small town before

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

Postby paperbackwriter » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:22 pm

Full Name: Lester Alexander King
Birthday: October Thirtieth
Birthplace: New York City
Current Location: Galloping Hills New York Lives. in 200 room mansion inherited from uncle.
Eye color/hair color: Green eyes brown hair
Right Handed/ Left Handed: Right handed.
Major Strenghts: Keen intelect, twelfth dan black belt in aikido and karate, expert marksman.
Major weakness: Women.
Fears: extreme dislike of wasps.
Life goal: Peace on earth, taking a bite out of crime, making a difference.
Dream profession: Lead guitar in a rock band.
Actual Profession: Top secret agent.
Favorite meal. Calamari and Lnguini in Hot Sauce.
Coffee Drinker: Yes.
Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Minute Maid Orange Juice, Absolute vodka not too much ice.
Has Character been in love: Yes. Love of life lost on a mission.
Is Character Attractive: Yes. Handsome but deadly.
Does Character think of self as attractive: Pretty Attractive.
Healthy Habits: Works out religously three times a week. Refuses to get fat. Strenght, speed, agility, a must. Fat, slow agents don't live long.
Unhealthy habits: Stays up all night.
Favorite movie: Summer of'42.
Vices: Singlemalt scotch, cuban cigars, pizza, a good chili dog, anything seafood, hot sauces.
Tattoos or piercings: "People who get pierced are idiots."
Number One Regret: Father kept him out of the war in Vietnam while best friend got drafted, fought and died.

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

Postby rgreen1121 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:31 pm

Full Name: Thomas Jonathan Northway
Birthday: June 6
Birthplace: Flagstaff, AZ
Current Location: Outside Charleston, SC
Heritage: American
Eye Color/Hair Color: Green/black
Right or Left Handed: Right
Major Strength: a perceptive and forgiving person, also great problem solver, good sense of direction
Major Weakness: lack of confidence
Fears: to loose a loved one, make the wrong choice
Life Goal: a lovely peaceful existence
Dream Profession: Forensic Investigator
Actual Profession: Student
Favorite Meal: spaghetti and meatballs, anything orange flavored (jello, soda, popsicles)
Coffee Drinker: no
Favorite Alcholic Drink: not really picky, doesn't drink much
Has Character Been in Love: yes--twice
Is Character Attractive: fairly
Does Character Think of Self as Attractive: not really, but he doesn't think he's hideously ugly either. He doesn't really think much about it.
Healthy Habits: long distance runner
Unhealthy Habits: doesn't sleep much
Favorite Movie: Rear Window
Vices: procrastinates
Tatoo/Piercings: none--terrified of needles
Number One Regret: convincing a friend to do something dangerous that resulted in the friend's permanant disabilities.


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