So. Beautiful People is a wonderful link-up hosted by Cait and Sky, and if you haven't already you should definitely go to one of their websites and join in the fun! It's a great way to get to know your characters (and a chance to talk about them as much as you want...so who could say no?).
This month, after a bit of deliberating, I've decided to feature Pep, a fairy from my current work in progress Lillian.
|It is SO MUCH EASIER to find fairy pictures than it is|
to find any other character type on Pinterest...in my humble
opinion. This is a spectacular rendering of Pep. :)
How did you come up with this character?
I honestly don't remember. Probably I discovered her in the fairy-inhabited lake my family's been visiting for the past ten years, peeking out from behind the lady's slippers or skimming over the water on the back of a dragonfly.
On my ninth birthday my grandparents gave me a notebook with a picture of Tinkerbell on the front. I decided to write a story about fairies in the notebook, and Pep was the heroine; but I'm pretty sure Pep existed before that Tinkerbell notebook came into my life. (By the by, Pep was very similar to Tinkerbell for a very long time. I think she's grown into her own character by now; but there was a time all my fairies were practically plagiarized from Disney.)
Has she ever been starving? Why? And what did she eat to break the fast?
If she ever has been starving, she's never told me about it. I can't imagine her getting into a situation where lack of food/drink is a problem; she's so familiar with edible berries and mushrooms and woodsy things like that, and she hardly ever leaves the wood. Still...I suppose it could happen...
|Okay, so Pep doesn't have any little fairies around to |
take care of...but I just may have to give her some.
Um...no? That's silly; there must be something.
Well. There was a draft or a short story a long time ago where she tamed a dragonfly. Which was unheard of. So does the courageous ability to govern wild insects count?
Oh, oh! I remember something. She can fight. I mean, it's not like she's got a black belt in karate or can wield a blade with the skill of Inigo Montoya, but she's not afraid to sock a Turvy in the nose. I think she's glad she can do that, but to say she's "proud of it" might be a stretch. Such tomboyish goings-on are rather frowned upon by the Fairy Queen.
List 3 things that would make her lose her temper.
I'm so glad you asked!
1. Turvies teasing/bullying something smaller and weaker than themselves. (i.e. Lillian)
2. Forest-folk caving to the influence of the Turvies and adopting their rowdy ways.
3. Anyone insulting the Fairy Queen.
What is her favorite type of weather? Least favorite?
Oh, Pep likes every kind of weather, but I think she must like September weather most of all. And not the kind of hot September weather we've been having around here this year. I mean the real, exhilarating coolness of early fall, a coolness soaked through with warmth and sunshine - a clear blue sky littered with piles of white cloud, and a sun that sheds golden light over the world, and a light wind that teases the turning leaves from the trees.
Least favorite? Hmm. She probably wouldn't appreciate a long, drawn-out, drizzly week of cold gray rain. Thunderstorms she'll welcome with open arms, but a week of drizzling? No thanks.
What is her Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
ESTP-A, apparently. I looked up a list of ESTP characters and a few that I knew included Scarlett O'Hara (ew), Rhett Butler (double ew), Han Solo (all right, I can see that), Tintin (that delighted me), Robin Hood (definitely), and Grantaire from Les Miserables (hmm....).
You're in mixed company there, Pep.
Oh, certainly worry about present problems. Pep's not a worry-wart; when she encounters a problem, her attitude is more, "Okay, let's fix this, it'll be an adventure!" than it is, "Oh no, what are we going to do?!"
What is her favorite thing to drink?
Goodness, I had this figured out at one point. What fairies drink, I mean. Have you ever had a home-made ice cream float? Red pop or root beer? You know that yummy cold foamy liquid that's left over after you've eaten all the solid ice cream? The sort of drink fairies have in the summer-time is kind of like that. They also drink nectar. In the winter they have more of a really really creamy hot chocolate - except, they're not limited to chocolate as a flavor. Those would have to be Pep's favorite drinks.
Pep likes to wear soft woodsy colors, like green and brown. Stains don't show up so easily on them, so she can be a bit rowdy (gasp! that's the word that describes the Turvies!) without really attracting the Fairy Queen's disfavor. A princess is supposed to be neat and tidy at all times, you know - even a fairy princess.
Least favorite? Hmm, she doesn't really have one. Unless it's black. I can't see Pep ever wearing black or much appreciating anything which had black as a dominant color.
What is a book that changed her life?
Sad to say, I have no idea. (It's a pity, isn't it?!? This is such a fun question! Maybe I can sneak it into the next BP post...?) You see, the collection of books in the Fairy Queen's library is quite different from any collection of books in our world. No human authors, y'know. So while I'm sure there is a book that has been a big part of Pep's life, she hasn't shown it to me yet or told me much about it. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll have to write it...
So that's Pep! I hope you've liked this sneak peek into her character. Have you ever written about a fairy? Or looked up your characters' personality types? And are any of you doing Beautiful People this month? (If so, I'd love to read your post!!)
(Oh, and my apologies to anyone who was looking for yesterday's Catholicism Explained...I never got around to picking out a topic. Pathetic, isn't it? I blame the terrible institution known as The School Year. Which is actually a lame excuse, especially on the weekend. But I ramble. Share your ideas for next week's CE in the comments, too, if you want!)