Beautiful People ~ March 2017

Well. Here we are. I knew it would come to this one day.

I have finally decided to take part in the Beautiful People linkup.

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Now, if you’re not sure what that is, let me give you a quick rundown. Beautiful People is hosted every month by PaperFury and Sky. They ask a series of questions to help us get to know our characters better. Isn’t that nice of them?

I’m simultaneously excited and scared to share my character with you. She originated in my NaNo novel (although she was male at the time; I gender-swapped her during the Months of Edits), and is now making a full comeback in my Camp NaNo rewrite. Exciting stuff. However, she’s also my first LGBTQA+ character. I and most people I know are still just getting to know that topic, and it comes with its own questions and concerns. I’m really concerned about portraying the community well and also figuring out my own thoughts on the issue. Prayers and helpful comments are appreciated.

So without further to do…please welcome…(drumroll)…Dan Scott!

1. What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?

Dan is a big fan of anything Marvel. Her favorite character is Iron Man (because who doesn’t have plans to attain Tony Stark levels of wit and awesomeness someday…let’s be honest), but Black Widow is a close second. However, her favorite movie is actually Captain America: The First Avenger. When Civil War came out she was honestly at a loss for who to root for. She ended up siding with Tony Stark because that’s who her friends were rooting for, but she kinda felt bad the whole time. Fan problems.

2. Is there anything they regret doing?

This one’s hard, because once Dan’s done something, she sticks to her guns and refuses to admit it was a bad idea. Even if it involves many sick and wounded. (Okay, not that bad.) She more regrets what she hasn’t done. She went to an inner city Catholic school from K-7, and there was a lot of bullying and other things that went under the radar. She knew people who were being victimized, but she didn’t say anything about them until she came out in seventh grade (and thusly got kicked out of school), and then she became much more vocal. She regrets letting people get hurt in the past.

3. If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?

Well, up until the beginning of the story, it would be her wonderful mother, Angela. Angela has put up with so much crap from Dan, whether it’s driving her to the E.R., waiting up for her to come home at night, bandaging her wounds, etc. Unfortunately, as our story begins, Angela dies, and Dan is left in the care of her unmarried, reclusive uncle Harold. So we’ll see how that goes.

4. Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?

Dan isn’t really affectionate towards inanimate objects. Probably this would be her phone or her laptop.

5. What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?

One. Know who you are and what you stand for.

Two. Always defend the underdog.

Three. Have a quirky/clever/morbid sense of humor that you execute with a smile.

Four. Be flexible and open to rapidly changing plans.

Five. Defend chocolate with your life.

Five and a half. Defend Marvel with your life. (The lack of this one’s not a deal breaker, but it does give you a serious disadvantage.)

Five and three quarters. Never seriously disparage Captain America. (This one does not appear to be a dealbreaker but inwardly she smites you every time she sees you.

6. Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.

First, there’s her hair, which her mom has always said is somewhat of a statement. Dan’s hair is short and curly, and she rarely does anything to rid it of frizz. Occasionally she wears a faded baseball cap she stole from Jared. She has a stud in her nose and in her lower lip, both plastic but imitation diamonds. She has small gold hoop earrings. In the summer, she wears jean shorts and a tank top, occasionally with a jean vest. In the fall and winter, she wears jeans or sweatpants and T-shirts with a sweater overtop — generally and old, baggy grey or blue sweater. She always wears tennis shoes. When she’s skateboarding or doing other vaguely dangerous things, she doesn’t tend to wear safety equipment, but instead wears long pants or something like that to absorb some of the damage if she falls. (Most of her pants are ripped at the knees because of this.)

7. What’s their favorite type of weather?

She actually likes beating hot weather when the miserableness is pretty much oozing up from the pavement.

8. What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?

Probably during the month she came out as lesbian. She was attending a Catholic program for a very low price, because of their programs for kids far under the poverty line. (She has a single mom, and her family was struggling even before her dad suddenly left.) When she came out in seventh grade, the school threatened to kick her out if she didn’t take it back. Her mom was raised Catholic and hadn’t thought much about the LGBT issue until this moment, and she wanted Dan to stay quiet about it so she could stay out of inner-city schools. Dan refused, and in the process lost most of her “friends” and got her girlfriend kicked out as well. Because of that, her girlfriend broke up with her (she had wanted to keep things quiet). Her uncle Harold, who lived nearby, tried to convince her to recant her sexuality as well, which resulted in a huge fight as Angela finally sided with her daughter. Dan is tough when it comes to fights and actually finds yelling therapeutic — when fights are one-on-one they resolve quickly, usually with both participants happier than before. During this time, she felt like everyone was yelling at her, and no one was letting her yell back. She transferred to public school where she was also discriminated against and fought with nearly everyone, until she met her current friends.

9. What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?

Her full name is Danielle, but she prefers Dan. As a child her mom and some of her teachers called her Dani, but now it exists solely as a pet name and sounds very strange to her if someone she doesn’t know well uses it. Angela was the only person allowed to call her Danielle, and only when she was in big trouble. (She’s heard “Danielle Yolanda Scott!” quite a bit in her lifetime.) Sometimes when her friends are joking around they’ll call her Ella, Ellie, or Yelp. (She has many opinions, which is where Yelp comes from.)

10. What makes their heart feel alive?

Standing up for people results in an adrenaline rush that she doesn’t always enjoy, but which definitely sustains her. And if someone stands up for her — not in a patronizing way, but in an instinctive way that shows she’s intimately important to them — that makes her happy like nothing else in the world.
Welp. There you go. Don’t forget to check out Paperfury’s and Sky’s blogs. Stay crazy, my friends!

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Lessons in Faithese

I haven’t posted for awhile and my brain is shot, so let’s do something fun today, shall we? I thought so.

In my childhood, I lived in many different locations. I was born in Virginia, then moved to Massachusetts. My earliest memory is from Pennsylvania, where we lived for five or six years before moving to Louisiana. Then we went to South Carolina, and finally returned to the mountainous state of PA. For good. Or so we think anyway.

Because of this, my dialect is…quirky. Not to mention that my family has a tendency to make up its own words for things. So today’s blog post is all about teaching you to talk like me, because who wouldn’t want to know that? Let’s start with the fun stuff.

Expletives

  1. Meep!

I think I got this from an episode of Phineas and Ferb, where an alien named Meep landed in their backyard. All this alien ever says is Meep. I picked it up because I like languages, obviously. It’s also a really easy non-offensive sound to make whenever anything unexpected and slightly devastating happens, from stubbing my toe to dropping my pencil or homework behind the bed. It also displays distress much better than a traditional swear, I think.

  1. Mark!

See Meep. I have no idea where I got this one. I don’t even know a Mark.

  1. Ow!

Contrary to what you might think, I do not say this when I get hurt. Okay, sometimes I do, but mostly it’s an expression of surprise.

  1. Hello!

I got this one from British books. Uttered upon encountering something (or someone) unexpected.

  1. AKF EAFEH IEAGELA (or gutteral screams that sound like Dark Speech)

THIS one is for when I get hurt. Or am just very upset. Sometimes I will howl. Most of the time I sound like I’m trying to call demons down upon the earth. (I’m not, I promise.)

Nouns

  1. Chippie

A chip. Or, if you’re from Britain, a crisp. This one comes from my younger siblings.

  1. Loopie.

A hair tie. I was legitimately surprised when I learned no one else says this.

  1. Delicious

Ham. This also hearkens from the children of my family

  1. Snail.

The hand motion in which the middle and ring finger touch the top of the thumb, while the fore and little finger are raised. Many people call this a llama. I have met one individual who calls this a slug.

Verbs

  1. Any noun with -ing at the end. Or any noun, period.

See fooding, storying, and verbing. Oftentimes a legitimate verb exists for this, but shh.

Adjectives/Adverbs

  1. Monstrously

I picked this up from Paperfury. I’m sure she would be monstrously pleased.

  1. Delicious/deliciously

Basically synonymous with “extreme/ly.” Deliciously frustrating, deliciously good, deliciously bad, deliciously hard… Don’t ask me when I starting wanting to eat everything. I have no idea. I don’t usually say this one out loud for obvious reasons.

So there you go! Tidbits from the Faithian dialect. Hopefully y’all enjoyed this…and of course, don’t forget to stay crazy.

 

I’m In Michigan!!!

Hey guys. I know I’ve gone AWOL for a bit, so here’s what’s going on.

I’m in Michigan!!!

Yeah, big surprise, I know. The title says it all. Okay, so Spring Break has finally sprung, and while I have a few homework assignments to complete, I’ll finally have time to get back to writing and beta-reading (and hopefully, blogging). So I should be more visible this week.

As for what I’m doing in Michigan (I’m normally a PA girl)…I’m visiting my roommate’s family. We split the 10-hour drive into two parts, stopping overnight in Ohio. To keep ourselves from boredom, we compiled a giant Spotify playlist comprised of songs from Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Hamilton, and In The Heights. And we put it on shuffle. It was HILARIOUS. You haven’t heard anything until you’ve heard these songs juxtaposed…

“Silence! A message from the King! A message from the Kiiiiiing!”

“He means to marry me Monday! What shall I do? I’d rather die!”

Okay, King George. 😀 (The songs, respectively, are “Farmer Refuted” from Hamilton and “Kiss Me (Part 1)” from Sweeney Todd. If you get these references, you win everything.)

We visited some friends who own 20+ animals and gave me all sorts of story ideas. Then we made the trip up here. And here I am, experiencing suburban life again. (I’ve lived in the country the past seven or eight years of my life, and let me tell you, it’s nice to be five minutes from the store.)

As of now, I’ve just finished watching Revenge of the Sith, during which my friends and I discussed fan theories and made many hilarious jokes. It’s nice to be living with the Star Wars crowd.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep y’all updated. Stay crazy, friends.