Sunday, 2 November 2014

NaNoWriMo2014: Character Building

I'm nothing if not a procrastinator. Having only just found out about this project a couple of hours ago due to Jaime's (@inkblotsandquills) status on Facebook and later on Twitter... I figure... why not?

So here I am...

Character Building Time.

Name: Sandy Jenkins * this will probably change...
Age: 24
Height: 5'2
Eye color: Hazel
Physical appearance: Short and Stocky. Short legs, short arms and finds it difficult to reach things on the top shelf.
Strange or unique physical attributes: Has a affinity with the creepy crawlies, particularly - ants, snails and worms.
Favorite clothing style/outfit: Orange. Tied died shirts. Pigtail hair. On a work day - blue jean overalls. Tries not to be too mainstream but wants to just be herself.
Where does he or she live? What is it like there? She lives in a grotty little apartment. Rats in the walls and floor in the kitchen is beginning to give way.
Defining gestures/movements (i.e., curling his or her lip when he or she speaks, always keeping his or her eyes on the ground, etc.): puts her hands on her hips and smiles widely. Has a tooth that she licks when she is getting overly agitated and annoyed.
Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change: the way her nose flares when she is getting excited about something new.
Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.): talks fast. People have to listen faster.
Pet peeves: people who squish her mates. Namely her creepy crawlies.
Fondest memory: sitting at the park with her little sister sharing a loaf of bread, chicken chips and a bag of lollies.
Hobbies/interests: saving the world. She hasn't upgraged to having a cape just yet.
Special skills/abilities: cartwheels incessently. But can't do a backflip on the tramp yet. Knows how to talk a kid off the edge.
Insecurities: doesn't get her message across clearly enough. Wishes she were smarter.
Quirks/eccentricities: completely at ease with her looks. Likes watching films with her head on the side or upside down to see the character's faces and imagine their chins as their foreheads. Aliens.
Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.): easy going. Quickly frustrated.
Negative traits: Helps others before herself.
Things that upset him or her: being told she can't do something
Things that embarrass him or her: being told she is capable...
This character is highly opinionated about: the lifecycle of bees and why they're important. Also that waterways shouldn't be polluted.
Any phobias? Snakes.
Things that make him or her happy: A swing. And a few haybales to make a fort.
Family (describe):
Strong family connections but now living away from home.
Mum and dad separated.

Deepest, darkest secret: can't tell anyone.
Reason he or she kept this secret for so long: dangerous.
Other people’s opinions of this character (What do people like about this character? What do they dislike about this character?): they think Sandy is a pushover. She needs to stand up for herself.
Favorite bands/songs/type of music: Pink, Foo Fighters, Stan Walker
Favorite movies: The Notebook
Favorite TV shows: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite books: One Flew in the Cuckoo's nest
Favorite foods: Mashed potatoes. Garlic bread and butter chicken. Sushi.
Favorite sports/sports teams: not a fan of organised sport. Would much rather watch a snail race.
Political views: strong views but knows there isn't a point to them..
Religion/philosophy of life: be happy. Live life.
Physical health: mostly healthy.
Dream vacation: Undecided.
Description of his or her house: grotty as.
Description of his or her bedroom: bright blue. Sails on her bed. She has drawn a sun clock on the walls.
Any pets? Just the birds outside.
Best thing that has ever happened to this character: moving away from home.
Worst thing that has ever happened to this character: being stuck in this grotty house.
Superstitions: more of a belief that she is being watched and not sure by who.
Three words to describe this character: complex, at times overwhelming.
If a song played every time this character walked into the room, what song would it be? Undecided.