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I have a spare day (yes, in the middle of the week... have to work on Saturday for that... argh) and I'd been posting memes left and right the last few weeks but never a "30 Days..." entry because I usually need to take a little time for that but... yeah, I have time now and I'm going to use it (mwahahahahahaha, be afraid! Be very afraid). So... where were we?

Ah, right.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?

4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

And here we go:

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

That is a very good question... and I need a moment to think about it.














Okay, it was a long moment. Oh, well.

I think my youngest characters (since they're twins) are Aislinn and Christopher Lorne, Laura Cadman and Evan Lorne's twins from the Shock and Awe 'verse. By the time of the last published story, they're five years old and I think it doesn't get much younger. Okay, Adrian Lorne from Still Remember Which Way to Go is younger than that, but I didn't write him until he was in his 20s in Somewhere to Start.... oh, wait, there's also Marcus Gleeson/soon to be Lorne from Never Goin' Back. He's four there and I did write him. Okay, Marcus is the youngest character.

My oldest character... mh. I'm tempted to say that it was TLM!Lorne from The Faith That Cleans Your Wound because he should be in his late fifties/early sixties there and right on the spot I can't remember really having written an older character. Mh. Okay, Laura Cadman's father in Can't Blame the Fella' could be older than that but I'm really not sure so I'll keep with TLM!Lorne. [livejournal.com profile] mackenziesmomma was so kind as to hint to me that General Lorne in The Web of Changes is definitely my oldest character, seeing as he's had 52 years of service at that point. That totally beats every other character so far.

So yeah... usually the characters I write are around my own age (that is, when I started a story in my early twenties, you could be sure that at least one of the leads would be in their early twenties, too, for example) and of course grow older just like I'm growing older but I swear that's happening totally subconciously and it does make sense, story-wise. I have no idea why it's like that but it just happens.

BTW, what I'm finding hardest about a character's age is determining a timeline for the character's bio, i.e. when they finished highschool, when they started their secondary education, what would be the most important public events in their life (e.g. Laura Cadman will certainly not name the assasination of Kennedy as the one defining historical event in her life but probably rather the events of 9/11 and Jenna Melara in my Star Wars stories won't have seen how Palpatine practically shut the Senate down but she'll probably cite the destruction of Alderaan as the most horrible historic event in her lifetime) and so on. I hate timeline with a vengeance and I'm so very, very, very grateful that often enough [livejournal.com profile] mackenziesmomma takes it upon herself to make the task of figuring out what happened when easier for me or even doing that for me. I'm still grateful she helped me check the most important points of Laura Cadman's and Evan Lorne's professional biography and always points out things that really can't work when she spots them. Thank you so much!

Also, speaking of the subject of timelines... I think the oldest character in terms of creation is my Star Wars Sue, since she was the first ever character I wrote. Youngest character in terms of creation is, at this point, Lieutenant Colonel Mikhail Ilyich Stoikov, probably Spetsnaz (no one ever really knows anything with Stoikov... he's like that) and former leader of the Russian military contingent in Atlantis (we're talking three months after EATG, tineline-wise). He was supposed to be a one-time character but the damn bastard thinks he'd like to stay on for longer than the little Minor Characters story that's waiting to be finished ASAP. You just can't get past Stoikov so... watch out for him *shakes head disbelievingly

Anyway... I think I really need to get back into writing Shock and Awe and my Star Wars stories... also I seriously need to write some more pre-Atlantis Minor Characters stories, seeing as I decided to do at least one multichapter story for them this year. And since this is my spare day and I'm all alone at home thank God for that I think I'll get back to writing now :D

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6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
13. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!
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