Beautiful People – August 2013 – Double Feature

Cowriting can be a pretty darn awesome experience.  In fact, pretty much all of my ventures into cowriting have been very darn awesome.  Probably because my cowriters are awesome.  And the co-creator of this story is definitely awesome.  You can tell because of the repetition for emphasis in the logical syllogism.  *cough*

The story started when my friend Mark went, “Hey, there’s this superhero story on Holy Worlds, you should see about it,” and then kept poking me nicely because I like things but I also forget about them.   It’s a symptom of cookie deficiency.  Anyway.  Eventually he brilliantly wondered aloud in chat if our superheroes knew each other, and…well…a story started poking less nicely.  Because this story is the sort of story that makes authors cry.  And laugh.

Hopefully, readers will feel the same too.  Eventually.  As part of the development, we enrolled two characters into the questionnaire called “Beautiful People.”  Mark answered the questions for The Dreamer, and I for Lance – who are currently from the same overall story, but different books.  Currently.  All of this is experimental science, so expect data fluctuations/variations in the final product.

Also of interest – neither of us picked ‘good guys’ this time around.  Manipulating people’s mind’s and–well, you’ll see.

Enjoy.

The Dreamer

1) What does your character regret the most in their life?

Losing his sister. It was not his fault, but he still fully blames himself. Not a day goes by when he does not beat himself up over what happened that day.

2) What is your character’s happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?
A dream he once shared with his sister. He has since forgotten what it was about, but it had something to do with visiting a place that she greatly wanted to visit, but would never be able to. He may have forgotten the place he took her, but the look on her face has stayed with him…and always will.

The first time he ever realized he had powers was when he accidentally shared one of his nightmares with his sister. The Dreamer does not think back to that time if he can help it, lest he remember what he put his sister through that night.

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?
People who talk about dreams as if they were a good thing. His head knows they can be good things (such as places of pleasure or refuge) for other people, but his heart has been wounded too much by dreams for him to readily recognize that.

4) Do they act differently when they’re around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?
Yes.

For his entire life, the Dreamer hid his true feelings under the guise of a cocky grin and flippant attitude. When he is alone, however, the walls he builds up every morning crumble under the weight of extreme exhaustion, and he can finally relax for a precious few moments.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.)
The Dreamer does not believe in any god-like being as it is traditionally described. However, he is inclined towards believing in the supernatural and in that realm having at least some influence over the natural realm.

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
-Shakespeare

The Dreamer is not wholly sure what to believe about death and an “after-life” either, but something akin to an eternal sleep seems highly likely to him. Because of this, he has a nearly deathly fear of dying.

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…”
-Shakespeare

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
Nothing really, though the subject/theme of dreams often comes up in his speech.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
Facing them. The Dreamer has had far more than his share of experience in being afraid, and when he has any measure of hope, he chooses to face the fears that assail him.

8) Do they have a good self image?
Yes. Overall, the Dreamer is confident in himself and his abilities.

9) Do they turn to people when they’re upset, or do they isolate themselves?
The Dreamer isolates himself. He used to turn to his older sister whenever he was upset, but since he lost her, he has had no one to turn to. In consequence, he turned to deep within himself.

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?

Weep. I would cry a lot for the poor guy, and the horrendous amount of pain and suffering he goes through. – Mark
Cry, and then hug him. He’d probably sort of hate it. – Elizabeth

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
-Shakespeare

Lance Kassabian

1) What does your character regret the most in their life?
He would almost regret enacting justice on his best friend.  Almost, if he was not so utterly sure that he knew the only way.

And he regrets bitterly that his best friend swore the same oath with him on the same day, and his best friend failed.

“There is a force more powerful than steam and electricity: the will.”
-Fernán Caballero

2) What is your character’s happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?
Lance’s happiest memory would be his first few months after joining the mechanics.  The integration into the system and the feeling of competency provided an additional stability in his life.  He moved up in the ranks, fighting for his core beliefs alongside his best friend with fellow men who would follow him anywhere.

His most sorrowful memory…

“By the stars you swore with me to carry the sword and the flame; to serve order, just like the machines that you love; and the stars may not veer from that justice.”
“M-m-mercy–”
“No.  I cannot give you that, except in death.”
-Photograph Glass, Draft 1

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?
Snow.  He hates the snow.  And vigilantes, especially when his breakfast is interrupted.

4) Do they act differently when they’re around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?
Lance is the commander of a division of Mechanics: he isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy in terms of personality.  Around his few close friends, he’s relaxed and cheerful, though still a bit gruff.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions?
Mechanics abide by a code akin to legalism.  The law is the highest authority, sworn never to be broken and to be enforced only by those commissioned.  Order is sworn by the stars, and a broken oath ends in a broken life.  Think like an urban-fantasy-scifi-Javert in a superhero novel.  Sort of.

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”
-George Carlin

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
None.  Unless references to stars count, or yelling at/for Kiefer.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
Facing them, dead-on.  Lance is altogether confident in his ability to deal with problems, or to die well.

8) Do they have a good self image?

Overall…yes, but the wrong kind.  He’s so strongly convicted of his ideals that his own self gets in the way of any other idea.  He doesn’t consider himself brilliant, consciously; he just does and it works.  But his thought habits are too deeply ingrained into himself doing.

9) Do they turn to people when they’re upset, or do they isolate themselves?
Lance turns more and more to isolation as he grows older, working out a solution entirely inside his own mind.

“For this wire is as a part of our body, as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?”
-Ayn Rand

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?

I would laugh nervously. – Mark
Cry angrily, and possibly want to slap him.  Except that could be really bad. – Elizabeth

“I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?”
-Arthur Conan Doyle
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5 thoughts on “Beautiful People – August 2013 – Double Feature

  1. >Snow. He hates the snow. And vigilantes, especially when his breakfast is interrupted.
    MY WAFFLES ARE GETTING COLD GENTLEMEN!

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