Town Line Tuesday: Daphne Pendragon Part 2 (Continued)

Hey guys, for this week’s Town Line Tuesday I’ll be continuing to answer the Character Questions I started a couple of weeks ago. The questions are all from this tumblr post by @lanqu-e. If you missed the first part you can check it out here.

Part 2: Miscellany (Continued)

 

16. What kind of job does your character want/not want? What is their dream job? What do they think of their current job? Daphne’s dream job would be any job where she can help people, and in that way, her current job as an agent for AEGIS–a secret vigilante organization bent on keeping the peace between humans and Supernaturals–is perfect for her. However, when we meet Daphne at the start of the novel, she’s had her faith in the organization seriously shaken and the novel will deal in part with her struggle to make peace between her love for the job and the unshakable feeling that maybe the cause she devoted her life to isn’t as noble as she believed it to be.

17. What are your character’s greatest fears? Weaknesses? Strengths? Daphne’s greatest fears would be being unable to save people she loves and becoming the monster so many people have accused her of being. Her greatest weakness is maybe relying too heavily on her gift–when you have such a strong innate gift it’s hard not to rely on it but it rarely shows Daphne the whole picture and relying on half a picture of a situation has and will continue to cost her. Her greatest strength is seeing all the horrible dark parts of humanity (and inhumanity) and still being able to see the good in it. 

18. What kind of music do they listen to? Do they have a favorite song? Daphne mostly just listens to whatever local pop/rock/top 40 station comes over the radio. She likes music mostly for background noise not for the lyrics so she’d probably like Lindsey Stirling and similar artists/styles. 

19. If they came from their world to ours how would they react? What would they do? Daphne’s world is essentially the same world as ours except for the fact that in her world supernatural creatures such a ghosts, vampires, demons, and angels exist and live side-by-side (mostly) with humans. That being said, if she stumbled into our world somehow I imagine she would hate it because she would feel like even more of a freak and outcast than she does in her world. She would probably do everything she can to keep her head down and not attract attention to herself as she works to find a way home. (I also like to imagine that in her search for a way home she’d find me and although I’m pretty sure she’d cuss me out for the shit I put her through it’d probably be the best day ever).

20. What personal problems/issues do they have? Pet peeves? Umm this is way too vague I’m not sure how to answer it. Daphne has a ton of issues, I mean the poor girl has recurring nightmares nearly every night, she’s haunted by her past, and she sees her dead best friend everywhere she goes. To say she’s not the most emotionally stable person out there would be putting it lightly. As for pet peeves I’d say people not heeding her advice about their future (they never listen it’s beyond frustrating) also decaf coffee.

21. What kind of student were they in high school? For all that she never ended up going to college, for the longest time Daphne was convinced that college was the only chance she had of getting out of her hell hole of a hometown so she took her classes seriously. She was an A and B student for the most part despite her teachers’ blatant dislike of her. As for extracurriculars/social life… they were practically nonexistent. Spencer was her only friend and while he did his best to invite her into his social circle she kept to herself–both out of dislike for his popular friends and out of fear of dooming him to the same social outcast standing as her.

22. What is a random fact about your character? When she was four or five, Daphne wanted to be an angel when she grew up.

23. What is their outlook on life? What is their philosophy / what do they think in general about living? Daphne’s basic outlook on life is that there’s always something worth living for–that no matter how awful and bleak it can get sometimes (and she knows firsthand just how bad it can get) there’s still beauty and goodness in it too.

24. Who is the most important person in their life? Why? Who is the least important to them (who still has an impact) and why? Most important is Hannah–Daphne’s best friend, partner, and the reason Daphne joined AEGIS in the first place. Least important is Daphne’s father…he’s important in that he affected and continues to affect Daphne but he wasn’t a good father so he earns least important.

25. What kind of childhood did your character have? Well, it wasn’t a good one.

26. What kind of nervous habits do they have? Do they have any addictions? Daphne runs her hands through her hair a lot and, while it’s not necessarily what I’d call a nervous habit, she goes for runs when she’s stressed or scared. Closest thing to an addiction she has is an unhealthy love for supernaturally enhanced coffee.

27. If they could choose their epitaph for their grave, what would they choose? “The beauty of the soul revealed.”

28. Do they want to get married? Would they ever want kids? Daphne would love to get married to someone she loves. Kids are another matter–she’s not sure she would be a good mom–but with the right person she would consider it.

29. If they could have one thing in the world, what would it be? For her best friend back.

30. Would they ever kill someone? What would push them to kill someone? She has killed people before. It’s part of the job sometimes. Granted those people are usually monsters… What would push her to kill a human? Maybe killing someone she loves…but then that would make them monsters too right?

 

 

Town Line Tuesday: Context? What Context? #4

Hey guys, I was going to continue the character questions from last week for today’s Town Line Tuesday but I got caught up in other things so instead here’s another out of context line from page 7 line 1 and I’ll get back to the character questions next week.

“…the stuff’s practically my lifeblood now. If it was gonna kill me, I think it would’ve done so already.”

 

Pokémon TCG: A Test of Resilience

Last week, my friend Jake taught me how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game. I know, I know, how can a self-proclaimed obsessed fan of Pokémon not know how to play the TCG? Don’t get me wrong, I do have a decent collection of Pokémon cards in a binder on my bookshelf at home but it’s exactly that, a collection–meant to look at and feel nostalgic not meant for playing purposes. Fun fact about me, never get me started on collecting anything, I will lose all impulse control and it will be a problem. Case in point, my collection of more than 100 Funko Pop figures currently packed away in a box somewhere because there simply isn’t space for all of them in my room right now. Anyway, the point is that no, I’ve never played the actual trading card game–although my friend Vicki and I used to make up our own rules for the game in elementary school because we thought the real way was too complicated…but I guess that probably doesn’t count.

Turns out the real game wasn’t nearly as complicated as I remember but then again I’m not ten anymore either. That’s not to say the game went well, however. I lost. Badly. We played three or four games and I couldn’t even come sort of close to beating Jake in any of them. He obliterated me. It was embarrassing. Now, I don’t consider myself a competitive person because while I always try my best to win, losing almost never bothers me. But this? this irked me. Maybe it’s because I see myself as something of a Pokémon expert and losing so badly felt a little like being exposed as an imposter. But it’s not like I’m all that competitive in Pokémon either, I enjoy the games for the collecting aspect and for the story I don’t take part in the online competitive battles so while I consider myself an expert I have no illusions of being–as Ash Ketchum would call it–a Pokémon Master as far as battling or strategy go. Still, losing to Jake bothered me. So I went home and downloaded the TCG app onto my iPad in order to hone my skills and prepare myself for a rematch I refused to lose. I’m proud to say that my training–combined with an entirely different deck–paid off big time. I won each of the three rematch games. As silly as it sounds, it was a win I really needed. It felt good to be reminded that sometimes you just need to get up when you fall and make sure you come back stronger than you were.

Town Line Tuesday: Daphne Pendragon Part Two

When in doubt about what to write, go back to the basics right? Right. Ok so I stumbled upon this post on Tumblr that was 50 questions about your original character. It was meant to be an ask game where followers send the blogger that posted it a number corresponding to a question on the list for the blogger to answer. Well, no one’s asking but I think this could be a really fun exercise to help me with character development for Daphne. I’m not sure I can do all 50, but I guess I’ll just see how many I can get through in let’s say a couple of hours. I skimmed this post to make sure the questions were actually decent but I didn’t read every question so I’ll be doing this mostly on the fly. Should be fun. Credit for these questions goes to @lanqu-e on Tumblr.com. Check out the post here

Part 2: Miscellany

 

  1. What is your OC’s favorite color? Green. 
  2. Does your OC collect anything? What do they collect? I’ve got this idea that people imprint little pieces of themselves-of their souls-onto the things they own. I mean say what you will about it, we tend to get emotionally attached to our possessions. Daphne can sometimes get readings off of items because of this–never as complete a reading as she can get off a living person, but she can get little snippets this way. Things like favorite childhood toys or that necklace a character’s mother gave them that they wear every single day give stronger readings but less personal items like pieces of clothing or less emotionally significant jewelry works as well. Anyway, I’m not sure I’ll ever address it in the books but I think Daphne collects these odds and ends of significant people she meets in her travels as a way of feeling close to them even when apart. She’s sentimental like that.
  3. What kind of things is your OC allergic to? Daphne isn’t allergic to anything. She does sometimes get readings that cause adverse physical reactions. Like migraines, nausea, etc.
  4. What kind of clothing does your OC wearCasual clothing that is easy to move/fight in and can take a lot of wear and tear.
  5. What is your OC’s first memory? Ooh I don’t know that I can really get into this one without delving into some spoiler-y topics. Let’s just say her first memory is of the first time she got a soul-reading off of someone (or at least the first one she was old enough to remember) and the resulting confusion and fear and permanently damaged relationship with the person she got the reading from.
  6. What’s your OC’s favorite Animal? Least favorite? Daphne would never pass as a Disney Princess. Animals hate her, they seem to sense something not quite right with her. Frankly, the feeling is mutual. You only cry over so many cat scratches and dog bites as a child before you stop wanting to be friends with the furry little demons. She usually fares better with magical creatures. 
  7. What element would your OC be? Are we sticking with Avatar the Last Airbender four elements here or are we including the infrequently mentioned fifth element of spirit? Because obviously she would be spirit. But if we’re only including the main four, I guess she would probably be earth. Strong, dependable, stubborn and enduring. Plus I can’t help but think Toph’s way of “seeing” through vibrations in the earth is comparable to Daphne’s own gift.
  8. What is your OC’s theme song? I don’t really have a theme song for Daphne but a couple of the songs I have in a playlist that remind me of Daphne are “Control” by Halsey, “On the Inside” by Daughtry, “Broken Angel” by Boyce Avenue, and “I’ll be Good” by Jaymes Young.
  9. Do you have a faceclaim/ voiceclaim for your OC? (AKA who would play your OC in a show/movie) I don’t really have a particular actress in mind for Daphne but I will say that Gypsy on The Flash–played by Jessica Camacho–always makes me think of Daphne for some reason. 
  10. What deadly sin would best represent your OC? Pride. When you are omniscient-adjacent you can get a little arrogant at times. It happens. I just have to make sure she gets humbled from time to time.
  11. What are your OC’s hobbies? Running, Knife-throwing, hand-to-hand sparring…wait those are all job related you say? Um she tends to be a little work-obsessed but she enjoys TV as much as anyone, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a hobby per say but she spends a lot of downtime looking for answers about what, exactly, she is. 
  12. How patient is your OC? How hot-headed are they? Daphne is generally a very patient person. She doesn’t get angry often but you do not want to be the person on the receiving end of her wrath.
  13. What food does your OC like to eat? What are their least favorite foods? Daphne is a burger and fries kind of gal, but she’s not a picky eater and will try pretty much anything. That being said, get that vegan fake meat crap away from her.
  14. If your OC could have any pet, what would they choose? Why? Like I said before, animals + Daphne is a recipe for disaster. Better stick with pet rocks.
  15. What does your OC smell like? Hah! That’s a hilarious question. What’s the often laughed at fanfiction formula for personal scents? Two obscure scents plus the phrase “and something uniquely (character name)”? Following that, because why not, I’m going to go with motel soap, the forest just after its rained, and something sharp and clear and uniquely Daphne. 

And I think that’s a good place to stop for now. This was fun! I definitely want to do the rest of these questions at some point. For now, thanks for reading and I’ll try to post again later this week.

Zoo Day

(Photo credit to my dad @kenhammond on Instagram)

 

It probably comes as no shock to you at this point that I am a major animal lover. Fuzzy, feathered, or scaly it doesn’t matter, I adore them all–to the point where for most of my childhood I wanted to be a vet or a dolphin trainer or a zookeeper–so the Nashville Zoo is something I’ve been wanting to do since we moved here in July but I haven’t had the chance until now. The past couple weeks my grandparents have been visiting from California which means we’ve been taking them on the usual Nashville tourist haunts: Civil War sites, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon and, my favorite, the Nashville Zoo. Of course, being from SoCal, I’ve grown up with some pretty amazing zoos such as the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and LA Zoo, and while the Nashville Zoo was nowhere near as big as those and didn’t have nearly as many different animals–big cats are my favorites so I was a little disappointed that all the Nashville Zoo had were clouded leopards that I didn’t get to see because they weren’t out when I was there, and a couple cougars–it was still a really neat little zoo. My favorite animal that they had there (that I actually got to see anyway) were the red pandas. They were so fluffy and adorable and I’ve never wanted to sneak into an exhibit and steal an animal (or at least play with them till security dragged me away kicking and screaming) more in my life…I resisted the urge, obviously, pretty sure you’d have seen me on the news if I hadn’t. Still, they were beyond cute. My favorite experience, however, was definitely the kangaroo exhibit. Any exhibit where I get to touch a fuzzy animal is going to be an instant favorite for me so the kangaroo exhibit at the Nashville Zoo where you’re allowed to touch the roo’s (so long as they’re within reach of the path you have to stay on) won me over pretty quick. I mean I can now say I’ve pet a kangaroo–which was so much softer than I expected btw–how cool is that! Now if I can just find a zoo that’ll let me pet a red panda…

Town Line Tuesday: Update

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a good holiday weekend–assuming you’re in the US of course. My grandparents have been in town the last couple weeks so I haven’t had a chance to post anything for a while. I’ve also been struggling with a bit of writer’s block as far as this blog is concerned, particularly Town Line Tuesdays. It’s not because I’ve hit a roadblock with the novel–to the contrary, I feel like I’ve actually been moving forward with that pretty well lately–but as I feared when I started this segment on the blog, I’m having trouble coming up with topics that aren’t too spoiler-y which is why updates haven’t been as regular as I’d like. That being said, if anyone has any suggestions or requests for writing and/or novel related topics you’d like to see featured here please leave a comment, I’d greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, having family in town for two weeks means I’ve got material for at least one non-novel-related post later this week and, regardless of whether or not I get any replies I’ll hopefully have an actual post for next week’s Town Line Tuesday. Thanks for your patience and support, y’all are great.

Town Line Tuesday: 100 Pages

Hey guys! Welcome to a very special Town Line Tuesday. As you may have guessed from the title, I’ve just hit the 100 page mark on the novel. In honor of this landmark I thought I’d share with you all the first page of The Demon of New Salem. Enjoy!

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