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Character Interview: Livi Brooklyn

I’m sure many of you know Livi since she’s from my short story series Memories & Photographs, but in case you don’t: She’s a peppy high-schooler who loves bright colors, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, and yellow Converse.

Livi: *heads into the interview room and sits down, bouncing one knee, a broad grin on her face* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Livi: I’m excellent! How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. *smiles a little* Shall we get started?

Livi: *nods vigorously*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Livi: Livi Marie Brooklyn.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Livi: I’m sixteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Livi: No, but Keslie and Dominic might as well be my brother and sister. *grins*

Interviewer: Do you have a job?

Livi: Nope. Not yet. I’d like to be a ballet instructor someday.

Interviewer: Next question, though I already know the answer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Livi: *laughs* Extrovert, of course!

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Livi: Ooh! That’s a tough one. Um… Lollipops.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Livi: All of them! But if I absolutely have to pick, either hot pink or bright yellow.

Interviewer: Do you prefer movies or books?

Livi: All these hard questions! *laughs* Probably movies, but it’s close.

Interviewer: What is your favorite of each?

Livi: My favorite movie is probably Spiderman: Homecoming. Favorite book… Probably Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Livi: Unicorns.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Livi: Dancing, reading, watching movies, and – most important – listening to music. You should see my collection.

Interviewer: Do you have any favorite artists?

Livi: Elvis and Imagine Dragons. And Britt Nicole, and tobyMac, and Owl City, and Taylor Swift. Sheesh! There’s no way I could lower it down. *laughs*

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Livi: Kindness.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Livi: Hon- Hmm… Selflessness, I think. But it’s so close!

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Livi: My MP3 player, fully charged, and a pair of headphones. I generally don’t care which one.

Interviewer: How many do you have?

Livi: Just one MP3 player, but at least a dozen pairs of headphones.

Interviewer: *nods* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Livi: Certainly! I’d love to talk again anytime. *grins and bounces out of her chair, skipping out*

The Gift

To: The first child you see.

From: A friend.

Marianna looked down at the package she held, reading the tag, and stepped inside the orphanage. She looked up and saw a group of kids run out of the library, no doubt playing hide-and-seek. Marianna smiled as they passed, and looked back down at the package in her arms. The first child you see. She was fairly sure she’d seen Terrence first.

“Terrence!”

The whole group halted and looked at Marianna.

“Yes?” Terrence said, brushing a mop of brown curls out of his face.

“This is for you.” She held out the large box and Terrence looked between it and her for a moment in confusion.

“For me?”

Marianna nodded.

Terrence reached out slowly and took it, setting it down on the floor and pulling off the masking tape that held it shut. The other children oohed and ahhed as he pulled out its contents. Two teddy bears, several candy canes, and a miniature Christmas tree. He looked up at Marianna, eyes wide. “I don’t need all this!”

“It was sent to you.”

“Then…” He looked down at the open box. “I’ll share it.” He looked at the kids behind him and smiled. “I don’t need all this, but I’m not the only kid here.” He handed candy canes to each of the kids, and it came out to perfectly the right number. The two teddy bears went to the twins Marcel and Maisley.

Someone else crept out of the library, leaning against the wall with her hands clasped behind her. Talia.

Terrence only took a moment to notice her and looked in the box for another candy cane, but there wasn’t one. Without a pause, he walked over and offered her his. “Here.”

She stared at the candy cane. “But it’s yours.”

“I want you to have it. I’ll be all right.”

She slowly unclasped her hands and reached out for it, her fingers resting on it gently for a moment, looking at Terrence as if for permission, before curling around the cane. “Thank you,” she whispered.

“You’re welcome.” Terrence smiled.

Marianna smiled as Terrence took out the Christmas tree, figuring out where to put it. “How about right here?” he said. “On the desk where everyone will see it every day.” He set it down and turned back, grinning at everyone. “Thank you, Marianna.”

“It’s not from me.” She picked up the box and took it out to the recycling bin. She spotted a little girl standing outside in a coat and mittens, her arms wrapped around her.

“Are you all right?” Marianna asked.

The girl nodded, looking over at her with earnest eyes. “Did they get my package?”

Marianna nodded, smiling. “They loved it.”

“May I… meet them?”

Marianna nodded again before looking around the parking lot. “Where’s your mother?”

“She’s in the car. I can go get her.” The little girl darted off, perfect black ringlets bouncing against her maroon coat. She came back holding her mother’s hand, and she made a beeline for the door.

Marianna held the door for the two of them and they stepped inside. When the little girl saw the tiny Christmas tree set up, she beamed. “It looks beautiful!” She turned her attention to the children, still smiling. “Hello. I’m Samantha.”

“I’m Terrence.” He held out a hand and she shook it.

“You got my package. I’m so glad. I wanted to give you something because I know you probably don’t get much for Christmas.” She looked over at Marcel and Maisley as they hugged their teddy bears. “Those two were my favorite. That one’s Lilac and that one’s George. I hope you like them as much as I do.”

The twins nodded, grinning.

“And candy canes are my favorite Christmas candy. I love peppermint. I hope you enjoy them.”

“Would you like to play hide-and-seek with us?” Terrence asked.

“Lilac and George can come along!” Marcel said.

Terrence beckoned for Talia to come along before the group rushed off to play.

Marianna smiled. This would be a Christmas to remember.

Character Interview: Orsa Lars

Orsa is the sweet old lady of The Last Assassin… And also a suspect for murder. I love keeping my audience on their toes with her, because I love her and I love the possibilities with her.

Orsa: *comes in and gracefully takes a seat* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Orsa: I’m doing well. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. A bit tired. Shall we begin?

Orsa: *nods once* Of course.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Orsa: Orsa Anise Lars.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Orsa: Fifty-three.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Orsa: I had an older brother, Aren. He died a couple of years ago.

Interviewer: I’m so sorry. What happened?

Orsa: His heart failed.

Interviewer: I’m sorry to hear that.

Orsa: *nods, looking pained at the memory, but composed*

Interviewer: *waits a moment* Do you mind if we go on?

Orsa: Not at all. *smiles a bit*

Interviewer: *nods* What is your job?

Orsa: I’m the high steward of Kaloris.

Interviewer: And what does a high steward do, exactly?

Orsa: I’m the king’s most trusted advisor, and when he’s gone I’m in charge of things.

Interviewer: It sounds like a weighty job.

Orsa: It is, but I’ve been at it for quite a few years.

Interviewer: I’m sure you do an excellent job of it. Next question, are you an introvert or extrovert?

Orsa: I think I’m right on the line between the two.

Interviewer: Do you know which one you lean toward?

Orsa: Probably introvert. I tend to be rather reserved, observant, and analytical before I know someone.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Orsa: Lamb.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Orsa: Maroon.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Orsa: The Adventures of Florencine Lily. It’s one I’ve enjoyed since I was a girl, and it’s what got me into herbs and spices.

Interviewer: So you enjoy those?

Orsa: *nods* I’m the leading specialist of herbs, spices, poisons, and remedies in the Kaloran court.

Interviewer: Interesting. What is your favorite animal?

Orsa: I don’t have one.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Orsa: *shakes head* No. I’m happy where I am. If I were to get another job, though, it would be as a healer.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies, aside from herbal things?

Orsa: Singing, playing flute, and reading.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Orsa: Intelligence, with the bravery to use it well.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness.

Orsa: In a way you sometimes have to be selfless to be honest. Sometimes being honest would bring down someone’s opinion of you, and you have to lay aside your pride to be honest.

Interviewer: True. What is something you can never leave the house without?

Orsa: My herb bags. You never know when you might need them.

Interviewer: *nods* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Orsa: You’re very welcome. *leaves*

Weekly Writing Update – December 2-9, 2017

Getting back into the swing of things after my trip has been hard for me, so the following update isn’t going to be very pretty, but at least I’ve written some of what I needed to in the past week. Also, I have a blog schedule announcement: I’ll only be posting one short story this month, because I have to write 18 separate from the blog already and it’s just too much for me to take on. I promise they’ll be back in January!

December 2 – Word count unknown

I haven’t the foggiest idea what I wrote on the second, if anything. I’m fairly certain I didn’t write anything, since this would have still been on my trip and cousins would have been keeping me busy.

December 3 – 818

This was the day I started one of my Christmas-gift short stories, a satirical fairytale retelling that is now the beginning of a series of short stories, which I plan on publishing as an anthology in February. I also posted a survey for my readers, to help me improve my blogging and Facebook page schedules for 2018.

December 4 – Word count unknown

I’m fairly sure I didn’t write anything on Monday, but I could be mistaken.

December 5 – 2,098

I’m not entirely sure what I wrote on the fifth, but it was definitely one (or more) of my Christmas-gift short stories, and judging from what I have finished, likely the one I started on the third.

December 6 – 1,682

On Wednesday I looked at the results of the survey I posted and ranked the lists according to your votes. (You can still vote if you’d like, FYI.) I also finished one of my Christmas-gift short stories, Out of Water, and made a timeline for that fairytale retelling series, The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles.

December 7 – 4,445

I think that’s inaccurate. I think I failed to copy things over on a past day and it got attributed to Thursday. My estimate is more like… 3,500? Maybe? I worked on a short story called Epidemic, which is another Christmas-gift short story. This one is related to my novel The Half-Elves.

December 8 – 468

Well yesterday’s writing was pitiful. I had nine goals. How many did I complete? Two. I decided on a new blog tagline and reorganized my 2018 goals schedule. That’s it.

December 9 – Undetermined

Well, at the rate we’re going… I had a choir concert fairly early this morning, so I’m tired, and I’ve been wasting my time since on scrolling through Facebook and deleting irreplaceable audio recordings of my sister and I. (Accidentally. I’m furious with myself.) I’m hoping to finish Epidemic today, which should be easy to do since I’m almost done… if I can buckle down and do it. I should do that. My goals for the last five hours before I go to bed (wow, that sounds like a long time like that. O-O): Write and schedule several blog posts, finish Epidemic, write two additional short stories (both members of The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles), plan my Secret Santa short story. (I’ll try to return with an update in the comments at the end of the day.)

Quick Update

Hello everyone! I’d say I’m sorry I haven’t been on, but that would be weird because my scheduled posts have been going up for all of the two weeks I’ve been gone, so it doesn’t seem like I’ve been gone. Posts or not, I’d like to give a quick update on what my plans are for writing in the near future and stuff like that.

My trip

Over the past two weeks I’ve been at the beach with my aunt and uncle and cousins. I thought I’d be able to easily handle my cousins because my younger siblings are so nuts, but somehow my cousins managed to be crazier. Fortunately, I managed to survive. (They weren’t as awful as this makes them sound, I promise.)

I got to go to the beach for the first time, which was super cool. I saw it as writing research (you know you’re a writer when…), and since I’m writing a mermaid short story for one of my sisters for Christmas that was really nice. The beach is actually really fascinating in a number of ways. The patterns in the sand were way cooler than geology class could ever be. Just saying.

The food was excellent, I did a lot more than I usually do, I stayed up way to late and was exhausted by the time it was time to come home, I got to hear my uncle’s thoughts on his first time watching The Lord of the Rings (which was amazing), and I had a chance to read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, which I’ve been really wanting to read for a while since I love both C.S. Lewis and mythology. (Till We Have Faces is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, for those who don’t know.) I found it on my aunt’s shelf, so I read it while I was there.

Plans for near-future writing

My nearest project is to write seventeen short stories in the next ten days. Yes, I may very well be crazy. I expect I’ll be super stressed and have a ton of fun, and since I’m getting them all printed it’ll be super cool to hold them as physical books, even if they’re just short stories and they’re super skinny and I won’t even be keeping them.

I have a lot of writing planned out for 2018, too, and have since about the middle of last month. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to the plan, and if all goes well I’ll be publishing House of Mages in March and various short stories throughout the year. My first 2018 publication will most likely be a collection of the short stories I write this month (and a couple I wrote last month), which will be a total mishmash of genres.

In closing

Another thing I’d like to have finished either this month or next month is finalizing a style and schedule for my blog and a schedule for my Facebook page in such a way that it is more beneficial to my readers. That in mind, I’ve made a survey for my readers to tell me what they’d like to see and what they’re not so crazy about on those platforms. If you’d take a couple of minutes to fill it out I’d really appreciate it. :)

Anyway, I’m happy to be back and excited to get to work on my next projects.

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