I’m back from Camp NaNo and taking a break from writing for exams, but TRUST ME. I am still thinking about my project a lot. I’m still working on a title that isn’t just The Project, but the WIP title seems to have become Revenge Across the Stars. *nods* Today I’m linking up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In for Beautiful People!
My main problem for doing Beautiful People is that I DON’T KNOW WHICH CHARACTERS I SHOULD DO. I have, like, four and a half main characters. (Four at a stretch, but I don’t want to leave my baby lioness politician out.) I decided to do this one with my various royal characters rather than the slightly more cheery ones. I swear, I’ll do one with them later!
If you’ve missed my various updates, feel free to check out my Pinterest board or my writing playlist. As a brief recap: my current pitch is lesbian Henry V (the Shakespeare one) in space. Featuring in this post will be Eleanor Lin, passionate space queen of Eiwan, and Neus Felices, very unwilling heir to the merchant planet Florisante. PLEASE DO NOT KILL ME OVER THE NAMES. I hate naming. I’m really proud of how I’ve dealt with this, actually…? 😛
1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Eleanor is not a smiley person. She wouldn’t smile at a stranger, for sure; I think she’d most likely smile at a witty joke about something very very intelligent. She’s very guarded most of the time.
I think Neus would be more likely to smile? She’s still quite guarded, except a lot worse at it, and she likes to laugh. Sometimes it’s bitter and sometimes it is just pure laughter.
2. What is the cruellest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
Eleanor’s been told a lot that she can’t be a strong leader, but I think what’s worse for her is being doubted as the
scary space queen uh, ruler. Because that’s basically her cause and her goal in life. She’d hide it well, but I think she was hit hard when those suggestions first came through.
Neus is a small emotional person who takes everything way too personally. The cruellest thing she’s been told was her brother when he said her emotions were just made up. I mean, I don’t think he was exactly going for horribleness
although he’s a pretty terrible sibling but hearing you’ve made up your problems makes them all seem worse.
3. What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
HA. I see where you’re going with this. Eleanor hasn’t been told the kindest things throughout her life, let’s say. Or what I’d define as kind. I think she’d most value some kind of praise of her fighting skills — she’d hide it, but I know if it came from an opponent she valued she’d secretly be super pleased.
Neus was told by one of her childhood (ish) friends that she had a kind heart, and although that’s rather generic she treasured those words.
4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
All of these questions are HARD. Eleanor’s childhood memory is being shown the galaxy from a spaceship — and feeling that she can explore that. She’ll be the one to go out there and find new planets.
For Neus it’s looking up at the gold ceiling of the palace and feeling at home. Having her responsibilities seem so far away. She’s a bit overwhelmed by feeling like a stranger in her own home at the moment.
5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
For Eleanor it’s the Raven Cycle, because KINGS and MAGIC and ENTITLED STUDENTS. I think a lot of these would appeal to Eleanor, and also she needs to learn that acting like an Aglionby student is not always a good plan. Plus, I definitely didn’t choose this because I was struck by extreme Eleanor/Gansey with the Henry V quote at the start of The Raven King. (Literally: SO. MANY. PARALLELS. It’s ridiculous.)
Neus should read Carry On, because a) I think she would be a crazy Potterhead and appreciate the references and b) DESTRUCTION OF CHOSEN ONE NARRATIVE. Oh, and c) queer characters. She really feels like she’s let down all the people who’ve placed responsibility on her, and learning that it’s okay to not always follow the path first set out for you would be wonderful.
6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
Eleanor is basically a scary space queen veteran, guys. But she learnt to fight a lot from more underground, rule-breaking fights. She’s broken her leg once, but once she got over the initial pain it wasn’t too difficult to fix with Fancy Medical Technology. Yes, that’s the technical term. (Seriously. IF I CAN MAKE SPACE MEDICINE I WILL YAY.)
Neus once twisted her ankle, but that’s basically it. She isn’t the biggest fan of voluntary exercise anymore. 😛
7. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
It would probably have been more useful to not choose the royal characters for this. Since they don’t really have neighbours…? There’s just a scary palace/spaceship/thing. If we are going to talk interplanetary: NO for Eleanor. She’s not amiable to her neighbours at all AHAHAHA. I mean, let’s remember that the entire point of this is that she starts a war.
Neus…is a lot more chill. She doesn’t mind her actual neighbours in Florisante, even if they’re also irritating regal people. She’s not big on politics, to be honest.
8. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
Eleanor is Your Awesome Charismatic Leader when she is in charismatic leader mode, but otherwise she’s like… 7 or 8. She can and will attack you. And also is extremely volatile. But if she wants something she can turn on the charm.
Neus is a lot more easy to get along with — yes, yes, I know these two are practically opposites, but that is sort of the point. I’m going to go with 4, because she whilst chatty she also has rather a lot of pessimistic moods.
9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
I’m feeling like these questions are not designed for space travel. Eleanor wouldn’t want to go anywhere; she’d just want to stay put in her own planet Eiwan. PATRIOTISM, GUYS. *waves hands*
Neus wants to go to the commercial systems, which are basically the planets colonised by commercial space travel where it’s just super aggressively capitalist and there are zero rules. Because then freedom and fun things and no responsibilities. Like, literally she just wants to get as far as she can from home, I guess?
10. Who was the last person they held hands with?
For Eleanor it’s her father (probably as she made an overdramatic promise) as he was dying. Because SHE IS A GOOD DAUGHTER. And also she wanted to prove she could be an awesome space regnant. *nods*
Neus might have last held hands with Eleanor…? Maybe that’s too sappy. Like, even though Eleanor visited Florisante quite a while ago I feel as though holding hands is quite personal. Neus wouldn’t do it for someone she didn’t like or care about.
*flails* YAY this was super fun! Now I’m really pumped up to get some writing done. I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit more about my WIP — fellow writers, tell me about yours!