Been bouncing back and forth between editing Asylum and editing Rain’s story, so to help ground me back in Zig, I handed him the questionnaire.
This. This was a gem. It’s a random list of questions for your characters to help you get in touch with them..
1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?
Zig and Tripp don’t remember anything before the day they woke up in the woods as little boys after seeing the Shining Lady.
2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
Their unnaturally blue eyes are hard to miss, especially Zig’s one with the blown pupil. Tripp also had ridiculously long dreads.
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
Zig has tracing of vampire bites at all the major feeding spots, but there’s a particularly nasty little tear on the inside of his left thigh. This is from the first and last time Clarissa fed there.
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
Tripp is completely indifferent to his appearance, as far as I can tell. Zig is much more vain, spending a fair amount of time in the mirror with his hair most mornings. However, he’s one of those guys that makes up for not believing in himself by acting more confident than he is. Getting to know Chris was very good for him in that respect, as was discovering how lovely he looks in stockings and garters.
5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?
As far as I can tell, Tripp doesn’t notice gender in the bedroom, when you can get his attention on the bedroom at all. Zig varies a bit more, depending on where he’s at in life. If you’d have asked him at 14, he’d have told you adamantly that he was a pure 0, but there was a time somewhere in his early 20’s where he took all comers indiscriminately. I think at this point, I’d have to settle him into a 2, or like a 2.6 if you can count his love of harassing Remy.
6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
Tripp’s happiest memory is a mystery to me. That dude’s whole headspace is a mystery to me. One of Zig’s happiest memory will undoubtedly be the first time he holds his son A.J., but I think picturing Jules’ smile is the one that fills his heart the most.
He’s here in the back of my head rooting for his happiest memory to be the day he takes his family to Disney World.
Did I mention he’s a Seer? Kinda hard to get him to keep his thoughts in the proper past when time is so fluid for him.
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
Considering they’re both missing chunks of their past, I think they’d prefer to keep everything they’re lucky enough to still have. Memories become more precious when you’ve lost a few, no matter how dark they may be.
8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Zig: SPUMONI!! Why choose one flavor when you can have three? Blue, for wearing, green for favorite. Ziggy Stardust, by David Bowie (duh) aaaaaand Columbines, really? I didn’t know that.
Tripp: Pralines and Cream (also didn’t know that, but I don’t know much about Tripp) Darker blues, especially offset with creams, …Stars, from Les Mis, seriously? Tripp, you are one weird dude. and flower? anemone, really ok. I’ll take it.
…you guys have no idea how much time I waste on Google when I fill these things out. 😛
9.) Who does your character trust?
The brothers trust each other with completely. When Tripp has a trouble, he takes it to Meliki more often than not. Zig is looking forward to when he can do the same with his father-in-law, Cyrus. But we’re not there yet. Right now, I think his closest confidante is undoubtedly Chris.
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
Meeting Meliki/moving across country with her was definitely a game changer. Zig’s life was pretty dramatically altered when Jules finished her business with her sister too.
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
Zig will always make me think of a great loyal puppy.
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
Tripp runs all the business for Eight-Legged Ink, so he’s pretty well savvy with everything. Jack and Seven are more technically savvy, they’re the ones that rigged all the wiring between the upstairs and downstairs tv’s for example, but Tripp could probably have figured it out if you’d given him a book and were patient enough to let him get it done in his own sweet time.
Zig is less skilled, but has the basic mastery of anyone under 30. Phones, computers, hooking up multiple wires to the back of the tv, that kinda thing.
13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?
Zig’s bed is typically full of Great Dane when he wakes up. The sheets are a tangled mess around his hips and legs, the blanket is mounded up under a very happy Dane. Zig has been pushed off his pillow by a big drooly mess of a pup, and often pushed out of bed entirely by four long, long legs.
Once he moves in Jules, there is much more spooning, and though his pillow does get just as stolen, Jules has the good grace to simply claim it as soon as he moved in, so he’s admitted defeat and gotten another, another one (she wasn’t about to steal the drooly one).
14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
Both boys grew up in Southern California, so they’re pretty sensitive to the cold, but do well with heat. Tripp is slower to acknowledge physical needs in general, so his dumb ass will still be found outside barefoot in October. Zig simply has an undying love for hoodies, though Jules has something better in the works for him (shhhh, don’t tell!)
15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
Comparatively, Tripp is a morning person, but both boys are often up well into the night, tending to the shop. It’s not uncommon for Zig to stay up for hours after close, lost in a book. He (used to) go to bed around 5 or 6 and get up around 1, or 3.
16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?
Again, Zig and Tripp have no memory of their family. However, the Spiders are very dear to Zig, who treats them like he’s a combo big brother/daddy. Tripp and Jules become very close, as Jules struggles to keep her sanity while dating Zig.
17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
Tripp is fastidious, everything is in its place and his shelves are organized alphabetically by author, each genre having its own shelf.
Zig is a complete disaster, in all things.
18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
Zig is indeed a good cook, it is his favorite outlet and form of showing affection. His tamales are a point of pride, the recipe having been entrusted to him by-oh my god, can you believe I can’t remember her name now? shame on me. …well crap. I’ll wing it. Michella, I believe. At any rate, the mother from the family that runs Pajaros down the street. They adopted the boys, and when Zig expressed interested in cooking, she pounced and educated, like she’s done with all her children.
19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
Doors in the Underground 😛 Otherwise, the boys both love their motorcycle pretty well. So much so that Zig will undoubtedly get to keep the bike when he moves out. Tripp can always buy a new one.
20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
Ya know, none come to mind. But I’m sure Zig at least has one. I’ll have to kick this around in the back of my mind and see what I find.
A good deal of his fears are quite rational though.
His prejudices, not so much. But that’s kind of how prejudices work, right?
21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be?
A ZIGGY STARDUST LIGHTENING BOLT!!!
and Tripp’s would probably be a weaving spider. or maybe a crown
22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
Probably to various covers of romance novels, so he could get proper inspiration for his paintings. 😛
Neither one of them will comment on whether or not they’d go back to before the Shining Lady (and I feel positively awful for even asking).
23.) Is your character superstitious?
hrmm… that one is tricky. A lot of their “superstitions” have been explained to them by Mel, so it’s not really superstition…
24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
JULES! For sure 😀 She’s patient, hot, loves his stupid sense of humor, needs him to cook for her, but takes care of him, kisses, loves dogs, tolerates his idiocy, puts him to bed when he needs it, is super hot, bakes, does this thing with her tongue- and that’s enough of that for now Zig.
I got nothing for Tripp.
25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?
Tripp has incredibly thick and strong hands. They are very brown, both in tan and in stain from working the dirt. Zig’s are paler, longer and thinner, with much better manicured nails. Again, comparatively, Zig has baby hands, cause he doesn’t work in the yard as much as Tripp, but they’re not perfectly soft or anything.
26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
Zig: Posole, or pancakes. Watching romantic comedies alone, jeans and a t-shirt (and by favorite, I mean, most worn. Best loved is his Goblin King costume -seriously, self-fondling pants. the end). Hot drink… probably earl grey tea, time of year? hrm… I have no idea- oh, never mind, he loves early summer, when it’s warm enough to go outside but not stupid hot. and Favorite holiday is totally halloween.
Tripp: Chicken and dumpling, really? Who the heck makes that for you? Anyways…
hrmm… vice is harder. Tripp doesn’t consider anything a vice, and I’ve been doing these all based on the character’s view points. Morality doesn’t really register for Tripp though, so …. *shrugs* I got nothing.
Favorite outfit? Geez, Tripp is awful for all this- he doesn’t really think about things like this too much. But you’ll find him in jeans a lot.
Tripp is a coffee drinker, but he appreciates good tea too. Aha! A thing he actually has an opinion on! He loves cider brewed over an actual flame, which Zig tends to do in late summer, as the night’s get cooler (which is Tripp’s favorite season, maybe partially because of that cider :P) His favorite holiday the day the blueberries farms open up for picking, apparently.
27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
At one point, Zig tried very hard to convince himself that “Free Love” by Depeche Mode fit his heart. He almost believed it.
Now (or rather, in the future, but whatever) I think Saturday Morning Confusion hits it pretty well 😛
Tripp would be an instrumental 😛
28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
RomCom, for sure. Tripp’s would probably be a self-help book for loved ones of crazy people 😛
29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
Actually, Zig does have a very specific smell. He always smells slightly of bergamont and sandalwood, with a touch of old spice deodorant and hair product. Plus, ya know, whatever he’s been cooking.
Tripp always smells like dirt, but that wonderful warm, rich, wet dirt, and greenery and loveliness.
30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
Try not to take yourself too seriously, love. It’ll all work out in the end. Take care of yourself (and leave Remy alone).
Reinforce the flame warding in the living room when your niece is born. Also, invest in a heavy duty dog collar, size XXXL. You’ll thank me later.