19.4.11 | By: Megan Langham

Beautiful People - Vale of Darkness

Take a guess who I've got to blame for this.

In case you couldn't guess, click here. Me being me, I pounced on the prospect of yet another character questionnaire -- and had a glorious time filling it out. This time it is for Merry, the main character of my in-progress novella "Vale of Darkness".

I haven't mentioned that here, I don't think. Well, if you don't already happen to know what it is, do not be dismayed. I may post an excerpt sometime. At any rate, I think this can stand on its own. So here we are: Merry!

1. What is your character’s full name?
Charles Meredith “Merry” Malvern.

2. Does his/her name have a special meaning?
No, though “Merry” is a more-or-less accurate representation of his personality.

3. Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
He’s somewhere in the middle, leaning more towards disorganized. Usually there is some sort of order to his disorder.

4. Does he/she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he/she actually have friends?)
Merry has many friends, but only two or three who are extremely close. He doesn’t talk all that much, unless he is excited about something, and then his friends can hardly get him to stop.

5. Is there something he/she is afraid of?
Ever since his parents died he’s been haunted by fear that he won’t be enough for his sister, that he will lose more of his loved ones, and that perhaps their mysterious fate will befall him.

6. Does he/she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
He has dabbled in writing, but never really took it seriously until he was asked to record his strange experiences. He doesn’t daydream, though he does quite a lot of the regular nighttime sort; he can dance decently, he can sing rather well, and he has never tried photography (except for taking mediocre pictures with his mobile phone).

7. What is his/her favorite book? (or genre of book)
Merry reads widely, with a special fondness for well-done fantasy and the Victorian classics. Lately he has been delving into modern sci-fi, at the insistence of his sister.

8. Who is his/her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him/her?
His two favorite authors are Charles Dickens (for the eminently Victorian humor and insight into human nature) and Stephen Lawhead (for the Celtic fantasy and vivid battle-description).

9. Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peppermint Stick generally, and Rum Raisin when he’s feeling indulgent.

10. Favorite season of the year?
He likes all of the seasons, but especially spring: there is something about the freshness in the air and the newness of life that resonates with him each year.

11. How old is he/she?

12. What does he/she do in his/her spare time?
If the weather is fine, he takes long walks or goes into town, usually with his friends. On wet days he reads, watches telly, or plays board games with his sister (he generally loses).

13. Is he/she see the big picture, or live in the moment?
Merry isn’t much of an idealist or dreamer in that way; he tends to take life as it comes, alert and tuned to every nuance around him.

14. Is he/she a perfectionist?
No, he isn’t, though he does like things to be done right if they have to do with something he cares about.

15. What does his/her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc)
His handwriting is very readable, except when he is in a hurry; it is a cursive style, but not overly ornate.

16. Favorite animal?
Monkeys. He likes monkeys because they are ridiculously entertaining.

17. Does he/she have any pets?
No, since he lives in a “no-pets-allowed” flat. It is a sore subject with his sister.

18. Does he/she have any siblings, how many, and where does he/she fit in?
He has one younger sister, Clarissa. The two of them have grown very close since the death of their parents.

19. Does he/she have a "life verse" and if so what is it?
Though he’s never deliberately chosen a verse for himself, the one that comes to his mind most often (and proves peculiarly comforting in his circumstances) is Psalm 91: 5-6. “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”

20. Favorite writing utensil?
His laptop. For the times when he prefers to “scribble”,  he uses a felt-tip pen.

1 missives:

Jenni said...


I haven't heard about this story. You need to email me. XD


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