Do you like your character(s)?
Presumably, you love them, or why would you write them, yes? But let’s say for a moment they were real. Are they someone you would want to call a friend? Or would the traits that make them a fabulous fictional character turn you off like hell in real life? (See: Dr. Greg House, just as an example…) So, could you be their friend? Their roommate? Their employer… or employee? Or would you just throw up your hands in disgust and write them off as impossible?!
fannyfae – I have said this so many times, but I really do take dictation for this woman. Fanny was originally based off an ancestor of mine, and I do tend to like most of my ancestors. Some of them can go hang, but Fanny has proven to be useful in very many aspects including writing, magick, herbalism, business, etc. She can be rather formidable and really quite intimidating. She is far more quiet than I myself am and is far more careful with her thoughts and words as well. I sometimes am frustrated with the depth of her obsessions toward her husband. She can be so very exasperatingly arrogant in one moment and then turn around and be so benevolent and kind it is almost like dealing with two people at times. Fanny / Faelyn helps me but she is most definitely the boss of her journal and stories, and forcing her to go into places she would rather not go has in the past proven to be disastrous – so we do not do that anymore! I think of her as a wise confidant and there are times when she reminds me of several magickal and herbal teachers I have had in the past.
sekhmet_mrytamn – This is definitely a character that I created way back over fifteen years ago for Ancient Sites / Ancient Worlds & and later Pan Historia. The difference between Sekhmet and Fanny are like night and day. I genuinely like Fanny – I am definitely not to crazy about this Character / Muse. She was born into the very high Egyptian Nobility, she lives vicariously through her husband, Tjeti whom she pushes to become Pharaoh. With the exception of Marius Sulla, she absolutely despises Romans. She really is not very nice, but she seems to think she is. I tend to think she’s a self-righteous, manipulative little bitch. I probably would make it a point not to be where she is and avoid her if I could.
nomanselizabth – I do very much like Elizabeth. However, she is a very, very difficult Muse to write. The historical Elizabeth Tudor was a frighteningly intelligent woman who had gone through such horrific abuses as a child and had to watch her very dysfunctional family disintegrate on so many levels over such a long period of time. Elizabeth is an astoundingly complex woman who has both her father’s and her mother’s formidable tempers. She was an incurable flirt, vain, ambitious and she was prone to indecision. The question of finding a husband and heir raged for the whole of her reign and I know that she was absolutely resolute that she would rule England alone, which in the male dominated sphere of Europe, was unheard of. Elizabeth challenges me every time I sit down to write for her, because getting her voice just right is important. I have seen other authors try and fail miserably…and I really want to get it right for her sake. She is sure to let me know when I don’t, however! 😉
faery_ring – Caroline started out quiet and she always felt a whole lot forced to me as a writer. I intensely disliked that feeling, so I set her aside. Then something just clicked with her when I put her in the right time period with the right writing partners to play her off of and she just blossomed. I love her gentleness. I love how feminine she is. I have to admit, I was somewhat concerned that life was going to take her, chew her up and spit her out. Then came the day that her father did something horrible to the man she loves and she hit back with such a force that it surprised everyone – including me. I am very grateful to the muse immortalsparta and his wonderful scribe, who have really been instrumental in helping Caroline evolve into who she is now.
faedefrance – Jocelyn Ysabetta de Rochefort has been so much fun! I give full credit to this fun to the muses of all_forme, who is Jocelyn’s father, the Comte de Rochefort, and 1st_of_the200. Azazeal, who is a Demon and largely responsible for Jocelyn being able to come into being. Of course, Fanny will never admit to this! I think some of the most fun I have had with this muse is in her childhood stages, decimating Musketeer cookies with her father, and having tea and cookies with the Demon in extra large cartwheel-sized tea hats! Jocelyn is still evolving – she is definitely her Papa’s daughter, even though she is the spit and image of her mother, Fanny. I like to imagine that this is what Fanny would have been like had she not lost her mother at such a young age and had her childhood essentially stolen from her. I’d like to think that this is how Fanny might have been had her father loved her as much and as openly as Jocelyn’s father undeniably loves her. Fanny’s father had to be forced to acknowledge her. Jocelyn’s father can barely be persuaded to let her out of his sight for even an instant! I like how she is developing over time. I like her as a person and cannot wait to see how she turns out.
sheldonsandscia – Sheldon Jeffrey Sands is an asshole. More than this, he is a sociopathic asshole. Like most sociopaths he can be can be very charming. He is extremely intelligent. Sheldon’s sense of ethics are very fluid, depending on the situation at hand. He is a highly trained CIA field agent. My version of Sands has gone way beyond Once Upon A Time In Mexico. I like him…kind of. I certainly do not trust him and no one in their right mind would trust the son-of-a-bitch, because he is so far from trustworthy! His banter and way with words really is rather amusing, but he is such a jerk, I don’t think I could ever turn my back on him. My nickname for him is “My Little Chaos Agent.”
t_rainsborough – Thomas Rainsborough is my newest muse. He is probably the most gentle and contemplative muse I have ever written. Oh, he is a warrior, make no mistake. Historically he led the Levellers against the Monarchy in England but he is just so…..disgustingly good natured! I am not sure what to do with him! Thomas has a pretty good idea, however. He is a socialist, in a more American Indian sense of socialism than what he had in mind when he was fighting King Charles. I am learning a great deal about him. I do like him, but I am often fearful that he thinks an ideal weekend would be to go to work for food at some commune somewhere in the San Gabriel Mountains or up in Canada or something! I am not averse to this, however, if you put this guy at Woodstock, he’d definitely fit. I am not sure if I can imagine him ever saying the word, “Groovy!” He is absolutely enamoured of Amarante (sunnotshadows) and looks at her as if she is some sort of Demi-Goddess or Spirit of Nature – but it isn’t lust that he looks at her with. It’s is this reverence that I am completely unsure of how to describe because I just have not seen any muse of mine act this way, especially toward someone whom they could potentially be involved with. Certainly he has been sexual with both men and women, but his sentiments toward Amarante is something completely different.