Saturday, June 21, 2014

Beautiful People Link-Up

Cait and Sky are hosting a link-up to help us delve into our characters more! Thanks ladies!

The character I'm using is Gianna, from A Kingdom of Isolation.

1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it? 
Gianna Otto. I spend a ridiculous amount of time finding a name meaning to match the character's personality. Gianna means God's grace, and Otto means prosperous. The Otto part was unintentional, though. It just seemed to flow.
2) How old are they, and when were they born? 
Originally, Gianna was sixteen. I'm considering making her fourteen though.
She was born in the Black Tree hospital. It wasn't very far away from her house (maybe a fifteen minute drive?) and her dad wanted them to just walk there. While his wife was going into labor. Fortunately, however, Mrs. Otto insisted they take a car, and Gianna was not born on the side of the road.
3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 
Gianna, as you might be able to tell, is Italian. Thus, brown hair, brown eyes. On the tall side.
Gianna, running after Ares
Gianna, running after Ares when he leaves during a date.
4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 
She thinks she needs a boyfriend because sometimes he makes her feel special. Usually he's just mad at her though.
Her boyfriend, Ares.
5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
"Let It Go", absolutely. Even the title salutes it. I know I'll have to change it due to copyright issues, but it just fits so perfectly. She's all anxious and messed up for a while but in the end everything is okay (sort of. I'm working on making it sadder).
6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 
Hm. This is a tough one. Maybe pride? She thinks she can do everything by herself, only to realize life is a little too messed up for that.
7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be?
Probably air with a touch of fire. Because I love fire.
Check out my Fire Elsa board on Pinterest. So much awesomeness.
8) What is their favourite word? 
Relaxation or ballet.
For Gianna
9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.) 
Christie (previously Natalie). I can't say because spoilers, but.... *Sob*

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Christianity (does that count?), skirts, and little kids.

Woo woo! Thanks, Cait and Sky, for doing this!

A Kingdom of Isolation, page one:

“One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Jump higher, Gianna! And don’t look like you’re dying, whether if you feel like it or not.”
My ring tone goes off in the middle of an arabesque. Mrs. Salto glares at me. “Go ahead, take the call.”
My face burning, I clobber over  in my pointe shoes to my sweat smelling dance bag. I scowl at the caller ID. It’s Ares.
“I told you not to call me!” I whisper furiously as the music starts up again for the other girls. “I’m at ballet practice. I need to get back to it.”
“Then why’d you give me your number, beautiful?” Ares answers. “I love you so, so, so much.” He punctuates each so with a kiss. Meanwhile, the other dancers continue with their arabesques.
“You said you’d only text me when you know I’m not busy.”
“Okay, whatever. Hey, do you want to go out tonight? I remember a pizza place I went to with, some uh, buddies. Want to try it out? We could also go to a movie.”
“Yeah, sounds good. I’ll sneak out of my house again. Just like last night.” My feet tap the floor, following the dance moves. Plié and and leap, land as gracefully as a swan. A flash of guilt zips through my mind. I shake my head. “All teenagers need fun. Movies and pizza are fun. Therefore, all teenagers love movies and pizza. That’s sort of a logical syllogism, isn’t it?”
I can image Ares rolling his eyes at me. “You’re making no sense, but I got to go. Bye babe.”
“Love you.”
Now I’m free to go back to dance.


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    1. I realy wish a text or email convo was possible cause that would be. Uch more easier

  2. Something wonderful happened this morning in sunday school. Well there are 2 new kids a brother and sister. Sister just finished middle school and is moving into high school next year. The brother was is to be a senior next year. Well the brother was being mean to me and was saying not nice things. His sister did not follow his example and i was shocked. She ended up defending me from her brother. After what she did i just wanted to kiss her on the spot but knew that would not be a good idea.

  3. Oh. She's Italian? Otto's a German last name. Also, Italians aren't tall, for the record. I mean, there's the occasional one. But our men average at 5'8". We're a short people. :)

    1. Maybe her dad is German but her mom is Italian. I'll work it out. ;)

    2. Being part German would certainly contribute to her height x)