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    Questionairre (Esperanza)

    Post by tuck on 05/03/10, 12:17 pm

    • What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
    Esperanza "Ronnie" Maria Sanchez DeLeon. Her mother often calls her "Lancha", an abbreviated form of Esperanza.

    • What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?
    Her hair is a deep chestnut brown and goes goes almost to her hips, although she often wears it up. Her eyes are a bright blue. She's always assumed that these were from her father, although she never suspected how right she was.

    • What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
    Her eyes are large and particularly striking and almost hypnotic. She also has a smile that can light up a room.

    • Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?
    She has a small round birthmark on her upper right thigh. Strangely, despite an active childhood Ronnie has very few scars as she has always been a quick healer. She does have one scar on her neck near her collarbone. It is about two-inches long, but not particularly deep and is really only noticable from up close. Esperanza never mentions the scar and tries to avoid any discussion of it. All that she will tell anyone who asks is that it was a "very close call".

    • Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does she surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish she were closest to?
    Esperanza is closest to her mother and to her friends in College station. She has tried her hardest to be a mother figure to her siblings, but despite her best efforts all three have slipped away from her. Her sisters Eva and Rosa now live in Los Angeles and New York, respectively, and although they still speak to her often, the distance has had an effect on the closeness of their bonds. Her brother Juan rarely speaks to her unless he needs money or is in trouble, often expecting her to bail him out, which she dutifully does.

    Among her friends, Ronnie is closest to Nils, Bea, and Aimee. Although she won't admit it, she has had a crush on Nils almost since she met him, admiring his easy smile and outgoing nature. As her roommate, Ronnie feels a sisterly bond with Bea, often being there to comfort or encourage her, and the two often go out together to relax and unwind. Her relationship with Aimee is mostly based around their shared love of music. Ronnie will often ask Aimee to play for her so that she can dance and the two will feed off of each other's emotional expression in a sort of mixed-medium jam session.

    Ronnie also has a large network of clients and acquaintances in and around the bar scene in college station. Although she almost never socializes with customers outside of work, she is close to a few of the dancers and bouncers that she works with. Occasionally she will meet one for coffee or lunch. She is also friends with Willie Tibiletti*, the owner of the Silk Stocking Lounge where she dances. Although he is older and something of a pervert, all of the dancers know that he takes care of his own and would never let any harm come to his staff. Although he can be somewhat lecherous and crude at times, most of the dancers realize that it is not to be taken seriously and that he really doesn't mean anything by it.

    • Where was your character born? Where has she lived since then? Where does she call home?
    She was born in San Antonio and lived there until she came to Texas A&M for grad school. She still considers San Antonio her home, although she is growing fond of College Station and her new "family"

    • Where does your character go when he’s angry?
    She'll generally lock herself in her room with music blasting and dance until she's exhausted and then sleep.

    • What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?
    Ronnie's biggest fear is not being able to save those she cares about. She already feels like she has failed her brother and Chrys, and she is terrified that she might lose more of her friends before this is over. Given the choice, she would rather let harm come to herself than to those she cares about. She doesn't really discuss this much with anyone, although she probably wouldn't deny it if directly questioned.

    On a more material note, she has a horrible fear of snakes, and will refuse to be anywhere near them, often panicking at the mere sight of them. I imagine most if not all of her friends know about this.

    • Does she have a secret?
    Yes, and she knows how to keep it, thank-you-very-much.

    • What makes your character laugh out loud?
    Nils' antics can generally inspire a good laugh from Ronnie, and she has a secret soft spot for the three stooges. She loves physical and slapstick comedy.

    • When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?
    Esperanza has had very little time for romantic love in her life. She's had crushes on several boys and even dated a few, but she never considered them her "boyfriend", and never went further than kissing. Between school, work, dancing, and her family, she has been far too busy for anything resembling real romance. Even when she has tried to make time for it, she finds that men are ussually too intimidated by her striking beauty to work up the nerve to ask her out. Because of her good looks and private nature men often think that she is stuck up or out of their league.

    • What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? On her bedroom floor? On her nightstand? In her garbage can?
    Refrigerator - Mostly homemade leftovers. In addition there are staple foods like tortillas, cheese, ground beef, onions, peppers, salsa, eggplant, butter, tomatoes, chicken, milk, juices, and other assorted fresh ingredients. Esperanza loves to cook, and although she is most comfortable with the traditional mexican cuisine that she learned from her mother, she has recently been trying to branch out into other areas, particularly italian and chinese. She watches the food network religiously and cooks dinner for her and Bea regularly. It's very rare that she will eat out.

    Bedroom floor - Esperanza's bedroom is immaculate, dusted and vacuumed weekly and her bed made every morning. She learned to take care of a house growing up and has kept the habit into adulthood. The only thing on her bedroom floor is furniture.

    Night table - Her night table has a lamp, a picture of her family, and a copy of whatever book she happens to be reading. Generally she enjoys reading plays and historical fiction. Currently it is the script for "Children of a Lesser God" by Mark Medoff.

    Garbage can - There's generally not much in the trash at Ronnie and Bea's house as Ronnie makes sure it is emptied regularly. There is generally very little food trash as Ronnie insists on eating leftovers until they're gone. Mostly the trash consists of empty soda cans and dust and lint from the constant vacuuming.

    • Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Does she wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is she in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is she wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by her grandmother?
    She is generally wearing her trusty leather sandals and she keeps her toes painted a deep red. When it's cold or when she's doing a lot of walking, she wears a pair of beat up sneakers. For work or when she needs to look nice she has a pair of knee-high black boots and a pair of slinky red stilleto pumps.

    • When your character thinks of her childhood kitchen, what smell does she associate with it? Sauerkraut? Oatmeal cookies? Paint? Why is that smell so resonant for her?
    She remembers the smell of cinnamon, anise and chocolate from when her mother used to to make champurrado for her. Her favorite times as a child were following her mother around the kitchen, helping her and learning how to cook with her.

    • Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?
    Esperanza hardly ever throws anything out because she hardly holds on to anything to begin with. She is used to living without much and she doesn't like messes or clutter. She is not an extravagant person and rarely buys anything she doesn't have an immediate use for. Because of this she doesn't ussually have to do much spring cleaning or get rid of things. The few posessions she does have are either necessary for her comfort or else potent keepsakes and reminders of her family (ex: a card made for her by her brother, a bible that her mother gave her when she left home, and some dried flowers she picked with her sisters as children).

    • It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If he’s eating breakfast, what exactly does he eat? If she’s stretching out in her backyard to sun, what kind of blanket or towel does she lie on?
    On Saturdays, Esperanza generally sleeps in until about noonish after being out late working. She then gets up, does some cleaning while listening to music (and sometimes dancing along with it), takes a shower, and then gets dressed and puts on makeup. She then cooks lunch/breakfast for herself and whichever of her friends happens to stop by for some home cooking.

    • What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
    Esperanza was far too young to remember her birth father leaving, but she still remembers when her mother finally kicked her stepfather out of the house. She was eight years old when her stepfatherfirst started to make crude sexual advances and innuendos towards her. By the time she was nine he had begun groping and touching her innapropriately, and she was too scared and confused to resist. Finally, one day shortly before her tenth birthday he got very drunk and came at Esperanza with a knife, attemping to rape her. Luckily, her mother came home just in time and began beating him with a broom until he dropped the knife and ran out of the house. Esperanza never saw her step-father again after that. Within a month he had divorced her mother and left for somewhere in west Texas. During the fight, Esperanza was cut across the bottom of her neck with the knife and had to be taken to the emergency room for stitches.

    • Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is she going? What does she wear? Who will she be with?
    Since she works in a topless bar, Esperanza prefers to spend her nights out somewhere more quiet and subdued. She likes to hang out at coffee houses and the library on campus. She almost always wears jeans and a nice shirt, and if it is cool enough, her trenchcoat and hat. If it is warm she'll just tie her hair back and wear her sandals. Sometimes she will go with friends, but often she will simply curl up by herself in a corner of the library and read with a hot cinnamon latte.



    *This is, no-shit-really, the actual name of the owner of the Silk Stocking.
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    Re: Questionairre (Esperanza)

    Post by tuck on 06/03/10, 01:10 pm

    • What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Being able to go to grad school. I never really thought I'd be here. I still feel kind of selfish for leaving my mom, but this is the only way I'll ever be able to really help people. I need to know that I can make a difference.

    • What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Being in a warm kitchen with family and friends, everyone buzzing around, cooking, laughing, talking, eating... It doesn't get any better than that.

    • What is your current state of mind?

    Tired. Scared. I have no idea what's going on. But at least after seeing Bea meet her... father... at least now I know I'm not crazy... Right?

    • What is your favorite occupation?

    I hope that I can stay in school long enough to become a social worker. I like helping people, especially kids. I suppose if I couldn't do that then I'd be a school counselor or a teacher.

    • What is your most treasured possession?

    Despite everything I still keep the bible that my mother gave me in the top drawer of my dresser. I know that it's just a book, and that what it represents is not what I believe, but it also represents her faith in me and her love for me.

    • What or who is the greatest love of your life?
    My friends and my family. I would do anything for them, and I hope they feel the same.

    • What is your favorite journey?


    • What is your most marked characteristic?


    • When and where were you the happiest?


    • What is it that you most dislike?


    • What is your greatest fear?


    • What is your greatest extravagance?


    • Which living person do you most despise?


    • What is your greatest regret?


    • Which talent would you most like to have?


    • Where would you like to live?


    • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


    • What is the quality you most like in a man?


    • What is the quality you most like in a woman?


    • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    • What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    • What do you most value in your friends?

    • Who is your favorite hero of fiction?


    • Whose are your heroes in real life?


    • Which living person do you most admire?


    • What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    • On what occasions do you lie?


    • Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


    • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


    • What are your favorite names?


    • How would you like to die?


    • If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?


    • What is your motto?

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