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    Questionnaire (Connie)

    Post by Kitrazzle on 09/03/10, 03:54 am

    Q: What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
    A: Victoria Constance Psmith. She's been called Connie all her life and has been addressed with numerous endearments of varying degrees of strangeness by family and friends. She and Aimee have made a sort of game out of it.

    Q: What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?
    A: Dark brown and hazel. She doesn't like how wildly curly her hair gets when it's short, so she keeps it no shorter then mid back and reins it in with hairspray or a pretty clip at the nape of her neck.

    Q: What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
    A: None of her individual features stand out on first glance; they balance each other to create a pretty and pleasing whole. On closer inspection, Connie does have disgustingly long and luscious eyelashes. If she stays out in the sun, she will develop enough of a tan to have people thinking she's at least partly hispanic.

    Q: Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?
    A: No scars, but there is a dark spot about half the size of a pinky nail on her lower back near her left hip and a smaller one under her right breast that used to be moles before Mother had the doctor deal with them.

    Q: 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 he were closest to?
    A: Her family is the gaming group. Her blood relations are her parents Maximilian and Evangeline, her older brother Fitzwilliam John and younger brother Augustus Nathaniel, and a large network of extended family that she has little in common with and wants even less to do with. She gets along better with her dad and his side of the family then with her mom's side. John is a bit of a douche who has opted to follow in Grandfather Fraser's footsteps, so Connie has given up on him. Nate is still pretty awesome for an undergrad, though.
    Having grown up surrounded by people with over-developed senses of entitlement who would say one thing and mean half a dozen others, Connie prefers to be around people who are more honest in their neuroses. It's a pleasant change for her to not have to be constantly analyzing motives and possible double meanings, even if she still does it without meaning to. She likes to think it helps her get into characters' heads and makes her both a better DM and a better writer.
    While she's very close to all of them, her absolute closest friends are Aimee, Nils, Simon, and Chrys. They're all revelations in their own ways. Simon can relate to her Need for Order and Knowledge and would have made an awesome cousin, Chrys was like the little sister she wanted but would never have, Nils keeps her from getting too serious about un-fun shit, and Aimee... Aimee is a miracle.

    Q: Where was your character born? Where has she lived since then? Where does she call home?
    A: She has always lived in the same house in Highland Park, a very upscale small town surrounded by Dallas. The kids would be sent on trips every summer, usually with one or both of the parents or some other family member, so they have 'lived' for a month or two at a time in most of the culturally significant cities across the country. They rarely had to resort to staying in a hotel, since there was usually a private getaway or summer home belonging to someone in the family in the area. Her mom has a similar getaway apartment in Austin that she only lives in when Congress is in session. Connie generally refers to the Highland Park house as "her parents' house in Dallas" these days, calling the apartment she shares with Aimee home.

    Q: Where does your character go when she’s angry?
    A: She generally locks herself away in her study, curling up in front of her computer with her headphones on. Sometimes she needs to get away from Everyone, and when she needs that she packs a picnic basket and drives off to a river or lake somewhere where there aren't any people to just stare out at the water.

    Q: What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?
    A: Failure in its myriad incarnations is Connie's biggest thing. Failing to deserve and/or retain Aimee's affection, failure to succeed in her chosen professions, failure to prove she was right to avoid her parents' chosen paths and earn their respect for her independence, failure to properly prepare for whatever disasters the future has in store for her. She can handle the little failures, though she still beats herself up for them. Connie hasn't come out and told anyone per se, being of the opinion that she can handle her own damn problems thank you very much, but anyone paying attention to more then one of her rants could probably figure most of it out.

    Q: Does she have a secret?
    A: Other then the whole god-child thing? The true depth of her relationship with Aimee is an open secret in her immediate family. Her family has a great many open secrets; anything that is not verbally acknowledged can be safely denied to the press without being a lie. Likewise, details about what her parents do for a living and the family's status in DFW society is not something she's ever mentioned to her friends (except to warn Aimee what to expect when meeting them). It's not a secret, she just doesn't think it's important enough to mention and doesn't want to risk their opinions of her changing for the worse.

    Q: What makes your character laugh out loud?
    A: Anything from physical humor to irony to simply the unexpected will make Connie at least giggle, but she prefers her humor to have an element of intelligence to it. The Marx Brothers will have her laughing until she falls out of her chair.

    Q: When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?
    A: The most that she ever suffered before falling head over heels for Aimee was crushes. Of the few that were on people she'd actually met, only a handful went as far as an actual date. Most of those did progress to the bedroom, but not all of them made it past third base.
    Connie has been lucky enough to escape serious heartbreak. The closest she ever came was in third grade when a boy she liked joined in making fun of her poor performance in gym. Being forced to reveal what was bothering her at dinner that night led to John being an unusually supportive and protective big brother at school the next day; he gathered a group of his friends and cornered the ringleaders during recess to threaten them. Connie gave him a hug and her dessert when she found out.

    And the weird questions
    Q: What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? On her bedroom floor? On her nightstand? In her garbage can?
    A: Leftovers (both Ronnie's cooking and takeout), fruit, yogurt, a filtered water pitcher, soda, tea, cheese, luncheon meats, booze. Clothes that she hasn't bugged Aimee into picking up yet and recently discarded ones that missed the hamper. A lamp, much-beloved book, bottle of massage oil (Yes, actual massage oil. The lube is in the drawer of the bedside table with the toys), tube of foot lotion. Discarded candy wrappers hiding beneath crumpled receipts and whatever useless scraps of paper she's cleaned out of her bookbag and purse.

    Q: Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Does he wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is he in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is he wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by his grandmother?
    A: When wandering around the house, Connie prefers to be barefoot or wearing slippers if it's cold. Unless the situation demands otherwise, she always goes out wearing something at least a little dressy. Strappy sandals when it's warm, ballet flats, mary janes, professional pumps. She doesn't wear high heels unless Aimee is wearing something with similar height-augmenting capabilities; she doesn't like being too much taller since it makes kissing awkward.

    Q: 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?
    A: Orange and cinnamon. Their cook loved Pillsbury orange danishes and so always had a plate of them hidden away somewhere. One night when Mother was pregnant with John, she went rampaging through the kitchen looking for something to satisfy her cravings and found them. They've been an intrinsic part of Sunday breakfasts and family meals on holidays and special occasions ever since.

    Q: Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?
    A: It is not difficult for Connie to get rid of things. School things from semesters past, clothes she doesn't like anymore or don't fit, kitchen gadgets that they don't use, movies they haven't watched in ages, anything that belongs to her is fair game. Things that are still in good shape are set aside to be given away or donated, and Aimee's stuff is set aside for her to go through. Connie refuses to get rid of things with sentimental value, which includes pretty much anything that Aimee's given her. She even has trouble throwing out flowers after they've gotten all wilted.

    Q: 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?
    A: If she's at work, then she's doing whatever library tasks need to be done. If she managed to get scheduled with the day off, she's probably lounging naked in bed with Aimee after putting up a token resistance, either reading or working on a manuscript or game stuff on her laptop.

    Q: What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
    A: When Connie was nine, the family went to NYC during the Christmas holiday for a big family gathering. One of the ancient cousins who had grown up in the area declared that everyone needed to ice skate at the Rockefeller rink and see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at least once in their life. So the whole family went ice skating in the morning and took over a french bistro for lunch, then went back to the enormous apartment to unwind and change for seeing the Nutcracker ballet that night. After the ballet, they went back to Rockefeller Center to see the Tree again. It was unusually carefree and happy for a Fraser family event. The whole day blends together in a whirlwind of Perfect Christmas Spirit for Connie.

    Q: Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is she going? What does she wear? Who will she be with?
    A: Connie will go anywhere that Aimee has a gig, which is usually Revolutions. If she's going somewhere on a night that Aimee isn't playing, she'll head down to O'Bannon's for a quiet pint or drag people to BWW to play trivia with her. If it's not a gig night, she'll dress classy-casual with jeans and a pretty blouse and maybe a trench coat if the weather's chilly. If she's going to support Aimee's performance, she glams up to full-on hotness with a short skirt and back-seam stockings. It's fun to make the boys drool. But she'll go out with any of her close friends (meaning the gaming group) who wants to. She doesn't like Halo or Murphy's Law, and avoids all of Northgate except O'Bannon's now that she's in a serious relationship. The only thing those bars are good for is one night stands.


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    Re: Questionnaire (Connie)

    Post by Kitrazzle on 12/03/10, 12:39 pm

    What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    What is your current state of mind?

    What is your favorite occupation?

    What is your most treasured possession?

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    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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