June 1, 2011

Beautiful People - Tip Brighton

Hurrah, it's June! Not that I'm fond of summer, but I am very fond of summer break and am glad to have term papers and exams behind me. In honor of that, I am (finally) posting one of the Beautiful People sessions that Georgie Penn and Sky have been putting together.

Once a month Sky and [Georgie] will be posting a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. You can use the same character every month, or choose a new one for each set of questions. Your call. You can answer all the questions, just one, or however many you have the time and energy to answer. Just go for it and have fun.

This is a collaboration of all the sessions up to now instead of just the May/June edition, and I'm letting Tip Brighton, who has been behaving remarkably well recently, take the limelight. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the main character of The White Sail's Shaking.

1. What is your character’s full name?

Edward “Tip” Brighton

2. Does his name have a special meaning?


3. Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?

Disorganized, although living on a ship doesn’t afford him much room for this.

4. Does he think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he/she actually have friends?)

He has no friends at the start of the novel, and even as friendships develop, he is more comfortable with thinking inside himself than talking aloud.

5. Is there something he is afraid of?

Scorn and rejection. Branches of his family were Loyalist during the American Revolution, and he fears having that tarnish his reputation.

6. Does he write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?

None of the above. He is a very practical sort.

7. What is his favorite book? (or genre of book)

Tip is not fond of reading, and was more than pleased to get out of it when he left school.

8. Who is his favorite author and/or someone that inspires him/her?

No favourite author; he looks up to Stephen Decatur, the lieutenant who commands the Argus and the Enterprize, and is also influenced by Darkwood, a fellow midshipman.

9. Favorite flavor of ice cream?

He has never had it.

10. Favorite season of the year?


11. How old is he?

Seventeen at the start of the novel.

12. What does he do in his spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? When he can get any privacy, he likes to sit alone and think. On land, he is fond of touring market places and, on occasion, ancient ruins.

13. Does he see the big picture, or live in the moment?

He lives in the moment. Seeing the big picture is an effort.

14. Is he a perfectionist?

No, it makes little difference to him whether something is perfect or not.

15. What does his handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc)

He dislikes writing, but when he does it, he usually labours to make it look half-decent. His letters have a tendency to be too thin.

16. Favourite animal?


17. Does he have any pets?

A Barbary macaque named Scipio, picked up in Gibraltar.

18. Does he have any siblings, how many, and where does he fit in?

He is the youngest of four sons, and the least important.

19. Does he have a "life verse" and if so what is it?

Life is too variant to pick a single verse for the whole of it.

20. Favourite writing utensil?

Since “favourite” implies that he likes it, none. He generally writes with a quill.

21. What type of laugh does he have?

Tip has a sudden laugh, like a cork being pulled out of a champagne bottle.

22. Who is his best friend?

He makes no claims on having a ‘best’ friend; at the beginning of the story, he doesn’t have any friends at all.

23. What is his family like?

His father is good-natured but negligent and his mother is of what one would call a ‘weak constitution,’ prone to fretting. Tip has three older brothers; the eldest, William, is a steady, unremarkable chap and the second oldest, Charles, is good-natured and idle like his father. James, Tip’s closest in age (they are three or four years apart), is termed ‘a bit of a genius’ and outshines all his brothers.

24. Is he a Christian, or will he eventually find Jesus?

This is a bit of a troublesome question, as I’m not sure how much of a redemptive thread will get into the story.

25. Does he believe in fairies?

I would have to say no, he does not.

26. Does he like hedgehogs?

Tip has a soft spot for most small animals, though he would deny it, but he has never met a hedgehog.

27. Favorite kind of weather?

Cool, clear weather. He hates hot summer days and has an aversion to fog.

28. Does he have a good sense of humor? If so what kind? (Slapstick, wit, sarcasm, etc.?)

Tip’s sense of humour is still developing; right now it tends to be a little dark.

29. How did he do in school, or any kind of education he might have had?

Poorly. Being overshadowed by his older brother James, Tip saw no reason to try hard in his academics. If he tried he would probably do well, but the first time he has ever really tried is on the Argus.

30. Any strange hobbies?


And there is Tip Brighton. A rather unlikeable-sounding fellow, isn't he? But I suppose I shouldn't say that; he's been so good the past few weeks, and I would like him to stay that way. He's a decent chap, once you get to know him.


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  3. Ha! Any of your characters will be outstanding once you get done with them. Can't wait to read your next effort! Love, Violamom :-D <><

  4. Aw, thanks! Tip's not so bad, but he is a rather contrary fellow to write. Of course, the whole story has been contrary... But anyhow, hopefully the next work that will get Out There to the public will be Wordcrafter. That's what I would like, anyways.

  5. Huzzah, you wrote one for him!

    I must say he does sound like this slightly mysterious man you almost needs to get to know before you can see his true character, but surely, he sounds very interesting. Since you commented Nathan’s laugh, I need to comment Tip’s laugh; how genius. Also, I think he’s family sounds adorable if you look at them like a family; they sound like the family I would love to get to know.

    Keep up the good work, Abigail! I shall be eager to hear more. ^.^

  6. Hee - Tip's family is actually pretty dysfunctional. I wouldn't like to know them. But that is developed more later in the story; his relationship with them, especially his parents, is one of the subplots.

    I rather liked that description of Tip's laugh myself. It took me a little bit to hear it in my mind, but I think that's accurate. Tip is so very much Justin King's opposite, it's been interesting to compare the two. I may post Justin's Beautiful People questionnaire sometime soon-ish.

  7. He *does* sound like a rather decent chap. :) I have a soft spot for characters with dysfunctional/difficult lives...Your description of his laugh made me smile. I know exactly what you mean. :D

    Good work!


  8. Oh, I'm glad he captures your interest! He's not the sort of character who mirrors me very much, and yet I like him, all the same. And yes, I'm fond of the description of his laugh, too. He seems to fit him.

  9. Sounds like an interesting character! I think it's great that he's historical; I love history and historical fiction! Probably why all my completed novels so far are historical fiction, and therefore why my Beautiful Person this month is Elsa van Marte from my historical fiction novel about the Holocaust. :)

    Great job! It was nice to meet Tip. :)

  10. Thanks, Taylor! Historical fiction is probably my favourite genre, too. Tip himself isn't historical, but his setting is. Glad you enjoyed meeting him!


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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
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Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
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Wordcrafter: "One man in a thousand, Solomon says / will stick more close than a brother. / And it's worthwhile seeking him half your days / if you find him before the other." Justin King unwittingly plunges into one such friendship the day he lets a stranger come in from the cold. Wordcount: 124,000 words

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