July 4, 2012

Beautiful People - Regina

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Sky and Georgie played a sneaky trick on us this month, so for the Beautiful People meme, we get to choose our own ten questions.  I cheated a bit and snitched most of Jenny's, but we won't talk of that...

Having "finished" The White Sail's Shaking, I'm slowly turning Tempus Regina over in my mind.  I have not given it much attention, nor is anything concrete yet, but I wanted to introduce you to my main character Regina.  Many of these questions delve into aspects of her personality that I haven't considered before and which may even change down the road, but here is at least a rough sketch of her.


1. What does she look like? What are her hair and eye colour?

Regina is tall and slender, moves with a grace that fits her name, and can seem, altogether, as lifeless and unapproachable as a statue.  Her complexion is pale, making her eyebrows standing out startlingly, and if she were out in the sunlight more she would have very light freckles over her cheekbones.  Her hair is thick and dark brown, much like the above picture, but her eyes are on the green side of hazel. 

 2. How old is she?

The story begins in 1849, when Regina is twenty.

3. What is her background? Where did she come from?

Regina is English and Welsh, primarily the former, by blood.  Her family was not wealthy, per se, but they had a fair income and no need to worry about money - until it came to light, just after Regina's brother was born, that her father had gambled most of the money away.  At that point he abandoned his family, and his wife was forced to give up their house in the country and take her children to London.  Having lived all her life away from cities, the noise and pollution of the capital quickly took their toll and she died when Regina was twelve.  Since then Regina has raised and provided for her younger brother alone, and that responsibility brought her early to a hard kind of womanhood.

4. What does she do?

Anything legitimate to earn money.  She works off and on in factories, but prefers jobs that allow her to bring her brother along.  At the start of Tempus Regina, she is just about to apply for a place as a maid to an eccentric bachelor.

5. Is there something she is particularly good at?

Regina has tried her hand at nearly everything and can do any business passably.  She once embroidered and played harp and piano quite well, but it has been nine years since she had an instrument on which to practice, and she has no use for embroidery now.  She used also to play with her father's pocketwatch, taking it apart piece by piece and then reassembling it, so she has more than a passing knowledge of clockwork. 

6. Is there something she is afraid of?

Regina does not express fear readily; she keeps it bottled with a tight lid on top.  She is terribly afraid of something happening to her brother, for she promised her mother to take care of him - and, too, if she lost him there would be little purpose left in her life.  To a lesser degree, she fears the dark.  Not that she is afraid to go asleep at night, but pitch-black rooms where the darkness seems sentient utterly terrify her.

7. What is her personality?  Introvert or extrovert?

 She is an introvert, perhaps more from habit than from inherent personality.  Generally she is aloof, often cold, showing little emotion: she cannot afford to.  At most times she is engaged in her own thoughts (thinking, most likely, about how to get food), but she can be filtering what others are saying at the same time and come out of her reverie with a fair idea of the conversation.  The wear of responsibility on her nerves as left her with a quick temper.

8. Is she married or does she have a sweetheart?

Neither.  Whether that changes will appear in the course of the story.

9. What is her favourite outfit?

Her wardrobe is, at the moment, very limited.  Her favourite colour is cream and she once had an old-fashioned dress in just the right hue, bound with a wide blue belt and possessing rather ridiculous gigot sleeves.  Now she keeps to dark colors (which don't do her complexion any favors) and simple cuts.  She is particularly fond of a dress she finds in an old trunk, composed of a chiton-like dress in burgundy over a sleeved, high-collared black "underdress."

10. If she had a song, what would it be?

Although "Street of Dreams" by Blackmore's Night is quite suited to her story, I would probably choose "Memories" by Within Temptation.  While I don't care for the band in general, this song fits not only Regina's storyline, but her personality as well.

all of my memories 
keep you near 
in silent moments 
imagine you'd be here 
all of my memories 
keep you near 
the silent whispers, silent tears


  1. Regina seems to be a rather queenly character...I look forward to hearing more about her, her companion characters, and her story!

  2. I like her. In some ways she is a lot like Margaret - or Margaret would have been a lot like her if left to the influences of her mother and sisters. They both have the cold, hard, temptless beauty of the Artemisian kind that takes a lot of warming to soften. Anyway, I like Regina. She is all manner of down-to-earthly, kill-you-dead-with-magic awesome which catches you off guard.

  3. Keaghan - She isn't exactly likeable, but she is queenly, and that is a far better assistance to her! I'm looking forward to writing her.

    Jenny - She is like Margaret, indeed. (But I would like to point out that she was in my head before Margaret was in yours, so Margaret is in fact like her.) I hope they'll not be too similar. Kill-you-dead-with-magic is awesome, though...

  4. Oh yes, I suppose Tempus Regina has been percolating for awhile. It's weird to thing I only started Plenilune last September, and we are only into November in the story. And, chances are, you'll be done with Tempus Regina before I finish Plenilune. I may make that my overarching goal not to let that happen.

    Minnow approves this character. =^.^=

  5. I find Tempus Regina seems especially interesting. (At least from all the snippets.) I think it seems like it would be an awesome read!

  6. Regina sounds very interesting, and like Jenny said, "cold" and "hard" with a "temptless beauty". Best wishes for Tempus Regina, Abigail! Hopefully the characters and story will cooperate for you. :-) Keep us updated!

    A fellow writer,

  7. I'm quite looking forward to learning more about Regina and her story. She sounds very fascinating.

  8. Regina sounds like a lovely character!

  9. I am not sure if I can label Regina endearing, but she sounds quite interesting, and her plight is heartbreaking. I hope to hear more of her story soon!


  11. If my interest wasn't piqued before it certainly is now! Regina sounds fascinating and I can't help feeling compassion for her although she doesn't exactly seem the type who would appreciate that very much.

    Incidentally, I was delighted that you liked the titles I mentioned.:) I absolutely love them! Thank you for the link to your post, it was quite helpful.

  12. So glad you all find Regina interesting! I think she'll end up being likeable, too, but I suppose the story will reveal that in time. At the moment, it is quite a stretch to call her pleasant.

    Jenny - My reason for being is always to inspire you. I guess.

    Mirriam - That would be difficult, as I only have about three or four very snippety snippets written! Your enthusiasm, however, is most pleasing, and after I wrestle the edits of "White Sail's" into submission, I intend to oblige by tackling "Tempus Regina." At least, that's the general plan...

    Annie - No, I don't think she would; but I do, so I'll just not pass the sympathy along to her. I'm glad you liked "Glimpses of Greatness" - it's been so long, I actually had to go back and read it myself to recall what I'd said! How sad.

  13. Coming at the tail end of this conversation due to how hard-pressed I have been for time of late, with music and school and all... :)
    I was very excited to read something about your new writing project, Abigail! Tempus Regina sounds like a fascinating story, and I am truly looking forward to seeing it unfold into something truly wonderful!! Regina has piqued my interest. All the best with this new undertaking :D...

  14. Joy - Thank you! I'm both eager to start and rather unnerved at the thought. It's a large story - or rather, I hope for it to be two stories intimately connected - and, as Jenny says about Plenilune, I get the feeling I've bitten off more than I can chew! But when one feels like that, I suppose the thing to do is just keep chewing anyhow.


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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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