October 2, 2012

Beautiful People - Kay

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"I'm so glad I live in a world 
where there are Octobers."

Thus sayeth Anne Shirley of Green Gables, to which I answer, "Ah ha!  I always knew there was a reason I liked Anne!"

October is a beautiful month.  It means the proper beginning of autumn, and preparation for November's NaNo writing, and - best of all - my family and I going on our annual beach trip.  When a month is full of such lovelies, who could not adore it?   It being October means, however, that there are several Announcements.  First off, I already mentioned that I will be on vacation Oct. 12-19, and I doubt I will be posting during that period.  If I am very on-the-ball, I might have posts ready-made to go live; but since I doubt I'll be that proactive, and because last time I tried scheduling a post it didn't work, I don't think you'll see any Scribbles posts that week. 

Secondly, and much more fun for you, Jenny and I are celebrating the second anniversaries of our novels The Shadow Things and The Soldier's Cross this November!  Scribbles will be full of giveaways, chatty posts about the book and publishing and that good stuff, speaking French and German, covering screens and I know not what.  (Kudos if you got that reference.)  There will also be question-and-answer posts, so if you have anything to ask, hurry and send me your questions!  You may post them here, send them via Facebook, or email me, and I'll answer them during November.  It's going to be big, folks!

On now to the subject of this post.  I didn't do anything with Beautiful People last month; Sky and Georgie's meme is on hold due to the busy-ness of their lives at present, but I do like to shuffle the previous questions about and go on with it all the same.  This month I'm bringing in another character from Tempus Regina: Regina's younger brother, who isn't actually present through most of the story.


1. What does he look like?

Kay is very thin and pale, all limbs and sharply-defined bones.  His hair sticks up in odd tufts and, being black, makes his face even paler and thinner; he has large eyes, brown with an odd, heavy coloring of watered gold.  If his mind had grown with his body, he might by this time have been the quintessential Byronic hero.  As it is, he looks something like a ghost.

2. How old is he?

Kay is fourteen - in years, at least.

3. What kind of personality does he have?  Introverted or extroverted?  Cheerful or morose?

Extroverted, despite being mentally ill.  Kay is friendly in the same careless, open way a child is friendly, for he knows no reason not to be.  Living in the slums of Victorian London, such naivete can get him into worlds of trouble, and Regina is often hard-pressed to keep her brother safe.  At the same time, Kay has the usual childish streak of selfishness about him and can be difficult to cope with; he is, in essence, the typical child of four in the body of a fourteen-year-old.

4. What animals does he like best?

Kay is fond of most animals.  He especially likes moths, and loves to watch the light through their wings as they fly around lamps.  Also, some years ago he saw a fawn in a picture book and now talks about it frequently; he is set on seeing one and petting it.

5. Is there something he is afraid of?

Kay is not afraid of much; he isn't self-aware enough to be afraid.  As long as he knows Regina is somewhere nearby, he can cope quite well with darkness and the usual childhood bogeymen.  He doesn't like spiders or beetles, and always makes Regina kill them.   He had croup frequently as a little boy and whenever he coughs, he's afraid he'll have it again.

6. If he had magic, how would it express itself?  (Alright, so that's original to me...)

I've asked the question, and now I'm having a hard time answering it.  His would not be an "elemental" magic - commanding the elements, that is; nor would he read other people's minds, for that wouldn't interest him.  I think he might be an animal-whisperer, with the power to call creatures and command them.  

7. Is he musical?

No.  He has not had access to any instruments in the past nine years, nor is he by nature musically-inclined.  He is, I believe, more of a painter, and would perhaps produce pleasant water-colors if given the opportunity.

8. Does he have any annoying habits?  Any habits at all?

Regina could list a host of annoying habits, but the childish selfishness mentioned before is at the root of them.  He asks far too many questions - why's and wherefore's and when's and who's, and all sorts of things that Regina cannot or would rather not answer.  He is often pushy, and excels at sulking when he doesn't get his way (which is often).  He hums to himself, too, which grates on Regina's nerves after a long day of work.  Sometimes, however, he will brush her hair, and that is one habit she does not dislike.

9. What sort of laugh does he have?

Kay rarely laughs, but he has a wide grin when amused.

10. How do other characters feel about him?

Regina's feelings for Kay are mixed.  He has been her burden for nine years and he makes a heavy load indeed, for it is difficult to care for a child and know at the same time that he will always be a child.  At times she feels herself close to hating him - but perhaps she only thinks that because she is not truly aware what either hate or love is.  But whatever her feelings, she'll still go to any lengths and make any sacrifice to keep him safe.  It's just that those lengths and sacrifices hurt her more than she would care to confess.


  1. Wow....what an intriguing character, Abigail! Kay sounds like the sort that you'd miss once he was gone far more than you ever knew you liked him while he was here....am I right in that?

  2. Kay - I have never heard that used for a male, but I like the uniqueness of it!
    ----- Kay rarely laughs, but he has a wide grin when amused. ---- That's me to a T. :)

    I'll ask as many questions as I can. ;) I love hearing from authors all sorts of things I wonder if I am alone in.

    - Do you plot and plan, or do you work off of a basic idea?

    - How do you come up with character names?

    - Has anyone ever compared your writing to another popular authors?

    - What time of day do you usual write in?

    - Is self publishing for mediocre writers?

    - If you found out that something was going to happen, and your writing would no longer be of any importance, would you still write?

    That's all for now! :) ~ B

  3. Here are a few Qs...

    -How do you develop your characters?

    -Do you ever want to write longer books(like 200 page-300 pages and/or longer)?

    -What is your favorite Charles Dickens novel?

    -Have you read Bleak House and did you like it?

    -Why do you write?

  4. LoL Just realized some bad grammar mistakes in there, sorry! ;) Writin' with a 4yo falling asleep on your lap.

  5. Actually, that's not all - I really love Kay. I really really love him. He's so unique and interesting and I always fall for characters with something a little 'off' about them. =D

  6. Rachel - I'm not quite sure yet! I don't know if "miss" is the right word; but then, I daresay Regina would be a much better person to ask, and I'll find out in the course of the story!

    B. - That's funny: Arthurian legend has shaped "Kay" as a man's name for me. I'm glad you like it! And great questions, by the way, especially those last two. I'm really looking forward to answering them!

    Writer - Ooh, also good questions! (Bleak House seems to be a popular Dickens novel...) I'll have fun with that last one.

    Mirriam - Mr. Bingley indeed. I tell you, there is a Jane Austen quote for every possible life scenario - and if there isn't, there's probably a Princess Bride quote to fill in.

    ...and I suspected Kay would strike a chord with you. Am I good or what?

  7. Hi Abigail!

    I truly enjoyed reading this round of Beautiful People. I really think I love Kay, he seems like a really fascinating character.

    Oh, and I am really looking forward to November as well! I shall try e-mailing you soon by the way and ask some questions too! (i was really busy over the weekend with the gala event and a friend staying over so I had not much time to comment on blog or Facebook or e-mails as such, but I shall try to catch up on all that now :). God bless.


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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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