The Answer to the Beautiful People Post on the random guy. The Random guy was Nefru.

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Just sitting around, slightly bored but surrounded by books, so not really. So I decided to write another blog post.....but I don't really have any exciting think I will just do another character beautiful people...thing. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE at FURTHER UP AND FURTHER IN
I am currently obsessed with the I should I am doing characters from there. 
I Bring you...the guy who sort of looks like he is going to be a hero, but really isn't...And I will not be telling you his name, not that it will be hard to guess. The answer should be out on the 17th....

1. What type of laugh does he/she have?
As far as I can tell, he just sort of smiles quietly and chuckles. I don't recall hearing him laugh. Kind of boring and morose, this fellow. Some of my friends thought he was a perfect hero...frankly, I don't know what they see in him. 

2. Who is his/her best friend?

He doesn't seem to have any....friends. More like much loved followers. Who admire and love him, but aren't really his friends. You could say that Anhur or Heri were his best friends. 

3. What is his/her family like?

Really fun and mocking and derisive most of the time....but wonderful and amazing all the same. 

4. Is he/she a Christian, or will he/she eventually find Jesus?

Considering the time

5. Does he/she believe in fairies?

Kind of. Spirits of the dead is a go. Spirits and gods in general. So probably fairies if anyone knew about fairies in those days.

6. Does he/she like hedgehogs?

Um.....lets just play safe and

7. Favorite kind of weather?

His only experience is hot and dry or hot and wet. I am guessing he prefers hot and dry. I haven't really talked to him about it. 

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

A friend of mine said he had a wonderful sense of humor, but I think he is dry and annoying and slightly boring. Opinions. 

9. How did he/she do in school, or any kind of education they might have had.

He didn't go...but he is that aggravating sort of person who would make only "A+"s and would always have a false modesty about him that is very annoying. I think that my opinion of this guy is getting across? I don't really like him. 

10. Any strange hobbies?

Um....not that I know of. 
What is this anyway! I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.


*...for those of you who did not get that reference. I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I couldn't help it. 

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And now for a Character Beautiful People....from the archives. Thank you Further up and further in.

For lack of a better idea. I decided to do Ukani, from the Pendant.

1. Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise? 
Ukani's main habit is constantly teasing people and laughing at them. It is annoying, but Ukani's frank and cheerful manner draws you in, making his occasional praise much more valuable and desired. When he laughs at you, it is only annoying because he makes you want his praise so much that it hurts not to get it. 

2. What is their back-story and how does it affect them now? 

Ukani's back story is never really explained, even in the book. I know it, but it's mostly a secret. He was basically a nomad and wandered around until he ran into his brother Nefru again, then he joined up with him. 

3. How do they show love? 

Mostly through kindly teasing. But Ukani's loyalty and love is not lightly given. If you had his love and loyalty, and you knew the strange workings of his mind, you could make Ukani do about anything you wanted he would be so devoted to you. Fortunately absolutely no one knows the inner workings of his mind, except me. That is how I got him to do all this ridiculous stuff for my story. 

4. How competitive are they? 

Hmm. Ukani usually wins all games and most fights, so he doesn't really get a chance to be competitive or not competitive. But I think that he is pretty competitive. 

5. What do they think about when nothing else is going on? 

Mostly he thinks about those he loves, and how to prevent harm coming to them. How to protect them. 

6. Do they have an accent? 

You could say that. From all his travels, Ukani has picked up many dialects and languages. Speaking all of these fluently has given his speech a sort of mixed up sound, like it can't decide what it was originally.  

7. What is their station in life

Technically, he is the older son of a noble. He is favored of Pharaoh. But in his actual life he is a completely penniless nomad who wanders around and works for his food. 

8. What do others expect from them? 

Depends what you mean by expect. If you mean...this is what you must do. Than nothing is the answer. He is not expected to be a hero or anything really. If you mean, his actions are no surprise because they were expected....then the answer is just "confusing." He leads to expect one thing on minute, and the next he seems as if he would never do such a thing. Generally, you can expect a lot of mocking laughter and teasing from him. 

9. Where were they born, and when? 

Around 1367 BC.  He was born in Sinai. 

10. How do they feel about people in general?

He finds people annoying and boring unless they are close friends. He does not enjoy company much, and likes being alone, but is not fully an introvert or an extrovert. When he is with friends, he becomes very outgoing and cheerful.

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The Pendant: Another amazing thing.

The Pendant never ceases to amaze me (if I may say so myself). To begin with, I cam up with a story line involving a Pharaoh with a certain number of daughters and sons. And a certain daughter who married some lesser prince. And then, when I was searching through Egyptian history, I found a Pharaoh who met my EXACT conditions. And he was real. It was perfect.  I have rarely had to change the historical truth. Then, since that was a piece of history mentioned in the story, I need something that happened a particular number of years later, that also met certain conditions. And I found it. Amenhotep III and Tiye were real, and the story is mostly set in the actual time when they lived. Of course, Amenhotep had more than one wife. I just ignored that. And of course, Tiye had more children then I mention, but I don't say she didn't have more, I just didn't mention that she did. It is not STRICTLY and PERFECTLY historical, but its pretty darn close. A story that accidentally manages to end up being so perfect...well I had to write it. I felt like God was telling me to. Hint after hint after hint. Anyway, recently I was doing some research on my Pharaoh's, and I was looking at Amenhotep III and Tiye's children, and one of their children was Akhenaten. In the Pendant, I veer away from historical truth, and say that there is a god above all gods. Allegory. Anyway...if you have ever done and studying of Egyptian history, you will probably have heard about the Pharaoh who wanted to worship, not the sun, but whoever made the sun. His new Religion was squashed after he died, but he personally believed in one god, who made the sun and air and whatnot....well that pharaoh was Akhenaten, son of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Which is...amazing!! So if my story really happened, Tiye's son would have been, of course, influenced by all of the other characters believing in a one true god. Obviously, my story didn't happen, but its just another one of those perfect little perfect perfections that makes me feel warm and wonderful deep inside. All of it was a complete accident of course. I had no idea when I made the story.

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So it seems that the beautiful people this month is actually about me. Not my characters. Which is kind of sad, because I don't care about me. My characters are what matter on this blog. But whatever, I will just dip into their archives later and do a character one as well. But now, to me. 

How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
Well, I loved coming up with stories and acting them out to myself when no one was watching...forever. But the precise moment when I said to myself...hey! I should write a book....that dates to November 20th, 2013. At some point in the middle of the afternoon, I started writing the Pendant (over 50000 words!) which I have been sadly neglecting. *slap myself*. Officially....depends what you mean by "writer". 

How/why did you start writing?
I love books. Always have. I mean...some people love books, and then there's me. I adore them. I don't know if other people like to read at meals. But since I was eight years old, I have read books with breakfast and lunch. I mean, seven and half years, and I have maybe missed about ten breakfasts or lunches. That is really why I started writing. The general feeling was "If reading books gives me so much joy, what must it be like to write them?" To I started writing one. As for how...I got a pen and a notebook. 

What’s your favorite part of writing? 
Developing my characters. Working with my characters. Watching my imagination become something that I can share with others. 

What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Not being able to stay awake. Writing tends to put me to sleep. My other struggle is concentration. I often write a certain line for a character, then start thinking about that characters feelings, and thoughts and responses. Past history. Life. Everything that I invented to make that line make sense. Thirty minutes later, I have only written one sentence. But I sure know my characters. 

Do you write best at night or day?
Depends....sometimes I cant write in the day because I want to get up and move but sometimes I can. Same thing with the night. 

What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
Technically my desk would be my writing space. But I write wherever I happen to be when an idea pops into my head. I type it up at my desk though, but that doesn't count. 

How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
Considering that I have not yet finished a full book, I have no idea. 

How many projects do you work on at once?
Bwahahahahaha! Is that some kind of joke? I probably have close to a hundred different story-lines spinning around in my head at one time. 

Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I like poignant endings. Whether my endings manage to convey this, I do not know. But I like to think they do. 

List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
CS Lewis
Eloise Jarvis McGraw 
GK Chesterton
Jane Austen
Emily Bronte
Louisa May Alcott
Kate Seredy
My Friends (especially them)....
Everything that happens in a writers life affects their writing in some way. Everything they read affects it as well. Every book I have ever read, and therefore all authors I have ever read have influenced my writing journey. Every tiny little encounter with every person has influenced me in some tiny little way. 

Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
I do, yes. I like to know what they think. And I like to have it read, because if I know someone is reading my work and waiting for more, in encourages me to work on it more. 

What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
To have someone read my work, and derive as much joy and happiness from it as I have had the privilege of getting from so many other books. To have someone affected positively by it. 

If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
If I didn't write....I wouldn't be me. Figuring out what I would want to do if I didn't write, is like trying to determine what some random person on the street does in his spare time. 

Do you have a book you'd like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet? 
I don't really know. I haven't attempted some of them yet....but I feel like I could at any moment. I am probably not ready to attempt many of my stories. But I attack them with vigor anyway. I am never really ready until I am in the middle of it. Are you ever really ready to start writing?

Which story has your heart and won't let go?
All of them. They are like children. All growing up nice and slow. But they all have my heart. And I won't let go. But the Pendant is probably closest to my heart. My firstborn. 

"But enough about me. What do you think of me?"
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