The Six Question Character Challenge: A Glimpse into “Where The Woods Grow Wild”

The splendid writer and blogger S. M. Metzler tagged me to participate in this illustrious phenomena. The goal of the tag is to answer a series of prompts or questions from the perspective your w.i.p.’s characters. Be sure to read my tagger’s post over at Tea with Tumnus!

I’ll be introducing some characters from my work-in-editing-progress Where The Woods Grow Wild, a fantasy-adventure novel coming later this year.

The six questions/prompts to answer are as follows:

  1. A contradiction within the character (the good kind that indicates depth)
  2. The character’s Myers-Briggs type
  3. Favorite color
  4. How would they slay a dragon? (Hypothetically, since not all stories have dragons)
  5. What is their darkest secret?
  6. Where do they see themselves in ten years?

It seems past participants have included photo references for their characters. I will not be doing so, simply because I prefer to keep those to myself. I’m just selfish like that. Also, if the answer to a question includes a spoiler, I’ll skip it for obvious reasons. I don’t know if that’ll be the case or not.

Enough about me. Let’s talk about these wonderful people who are my characters.

Note: There are a bunch of super-fun characters I could have chosen from, but I decided to stick to three for brevity’s sake. You’ll have to meet the rest some other time. 

Character 1: Elodie Tuck (co-protagonist)

The contradiction: Elodie is fun-loving and mischievous. She’s not afraid to risk a bit of trouble for the sake of a good laugh. At the same time, she’ll often be the first to take level-headed action when things get serious.

Myers-Briggs type: ENTP

Favorite color: Yellow, without a doubt.

How would she slay a dragon? Elodie isn’t the best with weapons, so she’d probably hit it with a big stick while it slept. It’s a small dragon, okay?

What is her darkest secret? She’s afraid of the dark. Fairly trivial, but she’ll never admit it all the same.

Where does she see herself in ten years? Probably hiding in the apple orchard to skip work.

Character 2: Martin Colter (co-protagonist)

The contradiction: Martin trusts his own abilities and willpower to overcome any obstacle, but the fact that he’s missing a hand sometimes renders him frustratingly useless, and he easily gets discouraged when that happens.

Myers-Briggs type: ESTJ

Favorite color: Blue

How would he slay a dragon? Well, Martin only has one hand, and he’s never used a melee weapon in his life (unless a dull wood-chopping axe counts), so if he ever encounters a dragon…let’s hope he’s smart enough to run.

What is his darkest secret? He can’t stand to see others get hurt because of him, especially when it’s because of his handicap, because the perceived guilt is hard to shake off.

Where does he see himself in ten years? Married to Elodie, of course We’ll take things one step at a time.

Character 3: Podgin

The contradiction: Podgin prefers a life of solitary food-hoarding over interacting with other people, yet deep down he hides a particular fondness for a few of the other characters.

Myers-Briggs type: ISFP

Favorite color: mushroomy brown.

How would he slay a dragon? He wouldn’t, because in the event of a dragon appearance he’d be hiding in his oven.

What is his darkest secret? He knows far more about some of the other characters than anyone suspects. Certain people confide a great deal in him and trust him to keep his mouth shut, which he loyally does.

Where does he see himself in ten years? Comfortably in his hole-in-the-ground home with no one but his beard and a dish of truffles for company.

There you have it! The Six Question Character Challenge. I must say, that was loads of fun, and it helped me get a fresh look at my characters.

I would tag specific people, but I’m not sure who has or hasn’t been tagged already, and I feel like I always end up tagging the same bloggers. So here’s what I’ll do: if this blog tag looks fun to you, consider yourself tagged by me. Fair enough?

I look forward to sharing more information about the characters, plot, and story world of Where The Woods Grow Wild. In the meantime, there’s still work to be done!

Infinity Dreams Award #writerslife

Thank you to the fantastic Eve Messenger for nominating me for this  Infinity of Dreams Award. You should absolutely go check out her writerly blog, Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors.


1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them

Eleven Facts About Me

  1. I’m terrified of big spiders and the ocean.
  2. I was born in New England, went to college in Wisconsin, but have lived in Spain most of my life.
  3. I don’t like dogs. At all.
  4. Even after I started writing novels, I wanted to be a film director. That fizzled out the year I left for college, and I graduated with my B.A. English.
  5. I’m very introverted and very pessimistic.
  6. I won my first short story contest when I was 12 years old. Mine was the only entry.
  7. Black is my favorite color.
  8. I’m a HUGE Legend of Zelda geek. Therefore, my ideal pet would be a Kikwi.
  9. I used to be into track and field, and have several medals and trophies from competitive running.
  10. Slytherin and proud.
  11. I have a moderate form of misophonia (in which negative emotions like anger, fright, hatred, disgust are triggered by specific sounds).

Questions from Eve

  1. If you had two weeks and unlimited funds, what would be your dream vacation? A trip to Iceland (I’d say New Zealand, but the long flight isn’t quite worth it for me).
  2. What was one of your favorite books as a child? The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander. They still are.
  3. What was one of your favorite recent reads? Recent reads? Stardust, by Neil Gaiman.
  4. What is your dream/life’s ambition? To work from home, write books, and live a simple, quiet life.
  5. What three things would indicate you’ve achieved your dream? Uhm…a solid home office, published books, and a simple, quiet life…right?
  6. What is your favorite board/card/casino game? Scrabble or Boggle, probably.
  7. Would you prefer camping in nature or staying at fine hotel in the city? Camping in nature.
  8. If you could write like any author, who would it be and why? Like myself. I don’t want to be a replica.
  9. If you could visit any historical time period, which would you choose and why? I’ll stay put, thanks. Time travel stresses me out.
  10. Romance or adventure? There’s a difference?
  11. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Dulce de Leche for days!

I nominate…

Stephanie Gregory (blackdragon80)

Michael Gunter (michaelguntertales)

Hannah Heath (hannahheathwriter)

C.E.L. Stefani (celstefani)

Rachel Lester (waterandpen)

Elizabeth Carlton (elliwrites)

Millie Schmidt (millieschmidt)

DMG Byrnes (dmgbyrnes)

Lucy and the Duke of Wellington (blondewritemore)

Gary Dean Holdaway (writing201February2015) [you, sir, make your page hard to find!]

Autumn (browneyedgirldotcom)

My questions for you guys!

  1. What was the first story/poem you remember writing?
  2. Favorite fictional character?
  3. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  4. What’s your best time of day for writing?
  5. If you could live in one other country, which would you choose?
  6. What fictional pet would you choose? Anything goes.
  7. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
  8. What famous person (any place/time) would you choose to meet?
  9. If could hang out with a fictional character for a day, who would you pick?
  10. Favorite season (the weather kind)?
  11. What movie would you like to have starred in if you could?

If you choose to accept, have fun!