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25 August 2014 @ 10:39 pm
Meme 2.0  
I thought I'd do a variation on that meme I like, to get some different questions going. Character development!

Give me the name of a character I write or have written and I'll tell you:
- What they are like when they're drunk
- If they have any tattoos/scars/birthmarks
- What frivolous thing makes them really happy
- What stupid thing makes them really annoyed
- Special skills (languages they speak, instruments they play, etc)
- Prized possession(s)
- Medical conditions (allergies, injuries, chronic complaints, etc.)
- Comfort food/activity/object


OCS and AUs welcome, as always. Feel free to ask for a couple of characters.

Putting this here to make it easier to respond from my iPad if necessary:

 
 
 
shadowfireflameshadowfireflame on August 26th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
OMG, can you do all the Trio brothers please???
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 26th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Of course!

Mycroft Holmes

What they are like when they're drunk: It's hard to know, as Mycroft very rarely gets drunk--he dislikes giving up that much control--and when he does, it is always privately. Judging by how he is when he's drugged or on medication, his reaction to being squiffy is to attempt to regain control by ordering everyone around and coming up with surprisingly sound schemes to manipulate the government.
Tattoos/scars/birthmarks: Mycroft has a small scar just under his left wrist from breaking his arm as a very small child (he fell off a ladder in the library at home). He also has a scar right of his sternum from where the camera was placed for the surgery to fix his heart defect, and a splenectomy scar.
Frivolous thing that makes them really happy: Mycroft likes watching the waves at the beach house. He finds them very soothing. If he's at home, he sometimes puts on a wave machine.
Stupid thing that makes them really annoyed: Not having a pen when he needs one. His assistant has learned to carry several on her person at all times.
Special skills: Fluent in French (probably has the worst accent, but the best grammar of the three brothers), fluent in Serbian (recently picked up), quite a skilled artist if he puts his mind to it, not a bad fencer.
Prized possession(s): His pocket watch, and his Father's family ring (it has the birthstones of all three sons hidden on the inside, and is plain gold on the outside, which makes it discreet). Also his umbrella, for practical reasons and not sentimental ones. It may or may not have a sword in it.
Medical conditions: High blood pressure, aforementioned heart defect, now fixed, smokes, and has a tendency to fluctuate in weight if he's not minding himself strictly.
Comfort food/activity/object: Mycroft likes to organize things when he needs comfort, like putting books in alphabetical order or drawing straight lines on a piece of paper. The more upset he gets, the more OCD he gets.

Edited at 2014-08-26 05:39 pm (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 26th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
Sherlock Holmes

What they are like when they're drunk: Giggly, even more superior with even less of a filter, but also, on the other hand, tends to say nicer things because of the lack of filter.
Tattoos/scars/birthmarks: A scar from being shot at Magnussen's office, a scar on his collarbone from falling out of a tree and breaking it as a child, a mottling of his skin near his hairline from a chemical accident, a scar along his upper lip (it basically looks like permanent lip liner) from a bad sunburn, a few scars from his cocaine days, a splenectomy scar. He has quite a sprinkling of freckles over his face, but he doesn't see enough sun for them to show up. Also has piercings in his eyebrow from a disguise for a case. They've closed, but he can open them again quite easily if he needs them.
Frivolous thing that makes them really happy: Not wearing socks. Taking socks off when he doesn't have to wear them anymore. Sherlock doesn't like socks.
Stupid thing that makes them really annoyed: People who say 'good' when they should say 'well'. Misuse of semi-colons. Unnecessary quotation marks. The vast majority of humankind.
Special skills: Sherlock is basically a mass of special skills in the form of a human being. A short list includes:
- Fluent in French (has the best grasp of the vernacular of the three brothers)
- Fluent in German and Japanese
- Passable in four other languages
- plays the violin
- writes music
- excellent mimic of voices and accents
- knows a half dozen dance styles
- can fence and box and knows judo
Prized possession(s): his violin and microscope, his bottle cap collection from his father. Sherlock is one of those people who declares everything to be his 'favourite' thing, especially if someone is trying to get rid of it.
Medical conditions: Smokes, has a cocaine addiction, otherwise a very healthy man, which both brothers find annoying because he has a bloody cocaine addiction and he's still healthier than the two of them.
Comfort food/activity/object: Science! Sherlock finds doing science experiments very comforting.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 26th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Q

What they are like when they're drunk: Very off-balance (he basically can't stand up straight), and prone to making up new words. He rarely gets into trouble, though. He most just plays the piano. Even if it isn't his piano.
Tattoos/scars/birthmarks: Very faint scar from breaking his leg on the rocks at the beach house as a child, an appendectomy scar on the right and a splenectomy scar on the left, angled toward each other, with two small scars above and below his navel where the cameras were placed for each surgery.
Frivolous thing that makes them really happy: Learning new words, and then managing to put them accurately into a sentence appropriate for a situation.
Stupid thing that makes them really annoyed: People who smile on the Tube. Who smiles on the Tube?
Special skills: Fluent in French (the most effortless of all the brothers), fluent in a variety of Slavonic languages, an amazing hacker and programmer, plays piano at a concert level
Prized possession(s): Q doesn't keep much in the way of possessions, most of his life is digital. But he is very fond of his cuff link collection. He also still has the last code Father sent him. He's never had the heart to solve it.
Medical conditions Severe migraines, strabismis and amblyopia, a tendency to lose not-vital organs.
Comfort food/activity/object: Q plays piano when he needs to calm down. He also drinks tea. There is nothing more comforting than drinking tea.

Edited at 2014-08-26 05:03 pm (UTC)
shadowfireflameshadowfireflame on August 27th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Yay, you did all three! Thank you thank you! No spleens for anybody!

Mycroft’s is particularly perfect—his OCD, how he finds waves soothing (aww), how he can be a good artist when he tries, his umbrella (awesome!!!).

I love how Sherlock tends to be a bit nicer when drunk due to his lack of filter. He’s such a secret sweetheart. <3 Also: eyebrow piercings!!!!!! Brilliant!

Sherlock is basically a mass of special skills in the form of a human being.

Perfection. Poor Mycroft and Q, being jealous of Sherlock’s health (despite his addiction!!). I wonder if he doesn’t like socks because he finds them too restrictive?

Also, great point about Q being even more off-balance when drunk. I liked to read about the terms for his medical conditions. Poor Q!

This was so much fun to read. Thank you! :)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 27th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
No spleens for anybody!

Spleens are for normal people. Holmeses don't need no spleens.

I wonder if he doesn’t like socks because he finds them too restrictive?

That's certainly why I don't like them. I am barefoot as much as possible.

I liked to read about the terms for his medical conditions. Poor Q!

I gave Q my eye issues, and I have to confess that, after I was done the patching as a kid, I haven't had that awful a time. I was even able to stop wearing glasses in my teens, though my vision is awful now without my glasses. And I have no depth perception, so I run into things a lot. I like to think the minions quietly move things out of the way in Q-branch when they see him coming. :-D

Thanks for playing! You always give me great opportunities for rambling.
formerly lifeinsomniac: DresdenGuardianjoonscribble on August 27th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm gonna go old school and ask for Harry Dresden.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 27th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Apparently I still have an inner Harry. This was easy to do.

Harry Dresden

What they are like when they're drunk: Harry is a super happy, lovey drunk. He loves everyone in this bar! He always tries to hug Bob, which on two occasions has resulted in injury to himself. He's rather adorable, to be honest.
Tattoos/scars/birthmarks: Harry's a mess of scars from various battles over the years. He also has a birthmark on his shoulder that looks a little like a donkey, if you squint. He likes that one a lot.
Frivolous thing that makes them really happy: That really satisfying *fwump* noise a jar makes when you break the vacuum seal.
Stupid thing that makes them really annoyed: Triple A batteries. You always have every battery size but that one, which is the one you always need.
Special skills: Not a lot, aside from the wizard thing. He basically survives on mediocrity and luck. He's not bad at yoga? And his spaghetti sauce is pretty tasty. Oh, and he's super good at not dying.
Prized possession(s): His shield bracelet, his pentacle necklace, and Bob's skull. Not Bob, who is a person and not a possession. Just his skull, because Bob needs that to be Bob, and Bob is pretty prized by Harry.
Medical conditions Despite his lifestyle, Harry's a very healthy guy. He has the whole wizard longevity thing going for him, which means he ages slowly and heals better than the average person.
Comfort food/activity/object: Harry drinks hot chocolate when he's feeling sad, and makes complicated potions. Not just because it takes his mind off things, but because Bob usually hangs around to monitor him, which means Harry tends to end up telling him his problems over the course of the activity, which he might not do if he were just brooding alone.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 27th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
He always tries to hug Bob, which on two occasions has resulted in injury to himself.

The morning after was probably less fun. I'm sure Bob gave him the judge-y face the second go around.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 27th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Harry: Why am I on the floor?
Bob: You once again tried to show your affection for me.
Harry: What did I hit?
Bob: The shelf. I did warn you.
Harry: Don't look at me like that.
Bob: In future, I suggest locking the lab and putting the key in a place your drunken self can't find. We would both be far happier.