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22 January 2014 @ 07:39 pm
Meme (Resurrected)  
awanderingbard has become my Meme Goddess:

Give me the name of a character I write or have written about and I'll tell you:
-What they smell like
-How they sleep (sleeping position, schedule, etc)
-What music they enjoy
-How much time they spend getting ready every morning
-Their favourite thing to collect
-Their family (siblings, parents, extended, etc.)
-A weird/obscure fear they have
-A secret skill


Previously, I did Mycroft, Harry Dresden, Donald Morgan, Bob, The Trickster (an OC), Aziraphale, and Crowley.
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X-parrotxparrot on January 23rd, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
--Well, you haven't perhaps written him yet, but, as you need to - Cecil Palmer!

(I have answers for most of these myself, am curious what yours are! and amusingly canon has answered some already...well, I don't know if fear of Station Management is weird, but it is obscure...!)

Edited at 2014-01-23 12:48 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
The answers got Night Vale-ish because how else would they go?

Cecil Palmer

What they smell like
It depends on which shampoo bottle Cecil manages to wrestle away from the shower caddy that morning. It's a fun game. Really wakes you up.

How they sleep (sleeping position, schedule, etc).
Cecil sleeps like the dead: silently with little to no movement. There's no real schedule to his sleeping because time obviously isn't real.

What music they enjoy
The gentle song of cicadas on a summer's eve, their melody speaking of an innocence that is pure, breathtaking, and restores the belief of contentment in its truest form. This, accompanied by the periodic bursts of howling from the goldfish pond.

How much time they spend getting ready every morning
Again with the time. It's not real, people. Having said that, the man does need a moment to brush his teeth.

Their favourite thing to collect
Lessons. Because life is never more fulfilling than when one can gather together lessons to re-examine, re-evaluate, re-integrate, and release. Also, cat videos.

Their family (siblings, parents, extended, etc.)
Since as long as Cecil can remember, the citizens of Night Vale have been Cecil's family. Even Steve Carlsburg as much as Cecil loathes to admit it. Get it together, Steve!

And from when Cecil can't remember:
Rebecca Palmer (mother - deceased)
Spencer Palmer (brother - location: not Night Vale)
A father (unknown)

A weird/obscure fear they have
Butterflies. Ever notice how they sit around, bending their wings, staring at you? What's up with that? They go from flower to flower. Why? What's happening there? What is their ultimate plan? Carlos has explained that butterflies go to various flowers for nourishment and helps out in flowers being able to cross pollinate. But Carlos also admits that he's not an entomologist, he doesn't study insects. He studies science. So Cecil is hugely skeptical of his explanation. There's something going on with the butterflies.

A secret skill
Cecil has perfect pitch. That's not really a big secret skill. His real secret skill Carlos has asked him to please, please, PLEASE not talk about in public.
X-parrotxparrot on January 23rd, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Heee, Night Vale indeed! Howling goldfish and collecting lessons (and cat videos), oh Cecil. And Carlos isn't an entomologist of course. (I have a friend who's deeply creeped out by butterflies as well!) And Cecil's secret skill, haw...

(Are Cecil's family's names from any inspiration in particular or just your thoughts?)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 24th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
Are Cecil's family's names from any inspiration in particular or just your thoughts?

Cecil's brother's name came sort of out of nowhere. But Cecil's mother's name was vaguely inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
I shall be boring and say Q.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
Q of the Skyfall/Sherlock-verse

What they smell like
Soap and laundry detergent, mostly.

How they sleep (sleeping position, schedule, etc)
Whenever his job allows. Which is usually on a cot in his office for about two hours on a good night.

What music they enjoy
For programming, the music of Gary Numan. For everything else, silence. The world is noisy enough as it is.

How much time they spend getting ready every morning
Exactly 20 minutes every day. He beats Mycroft by 2 minutes.

Their favourite thing to collect
Viruses. He enjoys retooling them to relax.

Their family (siblings, parents, extended, etc.)

Father (deceased)
Mummy
Mycroft (eldest brother, government official, travel agent's worst nightmare)
Sherlock (older brother, consulting detective, death faker, poor at self-diagnostics)

A weird/obscure fear they have
It's not necessarily a fear but Q is wary of flying. The statistics regarding aircraft safety and airline crew knowledge of how to proceed during an emergency is rather alarming.

A secret skill
Painting. There's a very nice Matisse hanging in the Heritage museum in St. Petersburg that Matisse did not paint.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
Painting. There's a very nice Matisse hanging in the Heritage museum in St. Petersburg that Matisse did not paint.

Hee! I can totally see Q having the patience to paint, the way he would have the patience to sit and fiddle with a computer until it does what he wants.

I also like Q's evaluation of Sherlock.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
I can totally see Q having the patience to paint, the way he would have the patience to sit and fiddle with a computer until it does what he wants.

Given the right activity, I think all three Holmes brothers would have the patience to be precise and to get something right. Mycroft in my headcanon can garden, Q can paint, and Sherlock can play the violin. But the wrong activity and they'll probably start shooting things or giving orders for missiles to be launched.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I like to think it's the Vernet artistic bent showing itself underneath all the cold logic. A little romance in the soul. A very little romance.

But the wrong activity and they'll probably start shooting things or giving orders for missiles to be launched.

Mycroft: And that is why we don't play Jenga anymore.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
A little romance in the soul.

Sherlock: *GLARES*

A very little romance.

Sherlock: Good. *returns to microscope*

Mycroft: And that is why we don't play Jenga anymore.

Mycroft rigged Monopoly, Q rigged Battleship, Sherlock rigged Operation. John had to take away Trivial Pursuit.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)

Sherlock: Good. *returns to microscope*

*pinches his cheeks*


John had to take away Trivial Pursuit.

Oh man, fic idea right there...
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Game night at Baker Street is probably pretty intense. I can picture John initially participating but then dropping out after one game.

And then watched the carnage during Trivial Pursuit. Q would be fact checking, Mycroft would be asking if they card wants the publicly known answer or the real answer while Sherlock just rips up the cards.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
And then watched the carnage during Trivial Pursuit. Q would be fact checking, Mycroft would be asking if they card wants the publicly known answer or the real answer while Sherlock just rips up the cards.

Oh God, yes! I can just see Sherlock ripping them up and throwing them in the air and declaring that now there is no known answer while Q pointedly holds up his tablet with a small slideshow he's prepared while Mycroft and Sherlock have been arguing.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Poor Mrs. Hudson. She probably winces every time Sherlock announces his brothers are coming over for a game of Pictionary.

Mrs. Hudson: Sherlock, the walls won't be able to take it.

Sherlock: The word was 'migrate.' I needed the space for accuracy!

Q: But I guessed 'migrate' after the first wall-

Sherlock: Accuracy!!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
Q: But I guessed 'migrate' after the first wall-

Sherlock: Accuracy!!


Hahaha! Yeah, this needs to be a fic. Just a series of vignettes of various boardgames, all banned one by one.

John: Why do you keep having game nights?
Sherlock: We're bonding.
John: You all end up not speaking at the end of it.
Sherlock: Yes, it's perfect.


I was actually toying around with what Molly and Alec's dinner party mentioned in my last Abby fic would be like. I couldn't find a plot for it, but I did have this idea of Sherlock somehow being invited and trying to play Pictionary with all these people, and John and Molly being very good at guessing his drawings while everyone else looked puzzled.

Edited at 2014-01-23 04:03 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 04:20 am (UTC)
John and Molly being very good at guessing his drawings while everyone else looked puzzled.

Yes! He'd probably draw some crime that would get them to associate to the word.

John: A man...is..he vomited...and died...poisoned...

Molly: Oh! Midget! Word is midget!

Everyone else: ????

Hahaha! Yeah, this needs to be a fic. Just a series of vignettes of various boardgames, all banned one by one.

Trivial Pursuit

Q: How long was Yuri Gagarin in space on his famous mission?

Mycroft: The time published or the actual time?

Sherlock: Here we go. Just answer the question.

Mycroft: He wasn't even the first person in space, you know.

Q: I'm sure the government will be pleased to know you gave away classified information to win a board game.

**

Boggle

Mycroft: I thought we should add in Cyrillic alphabet for a change of pace.

Q: I vote Kanji.

Sherlock: We agreed Latin only!

Mycroft: Do I detect someone has let his Japanese slip?

**

Pictionary

Sherlock: What? What is that? I have no idea what that is.

Q: *aggressively stabbing the wall with his pen* It's clearly a girl following a rabbit with a pocket watch. Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock! You read this- oh, you deleted it, didn't you?

Mycroft: *checks phone* Oh, dear. War has broken out in Korea. Must dash.

Q: Sit down. There is no war, I haven't sent out that memo yet.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
John: A man...is..he vomited...and died...poisoned...

Molly: Oh! Midget! Word is midget!


Hahaha!

Alec: It took us nearly the full minute to get 'hat', and you get that in ten seconds?
Molly: *quietly* It was very clear.

Pictionary

Sherlock: What? What is that? I have no idea what that is.

Q: *aggressively stabbing the wall with his pen* It's clearly a girl following a rabbit with a pocket watch. Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock! You read this- oh, you deleted it, didn't you?

Mycroft: *checks phone* Oh, dear. War has broken out in Korea. Must dash.

Q: Sit down. There is no war, I haven't sent out that memo yet.


Life

Sherlock: You cannot possibly have another child, you will never be able to support them on your income, you didn't even go to university. Why aren't you using prophylactics? You are an irresponsible parent.
Q: You're just sore because you had to pay for the life saving operation after you bought that sailboat.
Sherlock: I could not have afforded a sailboat while working as a hair stylist. Clearly I have some sort of shady income coming in from elsewhere.
Mycroft: As the police officer, I am will to let that pass for additional income.


**

Cluedo

*eerily quiet, John arrives, expecting dead bodies. Q and Mycroft argue genteelly while Sherlock reads a book*

John: ???
Sherlock: I am refusing to play on principle.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
Is it weird I want a version of this comments fic starring the actors!animal tea party characters? I want Otter!batch, Meerkat!Hiddleston, and Faun!Whishaw to do charades.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
Aww! I can picture meerkat!Hiddleston enthusiastically calling out as many words as possible while faun!Whishaw watches in quiet appreciation before offering a single--correct--answer.

They should play that version that John Finnemore's family play at Christmas, where you have to act out the whole plot of a movie, instead of just the words in the title.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
They should play that version that John Finnemore's family play at Christmas, where you have to act out the whole plot of a movie, instead of just the words in the title.

They'd be so good at that. And totally get caught up in either doing the performance or watching the performance to shout out guesses until the very end.

Faun!Whishaw: It seemed impolite to shout out the answer during the performance.

Otter!Batch: Truly awe-inspiring performance of Godfather. I didn't even think it could be done as a one person show. I teared up when you did the bit where James Caan gets shot in his car.

Hiddleston!Meerkat: That was my favorite bit to do! Tomatoes under the shirt for blood! It's great fun!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
Faun!Whishaw: And to do all three parts, as well, very ambitious.
Hiddleston!Meerkat: Well, I thought of ending at the first film, but it didn't seem complete somehow.

For some reason I picturing them getting more and more drunk as the evening goes on, sort of like John and Sherlock's Stag-Do shenanigans.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
For some reason I picturing them getting more and more drunk as the evening goes on, sort of like John and Sherlock's Stag-Do shenanigans.

Yes! I picture Hiddleston!Meerkat getting more hyper, Otter!Batch getting more loquacious and Faun!Whishaw saying some mildly profound and then falling asleep face first into a cushion.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
Yes, Otter!Batch definitely just starts doing really long monologues about Things, while meerkat!Hiddleston nods along with great interest, and faun!Whishaw curls up in a little ball and has a nap.

And at some point meerket!Hiddleston and otter!Batch get their dancing on.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
And at some point meerket!Hiddleston and otter!Batch get their dancing on.

While quoting Shakespeare back and forth.

And eventually Faun!Whishaw would wake up and have another drink because he's secretly BAMF like that.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:17 am (UTC)
Hee! This is now making me go back to their characters and making me want to write drunk!Q. Possibly with a brother trying to look after him.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
After witnessing drunk!Sherlock on the show, I want drunk!Q and drunk!Mycroft. Well, we actually sort of got stoned!Mycroft in your story where he was on painkillers.

I have this image of Q writing some insane program while drunk, waking up the next day and staring at his screen and wondering what the hell he was thinking.

Sherlock: You didn't hack into NASA again, did you?

Q: No, but clearly I tried. I put a lock on my computer that I would have to solve seven equations before unlocking.

Sherlock: *glances at screen* You solved the calculus problem but failed at algebra?

Q: It's the scotch. It does strange things to me.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
Hee! I do love how very scary your Holmes brothers are. I feel like we're all just lucky they haven't ended the world yet.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
Yeeesss...mine tend to be more genuinely sociopathic. Not that Disney-version Sherlock actually is.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
I still think mine are more a product of an upbringing where anything was possible, and never really understood that it wasn't. Especially Sherlock, who never got adjusted to the idea that adventures were not an everyday thing, and that people might not want to go on them with him once they were grown-up. Until John came along, at least.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2014 05:49 am (UTC)
I think I decided mine all understand they can do awful things and probably get away with it but their parents raised them with love and morals where they feel it's their responsibility to do Good Things with their gifts.

Even if Sherlock also loves showing off how much more awesome he is than most people. While he's helping them, of course.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 23rd, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
I am super glad that they went for a loving family for Mycroft and Sherlock on the show, because I've always thought that Sherlock was a product of being loved a little too much than not enough, and that the reason he's not actually pure evil is because someone taught him morals, and he has someone he doesn't want to disappoint. I feel like abusive parents are almost a trope, especially in fanfic, and I was so pleased they didn't go that route.

As usual, a lovely epic comment fest! Lots of good ideas thrown around. I'm off to bed. Goodnight!