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28 August 2014 @ 10:21 pm
Meme (Character Development!)  
Taken from awanderingbard:

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.
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The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Can I have...Howard and Dejeni?
formerly lifeinsomniac: Steve Rogersjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Howard Stark and Dejeni

What they are like when they're drunk
Howard and Dejeni's drunkenness changed over the years. In their twenties and thirties, when they got drunk they tended to become very industrious but not all that productive as they'd build things that had zero practical purpose. Often they'd wake up from a night out and be surrounded by piles of gadgets that didn't really do anything useful. When they got older Howard became more short tempered and Dejeni would bite and scratch him more often.

If they have any tattoos/scars/birthmarks
Howard has some scars on his hands from soldering accidents.

What frivolous thing makes them really happy
Making houses of cards and knocking them down. There's something really satisfying about building an elaborate one and then pushing it over. Howard and Dejeni take turns in who builds and who destroys. When Dejeni destroys, she likes to run through it.

What stupid thing makes them really annoyed
Having to sit still for long periods of time at a meeting. Howard can do it, even as he finds it really annoying. Dejeni will run away as far as she can in search of something more interesting to do.

Special skills (languages they speak, instruments they play, etc)
Other than building things, Howard is a fine dancer. Dejeni has a flair for color coordination. Sometimes when Maria is getting ready to go out, Dejeni goes into her closet and tugs on certain items as suggestions. Tomor usually pushes her to go and sort through Howard's ties instead.

Prized possession(s)
Howard has a prototype for a minibot he built as a child still in his lab. His father back in the early 30s gave him a partially melted gold piece to always remind his son about the fallout of the Great Depression. Dejeni squirreled that away and has kept it safe for years.

Medical conditions (allergies, injuries, chronic complaints, etc.)
Other than functional alcoholism later on, Howard and Dejeni are fairly healthy.

Comfort food/activity/object
In later years, Howard and Dejeni drank when stressed out or in need of winding down. Howard also has a copy of Tony's birth certificate which has his footprint on it. Sometimes when drinking isn't that much of an option, Dejeni will pull that out and they'll stare at the footprint for awhile. And they sometimes called Peggy and Takeo for late night chats before Peggy retired from SHIELD.

Edited at 2014-08-29 03:05 am (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
Sometimes when drinking isn't that much of an option, Dejeni will pull that out and they'll stare at the footprint for awhile.

Well, there's a fine example of 'aww' and 'ouch' combined. Well done.

His father back in the early 30s gave him a partially melted gold piece to always remind his son about the fallout of the Great Depression. Dejeni squirreled that away and has kept it safe for years.

Aww, I really like this. That's a great example of Howard having perhaps a more realistic idea of being rich than Tony, who has never had any idea of not being fantastically rich. Rich to the point of no longer knowing what to do with it.

I like that there seems to be quite a lot of cognitive dissonance between Howard and Dejeni. He seems to be at war with himself a lot, which I think is probably accurate.

Thanks for doing this!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Well, there's a fine example of 'aww' and 'ouch' combined. Well done.

Thank you! I mean, ultimately, Howard and Dejeni do the things they do in order to give Tony and Demira a better world.

That's a great example of Howard having perhaps a more realistic idea of being rich than Tony, who has never had any idea of not being fantastically rich.

Definitely Howard's parents were affected by the Great Depression. Not to the point of losing all their assets but enough that they wanted their son to never consider money something that was stable or would always be there. Howard and Dejeni built their fortune in the first place because they didn't ever forget.

I like that there seems to be quite a lot of cognitive dissonance between Howard and Dejeni.

In my general head canon for this daemon-verse, Howard had some mixed feelings about continuing on with Shield while others like Peggy and Colonel Phillips willingly retired to start families, enjoy life a little more, etc. The work alienated him from his family but he felt like he couldn't just let it go. Dejeni would usually express her anger about the whole situation by biting Howard at times.

Thanks for the request!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
I love how you have all these deep, clever thoughts going on, and I'm over here watching youtube videos of 14-month old children so I can write Trevelyan properly for a story that basically involves digging a hole.

Oh, and naming daemons. Because, when am I not.

We should have a sitcom. We are totally polar opposite enough to have whacky shenanigans.

Also otter. I don't know if daemons eat. I don't think they do. But still. Otter.

Edited at 2014-08-29 03:39 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
We should have a sitcom. We are totally polar opposite enough to have whacky shenanigans.

Because of the way my brain just is, I picture it as a cartoon sitcom. You at your bright desk of sunshine, flowers, and furry animals. Me at my desk with rain clouds, frowny faces, and skulls.

THAT OTTER! And yes, I thought daemons did eat. Not...maybe for necessity like their humans but they can.

Edited at 2014-08-29 03:43 am (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)

Because of the way my brain just is, I picture it as a cartoon sitcom. You at your bright desk of sunshine, flowers, and furry animals. Me at my desk with rain clouds, frowny faces, and skulls.


Every episode would be us getting a prompt and then brainstorming and presenting our ideas at the end, with my stories being 'and then they got married and had children with meaningful names' and yours being 'and there was torture and death and tears and it was all sort of okay in the end, but not really'.

Not...maybe for necessity like their humans but they can.

Now I'm imagining Hisoka on Mycroft's behalf, because he doesn't put on weight, but still feels comforted or satisfied by it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
I wonder if daemons can taste the food they're eating and feel full? I imagined that they could taste it and describe it to their humans but they don't experience hunger so there isn't any sense of satiation. Still, Hisoka could describe in detail how that chocolate cake tasted.

'and there was torture and death and tears and it was all sort of okay in the end, but not really'.

With lots of therapy it was sort of okay. Sort of. Kind of. A little...bit.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
I imagined that they could taste it and describe it to their humans but they don't experience hunger so there isn't any sense of satiation.

I was thinking that if Mycroft found food comforting or pleasurable, that Hisoka might, too, so eating would make her feel happy and he could feel her happiness and get the feelings he needs from it that way.

With lots of therapy it was sort of okay. Sort of. Kind of. A little...bit.

And the series finale would be us joining forces. "Lots of bad things happened but they went to therapy and then had babies and it was all pretty much okay in the end, but awful getting there."

Itty bitty otter.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
I know some otters have the capacity to kill large mammals but when I see photos like that, all I want to do is snuggle one to my face. Sure, it might bite my nose clean off but it'll look awfully cute doing it.

I ran across this photo which gave me a lot of joy. I'm imagining the guy on the right saying, "Hey, I think one of yours escaped."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Otters are incredibly adorable. They're just like furry little people. They keep their favourite rocks in their pouches. They hold hands while they sleep so they don't float away from each other. Otters are awesome.

Gsssh! Furry fluffy puppies! When I was about fourteen, our friend Joan had a litter of Dandie Dinmont puppies and I went almost every day to help socialize them to go out to homes and it was the best thing ever. It's amazing how much personality they all have, even from birth.

I have like five Pinterest boards devoted to animals now. I'm a little in love with this gif
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
I love that otters hold hands while they sleep. It's so awesome and adorable.

That gif is hilarious! It's a person's daemon trying to be helpful. "Wait, this way? The water needs to go...okay, got it!"

I'm really sad I've been locked out of my Pinterest account. The email that's linked to it is one where I forgot the password and I'm having a difficult time getting into just that to free up the Pinterest account.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
That gif is hilarious! It's a person's daemon trying to be helpful. "Wait, this way? The water needs to go...okay, got it!"

It looks like some AU's Steve Rogers' daemon, who isn't sure what a sprinkler is.

I'm really sad I've been locked out of my Pinterest account. The email that's linked to it is one where I forgot the password and I'm having a difficult time getting into just that to free up the Pinterest account.

Oh noes! Sometimes you can contact the host and they'll unlock it if you can answer questions about your account. I had to do that with hotmail when my account was hacked.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
I got as far as getting to my security questions but sadly I was stupid enough to set it up so the question has some sort of cryptic answer. Why did I ever think that was clever??
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. Well, I suppose you could make a new account and pin all your old pins onto duplicate boards. It won't help if you had private pins, though.

I know with photobucket I was able to tell them I no longer had access to the e-mail I signed up with. I don't know if Pinterest has a similar feature.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 29th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
I know with photobucket I was able to tell them I no longer had access to the e-mail I signed up with. I don't know if Pinterest has a similar feature.

Hmm. That's an option possibly. Thanks! I'll check that out.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 29th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
I hope it helps. I like your boards. :-)