Sunday, February 5, 2012

Characters on the Couch: I'm Hearing Voices Blogfest

by Chad Morris


I’m Hearing Voices

Alright. for the I'm Hearing Voices blogfest, here is an interview with one of my characters: 


“So, Abby Craggbridge. Thanks for letting me ask you a few questions.”
“Um . . . sure.” 


“What is your biggest vulnerability, and do others know this or is it a secret?
“Wow. These aren’t like get-to-know-you, girl's-camp questions, are they? Am I under some sort of evaluation? Okay . . . look . . . honestly, I know that I’m in the premiere secondary school in the world and I . . . don’t deserve to be here. I'm no genius. I didn't perform with some national symphony, or develop a new math theorem, or even star in a few drama on the prime sites. I'm just average. My most-famous-inventor-in-the-world grandpa got me in. Oh, and for the second question, I wish others never found out.

"What do people believe about you that is false?"
"I may be average in the sea of geniuses, but I think they overlook that I actually have something to offer. You don’t have to be gifted for that. You’d think geniuses would get it."

"What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?"
"Well, my best friend, who is also my only friend, would probably tell you much more than you asked. Seriously, she can talk faster than I can think. But she would probably say that I’m awkward, and a self-doubter. But hopefully that's not fatal. Of course, I'm not sure I believe what I told you for my last answer. That's probably not good."

"What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality? Why?"
"I don’t give up easily, even when what I do isn't as good as everyone else. Grandpa says I have heart, the kind of heart some geniuses only dream about."

"What do you want most? What will you do to get it? 
"I don’t want to let people my family down. I just never thought I’d have to save their lives. And I won’t ever give up until I do. "

45 comments:

  1. Great work! I would love to know more about Abby!

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    1. Thanks. Maybe one day her story will get picked up. A guy can dream.

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  2. Lol, definitely not girl's camp questions. :)

    She sounds pretty cool, but I'm a bit intimidated by her genius. ;)

    Awesome interview :)

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    1. Yeah, I've never even been to girl's camp, but I Imagine what get-to-know you questions might be like.

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  3. Great characterisation age appropriate answers that give insights into the background of the character.

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  4. She's troubled but I bet she comes through. Great character.

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  5. She's sweet and down-to-earth. I hope she gets what she wants for her family!

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    1. She stretches me, but I love how down to earth she is too. I hope she gets what she wants too,

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  6. She sounds like a character I'd want to read about. I can imagine the things she's gone through. Great voice.

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    1. Thanks Miranda. Voice is tough, but I really like Abby's.

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  7. Oh I love the idea of her being in a school for geniuses and being normal. She sounds spunky!!

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    1. Me too! Of course I can definitely relate to feeling average around geniuses. I think many of us can.

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  8. Love the name, Abby Craggbridge! You have a way with words Shelly, or are you Chad? Either way, you BOTH have great style.

    I'll stalk you from now on. :D

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    1. It's Chad. Sorry for the confusion. Shelly has more style, but I try to keep up.

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  9. Great interview! She seems to have a good mixture of insecurity along with a sense of stability, she won't let anything stop her.

    Nice to meet you and your character!

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  10. Shelly--I LOVE Abby! She has to save her family with her ordinary talents in a sea of geniuses! I'm sold :) Great job!!

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    1. Thanks. Angela. You're such a loyal reader. Sorry for the mix up. I forgot to put the whole "by Chad" until later.

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  11. What a averagely smart cookie! I like her.

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    1. I like her too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Whoot-whoot! She sounds so cool! I like her. And I like that she has "something to offer." Funny how genius' really don't get it. Book sound intriguing. Love it!

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    1. I think it's easy for geniuses, or us normal people to forget that everyone has something to offer. And "whoot" back at ya.

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  13. Sounds like your story is very interesting!

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    1. Thanks. The name "lisathewordnerd" also sounds very interesting.

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  14. the "get to know you girl's camp questions" was so frickin funny!
    And now i really want to know more about this story. Call me intrigued

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    1. Mission accomplished. Too bad I messed up the punctuation. I guess that proofreading stuff is important.

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  15. Popped in from the blog hop. I love the interview style you have done. I can't wait to see the intelligence unfold!

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  16. For being an average genius, I'd say she sounds pretty darn smart. I like her already and hope she saves her family!

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    1. Yeah, I think she's a little too hard on herself.

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  17. Aww she sounds like a cuty. I like her. It can be tough being surrounded by brainy people all day! I work in educational publishing and always feel like a don't know enough, and everyone else is so smart! So I can relate. :)

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    1. I work around a bunch of curriculum writers and completely relate too.

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  18. Hi Shelley and Chad, first time visitor. Great to meet you! And Abby. And I have met many average people a lot smarter than so called geniuses.

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    1. Great to meet you too. I think it will take the long haul before we realize who was smartest.

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  19. I love her. I adore that she is aware of her weaknesses but unapologetic at the same time. Great job.

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    1. I like her too. Thanks for dropping in.

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  20. I loved that last line that she said, so fun!

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    1. Yeah, that's Abby. And I stopped by your blog this morning. Congrats on the announcement!

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  21. Aww, loved the "heart is something geniuses only dream about!"
    Great character!

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  22. I like how she presumes something is up in the first question. She's sweet. Loving this blog hop. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Great interview and fascinating character!

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