Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beautiful People Linkup: The March 2015 Edition

It's that time again-- I'm doing the Beautiful People Linkup!  You can find March's set of questions here.  Really it's quite past time, but at least it's still March.  I apologize.  It's nearing the end of the third term at school, which means a flurry of exams and projects which I, of course, left until the last minute.  I've hardly even had time to check my email the past two weeks!

Today I'm doing Bridget, the main character of my short story for Hymn-Provised, a Google+ community I'm part of.  My story is set in the WWII English countryside.  Bridgett's father is a soldier, and she and her brothers have been shipped out of London and off to the country.
1. What is their secret desire?  To go to college in America, even though she knows her family can't afford it.

2. What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story?  She becomes friends with the hostile neighbor's girl when she gets the girl's little brother to speak for the first time.

3. What are the emotional places your characters are afraid to go to?  Bridgett doesn't like the knowledge that they haven't heard from her father in almost a year.  She doesn't want to think about what that might mean.

Brooklyn, 1947
via Pinterest
4. Is there a place/city/room where they will never go? Why?  Bridgett wants to see the world.  She wants to know everything, see everything, no matter how awful.

5. If they were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)  Bridget doesn't own much, since her family has never had much money; Dad never made much as a teacher and a freelance writer.  There isn't much for her to throw out except her small carpetbag of belongings, which she's brought with her from home.  One thing she would refuse to part with is her brothers-- she promise Mummy to take care of them.

6. What do they want (consciously and tangibly)?  She wants the war to be over.  She wants  everything to be all right on Uncle Jed's farm.  She wants her mother and brothers to live in a real home again. And could the neighbor's rooster-- for Pete's sake-- crow just a little more quietly?

7. On the other hand: what do they need (on the emotional, subconscious level)?  Someone to confide in.

8. If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?  She wants to be good at putting her thoughts into words, like Dad.

9. What is the most humiliating event of their life?   Evelyn Stuart read Bridgett's poetry out loud during school. 

10. What things do they turn to when they need a bit of hope?  Dad's poetry journal.  Eventually, she starts writing some herself.


  1. Sounds great!! I would defiantly read this story. :)
    I nominated you for an award:

    ~Lydia~ <3

  2. Ooh, poor Bridget having her poetry read out in school. Did she get teased about it?

  3. Wow, nice character; I'd love to read her story someday! I especially think it neat that she got the neighbor boy to speak! I wonder what the story is there...


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