As I looked over the questions, a new-ish character came to mind. I have an inkling of an idea involving a girl and an airplane. I've always been enthralled by the era of airplanes, aviators and aviatrixes, Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Charles Lindbergh... all of it's just so intriguing. I've always wanted to write about something related. So meet Avis, the main character of a story involving zeppelins, airplanes, and a strong brother-sister bond.
Avis has been dreaming of piloting an airplane her whole life, but airplanes are considered dangerous and only men are allowed in the cockpit. Her brother, Jules, is a pilot and has taught her all about how airplanes work, fueling Avis' dream. So when her brother's airplane goes missing, Avis is determined to find him... even if it means stealing an airplane and taking to the skies by herself.It's sort of steampunk-y, sort of altered history, and I think it would make a great story and possibly a gorgeous graphic novel.
The Questions1. What’s their favorite place they’ve ever visited?
Before they died, Avis' parents took her and Jules to the Grand Canyon one summer. It was the most glorious land she's ever seen, and she couldn't help but daydream about flying above the rocky cliffs and the thundering waters.
2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?
She knows better than to sit and wallow in self-pity about her life. She's had a tough life, and her dreams seem far-fetched and out of reach, but she doesn't let that hold her back. She's learned that complaining only gets her a punishment and being sad only makes life unbearable. Instead, she holds her chin up and moves past the pain to focus on what she wants out of life.
3. What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?
Her favorite thing to learn about is obviously airplanes, but often school won't talk about it because of how dangerous airplanes are thought to be. Instead, she soaks up history and math, using it to further her own research about airplanes.
4. What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?
If you ask her, she'll tell you the vines that grow along the dorm building of Miss Emma's School for Girls are her favorite because she can easily use them to climb in and out of her dorm room at night. Sentimentally though, she's always loved peonies because they remind her of her grandfather.
5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
Tons of times. She liked to beat up the annoying boys at school and make them cry when she was younger. She'd get in trouble and receive a few raps on the hand with a ruler, but she always thought her punishment was mild compared to what she did to them.
6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
I think she's reliable. She's truthful and honest, and she doesn't hesitate to speak her mind.
7. What do they dream about at night?
If it's a good dream, she's flying weightless--no airplane, no parachute, just weightless drifting through open skies. If it's a bad dream, she's plummeting from the sky.
8. They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?
The biggest, juiciest steak she can find. And potatoes. She loves potatoes. But she doesn't go out often; only when her brother steals her away from the School for the evening after his shift at the hangar.
She has a good memory with a knack for remembering random details about things. She's an artist and poet and idles away her hours daydreaming of flying, drawing sketches of it, and writing snippets along her page. She also can climb in and out her dorm room in a matter of moments without making a sound.
10. What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?
Fly an airplane solo.
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All images were found on Pinterest.
All images were found on Pinterest.