January 11, 2021 – Day 11

Choices v. Personality

Thinking back on the inspirational bracelets I realized that the choice in bracelets tells more about the person than just the words

Walk by Faith and not by sight. – Religious/Spiritual

Alis Volat Propriis (she flies with her own wings) – Obscure Language, the motto for Oregon

Live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday – food / humor

Today’s Prompt: Describe a Character by their word choice

Author: mtdecker

Just your average writer- which is to say, I have a full-time job developing and testing software.

One thought on “January 11, 2021 – Day 11”

  1. How to describe a character I created for a story – that has become one of the most important coping mechanisms I have had during the pandemic. I have circled back to Gavin O’hara twice in this process, and I expect I will do so again.

    He was built as a world-weary sniper in a future universe – just looking to set on the right side of the law – a bit Doc Holiday, a bit Midnight, and a lot of pieces of myself and other heroes of mine.

    Yet this amalgamation has become the center of sprawling story and mythos that has grown up around him.

    So his word choices – death and family.

    When you tell Gavin’s story – you cannot avoid death. Death follows in his wake – so much so that some of the characters in the story call him the Angel of Death.

    But the deaths are never wanton…they never for profit…or for personal advantage…every fight, every battle grows out his other world…Family.

    The thing about Gavin is…he has a very broad definition of Family. It is everyone he cares about, everyone entrusted to him, to his protection…and desire being a sniper, warrior and ferocious fighter – his first instinct is to protect, defend, help and redeem – and his family has taken this nature to their hearts as well.

    As my co-author had one of our characters say about him/them, “but you and your friends have done what you always do – you’ve tried to heal– to understand. It is both endearing and infuriating at times.”


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