This is the part of the blog post where I usually say, “Last night I started writing–“, but that’s not going to happen this morning, because there was no writing last night due to injury. And by “injury,” I mean while I was walking home from work I, while waiting for a crossing light to change, somehow tripped over my own feet and stumbled right into the intersection. I did a very good Shuffle Off to Buffalo imitation for about ten feet (or three meters for everyone else outside the US) before going right over and tumbling. The fortunate part involved no cars happening by at the exact moment I performed this pratfall, though one car did enter the turning lane where this happened about five second after I hit the ground.
I was very lucky indeed.
The downside to this adventure was getting both elbows scrapped up badly, getting a dime-sized hunk of skin torn out of my right thigh due to having a set of keys in my pocket, and bruising the hell out of my ribs to the point where taking a deep breath hurts a lot. My head hurts a little this morning, making me wonder if slamming down onto hard pavement has given me a slight concussion, because if their is anything the 2001 Daytona 500 taught us, it’s that you don’t have to hit the wall to cause brain damage, you just gotta come to a real sudden stop.
This means I didn’t write much at all last night while I went “Ooh” and “Ouch” every time I moved. I did make notes for a scene I’m going to rewrite, but that was about the extent of my work.
Since I like to be Chatty Cathy on the weekends, I needed something to talk about. And then it hit me about 4:30 this morning–yeah, my sleep cycle sucks–remember that time I talked about who I imagined my characters looking like when I put them together? That was for a story involving people who were at my School of Salem eleven years before–what about the characters now?
Ha! I got you covered. Lets go through what I’ve written so far and meet the folks.
The Kids and their Families.
First, we have Annie’s family, as they are the first we meet. Annie is an easy one, because the person who first created her did so for a role play, and she knew how she wanted Annie to look. Annie looks like Jodelle Ferland, better known as Bree the Soon to be Dead Undead in Twilight: Eclipse.
As for Victor and Pavlina, her mother and father, we have Stanislav Ianevski, the original Bulgarian Bon-Bon, and Eve Myles.
Now over to Wales where we meet Kerry’s family. Since I was in Cardiff I went on a real Torchwood kick, and came up with the following:
Davyn Malibey — Gareth David-Lloyd
Louise Malibey — Indira Varma
As for Kerry . . . I’ve never based his look off anyone. He’s kind of short, though no shorter than Annie. with an angular face, green eyes, red hair, lots of freckles around his nose, light complexion inherited from his Irish mother. Since he doesn’t get out much, he has little muscle tone, and his chest is pretty shallow. When we first meet him he’s wearing rectangular titanium frame glasses, but by the time he reaches his C Levels he ditches the glasses because one, he’s good with transformation magic, and two, unlike the Harry Potter universe–where transformation magic seems to be used only for changing rats into cups–if you’re good at transformation magic, you can fix your freakin’ eyes.
There are two Foundation people who come to visit Kerry. I kept with my Torchwood roots and have as Burn Gorman as Mr. Mayhew and Yasmin Bannerman as Ms. Rutherford. In fact, it’s Yasmin’s appearance in the Torchwood episode, They Keep Killing Suzie, that I pretty much used for Ms. Rutherford’s appearance in my story.
The Kids on the Train.
We have Collin and Alica. They are Jamie Bell, from the movie Billy Elliot, and Kelly Macdonald, best known as the voice of Merida from Brave, and as Ewan McGregor’s “I didn’t tell you I’m fifteen before we had sex?” girlfriend from Trainspotting.
The Plane, The Plane.
Deanna, Erwin, and Helena we’ve already met. That leaves Headmistress Mathilde Laventure and instructor Adric Lewiston. They are Audrey Tautou and Matthew Waterhouse. I mean, Adric? Come on. You know I went there.
We know Isis and Coraline. That leaves our kid’s new coven leader. Professor Holoč Semplen is David Nykl, better known as Dr. Radek Zelenka from Stargate: Atlantis.
Instructors at School.
We know Wednesday, Jessica, Ramona, and Mathias.
Madeline Palmescoff — Mary-Louise Parker.
Victoria Salomon — Vanessa Angel, who I remember as the Tok’ra Anise from Stargate: SG-1.
Harpreet Bashagwani — here I have to hang my head in shame, because I’d based her upon the picture of a woman from Hyderabad I’d found on a dating site. Sure, I could have went with a Bollyword actress, but I didn’t. So–shame, shame. I know.
What About Our Librarian?
Trevor Parkman is based upon Anthony Head because it should be obvious, no?
And What About Those Other Meddlesome Kids?
Emmalynne Neilson — There’s only been a few glimpse of her so far, but Kerry and she get a big adventure in Act Two, one that doesn’t leave Annie all that pleased. She’s modeled after Kirsten Dunst.
Lisa Glissandi — Pain in the Ass Mean Girl is modeled after Taylor Swift, only with a lot less talent due to not having a dumped boyfriend to write songs about. Give her time, though: there’s still six years to go.
Anna Laskar — Spooky German Girl was a mystery for a bit until I made the following connection–
With her more grown up psycho bitch hairdo:
And you have Tatiana Maslany in the part. Anna probably was a young Helena, full of spooky looks and constantly ampped up on sugar. Check her for severed tails before letting her into the Samhain Dance.
There you have it: pretty much all the bases covered as far as characters go. That leaves just one thing:
Yeah, I should get to that today.