Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guess That Character!

Guess That Character Blogfest is Jen's fabulous idea, and it all began with this question:

What if what I imagine my character to look like is someone different then what you as readers would choose?

Below I've included a snippet from one of my stories. Based on your first reaction of this character through her actions and dialogue only, leave a comment on your impression of her and what you believe she looks like. Tomorrow I will post what she really looks like and we'll see who came the closest!!

A Snippet of Kristy...
I jump off my bed and throw the door open, looking into my Mom’s panic stricken face. She sees me and gasps, taking a step backwards. She hollers for my father, not taking her eyes off me for a second.

“Jonathan? Jonathan! Come quick!”

Whatever happened to comforting your kid and assuring them everything is all right, even if it isn’t? Did I lose that privilege yesterday when I turned thirteen?

“What is it, Mom?” My voice quivers as I ask. I feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest, suffocating me. I take short, quick breaths. What is happening to me?

I see my dad running up the stairs, his coffee mug in hand and a pen clenched between his teeth. He’s still in his robe and his hair is completely disheveled. He must’ve pulled an all nighter again.

“What’s going—?” He takes a deep breath and looks at me with wide eyes.

“This, this is spectacular!” His face lights up as he walks around me, looking me over from head to foot, before settling on my face again.

“Anything else happen to you?” He asks me. “Besides...this?”

“Anything else?” I feel the heat rising to my face. “Are you serious? Isn’t this enough for you?”

“Absolutely incredible,” he whispers, more to himself than me.

I look to my mom, hoping for an explanation. She has yet to blink, her mouth agape, and her right hand is clutching her throat.

I see Macie’s head popping up behind my parents as she tries to stand on her toes to peek over.

“Well?” I say, throwing my hands in the air. “Are you gonna stop gawking at me like I’m some circus freak and tell me what’s going on?”

My fear is turning to anger. WHY won’t they tell me anything? I have a right to know.

Complete silence. Then I hear my sister giggle.

“This is so not funny, you little twirp!”

“Hey--,” she yells, but my parents don’t seem to even notice.

My mom’s hand shakes and she drops it to her side. “Lets go down to breakfast and talk about it,” she says.

“In fact, lets skip school today,” Dad chimes in.

“Yay! No school!” my sister jumps up. “I guess it’s good have a sister who’s a freak after all.”

“Shut up!” I yell. Eight-year-old sisters are such a pain.

My dad turns to Macie. “You do have to go to school.”

“What?” she whines. “But that’s not fair! If I look like her, can I stay home too?”

End of Snippet

So give me your best guess and remember, the big reveal is tomorrow!

Check out the other participants HERE and take a guess at their characters too!!


Amie B said...

please tell me she's not a skeleton. LOL, LOL.

Jen said...

LOLOLOLOL I'm still laughing at this awesome snippet!! Kristy sounds awesome!!!

My Guess: Some little twirp cut Kristy's hair and possibly died it a different color. 8 year olds can do some pretty crazy stuff some I'm going out on a limb here. I think she has black hair, she's short but has skinny arms and legs. Bright blue eyes and perfect white teeth (because she's young and hasn't gotten into all the candy... YET)

Yay for blog fest! Thanks for joining in! This is so much fun!

Crystal Cook said...

THis is FANTASTIC! Really great job, now I'm all curious about what she looks like.

I guess she looks like an average, cute American girl. We'll say blonde hair and blue eyes, just to go with stereotypes :) But I'm thinking that overnight her nose grew to twice it's normal size!! jk, I have no idea. But I'm sooo curious!

Casey said...

I think she has long brown hair, either green or brown eyes that always seem surprised (yeah, check out my inferring skizziles, right? xD) and medium-toned skin.

Clara said...

That was so amazing!!! Im so curious, what is on her face!!!??

I picture her short, short dark hair, dark eyes, sarcastic look.

aspiring_x said...

ooh! ooh! ooh! curiousity is PIQUED!!!! I'm guessing she normally looks like a thirteen year-old jennifer stone- but she sprouted wings overnight!
excited to see how this one turns out!

Diane J. said...

Hmmm, for some reason I'm not thinking Kristy is normal. Almost like her family forgot to tell her that there was some mermaid blood in the family, LOL. She's transforming from regular girl to fish. So her previously brown hair is now blond and she's grown a few curves and her legs are kind of scaly.

Candyland said...

I suck at this stuff! I think she might be transparent!

Lenny said...

hi miss rose! this was fun to read. i think kristy is changing into some strange fairy or cute animal that happens when you get to 13. its like that disney story when the kid starts turning into a merman on his 13th birthday. her parents arent upset and are happy so its part of whats supposed to happen. for how she looks i think she got red hair and green eyes.
...smiles from lenny

Mary Campbell said...

What you've hooked good - I really want to know what she looks like. I think she has turned into leprechaun type creature and she is green with flaming red hair.

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Haha! This is awesome :D

Obviously, she's a 13-year old girl. For some reason, I got the image of Teen Wolf stuck in my head, so now I'm imagining that she's sprouted fur and fangs, lol. Her mom's clearly upset, while her dad thinks it's great. Maybe it's something that runs in dad's family?

Brenda Drake said...

Wow, I loved this snippet and the voice was great. I'd say she's a 13-year-old girl, small and thin, with a halo of red curls, freckled face, and hazel eyes. I think she's growing wings or changing into some sort of animal.

Hope I'm right. :D

Francine said...


I loved it, so intriguing.

Now the guessing bit: she's been spray-painted orange, hence tightness of chest and shortened breath, and had previously indulged with green streaks in honey blond hair. She's cute,chubby faced, has a snarky attitude toward Macie, hence revenge attack of orange fever.

I simply have no idea!

Emily White said...

I'm thinking she's either green or blue (some really odd skin color at least) with short, spiky hair, and really pretty, round eyes (the color matches the skin)

Meredith said...

Huh. Did she grow a Pinnochio nose? I see her as a curly redhead with lots of freckles and gawky limbs. She has green eyes and a heart-shaped face. Can't wait for the reveal!

Renae said...

I love this! Kristy sounds fantastic! I see her as a petite little thing with dark hair and bright blue eyes.

Can't wait for the reveal!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Well, it was entertaining but I have no idea what she looks like. I was thinking maybe she had chicken pox. That or it's some kind of supernatural change. Great snippet!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Well, *something* happened to her overnight ... but what? Dad was clearly expecting it, and he's pleased as punch, but Mom was hoping it wouldn't happen.

Okay, here's a totally weird guess. Dad is a minor demon from the 11th ring of Heck and his lineage has turned up in his daughter. She has little horns growing out of the sides of her head.

Other than that, she has messy bed hair from just climbing out of bed, and she's wearing a Disney nightshirt that says "I'm Grumpy. Were you expecting Sleeping Beauty?"

Vicki Rocho said...

I don't know how i missed this yesterday. You've got me stumped though. I'm guessing your average 13 year old girl with blonde hair, blue eyes...and she grew a beard overnight. LOL...I dunno, but I can't wait to find out!