Well dearest readers, I’ve moved to university and for the first time I have a bit of time to bog! You’d think that with four days of driving I would have had time to do lots of writing and reading and blogging and other good things like that, but I get carsick fairly easily, and so I wasn’t able to do as much of any of those things as I had wanted or planned (don’t ask me the logic of planning to read in the car when you know you’re prone to motion-sickness, it made sense to me at the time).

Anyways, all that to say, welcome to Beautiful People September Edition, a writer’s blog linkup hosted by Cait and Sky. Because I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to bother explaining what it is, you can go find out more about it at their sites. Cait has a wonderful FAQ you can peruse to your heart’s content.

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Meet Fredrick Alexander Tyne, the main character from my sleeping beauty retelling that I am maybe probably most likely not going to finish in time to submit to Rooglewood Press’s writing contest. The story is set in an alternate, steampunk-y England, and Fredrick is the son of the most powerful woman in the country – the President of the Scientific Institute.

They’re in a crisis: who would they really like to see right now?
Fredrick rarely sees his mother and because of his mother he has no truly close friends, save the cook. If he ever got into trouble (which happens to him surprisingly often) he would turn to the cook for help.
2. Are they easy to get along with?
Fredrick is a rather hyperactive kid with a strong sense of curiosity and desire for adventure, coupled with a certain disregard for rules and knack for finding trouble. So if you’re an adult, then no, he’s not and easy kid to get along with. If you’re near his age, he would happily be your friend.
3. Who was the last person they had a deep conversation with?
Again, that would be the cook.
4. They’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people: how do they feel?
Fredrick generally tries to avoid crowds. He doesn’t like the attention gets as the son of a very prominent figure, and so he feels awkward and out of place in a large crowd and tries to hide as much as possible.
5. Do they believe in luck or miracles?
Luck. Though he would say that most of his luck is rotten.
6. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
Fredrick lives in a large house on a big property with walls around it. Not a great way to meet the neighbours. Also, his mother is quite good at scaring off unwanted friendliness.
7. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Fredrick dreams of one day setting up a mechanic shop in Norway. There’s a long story behind it, but spoilers!
8. How do they feel about their body?
He has features he likes and features he doesn’t, and some he likes sometimes and not others. Like how he’s small and skinny. It comes in handy for hiding and slipping away through crowds, but sometimes he gets teased for it.
9. What is the cruellest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?
His mother says some pretty awful and spoiler-y stuff to him near the end of the story, and he reacts by trying and failing to bite her.
10. What’s the kindest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?
Again, what was said is a spoiler, but he tackles them in a hug.

Hope you all enjoyed getting to know Fredrick a little! Now you tell me – are you doing Beautiful People this month? Where in the world do you dream of travelling?

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