Writer’s Craft #52 – How would your characters do Xmas?
Your host, Lynda Williams, is the author of the Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). She also works as Learning Technology Analyst for Simon Fraser University and teaches a introductory web development course at BCIT. For a list of Okal Rel titles see: Lynda Williams on Amazon.com.
The year that Edge publicist Janice Shoults asked me to improvise on Christmas and the Okal Rel Universe was the first time I was stumped by an opportunity to talk about my characters. It took me a while to get the knack of how to respond because my first reaction was to get all deep and analytical about identifying a parallel celebration in the ORU (i.e. A Swearing? The Pan Demish-Tournament?) It wasn’t until I realized the way through was to get in the spirit of the thing and treat it like a party game that I solved the problem. Then it was fun.
Amel would do Christmas surrounded by as many of the people he loved as possible. He would hug the women, enjoy the food, and play with the kids. He’d help with the dishes, too. In fact he’d probably like that part best because of the happy gossiping that takes place in the kitchen.
Alivda, on the other hand, would get bored unless she got to take charge. Then it wouldn’t be exciting enough for her unless there was a fire on the stove or a hot guy she could seduce, whether or not he was there with his wife.
Erien would be awkward about the social aspect until he found someone he could talk to about ways to improve the traditional aspects of the season to get through it more efficiently.
Horth would stake out a corner of the living room and stoically endure the babble of unintelligible conversation for as long as necessary to prove he could cope with it, then go jump in a rel-ship to clear his head with a little reality skimming. Unless Ilse was there. Then he’d stick it out.
Ranar would look like he was being very social but he’d actually be collecting data for an anthropological study on what the holiday meant to those present.
Perry would have a hell of a good time and take home doggie bags to her Killing Reach rebels.
Ayrium would make Ameron come, incognitio, and insist he didn’t talk politics with anyone.
Luthan would throw the party, with some help from Samanda O’Pearl as convener.
Eler would make a scene at the height of the evening and start a fight. And seize an opportunity to read his poetry, if he could pretend someone else wrote it.
from Edge feature countdown to Christmas 2010.
How about you and your crew? How would your characters do Christmas?