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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blogfest - Guess That Character


A huge round of applause for Jen at unedited  for coming up with this blogfest.  It's a fantastic idea and I can't wait to read all the entries...and it sounds like there are gonna be a lot!

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My character is brand-spanking new.  He will be the star of my *next* book (assuming I ever finish the current one).  

The gist is there are families of demi-gods who are kinda sorta sub-contracting work from the Big Guy.  Murphy's family is responsible for listening to the prayers of the inebriated and about to heave.  (The saying, "worshiping the porcelain throne" is what inspired this story). Murphy's mom has had enough and sent him to Earth.  He's just coming to as we join him.


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First thing I noticed when I came to was the smell. I hoped it wasn't me, but couldn't be sure.

I glanced around me, trying to get my bearings. Whoa. Mom must be really pissed if she sent me to Earth through the freaking toilet. I didn't even know she could do that. I cursed my brown-nosin', rat-fink little sister under my breath. Mom would never have known I hadn't reported for duty if Cass hadn't blabbed and told her I was playin' poker with Tobias. If I ever get out of this hell hole, she's gonna pay. 

The toilet in the adjacent stall flushed. I groaned. Steadman University, Bookman Hall Dorm, first floor restroom, stall #3. I know that sound anywhere. Biggest party school in the country, I'd been listening to their moans, groans, and flushes for years. 

Mom really meant business this time. 

I deemed it best to just apologize and get it over with.  I leaned my back against the metal stall divider, and propped my feet on the opposite wall.  “All right, Mom.” I said into the watery basin while I picked at one of my nails. “I won't do it again. I've learned my lesson.” I hoped I sounded remorseful enough. 

I closed my eyes, waiting for her to suck me back through to the other side, back to my boring duties as a Porcelain God. As mind-numbingly tedious as those duties were, it was a party compared to the prospect of being stranded in the human world. 

Nothing happened. Was she even listening? 

Panic seized me. She had to take me back! I couldn't stay here. I'd promised Persephone I'd call her!  You don't get a second chance with a girl like Persephone.  Besides, Toby owed me two hundred bucks! 

I gripped the edge of the toilet and dove into the bowl.  I halted when my nose was just a fraction of an inch from the water and called desperately into the drain, “Mom!  Are you there? It's Murphy, Mom. I'm sorry!  Please just bring me home. I swear I won't ever do it again.” 

The door to my stall banged open. “Dude! You're talking to a freakin' toilet.” 

I groaned again. Dirk Channing. One of my most frequent visitors. He could practically sing the alphabet while puking.  Which he did frequently.  Puke, that is.  I think he drank his beer by the gallon.  

Mom couldn't be serious, leaving me here with Dirk. “Mom!” I howled down the drain one last time before Dirk lifted me to my feet by the back of my shirt.  He half pushed, half carried me down the hall to his dorm room.


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Okay...how do you see Murphy?  Come back tomorrow for the reveal!


To see the list of other participants, click on over to:
http://jennifer-daiker.blogspot.com/

43 comments:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I would guess Mercury. He was always getting into trouble and causing it, too, as I remember.

Thanks for dropping in on my entry. I thought a place of music in New Orleans would give you a clue from my prior posts.

I will have to wait to see until tomorrow to see if my guess is close. Roland

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I didn't say Hades, even though he was in love with Persephone. I couldn't see Hera being powerful enough to send him any place he didn't want to go. Zeus, of course, would be strong enough.

jcmartinfighterwriter said...

That was hilarious! What a cool concept! Toilet gods!

I see Murphy with a mop of curly brown hair, you know, Greek god-like. Average build, decent body, although it could be pumped up more. A bit on the awkward side. Not full-on geek, but no popular boy either, but still kinda cute.

Talli Roland said...

Ah ha ha! This made me laugh! Loved it.

I'm guessing he's a skinny little guy. Kind of rangy, maybe glasses and a beaky little nose.

Francine said...

Hi,

I'm thinking Dionysus here because he's the son of Zeus and, his mother the mortal Semele: fitting that she punish him by sending him back to earth!

Tall rangy youth, with tight blonde curls and green eyes.
best
F

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Lol. Loved the snippet. I imagine him as tall, with blue eyes and brown hair...maybe curly. I know he's supposed to be a God, but I imagine he's like the blacksheep of the family. A little bit different looking. But cute. :)

Lenny said...

hi miss vicki! wow a toilet god. yikes im glad its not me. ha ha. i think hes pretty skinny and made out of water so he could get up through the toilet then he gets changed to a kid maybe 18 years old. i think hes got straight brown hair all slicked back and brown eyes and hes got tan skin. hes dressed in blue jeans and tennis shoes and a t shirt.
...smiles from lenny
...smiles from lenny

Amie McCracken said...

A flop of curly black hair. Bright green eyes. He's gorgeous and he knows it. A slight build but strong if he has to wrestle the 200 bucks from Toby. And obviously hot enough to have a chance with Persephone.

aspiring_x said...

wow! this sounds like the funnest story!!! if you ever need a beta- just sayin.. :)

anyway, so hard! he could look anyway you choose! i'm guessing skinny and smaller- because Dirk picks him up so easily, ok- the visual i'm getting is of Michelangelo's David in the flesh, minus twenty pounds or so of muscle, stretch the nose bigger and make it not so roman, hair's a sandy color, eyes are (cliche alert) chocolatey brown... does that make any sense??

so much fun!!

Jen said...

I couldn't wait to see your entry and for good reason! You are so original in everything you do I was bound to be entertained. I love this blogfest and now I'm starting to hate it because I'd like to read more of your awesome story!!!

My Guess: I see him as a skinny guy, not like rocker skinny but just the normal nerd. He's good looking but he pictures himself even more so than he really is, messy dark brown hair, a little scruff on his face, bold brown eyes and sarcastic... oh boy does this guy have a personality!

Am I right??? Am I even close? Can't wait to see who shows up tomorrow for the big reveal!

Susan Fields said...

I loved this - so funny! I'd definitely like to spend more time with this guy. The male mc in my current wip is named Murphy, and I had a villain in my epic fantasy named Tobias.

Okay, I think he's strikingly handsome (he's a demigod, after all) with brownish-blond hair and dark brown eyes with long, thick lashes. He's got a good tan and a strong jawline. He's tall and muscular.

Can't wait to see what he really looks like!

Creepy Query Girl said...

what a hilarious and original premise! love it! As for physical description- I'm seeing clean cut looks, with maybe a spare strand of hair that's constantly falling into his eyes even though he tries to keep it smoothed back, like a distain for party animals makes him want to keep a clean appearance. Not a bully type, so no big muscles, but sneaky (Kind of like Bree's son on Desperate Housewives, kwim?) Anyways- love the characer! Can't wait to find out what he looks like!

DL Hammons said...

I see the actor who was recently in the Movie Kick-Ass, Aaron Johnson. A subtle kind of charisma with a twist of snark! :)

Damyanti said...

I love the concept....this is exactly the sort of book I'd love to curl up and read!

I see him as a very grungy teenager, complete with piercings and a sour expression,,only he has a mop of tight curls of blonde hair that looks like a wig but is natural!

Carolyn V. said...

Dark curly hair, awesome light eyes, medium build. Am I close?

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

What an awesome piece of writing! ahhahaha LOVED it! I'm totally seeing Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting. I don't know if it's the toilet think or not, but hey ... :o)

Bish Denham said...

OMG! Hysterical! So...if he's dating Persephone he must have some physical redeeming qualities. Aside from being something of slacker and perhaps a jokester, I'll say he's cute in a mischievous young Brad Pitt sort of way. (Picture the Brad in Thelma and Louise.) And that's all I've got to say about that!

Summer Ross said...

I kind of see him as the dork of the guys, tall and lanky. Short strait cut brown hair. brown eyes, but big bright smile

Dianne K. Salerni said...

*Screams with laughter*
I LOVE this, and I am SO joining your blog.

Okay, Murphy is slender and sexy in a dark, bad boy way. His hair is straight and black and he wears it combed into his face. Okay, I know that's kind of Justin Bieberish, but the demi-gods came up with it first -- Justin's just a copycat.

He's got a wicked smile and a smoldering look for the good-looking demi-goddesses. He is absolutely the last person you'd think to pray to when you are about to heave your lunch.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'd say he's a bit like my protagonist. Nerdy, geeky, and such. But somehow he'll land a foxy woman.

Stephen Tremp

Terry Stonecrop said...

Haha! This was so funny! Ok, light brown short curly hair. Blue-green eyes. Tall, Westchester County accent. Hnadsome and knows it.

Love toilet gods! Great scene:D

Matthew Rush said...

Well first of all this is hilarious. I picture Murphy as a devilishly good looking young lad. For some reason I think of Loki even though you mention only Greek myths. Long blue black hair, bright green eyes and a smile that could charm the pants off ... never mind.

Margo Berendsen said...

Great idea and great character! A Porcelein god!
Okay, he's got blond chin length hair and killer blue eyes and something that marks him as not merely mortal - maybe an usual tattoo with a silver sheen to it or something.

Diane J. said...

Can I just say, that was freaking funny! I just love it.

I am having a hard time with this one. I would say he's uber buff, with dark skin and very short dark hair. Eyes that are so deeply brown they could be construed as black.

Christina Lee said...

I love this premise!!!!
I'd say he is handsome with dark rugged features like Dr. McDreamy. ;--)

Talei said...

Wow. I'm thinking messy blonde hair, curly. Medium built, long hands and lovely blue eyes. A blonde curly haired younger version of Ed Norton comes to mind.

Thanks so much for commenting on my entry too! sweet ;))

Emily White said...

Okay, my gut impression was he looks like Peter Parker in Spiderman III when he went all cool-but-really-not from the alien goo.

Mina Carlisle said...

I see a mop of hair that looks good despite it being in disarray. A nice build and tall. He has that bad boy look about him with gray eyes and black hair.

Bethany Mattingly said...

Okay, I was trying to not read the other comments, but my eyes betrayed me as soon as I stopped scrolling. I totally agree with Emily. I see a younger Peter Parker. :)

Brenda Drake said...

Ohmygod that is too funny. I totally picture him as a Greek god but in teenage form. Short cut tight curly blond hair, blue eyes, tanned, muscled, mischievous grin, and rebel attitude.

Great fun! Can't wait to meet him tomorrow. :D

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

You're creativity is AWESOME! I see Murphy as tall, tan, tight curled blonde hair and startling green eyes. He's got a fantastic build for a young man, and his back narrows at the waist in a perfect "V." In short, a real hunk, LOL!

Meredith said...

Haha, poor guy! This is such an interesting concept for a book--I want to know more! I see him as tall but gawky, with floppy brown hair and big brown eyes. He wears baggy clothes to hide how skinny he is and always tries to pretend to be cool. Can't wait to see the reveal!

Steph Sinkhorn said...

LOL, that's hilarious! What a great idea for a story.

I picture him as a sort of stereotypical Greek god - blond curls, blue eyes, statuesque features. He's cocky and mischievous.

Renae said...

This was too funny! I'm picturing a tall gangly boy with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. I love this concept and can't wait for the reveal!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

LOL! this is so cute. I imagine him lanky with brown hair and tons of freckles!!! ;)

Terry Stonecrop said...

Thanks for your thoughtful, good guess on mine. I thought I followed you. Sorry! Rectified:)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

LMAO. All I could picture was a male version of Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter. Great stuff!

Nicole Murray said...
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Nicole Murray said...

Lord, that was hilarious!

I see a pretty boy with curls. Light colored hair and eyes. Slim but healthy. Dimples and a devil smile.

Hanna C. Howard said...

Great snippet! Loved it.

I'm seeing one of those rangy, mop-headed impish boys whose cuteness is due at least in part to his general wittiness and overwhelming self-confidence. He's not small, but he's also not big. Average. Crooked smile, and eyes that can do the puppy-dog thing pretty darn well if they want something.

Stephanie said...

I see an 18-19 year old guy...college age. Tshirt with a button down over it, jeans. Short well kept hair, dark. Good looking guy....kind of a mama's boy???

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'd say say lean (cause no guy that age wants to be called skinny), shaggy hair, with retro clothes...

I love the name Dirk (his bud, kind of), it's like drink, with no "n" and the r in the wrong place.

Fun stuff, Vicki!

Ed Pilolla said...

i like the way you tell action. and i like the seriousness of the situation of the scene blended with talking into a toilet.
nice.