Friday, August 26, 2016

Beautiful People: What Does Oddball Look Like

Today I'm linking up for Beautiful People with Cait @ Paper Fury and Skye @ Further Up and Further In. I'm sure you can guess we're talking about Oddball, and, who knows, maybe I'll thrown in something about the other three also.

1) Give a brief overview of their looks.

almost Oddball, except the eyes:

Oddball's kind of a dirty blonde. If you care about eye color, he has brown eyes. I not sure if I've mentioned that in the book though?

Haircolor for the others:

Skyler: black
Rocky: dark brown
Peril: red

2) Share a snippet that involves a description of their appearance.

I pulled the mirror trick. Oops. I wrote this six years ago, and it's awful. Don't even tell me it's not, because *headdesk* I know it is.

     -- He strolled up to the mirror, clasped his hands behind his back, and looked himself up and down. From head to toe he was one color: mud brown, a predictable look for someone who had just fallen into a muck pool. Oddball made a funny face. His eyes were hollow and tired, and his thin lips looked in ill-humor. He turned on his heel and walked away. He looked over his shoulder. The tall image peered back at him. Oddball faced forward again. Okay, enough messing around. Someone might see him. --

3) What is the first thing people might notice about them?

Probably his height. Oddball's very tall. I think only Hawk's Wing is taller than him. 

Also. . .

 *clears throat*

 #4, that's your cue!

4) What are their unique features?

His hair is always a mess. It sticks up in all directions and Oddball never bothers to fix it. Rocky pokes fun at him about it

5) How tall are they? What is their build?

I've never actually measured him. Oddball is just lanky, and very tall because I haven't mentioned that yet.

Height scale of the Foursome from tallest to shortest:
[R and S are about the same height.]

6) What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

For a tall person, Oddball doesn't hunch much, unless he's sitting. He tends to lounge around when sitting. His arms will be sprawled over the back of the chair, and his feet most likely will kicked up in an adjacent chair, especially if he's comfortable with those around him. He does hunch over his food though.

7) Your character has been on a "lazy day." What are they wearing and how do they look?

Oddball's probably just in jeans and his favorite T-shirt. And barefoot. He's most likely sitting in some tree with his sketch book. Unless he's at the Post where he might be helping this guy named Ratchet fix stuff. And, you know, sometimes he doesn't mind hanging around the other three. ;)

The others' lazy days:

 Rocky: He looks the same as usual: jeans, hiking boots, and plaid shirt. Unlike Oddball though, Rocky's hair is combed. He's probably off telling stories or wild jokes to anyone, following Skyler around, maybe playing pranks with Peril. Sometimes he annoys Oddball and Ratchet while they try to fix things.

Skyler: She's in jeans with hooded shirt. She's probably with Bolt, with a book, or with her friends. Sometimes Rocky might persuade her to tag along with him and be social with. . . strangers.

Peril: Again, she looks like normal minus a few weapons. She's barefoot, another usual for her. Her hair might be completely down. She's either doing archery, throwing knives, reading a book, chatting with Sky, playing pranks with Rocky, or annoying Oddball. She gets around.

8. Do they wear glasses or accessories? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be consider their trademark?

Skyler tends to get frizzy hair and will smell like a dragon from being around Bolt. She also wears fingerless gloves and has a preference for hooded shirts.

Rocky is sometimes bruised because, well, for some reason he thinks he needs to fight his way out of everything. And there's the plaid.

Somehow, Peril is the one who walks away seemingly unscathed. Her hair tends to be a mess. It's cut to cover one of her eyes. She has a leather string tying it back, although most of it just falls out, and another leather string around her head to keep the mess in place as if it works.

Oddball though is a bit bumbling. He doesn't intentionally wear any sort of accessory, but, um. . . He always seems to have some part of their surrounding terrain on him, be it a smudge of dirt on his arm, leaf litter stuck to his shirt, or twigs in his hair from ducking under trees.
Also, his hair, but we've discussed this haven't we?

9) Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks?

Sort of? Oddball is from the Border. The Border is comprised of the two kingdoms Bal and Od, that are on the brink of war. Oddball just so happens to be a from both kingdoms.

The Balen are tall and dark-haired. The Oddish are short and fair-haired. Oddball is tall and fair-haired. So who he is, is very obvious. He doesn't get shamed because of his looks, but his looks do give him away, not that he's ever really thought about it that way.

10) Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

From the state of his hair, I don't think he cares enough to give it much thought.

Oh, also if you haven't take the survey I made and want to, definitely feel free to do so soon. I want to do a follow up post because, I guess, you might? interested in the results (and in who said they were a strawberry croissant *cough*)? I won't put your name with the answers you gave though.

Have you done Beautiful People?


  1. Omg THIS --> " From head to toe he was one color: mud brown, a predictable look for someone who had just fallen into a muck pool." That is my favourite thing of ever.😂 Also omg I GET WHERE ODDBALL'S NAME COMES FROM THIS IS AWESOME. I love it. So clever. :')
    Also I really feel like I can see him now and his description is awesome. Huuzah for uncooperative hair!! :D
    (Thanks for joining in, as always, wonderful bean!! <3)

    1. I am so glad you like that part! Classic Oddball clumsiness. I'm glad you like his name origin too! I tend to use it as my "pitch"? When someone asks me what my book is about, I just tell them it's about a kid who lives on the border of the kingdoms Bal and Od, and his name is Oddball. Thank you so much! :)

  2. Ahhhh, I loved learning about these characters! Oddball sounds awesome <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Thank you! :) Yep, he's lots of fun to write.

  3. Oddball is one of my favorite characters that I've read for Beautiful People, honestly I love the way you shaped him. Hooray for crazy hair, it's something that I think I've mastered.

    (also *ahem* I put you on my favorite reads list on my friends page.. not that that matters.. er... too much.)

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate that. Wait, you've mastered crazy hair?! *whispers* Teach me your ways!

      (THANK YOU SO MUCH! Ah!)

  4. He is attractive... sorry that probably shouldn't have been my first thought. I loved how you described them all.

    1. Haha! Okay, so this is one of my fave comments! Because I rather think he's attractive too. But NOBODY has ever said that. And he kind of isn't attractive according to societal norms, you know? He's just tall and clumsy and awkward. Thank you! :)

  5. Just reading Skye's comment, ofc he's attractive, I have always thought this but probably just because of the Pinterest pictures. Like the one in #1 HELLO ...

    So anyway the incredible and groundbreaking thing that's happened for me is, Sky has black hair?! What the frick frack thumb tack?!! I think I think of Sky as a definitely blonde name, I don't know why but that's how I think of it, so yeah, she's always been very firmly blonde in my head. So this is all very weird O.o ((you probably hate to hear that, I'm sorry! I remember one of my friends thinking Freddie was blond, this was like a year ago? I WAS NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL. So I apologise in advance!!))

    Anyway, this post was a delight, I can't even pic a fave answer. #6 is just Oddball through and through, bless his little heart. #7 was a joy to read. Also, I don't think the snippet is bad at all, pull yourself together, Goodnow.

    I'm gonna go because it's 10:32pm and I should be writing ... gah. But thank you for this lovely post <3

    1. *laughs* Well, I'm glad you agree. I guess because in the book other characters don't openly think he's attractive, I have this idea that nobody thinks he is?

      You didn't know? Really? I want to say I mentioned it sometime, but I don't really talk much about characters' appearances, so maybe not. But yeah. Sky's always been dark-haired. She's definitely not a blond. This actually made me laugh. But it should teach me the virtue of including character descriptions in my novels (because I used to avidly avoid describing my characters because I didn't want to delve into boring exposition).

      I'm glad you like it. #6 is very much him. And I'm glad you liked the snippet. I guess I just judge my own writing very harshly.

      Go write! Thank you!


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