Character Profile: Aimee Emerson

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! To celebrate here’s a profile of the mother in Brave Young Boys, Aimee!

Aimee.jpgName: Aimee Elizabeth Emerson
Nickname: Aims
Age: 48
Age Appearance: Late 40’s – Early 50’s
Sex: Female
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birth Date: August 6th
Status: Alive
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Canadian (I did Google of this was an ethnicity and apparently it is, but it does seem weird)
Name Origin: France
Name Meaning: Beloved Friend
Name Pronunciation: Ay-mee
Archetype: The Caregiver
Western Astrological Sign: Leo
Zodiac Sign: Snake

Physical Traits: Average height, tan from working outside so much
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170lbs
Glasses/Contacts: None
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Sandy Blonde
Hair Style: Shoulder Length, Usually tied up
Facial Hair: None
Distinguishing Marks (Scars, Birthmarks): Couple scars from over the years
Dress Style: Jeans, tshirts, blouses, pastel colours

Strengths: Proud, Charitable, Organized, Loyal, Caring
Weaknesses: Wilful, Jealous, Easily Frustrated

Allergies: None
IQ: 101
General Health: Healthy except for the occasional migraine
Medical History: Nothing too serious
Handicaps: None
Mental Health: Depressed post-Kyler
Blood Type: A+
Medication: Headache pills
Speech (Pace, Vocab): Fast paced, Vocab depends on who she’s with

Parents: Elizabeth and Michael
Siblings: Maggie
Pets: None
Relationship Status: Married
Significant Other(s): Todd
Children: Nova, Kyle (d), Nathan
Other Relatives: Josh, Caleb, and Autumn
Places Lived: Canada, volunteered for a year in Cambodia
Birth Place: Canada
Birth Order: Oldest
Class: Class
Friends: Three currently unnamed friends as I haven’t written that chapter yet
Relationship History: A high school sweetheart, brief relationship with fellow volunteer in Cambodia, few failed dates over the years before meeting Todd

Education: College Graduate
Degree(s): Business
Average Grades: N/A
Criminal Record: Couple speeding tickets
Occupation: Florist
Employment History: Dental Receptionist
Own/Rent: Own
Lives With: Todd and Nate
Transport: Car

Lefty/Righty: Righty
Handwriting: Neat
Accent: Canadian
Languages: English, Some Khmer
Groups/Alone: Groups
Leader/Follower: Leader
Introvert/Extrovert: Extrovert
Attitudes: Positive
Planned/Spontaneous: Planned
Daredevil/Cautious: Cautious

Hobbies: Jogging
Quirks: Reorganizes things when frustrated
Confidant: Usually Todd
Habits/Mannerisms: Taps Foot, Crumpler things when nervous
Accomplishments: Opened Shop
Talents: Floral Arranging
Wishes: Pre-Story: Typical things like a wish for a new car or to win the lottery. During story: Wishes for her family back
Phobias: Spiders
Religion: Not Practiced
Politics: Avoids Politics
Secrets: Depressed (trying to hide it)
Insecurities: Started questioning and doubting herself after Kyle joined up
Memory: Scarily good memory, ‘mom of three teens memory’

Priorities: Family and the shop
Goals: Maybe open a second shop
Short Term Goals: Make it through each day
Long Term Goals: Give the kids a good life
Addictions: None
Smokes: No
Drugs: No
Alcohol: No

Sleeping Habits: Light Sleeper
Dream Job: Florist
Relaxes Them: Gardening, Walking
Excites Them: Jogging, Holidays

Favourite Food: Garlic Bread
Favourite Sport: Not a big sports person
Favourite Book: Interview With a Vampire – Anne Rice
Favourite Music: Country
Favourite Animal: Otter
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Season: Spring
Favourite Holiday: Christmas
Favourite Show: Pushing Daisies (Thought it was a gardening show, ended up staying for Lee Pace)
Favourite Scent: Violets
Favourite Pastime: Gardening (especially with the kids)
Favourite Film: Mamma Mia, 2008
Favourite Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Favourite Place: Cambodia
Favourite Number: 12
Favourite Curse Word: None

Least Favourite Food: Fish
Least Favourite Sport: Basically all of them
Least Favourite Book: Doesn’t really have one, though she isn’t a big fan of new – age vampire novels
Least Favourite Music: Rap
Least Favourite Animal: Fish
Least Favourite Colour: Green
Least Favourite Season: Winter
Least Favourite Show: Game of Thrones
Least Favourite Pastime: Fishing (Todd took her a couple times and it started a lifelong phobia)
Least Favourite Film: Inkheart
Least Favourite Place: The dentist, freaked her out since she was little so Todd always took the kids
Least Favourite Number: 13

Imagined Actor Portrayal: Julianne Moore

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Character Profile: Nathan Emerson (Brave Young Boys)



Name: Nathan Michael Emerson
Nickname: Nate
Age: 13
Age Appearance: 10-11
Sex: Male
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birth Date: June 21st, 2000
Status: Alive
Species: Human
Height: 5’0″
Weight: 100lbs
Ethnicity: Canadian
Name Origin: Hebrew
Name Meaning: Gift of God
Name Pronunciation: Nay-then
Archetype: Child; Innocent
Western Astrological Sign: Gemini
Zodiac Sign: Dragon

Physical Traits: Average Height, Pale, Freckles
Glasses/Contacts: Yes, Glasses
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Sandy Blonde
Hair Style: Straight, bangs are kind of sweat over a bit, short
Facial Hair: None
Distinguishing Marks (Scars, Birthmarks): Scar on his left arm from falling off his bike, age 7
Dress Style: Simple; T-Shirts, Jeans, Sweaters; Typical of what you would expect on a thirteen year old
Social Stereotype: Nerd/Loner Type

Allergies: Cats, Hay Fever
IQ: 133
General Health:
Healthy majority of the time; In spring his allergies flare up
Medical History: Broke his arm falling off his bike, age 7
Handicaps: None
Mental Health: Clear
Blood Type: Type A
Strengths: Smart, Cheerful, Brainy, Humble, Friendly
Weaknesses: Shy, Cautious, Semi-Anti-Social
Medication: None
Speech (Pace, Vocab):
Speaks very fast, especially when nervous

Parents: Aimee & Todd
Siblings: Nova & Kyler
Pets: None
Relationship Status: Single
Significant Other(s): None
Children: Single
Other Relatives: Maggie (Aunt + Husband, Kids)
Places Lived: Canada
Birth Place: Canada
Education: 8th Grade
Degree(s): N/A
Class: Middle
Average Grades: A’s-B’s
Criminal Record: None
Occupation: Student
Employment History: None
Friends: Ana
Birth Order: Youngest
Relationship History: None

Lefty/Righty: Righty
Handwriting: Messy
Accent: Canadian
Languages: English
Groups/Alone: Alone
Leader/Follower: Both
Introvert/Extrovert: Introvert
Attitudes: Positive-Negative
Planned/Spontaneous: Planned
Daredevil/Cautious: Cautious
Hobbies: Reading, Art, Acting, Video Games, Comics
Quirks: Double-jointed, Walks slowly and is constantly dragging his feet
Confidant: Kyler (brother); Ana (friend)
Habits/Mannerisms: Shrugs his shoulders, Nail biting
Addictions: None
Smokes: No
Drugs: No
Alcohol: No

Accomplishments: Drama Award, Second Place in Art Contest for a drawing
Failures: Failed multiple tests at school, mostly in science and phys. ed. because he doesn’t pay attention
Talents: Drawing, Acting, Exceptional Memory
Wishes: To be older
Phobias: Tight Spaces
Beliefs/Superstitions: Slenderman
Religion: Not Practiced
Politics: N/A
Secrets: Doesn’t have any friends
Insecurities: The way he walks, has been told he walks too slow and has becomes aware of it, but this only makes him more nervous and he does it even more now
Memory: Exceptional; Can remember conversations he had years ago and things that occurred that most people would forget

Own/Rent: N/A
Transport: Public, Parents
Priorities: Reading comics; Playing video games
Goals: Be an actor or artist
Relaxes Them: Listening to music, painting
Excites Them: Playing video games, Hanging out with Kyler, Summer holidays
Short Term Goals: Read every comic at the library; Pass eighth grade
Long Term Goals: Become an artist or actor
Relationship Skills: Awkward around new people; Isn’t great at talking to people
Idol: Stephen Hawking
Sleeping Habits: Trouble sleeping
Dream Job:
Artist living in a foreign city

Favourite Saying: “Whatever.”
Favourite Food: Spaghetti and Hot Dogs
Favourite Sport: None, doesn’t like sports
Favourite Book: The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking
Favourite Music: The Beatles (Introduced to them by Kyler)
Favourite Animal: Grey Wolf
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Season:
Winter (His allergies don’t play up)
Favourite Show: Once Upon a Time
Favourite Pastime: Drawing
Favourite Film: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Favourite Quote: “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking
Favourite Place: Florida (Went on holiday there when Nathan was 8)
Favourite Number: 16
Favourite Curse Word: None
Favourite School Subject: Drama

Least Favourite Food: Broccoli
Least Favourite Sport: Football
Least Favourite Book: Holes, Louis Sachar
Least Favourite Music: Anything too loud and too fast
Least Favourite Animal: Frogs
Least Favourite Colour: Red
Least Favourite Season:
Least Favourite Show: Band of Brothers
Least Favourite Pastime: Homework
Least Favourite Film: Cloverfield (Kyler took him to see it when it came out and he ended up with motion sickness)
Least Favourite Place: School
Least Favourite Number: 13
Least Favourite Curse Word: None
Least Favourite School Subject: Science; Phys. Ed

Imagined Actor Portrayal: Dakota Goyo (Pictured Above)

So that’s Nathan! Not everything about him is listed here as some information would give away just a bit too much about Brave Young Boys. If you’d like me to do more of these in the future let me know!

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Rewriting Brave Young Boys

First TimeRewriting. This is a word I have come to dread, but unfortunately one I cannot avoid. Last year I finished my first round edits of my novel, Brave Young Boys. I was so happy. Not only had I written a novel, but I’d also edited it! However, my celebration quickly ended as reality came crashing down on my head. Now I was editing, I had to {dramatic pause} rewrite!

Now, this doesn’t sound all that difficult or like a reason for a dramatic pause. However, this art of the novel writing process has filled me with so much dread that Brave Young Boys has sat on my desk, untouched, for moths. But why? What on Earth is so bad about rewriting that I had temporarily abandoned my novel?

Well, at first it was that I didn’t know where to start. Once I was done editing, I was suddenly left with this story I had written and then torn to shreds while editing. There were plot holes, character names to change, characters to possibly eliminate, major timeline issues, and so many new scenes to write. I was staring at those pages covered in highlighter and sticky notes and it was completely overwhelming.

But I pushed forward anyway. I actually managed to get through the first two and a half chapters before hitting a wall. I was blocked, no clue what to do, and had all these questions in my mind.

Should I rewrite certain parts first?
Should I focus on certain changes first?
Should I be rewriting the whole thing?
Should I just change what needs to be changes?

Should I, should I, should I. So many questions! And there I was with no answers. So I put it aside. I focused on my 2014 NaNo novel, blog posts, fanfiction writing. I knew if I kept trying to rewrite while I was frustrated and confused then the rewrite would probably turn out worse than the original. So I stepped back, did some research, got some perspective and had a much better idea of what to do when I returned to it.

Start with the big stuff: writing new scenes, deciding if all characters are needed, and fixing the timeline so everything makes sense. Then, fix things like plot holes, rewriting them so they make sense. Finally, focus on the smaller things: punctuation, grammar, and spelling, and changing/fixing the names of characters. If any of what I’ve read is true, not only will this make rewriting easier and more organized, but I won’t feel so stressed out about the whole process.

How do you go about rewriting? Do you have any tips for others?


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Brave Young Boys: Prologue

I reached 100 followers on my blog (now 114! You’re amazing!) and 200 followers on Twitter! So I’m celebrating by posting the prologue to my novel Brave Young Boys. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed and you can find out more about Brave Young Boys here.


October 6, 2013

The rain fell in a steady downpour as the limo pulled into the gates of the church, the gravel crunching audibly beneath the tires. The car carrying the family pulled up behind the limo as the minister walked down the steps, umbrella in hand, to greet them. Stepping out of the car, Aimee was oblivious to the fact that her outfit was slowly becoming soaked through. Her husband stepped out behind her and opened their umbrella, holding it over Aimee’s head. The fresh October air bit at her face, but she didn’t seem to notice that either.
“Come on,” her husband said gently, “It’s time to go inside.” They walked up the steps and Aimee paused at the entrance to the church to turn back and watch as the men pulled the casket out the back of the limo.
“Mom,” her daughter said, “Mom we need to go sit down.” She turned back around and followed her family into the church. Taking their seats at the front, Aimee looked around. The church was full of people, many of whom were in uniform. She was actually surprised by the amount of people there considering they hadn’t advertised the funeral in any of the local papers. All of this was hard enough to deal with without the whole town knowing. She saw her sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew sitting in the pew across from theirs and her sister gave a small wave of greeting that Aimee did not return.
Music began playing and everybody stood as several more men in uniform entered the church, carrying the casket between them. They set it down at the front where it was surrounded by flowers.
Something grabbed the sleeve of her coat and she looked down to see it was Nathan. He was crying. She put her arm around her thirteen year old son, trying to draw comfort from the fact that he was still here with her. But she wasn’t sure if the closeness did much for either of them. Aimee looked around and saw a lot of people were crying. Not the men in uniforms though, they weren’t crying. They had no expression at all.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the minister began and Aimee turned back to the front, “We are here today to the honour the too short life of a brave young boy…”

When the ceremony was over, everyone in attendance made their way outside. The rain continued to fall and the mud made the ground slippery beneath their feet. Nathan nearly fell over twice, and would have done had it not been for his sister grabbing his arm and keep him upright. Everyone gathered around and stood in silence as the casket was brought closer. As they lowered it into the ground, the music started again. She watched the soldiers line up and raise their guns in the air, firing three shots as the casket was lowered further into the ground.
Wait, no, they couldn’t do this. BANG! He was only eighteen, he couldn’t be gone now. BANG! He wasn’t gone, why were they holding a funeral for someone who wasn’t dead? BANG!
“No,” she whispered and her husband looked at her, “No please, not my son… Not Kyler…”

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