Character Building 101

I was browsing through the commons, and saw someone mention they were behind and were only now posting their ‘character building’ prompt post. I looked at the words, and wondered, which one was that. I’m sure I’ve done all of them, but I don’t remember building a character.

Now if I was an artist, I could visually build a character. In fact, not long ago I came across an artist building of my favorite Elf, Legolas, from scratch.

So I thought about how would I build a character, with words?

Well, I’d start from the ground up, because everthing needs a strong foundation. I know this because my main Soul card is The Builder, and he builds like nobody’s business. So, ground up it is. We definitely need feet. Two, if we’re human, four if we’re other than human, and not walking upright.ย  Feet, actually have a rather mixed audience of like and dislike. But it doesn’t matter, you still need them to stand on. Now in some places, they stand alone (not in that they can just walk around, all feet, and nothing else), but some places, you don’t need to cover them up, like they are some dirty little secret. No, you can prance around on them, and let them dig into the hot sand at the beach, and play tag with the waves. Everybody has them, so we all know what they look like, you know? We’re not surprised to see a pair, unsheathed, on the telly, even.

Next, just above, are the ankles. These are necessary because they allow your feet to swivel, bend, and sprint even. I’d say ankles were like hinges. One of mine is swollen constantly, from an unfortunate turn which brought me to the emergency room, and got me my first pair of crutches. I love crutches… not to use, no. But, the idea of a crutch, is just so secure making. So, ankles it is. One for each foot.

Then, yes, the shin bone, which we KNOW is connected to the ankle bone, from that wonderful anatomy song that makes the charts in most classes of that ilk. The shin, really is the lower leg. It’s quite known for often being well curved, as in well curved calf. There are people who are leg people. I do wonder if they include only the lower, or the entire leg. But I’m getting ahead of myself. But, it should be known, that a most important thing is to have enough ‘leg’ room. So, are we talking, like a living room? Or a kitchen? or maybe a simple bath. I suppose it’s a matter of individual taste.

You guessed it, between the lower and upper leg is a very important, and yet another hinge: The knee. It’s got a cap! I like a tam, but baseball caps are fine, though I have a hard time wearing them backwards as is the in thing for caps, these days. But it is also know as the patella. Isn’t that a stunning word! It trips right off the tongue (which we’ll get to later). P a t e l l a. It’s got a ring to it. It’s very necessary if we want to do anything like stooping, kneeling, walking, even. And the saddest thing about the knee, is we often need a replacement. That’s pretty unfortunate, but amazing that it can be done.

Now the thigh bone, that’s got strings attached… hamstrings. Also connected to the knee bone. The thigh reminds me of chicken. That’s the tastiest of the chicken leg, if you ask me – this is, of course, when I was eating meat. Ever since all the healthy cooking came into being, these’s been this really unfortunately replace the thigh meat with the white meat. But the thigh is so tasty. Especially in fried rice. But let’s return to the point. The thigh bone is either nice looking, or, the bain of most women’s existence. They stick together, and were part and parcel of the creation of the panty hose. Oy! I’m telling you, they may have thought they were doing us a favor, but not so much. Getting in and out of panty hose is almost like tying your legs into a pretzel. But a strong thigh, is necessary, and is connected to the hip bone, without which, we couldn’t walk.

Here’s a bit of information for you – don’t faint, when I tell you this: the hip bone isn’t where you think it is. I mean, everybody thinks it’s just where you rest your hands, when you take that stance, looking all aggressive, or shocked, or whatever. But that hip bone is slightly further down, not at the top of the thigh. That place where you stand, hands on, that’s the pelvis.

The pelvis rhymes with Elvis. They used to call him, Elvis the Pelvis, cause he could swivel those hips of his like – yup, nobody’s business. Now in an around there, at the back there’s the tail bone.

You’re probably asking yourself, why would I need a tail bone if I don’t have a tail? Well, your way back, before homo sapiens, ourย ancestors, did have tails. It just remained as part of the structure of the character. I does have some nerve, that can just plain pain you. When you get of an age, you may come to know about this.

But connected, and heading upward from this is the spine. So if anybody ever says to you, “you’re spineless,” you turn right around, and show them, that you do have a spine. In fact, it’s got 3 parts to it: lumbar, thorasic, and cervical.

Part of all of this, sprouting out from the back bone are ribs. I’m pretty certain they would not be on the menu at the Outback, but they’re called ribs. They actually make a space, and protect all the vital organs (which do not make music).

Right at the almost top of the spine, you’ve got some other stuff hanging around… arms, and like feet, there’s parts. Fingers, wrists, elbows (and no matter what anyone says, that’s not the funny bone, because hurting is no laughing matter).ย  And you have the fore arms, connected between wrist and elbow, and the upper arm, which goes right into the shoulders.

Now we’re almost finished here. The spine at the cervical point, is what they call the neck. It’s really not just for necking, but some people think so. The front of the neck is the throat, down which flows the food and drink that nourishes you so you can do all manner of things.

Now we reach the cherry on top of this beautifully built character. The head. The noggin. The brains. If you should ever want to stop a zombie, you just cut off their head, and the rest is history.

There’s lots more going on inside this structure than most would care to know. But just know, without it, you won’t have a leg to stand on.

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calensariel
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 19:30:58

    Thank you for the anatomy lesson, my dear! I don’t think I will ever again be able to stand with my hands on my “hips” and look fierce. I’m not sure my back would take it bending over to put my hands where my hips actually are and hold that pose long enough to look anything but in pain! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Apr 19, 2015 @ 20:09:31

      It was one of my silly Sunday posts ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually the hip socket, is just down a bit on the side of the leg. Just think of if you’re wearing a holster, with your guns, slung lower lol

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  2. Faraday's Candle
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 21:41:41

    For science geeks this was a great anatomy lesson and the ending a twist.

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  3. platosgroove
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 22:53:22

    You are always so funny! I did not see a character building thing either.

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Apr 20, 2015 @ 00:55:42

      It’s my defense against the dark arts of Prompts with Twists that I don’t have a clue how to approach it. But glad it made you smile! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • platosgroove
        Apr 20, 2015 @ 00:56:55

        I understand sugar. I just look for one word or so and forget the rest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Fimnora Westcaw
          Apr 20, 2015 @ 01:02:05

          I like that approach. Find one word and run with it.

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          • platosgroove
            Apr 20, 2015 @ 01:17:00

            Some of this other stuff feels like school. Not interested. It has made me write a little different though which is good I guess. The home one I ended up writing about my grandmother. About to record it. Hope it doesn’t take 47 tries. I need to get my son to show me how to edit it when he comes home from college.

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            • Fimnora Westcaw
              Apr 20, 2015 @ 09:15:09

              No guessing, your writing is wonderfully different, and that is very good!

              As you might have seen from my rants, I puzzle over everything in the prompt lol It’s me being my neurotic self. We have duels ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, I love that you record your posts! does it often take many tries?

              I remember I saw early on when Calen first introduced me to your blog, that you were telling someone about audacity. I have it, but have never edited it in the way you mentioned. I was going to try to actually use it to record my last 25 songs, 25 days ‘challenge’ song. My biggest problem is that I don’t seem to get a loud sound recording through it. And I think I have the volume up pretty high. Now that I think of it, I recorded my voice for my April Fools post, and it came out louder. Hmmm.
              When you get it figured out on the edit front, I’d like to find out how to do that.

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              • platosgroove
                Apr 20, 2015 @ 09:33:19

                My son set it up for me. Do you use a good mic. I use one called blue snowball. About fifty bucks. It is usb. There is a lot yoy can do with audacity even to free download. If just never taken the time to learn. I need to get on YouTube. Can’t wait to hear your voice.

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                • Fimnora Westcaw
                  Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:45:09

                  I have a built in mic. Comes with my laptop. Also we have a wireless headset with a mic. Haven’t tried that yet, but since it never worked well for Q and his Virtual Office Assistant, not sure it would do the job.

                  Don’t wait for youtube, just check out my post:
                  https://fimnorawestcaw.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/

                  So after you do your recording, how do you insert it into your post? What option do you use?

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                  • platosgroove
                    Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:55:43

                    I have a folder called audio. I click the insert media button then it gives an option to find or upload or download files or whatever. Then a screen pops up showing the directory. I go to the audio folder and click on the file. In audicity after you record you have to export as a media file. Its fairly easy

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                  • platosgroove
                    Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:03:49

                    My son could tell you better than me he’s the audio guy but I don’t think the other mics are going to do what you want. They are not going to give you much depth.

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                  • platosgroove
                    Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:12:01

                    That sounded good. Like your voice. Disregard my suggestions. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. lightwalker1
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 00:01:50

    An excellent post. You exhibit your humourous side beautifully balanced beside your serious side. I couldn’t help but think of the words to a song “the hip bone is connected to the leg bone..etc”. In love and light Cheryle

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  5. lightwalker1
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 00:04:38

    oops, I re-read the title, I see know why I have the song stuck in my head. Haha. Kindest Regards Cheryle

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