Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What Character Are You?

With the assistance of a long-time friend (John Burian) who knows tons more about computers and programming than I do--or ever will, together we recently added a feature to my website:

Are you most like Road Toad, Grand Wizard Seelain, Lilly, Pops Weasel, or more than a dozen other characters in Flank Hawk?

Click on over, answer a short list of multiple choice questions and find out.

Give it a shot and let us know.


  1. Lol, that was cool. I'm most like Paul Jeddidiah Roos.

  2. Roos is a solid character! And was fun for me to write as well.

  3. Let's see if I can make a post from the dreaded Internet Explorer.

    I got Roos when I did this the other day. Now that I have the book coming, it will be interesting to read it and see if I identify more with that characters than others, or some other character.

    An interesting experiment. I'll let you know.

  4. Alas, the problem was third-party cookies, which I had disabled to prevent the dreaded Netflix popup.

    I'll have to find another way to stop that one. As an aside, while Netflix seems like a great product, I will never give them a dime because they use popups to advertise. I hate that and think it should be outlawed.

  5. J. Jones,

    I understand about pop ups. None should occur with my website, but traveling elsewhere, they can be quite annoying. Roos, is a solid character as stated with Cher's comment.

    Thanks for ordering Flank Hawk! Let me know what you think and if it the character program matches well.

  6. No popups from you, but you get them all over the place now, so I don't like to allow anything that can help that.

    I've got a million little projects to work on, mostly fiction, but some nonfiction work that includes some articles I want to write on plotting and character and such. I suppose that's good, though. I invariably get tired of projects after working furiously on them for a bit, so having others is good, as that keeps me moving forward.

  7. I got Roos, too. So, in his honor we sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" today in church. (I get to pick the hymns.)

  8. Angie, nothing wrong with "Onward Christian Soldiers" :) A good solid hymn, and one of my favorites.

    Actually, that at "Battle Hymn of the Republic" were the songs in the back of my mind as I wrote some of the combat scenes where the soldiers from the Reunited Kingdom were invovled.

  9. I am now the proud possessor of one copy of FLANK HAWK.

    I'll be reading it soon, and we'll see just how accurate this survery is....

  10. J. Jones,

    Hope you enjoy the read, and we'll see as to the survey's accuracy as well!

  11. This story just keeps accelerating. Well done, Terry.

    This morning, I first encountered Roos. I should be getting to know him over lunch.

    P.S.: appropriately, my code word for posting this was "inogre."

  12. J. Jones,

    Thanks for the complement. I am not sure about the 'ignore' comment, but with comments to posts made two weeks after the intial post, I have it set up to moderate (helps me with spam posts).

    Hope you had a good lunch!

  13. Oh, no, that wasn't a typo. The code I had to write was inogre, like "in ogre." That was what I thought when I saw it, anyway.

  14. Oh, sorry about the misunderstanding. Interesting random word combination to come up. :)

  15. Hi Terry,

    I finished FLANK HAWK a couple of days ago and have since been mulling it about in my head.

    I must say that while I would never say, "The plot kicks your butt!" it is nonetheless an apropos statement. Very well-plotted story.

    The characters are extremely solid and well-developed. They come off the page and stick with the reader. The reader becomes emotionally involved with them very easily.

    The settings are vividly described. So much so that I aspire to that type of ability. Really excellently done, start to finish. I can remember the settings in my head, or at least my visions of the settings.

    I must say I identified much more with Road Toad than Roos. Roos is a very cool character, but not quite my cup of tea. Interesting, given the result.

    Lastly, I'll tell you something even more positive. Initially, I found the language difficult, because many of the terms used were unfamiliar to me, and I was wondering how the novel would go for me. However, within a few pages, those terms became familiar and I no longer cared, because the depth of the characters takes over, which is the way it should go.

    I very much enjoyed the book. I hope that someday Fiction Factor will be as proud of me as we are of you! :)

  16. J. Jones,

    Thank you for the compliments.

    I think writers write (or at least I do) because they have what they think is a good story to tell.

    You've let me know that I did a good job of telling a good story. That's the stuff that makes it worth.

    Hopefully my publisher will stumble across your comments here ;)

    Again, thanks. And Road Toad is pretty darn cool and a solid character. Nothing wrong with identifying with him.