Beautiful People–June Edition!


In case you don’t know, Beautiful People is a monthly blog meme and link up hosted by and Sky @ Further Up and Further In ( I can’t get it to link properly, so if you’re interested in checking out her blog, you can do so here

This round I’ll be doing Dr Spencer Verne, a secondary character from my novel Black & White and a main character from Red & White. I hope you enjoy!

  1. What’s their favourite place they’ve ever visited?

Australia must be the answer! He visited Australia when he was sixteen years old and never went home!

2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?

Hmm, this is a hard one! He repeatedly makes the mistake of assuming that other people are a) smarter than he is, and so to be ignored, or b) not as smart as he is and so to be ignored. Basically, he repeatedly makes the mistake of ignoring people who would make good allies or even friends.

3. What was their favourite subject in school? Or favourite thing to learn about?

Science! Especially chemistry and biology. He excelled in both of those subjects as school and now pursues science as a living.

4. What’s their favourite flower/growing thing?

Ah, such hard and random questions this edition! I’m going to hesitatingly answer that his favourite flowers are carnations and violets. He isn’t a sentimental person, but both of these flowers remind him of his mother and the life he lived in England before coming to Australia. Carnations remind him of his mother, because on her birthday every year he and his father would go and pick her a big bunch of them. Violet was her name and her favourite flower and she carried a bouquet of them on her wedding day. (Wow! I literally just made that all up then, I feel so smart right now!)

5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?

Spencer Verne makes people cry a lot. He isn’t callous but he often considers emotions secondary to facts (for example, if there was a fact he knew which would break the heart of someone close to him, he would see it as his duty to be bluntly, brutally honest with them. he doesn’t care a whole lot about what most people feel).

6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?

He is definitely a reliable narrator, as he regards the truth highly. However, while he would never lie, he does conceal things or avoid them or say things with double meanings. Thus, he might convince you of something, without ever say that something, and then completely turn it around on you.

7. What do they dream about at night?

He hates the fact that he dreams at all. He sees dreams as sentimental and worthless, so he would never admit to dreaming anything at all. However, his dreams are probably the normal kinds of weird dreams that make no sense.

8. They’ve gone out for a “special meal”. What would they eat?

For such a very English/Australian man, Verne really enjoys Thai. If he was to go out for dinner to a Thai restaurant, he would either eat Panang Curry or Pad Prig Sod.

9. What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?

He openly admits that he has spent his entire life trying to create the kind of people that are only seen in comic books and sci-fi shows. It is his dream and one that he has broken many hearts trying to accomplish.

Somewhere deep down in his heart of hearts, his goal is quite different. He won’t admit it, even to himself, but he desperately desires people to see him as a person, rather than an emotionless machine or a mad scientist. He is neither of those, and he desperately wants to be seen for himself, and for someone to care for him enough to see past his rather obvious faults.  He openly admits that he has spent his entire life trying to create the kind of people that are only seen in comic books and sci-fi shows. It is his dream and one that he has broken many hearts trying to accomplish.

10. Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents? 

Verne has a condition called Synaesthesia (look it up, it’s a fascinating thing!), this allows him to memorise things by categorising them under colours. For instance, he can memorise phone numbers by memorising a pattern of colours. It also means he can “see” emotions and so can read people well. He is also good at observation, noticing small things about people that no one else sees, or attaches any significance to.

Black & White Snippet For Your Enjoyment

Hopefully, Thursday’s will be my day for posting Open Pen Critiques, on days that I don’t have anything to critique, I will post a snippet of my own writing.

This is an excerpt from the second chapter of my novel Black & White. I hope you enjoy my first draft, unedited snippets. God bless, 🙂 (By the way, the above picture has nothing to do with my post, I just thought it was pretty).


Black & White Excerpt

It was starting to get dark as Alea hurried home to her suburb of Lexia. She was just beginning to wonder whether she should have taken a taxi–she never felt safe walking at night– when a cold wind unexpectedly rushed paster her. Alea’s hair stood on end and she shivered, glancing around the street shrouded in gather twilight.

A strange wind. She thought, wrapping her cardigan more securely around her. And odd for this time in February. Maybe I’m imagining things. She dismissed herself as crazy and kept walking.

Suddenly there was another cold rush, but this time she caught sight of a blue and silver streak out of the corner of her eye. She spun around to face an empty street. “What’s going on?” she hissed aloud, feeling fright creeping up on her.

“I’ll tell you what’s going on.”

The voice was deep and ringing, and again Alea spun around only to see a silver and blue streak flash past her.

“You need to stop meddling where you aren’t wanted.” Came the voice, again from behind her.

That voice is disguised, she realised, knotting her eyebrows together in puzzlement. But not by an ordinary voice disguiser. She turned again, this time slowly. There was no silver and blue streak, only a man standing illuminated in the weak orange light of a street lamp. At least, Alea assumed it was a man,  but his face was concealed by a blue mask that hid the higher portion of his face. The rest of his body was hidden beneath a close-fitting blue and silver suit. A cold hand gripped Alea’s heart as she watched him.

“Who are you?” she asked, trying to keep her voice from shaking.

“That is none of your concern.” The silver and blue flash, and then the man was standing less than half a meter from her. “But if you need a name to call me by, you can call me Blue Lightning.”

“And what do you want with me?” Alea took a step back. The man in blue stepped forward, keeping the space between them equal.

“I don’t want anything with you. You aren’t important to me. But your brother is. Tell him to stay away from Dr Verne. Dr Verne is a dangerous man and he will only cause you both grief.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

A smile, and not a friendly smile, curved across the mouth of the costumed figure. “Because,” he whispered, his voice lowered to a hiss, “Because I am in need of Conlan Blake and my master will pay handsomely for his services. Tell Blake to stay away from Dr Verne and we all will be happy, won’t we?”

Alea shook her head frantically, this man is crazy. She turned to run, but the silver streak twisted around her and grabbed her by the arm. “Do we have a deal, Miss Blake?”

“No.” she managed to force out, even as the man’s fingernails bit into her skin. “I don’t know who you are and I don’t know what you want, but I’m not letting Conlan anywhere near the likes of you. Now, let me go or I’ll scream.”

Blue Lightning scanned her, as if trying to decide whether she was bluffing or serious. Finally, he let go of her. “Warn him, Miss Blake. And thank you for giving me that important piece of information—your brother’s name. Conlan Blake. Conlan Blake.” The man put his hand on her shoulder and she jerked away. “Don’t tell anyone of this meeting or I’ll be forced to pay you another visit. The next one much less pleasant.”

There was a rush of cold air and the blue and silver streak vanished, leaving Alea standing alone on the darkened street, still clutching Dr Verne’s papers to her chest.


Well, how did that go? What do you think of An Ordinary Pen so far?

God Bless,

Chelsea 🙂

Beautiful Books Link Up


Okay, so this blog is still under construction, but I’m going to do my first link up with Beautiful Books anyway.

Beautiful Books is co-hosted by the wonderful Cait at Paper Fury and Sky at Further Up and Further In (here’s hoping these links actually function, :D. Nope, can’t get them to work…).  This month’s edition is all about Parents (in honour of Mother’s Day), and I will be using my main character from my sci-fi novel Black & White.


Beautiful People—Parents’ Edition—Conlan Blake

  1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents? Conlan had a very close relationship with his mother. She was his confidant and best friend. His relationship with his father is much more strained. They have distanced themselves from each other.
  2. Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life? Yes, he does, however his mother died when he was fifteen. He copes with this in numerous ways, mainly by caring for and protecting his sister, Alea. He made a promise to look after her before his mother died and his way to remember and honour her memory is to be an overprotective big brother. It affected him by making him much more reserved and unwilling to connect with people, bitter at God and angry at his dad’s withdrawal.
  3. How did their parents meet?
  4. How would they feel if they were told “You’re turning out like your parents”? Well, Conlan is actually told by Miriam at one time that he has become a lot like his dad and he doesn’t react well. He despises the idea that he could ignore those closest to him, like his father does. He would feel angry, as if he’d betrayed himself and everyone who cared for him. However, if he was told he was just like his mother, he would be delighted.
  5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
  6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on? No. Like any couple they have arguments and differing opinions, but there isn’t anything they adamantly disagree on.
  7. What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character? Harrison found the hardest part of raising Conlan and Alea was raising them without a mother in their lives and without a wife to support him and hold him accountable. He has also found Conlan’s deafness a barrier, though he has gradually grown used to it and eventually accepted it.
  8. What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)? The most vivid single memory that Conlan has of his mother was the afternoon she asked him to look after Alea for her, before she died.
  9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler? Irrepressible, curious, loud, fast, obsessed with Spider-Man, but cuddly and sweet.
  10. Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name? Fern chose it. She loved the sound of Conlan, and also the meaning “Hero”. Harrison disliked it and wanted to name him James, after his own father. Eventually they compromised by naming him Conlan James.

I hope you enjoyed this, 🙂 Hopefully I will post again on Thursday.