When I first conceived of this blog my intention was to create a repository for all the things I enjoy doing, which can basically be narrowed down to the following three things: writing, baking (with some cooking), and opinion having. I knew I would never be able to sustain a blog focused on just one of those things so I decided to make this a hobby blog. The character challenge was nice because it gave me something to focus on every day and fell nicely under writing (see the above page, “Writing, Creative and Otherwise”). Of course, it feels like cheating now since trying to organize things I’ve written over the last year and plan for other things is becoming annoying.
For all his years in the temple with his mother and other priests and priestesses of Mara, Trygve feels that marriage is something that other people do. Even when he was young, he had a hard time picturing himself settling down with one person. He wanted to travel and explore. With respect to marriage in general, he is more pragmatic than romantic, being of opinion that love is not the only valid reasons to get married, and that marriages that are economically or politically advantageous are equally as valid. However, he thinks that these should be arranged between the participants, not their families when they are young.
For the most part, Trygve’s relationship with his parents was fairly conventional, while that with his brother was constantly strained. Hadrian was Birkir’s first son from an affair he had with Livia Pius, a woman in Imperial City. When he was made aware of his son’s existence, Birkir settled in Imperial City to help raise his son although he never married Livia. She died when Hadrian was eight and, having no family there, Birkir moved them back to Falkreath.
Trygve, a Nord, was born Trygve Wartooth in 4E173, 4th of Rain’s Hand, in a small house just outside of Riften to parents Ysri and Birkir (both deceased). Ysri was a healer and priestess of Mara. Birkir was once a wealthy merchant and trader who traveled extensively but settled down after the birth of his first child, Trygve’s half-brother, Henrik (originally Hadrian*).
Last year at this time I suggested a 28 day character development challenge, developed from similar exercises I had seen going around sites like Tumblr and deviantArt. I focused the exercises on my Skyrim story’s protagonist, Elspeth Sigeweald. It was a lot of fun and really helped me get to know the character better. This year I am doing it again and using another original character from that story.
The challenge begins in on the first of February and the questions for each day are below (although these can be taken in any order and applied to as many or as few characters as you like). Continue reading
I started this blog because while I have always written things, it has only been in the last couple of years that I have become comfortable sharing what I’ve written. That and in the last several months, my occasional writing hobby has sort of exploded and I wanted a place apart from my fan fiction blog, Skyrim: Epic Disasters and other Tales, to collect and share the things I’ve written. This is not really a story blog, however, it’s a hobby blog. And it is still very much a work-in-progress. More than the stories themselves, I am far more interested in the process of storytelling, character development, and world building. Other things I will be writing about include literature, popular culture, and food.