We shall now begin the....
The semi & pseudo autobiographical, fictional crime novel :
A work in progress and process
Todays goal... the main character: Theodore Malachowski, Ph.D. (aka Ted, Mac, and even though he does not like it, some in his immediate family call him Theo)
Ted is a university professor in a medium sized university in a medium sized town. He is a biologist by training, with specialization in endocrinology. Most of the time, he teaches classes in anatomy & physiology for his university, with the student population in his courses being a mix of pre-nursing majors, pre-medicine majors, education majors, and surprisingly criminal justice majors.
In his mid-to-late 50s, Ted has led a rather bookish life. He is in generally good health, although he tries to avoid medical doctors like the plague. He sports a full-beard and moustache and is balding on top. All of his hair, beard, and moustache is a rather striking salt-and-pepper coloration, but the tips of his moustache have a slightly rusty, reddish hue.
The reddish hue is in large part the result of one of his favorite hobbies, his beloved tobacco pipe, upon which Ted is very dedicated to. Other "hobbies" of his include drinking good wine, beer, gin, and whisky, reading, and hunting and fishing when he gets the time.
Although he is in two different leagues (a bowling league with his drinking buddies and a golf league with other faculty), he is not particularly fond of either sport and participates simply for the companionship.
Ted has been married to the same lovely lady for well over 30 years now and the two of them have six reasonably well-adjusted children.
The Malachowski home is a large, old farmhouse that is both at once charming and frumpy. His wife drives a late model Volvo station wagen, whereas he is rather stubborn and continues to drive his beat-up, rust bucket, small pickup truck.
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1. Do you get a reasonably complete mental image of this character and his motivations (or lack of motivations)?
2. Are there other personality characteristics for this individual that I should also develop prior to starting the story?
3. Do you tend to view this character in a positive or negative way? (Include why, please)
4. Additional comments or suggestions.
Thank you everyone. I hope you find this addition to my blog to be enjoyable.