Oh, Tristan! How I love to hate you!
The thing about Tristan is that he isn't really a "bad" guy. Architects aren't bad folks. Tristan's ambitions get the better of him, and he comes off as cold and calculating because he's a big thinker and designer. Everything is run through a filter of logic and a slightly unhealthy amount of self-confidence.
I love the little illustrated guy below. I think it really envelopes him. "And now... now we wait." I can completely picture him saying that several times within the novels.
Are you an architect? Let me know!
Quick writing update: I am in progress on two separate stories. It depends on the day which one I decide to work on! One is a novella about one of my favorite characters in "After I Break", Li. She leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions about her past, and this novella is going to give you answers. The other project is an urban fantasy of sorts about a girl who loses her memory after a car accident on graduation night. Neither project is anywhere near completion.
So...now we wait. ;)
This is a new level of fun. Try taking a personality test as one of your characters! Well, I did it twice at 16 Personalities. Vita's results didn't really surprise me. She's always been more introverted unless pushed into leadership (living in seclusion because her father is hunting her down doesn't help). Her pesky emotions tend to get in her way when she should be making sound decisions. She spends a good deal of both books trying to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life.
The mediator personality is a beautiful one. These folks are always looking for the good - always trying to make the world better - always striving for MORE. There's a lot I could learn from hanging out with someone like Vita.
Is it any surprise that Vita's personality is very closely related to my own?
I don't think so. Writers tend to inject a bit of themselves into each main character they write - whether intentional or unintentional, idealized, based, or whatever. While Vita is far from an idealized version of myself, she does share some qualities - bookishness, inventiveness, a willingness to see the good in others before the bad.
As a matter of fact, I could use a little more mediator in my life.
Are you a mediator? Let me know!
Stay tuned for Tristan's personality test............ it's very revealing and contains little to no spoilers.
Did you know that I am a rare, precious gem in humankind?
Okay, so it is pretty funny. Only a bit above 1% of the 95 million people who've taken the 16 Personalities test so far have the INFJ personality type. (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling , Judging). Then, this small group is further separated by Turbulent (me) and Assertive (so-not-me but I like to think I am).
In my day job as a school librarian, my "Advocate" label makes complete sense in this context. I was proud to see that come up in my results. "Diplomat". Okay, sure. I can see that sort of. (A little digging showed me that us Diplomats tend to emotionally eat so there's that.)
A quick peek at the strengths and weaknesses of this personality type really makes a good case for the accuracy of this test. Yes, I am creative minded but can't solve a technical problem to save my life. Yes, I am very decisive. Very. Enough said. And my convictions have changed over time to reflect what I believe is in the best interest of humankind instead of just Mandy. Yes, I am a perfectionist. I want to be praised for a job well done rather than being a good person. (Maybe one day I really could be an assassin then? I don't know.) Finally, yes, I burn out easily. I give and give until I drop like a used space shuttle launch rocket.
One of my besties though? ENFJ-A. Extrovert and Assertive, but I think the A should be for Awesome! Extroverted, charming, and giving. Selfless to a fault (seriously, it's listed in her weaknesses section as it should be.)
I started to wonder...how much does that play into our friendship? We're only 2 letters apart, and it's a perfect combination. We laugh a lot, keep each other motivated, share each other's burdens, and have a (mostly) thoughtful relationship. Perhaps it's this 2 letter difference that makes it magical.
Well, I'm off to test my husband and my theory! Let me know! What are your results? Are your besties close to yours?
Don't know? Here's the link to the free online test:
P.S. Stay tuned! I am going to take the test as Vita and Tristan! Results to come...
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.