Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy Birthday, Colby! +Beautiful People

Some characters you create bring different feelings to your life: angst, pride, wonder, and a wistful longing to hug them.

Other characters have brought me some of the best sunshine I have ever experienced. Colby Fisher is one of them, and since it's his birthday today, I'm going to celebrate with a post all about him.

Colby's what you could call an accident, I suppose. Technically he wasn't supposed to exist at all. I was writing about a marine and a ballet dancer who made an unexpected friendship on a cruise. While it might sound a bit cliche, it's actually turned into one of the most warm-hearted, fun, and well-received stories I've written. When I was searching for character inspiration photos, I had two actors to decide between for the leading role. While one actor was the clear winner, I couldn't get the other one out of my mind. 

And thus Colby as a sidekick came to be. Funny, loyal, and simple-hearted, I can't imagine what life would be like without him. The story certainly wouldn't be the same, and he's kept all of us in gales of laughter ever since he was created. 

So let me introduce him to you, and we can join the party fun.

(with thanks to the Beautiful People July edition for the questions.) 

Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?

Of course Colby does. And I'm sure a lot of people would take him, too. He'd love to have some little Colbys running around, and he'd be the sort of dad that would take them on random bike rides and put movies on before breakfast on Saturday and get up to help them in the middle of the night when they're sick and read Bible stories to them. Short ones. He's not into long books.

And he'd take his fiancee on some pretty cute outings if they were engaged. Just sayin'.

What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.) 

Colby prefers the Glock he keeps at home for a personal weapon when he's not deployed and likes using it for target practice. He's very fond of his Glock and very proud of his good aim. But he's comfortable with a variety of weapons, and he likes his knife collection, too. 

What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it? 

Once upon a time he helped his friend get a message to a sweetheart when his friend wasn't able to do it. That was pretty nice of him. 

No more. T'would be spoilers. 

Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it? 

Yes. But he would only do it if it was part of his life as a marine, or if he were somewhere where a woman was being threatened. He's not a generally violent-minded individual. 

Are they a rule-follower or a rebel? 

Colby's a rule follower when it comes to his job (which is a good thing, or he'd be in some serious trouble) and a rebel when it comes to what he likes to eat. He likes to eat what he wants and junk food is his favorite. His friend is vegan and constantly horrified with him. Colby doesn't care. He'll happily subsist on bacon and chocolate milk until life catches up with him.
Are they organized or messy? 

Messy. At home, when he's on leave. Because what's the point of picking everything up when his mom always does it for him? And besides, it'll all get cleaned up eventually anyway, so Colby's cool with it. 

What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way? 

Colby is a huge extrovert/quality time person. If you're with him and present in whatever's going on, then that makes him extremely happy and excited. He doesn't really need to sit around and talk about the deep things of life, though he'll do it if someone needs to--he just likes to be visiting somewhere, or competing at something, or eating good food with people he loves. 

Probably the last person to make him feel that way was his buddy, Julian. 

What do they eat for breakfast?

Pancakes or cereal with milk, depending on what people like to fix for him. Or both, if he takes the notion. And juice. Always juice.  

Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened? 

Never a person. When he was young, he lost one of his pets from old age, and when he was about sixteen he lost another dog from a road accident. Colby loves pretty much every dog that crosses his path, and he has several at his parents' house in Tennessee. If you want to be friends with Colby, you'll have to get along with his animals too. 

What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?) 

Maple bacon donuts. Chocolate milk. Beef jerky. Biscuits and gravy. Sprite. Chips.

Colby appears in two stories, Caribbean Dance and Caribbean Diary, and he'll appear in a third one hopefully in the not-to-distant future. Wishing him the warmest and happiest day with lots of quality time with people he loves. <3 br="" nbsp="">


  1. Happy Birthday, Colby! That's so cool that you can celebrate his birthday this way. And "accidental" characters are so much fun, especially when they take on a life of their own and become so very real.
    Aidyl from Noveltea

    1. I love accidental characters so much! It's nice to have a fellow writer to share the joy! :) Thanks for stopping by, Aidyl!

  2. I am interested in Colby! He sounds like a interesting guy! Congratulations on blogging for five years! (I saw it on your blogger profile. Since 2011, right?) :0
    Tell Carrie-Grace her letter will soon be sent. We're presently out of stamps. :0

    1. He's such fun, and he's very flattered to have piqued your interest. :D

      Almost 5 years! January 2017 will be the official anniversary. I can't wait, and I'm hoping to have some nice celebration things in store.

      So are we, funnily enough! I told Carrie-Grace, and she is very much looking forward to it. :) Have a great Sunday, Tori!

  3. Happy happy birthday, Colby! I hope you had a fantastic day and drank lots of chocolate milk. :)

  4. Oh my goodness, Colby sounds ADORABLE. Happy Birthday!!! :D

    1. Thank-you!! He's such a dear, if I do say so myself. <3 :D :D

  5. Man I need to read Caribbean Dance again. It's such a cozy story. And happy late birthday to Colby. =D

    1. Awww, that makes me so happy. <3 <3 I'm glad you liked it!

  6. Happy Happy Birthday, darling Colby! You don't know just how much we love you, old boy! One of my all time favourite contemporary characters <3 He always just gives me the warm fuzzies. I need to reread your 2 Caribbean stories. . . *hugs them to self*


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