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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Meat Sean Watts, Eco-Challenger

1. Sean, I'd love to let my readers get a chance to know more about you. Could you tell us where you live?

I live in Manaus, near the Amazon river. I've got a cozy little boat that does an adequate job of keeping the skeeters away.

2. Have you always lived there?

No, heh, I'm originally from the Ozarks of Missouri.

Yeah, I see you thinking of a hillbilly comment... it's best you kept that a thought.

3. That's a pretty big change in location, what do you do there?

I'm a tour guide. I take boats up the Rio Negro and take tourists and adventurers on strolls through the jungle.

4. Sounds like fun!

It's something to do. Keeps me out of an office.

5. You were a member of an Eco-Challenge team. What did you have to do to make the team?

I worked hard. I had to push my limits and embrace the thrill of adventure.

6. I read some articles that you had a rough childhood. Would you mind telling us about that?

Yes. But I know you are a nosy, pain in the ass who won't leave me alone until I tell you more. My mother stayed at home with me. My father worked in construction... he had a passion for Schlitz... and Jack... and anything else that would help him "relax".

7. So he was an alcoholic?

Yeah. You could say that.

8. I understand that you lost your mother while you were young. I'm sorry for your loss.

*Shrug* I don't really remember much of her, other than her constant praying... and her moans after my father finished using her as a punching bag.

9. Well, I'm sure she's in a better place now, with God's grace.

*He snorts*

What? You don't agree?

I might, if I thought there was a God and if I thought she was deserving.

10. Um... Ok... Well... Uh, It must be amazing to see all the wildlife in the rainforest. What's your favorite creature?

The poison-dart frog is pretty darn cool... but, I think I'd have to say the Harpy Eagle.

11. How do people get in touch with you for a tour?

I've got a few deals with hotels, travel agents and I've got a friend who handles some of the internet work for me. I don't like working all the time, so my tours are sometimes spaced out a bit.

12. So, what's next for Sean Watts?

I've actually just been hired as a guide for a larger project. I'm afraid I can't tell you any details at the moment though. I'll be out of Manaus for a little while.

13. Hello fellow Thursday Thirteener! Sean Watts is the protag in my "Work In Progress". He's been spending a lot more time with me recently. He's fascinating but also a little annoying and... he can be a real ass sometimes. I hope that he continues to keep me company. I really need to finish his story.

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Anonymous colleen said...

I guessed it! This is such a fun and inventive way to work out a character, to get to know them better, and to make them real.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

This is an incredible Tt...I am blown away. I kind of didn't know what to post about this week for my TT list and so randomly dropped in...and my gosh, I just love your imagination.

I haven't written my Tt yet, but hopefully by the time you see this I will have mine up.

Great to "meet
you!...and Sean!!!


10:19 PM  
Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Excellent idea for your TT! I'm a little jealous...

10:20 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Fabulous and incredible TT!
I enjoyed it very much.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
Thank you for your visit.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

10:33 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Finishing his story sounds intriguing, to be sure! I'm not sure whether I like him or not, yet. He definitely has an interesting story, though! Good luck!

And Happy TT!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Sean's definitely got a hard edge and his "people" skills are a little lacking. But, he does care and he does have a sense of humor. Being in a dangerous situation with people he comes to care for brings out some of his better qualities :)

Of course, you don't really know that yet.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Hi...wow you're fast I was just tweaking my TT list of TBR books.

I can't seem to write a short Tt list...and I just went with my TBR post...I still can't get over how cool this TT of yours was...what a crazy story about your lost luggage!

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea for a TT! And I like Sean already. :) He sounds like a fascinating and multileveled character.

Happy Thursday Thirteening, and thank you for visiting my blog!

11:07 PM  
Blogger The GateKeeper said...

That had to be the most clever TT ever. Hope we get to hear about and a chance to get to know Sean a little better. He sounds like a loveable bad boy with issues. Everyone's fave.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

That is such an awesome idea for characterization. I've been told a lot of people do it, but it's nice to see it in action. I'll have to try that with my next WIP.

And you do have to finish this story. Sean sounds awesome!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

A man of little words and not a huge ambition? I'm intrigued.

Happy TT; Keep on figuring out his story, babe.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

What a great way to use the TT? I really enjoyed reading this one!

7:29 AM  
Anonymous HighlandAmy said...

Cool TT!
The Amazon - how exciting!
I've been to the Ozarks! It was beautiful!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

great tt! i'd love to read more about him, what a great way to get involved with and develop a character! happy tt!! congrats on finishing school!!! getting that diploma in your hands when it's way overdue is priceless, i know that feeling well!!! congrats!!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Angela/SciFiChick said...

Cool! He does sound a little bitter.. heheh

9:24 AM  
Anonymous nancy said...

OMG! This is so awesome. I love it! "Gina" has been keeping me company. Maybe I need to do a similar post like this. Excellant idea.

And, I agree, he is fascinating. I would love to read more!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous nancy said...

OMG! This is so awesome. I love it! "Gina" has been keeping me company. Maybe I need to do a similar post like this. Excellant idea.

And, I agree, he is fascinating. I would love to read more!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

What a great TT! Sean sounds like a fascinating character!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger L^2 said...

Interesting character.
Happy TT and thanks for visiting my list.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Anni said...

Great way to work on a character AND do your TT!

1:04 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Cool TT, thanks for looking at mine. Sean sounds like an interesting character.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Joy T. said...

I think this is the best TT I've seen yet. I loved it! And I think Sean is quite the character.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

He seems so sad :-(

3:54 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

You guys are awesome... and yes, Janet... he is sad. He doesn't know it... not on the surface. He's bitter and a little resentful and he doesn't have much joy in his life... at least not yet.

But there is a lovely Hopi woman he is about to meet... and there is something about her that is going force him to think long and hard on a few things in his life. Her name is Polly!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Joy Renee said...

very clever concept for a TT. i feel like i met this guy.

my TT is 13 research projects impacted by the impending library closure. it's the first in a projected three part series. yes. there really are that many. at least. a writer needs a library more than caffine. i mean how would you write a novel set in the Amazon river system without researching. always supposing you never went on one of Sean's tours.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Sunflower said...

Great idea for the TT!

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog and supporting me! Welcome back anytime.

I will Exercise for Comments!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous she said...

Can't wait to get to know Sean better ;)

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Sophisticated Writer said...

A great way to introduce readers to a character and also keep your muse entertained. May be I should do something like that with Madison or Hawk soon? *evil grin*

You can read them at http://madisonsrevenge.blogspot.com

Keep writing :)

3:47 PM  

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