Date this chart was completed: Saturday, April 09, 2011 – *SPOILERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED*
Character’s Full Name: Mallory Amelia Garland
Reason/Meaning of name: metonymic occupational name for a maker of garlands or chaplets, perhaps also a habitational name from a house sign. The word is first attested in the 14th century, from Old French, and appears to be of Germanic origin.
Reason for nickname: Her friends in high school called her that.
Date of Birth: July 24th, 1990
Astrological Sign: Leo
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair color: Dark brown
Height: 5’10” / 177.8cm
Weight: 130lbs / 58.97kg
Type of body/build: Average
Nationality: Born American; English descent
Skin tone: Fair
Distinguishing Marks: Birthmark on the back of her neck, nose/lip rings
Scars: Several on her wrists from her teen years
Most predominant feature: She has a beautiful face/smile.
Is she healthy: For the most part, though she does have anemia
Physical disabilities: None
Physical abilities (what is character good at? sports, etc.): None, but she used to play softball
Music: Food: Pasta dishes
Literature: Jonathan Safran Foer, Don DeLillo
Expressions: She’s very critical of others and tends to question peoples’ actions, “Are you serious?”
Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and White Noise
Quote: “The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream.”
Expletives (swears): Any/all
Mode of transportation: Car, bus
Smokes: Parliament Menthols, marijuana, (snorts) cocaine
How often: ½ pack a day, socially/with friends
Drinks: Burnette’s and Sprite
How often: Weekly, sometimes nightly
Worst bad habit: Chewing ice
Quirks: Pops her knuckles and back a lot
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Type of childhood: Unstable, lower-middle class, few close friends
First memory: Riding around in a tractor on her father’s lap
Most important childhood event that still affects her & why: The divorce of her parents; she went to live with her mom and grew up resenting her mother for separating her from her father.
Lower education: Fishers High School
Higher education: Ivy Tech Richmond
Book-smart or street-smart: Street-smart
Religion views and/or tendencies: Sort-of Christian
Firsts job: Humane Society – Kennel Cleaner
First kiss: With Jake Boehner in the 7th grade; it was “too wet.”
First sexual experience: Lost her virginity to Lester Smith in her sophomore year of high school, it was “alright” for her first time.
Mother (name): Jessie Anne Palmer
Relationship with her: Mallory detests her mother and barely tolerates her
Father (name): Dolan Richard Garland
Relationship with him: Mallory misses her father but doesn’t talk to him anymore
Siblings: older sister, Jane Theresa Garland
Relationship with her: Tolerance; Jane reminds Mallory too much of their mother
Child of Sibling: Brady, 12 months old
Extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.): Uncle Thomas, Aunt Theresa, and cousin Bryan
Close to family?: No, not really.
Job: Hostess at Logan’s Roadhouse for two years
Relationship with co-workers: Tolerance, she thinks they’re mostly dumb, but enjoys them occasionally.
Attitude towards job: She hates it but continues to go there to receive a paycheck.
Dream job: Professional singer
Greatest fear: Being/dying alone
Worst thing that could happen to her?: For her to be alone; friendless
What single event would most throw character’s life in complete turmoil?: Losing a source of income or being arrested
Character is most at ease when: She’s drunk/high and surrounded by friends
Most ill at ease when: She’s in a sexual encounter with someone other than Lester, in really tight/enclosed spaces
Priorities: Make enough money to move to New York and work on her singing/performing career
Philosophy: Love always comes first
How she feels about self: She is very self-critical and is constantly comparing herself to others
Past failure she would be embarrassed to have people know about: She failed her first driving test.
If granted one wish, what would it be?: To be an established, professional singer
Daredevil or cautious?: Daredevil
Same when alone?: No, she tends to be quieter and more reserved when she’s alone.
Biggest accomplishment: Moving out of her mother’s house
Minor accomplishments: Graduating high school with an honors diploma (and a 3.4 GPA); she was also accepted into Columbia University, but couldn’t attend due to lack of financial aid
Character’s darkest secret:
Does anyone else know? Her immediate family
If yes, did character tell them?
Greatest source of strength in character’s personality (whether she sees it as such or not): The harsh style of her mother’s child-rearing led her to be an independent girl who is used to being faced with challenges and finding ways of overcoming them.
Greatest source of weakness in character’s personality (whether she sees it as such or not): She acts based on her emotions rather than logical reasoning. This often gets her into trouble.
Character’s soft spot: She has a soft spot for the homeless
Is this soft spot obvious to others?: Not really, but if it came up, she wouldn’t deny it
Biggest vulnerability: She’s most vulnerable when around Lester, because she is secretly still in love with him.
Which of the 7 deadly sins does character fight (or give into, willingly or not)?
She fights gluttony, envy, and pride, but often succumbs to envy and pride. She developed an eating disorder in her teen years that sort of fizzled out as she matured—now she eats healthily. She also succumbs to lust and her greedy desires a fair bit. She has been known to be wrathful in times of great stress.
Which of the 7 virtues does your character have (or fight against)?
She is not chaste or abstinent, but she has kindness and humility in her heart. And she is diligently (although, not entirely patiently) pursuing her dream of becoming a professional singer.
Optimist or pessimist: Whichever suits her needs at the time
Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)
Drives and motivations: She is driven by her desire to help others and to fulfill her own dreams
Talents (hidden or not): She is a talented performer
Extremely skilled at: Singing, drawing, keeping track of things
Extremely unskilled at: Swimming, running, maintaining her balance
Good characteristics: creative, passionate, helpful
Character flaws: untrustworthy, not a good leader, lusty
Peculiarities: Prone to crying
One word character would use to describe self: protean
One paragraph description of how character would describe self:
What does Mallory consider her best physical characteristic?: Her face
What does character consider her worst physical characteristic?: Her thighs
Are these realistic assessments?: Yes, she is pretty honest with herself about her appearance, though her thighs are not as fatty as she believes them to be
How Mallory thinks others perceive her?: Generally, she believes she is liked—except by other straight girls. She thinks straight girls dislike her for some unknown reason.
What four things would Mallory most like to change about self?
1. She would like to be thinner
2. She would like for her scars to disappear
3. She would like for her dimples to disappear
4. She wishes her hair was easier to manage
If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as she thinks?: Yes, because she thinks Lester would be more attracted to her.
INTERRELATION WITH OTHERS
Has character ever cheated on any significant other?: Yes, but she was drunk so she doesn’t count it as “cheating.” This happens fairly often.
How does character relate to others? She claims to like others, but is actually quite reserved when meeting people. She’s reluctant to open up to others with whom she is unfamiliar
How is she perceived by…
Strangers? as an attractive, helpful young girl.
Friends? as a great friend who is always there for them.
Lover? as an incredible lover who is very skilled in bed and supremely affectionate/supportive.
Co-workers? as the strange, quiet girl who only shows up for a paycheck.
First impression character makes is: She is a kind, helpful girl.
What happens to change this perception? She becomes obsessive, although still helpful. Once her dream is unable to be realized, she wants to help Lester achieve his own goals and rekindle something with him.
What do family/friends like most about character? Her willingness to help others.
What do family/friends like least about character? Her tendency to say “like” too much, and to cry too much.
Immediate goal(s): Graduate from college
Long range goal(s): Move to New York and become a singer
How does character plan to accomplish goal(s)? She knows it will take lots of hard work, and she believes that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dreams. But perhaps she isn’t.
How will other people around character be affected? They would be largely unsurprised. They know she is a good singer and are just waiting for her to “make it.”
How does Mallory react in a crisis? She feigns calmness for as long as she can before succumbing to extreme anxiety attacks/panic. She also leans heavily on substance abuse to “get her through.”
How does Mallory face problems? Typically, she reacts before thinking—using her heart as a guide instead of logic. If her initial approach yields no success, however, she then thinks things over.
Kinds of problems character usually runs into: Not being able to pay the rent/bills,
How does character react to NEW problems? Anxiety attacks.
How does character react to change? She is very adaptive and meets changes with optimism, though that can wear out quickly.
Jewelry: Lots of Native-American themed jewelry; indigo
Other accessories: lip/nose/ear rings
Car: 2-door Maroon ’92 Honda Civic
Where does character live?: In an apartment in Richmond, IN
With anyone?: Yes, with her girlfriend, Janice
Where does character want to live?: New York City, NY
Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc)?: She tends to buy things she “wants” rather than things she needs, leaving her in tight spots before she gets her paychecks.
What does she do too much of?: Substance abuse
Too little of?: Healthy exercise
Most prized possession (and why): Her journals, because that is where she records everything.
Play musical instrument?: Yes
Which one(s)?: Piano, guitar
How did she learn?: Took piano lessons, self-taught herself guitar
Does character like animals? Yes
Any pets? A cat named Gerald
Owns a computer?: Yes, it’s a very old desktop
Email address: xXgreenergrassXx@hotmail.com
Uses for computer: Mostly for school work and social networking
Play computer games? Yes, Solitaire and Hearts
List 3 online site(s) (URLs) visited daily:
Person character secretly admires:
Person character was most influenced by: Lester Smith
Most important person in character’s life before story starts (and why): Her girlfriend, Janice Burke, because she is very supportive of Mallory and has always been there for her.
There are still a few blank spaces, but I feel I’ve made a lot of progress on this character. I really didn’t know who she was until this. I need to finish up Josie and Lester before I continue on with the manuscript. I hit an embarrassing brick wall when I didn’t know how my characters would react in a certain situation… Character profiling is exhausting work.