Monday, July 14, 2014

Beautiful People #2: Nicolo

The character featured in this Beautiful People post is the second main character from my as-yet-untitled novel for Camp NaNoWriMo: Nicolo Dolfin.
Is it possible to have a literary crush on a character you created? (Or is that a kind of incest or something?) Because I'm really liking this guy. He is so utterly classy. He is really a beautiful person. :)

So - meet Nicolo.

1) What's their favourite food? (Bonus: Favourite flavour of chocolate!)
Well, the bonus question is easy - dark chocolate wins hands down. But his ideal intake of caffeine is through a nice cup of coffee. [I would say a shot of espresso, but that wasn't invented until a century later.]
As for favorite food - octopus ink pasta with squid. Weird, I know. But strangely delicious. [Trust me, I've tried it.]

2) What do they absolutely hate?
Pretentiousness. People thinking they are better than others. Unfortunately, this trait is slightly manifested in his father, Antonio Dolfin.

3) What do they enjoy learning about?
Not classical literature, science, or mathematics. He's had enough of that during his two years on the mainland getting a higher education. He doesn't mind it, but he'd rather be learning the intricacies of maskmaking.

4) Who is the most influential person in their life?
His mother. She's always there with solid, sensible advice, and, frankly, runs the household, though his father blusters about thinking he's in charge.

5) What is their childhood fear?
Not living up to his father's expectations.
[Well, that's a bit profound. But Nicolo was never afraid of things like ghosts or the dark. In fact - he loved the dark and thought that ghosts were awesomely mysterious.]

6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible?
Making a mask that is alive, with personality.
[Zaneta Soranzo, from the last BP post, can make these kinds of masks. The maskmaker imbues the mask with memories and emotions, which can infiltrate to the wearer. The wearer and the mask choose each other - it's not a one sided process. But only the Soranzi know the secrets to making these kinds of masks.]

7) What is something that he is impractically afraid of?
I don't know if this applies, but it is all I could think of: his mother dying. Because then what will happen to his family? The responsibility of keeping it together and running will be on his shoulders. (His younger brother is very much like his father.)

8) Are they a night owl or a morning person?
Night owl.

9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid?
Oh Nicolo definitely leaves a lot unsaid. Which makes him a good couple with Zaneta who leaves NOTHING unsaid.

10) What are their nervous habits?
He runs his fingers through his hair.

So there you have Nicolo Dolfin, son of the (second) best maskmaker in Venice!*

For Zaneta's Beautiful People post, click HERE.

*Best maskmaker is obviously Zaneta's father, Bartolomeo Soranzo.


  1. Masks that are alive with personality?? That sounds so cool! :D

    Nicolo does sound classy. He sounds like one of those characters that can be slightly annoying but at the same time you can't help but love them (and fangirl over them)

    Which basically means: He's wonderful :D

    1. Haha exactly! Somehow these questions weren't the PERFECT ones to show off his awesomeness, but they did reveal a lot about his relationship with his mother, that's for sure. I didn't even know his mother existed before writing this post! :-P

    2. I love when these questions help unlock new things about the characters (my character had a few new things about her discovered as I answered). That makes Beautiful People all the better! :)

  2. Ooh, I love the sound of your book! And Nicolo is awesome. Just sayin'. I leave a lot unsaid too, so I'm with him on that one. Bit unsure about the squid, ew? Haha! Dark chocolate all the way though. XD
    Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. The pasta is super tasty - I promise! It doesn't taste as bad as it sounds, seriously. :-) And it looks super pretty on a plate too:
      (Click here for the photo)

    2. Saw this while my comment was posting. That right there is definitely an interesting, adventurous food. And I shall like to try it some day.

      the writeress @ barefoot in the snow

  3. Hi there! Linkup visitor here :)

    Octopus ink pasta with squid? Octopus ink pasta. With squid. Interesting. And it actually exists?? Being the adventurous eater that I am, I shall have to try that sometime, assuming I ever cross paths with such a dish.

    I like Nicolo a lot. The part about liking the dark and what he thinks of ghosts is cool. I'd definitely love to know more about him! And personality masts? Cool!!

    Now I'm going to go read about Zaneta...

    the writeress @ barefoot in the snow

    1. You should definitely try the Octopus ink pasta. It is super good, and easy to prepare. (Not so easy to acquire. I don't know where you can get it. Venice, Japan... hmmm...)

      Though it does make your teeth rather black.... you have to rinse them out really well afterwards.

    2. Haha, I suppose that's what you get for eating ink. Still. Yes, the acquiring it will most certainly be a problem. But if I ever happen to see it, I'll certainly remember this!


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