(adj.) having or showing a ready disposition to fight
Bellicose. Like most of the upcoming words-of-the-day, I picked bellicose because 1) I have never heard of it before and 2) it made me think.
I personally know very few bellicose people in my life. I am, most days, an easy-going person and a recovering doormat; so I tend to shy away from people that are looking for a fight. In fact, I really can’t stand real confrontation at all and it makes me break down into really embarrassing girly tears nearly every time, so a bellicose nature would send me running for the hills.
Since this nature is nearly opposite to my own, the very idea of it lends new meaning to the way I think about the characters that I write. I can honestly say that none of them has even the slightest hint of that trait; they are all variations and mix-ups of me and the people I know. Not that this is bad thing per se, but now I can’t help but wonder what other personality quirks my characters might be missing out on just because I’m an introverted recluse.
I guess what I’m getting at is that it’s Saturday morning, and I’d like to be sitting on my couch playing video games and instead I’m thinking about how a random word I found online is changing the cast of characters that I write about on a day-to-day basis. What would a person who is ready to fight all the time be like? How would they live their everyday life? Is it easy for them to make friends? What kind of people would want to be around them? Dang it, I’m missing out on major Saturday Morning Cartoon time thinking about this!
Which I suppose is the point…*sigh* I suppose I can always watch Saturday AFTERNOON Cartoons instead, since they’re all on Netflix anyway.
Do you have any bellicose characters in your writings? Or better yet, do you know people like this in real life? Or are you one yourself? Have I deeply offended you by my ignorance and now you want to punch me? (Please don’t.) Let me know in the comments!
(A note for long-time readers: Please excuse the mess! I accidentally messed up my blog’s theme and formatting, so I’m trying out some new stuff to see if I like it. I realized last night that I didn’t really fix anything, so yeah…it’s kinda broken right now. But I will fix it as soon as I eat my s’mores cereal and watch old reruns of Pokemon!)