My Ranking Points
Helllllooooooooo! Look, so, I know I was supposed to post this a, uh, long time ago, but I have a super big project and some other things that are taking up a lot of time. It’s also possible that I don’t like doing bios that much and I have been procrastinating. Seriously, though, apparently I’ve been in high demand recently and new things come up when I am just getting a handle on old ones, so a little while longer of not-so-scheduled posts from me. Sorry. I am super excited, though, because I was chatting with @legendaryevilbandit and inspiration struck! I’ve decided to completely change the title and almost completely change the story line. My idea is basically to combine this previously started story of mine, based around Greek mythology, and combine it with Enchanted Falls, which is now going to be based around Norse mythology. So now, instead of being like KOTLC (it’s still like, half Keeper), it’s going to be like Rick Riordan books! Yay for ideas!
Name: Naia Michaels
Home: Naia lives in a ski town/resort in the Rocky Mountains, where the buildings are all log cabins, and there is/are lots of hot cocoa and fireplaces. It’s the sort of place where you either see snow or flowers, a wondrous natural setting either way, and at the bottom of the mountains, there is a silver lake where animals come to drink. That is at a lower elevation than Naia’s home, but visible if you go outside. It can get so cold in the winter, though, that when it is, everyone stays inside and the town has an eerie yet cozy feeling about it.
Hobbies: Living at a part-time ski resort, Naia learned skiing when she was two, and enjoys horseback riding at the community ranch down by the lake, where she doesn’t have her own horse, but takes lessons. She can paint well, and enjoys reading fantasy and ice skating.
Appearance: She has long, straight-ish black hair that flows behind her whenever she goes fast, a freckled face, blue eyes, and a small nose. She is average height, quite strong, but skinny.
Style: Her winter jacket has faux fur lining the collar, and is heavily insulated on the inside with glorious fluffiness, has a zipper, and is a dark indigo. She obviously doesn’t wear jeans skiing, but has periwinkle snow pants, and white gloves. She likes to wear accessories, but takes them off when she skies, so that she doesn’t loose them and so that, if it’s a *********, she can put on her helmet and goggles. In summer and late spring, because in early spring she’s still skiing, she still wears her accessories, but usually wears flowy skirts and for horse riding, she clearly wears jeans. For all seasons, she wears her hair down, and for fall, she just wears jeans and long sleeves.
Personality: Naia is the sporty type, although she still enjoys reading. Her favorite sports are skiing and horseback riding. She basically is a professional skier, having skied multiple double black diamonds, and hopes to someday be in the Winter Olympics, preferably before she’s 30. She is very pretty, but doesn’t like to flaunt her beauty, and prefers to keep to herself, her hobbies, her books, and her closest friends. She has no problem with strangers, but she HATES not being told something. HATES it.
Flaws: Naia can get snarky, and is definitely sassy. She struggles with losses, and while her guardians don’t mind it because they know she is good enough, she will often stay out skiing or riding after dark, against her better judgement. However, she does have a little common sense, and skies nothing harder than blues when she does stay out at night.
Friends: She has many friends, but her closest are Elektra and Melanie.
Enemies: None for the time being, but just you wait…
Backstory: Orphaned from the moment she could open her eyes, Naia Michaels was adopted at almost that same moment by her guardians-to-be, the sisters Callie and Ann. They owned a cabin in a town at the base of the Rocky Mountains, which was a town as well as a ski resort, complete with ski lifts, equipment stores, and hot cocoa stands. It was a pretty wealthy neighborhood, so their house was pretty big with lots of windows and rooms, but at the same time, the fireplaces and almost rustic feel to it made it cozy. There was a community stable at a bit of a lower elevation, where Naia began to do one of her favorite things, riding horses, on her fifth birthday. On her second birthday though, her guardians took her skiing for the first time, and it became her passion. She couldn’t wish for a better life, but there was one thing that always bothered her. Why would her parents give her up?
Alright, I’m ending it there. Looking back, I was supposed to post this a few err… weeks ago, so I’m sorry about that. To make up for it, I will be posting whenever I have a break from my project. I’m not sure if everyone here knows, so I’m going to do a quick explanation for the levels of ski trails, because they’re going to come up a lot.
Bunny ***** – Easy practice hill; for beginners.
Green – Still easy, but on an actual trail.
Blue – Harder. This is sort of the middle ground, but some are much more difficult than others.
Black – Hard.
Double Black – Expert only.
This is only how they do it where I ski, so this is what I know. I also know that there are a bunch of other rankings in different areas though. Please let me know if you would like to be tagged or untagged. @fudgepop9 Buona giornata/Buona Notte! (Sorry, I’m learning Italian. Have a good day/good night!
Great! I’m loving the details! I thought it was a really good idea that you added that info about skiing, because I don’t know diddly squat about winter sports! Very weird, considering I live in a place that has three temperatures year round: -35 degrees Fahrenheit, 27 degrees, and the extremely rare, once every blue moon…90 degrees.
However, you may want to add in a couple of words and phrases that no one outside of equestrians would know, if horseback riding is going to be even the tiniest bit important to your story, otherwise that could cause a lot of confusion!
All the non-equestrians would be thinking: Leads? Diagonals? Verticals? Tracking left? Trot? Canter? Take the line? Two point? Half seat? Cross-firing? A charlie horse? Crop? Stirrup? Lunging? The horse is “forward”? A saddle pad? Cribbing? Inside? A martingale? A “green horse”?!?!! WHAT IS HAPPENING?!??
Yeah, there’s just so much vocabulary associated with horseback riding, it would probably be a good idea to define some of those words as well. (It always cracks me up when I start talking about a “green horse” and the person I’m talking to actually thinks the horse is the color green! 🙂 )
I’m assuming you’re an equestrian here…very sorry if you’re not and actually have no idea what I’m talking about 😉
Also, just out of curiosity, which style does Naia ride: Western or English/Classical? Or both?
And if you’re an equestrian, which style do you ride?
I ride English/Classical, if you couldn’t tell by the lack of Western vocab 😉
Anyway, Naia sounds like a well rounded character! I can’t wait to see her in a story!
Umm, well, I’m going to start riding in spring, because I have always loved horses, and now a bunch of our neighbors have horses. I’m probably going to ride English though.
First of all, great bio! Naia sounds like an interesting person!
Second: Skiing is awesome. You probably know that @sparklyfairy123 because I might be going skiing with you in Montana.
Third: I ride horses. I ride Western because y’know, I live in Texas. I’ve tried riding English and it just feels weird. You grip the reins too tight and it’s just so different. I’ve ridden… five different horses. In order: Whisper, Ranger, Bella, Nike, and Don. Nike is my favorite and I ride him the most.
😀 Looking forward to your story. Please tag me! :p
Oh, that’s cool! Yeah, I started riding three years ago. I chose English because I wanted to jump 😀 I’ve loved horses ever since I was little, but my parents didn’t want me to fall off and get hurt or decide that a didn’t want to do it anymore after they spent a ton of money on it. I tended to switch sports a lot when I was younger…
Well, if you ever need any help with “equestrian vocab” (Not totally sure what to call it) I’d be happy to!
Good luck with your lessons!