Thursday Thirteen #11 — Meet and Greet Mitchell Voss

Photo courtesy of (just plain of) and copyright 2003-7 by Brian.
Header design by The Tour Manager.

Although Trevor’s Song is, presumably, about Trevor Wolff, Mitchell Voss figures pretty prominently into what goes on during the story — and in what happens before and after, too. So here are some facts about Mitchell, so you have a better idea of who you’re dealing with.

1. His blonde hair is an impossible color. So blonde it’s almost white, shot through with strands of silver and gold to give it depth. Trevor hates Mitchell’s hair; he thinks it’s a chick magnet. He’s right.

2. Before he picked up a guitar, Mitchell wanted to be a pro baseball player. He had potential, too, but soon discovered you got more girls with a guitar.

3. Once he learned the requisite three chords of rock and roll, he realized that making music was what he was meant to do. And getting girls paled in comparison to what he could make a guitar do.

4. He’s the youngest of three kids. His two older siblings, Beth and Amy, torment him endlessly in that lovingly sisterly way. Especially Amy.

5. He torments the girls back, especially Amy. One of his favorite stunts as a teen was walking naked from the bathroom to his bedroom when she had friends over. He, of course, had to walk right past her room. And if the door was shut, he, of course, had to interrupt for something.

6. He never once considered going to college or trade school. He was going to make it without any of that. And he did.

7. Once Trevor talked him into putting the band together, he found a way to pay for voice lessons. Self-taught on guitar, he also took music theory classes at Riverview Music Consortium. But that’s not going to college. It’s taking a class to learn about music.

8. Mitchell loves to grill. Not cook. Grill. If it can’t be grilled, he won’t make it. That said, he grills odd things (brownies?). Or… tries to.

9. When he moved out of his parents’ house, he rented a rat trap apartment within walking distance to All Access. He stayed in that apartment even after he could afford something nicer, only leaving it for the farm house.

10. He loves to swim and play in the pool with the rest of the band when they’re on the road. Laps are his friend; he doesn’t have to think much.

11. At home, he’ll add mountain biking to his hobbies. And taking up space in Daniel and Val’s pool.

12. His public persona as a dick is merely a show. Even though he is a major dick at times.

13. Mitchell was quite happy being a cigarette-smoking stud when he met Kerri. One date with her — the date that opens Trevor’s Song, in fact — and all that changed.

Don’t forget to scroll down, now that you know Mitchell a bit better, and enter the meme contest. Books galore to the winners. I’m taking entries until the 20th of January, so put on your creativity caps and have at it.

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  1. Rashenbo

    January 10, 2007 11:34 pm

    I love how you opened with Mitchell’s hair! Following the green hair week it makes it more important somehow! 🙂 br /br /Happy Thursday my friend, I’ll see ya tomorrow.

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 10, 2007 11:36 pm

    Yup, it’s all about Mitchell’s hair. Check out the contest below … someone’s already included the green hair in their entry!

  3. Milan-zzz

    January 10, 2007 11:57 pm

    Am I supposed to like Mitchell? Because he’s reminding me on my guitar failure … luckily girls here prefers clichés like: black hair/blue eyes br /and to broke clichés (just in case) very long black hair/blue eyes … I was fitting perfectly in both categoriesbr /br /(some of them were even thought I’m a professional guitarist and that I have a band! … I loved especially that kind)br /br /Hugs!br /br /(my long TT #4 is up… it’s very long)

  4. Sanni

    January 11, 2007 12:19 am

    That´s simply wonderful – it´s always a pleasure to visit you @ West of Mars =)br /br /P.S.: Please visit my a href=””TT #8/a – Thanks a lot =)

  5. baggage

    January 11, 2007 12:38 am

    I still think this is one of the neatest ideas for a blog. Happy TT!

  6. she

    January 11, 2007 1:30 am

    #2 is great. Getting more girls with music than sports! What a hoot. I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate, but I suspect you may be on to something.

  7. Raggedy

    January 11, 2007 1:44 am

    Great /Have a wonderful Thursday!

  8. Duchess

    January 11, 2007 7:08 am

    Love the picture to start your /Great informative list. Happy TTbr /br /oh, no one can bike to work around here, too much traffic and no sidewalks on most of the streets. I would take metro if it came out this far.

  9. Mom's Secret Life

    January 11, 2007 8:34 am

    Thanks for the big smile today…and for telling me what frogging is.

  10. Mom's Secret Life

    January 11, 2007 8:34 am

    Thanks for the big smile today…and for telling me what frogging is.

  11. Mom's Secret Life

    January 11, 2007 8:34 am

    Thanks for the big smile today…and for telling me what frogging is.

  12. Lswriter

    January 11, 2007 9:41 am

    Mmm … guys playing guitar. :pbr /br /Grilling brownies, eh? That actually gives me an idea …

  13. Jane

    January 11, 2007 9:55 am

    I’m afraid I am in the dark about Mitchell. Sorry. I will have to read more of your blog and get to know him!br /THanks for stopping by my T13.

  14. cheesygiraffe

    January 11, 2007 10:06 am

    All these qualties tell you why Mitchell is a guitar god. ;)br /What actor do you picture playing M?

  15. musie

    January 11, 2007 10:39 am

    Great list! Keep up the great work!

  16. karen!

    January 11, 2007 10:59 am

    Happy Thursday!br /br /You should totally do this for all the main characters. I loved learning more about /br /And, I can’t believe that I remembered that he loved to grill (see my hot dog answer from yesterday)… he he he

  17. Joely Sue Burkhart

    January 11, 2007 11:12 am

    I love this–I will definitely try a list for one of my characters in the future! Great for me, and hoepfully somewhat entertaining. 🙂 Happy TT!br /a href=””Joely/a

  18. Mama Duck

    January 11, 2007 11:22 am

    How interesting!! Happy TT, thanks for visiting us ;).

  19. Janet

    January 11, 2007 12:24 pm

    mmm, Mitchell’s hair sounds awesome!

  20. Rashenbo

    January 11, 2007 3:47 pm

    Hehehe, yes, what actor do you think fits closest to Mitchell? :)or, if not an actor how bout a rocker?

  21. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 11, 2007 3:51 pm

    How about a guy who goes both ways, so to speak? Poison’s Brett Michaels would be my pick to play –and produce, if he’s still got that movie production company with Charlie /br /Except Brett’s getting a bit too old for Mitchell, so he’d better buy the rights soon! Or else just know of someone he’d suggest for the part…br /br /Other than that, no clue. I’m open to suggestions, though!

  22. Buttercup

    January 11, 2007 4:18 pm

    This seems like a good way of getting to know your characters even more. Thanks for stopping by my TT!

  23. scooper

    January 11, 2007 4:29 pm

    A grill man, what’s not to like?

  24. {Karla}

    January 11, 2007 4:36 pm

    i’ll have to catch up on all of the Mitchell news!br /br /Happy T13!br /br /Blessings,br /Karla

  25. Starrlight

    January 11, 2007 5:00 pm

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by my TT =)

  26. Haley-O

    January 11, 2007 5:09 pm

    Mitchell’s hair must make him really stick out in a crowd. Sounds like quite the charismatic character…. 🙂

  27. Cheryl

    January 11, 2007 6:15 pm

    What is it about guitars?! 😉

  28. the superstar

    January 11, 2007 6:21 pm

    cool blog! thanks so much for stopping by mine… why don’t you think you’ll ever read Emma? not a Jane Austen fan?

  29. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 11, 2007 6:33 pm

    Fear. I’ve read so many of the classics and hated them that I am afraid to pick up the rest!

  30. kooky kay

    January 11, 2007 7:44 pm

    That’s cool information …

  31. Melissa

    January 11, 2007 7:46 pm

    Great list! Very creative too. Happy TT!

  32. Sparky Duck

    January 11, 2007 8:02 pm

    heh, Philly Rules!! 🙂

  33. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 11, 2007 8:17 pm

    Oh, you poor, misguided Sparky Duck… Philly does NOT rule. Even YOU know that, or else you wouldn’t have spent your time today listing things you don’t like about it. If it DID rule, you’d have listed things that DO rule. br /br /See? br /br /To be honest, Riverview’s a cooler city than either of ours. You’re welcome to hang out here at West of Mars and have fun with everyone. Even if you’re wearing an Eagles jersey.

  34. Sparky Duck

    January 11, 2007 8:50 pm

    Pirate Radio still rocks, or at least the last time I heard it, though I cant pull it in down here. And when you say Rock hard, thats an /br /I was checking the news and it seems that Pittsburgh has not yet been accepted in Ohio, something about them not wanting the city or something, strange. 🙂

  35. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 11, 2007 10:14 pm

    Have you ever BEEN to Ohio? I lived there for two years. We’re not going anywhere, thankyouverymuch.

  36. dawn

    January 11, 2007 11:33 pm

    Great List – loved learning about /br /Happy TT

  37. Sparky Duck

    January 12, 2007 12:04 am

    No never been, though my brother and wife fled after graduation, so that must say /br /I watch plenty of adult swim and dont see ren or stimpy anymore ;(

  38. Blond Girl

    January 12, 2007 1:50 am

    that was fun… I was reading it trying to figure out who this guy was… went looking for hints and then realized he’s a charecter you’re writing about. Great charecter developement – you totally had me! br /br /Here from Geekwif’s T13.

  39. Kuanyin

    January 12, 2007 2:25 am

    Happy TT! Yes, musicians got it made for getting the chicks. 🙂

  40. Uisce

    January 12, 2007 11:24 am

    I don’t know why I find this so incredibly fascinating. Maybe it’s that I’m a fictional character myself! 🙂

  41. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 12, 2007 12:06 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that fictional characters are the best. They rarely let you /br /No wonder I already sorta like you, U.

  42. Tink

    January 12, 2007 12:22 pm

    Nice to “meet” you, Mitchell. I greet you! ;-)br /Thanks for visiting my TT.

  43. Turnbaby

    January 13, 2007 10:20 am

    Hi Susan–what a very creative TT. I like it! And thanks for stopping by my TT.

  44. Sophisticated Writer

    January 13, 2007 11:53 am

    Mitchell sounds so different and interesting. So, I was the one who inspired the contest?!br /br /I really hope to enter. I’ve had a very bad migraine that’s killing me for two days and counting 🙁 Something happened today that really upset and pissed me off and I don’t feel like doing anything…

  45. Southern Writer

    January 13, 2007 12:21 pm

    Your character sketch makes the book sound really interesting. Please don’t make me read the whole blog to find out if it’s pubbed yet, and where I can find a synopsis. I’ve been up all night and my eyes are dry amd I’m tired and cranky and hungry. Do you still have my e-mail? WIll you send me a synopsis, or a link to one, or something?

  46. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 13, 2007 2:05 pm

    Yup, I’ve got stuff I can send you, Leisa. And Sophisticated, you’ve still got eight days to enter! Some of them are hysterical; wait until you see what I’ll be doing for you winners… *wink*br /br /Don’t worry so much. You guys will like it.

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