Thursday Thirteen #38 — Lyric’s


Before we get started, remember to check out the Bookworm Carnival over at Dewey’s place! She’s a 13er, too, so be sure to stop by and say hi on your rounds this week.

Many of you guys liked seeing Lyric in action on Monday, as part of the poetry train. (Go read it if you haven’t yet!)

Since Lyric is one of my favorite characters, too, I thought I’d bring you a Thirteen all about her.

Thirteen things about Lyric

1. Lyric is the eldest daughter of Melody Maker, porn queen extraordinaire. Her fraternal twin sister, Allegra, is four minutes younger. Youngest sister Harmony is four years younger.

2. Melody has no idea which of a few candidates fathered her three children. For all anyone knows, there were three fathers. Or maybe only one. The one thing we’re all sure of is that men WERE involved. Frequently.

3. Lyric, Allegra, and Harmony were all raised around the porn industry. Pregnancy didn’t stop Melody from making films. For awhile. Then she moved behind the camera, into consulting on wardrobe, makeup, and other details. In front or behind the camera, Melody was savvy enough to make sure any movie she was involved with said “A Melody Maker Movie” on the front cover.

4. Lyric and Allegra decided in their teens that they didn’t want to be part of adult films. Allegra had no clear plans, but Lyric decided to go to massage therapy school. She figured that at first, she could trade on her famous name to build her clientele, but she’d earn their return business.

5. As a massage student, fresh out of high school, Lyric needed someone to practice on. Melody liked to turn the scene into a film, Allegra was out trying to find a place where she fit in, and Harmony at fourteen was just too young. It was Melody who suggested Lyric find a guy in band, especially since Lyric liked music so much.

6. ShapeShifter was on the verge of taking the city by storm, and Lyric smelled opportunity. Linking to them early would help solidify her reputation as a real massage therapist. After all, any girls who were allowed inside ShapeShifter’s inner circle for any length of time were either girlfriends or girls who refused to put out but were valuable in other ways. Lyric was, of course, the latter.

7. Lyric picked Mitchell because he was the quietest ShapeShifter member. Someone as shy as Mitchell wasn’t likely to turn a massage into something sexual, and since he barely spoke, he wasn’t likely to brag about their deal: free massages in exchange for a spot on the band’s guest list. And the occasional ShapeShifter t-shirt. As she got to know him, she was surprised to find she’d developed a loyal friend.

8. Massage was great, but Allegra was still lost and Melody was finally making noises about being done with films. It was Lyric to the rescue.

9. With input from Melody and a silent business partner who became her landlord, Lyric opened a retail shop, Lyrical Pleasures. Allegra had a job, and so did Melody whenever she wanted it. Harmony too, once she was old enough.

10. Lyrical Pleasures quickly became THE place in Riverview. And for good reason: Lyric stocks everything from exclusive and limited-quantity club wear, outfits for strippers and drag queens — including wigs, shoes, and anything else they wanted — to lingerie and sleepwear, videos, and, of course, gear and toys for consenting partners. You can be as demure or as naughty as you want at Lyrical Pleasures. She even sells such innocuous things as the most luxurious bath beads she can find.

11. Because of the store and her reputation for discretion, Lyric knows pretty much everything happening in Riverview, from the underground to the top governmental figures and the people who really run the city.

12. Lyric and Kerri have a lot in common. In fact, once the two women meet (thanks to Mitchell, of course, when Kerri complains that Mitchell’s reputation as a kinky bastard is overblown), they become fast friends, having Mitchell and ShapeShifter in common, as well as drag queen pageants. Lyric knew Kerri’s name long before they met, as Kerri did the makeup for many of her queen friends in her pre-Mitchell days.

13. What’s the deal with Trevor and Lyric? She’s not one of his conquests, much to his chagrin, although truth be told, he doesn’t try very hard. Her reputation as straight-laced and not overly interested in those sorts of relationships precedes her, and that’s how she likes it.

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  1. bunnygirl

    July 18, 2007 7:49 pm

    Lyric sounds pretty savvy!

  2. Joely Sue Burkhart

    July 18, 2007 8:18 pm

    I *adore* your characters’ names!

  3. Wylie Kinson

    July 18, 2007 8:23 pm

    My goodness – you are early this week! I haven’t even THOUGHT of a TT yet 🙂

  4. Thomma Lyn

    July 18, 2007 8:28 pm

    As always, Susan, a rockin’ TT! Lyric is a fascinating character — and what a background! One of the many things I love about your characters is that their backstories are Ialmost/I as interesting as they are — Iway/I interesting on both counts.BR/BR/Happy TT to you, my friend! 🙂

  5. L^2

    July 18, 2007 8:37 pm

    Another interesting character – I love the musically-themed names. 🙂

  6. pussreboots

    July 18, 2007 9:06 pm

    Kind of reminds me of some of the ladies in IBare/I. Happy TT.

  7. Emma Wayne Porter

    July 18, 2007 9:19 pm

    I really need to sit that girl down and warn her about Trevor. BR/BR/Honestly.

  8. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 18, 2007 10:05 pm

    Oh, Emma, she’s ON to Trevor, have no fear. He’s smart enough to know it, too.

  9. Jenny McB

    July 18, 2007 10:10 pm

    Great names for the girls, interesting that one ends up so entwined with a band.

  10. Dewey

    July 18, 2007 10:31 pm

    I was so relieved to see that Lyric was a character and this was her list. Because I thought you were posting song lyrics and inexplicably just threw in one of those random apostrophes people throw in for no apparent reason. And I thought NO! NOT SUSAN! HOW CAN THIS BE?

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 18, 2007 10:34 pm

    I won’t let you down, Dew. Have no fear.

  12. Sanni

    July 18, 2007 10:35 pm

    Oh, how I love these character sketches!BR/BR/Excellent! Happy TT!

  13. maiylah

    July 18, 2007 10:36 pm

    cool TT post!! 🙂

  14. Lori

    July 18, 2007 10:38 pm

    Hmmmm, very interestinggggggg…Happy TT:)

  15. Cheryl

    July 18, 2007 10:41 pm

    Your characters are always so intriguing. 🙂 Hope I can come up with some just as unique.

  16. julia

    July 18, 2007 10:50 pm

    I can totally see “A Melody Maker Movie” on a video case. Great touch! And Lyrical Pleasures sounds like a wonderful spot. I would go in there if I could get to Riverview.BR/Thanks for your comment. We’ll talk!

  17. Lesley

    July 18, 2007 10:53 pm

    What a fun list! I love the name Lyrical Pleasures! I’d shop there! 😉

  18. Ann

    July 18, 2007 10:56 pm

    Cool list. Happy TT. (Mine’s up).

  19. sasha

    July 18, 2007 11:06 pm

    Hmmm.. I would love to read this one! :)BR/BR/Happy TT!

  20. Jill

    July 19, 2007 12:25 am

    Like that character!! Seems like a complex, yet simple kinda girl!!BR/I’ll keep commenting while you are sleeping!! might be the only way i can win!!BR/Did you enjoye Canada??

  21. Suprina

    July 19, 2007 1:50 am

    Great TT!

  22. Joy Renee

    July 19, 2007 2:22 am

    intriguing character dynamics.BR/BR/i love the girls names too. I have characters in my story world with names taken from music too but they couldn’t be more different. the mother is a pastor’s wife and church choir director.BR/BR/my tt is 13 musicians whose music I compose my stories to.

  23. Midas

    July 19, 2007 4:08 am

    Lyric sounds like an awesome character! I missed the first part of the post, but now I want to find otu more even though its’ almost 4AM, and I gotta be up in a few hours!

  24. Christine d'Abo

    July 19, 2007 8:13 am

    Lyric sounds like a very interesting character. I like how she hooks onto the band. There are so many people like that in real life.

  25. Robin

    July 19, 2007 8:16 am

    I love Lyric. I’d have guessed her parents for flower children, but the whole Melody Maker thing is a gas.

  26. T.A.Chase

    July 19, 2007 8:51 am

    Thanks for giving us background on Lyric. She sounds like a person I’d like to meet. 🙂

  27. Ms. George

    July 19, 2007 9:10 am

    Great list! Your characters are so fascinating…BR/Congrats on all your blogger awards!

  28. Nancy

    July 19, 2007 9:44 am

    I love her. She is so smart to do what she did. I would get a massage from her….

  29. gabriella hewitt

    July 19, 2007 10:59 am

    I love the musical names. You amaze me each time with the depth of background you’ve explored with these characters. Looking forward to more.

  30. Gabriella Hewitt

    July 19, 2007 11:05 am

    Most fascinating. Like a soap opera but less cheesy.BR/BR/Check it out I swapped with Michelle Cary. Blog Swap!

  31. Samantha Lucas

    July 19, 2007 12:05 pm

    Ooooh, great list! 🙂

  32. Starrlight

    July 19, 2007 12:17 pm

    Great names on those characters =)

  33. Rhian / Crowwoman

    July 19, 2007 1:50 pm

    Lyric sounds very cool, very focused and determined to make her dreams come true. And it sounds like she has no designs on Trev which makes me happy because he’s MINE! MINE I TELL YOU! Normally I wuold say until i get tired of him, but Trev seems to be the sort that would keep me entertained for quite some time.

  34. SusieJ

    July 19, 2007 2:43 pm

    This was clever. Very nice.

  35. Tink

    July 19, 2007 2:52 pm

    Lyric is a very interesting character to say the least! I love her name and those of her sisters.BR/My TT is about full moon names.

  36. impworks

    July 19, 2007 3:21 pm

    Certainly not a dull character 🙂

  37. Daisy Dexter Dobbs

    July 19, 2007 4:14 pm

    Great character studies, Susan! :-DBR/BR/One of these Thursdays I really have to get another TT up!

  38. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 19, 2007 4:16 pm

    Daisy! Love to see you around here!BR/BR/Yes, please do more TTs. I miss them. Heck, I just wish you were blogging more often!BR/BR/I’m glad everyone’s liking Lyric. I have two, maybe three, more outtakes in mind for her. You guys won’t mind taking her story out of order, will you? (heck, the only one you get IN order is Pam’s)

  39. GarthTrekker

    July 19, 2007 4:37 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Lyric and you gave a lot of info! Thanks, Lyn

  40. Joy T.

    July 19, 2007 4:37 pm

    You had me at “porn queen extraordinaire”! Lyric sounds very interesting. Happy TT!

  41. Lisa Andel

    July 19, 2007 6:27 pm

    Great information on Lyric. I’m liking her.BR/BR/Hey wait. You said in your comments that Trevor was smart? Did you forget a few letters there?

  42. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 19, 2007 6:28 pm

    Yeah, that too, Lisa. But didn’t I say “smart enough” — that’s a different beast, you know.

  43. Lisa Andel

    July 19, 2007 6:48 pm

    I used a bad word, so I posted my response over at my blog. 😀

  44. Miscellaneous-Mum

    July 19, 2007 6:52 pm

    I read this wrong for a second and thought you were referring to a family member! I then thought: “Wow, you’re pretty liberally minded!!”BR/BR/I then saw this was a character’s list. Then it all made sense……

  45. FindingYourPath

    July 19, 2007 9:52 pm

    I was a little lost but sounds cool.BR/BR/Thanks for the ReadBR/BR/Mitch

  46. Dragonheart

    July 20, 2007 5:20 am

    Lyric is a great name! She sounds like a very interesting character!

  47. Haley-O

    July 20, 2007 10:41 pm

    I love the name Lyric!!!!!

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