A Fun Game in Your Head – Part 2

Old log cabins by Mantojärvi-lake near Utsjoki...

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As promised the second part of this game devised by Ozlem Yikici appears below. For this part she instructed us to take our character profiles and email them to one of the other writers as we had been assigned. We then each got another writer’s character profiles to work with. We were to write a dialogue following the same instructions as we had done with our own.

The profiles below were sent to me by CM Stewart:

Name: Mikael

Home: rural village of Mantojärvi, Finland

Gender: male

Age: 23

Education: rudimentary education, church-schooled until age 13

Occupation: farmer and church deacon

Religion: devout Finnish Neopagan

Relationships: newlywed, no children

Notable abilities / disabilities: none

Status: respected by fellow villagers, in charge of yearly “Festival of Colour”

Personality: devout, hard-working, obedient, traditional, superstitious


Name: Niko

Home: rural village of Mantojärvi, Finland

Gender: Male

Age: 20

Education: parochial-schooled until age 18

Occupation: jack-of-all-trades

Religion: Finnish Neopagan

Relationships: single, no children

Notable abilities / disabilities: none

Status: well-liked by fellow villagers

Personality: enthusiastic, inquisitive, cheerful, gossipy, a helper

Name: “boy”

Home: orphanage in Utsjoki, Finland (runaway to Mantojärvi)

Gender: male

Age: 7

Education: minimal home-schooling

Occupation: to find his family

Religion: none

Relationships: orphaned, father dead, mother relocated

Notable abilities / disabilities: excellent survival instincts / illiterate

Status: orphan, runaway

Personality: suspicious, fearful, loyal, distant, secretive

This is the dialogue I created based on the profiles given to me. I must confess I struggled a bit to get the Finnish accent to come through in the writing.

Niko, the person I was looking for. I wanted to thank you for your hard work in the festival this year. I hope the Ukko is happy. ”

“Thank you Michael, but since you’ve come to lead worship, Ukko has blessed us with a rich harvest. I am confident that this year is no different.”

“I really hope you’re right.”

“I’m sure you and Eeva will be blessed this year.”

“If Ukko is willing. Niko, the one thing I had to ask, did you hear what’s gone missing in recent times?”

“Yes, it’s a shame. Many things have been taken off of the good and hard working people who do not have much to begin with.”

“I was wondering if you knew the source of these mysterious disappearances.”

“No, but I’ve been busy fixing up the Jarva place because it hasn’t been tended to since the old man died. They recently sent his wife away, poor girl half his age and left on her own. Its no wonder she went a little crazy when they took them children away from her. I’m heading there now.”

“If you wait, I’m going to walk with you. It is on the way home.”

“You do not need to Mikael. I have my wagon aside the barn and I need to make a few stops along the way.”

“Then I leave to you blessings Niko.”

“Thank you Mikael.”


“Ay son, are you here?”

“Ya, I’m here.”

“Get under the cover of the back of the cart. Should turned you in when I found you this morning. They are on to your thieving boy. I’ll take you in, but that has to stop, hear me?”

“Yes, sir.”




About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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3 Responses to A Fun Game in Your Head – Part 2

  1. CMStewart says:

    Wow, that’s great! I noticed some subtle and not-so-subtle similarities in our dialogues- Ukko, the blessings, and the “crazy” woman, specifically. I hope you enjoyed working with my characters. The accent came through. 🙂

    • I just headed over and checked yours out. There are certainly some similar things going on. Thanks for the character profiles it was both fun and challenging to work with someone else’s characters. Glad the accent came through.

  2. yikici says:

    Billie Jo great job! As Cynthia has said the similarities are the first thing I noticed too 🙂 this is exciting as it hints at the theory possibly working -we just need to see what Cynthia E has come up with. 😀

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