So . . . sometimes I'll pick a trait/skill/hobby for an OC that has absolutely nothing to do with myself. I want to stretch myself, make sure my characters are different and vivid and not just self-insertions.
And then trait/skill/hobby will come true for me, too.
Back in my TMNT days, I named an OC Maggie because it was different and not 'forcibly cool' like most OC names. Then a coworker goes on a food run and I find her order sheet -- mine is listed under the name 'Maggie'. I was going by Maddy at the time. She misheard and assumed my name was Maggie.
For that XS/Thundercats crossover I was writing, I decided to make JB something different than 'rough, tough, tomboy' so I made her a medic. One month later, I get hired on as a phlebotomist in a medical lab.
Cut to the present!
My new squeeable pairing is Loki/Verity . . . . hmmm, needs something. Oh I know! A third! Then they can be a triad.
So I start brainstorming. At first I come up with Loki finding another full sleeved redhead out of sheer rebound pathetic-ness after the fight they had in Loki: Agent of Asgard #10. But nah, the 'twin' thing is old hat. I think she should be her own self. Maybe she's not so plain 'good' as Verity; that would balance out her nagging Loki to be good all the time. Maybe she'd be the one to say: 'Sometimes you have to do the wrong things for the right reasons.'
Let's see . . . she could be a pickpocket or a scam artist -- Oh! A mistress of disguise! She could paint someone else's face over the top of her own! Okay, looks . . . let's give her a mop of blonde curls. And a super-power? How about she alters probability to let her get away with things.
Her name can be Impunity.
I start looking into makeup tutorials to see the kinds of things she could do and suddenly I'm like: OMG, makeup is fascinating! <------ lifelong tomboy
Then my hair had bad reaction to the new brand of hair dye I switched to. I decide to get some color remover and just let it breathe for a while.
I do not recall being this blonde. But my natural curl sure appreciated removing all the buildup.
*Suddenly sporting a mop of blonde curls and professional grade makeup and brushes*
. . . . this is getting a little weird.