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note to self: i’ll be there for you, always

written june 6, 2021. Photo by Kristine Cinate on Unsplash I have always looked for myself in other people. I think the idea was that they would somehow hold the pieces of me that I felt were missing. That maybe, if I wrapped my identity up in theirs enough, we would somehow make a whole person. It's not healthy to live like this, but I did it anyway — burning through relationships and searching for something I couldn't quite name. It was never enough, not to be myself, but it was never enough to latch my identity to other people, either. I got close, several times — I thought I had reached the pinnacle of self discovery. I thought I had completed myself. But in the end, relying on other people to help build yourself is never a viable way to do things. It's only recently that I've started to become comfortable with the idea of being enough, as I am, on my own. Several years ago, in this same position, I would have searched for another person to attach my identity onto,

A Novel Idea: Luna

"W h a t ' s  y o u r  n a m e ? " 
"L u n a  B e r r y ." 
"W o w ,  y o u r  p a r e n t s  m u s t  h a t e  y o u ,  h u h ?" 
"D i d  y o u r s ?" 

I'm finally going to take a break from the stream of Petrichor posts to focus on a different character. Luna is not even 24 hours old yet, but what better way to figure her out than by featuring her for A Novel Idea?

Luna is the MC of my possible NaNo novel (still untitled) that I came up with a few days ago after a creepy dream. It's a futuristic adventure with evil spinal surgeons and a bunch of peril and stuff. Totally right up my alley, right? I'm not sure exactly what will happen in her story yet, but that's half the fun.

Personality-wise, Luna is the direct opposite of almost all my girl characters in that she accepts emotions, isn't emotionally constipated, and actually thrives on them. She's an ENFP, and she has structured her life around pleasing other people at times. She can also be naive and too trusting, but she loves people and figuring out what makes them tick. 

The questions for A Novel Idea this week seem to be tailor made for her, so I decided to feature her here. We'll see how this goes. Here we go.

1. Who are their parents? What are their names, occupations, etc? Are they close to their parents?
Luna is an anomaly in the YA genre: she actually has parents! And they love her! And she loves them!

Only problem is, I stink at coming up with parental names. (I always default to naming fathers, and all guy characters for that matter, Joe.) Let's see. Her father's name is Kevin and her mom's name is Isabelle. Her dad is a writer and her mom is a lawyer. They are both in their early 40s. (Subject to change.)

2. Do they have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?
Luna has an older brother and a younger sister. Her brother's name is tentatively Keller, and her sister's name is Annie. (Maybe? I don't know.) Keller is 21 and Annie is 11. I need to develop her family more, so this is all subject to change.

3. If they’re old enough, do they have a job?
Luna works part time at a malt shop, when her medical issues allow.

4. Are they right or left-handed? Or ambidextrous?

5. Do they have any allergies or diseases of any kind?
Yes, Luna has an as-of-yet undefined spinal condition that very much motivates the story and drives the conflict forward. I'm not sure what it's called yet, but I'm working on it! It limits what she can do, though, and eventually drives her to have a surgery meant to help repair it and help her to recovery.

(But, like all good stories, this all does not go according to plan. *evil laughter*)

And, of course, Luna is a fairly new character, so all facts lying therein are subject to change.

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Seriously, go check out A Novel Idea, hosted by my friend Ashley @ Ashley Aspires!

A Novel Idea


  1. this sounds so cool!! also, mad props to you for already contemplating your NaNo novel...I need to get working on that. Soon.

    the "Luna is an anomaly in the YA genre: she actually has parents! And they love her! And she loves them!" part made me crack up. She definitely IS an anomaly. :P

  2. That sounds really cool! Hurray for a good family life! That's awesome XP


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