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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: Evanescent Fireworks in Three Words

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is as follows:
This week, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.
I'm also jumping into this week's prompt early for once! Huzzah.

This week, I decided to feature my most recent WIP, Evanescent Fireworks. Set in the south, EF is a novel about Evyn Turnbow, an introvert with social anxiety, and the band of three boys who help pull her out of her shell. It's currently sitting at about 24k, and it's one of my favorite books I've written. I want to get back to writing it, so I decided to feature it for ANI this week. Without further ado...

Evanescent Fireworks in three words:
Light. Adventure. Freedom.

All of these words either sum up the aesthetic of the book (a really spring, greenish type of novel) or else Evyn's personal journey. It really helps solidify EF's theme and what I want this book to convey. This was a challenging prompt but a good one. 10/10, would do it again.

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