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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,

Beautiful People: FAQ

What is Beautiful People? 
Beautiful People is a blog link-up for writers hosted by myself and Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, we post a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. It's designed to help you get to know your characters - their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are.

Can I join Beautiful People anytime? 
Absolutely. It's designed so you can jump in whenever new questions are posted. They'll be posted at the beginning of the month, but you can join in at aaaany time.

Can I submit questions to Beautiful People? 
Yes! In fact, we encourage it. If you'd like to submit questions, you have two choices. Either leave a comment on Paper Fury or Further Up and Further In, or send us emails. Whichever way you choose, we'll attempt to use your questions! 

Why is it called Beautiful People?
Originally, I (Sky) and my previous co-host Georgie coined the term! The general idea is that our characters are beautiful people with their own stories that deserve to be told.

When is it? 
The meme is live on the 5th of every month! You can join in at any time during the month, just add your post-url to the linky. And don't forget we'd love you to share the comment-love and visit some fellow linkers.

What's Beautiful Books?
Every November, we change Beautiful People into Beautiful Books in honor of NaNoWriMo. It's an opportunity for you to feature your current novel on your blog, and maybe learn something more about it in the process. You can find out more about it by reading the first post here.

(Many thanks to Cait for polishing this FAQ up.)

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