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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 - Evil Edition

As you could probably tell from the title, this month's Beautiful People is focused on one of the key players in your story: Your villain.  

But first, what is Beautiful People? Beautiful People is a monthly blog event created by Georgie Penn and myself. It's designed to help you get to know more about your character by asking questions about them. It's simple: every month we post 10 questions, and you answer them on your blog with your character of choice. To learn more, check out the introductory post and the FAQ.

I'd like to give a shout out to Alexandra, who mentioned that she'd love to see a villainy version of BP. I'd already had the idea on my mind, but thank you, Alexandra, for giving me the extra push to do it!

Also, thanks to Finvarra Penn for helping us with some of these questions.

*said in a dramatic TV-announcers voice* And now... the moment you've all been waiting for...

Come on down, you're the next contestant on The Price is Right!

I kid, I kid.

This month's questions:

1. What is their motive? 
2. What are they prepared to do to get what they want? 
3. Are they evil to the core, or simply misunderstood? 
4. What was their past like? What about their childhood? Was there one defining moment that made them embrace their evil ways?
5. Now that they’re evil, have they turned their back on everyone, or is there still someone in their life that they care for? (Brother? Daughter? Love interest? Mother? Someone who is just as evil as they are?)
6. Do they like hugs?
7. Are they plagued by something? (Nightmares, terrible thoughts?) 
8. Who are they more similar to: Gollum or Maleficent?
9. If your villain could have their choice of transportation what would it be?
10. If you met your villain in the street, how afraid would you be? Are they evil enough to kill their creator?

And, the most important question of all: Does the dark side really have cookies?

Now go, tell us about your villain, my young padawans. And don't forget to sign the linky!

(It appears villains have taken over my blog this week. My latest antagonist, Zane, is quite pleased about this, albeit slightly unnerved & confused by all the attention he's getting. And all the hugs. O.o)


  1. As a member of the dark side, not only do I LOVE getting to drag out my favourite villain (if I can choose one ...) for this post, but I can tell you, yes, we do have cookies. For villains the rank of Head Villain, Evil Genius or above. Wannabe Villains and Henchmen get Rich Tea biscuist ;)

    1. EVERYBODY!!!! I think this girl and myself would get along dashingly well. Have a Cookie dear?

    2. *hands over a plate thereof* Enjoy.

      Also - Villains post coming up tomorrow. Picked the nastiest denizen of my head that I could find ;)

    3. *claps* A round of applause for the new friendship that has been forged here, folks! ;)

      Sweet, Charley! I totally can't wait to see your post.

      Thanks for commenting, both of you! It's always a pleasure.

      *helps herself to a cookie as well* I concur, Charley! Of course the dark side has cookies! How could they not?!

    4. It would be positively treasounous if there were no cookies to be had! Just because we're evil doesn't mean we don't keep promises .... sometimes ;)

  2. Muwahaha! *rubs hands together evilly and gives Zane a giant hug. And some cookies*

    Anyway, jah, i'll do this BP post...on my private [writing] blog, as you know. :) looking forward to it! *ehehe*

    1. Zane: "AHHH! Oof! Ugh! What is it with you people and your hugs! I don't even like hugs!"

      Me: *smug grin* Uh-huh. Of course you don't.

      Zane: "But... thank you anyway. For the cookies. And... for the hug, I guess."

      Yay, Half-Pint! Can't wait to see your villainy post, and getting to know your evil dude for your latest novel! (It's rare that I get to meet your villains [except for Caius, and even then, he was created by both of us], so I'm stoked!)

  3. Oh yes.. this time I think I'll look at one of my lesser villains.. Next week though. This week's post is almost completely written, but there's no reason for me to be ahead of the game!

    And suddenly I have Voltaire's 'When You're Evil' song stuck in my head. :}

    1. And it's so easy when you're evil.
      This is the life you see
      The devil tips his hat to me
      I do it all because I'm evil
      And I do it all for free
      Your tears are all the pay I'll ever neeeeeeeeeed!


    2. Oh, sweet, Cathryn! Lesser villains can sometimes be the most fun.

      Ahaha, I haven't heard that one. Nice. XD

  4. Hey, I awarded you, but if you don't want to do it, ok. Just letting you know, at least I mentioned you. ^.^

    1. Hey Ashley, thanks so much for the award! I'm honored. I don't usually do awards, but I might be able to find time for this one. We'll see. :)

  5. I may have had entirely too much fun introducing my villain. :) I haven't written anything in his POV for a while, so it was a very interesting round of BP this edition.

    Zane sounded quite interesting in your previous posts. Can't wait to learn more about him!

    1. I loved reading your post about Maleth! I could tell you had a lot of fun writing it. I had a lot of fun reading it, as you can tell by my long and extensive comment... haha. XP

      Ah, thanks! Zane can't wait to meet you all, too. He's going to have a lot of fun introducing himself, I think. We both are. ;)

    2. Why thank you! Your comment made my day :)

      I was a little afraid Maleth seemed kind of cliche when I was last reading over some of his chapters, but I'm glad you find him interesting!

      As for the purple quotation marks, it required a tiny bit of HTML tweaking that I found on another website. I could share it with you, if you like.

      And you may have a slice of apple pie. :)

  6. Really enjoyed this month's "Evil-Edition"!! Great questions too. Thanks so much for doing these link-ups. They're so much fun, and it's great to meet other bloggers and read what they write! Way to go Beautiful People interviews!!


    1. Hey Cait! Thanks for stopping by! I'm really glad you enjoy it! It means a lot to me that people enjoy what we've done with BP. :D And it's an absolute pleasure to meet you!


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