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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: Kess

I bet you didn't think you'd see a post about Beautiful People again on this blog, did you?!

Neither did I, to be honest. But I was thinking about it, and I really miss doing these for my characters. Plus, there are a few characters (at least one) that I've been itching to develop, introduced here. So today, meet Kess! (P.S. Naturally she's got light brown hair, but she dyes her hair tons of crazy colors.)

(photoshopped by me)

What is their full name?
Kess Elizabeth Matthews. (Currently.)

Does his or her name have a special meaning?
Nope. Her mom made it up, said it reminded her of the sea and the air.

Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
Methodical at work, disorganized at home. She has a certain level of organized chaos, but it's always organized.

Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?)
She'll think inside, and then speak her thoughts out loud. She does a whole lot more meditation before actually saying something.

Is there something he or she is afraid of?
The unknown. Losing her job. Not being able to take care of her siblings, or losing them altogether.

Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
She sings, but amateurly, and mostly rock. (Like AC/DC.)

What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books)
The Book Thief. (I haven't read it, but I think she might like it.) Genre is literary fiction, and poetry.

Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her?
Ray Bradbury.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate and vanilla. Yes, at the same time. Double-scooped.

Favorite season of the year?
Spring and fall.

How old is he/she? 

What does he/she do with his/her spare time?
Read about scientific developments in the machinery world. Read, mostly.

Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment? 
She likes to think of herself as a mix of both. But overall, she looks at the big picture. She can get overwhelmed thinking about the future. And for her job as a mechanic, she has to look at the big picture.

Is he/she a perfectionist? 
Pretty much, yeah.

What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) 
Angular and straightforward; print rather than cursive.

Favorite animal? 

Does he/she have any pets? 
Her siblings have a lizard, yes.

Does he/she have any siblings? 
How funny you should ask! Yes.

How many? 
Two. A boy and a girl. Eight and seven years old. (For now.)

Where does he/she fit in?
On the fringes of the outside, where you wouldn't think to look.

Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?
Nope. If and when she does pick up a Bible, though, she'd probably appreciate the poetic, introspective parts of Isaiah and Ecclesiastes.

Favorite writing utensil?
Pencils, but she doesn't mind pens either. Whatever it takes to get the job done. She carries around pencil stubs with her, though, in the pocket of her plaid overshirts.

Beautiful People is a blog thing hosted by Georgie and I. Currently it is not officially running. However, if you'd like to do something like this, check out our list of questions in the BP archive.


  1. This makes me very happy. :)) Just sayin'....

  2. It sounds like Kess and I will get along well!

    Oops. I just realised I'm a late commenter. Oops. Oh, well.


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