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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: September Edition (Villains!)

Welcome to the September Edition of Beautiful People! And actually, this time is a pretty special edition, too! But more on that later.

First, what exactly is Beautiful People? Beautiful People is a blog meme for writers that's designed to help you get to know your characters. It's hosted by myself and Cait @ Notebook Sisters (she's awesome). Every month we post ten questions for you to answer about your lovely characters (your *ahem* beautiful people). You then go forth and post these on your blog, and link them up on either Cait's blog or mine so we can all see your posts! (You can do it privately too, but the primary design of this is a link up.)

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And now for the great thing about this month that I hinted upon--this month we're focusing on your villains! Whether it's the truly evil mastermind or simply someone who gets in the way of your protagonist, tell us all! (And perhaps sit your villain down and have a little chat about good vs. evil in the process. But actually, don't do that, because then you'll be out of a plot.)

The following questions were submitted entirely by the blogger Bound and Freed, so major thanks to them for their amazing questions!

1. What is their motive?
2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?
3. How do they deal with conflict?
4. Describe their current place of residence.
5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?
6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?
7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?
8. Do they have any pets?
9. Where would they go to relax/think?
10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons, too.)

Now, go forth, and introduce us to your favorite villain of choice! May you get to know them even better. But be careful as you scour for more information about these dastardly characters--lest they stab you with a spork. (How was my semi-pirate voice? I'm not sure what that was, actually.)

Don't forget to sign the linky! (Edit: Of course, it helps if I actually get the linky code to work. It's here now. Sorry about that, guys.)


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