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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: Emilie & Evyn

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is to make a collage of one of your characters. Making collages of my characters is seriously so fun, and I don't know why I don't do it more often!

Today I'm featuring two of my female protagonists, Emilie and Evyn. I originally meant to feature someone else, but when I looked on Pinterest, the pictures of these characters spoke to me, and I'm happy I chose them. Without further ado, here they are!

Emilie Gray

Emilie Gray is my accidental protagonist of Leo Andromedus Saves the World. She's Leo's best friend who narrates his story. She's probably an INTJ--very logical, rational, and deadpan--and apparently, according to this collage, she loves flowers and sparkles. Even though I wrote a whole book from Emilie's POV, I'm still getting to know her, peeling back her layers like an onion. This collage actually helped me do that! Even though Leo Andromedus was a hot mess, doing this collage for Emilie reminded me of how much about that book is still worth saving.

Evyn Turnbow

Evyn is my quiet, tenderhearted protagonist from Evanescent Fireworks. An introvert with social anxiety, she loves solitary activities, which include her cats, her laptop, and her piano. I'm not sure if she plays the ukelele, but it's entirely possible. I'm pretty sure she also has some potted plants, though her best companions are her cats--Luna is the orange tabby featured here. I love how perfectly the color scheme of this sums her up--everything about her soul is pretty much green and spring-like. 

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  1. Emilie sounds like such a fun character, and I love Evyn's collage!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  2. Your collages are just GORGEOUS. I feel like you've captured the very essence of your characters in them! I'm always in awe at your ability to find the most perfect pictures for your characters and stories.

  3. Beautiful! These collages are SO visually pleasing, color palette is ON POINT, and each picture compliments the last and the next. SO PRETTY! Also, I'm in love with the name Evyn *adds to list of names for future babies*

  4. I'm so glad that this helped you realize the potential of your story! (I still want to read that someday when you've revisited it. The title sounds so fun.)

    These were both adorable collages. :)

  5. They both seem like fun, love the collages!


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