Anime Rewind #3

Oh hey, I forgot to update last month, but since it’s still the very beginning of this month, let’s talk about the anime I’ve watched since my last Anime Rewind.

Shows I Continued from Last Time

  • Boruto: Naruto Next GenerationsEpisodes 13-18, ongoing – The plot of the first arc has wrapped up and I think that it went pretty well! I mean, I wasn’t expecting the outcome, which is nice, but now the last few episodes since the first arc ended feel strongly of filler. Which is fine, I mean, they have to do that sometimes, but I also feel like we lost some of what the main story is about. It feels kind of all over the place right now, but I think we’re finally getting back to another arc soon, so I’m looking forward to it.
  • Tsukigakireicompleted – I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING. Oh my God, this was SUCH a good romance anime! There wasn’t any super drama with other people butting into the relationship or whatever, and though there was little drama it felt realistic and all of it was just so sweet at the end. I think I really did cry. Or maybe I was too happy to cry? I don’t know, but either way, HIGHLY recommend this anime if you’re looking for a sweet, pure romance. 5/5 stars.
  • My Hero Academiaepisodes 9-13, season 1 complete, season 2 to be watched soon – This plot line, though! I love this anime so much I even made my own BNHA (Boku no Hiro Academia) original characters (like a lot of people were doing on Instagram). The first main arc has ended with a bang and I’m really excited to see what happened next with all of the characters from the show. I want to know what happens to All Might and if Midoriya will finally be able to control his power, and I know there’s going to be a lot of battling in the next season between characters so I’m really excited to see the development of them all. I felt like Deku (Midoriya) really grew as a character by the end of the first season. Like… I could feel and see a change in him and several of the other characters. Ahhhhh, go watch iiiiit. Season 1 rating: 5/5 stars.
  • Kanka Bancho Otome -girl beats boys-completed – This was an interesting series with super short episodes that could have been really cool to see expanded, but alas, it was a way of promoting the game I guess. Anyway, I thought that it ended kind of bittersweetly because I was expecting one thing and it ended differently. Maybe I’m just being picky, I don’t know. But I really wish certain plot lines were expanded upon and that we could really see the development that happens between all of the characters. Alas, it is over. 4/5 stars.
  • Kiznaivercompleted, episodes 6-12 – I just finished this anime and I almost cried. Almost. And it was INCREDIBLE. I seriously loved it and the concept behind it was so incredibly fascinating to me. The development between all of the characters was great to see and it was cool to see just how much of a connection can really make or break people and relationships. I think that this anime was just very unique in its execution with the subject of the concept of friendship, love, and how being connected doesn’t necessarily have to be through alternative means from just connecting naturally. It was so good and I highly recommend it if you want a more thought provoking anime with characters you’ll connect to in some way, an enticing plot, and super cool animation. 5/5 stars.
  • Tonari no Seki-Kuncompleted – I mean, I could’ve just given my final thoughts last month, but I has one episode left apparently… Anyway, SUPER CUTE. Loved it. Very funny and I suggest watching this if you need a break from the seriousness of life because it’s just so charming and funny. 5/5 stars.

Now let’s move on to some of the stuff I didn’t talk about last time that’s new this time.

Shows

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Tsuredure Childrenepisodes 1-5, ongoing – So. CUTE. And SO funny. This is an anime about several different couples and how they have crushes on one another and how they start (or don’t start) dating and it’s adorable and funny and my friend got me hooked so I blame her for this and just… Go watch it. You won’t be disappointed, I swear.

Movies

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Kiki’s Delivery Service – Okay, I’ve seen this movie a million times and I already own it and all of that, BUT. My friend (who I mentioned above that got me hooked on Tsuredure Children) decided to surprise me with a girls’ night out to go see the JAPANESE DUB of Kiki in THEATERS. I was SO excited to see it on the big screen because it’s one of my all time favorite Studio Ghibli movies and it was so cool to see the Japanese version and how the subtitles and speaking differentiate from the English version (because I’m clearly obsessed and know how some of the lines go). I love this movie in itself because it’s about a young girl witch who leaves her family (as is tradition for young witches her age) to study for a year alone in a town of her choosing. And though there are many ups and downs for Kiki along the way, the ultimate experience she has is a positive one. Ahhh, it’s so cute and good and I love it and you should all watch it if you haven’t. 5/5 stars.


I clearly haven’t watched a lot of new anime this month, but I’ve watched some good ones that I’ve talked about before and I can’t wait to see what I watch this month.

Let’s Chat ^w^

What have you watched recently? What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli movie? Let me know!

Why I Love Boys Love

Okay. Has anyone ever heard the term “fujoshi?” No? It’s a term in Japanese that’s given to a female otaku in the yaoi fandom and it pretty much just means that you like boy/boy love. (yaoi = boys love with sexual intimacy in most cases). Akidearest on YouTube explains it in a really fun way, but basically: I am a fujoshi. (Also, if you’re a male who likes the boy/boy love, the name for that is fudanshi.)

Now a lot of what I’m going to talk about is related to manga series as most of the boys love that I read is in manga or comic form, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it in anime/movie/novel/life forms, either, because I do and it’s adorable and just I love it, okay?

But why is it that I think these things? I remember being introduced to yaoi back in my early high school days. I tried to resist as best I could with my friends, but I very barely got sucked into it. I wasn’t super into it in the way some of my friends were, but I still thought it was cute (and hot). There would be a seme (more masculine, alpha type) and an uke (more feminine, flamboyant type), a very basic plotline, and then sometimes sex, other time angst, and other times kissing. It was all very intriguing to me, but at the same time I wasn’t super into it then like I am now.

I honestly don’t know how it happened recently, but at some point this year, I read a yaoi and… well…

Goodbye normal life.

Hello fujoshi life.

Oh, let me also make it clear that I also do enjoy yuri and shoujo-ai (girl/girl love) and think that both kinds are cute (and hot), but I’ve been wicked into yaoi a lot more recently.

I got hooked on one yaoi, then another, and another, and eventually I found myself craving reading them. I couldn’t stop! And I started finding ones with better plots and more complex characters (and other times I was just looking for the sexy things or just a simple plot). And oh man, I have loved almost every second of it. Of course I’ve had to dig through the not so great ones to find the better ones, but many of the ones I’ve read have been to my taste.

So I want to talk about some of the manga and comics/webtoons that I’ve read that feature a shounen-ai or yaoi premise and that I highly recommend to you all.

Comics

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At the End of the Road by Haribo – After a car accident, Taemin finds himself in the body of Siwon, a victim of bullying at school. No longer a pushover, he starts standing up for himself but then meets Woojin, an old friend from the past. Somehow, Woojin immediately picks up Tamin’s ‘scent’ from Siwon. What happened between these two in the past and how will it affect their future?

Oh. My. Goodness. The art style is very good and the colors are simple but drive the emotions, and the story? So complex! And sad in some bits, and enraging in others, and funny in others, too. This is an ongoing series and I need to know what happens next and I need them to kiss more and omgomgomg.

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Out of Control by Bboong – Yuri, one of the school’s most handsome guys, and Jaerim, one of the school’s ugliest, collide! Or don’t they… Can’t understand what’s going on between these two! It’s out of control!

This comic is hilarious. So hilarious. But also sweet and dramatic sometimes? I’m really enjoying it, to say the least. It’s completed and I have just several more episodes to go before I finished, but I also don’t want it to end!

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King’s Maker by Haga / Artist: Kang Jiyoung – Wolfgang Goldenleonard, the 4th Prince of the kingdom, returns to the palace after years of living in hiding. He rejects everything about his new royal life, but is intrigued by the mysterious and dutiful Shin Soohyuk, a catamite of the King. As Wolfgang slowly opens up and learns the ways of the palace, Soohyuk begins to see something special about the wild, unkempt, and stubborn young prince. He might just be the one Soohyuk has been waiting for… the one who could light the flame of rebellion.

I love this comic so much. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve listed so far. The art is beyond gorgeous, and though there’s not any romance yet, I’m anticipating the moment they get together. There are some sadder and more disturbing parts, but overall it’s super funny and very interesting. Definitely recommend you checking out the free episodes.

Webtoons

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Crushed!! by Himalyaa – A boys love triangle story.

Okay, that’s a very very vague and basic premise to this story. It’s got three guys whose views we cycle through: Crush (the one pictured), Scott, and Reuben. Crush is very openly gay, he’s on the hockey team with Scott and Reuben, and he enjoys sex. A lot. And Reuben is realizing his feelings for Crush (whom he’s had sex with), and Scott has a secret crush on Crush (whom he’s also had sex with) and there’s just a lot of love triangle drama stuff, but it’s also funny, and it’s steamy. Oh my. Definitely NSFW, but it’s so good!

Manga

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Hatsukoi by Kazuki Rai – Hirono Yuusa always believed he was special and destined for greatness–until tragedy struck in his final year of middle school. Now, jaded and disillusioned, he’s completely given up on ever trying to be anything more than ordinary. But when he starts to notice classmate Himekawa Ichigo struggling to do his best against all odds, he can’t help but want to cheer him on.

This is a doujinshi manga, which means it takes characters from other anime or manga series and throws them into different situations or worlds and gives them new plots, and this one in particular is based on the characters Kageyama and Hinata from the manga/anime Haiyuu!! And OMG this series so far? FREAKIN’. AWESOME. Like, I need the next chapters to be translated now because I need to see more cuteness and just… omg my babies I love this series so, so much.

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Kokoro Control by Kazuki Rai – Kageyama can no longer focus around Hinata because of his unspoken feelings, and his volleyball suffers for it–so Hinata agrees to do absolutely anything to help get Kageyama back on his game…

Another doujinshi about Hinata and Kageyama and I HIGHLY recommend this one! It’s so cute, slightly steamy but not too steamy, angsty, and just has so much goodness in it that I can’t recommend it enough. Seriously, check this one out if you can because it’s really good.

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Rutta to Kodama by Fujitani Youko – Rutta changed from a delinquent to a nice guy because of his new roommate, Miyagi Kodama. Kodama was unsure of his own feelings after Rutta’s confession. After seeing Rutta’s injuries caused from excessive fighting, Kodama finally decided to face the truth and accepted him.

This one is a sometimes steamy yaoi with lots of cute goings on as well as funny and serious moments. It’s a more light hearted manga despite some of what goes on, but I really love it. I think I just love the “looks super scary but is actually nice” guy and the “looks like he could get overtaken by a grandma” guy pairing. xD


I think that’s good to start you off with some boys love stuff. I could go on and on and recommend more steamy things and whatnot, but I figured these aren’t too bad… Kinda. Haha!

Let’s Chat! ^w^

Do you read boys love novels/manga/whatever? Why do you like the pairings? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know!

Anime Rewind #2

Hey peeps! It’s time for another Anime Rewind! This is a new feature where I talk about the anime I’ve been watching lately, my thoughts, how many episodes I’ve watched, and more. I’ve watched a decent amount of anime since my last Rewind, so let’s jump into it!

First, let’s recap anime that I mentioned in my last Anime Rewind.

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – I’ve watched episodes 6-12 and I find that the season is progressing slowly and really focusing on the arc of the Ghost. I mean, it’s fine, the arc is interesting and I have a lot of questions, but I wish it was a little more fast paced? Like, I want to see more of them training and becoming ninja, but maybe that’s just my bias from my Naruto days, haha! I do really like how Boruto is developing as a character and how he really differs from his dad, and I like how he’s forming friendships and how they all work together for a common goal and don’t look down on him. There’s opposites to the original Naruto series than to this one, and I think it’s going to get better from here on out.
  • Tsukigakirei – I’ve watched episodes 6-11 (one episode was a recap and it’s like…why? It wasn’t needed.), and OMG the visuals are still spectacular in this anime! The animators really outdid themselves, especially during the festival episodes (those wind chimes, tho!). I have to say, the cuteness level? IT’S OVER 9000!!! *ahem* I seriously squee almost every episode and episodes 9 and 10? Ahhhhhhhhh! Too much cuteness, it was so good. I also like how they’ve introduced a lot of shorts at the ends of episodes and how we get to see other characters that the show doesn’t focus on and their relationships. Too much cuteness. Go watch it if you haven’t!
  • The Royal Tutor – I watched episodes 6-12, which was the season finale, and I HAVE ALL THE EMOTIONS! I love this show so much and though I thought that a couple episodes were kind of flat in the way of plot, I still enjoyed them because the characters always bring life to the situations around them. It was nice to see a slow progression of plot and how it built up to the last episode (where I almost cried omg), and I really really REALLY hope there will be a second season because I think there’s so much potential for a lot more comedy and a bit more darkness to come. 5/5 show. Go watch it!
  • My Hero Academia – I’ve watched episodes 2-8 of season one since the last time I updated and I. Am. HOOKED. This show has so much more depth than I was expecting, so much comedy, so much character development in the works… I don’t even know how to describe it, but I can tell you that I for sure love it and I need to keep binge watching it. Seriously.
  • Kanka Bancho Otome -Girl Beats Boys- – I’ve watched episodes 5-11 and WHY. MUST. THESE. EPISODES. BE. SO. SHORT!? It’s such an addicting and good series, but the episodes are only 8 minutes long and ahhhh I need to know what happens next! But pretty much I’ve been enjoying how the story’s been progressing and introducing different characters and situations and there’s a lot more depth than what was originally shown. It’s also very good at leaving off on cliffhangers, which drives me crazy. But it’s still really good!
  • Brothers Conflict – I finished off the first season, which was super addicting, and I’m SO SAD but I won’t spoil why I am sad. I just hope that there will be a season two because I really need more from this show! I thought that the main character could’ve used more personality, which she started to show more toward the end of the season, but I hope that with a new season we’ll see more of her. I give this season 4/5 stars.
  • Tokyo Ghoul – I’ve only watched episodes 3 and 4 since the last time I talked about it, and I can tell you that it differs from the manga a bit, which distracted me, and it’s super bloody and stuff, but that’s to be expected from a series like this. I do plan on continuing, just… I didn’t realize how much the blood and stuff was going to bother me, haha.

Alright, that’s it for ones I’ve continued to watch this past month that I talked about last month. Now let’s move on to ones I’ve started watching this past month that are new!

Shows

anohana

Anohana – episodes 1 & 2, ongoing – This anime is about a boy being haunted by the ghost of a girl he was friends with a child and how it’s pretty much his mission to get all of those friends from back then back together again and so far it’s good. I’ve only watched two episodes, so I haven’t really gotten a feel for it, but I can tell I’m really going to enjoy it when I do keep going. I just keep putting it off to watch other things, really.

kiznaiver

Kiznaiver – episodes 1-5, ongoing – OMG I LOVE THIS ANIME. The anime style is so cool and so fascinating to watch, and the story is unique! I haven’t really heard or read or seen anything like it, but it’s the concept of sharing pain among others and how these unlikely individuals have to get to know one another and go through tasks together without getting each other killed pretty much. It’s really good and you can ship everyone with everyone and omg I need to keep watching, why haven’t I finished it yet?

roommate

Rommate – episodes 1-6, ongoing – Now this isn’t the greatest anime out there but it’s so hilarious in a cheesy way that I can’t help but watch it. Plus each episode is 3 minutes long, so that helps. It’s just one of those guilty pleasure anime to watch to pass the time. Not a lot of character depth or plot as it’s in first person, which makes it interesting as YOU are the protagonist, but uh, it’s entertaining nonetheless.

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Tonari no Seki-kun – episodes 1-21, ongoing – This is SUCH a funny series about Seki-kun who is always doing some random thing at his desk during class and of the girl, Yokoi-san, who endures his antics and even gets in on them sometimes. It’s SO FUNNY. Omg. Seriously, go watch it. I can’t even describe it. It’s just a silly anime that has different ways of killing time by Seki-kun. So cute. I ship them.

Movies

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – THIS. MOVIE. WAS. SO. GOOD. I had read comments in the video when I watched it on YouTube about how people weren’t expecting to cry and feel all the feels at the end, and guess what? I CRIED AND FELT ALL THE FEELS. This movie had me on the edge of my seat and not only was it entertaining in that the main girl could go back through time and change things for the better, but it also had depth and showed the consequences of those actions. It had subtle romance, the anime style was simple but still lovely, and the characters were all loveable. Oh man, I want to watch it again now and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you check it out, too! 5/5 stars for sure!

doukyuusei

Doukyuusei – This is a boys love anime movie and it follows this boy, Hikaru (blond), who is in a band, and another boy, Sajou (glasses), who is studious, and how they are in the same choir class at school. Sajou isn’t able to see the notes on the board even with his glasses and so he pretends to be singing during class and Hikaru notices, so he offers to help after class. Well, slowly they kind of fall for each other and there’s light drama and so much cuteness and future happenings and I want them to be together foreverrrrrr~ If you like boys love, then definitely watch this anime. 5/5 stars.

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The Anthem of the Heart – This movie is about a girl who sees something she shouldn’t as a child and an egg (yes, an egg) makes her mute. As a teen she is volunteered to be on the student council for the class with three other students who wouldn’t otherwise come together, and though there is a lot that happens in between, it’s a very sweet story about accepting the past, overcoming fears, true feelings, being honest with yourself and others, and it’s so good. The characters were dynamic and the plot was lovely. And I will say: one of my ships sank, but there was a dingy waiting nearby for another ship, so it’s fine. Also, the music in this? BEAUTIFUL. 5/5 stars.

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Koe no Katachi – Remember when I reviewed the A Silent Voice series a little while ago? Well this is the movie adaptation! It was finally subbed so I was able to watch it and I enjoyed it! They cut out some major parts from the manga that I thought would’ve made the movie better or explained characters better and stuff, but I also understand that it’s hard to fit seven volumes of material into a two hour movie. The animation was beautiful, and the voice acting was well done. They hit many of the major points from the series, but like I said, it could’ve had more. Also, the ending was very different from the way the manga ended, which frustrated me. But if you watch this without having read the manga, I think you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. 4/5 stars.

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The Garden of Words – This was a bittersweet movie filled with hope and longing and a desire to be saved. It was EXTREMELY visually stunning (like I’ve never seen such beautiful visuals in an anime like this, especially with all the rain), and it was also just very pleasant as a story. It was a sort of romance between a 15 year old boy who wants to be a shoe maker, and a 27 year old woman who is a teacher kind of at the end of her rope. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it at first, but I thought that the subtleness of the romance was great and that the story itself was just… beautiful. 4.5/5 stars.


And that’s all I’ve watched in the last month! I hope you all find something that you’re interested in from my list and check some of these out because they’re all really good in my opinion!

Let’s Chat! ^w^

What have you watched recently? Have you watched any of the ones I’ve listed here? What are your thoughts? Any anime show or movie suggestions for me? Let me know!

Armchair BEA Day 1 – Intro & Best Practices in the Online Book Community

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Hi there peeps! I totally forgot to set up my first post earlier for Armchair Book Expo! If you don’t know what this is, I participated in 2015 and last year and had a lot of fun, but basically it’s for those of us who are unable to attend the convention Book Expo America, but who still want to participate in talking about all things books with the community.

First up, the introductions!

  1. I am . . . Rayna!
  2. Currently . . . Answering these prompts and writing this post late! 😀
  3. I love . . . anime and manga, drawing, my husband, Christ, my friends, Kakakshi Hatake, 707, learning, and other things. Oh, and of course, books.
  4. My favorite . . . book? Uh, well, that’s very hard to choose, so I’ll say my favorite genre is fantasy and sci-fi! Okay, that’s two answers, but still…
  5. My least favorite . . . April Morning. So boring. I’m not into classics as much as I want to be.
  6. My current read . . . A Court of Wings and Ruin (and a huge list of manga that just keeps growing…)
  7. My summer plans . . . My husband and I are going to Disney World the last week of August! 😀 Otherwise, just working, hanging with friends, my birthday. That’s it.
  8. My buddy . . . my hubby!
  9. My blog/channel/social media . . . Well, if you’re reading this you’re on my blog, so…. But here’s my Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, and YouTube channel.
  10. The best . . . thing ever is being happy doing what you’re passionate about.

Alright, now that you know me a little better, let’s move onto the SERIOUS TOPIC.

Best Practices in the Online Book Community

So when I think of this topic, I think about many things. The prompt ranges from time management to social media exposure to ethical obligations and beyond. I think what I want to focus on is posting the content that you want to read.

When it comes to the online book community, there are many factors that go into being a book blogger: consistency, reading books (duh), reviewing, replying to comments, etc. And I think through a lot of that we can get lost and forget why we started to blog and why we wanted to talk about the books that we love.

Writing about the topics that you’re passionate about when it comes to discussions rather than joining the hype train (though there’s nothing wrong with that) can make the difference between a discussion that has a lot of potential and a lot of back and forth constructive commentary, to discussion that falls flat and doesn’t get any feedback on. It’s important to remember to state your own opinions without getting too full of yourself or of hurting others in the process.

It’s a delicate balance, but when you write about the things that you actually want to talk about, whether it be book tags or hauls or reviews or whatever, by you talking about it because you actually want to talk about it will not only have an effect on the way you write your post, but on your readership as well.

Your readers will understand you more and get to know you more, and they’ll also know that you’re being a lot more genuine in your posts than just by going along with the mold.

Talk about the things you want and don’t be afraid to do so. It’s your blog, your space, and you’re allowed to talk about whatever is really on your mind and heart. (Of course, if you have other obligations that you promised to do, you better make sure you do those, too.)

Let’s Chat! ^w^

Are you participating in Armchair BEA? What are some of the best book community practices you’ve picked up over time? Tell me all the things!

Beautiful People – Parental Edition

Hey peeps! Welcome to another round of Beautiful People! It’s hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In. If you want to know more about Beautiful People, you can check out the FAQs page here.

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This month’s round of questions is all about the parent-child relationship between your character and their parent, or if they don’t have a parent, then their caregiver, guardian, or parent-like figure.

Today I’m going to be talking about the parents of one of my new characters I just created: Penelope. She’s a nerdy girl who is really into anime and manga, and she also cosplays. She’s very fun and has a great sense of humor, plus she’s pretty smart. She’s a bit overweight, though, and deals with mild anxiety. I kind of really like her and so I wanted to explore the relationship between her and her parents, particularly her mom since Mother’s Day was earlier this month.

The Questions

1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?

Penelope is very close to her mom and dad, but more so her mom. She finds that she can confide in her mom with about 95% of any problems she might have. Though her parents got divorced when she was younger, around six, she was of course devastated, but her parents continued to be friends after the divorce for the sake of their daughter. Penelope is also close to her step-dad, but not as close to her step-mom, but they’re still friendly to each other.

2. Do they know both of their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with the loss/absence and how has it affected their life?

Yes, she knows both. She spends the weeks with her mom and every weekend with her dad.

3. How did their parents meet?

Her parents met in high school in chemistry (no pun intended). They were young and in love and had Penelope soon after they graduated, when they were about 19 and 20, respectively (mom is older by a few months).

4. How would you feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?

Penelope would find that as a compliment because she thinks her parents are two of the greatest ever. Of course they have their differences and squabbles like any teen/parent relationship, but for the most part they always laugh and love each other. (But Penelope hopes that compliment will be more along the lines of she’s like her mom than her dad, but shh, don’t tell him.)

5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?

They were graduating high school, the same as Penelope is, and her father was going into the welding trade, working alongside a family friend to get all of his hours in before he started his own business a couple years later, and her mom was going off to the local community college to earn a two year degree in finance.

6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on?

Not really. The biggest thing is that Penelope wants to get a tattoo but her dad isn’t too keen on her getting one, while her mom says to just wait until she turns 18, then she can put as many on her body as she wants. (Penelope only wants two.)

7. What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?

Her mom thought it was hardest as a recent college graduate, fresh out of school, without a home to call her own. They had an apartment and made it work, of course, but she wishes she had had the home she has now to have raised Penelope in.

As for her dad, she found that all of the girly things that Penelope was into a young girl was hard to get into and play with her, like dress up and dolls and stuff. But he made it work because that’s his baby and he is not about to break her heart. (He’s the fun parent.)

8. What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?

Penelope remembers her first day of kindergarten very clearly, as they lived only two blocks away from where she was registered. Her dad had called in to let his work know that he’d be late as it was his baby girl’s first day of school, and her mom didn’t have to go into work for another hour or two. They walked to the school, hand in hand, her flowy pink and white sundress twirling in the light breeze of August as they made their way to the school. Penelope remembers the sunlight streaming through the trees, casting the shadows on the sidewalk, the couple of people walking their dogs, her parents smiling and talking to her about how excited she must be – and how excited they were for her – to be starting school. And then when she waved goodbye to them and they held onto each other and waved, holding back their tears. She remembers the feeling of happiness, and she holds that memory dear.

9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler?

She was a happy baby! Always smiling and laughing, though of course she had her moments. She was difficult to potty train, but once it happened, it was the best thing ever. There weren’t too many problems, though she did have a couple of ear infections and a slight bladder problem.

10. Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?

Her mom’s grandmother’s name was Penelope, and as a remembrance to her (as she passed away a year before Penelope was born from cancer), they named her Penelope. Her nickname is Nel and she prefers to be called that by her family and friends (though she does love her full name, too).


And there you have it for their month’s set of questions! I actually had a lot of fun thinking about this because I never really think about my characters’ parents in so much detail. Though I’m glad to have done this because it gave me more of glimpse into her life with her family.

Let’s Chat! ^w^

How is the relationship between your character and their parent(s)? Have you given much thought to it before? What’s the best memory your character has with their parent(s)/guardian(s)/etc?