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?

Beautiful People: September 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 questions are an assortment to get to know our characters better. For this one I’m going to choose a character I haven’t talked about yet: a thief named Nara who grew up with her father, who was also a thief, and together they lived wherever their hearts took them in the Rising City. Of course, that’s not to say that they didn’t have their fallouts, but now, as a young adult, Nara is on her own and gets herself into a little more than she can chew when she runs into a Magician – a rare kind of person to find nowadays in the City.

I really like her, but I haven’t gotten to really explore her character yet (or my magician, Mikail) because when I was writing their story I had THE hardest time and nothing flowed and I had to rewrite almost every single chapter I wrote… So now I’m just going to start from scratch because I think I’m starting to get to know them a little better, like they’re ready to tell their story now.

So let’s jump into the questions!

1 . How did you come up with this character?

I came up with Nara when I got the idea for this story I wanted to write back in April for Camp NaNoWriMo. All I had was a synopsis (the best one I’ve ever written) and I instantly wanted to write about this thief and magician. Here’s what I wrote:

Nara is a thief of the Rising City, and she’s been one since she was a little girl, trained and abandoned by her father. Now, as a twenty year old, she is one of the most infamous thieves in all of the Rising City. But when one mistake almost costs her her life, she is thrown into a life debt by someone she never would have thought she’d ally herself with: a Magician.

Mikail is a Magician, a rare breed that is seldom seen in the world anymore, and he is still honing his skills. When his powers manifested at a young age, he didn’t expect to be in the eye of every powerful person in the Rising City – especially that of the Queen. But when one day his magic goes haywire and he saves a thief from most certain death, he thinks that maybe she is his ticket to freedom.

Though the two cross and their lives mix, neither one could be prepared for what happens to them – or their hearts.

2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

She’s never been starving, but she has had days when she hasn’t eaten due to losing her father – her teacher – and having to learn to survive on her own. Though it was difficult at first, she had no choice but to quickly learn what to do to survive if she wanted to keep living the way she had before. She would swipe whatever she could off of vendor stalls, even though she got caught a few times in the process, but always managed to finagle her way out of the situation.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

Nara is very proud of her skill of thievery, because she grew up with it and learned from her father, who was one of the best thieves in the Rising City. After her mother left at a very young age, it was her father who raised her and taught her the life skills she’d need to use in order to survive – and to also use her natural born gifts as well. She has a quick mind and a clever way in which she utilizes to get what she wants in certain situations.

4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

-Being treated like a child would definitely get under her skin depending on the situation and who says what. If it’s a friend just goofing around with her, that’s one thing and she’ll jab right back; but if it’s some punk who thinks just because she’s small and she’s a girl she can’t do what she does? Oh yeah, she’ll show them just what she’s capable of.

-If her height is constantly being pointed out she’ll probably lose her cool. She knows she’s short (5’1″), so that’s been both a help and hindrance in her line of work, but when it comes to people pointing out how small she is, like they’re looking down at her? Watch out.

-If she sees children or animals or anyone, really, being abused. She isn’t afraid to go over and defend the one being abused if she’s not stopped first.

5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?

Favorite: She prefers sunshine, but not hot days. Mostly autumn days make her happy because they’re often sunny, the leaves are changing, and there’s a crispness in the air.

Least: She’s not a huge fan of thunder storms, as she still gets scared by them even to this day.

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

I can definitely see her being in Ravenclaw, but also probably Slytherin. She has the mind of a Ravenclaw, and the occasional arrogance to match, but she can also be cunning and swift like a Slytherin.

7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

Nara tries her best to live in the moment, so she doesn’t try to worry too much about the future. She savors whatever moment she can and she tries to make the best out of many situations. Of course, she is human and does have worries, but she never shares them because she doesn’t need others knowing her weaknesses or her faults. (Which is, in reality, one of her faults.)

8. What is their favourite thing to drink?

She’s a big fan of ice tea with lemon. It’s one of those delights that she enjoys having on hot summer days.

9. What is their favourite color? Least favorite?

Favorite: Purple, like a lavender.

Least: Probably browns and grays, as she finds them boring.

10. What is a book that changed their life?

If we’re talking books in our real world, I think a book that would’ve changed her life definitely would have been The Mortal Instruments series. I can just see her reading these books, including The Infernal Devices, and being hooked on every word, taking from it the importance of friendship and family, and wondering if her magician was the Jace to her Clary.


And there you have it! I feel like I’ve definitely learned a bit about Nara along with you lovely peeps. Writing about this has made me excited to actually get started on rewriting her and Mikail’s story and telling it the way it should be told.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What’s one book that changed the life of your character? What talent/skill do they have that they’re proud of? And what Hogwarts house are they in? Tell me all the things!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That I’d Name My Children After

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. I know that this isn’t this week’s topic, but it was last week’s topic (August 9th), BUT I DON’T CARE. I really wanted to do this topic and I missed it and it’s just been a weird week, SO I’m going to do the rewind option from last week!

For this week’s topic I chose characters that I’d name my children after, which was a topic from February 2011! I find that this is very fun and something I would totally do, so let’s just get right into it. And to make it fair, I’m going to separate it into categories.

Boy Names

  1. JACE. And, the funny thing is, this actually IS going to be our first son’s name if/when my husband and I have children. Not only is it the name of the main dude from The Mortal Instruments, but it’s also the name of my husband’s favorite character from Magic: The Gathering. So it works!
  2. SIMON. Again, from TMI, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF SIMON VS. I love that book so much and I really like the name Simon and I think it would fit a nerdy kind of son. Ah, dreams.
  3. FLYNN. I just really like this name and think that it kind of fits an adventurer type of kid. This is from the Starbound trilogy and he’s probably the top guy from that trilogy that I love.
  4. RONAN. I just. Yes. I think I would need this one in my life. I mean, who wouldn’t want their own Ronan from The Raven Boys in their life? If I could name my child after him? Perfect.
  5. MAGNUS. Yup, another TMI name because I JUST LOVE THE NAMES, OKAY? I feel like this is such a strong name, a very regal one, too, and I think it’s really cool. My husband just gave me a funny look when I suggested it a while ago, but maybe I’ll win one day.

Girl Names

  1. TESSA. I think these characters will forever haunt me, but this name is from The Infernal Devices and I think it’s very lovely.
  2. LILAC. Again, from the Starbound trilogy, this name is very elegant and pretty, yet I think it’s definitely befitting of someone who has more depth than what she lets on. I’d hope to have a strong daughter like that.
  3. CATH. Yup, I’d do this to my child and not give her the full name, but just half of it. I love the awkward, book loving girl that Cath is, so maybe by giving my daughter her name, she’ll be like that, too?
  4. ISABELLA. From my Twilight days, yes, I would name my child this. I think that it’s really pretty, and the nickname Bella is also nice. So… yeah.
  5. MORRIGHAN. Okay, hear my out on this one. Not only is this character from ACOMAF, but she’s also from The Kiss of Deception as a goddess, I believe, in the lore. From reading the novella, I’d definitely want to name my daughter Mor because both characters are very strong and not afraid to take a stand for themselves before anyone else.

And that’s that! It was actually really hard to pick the girl names because I’ve had two of my girl names picked out since I was thirteen and I’m sticking with them 100000000%. But I do think that all of these names are lovely and would definitely fit into the modern world.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What names would you choose for your children? If you have children, are they named after anyone in particular? What’s the craziest name you think you could get away with naming your child?

Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: Character Channel Takeover

Hey guys, so today’s video challenge for the Biannual Bibliothon was to have any book character take over your channel for the day, and so I chose to be Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. I decided to paint the three paintings she did for her and her sisters when they were younger, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoy it, too!

This was super fun and I love being so creative!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you want to take over your channel for a day? What do you think they’d do? would they vlog, play video games, do makeup, or paint? I’d love to know!