Characters From Yesteryear~ In Which I Haphazardly Try To Introduce My Children

Hello, my superlative blogger chums!

It is, as of a few days ago, a new year. And not only that, but a new DECADE as well. Holy moly.

Even though the passage of time is, in fact, painfully predictable, I still have great difficulty comprehending it. For a sponge like me, this whole 2020 thing is going to take some getting used to.

Here is an accurate depiction of me trying to live normally in the year 2020:

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…As if I didn’t see it coming or something. I’ve given up trying to understand why my brain freaks out about things like this. It just does.

Anyway. It’s time for me to write a blog post. And what better way to ring in the new year than with a postย  about writing, music, and about four hundred buckets of unnecessary angst?

So here’s what is going to happen:

I am going to introduce you to some of my very own children, all of whom were created in 2019.

I will introduce them thus:

1) give a brief description of him or her/the story that he or she comes from

2) provide a GIF that sums up his or her life/personality (more or less)

3) link to a few songs that I think embody his or her character

4) share a character quote

And by the way, most of these characters are far from fully developed and come from stories that are in the form of goo right now.

This is a splendid idea.

Without further ado, here are my children:


Hails from: Untitled (contemporary/historical, fantasy/science fiction, alternate dimensions, old houses, grandfathers, mothers and daughters)

Claudia, a recent college graduate, moves into the house that her estranged grandfather left to her in his will. The house isn’t creepy AT ALL. (Okay, so maybe a little.) She isn’t living there for long before she starts to wonder if she is going crazy.

Claudia is socially awkward and mostly quiet, but she has strong opinions about things. She has a strained relationship with her mother (for reasons yet unknown to me).


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Lonely Nation by Switchfoot

Screen by Twenty One Pilots

Through Smoke by Needtobreathe

Quote: “I still felt incompetent in my grocery shopping abilities, and it was even worse than usual this time because I was so distracted. Thankfully it was early enough that there weren’t too many people for me to run into.”


Hails from: Untitled…mess (contemporary, foster care, abuse, human trafficking, angst, angst, angst)

Marcus…um, I’m still not sure why this kid exists, but I love him dearly? He has trauma. He writes poetry. Sometimes. He wants to protect Rosalie at all costs, but he doesn’t know how. I actually don’t really want to talk about him, so we’ll move on to the good stuff.


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Yeah. Pretty much.


Chains by Radical Face

When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die by Moby

Hold Her by For King and Country

Hate Myself by NF

Quote: “I was angry. But not at her. She thought I was angry at her. I wasn’t.”


Hails from: Untitled…mess (contemporary, foster care, abuse, human trafficking, angst, angst, angst)

As you may have noticed, Rosalie comes from the same mess as Marcus. Rosalie has lots of trauma that she doesn’t really realize she has. She goes blank sometimes and has no idea what’s going on. She likes to draw. She works at a bakery. I really don’t know what else to say.



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Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles

Holy Branches by Radical Face

Trauma by NF

Blackbird by The Beatles

Quote: “I like that song you play about the lonely people.”


Hails from: Untitled (fantasy/historical, siblings, family problems, abuse, magical abilities, Lords and Ladies)

Leona and her two older brothers live in a rustic castle on the edge of a large expanse of frigid wildness. Her oldest brother owns a great deal of land and is more than eager to offer a substantial dowry to anyone that his sister wants to marry. But Leona knows where all of her brother’s wealth comes from, and she despises him for it. Meanwhile, her other brother just gets sicker and sicker and Leona is desperately trying to get him to leave. It drives her crazy that no one else seems to notice that anything is wrong.


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Turns You Into Stone by Fleurie

Home by Alan Menken and Tim Rice

Touch the Sky by Julie Fowlis

Quote: “Keepย  telling yourself that, Brecken. I hope it give you some small comfort, even if it’s only a lie.”

Jacob Marley Schmidt

Hails from: Untitled (contemporary, foster care, bullying, religion, siblings)

I really don’t know what to do with Jake. He’s this kid who is fiercely protective and he has a great sense of humor, but he sometimes takes responsibility for things that he shouldn’t and tries to control other people’s lives just a little bit. And he gets really angry when he feels like he’s not in control. We’re working on this, okay?


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Wow, I’m Not Crazy by AJR

Lean on Me by Bill Withers

In Love with the 80s by Relient K

Quote: “Just practicing for when I become Batman.”

Prince Trellic

Hails from: Untitled Rapunzel retelling (fairy tale, siblings, deformity, princes and princesses, ostriches, sheep, disguises)

This kid doesn’t fully realize how lonely he is until he meets a very strange girl in the forest and becomes her friend. He is kindhearted, though a bit snobbish at times, and he dislikes large parties.


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The Vikings Have Their Tea by John Powell

Go the Distance by Alan Menken and David Zippel

Noble Maiden Fair by Patrick Doyle

Quote: “I hope you pay your taxes.”


Well…that was stupidly difficult to do. I started out thinking this post would be quick and easy. Ha.

I am hoping to continue developing all of these characters in 2020. Most of their stories are a bit of a mess at this point, but…I can totally change that.

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What new characters cropped up in your writing in 2019? Do you love or hate any of them? Are you at a loss as to what to do with them? Do you ever attach songs to your characters, or do you have song resistant characters? Which of my characters would you most want to read about (if any)? Please share your characters with me!

24 thoughts on “Characters From Yesteryear~ In Which I Haphazardly Try To Introduce My Children

  1. Still basically have 13 characters- The Tale of the Cattail Forest crew. Some of them are hard to actually hard to get right on the page- on draft four now.

    However, know about a few characters that I have in mind- for some, the name may not be right.

    There’s Lizzy- the curious and adventurous Lizard from a children’s picture book.

    There’s Olivia and Ella (don’t know if their names are right): two orphans in NYC; fraternal twins; came from an artsy family. Olivia is the more optimistic caring deeply for her sister; interested in arts and crafts especially in the fashion nature. Ella, on the other hand, loves princesses and dolls and is struggling with the situation more- she has her well “boobie”, which is the doll her mother made her. “They are from Greatest Discovery- there are four other orphans- eventually getting put on a scavenger hunt t.v. show.

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    1. Wow, draft four! I have never gotten that far on a story. Keep up the good work. The Cattail Forest crew are in good hands.
      I like the idea of Olivia and Ella! Sibling stories always interest me, and I like how you gave them each a distinct personality. And a scavenger hunt TV show sounds like it could be exciting in a story.
      I wish you the best with developing all of your current as well as your future characters!


      1. Greatest Discovery- that is truly a story about six orphans in NYC put on that t.v. show. Eventually, I knew it had to mainly focus on one of the girls- so I placed it on Olivia and Ella.

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  2. Aah I love this! I love hearing about other peopleโ€™s characters and yours sound so interesting! This was such a great set up too… I feel like I should go through this and fill in lists of this kind of information for my characters.

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    1. Thank you muchly! I am happy to hear that. And thank you again! I like the set up too, even though it was more challenging than I at first thought it would be. I would love to read a post like this with your own characters if you ever decided to write one!


  3. “I’m just practicing for when I become Batman” I love that!! Some characters it seems we don’t love so much at first, but they grow on us as circumstances cause them to change for the better. Like Mary in The Secret Garden. Your characters sound great, and I am suddenly intrigued by the little details you have included of their stories.

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    1. Haha, thanks. Jake is kind of hilarious. ๐Ÿ™‚
      That is a true point. I find characters like that intriguing, and I would like to write one successfully someday.
      Thank you again! That was the idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. 2020?? My brain is freaking out too, so don’t feel bad. *pats your back*
    Oh. Ma. Word. THOSE CHARACTERS. *screams* โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ They all sound so positively wonderful!! And the names…I love the names you gave them. Especially Jacob Marley Schmidt. He sounds adorable. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ
    Love this!!!

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    1. I suppose we will have to struggle through this 2020 thing together, my friend.
      I appreciate your enthusiasm! I am glad that you think they sound wonderful! Yeah, Jacob Marley Schmidt is kind of an adorable name, and he’s kind of an adorable character, so it fits. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you muchly!

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      1. Glad to be doing it with as splendid a human as you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Have some cake. It cheers one up splendidly!
        *squeals* Is it allowed to fangirl over characters you have never met? Because your characters seem worth screaming about. ๐Ÿ˜„

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  5. Happy New Year! All your characters sound super interesting! Claudia and Leona really stood out to me. I have crashed into people in grocery stores more times than I’d care to admit (it was terrifying when I almost knocked over an oblivious old lady in an aisle with a much of glass jars on the shelves) and I REALLY relate to Leona’s gif. Apparently I’m more often than not exasperated with the world. xD

    This is a brilliant idea! It’s so much fun reading about other people’s characters. Perhaps I should do something similar…

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well! Thank you muchly! Yes, Claudia’s propensity to walk into things is drawn from personal experience. Wow, I am glad that you avoided that collision! Haha, yes, Leona’s GIF is something I think we can all relate to at one time or another, really. I know that I certainly do. It’s always interesting to me what aspects of my own personality manifest themselves in my characters.
      Thank you again! Ooh, if you did something like this for your characters I would love to read it!

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  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! AND AHHHH ALL THE CHARRIES. <333 I love Prince Trellic and Marcus already. <33 And I think I relate to Cladia a little too much. X'D X'D Ooh yes, attaching songs to charries is the best. I love doing that!!! Ummm…I created a lot of charries in 2019…but I think one of my personal favorites is Clay. He's a janitor with a horrible singing voice, amazing piano skills, a bazooka mop, and his favorite color is yellow. XP His theme song is probably Best Day of My Life by American Authors. X'D

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  7. So, bit of a late comment, but I had to say how cool this post was! May I hug Jake and Prince Trellic, please. And also all of them.
    And OH. I am ever so curious about Rosalie’s story. She sounds darling. And I’m assuming “that song about the lonely people” is Eleanor Rigby, yes? My sister introduced me to that song a few months ago and I can’t get enough of it.

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    1. I adore late comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much! Yes, I give you permission to hug as many of my characters as you wish (they certainly need some hugs).
      Rosalie’s story is kind of awful, but I fully intend for it to be redemptive and happy in the end. It’s kind of a process getting there. You are correct that the lonely people song is Eleanor Rigby. It’s such a haunting song. Rosalie loves it, and so do I.

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