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On Matt Alvarez

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Character’s Full Name: Matthew Esteban Alvarez

Name Origin: Matt’s parents made a list of names and didn’t pick one until he was three days old when they decided on one that fit his personality the best. .

Nicknames: Matt, by most people; Matty Boy, by Scott and sarcastically by Lakyn.

Birth Date: February 28

Religion: Matt was raised in a non-religious home but doesn’t treat people who are religious any differently. He lives by his own morals and desire to be a good person.

Physicality: Matt’s written as tall, with tan skin, dark curly hair, and a cricked smile. He used to be a little self conscious about that smile, but eventually decided he looked better smiling than not smiling, and as long as he was happy who cared? He’s got a bit of a taste for name brands, but generally dresses like every other teenage male. He used to wear socks with sandals and his gym shorts, but Scott broke him of the habit.  Height: 6’2 | Weight: 189lbs | Shirt Size: L | Chest: 45in | Waist: 34in | Shoe Size: 11

SexualityHeteroflexible. While he wouldn’t personally label himself as anything other hetero, Matt is honestly open minded to the idea that he could fall in love with just about anyone. Although he sees his future married to a woman with children, if the person was special enough, gender wouldn’t matter to him in the end.

Scars & Tattoos:  Matt has a few scars from being tumbly as a kid, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Tattoos and piercings aren’t really his thing, but he probably gets something stupid on Friday the 13th that he regrets for the rest of his life. He possibly let’s Lena draw him something to cover it up later.

Personality Facts: Loyal, kind, fun to be around, flirty, easygoing, levelheaded, calm, usually the mediator.

Quirks: Can taste individual ingredients in a meal, dyslexic, loves old movies, quite the optimist.

Skills/Talents: Athletic, good at wood work, knows how to cross stitch, surprisingly awful at video games.

Phobias/FearsSpiders

Favorite-

  • +Food: Hangover Hamburger
  • +Drink: Blue Gatorade
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Heineken
  • +Color: Burnt Orange
  • +Film: The Breakfast Club
  • +Music: Soft Rock
  • +Motto: “The best thing to be is yourself.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Matt, who would it be? 
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These boys are going to kill me I swear. Matt isn’t even described in a restricting way and yet the image that i have of him in my head is so clear? I’ve spent longer than I’d like to admit looking for someone but…with no luck. I will say though that Marlon Teixeira inspired his looks a little…or, at the very least, them curls did. I think his face is a little soft for Matt, and obviously his age is off, but ya know. What’s a girl to do?


Have you ever wanted to know something about Matt? Ask in the comments!

On Lacey Parker


Character’s Full Name: Lacey Anne Parker

Name Origin: Lacey was named just because her mother wanted a particularly feminine name for their daughter, and figured the best way to do that would be to name her after lace. It was a theme in her baby book, and for a few years after that. Her middle name comes from Saint Anne, the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus.

Nicknames: Lace; on occasion. Various curse words; by Lena

Birth Date: August 8th

Religion: Lacey was raised mostly Baptist, although her mother was a Catholic convert. While her parents are very committed in church activities, and Lacey herself is still very religious, the strict rules do not keep her from living her life how she feels fit. Her choices and her path are between her and God, and of no one elses concern.

Physicality: Lacey picked up most of her physical traits from her mother, although there are times she greatly resembles her father. She has thick dark hair which she generally works on to keep straight, and dark skin. Being a cheerleader gives her an athletic but slim build (Lena also notes she has a nice ass), and she dresses rather fashionably.  Height: 5’9″ | Weight: 132lbs | Shirt Size: S/M | Bra Size: 37B | Pants Size: 3 | Shoe Size: 8.5

Sexuality: Heterosexual. This is something Lacey has never had to consider, even after Lena came out. She’s never felt any kind of attraction to the same sex. It’s safe to assume, out of curiosity, that she might experiment in her college years, but all it would do is serve as a reminder that she is, in fact, strictly-dickly

Scars, Piercings & Tattoos: Lacey has a couple of scars from cheerleading accidents (rather on the field or in her front yard), a notable few which are on her knees, and one on her palm from a particularly stubborn rock that got stuck there once. Like most girls, both of Lacey’s ears are pierced. She also gets her navel pierced, and the forward helix of her ear done (where she wears three diamonds). I’m not sure if she ever gets tattoos, although for some reason I have a feeling she’d only ever get one. If she did, it’d likely be some kind of geometric shape, done on her hip.

Personality Facts: Assertive, loyal, brutally honest, can be bitchy, loving, a bit of a tease, self assured.

Quirks: Nicer than she likes to let on, incredibly organized and well structured, extremely confident, whiny when things don’t go her way. Likes to party but also likes to study.

Skills/Talents: Highly intelligent, skilled in gymnastics, very good at debate.

Phobias/Fears: Heights, mostly.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Salads – she honestly loves them, the more creative the better
  • +Drink: Lime Water
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Mimosas
  • +Color: Gold
  • +Film: Legally Blonde
  • +Music: Most forms of pop
  • +Motto: “Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Lacey, who would it be? 
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I saw Amber Stevens on some tv show that I don’t even watch one day and was like ‘her. I like her’. I don’t think there’s been anyone else I’ve ever quite liked as much. I did look for a long time, because Amber is actually half white, but in the end the only people I liked more than her were nameless tumblr beauties. *shrugs*


Have you ever wanted to know something about Lacey? Ask in the comments!

How to Survive the Holidays

Mostly a Christmas post but Thanksgiving can be substituted.

“Happy Holidays!”

Eh.

I thought about how I was going to do this post more than once. I considered not doing it, I thought about making it funny, or about simply whining for my own selfish purposes, and then…I thought about the facts.

  1. Christmas has the highest incident of depression out of the entire year. [X]
  2. 45% of Americans dread the holiday. [X]
  3. The children are hyped up on sugar and LIES. [X]

In our community especially… the pressure is high. Too many closeted kids, or too many family members with uncomfortable smiles and wary eyes at their gay nephews and nieces. Too many conservative thoughts you disagree with so violently it makes your stomach hurt. Too many people who can’t go home at all. Too many people on diets or in AA. Struggling with depression when all the cheer only reminds you how “not normal” you are. Struggling with anxiety and the fear of the social part of it, the questions, the reactions to gifts that you haven’t perfected yet. Going in tired before its even started.

The struggle is real, guys.

So let’s try to make it a little easier?

Stress-

  1. Realize this isn’t going to be easy. Accept it. Do your best anyway.
  2. Stop putting unreasonable pressure on yourself to be happy. Take a deep breath, take it slow. Let the little things make you smile.
  3. Seek out the people you know you can be yourself with. Stick close to them.
  4. Watch your alcohol intake. While a few drinks may make you feel better, too much will make you feel worse. Alcohol is a depressant.
  5. Too much sugar, carbs, and caffeine will also drag you down. Enjoy your treats, don’t overdo it.
  6. Try to get a goods night rest before family activities.
  7. Keep your expectations low.
  8. Remember. You’re going to be okay.
  9. Schedule a Self Care day for right after the holidays.
  10. Keep a drink in your hand (doesn’t have to be alcohol). It gives you something to fidget with, something to cover up that expression you let slip, or something to avoid answering a question with.

Family-

  1. It’s likely your family members are the same exact people they were last year. You probably are too. This could get tricky, but you can do it.
  2. Remember that after this day… your life is going to be exactly as you left it.
  3. Get up, sit somewhere else, start a new conversation.
  4. I know it feels personal, but it likely isn’t. Grit your teeth, let it roll of your shoulders. [X]
  5. If you absolutely have to say something, be polite. Remain calm. People don’t typically respond well to yelling.
    • + Interesting fact, people tend to listen only to reply, especially when things get heated. Statements will often earn you arguments, arguments will get you nowhere. Try presenting your case in the form of a question, see what happens.
  6.  Remember that most people believe things because they were raised that way and they probably don’t know any better. Likely, they don’t want to be the Bad Person.
  7. Remember that some people are just dicks and there’s nothing you can do about that.
    • + Advice: avoid them as much as possible.
  8. If you have triggers, know them, identify them, be prepared for them.
    • + Take a walk. Go to the bathroom, wash your face. Text your friend. Take a breath, count to ten. Healthy coping mechanisms people. (It’s okay to take meds, its okay to use essential oils, its okay to have to call your sponsor.)
  9.  Try emotionally distancing yourself. Pretend your a social scientist and its your job to study how these people act in their natural environment.
  10. If you have to, just don’t go home. That’ll be complicated, but weigh the pros and cons. Which struggle is worth it?

LGBTQIA-

  1. If you haven’t read the other lists (save ‘if you’re alone’ – unless you’re not going home), do that. So that I don’t have to repeat things.
  2. You’re probably not the only ‘family disappointment’. Make alliances. Your cousin that dropped out of college? Yeah, chill with her. The uncle that still hasn’t gotten married or had kids and grandma’s Annoyed™, he’s probably cool too.
  3.  Set boundaries. You don’t have to answer their questions. Say no. “You’re making me uncomfortable and I don’t appreciate it,” is a thing you can say.
  4. Don’t jump down someone’s throat for getting things wrong. Either laugh it off, or educate them. If you’re the only queer in the family, they likely just Don’t Know. Ignorance is widespread.
    • + Also keep in mind that you might not be the only queer, and the closeted kids are looking at you as an example.
  5. If you’re recently out, expect it to be awkward. Remember, this isn’t news to you – but it is to them.
  6. If you’re transgender, your pronouns will probably be forgotten (especially if this is new, or people are rude). Take a deep breath, kindly remind them.
  7. If you need it / are comfortable with it – take your significant other or a friend. Then the two of you can laugh about the drama, and you have a built in support system.
  8. Just showing up is a victory. You can leave early. It’s okay.
  9. If they make a stupid, homophobic joke – you don’t have to laugh. Look them in the eye and ask them why it’s funny. (That’s confrontational, you don’t have to do it lol).
  10. You are valid. You are lovable. You are important.

Ways to turn your perspective around | Aka: be positive-

  1. Remember why we have this holiday. Be gracious, be loving.
  2. If you know you aren’t going to feel bright and shiny after hanging out with these people, do your best to make them feel bright and shiny. Be the cheer bringer instead of the receiver.
  3. Keep in mind that you might not be the only one having a hard time.
  4. Don’t ruin it for the children. They’re brand new and they’re hopes are still untarnished. Let them stay little while they can.
  5. The night will end, and you will go home.
  6. One or two bad apples don’t ruin the whole bunch. Remember there are people you’re related to that you actually like.
  7. Play with the kids if you can’t handle the adults. They’ll love you for it.

If you’re alone during the holidays-

  1.  Volunteer at a shelter or a soup kitchen. Visit a nursing home.
  2. Go out – (Call ahead to places if you’re not sure).
    • + Chinese and Jewish restaurants and national chains are almost always open.
    • + As are most movie theaters.
    • + If you live in a large city, Tourist attractions are usually open. Museums too.
    • + Skating rinks generally are too.
    • + Get a room at a hotel, they often offer Christmas packages. Go to the spa, get a massage.
    • + Go for a walk or a hike in a park.
    • + If you’re religious, attend a church service (attend a lot if you’re interested in church hopping).
  3. Do some DIY projects. Read that book you’ve been putting off. Binge a new TV show. Write a book. Draw a comic.
  4. Eat. You have to eat. And drink water.
  5. If you can afford it, take a trip. Go somewhere where its still warm, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to see at Christmas. Join a Singles Group if you don’t want to go alone.
  6. If you don’t like the silence, fill your iPod and take it with you everywhere. Even better, don’t put any holiday music on it.
  7. For Thanksgiving. Consider a Friendsgiving. You likely aren’t the only one not going home. (FriendsChristmas could work too honestly it’s just more rare).

Need something else? Google-

  1. How to survive the holidays when you have a drinking habit.
  2. How to survive the holidays when you have an eating disorder.
  3. How to survive the holidays after the death of a loved one.
  4. How to survive the holidays when you’re broke.
  5. More results on depression.
  6. More results on anxiety.
  7. More for LGBT.

Remember that in most situations, even if they’re hard to take, these people are your family and they love you.

Hotlines and Resources-

 

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Char.

 

A lot of info for this post was taking from The Huffington Post, Web MD, Mental Health Now, Buzzfeed, and Psychology Today.

On Scott White


Character’s Full Name: Scott Alexander White

Name Origin: Scott was another one of those kids that was named just because his parents liked the way it sounded and not for any real reason. Originally they intended to call him Alexander Scott, but decided that it was likely people would start calling him ‘Alex’ which they didn’t really care for, so they switched the order.

Nicknames: Scotty, when he was younger and occasionally still by Matt (sometimes sarcastically by Lakyn); Baby, by Lakyn; Scotty Scott, by Lena.

Birth Date: July 31st

Religion: Scott was turned off of religion from a young age, mostly because he was raised in a Fear God environment with overbearing parents. When he came to terms with his sexuality he began to lean strongly in the ‘atheist’ lane. It’s not particularly something he talks about often, but when asked he still participates in religious activities with his self-made family, if only out of respect.

Physicality: Scott’s noted as being tall, broad shouldered, and usually tan. He has chocolate brown eyes, brown hair, and a sunshine smile. Football and a general enjoyment of working out keeps his body in good shape. His fashion sense is mostly jeans and teeshirts, and he rarely gives what he’s wearing a second thought (often to Lakyn’s annoyance).  Height: 5’11” | Weight: 174lbs | Shirt Size: M | Chest: 42in | Waist: 34in | Shoe Size: 10

Sexuality: Gay. Scott came out of the closet at the tail end of his Sophomore year in high school. It wasn’t particularly a good experience, but it could have been worse. Although his sexuality caused some waves at school, Scott managed to hold onto his popularity. Unfortunately, his real problems came from home. Most of his extended family cut ties, his father decided to have nothing to do with him, and his mother never quite got over it. Scott dealt with the hurt and turned to the James family to fill the gap they left.

Scars & Tattoos: Scott was a rough and tumbley kid so he has quite a collection of scars, but nothing really eye catching. I doubt he’d be the type to get many tattoos, but he’d probably get one with Lakyn (Likely something like this, though probably on their shoulder blades instead of their wrists).

Personality Facts: Talkative, optimistic, easy to really talk to, loyal, brave, such a jock.

Quirks: Gayer than he seems, doesn’t really handle personal stress (known to be a bit of a drinker), likes to party a little too much, not particularly academic smart but common sense smart, likes scary movies even though he’s a chicken.

Skills/Talents: Athletic, good at baking, fairly good at advice, knows how to understand situations from multiple perspectives.

Phobias/FearsClowns

Favorite-

  • +Food: Hawaiian Pizza
  • +Drink: Mountain Dew
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Jack Daniels
  • +Color: Navy Blue
  • +Film: Friday Night Lights
  • +Music: Alternative Rock
  • +Motto: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow’.” (Mary Ann Radmacher.)

So, if you could pick someone to represent Scott, who would it be? 

*Throws hands up angrily in the air* *proceeds to have five minute long tantrum* *slowly comes back to the computer*. I read somewhere once that the brain cannot make up faces. That even when you dream or imagine, you pick a face that you have seen somewhere, at sometime. If this is true I need the guy that ‘inspired’ Scott to call me ASAP because I am convinced this kid does not exist. The irony of this situation is that Scott has one of the most simple physical descriptions and yet…*long suffering sigh*.

Zac Efron isn’t a horrible choice (although if it were a movie now he’d be much too old for the role. Which, let’s be real, my entire fancast would be too old). I’ve always been a fan of his smile (which is definitely bright enough to be Scott’s). And that jawline. Whuddup.

Considered Chace Crawford too. He’s got a nice smile. Hey! Scott broke the hair pattern! Lol.

Not completely happy with those choices buuuut. It is what it is I suppose.


Have you ever wanted to know something about Scott? Ask in the comments!

Let’s talk about life as a student in Hogwarts

I saw these on tumblr and I just wanted to do them so!

1. What house will you be in?

2. If the sorting hat was on you and it said you’d be great in a house you didn’t consider before, will you follow his advice or choose what house you want?

(there are no other houses LOL)

3. What kind of animal would you bring to school?

4. If you were in class, where would you normally sit?

(close to the front for sure)

5. What do you think you’ll be doing right now?

(chillin)

6. What’s the core of your wand?

7. Do you think you’ll be part of the quidditch team?

(I want to say yes because I love Quidditch SO FREAKING MUCH, but I’m incredibly unathletic. Maybe I’d be commentator? Except I’m blind too… *long suffering sigh* spectator it is.)

8. Will you be part of any organization???

(Eh I’d think about it, but likely would be too lazy to actually join. Unless some shit went down again…I like to think I’d be brave enough to join the DA or some shit.)

9. Will you go home during holidays?

(I’m actually not a fan of holiday’s, so I’d likely stay at Hogwarts…if, ya know, my mother let me LOL.)

10. Do you think you’ll have friends from other houses?

11. What will you pack for school?

(Just the usual stuff I suppose. Plus, like, lots of stuff to write on. Should there be a more interesting answer to this question?)

12. How about when going home for holidays, what will you bring home?

13. Would you consider studying in another wizarding school?

(I’m sure Ilvermorny is nice and all but…no thanks.)

14. Do you think you’ll be a prefect or head girl/boy?

(I’m not really a fan of the ‘responsibility’ thing.)

15. Are you going to be a pure-blood or half-blood or muggle-born?

(based on this I personally would be a pureblood. B u t, my mother would be a muggle born and my father would be a squib. So, I guess that would make me a half-blood.)

16. Will you be related to any wizarding family?

(If we go with the idea that my mother would be a muggle born…probably not. At least, not closely.)

17. Will you be a student who gets into trouble a lot?

(I mean…probably at least a little bit)

18. Do you think you’ll get a lot of detention? For what reason/s?

(not too much trouble ya’ll)

19. On hogsmeade visits, what shops will you go to?

(all of them? Dervish & Banges and Scrivenshaft’s Quill Shop the most probably)

20. Will you read Hogwarts: A History?

21. Do you think you’ll get a lot of letters from home? How frequent do you think you’ll get them?

(honestly, probably not a lot. I’d likely send more than I got.)

22. Will you subscribe to the daily prophet or the quibbler or other wizarding world media?

(yes. all of them)

23. Which part of the castle will be your favorite?

(not a bad place for a bath.)

24. Do you think you’ll be a fan of wizard music?

(honestly who wouldn’t be with lyrics like ‘spin around like a crazy elf, dancin’ by herself)

25. Will you be curious enough to try and explore the whole castle, even if you know you can get in trouble for visiting some parts of it?

26. How frequent will your visits to the library be?

(i’d live there)

30. On your o.w.l.s, what subject/s will you get an O in? Which ones do you think you’ll get a T on?

(Given that no one’s gotten a T in like centuries I doubt I’d end up with one somehow. I’m not sure if I’d have an O either though. Probably just a lot of E’s. Same for my n.e.w.t.s -which was the next question.)

31. What wizard snack would be your favorite? Or which one would you like to try?

32. Will you collect chocolate frog cards?

33. What quidditch team (excluding hogwarts houses) will you support?

(Puddlemere United because it’s the team Wood goes on to play for.)

34. What will your boggart be?

(PROBABLY THIS LITTLE SHIT. THATS NOT FUNNY PARVATI)

35. Will you stay in the hog’s head or the three broomsticks?

36. If you are of age, will you try to enter the triwizard tournament if they ever host one again?

37. Will you see the thestrals carrying the carriages?

(thankfully, no)

38. Will you consider becoming a professor in hogwarts after school?

39. What would your patronus be?

(according to Pottermore, it’s a Nebelung Cat, which seems accurate)

40. What year are you suppose to be in right now?

(lol. Graduate)

I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for images to answer these questions with SO I hope you at least enjoyed it lol

To find your house, wand and patronus you can visit https://www.pottermore.com/ 🙂

On Lakyn James


Character’s Full Name: Lakyn James

Name Origin: Originally Lakyn’s full name was “Jeremy Laken James”. He was named directly after his father, though its unknown for sure where his middle name came from, except that his mother probably chose it. When Ben James adopted him, Lakyn took out his first name altogether and made the decision to go by his middle name permanently (a habit he’d picked up back in the 6th grade). On Juliet’s suggestion, he replaced the ‘e’ with a ‘y’.

Nicknames: Jr, by family; Lakyn, by everyone; Lake, on occasion.

Religion: Lakyn’s parents were only religious when it suited them (often in public settings), but it was something Lakyn himself latched onto pretty strongly. He struggled with this more in his early adult years, and although he still has a belief in God he doesn’t follow a specific set of religious rules.

PhysicalityLakyn resembles the James side of the family enough that he could be Juliet’s brother rather than her cousin. He has a tall and thin stature, fair skin, dark shaggily cut hair, soft features, and eyes that appear silver in color. Despite the fact that he’s fairly small his muscle structure is lean – he works out enough to have a runner’s body. He has a bit of a dependency on hoodies which range from designs in pop culture to solid colors. He also likes fitted or skinny jeans and converse.  Height: 5’10” | Weight: 150lbs | Shirt Size: S | Chest: 35in | Waist: 30in | Shoe Size: 8.5

Sexuality: Gay. Lakyn had a hard time coming out, in part because of his small traditionally minded school but mostly because of his homophobic parents. It happened his last year of middle school and resulted in violent behaviors. The year ended with a suicide attempt brought on by many different factors.

Tattoos: Before he was of legal age, Lakyn had an infinity symbol tattooed on his wrist as a tribute to his aunt (Juliet has a matching one). It’s also extremely probable that he and Scott got a couple’s tattoo sometime after their wedding. (Likely something like this, though probably on their shoulder blades instead of their wrists).

+There’s a good chance Lakyn would, at some point, get a tattoo to symbolize his survival of life, rather it’s meaning would be obvious or not, but I have yet to decide on what it would be. (Personally, I approve of the semicolon project, but I think Lakyn would shy away from it if only because he has enough labels on his body.) I saw a girl on tumblr once who tattooed her heart beat above her attempt scars and I could see him doing that with his loved ones heart beats instead of his own.

+Also, its entirely possible he would cover his scars altogether. Definitely wouldn’t put it past this boy to adorn himself in pale colored flowers. However, that’s a lot of skin. So who knows. Things I’ll think about for sure.

Scars: Lakyn has a lot of scars, both self inflected and not, though they all stem from a rough upbringing. Due to his pale skin and the thinness of razor blades most of his cuts aren’t noticeable unless one is up close or the lighting is just right. They’re predominately on his biceps, forearms, hips, and inner thighs. Other scars come from a myriad of sources and range from visible to not.

Personality Facts: Quiet, apathetic, anxious, tends to keep people at an arms length, values communication, doesn’t like to lie, realist.

Quirks: Foul mouthed, loves video games, gets into things he knows are bad for him, doesn’t talk to people when he first meets them, works well under pressure, sports fan, likes running, likes bright colors despite his tendency to dress in darker shades. Loves horror movies and can’t stand the color white.

Skills/Talents: Very fucking smart, incredible cook, can passably understand French.

Phobias/Fears: At this point in his life Lakyn claims not to be afraid of anything, although he is still prone to nightmares. While asleep, he loses his logical processing, and therefor becomes afraid of things quite easily.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Cherry Pie
  • +Drink: Hot Chocolate
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Orchata Rum
  • +Color: Mint Green
  • +Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • +Music: Bands like Green Day and 21 Pilots  (he’s also a big Troye Sivan fan)
  • +Motto: “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Lakyn, who would it be? 

Rasmus Ledin is someone I never knew until I started searching for Lakyn, but I think he fits really well. I’m particularly fond of his hair (apparently hair is a big deal for me?) and his eyes – even though Lakyn’s are more of a grey color I think Rasmus’ get the point across.

I also really liked Logan Lerman, especially after watching him in Perks of Being a Wallflower. He’s just…missing something. Maybe it’s just because he’s so dang cute…who knows. Lol. But I have to admit, I definitely wouldn’t complain if someone wanted to cast him. (And, you know, he was cool with that). Look at me just talking like I have a movie *sighs*. Get a grip Char. (Also. This.)


Have you ever wanted to know something about Lakyn? Ask in the comments!

On Lena Newman


Character’s Full Name: Lena Mae Newman

Name Origin: The name ‘Lena’ comes from many different places around the world and means many different things, but it was only really chosen because her parents liked the sound of it. Her middle name is her maternal grandmother’s nickname.

Nicknames: Len; in general. Pet names; by Juliet. Slurs; by Lacey (all in good fun).

Birth Date: April 3rd

Religion: Lena was raised in a nondenominational household and grows up with a general belief that there is at least Something Greater out there. Most of her religious teachings as a child came from Lacey, whose father is a Pastor.

Physicality:My brown hair was down in waves, covered by a light gray beanie that sat almost perfectly over my ears. Jade green eyes lightly lined, freckles dusting my nose and cheeks, lips colored light pink.” Lena picked up her dominate traits from her father, although at first glance she doesn’t particularly look like either of her parents. She has thick brown hair and dark green eyes. She’s noted as being curvier than Juliet though they can still occasionally share clothes (this may be because of Juliet’s tendency to buy too-large sizes). Her fashion style is usually for comfort but follows the general trends. Height: 5’6″ | Weight: 125lbs | Shirt Size: S/M | Bra Size: 36C | Pants Size: 5 | Shoe Size: 7.5

Sexuality: Bisexual. Lena came to terms with her sexuality during her Senior year of High School. She also came out that year to the acceptance of the important people in her life.

Personality Facts: Prefers to go with the flow, not easily bothered, loyal, judges books by their cover (known for stereotyping people based on their appearance), gets anxious when things become personal.

Quirks: Sarcastic, likes to fully understand things, really bad at buying Christmas gifts, independent, has a beef intolerance, has a bit of a potty mouth, likes horror movies, not a particularly good cook.

Skills/Talents: Skilled artist, particularly good at makeup and face paints, fairly smart, good driver.

Phobias/Fears: Failure – Lena is honestly terrified of the idea that she will never make something of herself.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Chicken
  • +Drink: Sodas
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Strawberry Margarita
  • +Color: Blush Pink
  • +Film: The Addams Family
  • +Music: Indie
  • +Motto: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Lena, who would it be? 

Finding someone to look like Lena was actually fairly easy. I only searched for brunette females and immediately fell in love with Lily Collins. What I like about Lily is that she’s undoubtedly very beautiful but in a subtle kind of way. Her hair is perfect for Lena and I really love her resting face, lol.

I played with Lena’s race a little back when I was considering self publishing and thought Victoria Justice would be a good fit (for making her half Puerto Rican). I still like her, even though she’s a bit more put together than I picture Lena lol. Overall, I’d be happy with either of those girls representing in a hypothetical movie 😉

I remember someone once said that they were tired of seeing the ‘plain girls’ with an exceptionally beautiful partner when I was still writing this. I honestly never intended Lena to come off as plain…I think we lose her appearance a little bit because, obviously, the book is written in her POV. I can’t have her vainly staring at herself in the mirror all day, now can I?


Have you ever wanted to know something about Lena? Ask in the comments!

On Juliet James


Character’s Full Name: Juliet Liliana James

Name Origin: Juliet was named because her mother – Lily – was playing Juliet on Broadway when she met her husband. ‘Juliet’ is of French origin, a language very close to Lily’s heart (and one that Juliet actually speaks). Juliet’s middle name, Liliana, is the full version of her mother’s name. (Lily James named Juliet, while Ben James named their son, Rick).

Nicknames: Jules, by everyone; JJ, by select few in middle and elementary school.

Birth Date: October 15th

Religion: Lily was raised Roman Catholic while Ben was brought up in a loosely Christian household. Both parents instilled a belief in God in their children without the structure and restraints of traditional religion. The family attended church growing up, but mostly for Holidays. They do, however, say Grace often.

Physicality:  “She was pretty in a simple way, because unlike her style, her features were soft. Rounded cheeks, pouty lips, large bright blue eyes. Her hair was light blond, falling down her back in damp waves, bangs swept across her forehead. She wore very little makeup except for what was dark around her eyes, making them stand out even more than—I was sure—they would on their own.” Juliet takes after her mother more in appearance, with her fair skin, blond hair, and tall stature. Her eyes and smile, however, come from her father. Her fashion style tends to verge on the punk side of things, although she likes to pick more comfortable sizes (notably, her clothes are always too large). Her favorite outfit is her sex pistols shirt, her shiny leggings, and her combat boots. Height: 5’7″ | Weight: 115lbs | Shirt Size: S | Bra Size: 34B | Pants Size: 3 | Shoe Size: 8

Sexuality: Lesbian. Juliet never particularly went through a ‘questioning’ phase thanks to the open mindedness of her family. Likewise, her sexuality was never an issue and was accepted from the start.

Tattoos: Before she was of legal age Juliet had an infinity symbol tattooed on her wrist. It was a tribute to her mother, who used to tell her family members  that she loved them infinitely. Lakyn has a matching version. Post Epilogue Lena notices that Juliet has many new tattoos. She prefers smooth and perfect lines and occasionally splashes of pale color. Some ideas for the types of tattoos she would have as an adult can be found here, here, and here. It’s safe to assume that she has quite a few.

Personality Facts: Confident disposition, relaxed stature, generally calm, soft spoken, and levelheaded. Fairly nonjudgmental but guarded when it comes to herself.

Quirks: Horrible driver, particularly fond of applying pet names to her favorite people, doesn’t deal with her own issues well, does not work well under pressure, has a history of substance dependency, cannot sing, likes video games, doesn’t handle conflict well.

Skills/Talents: Skilled artist, good at sewing and designing, fairly smart, speaks two languages, decent cook.

Phobias/Fears: Any insect that stings.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Fish, particularly Salmon
  • +Drink: Jasmine Tea
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Verdejo Wine
  • +Color: Charcoal grey
  • +Film: Interview with a Vampire
  • +Music: 80s rock or gothic rock
  • +Motto: “Just be a Queen.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Juliet, who would it be? 

Two years ago, when I first uploaded this story to Wattpad, I had a cast picked out. I ultimately ended up taking it down because people were treating it like a fanfic, which it very much was not. The truth is, I had very little exposure to the people I had put in the cast list. Taylor Momsen – who I chose as the original Juliet – I had the most to because of her role on Gossip Girl, but even then…

When I picked the cast, I just hit up Google with my most important traits. Of course, Taylor Momsen popped up when I went in for Jules. She became Juliet from that point on, but she’s not perfect. She’s got the hair, sure (although I imagine Juliet’s hair to be a little more on the ‘sandy blonde’ side than the platinum thing), but her features are a little too sharp. Personally, in my head, Juliet’s face is very soft. And although her make-up is dark, it’s more like thick eyelashes and some dark eyeliner, not the full smokey-eye thing Taylor has going for her. I think she worked a lot better when she was younger and softer. However, I have to admit, I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there who could pull her off. I mean, if they made a movie, I’d be down to see Taylor Momsen in her spot haha 😉


Have you ever wanted to know something about Juliet? Ask in the comments!

If Just Juliet Attended Hogwarts

So anyone who keeps up with my personal life knows I have a huge Harry Potter problem. (Huge. Like, I’m drowning, send help.) The other day coriandour asked me what houses the characters of Just Juliet would be in, and I thought it would make a good blog post.

For anyone who doesn’t know shit about Harry Potter, I’m sorry. I mean, really, I’m sorry, because that sucks. You should do something about that 😉

Okay, so, let’s get started, shall we?

Lena – I really think Lena would be a Hufflepuff. She’s a fairly chill person, patient in her own right, and definitely loyal. Most likely she’s an average student without really trying. Likes trips to Hogsmeade more than anything else. Complains about History of Magic. Totally works in the library. Doesn’t really care about Quidditch.

Juliet – I thought on Juliet for a long time, but I eventually landed on Slytherin. It’s the ambition the most I think. Besides, she just kind of has a Slytherin like aura, don’t you think? She’d probably do her best in Charms and likely can’t ride a broomstick to save her life. Still, she’s definitely a Quidditch fan.

Lacey – I thought about Lacey a lot too, because her personality is complex enough that she really could fit in just about any house. I think in the end I’d put her in Ravenclaw, because even though she doesn’t talk about her intelligence a lot, it is a very important part of her. Not to mention, she’s definitely an individual. She’d probably work her hardest on diminishing house separation, be top of her year, Head Girl, and likely in the dueling club. (She’d probably go on to be an Unspeakable).

Scott – Gryffindor! Boy has a stubborn streak a mile long. I usually count Scott as the ‘good influence’ so it makes sense that he’d be in the ‘good guy house’. He definitely makes the brave decision when the time comes. You can count on him to be passing on an Acceptable, likely in the dueling club, definitely Quidditch Captain. He’d probably go on to play professionally, as a Chaser.

Matt – Another Hufflepuff! Matt is the loyalist of loyal friends! I think he’d probably be good at Herbology (most likely in trouble a lot for trying to learn how to grow illegal plants) and an overall decent student. Sneaks into the kitchens late at night. Nice to House Elves. Professors favorite. Probably plays Keeper and Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff games are the only times anyone will catch Matt trash talking Scott.

Lakyn – Don’t even play like this little shit isn’t 100% Slytherin. Top student, excels at everything but particularly Potions, avid Quidditch fan. Likely Prefect for a year if only because it gave him better access to break rules. Cheats at everything.

As a side note, Ben James would have been a Hufflepuff, Lily would have been a Gryffindor, and Rick would have been a Ravenclaw.

Okay! That’s it for my first blog post! Thanks for reading! If you want to send me questions, feel free, you might just get featured! Huge thanks to coriandour for asking this one!

(and now I kind of wan to write a Harry Potter AU about my own book lmao.)

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