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Congratulations Koko! You have been accepted as your desired role Jonah Shaw! The admins of Barton Hollow were amazed with the depth you went into in your reason why you wanted Jonah and were impressed with you understanding of his character! We are so ecstatic to have you as our Jonah! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

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Name: Koko
Preferred Pronoun: She/her
Age: 21
Timezone:  PST
Availablity: I’d say a 7 most days. I tend to lurk almost always, but the lack of activity usually depends on my mood. It’s not that I don’t /want/ to be active, it’s just that sometimes my mind refuses to focus and shifting from my mindset into that of my character can get a little more than difficult. In any case though, I try to be on everyday and make a post or two at the most
Did you read the rules? (We’ll know if you didn’t!): Removed.
Character Desired: Jonah Shaw
Why did you choose this character?:
I’m not going to lie and say that Jonah was the first bio that I read and that I immediately fell in love with him. To be honest, I’ve had BH bookmarked for a long time now, but I’ve always felt too overwhelmed, intimidated even to audition because the bios are so detailed that I was certain I wouldn’t measure up. When my friends started flocking to the rp, I started giving it a second thought because it really is an rp that I’ve gone back to time and time again, looking around in utter disbelief at how much time and work has been put into it: the graphics, the bios, the detail. That and I’m a huuuuge fan of WTNV, so the appeal is so intensely doubled. Each time a character was released, I’ll do my best to read through the bio and end up going ‘Well, I think I can play him/her’ but then I just give up either because I don’t have the time for it or I honestly feel like I’ll butcher the character. I almost applied for Jeremiah too because Eddie FC with a personality that I haven’t seen been done for his face before. Right now, I was initially going to go for Skyler or Scarlett for a friend, but since other friends have now applied for them, I read through more (I think I may have actually gone through all actually. At least the male ones because I normally play them unless a female bio catches my interest and can challenge me as a writer) and it was a battle between Alexander, Jonah or Judah.
There’s so much about Jonah that ultimately won me over though.
What I most want to explore about Jonah for now is the whole system he’s created for himself where he has to maintain a nomadic lifestyle. I love the purpose that he has behind it, that it stems from that one moment where he was at the right place at the right time to stop a crime. It’s as though that’s the first domino in this whole event, you know? And that from then on, the really hopeful belief he has inside him begins to take root, that if he keeps on moving, if he goes to as many places as possible, he can have as many opportunities to be “at the right place at the right time” to help someone and make a difference in their lives. Because that’s one of the keys, if not /the key/ to his existence: to heal people, to help people no matter how big or small their troubles are, to make sure that nobody is suffering or if he can’t stop that suffering, to make sure that they don’t have to suffer alone. Just to think of how long he’s been in existence, all the places he’s traveled, all the people he’s talked to that are probably gone now… its beautiful and so staggeringly overwhelming, and I think that that overwhelms him too.
But also, I think that it’s impossible to maintain a life like that. “No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” by John Donne, and while, sure, Jonah isn’t necessarily a man, but a large part of him is tied to humankind. In fact, you can say that his existence begins and ends with humanity because without them, he really wouldn’t have a purpose. I don’t believe that he can stay separated from everyone for as long as he’s already managed, whether it be stopping himself from getting too attached to certain humans or him running away from other angels due to the shame of what he’s done before, because jumping from place to place and keeping a distance from everyone despite the desire in you to form connections… it’s bound to take a toll on him sooner or later and I think now can be the right time to deal with that whole conflict inside him. Considering how he’s very charismatic and good, I like to think that a lot of people just gravitate to him, feel some sort of magnetic pull to him (that and they probably can feel that there’s something… otherworldly to him? on account of him being an angel?), and he simply does his best to keep as closed off as possible, to stave off their curiosity over him by giving enough information about himself but making it clear that he’s not really open to talking about his “past”, no matter how made up it is. Because he’s made a life for himself in Barton Hollow: he’s a teacher, he’s making a difference in children’s lives, he’s helping people here and there and he’s got fellow angels to interact with, he’s got so many reasons to settle down but also if he does, will it be enough? Will he feel satisfied, will he feel as though he’s fulfilling all the potential within himself to help as many people as possible? Can he truly build a life here and start to try to make friends or will he eventually feel that familiar need to pack up his things and go to a new town? Will Barton Hollow finally be the place?
I think that the greatest thing about Jonah is his redemption arc and the consequences thereof. He turned from someone who was selfish enough to abandon his duty for the sake of his own welfare, into someone who would time and time again do his best to help anyone and everyone who needs it. And it’s not something that comes easily to him, it’s not a snap decision that comes to him in the middle of the night, no - it takes time, it takes a great amount of guilt and self loathing, it takes him really growing and coming into the realization that at the time when he was most needed, he chose to turn tail and run. I don’t completely blame him for it though because from what I understand, Jonah is someone who’s become completely complacent, someone who’s been born (well, he wasn’t born but. you get the point) and bred in safety. He’s not really been put in a situation before that tested his comfort zone and really challenged him, and then all of a sudden he’s handed the responsibility of bringing two warring groups peace? On top of that, he hears the whispers of the people around him, making bets that he’ll fail on something he has yet even to start, that he’s such a spoiled, coddled being to do something completely out of his comfort zone, and that undoubtedly makes him feel worse because all of it is true and he really is contemplating throwing in the towel and running until he can’t run anymore. He’s expected to abandon all sense of self preservation and safety in lieu of duty which, yeah, he should’ve done considering he is an angel and he has a responsibility, he has the power and the ability to, but he’s not as pristine or brave as they come and I love that. I love that he’s flawed, that he had that great moment of weakness because it shows that despite what he is, he’s still liable to make mistakes.
What really hurts my heart about him is just, ugh. The guilt. To think of all the years that have passed since that incident and still, he’s making up for lost time, he’s still trying to amend for his mistake. It’s so heartbreaking because I think Jonah as such a kindhearted, selfless being who honestly takes the greatest delight in helping people, that having someone thank him for whatever help he’s given them, big or small, is the very music that his ears exist for. While he is proud of himself for having come to the realization at all that running away in fear of his own welfare is wrong and that the angels themselves repeatedly tell him that it’s fine and have forgiven him, Jonah still hates himself so much for it and everyday is this constant, undying attempt at making up and “redeeming himself”. Like, I imagine at night he’s thinking of all the people who have been affected by the fighting he should’ve stopped before it got worse - people who lost their lives, lost loved ones, lost their homes, people who are scarred and traumatized - and he sees their faces in every person that he helps from here on out, as though he’s still back in that scenario and he’s still working towards peace. I feel like even through all these years, he’s still so stuck on that event that it haunts his quiet moments and his sleep, and is one of the primary factors for him to be as selfless and as helpful as possible. You know, adding to the fact that he really is just so kind at heart, that he genuinely loves helping people, there was just that one lapse where the fear took over. His going back and fixing what happened, working towards getting that peace… it would’ve been the very eye opener moment for him, the one that shook him to his core and completely convinced him to change his ways. Because he’s reaching out and healing all these people, he’s talking to someone from one side and the other and trying to make them all get along, he’s seeing the consequences of his actions point blank, and it adds to the burden that he’s already laid on himself. To think that he had the power all this time to stop all the pain and suffering that these people would and did go through and he chose instead to think of himself is going to be the first and foremost thought in his mind always.
I love that he has so much fascination for humans, love even and perhaps… envy? I feel like there’s a part of him that’s thought of what it would be like to live a human life, especially since he’s integrated himself so much with them. I love that he’s created this system for himself where he has a long haircut and then changes it to a short one for when he moves to a next town, it’s a small thing but it’s adorable. I’m just imagining him gauging his time in one town on how long his hair has grown, like by the time that the tips are practically passing his shoulders, he’s already making plans on where to go next. I just love him, I really do, and I’d love to flesh him out even more if I do get the part, have him interacting with people especially his students because with his position, his students are the ones that he can make a real difference to and he loves them intensely.
In Character Sample Paragraph (3+ paragraphs, third person):
"You’re fond of them."
The tone of her voice was cool, calm and collected, as sleek as the resplendently white outfit she’s wearing for such a scorching day out. Summer in Barton Hollow. Sweltering by anyone’s standards, though truth be told, Jonah had been through so much worse than this and he wasn’t really… decidedly affected by the weather like the others, but he liked to pretend for the sake of keeping up appearances. Bring a hand up to push back his messy, curly hair, followed by an old handkerchief up to his forehead to wipe at imaginary beads of sweat.
Was he really going to do this?
If you didn’t know any better, you’d say she’s asking a question. If you didn’t know any better, you’d say she may even just be making conversation for conversation’s sake, that she’s not really focused on the topic at hand but trying to find one that would last for long enough without the two of you breaking out into hushed, harsh whispers of disagreement. This is “Nadia” and you do know better - not best, no, there will never be anyone who will know the ins and outs of Nadia’s mind not because she doesn’t show it, but because there’s too much for even your lengthened existences to allow comprehension for - and you know that even without looking, her eyebrow is arched at you now, her eyes staring holes into your back as she waited for your response. That her tone was anything but amiable, it wasn’t even questioning. It was matter of fact and it was condescending and you take it simply because there’s no other way to do so. There wasn’t any use to broaching a belief that he knew she wouldn’t accept, just as she hadn’t accepted it a month ago, and the year before that, and again and again and again. Not to mention that even though they were on friendly terms at best, you still feel a certain chill up your spine when you’re around her. You think of the angels that have come and gone, all accompanied by her to the world beyond. You think of the people that you yourself may have lived with at one point or another, gone now and led away by her hand. She is like you but she’s not like you and you never figured out how to feel about that.
"You’re going to have to elaborate on that. Fond how? Of whom?"
This was nothing but a chance encounter between the two of them, but the way that they flitted in and out of racks of clothes made all of it look so purposeful. Like they were old friends going on a shopping trip, having the time of their lives, catching up on each other’s lives. Can you imagine? “Hey, how have you been? When did we last talk again? Two decades ago?! Wow, time sure flies, huh?” No, that would be too messy and complicated. Besides, there wasn’t anything to be said of the world that the other didn’t already know. It wasn’t as though they were newly fledged angels only just descended to earth.
The store was one of his few haunts, the only place that he’d buy all of his possessions. Everything he owned now, someone had owned before him and he swore that if he maintained contact with them long enough, he could feel their skin on each item’s fabric, like their lives were seeping through and showing themselves to him. Of course, this was also one of the many things that Nadia frowned at about him, making offhanded complaints every now and then about the way that he presented himself. Disheveled. Messy. So… typically human. To that, all he could do was smile and give her a squeeze on the shoulder. 
This time, Nadia made sure that Jonah was looking at her before she responded. When their eyes met, he was surprised not to find the condescension he was expecting, but… curiosity? Was that it? That made him stop, his arms laden with shirts and pants and ties he’d be wearing to work next week at Truman Capote High School. There was excitement buzzing through his skin like electricity at the prospect of another week with his wonderful students, all gazing up at him in front of the room with eager eyes and open ears, ready and willing to soak the knowledge he was more than happy to impart on them. Something about Barton Hollow kids that just…
"Humans."
"What about them?"
A sigh, half an eyeroll, a glare. ”Jonah.”
He smiled and shook his head, looking down at the items in his arms before shrugging and deciding they were enough. With a nod towards the front of the store, Jonah led the way and let Nadia walk beside him, keeping his silence all the while as he paid, strung the bags through his arms, opened the door for her and led the way again, this time to their usual coffee place where one too many hours had been wasted discussing this or that opposing view. Don’t get him wrong, he loved the company that Nadia provided and at the same time, he felt so much wiser after each conversation they had, but sometimes he felt her words worming their way down to his core and lodging there, making him wonder if he was doing the right thing. Was he functioning based on the belief that this was his purpose or was he simply doing this because he felt guilty still for what happened ages ago?
It took fifteen minutes and twenty seconds, a long while of waiting for his tea and her coffee to arrive accompanied by slices of cake (again, keeping up appearances), before he finally replied.
"I am. Fond of them, I mean. There’s no use denying it, Nadia, and this may just be a shot in the dark on my part, but I think you’re fond of them too somehow. Why else would you still be here in Barton Hollow if you aren’t? You’ve got a name, an appearance, a back story just like I do, you don’t treat them as though they’re lesser than you when you know for a fact that they are, and you’re not… you’re not as detached as you seem, I think. Or at least, that’s just my guess, I don’t pretend I know your full intentions. In any case, there isn’t really any harm in my fondness for them, Nadia, and if you worked with them as closely as I did, you’d come to like them too, I’m sure."
He paused to let his words sink in, give her some time to react to what he was saying like he felt she would want to. After all, he was making so many assumptions that even he didn’t know he had, spitting out words now for the sake of it. There was something else in his mind in the moment and if Nadia stared hard enough, he knew she would see that he wasn’t completely in the moment with her. No, he was looking at his reflection in the mirror behind her, staring at his face with his lips a grim slash and his grip on his cup tight.
He needed a hair cut.
Anything else/any changes? (if requesting a FC change, please list 3+ options): Sorry for the really shitty para sample, I kept. writing but I also kept hating everything I wrote so I just. Yeah. I just sent it in and hoped it makes sense ughsugd;sjghsd. I’ll do better in the future if I get accepted!

Congratulations Koko! You have been accepted as your desired role Jonah Shaw! The admins of Barton Hollow were amazed with the depth you went into in your reason why you wanted Jonah and were impressed with you understanding of his character! We are so ecstatic to have you as our Jonah! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

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Dear Listeners, today we’re here to bring up a serious matter. It is in regards to our new affiliate rule, explaining exactly why it was put into place, and also apologizing for something we did.
Firstly, we wish to apologize for our ‘swapped’ event. The aim was not to be harmful, and we did not wish to be dismissive in the slightest when anons came to us. By making it optional to all of our members and by trying to use as careful language as we could, we thought we weren’t stepping on any toes. However, we understand how hurtful that event was, and we formally apologize for all of it.
Secondly, for those who are not aware, we have added a rule for affiliates. All it states, is that to affiliate with us, you must be diverse. We ask that at the very least 30% of your characters be People of Color. We’d like to state that this is less than 1/3, all we’re are asking for is that 1/3 of a cast of characters in a roleplay be non-white. That shouldn’t be too much to ask for as it is what we see everyday of our lives. If we all want to be realistic and accurate, shouldn’t we represent what we see on a day to day basis? Shouldn’t everyone be represented? We do not want people to feel bad because they do not see others similar to them represented in a roleplay. We are not calling anyone any names or throwing out ideas of blatant racism, we understand that there is no hurtful intent in the choosing of faceclaims. We are simply saying that perhaps we should all try a little harder to be more aware of who we are putting forth and calling diverse. We do this to promote diversity, because this is what we stand for at Barton Hollow. We don’t wish to be like Hollywood, who insists on white washing our media. And while we ourselves are not perfect and constantly aim to change any mistakes we make (i.e. Rinko Kikuchi was cast as Kiko Mizuhara’s mother for months because we didn’t properly look up Kiko’s ethnic background. This has been fixed and we are thankful that it was brought to light), we try our absolute hardest to represent as much as we can. And we’re constantly trying to improve, which is what we think the entire roleplay community on tumblr should be striving for. The aim is for representation, because it does matter.
We want to help bring the roleplay community to the point where this isn’t a discussion, and in no way, shape or form consider ourselves a front runner in this. We are nothing but a small pebble, but we aim to support every other small pebble like us.
This being said, we do not disrespect, or shame any roleplay that does not meet this requirement. We respect any roleplay that has time and effort put into it, and agree with everyone that story and originality is something that should be appreciated and that should overall make a roleplay amazing. In no way do we not think our old affiliates aren’t amazing roleplays; this is why we were once affiliated with them! We still think they are amazing roleplays, and we still wish them the best, but we think promoting a more accurately diverse roleplay community is also important. Overall, we are disappointed with the whole of the roleplay community, but it doesn’t mean we don’t admire brilliant world building and time put into a roleplay. We just believe there shouldn’t be an uproar when someone decides to stand up for diversity and representation, and that if you realize you are lacking you should simply try to change.
We should all strive to find faceclaims who embrace every culture, ethnicity and gender (male, female, non-binary). We should stop throwing it under the rug when people say that caring so much about this has gotten out of hand. If we lose affiliates, or members, or support for our stance, we have no problem with this. If no one takes our more diverse characters and we end up dying out, we do this with pride because we know we stood up for the right thing. The point is that we still represented them, and that is the correct thing to do. We will continue to try to improve in this aspect every single day that this roleplay is open, and now research every single faceclaim we come across so that any issues with accuracy do not crop up again.
We want to be seen as a roleplay that is safe and inclusive. We try our absolute hardest not to use ableist slurs, and to represent all parts of the LGBTQIA society that perhaps aren’t as represented in other roleplays. We want anyone to be able to click onto our roleplay and find someone that feels the same things they do, or looks the same way, or thinks. What we really want, is for everyone to feel like they have a place and that they’re important.
That is all, and we ask you all to keep any problems you have with our decision between us. Have a wonderful day, and try not to get eaten by a flying alligator; they’re especially feisty this time of year.
Sincerely,The BH Admin Team

Dear Listeners, today we’re here to bring up a serious matter. It is in regards to our new affiliate rule, explaining exactly why it was put into place, and also apologizing for something we did.

Firstly, we wish to apologize for our ‘swapped’ event. The aim was not to be harmful, and we did not wish to be dismissive in the slightest when anons came to us. By making it optional to all of our members and by trying to use as careful language as we could, we thought we weren’t stepping on any toes. However, we understand how hurtful that event was, and we formally apologize for all of it.

Secondly, for those who are not aware, we have added a rule for affiliates. All it states, is that to affiliate with us, you must be diverse. We ask that at the very least 30% of your characters be People of Color. We’d like to state that this is less than 1/3, all we’re are asking for is that 1/3 of a cast of characters in a roleplay be non-white. That shouldn’t be too much to ask for as it is what we see everyday of our lives. If we all want to be realistic and accurate, shouldn’t we represent what we see on a day to day basis? Shouldn’t everyone be represented? We do not want people to feel bad because they do not see others similar to them represented in a roleplay. We are not calling anyone any names or throwing out ideas of blatant racism, we understand that there is no hurtful intent in the choosing of faceclaims. We are simply saying that perhaps we should all try a little harder to be more aware of who we are putting forth and calling diverse. We do this to promote diversity, because this is what we stand for at Barton Hollow. We don’t wish to be like Hollywood, who insists on white washing our media. And while we ourselves are not perfect and constantly aim to change any mistakes we make (i.e. Rinko Kikuchi was cast as Kiko Mizuhara’s mother for months because we didn’t properly look up Kiko’s ethnic background. This has been fixed and we are thankful that it was brought to light), we try our absolute hardest to represent as much as we can. And we’re constantly trying to improve, which is what we think the entire roleplay community on tumblr should be striving for. The aim is for representation, because it does matter.

We want to help bring the roleplay community to the point where this isn’t a discussion, and in no way, shape or form consider ourselves a front runner in this. We are nothing but a small pebble, but we aim to support every other small pebble like us.

This being said, we do not disrespect, or shame any roleplay that does not meet this requirement. We respect any roleplay that has time and effort put into it, and agree with everyone that story and originality is something that should be appreciated and that should overall make a roleplay amazing. In no way do we not think our old affiliates aren’t amazing roleplays; this is why we were once affiliated with them! We still think they are amazing roleplays, and we still wish them the best, but we think promoting a more accurately diverse roleplay community is also important. Overall, we are disappointed with the whole of the roleplay community, but it doesn’t mean we don’t admire brilliant world building and time put into a roleplay. We just believe there shouldn’t be an uproar when someone decides to stand up for diversity and representation, and that if you realize you are lacking you should simply try to change.

We should all strive to find faceclaims who embrace every culture, ethnicity and gender (male, female, non-binary). We should stop throwing it under the rug when people say that caring so much about this has gotten out of hand. If we lose affiliates, or members, or support for our stance, we have no problem with this. If no one takes our more diverse characters and we end up dying out, we do this with pride because we know we stood up for the right thing. The point is that we still represented them, and that is the correct thing to do. We will continue to try to improve in this aspect every single day that this roleplay is open, and now research every single faceclaim we come across so that any issues with accuracy do not crop up again.

We want to be seen as a roleplay that is safe and inclusive. We try our absolute hardest not to use ableist slurs, and to represent all parts of the LGBTQIA society that perhaps aren’t as represented in other roleplays. We want anyone to be able to click onto our roleplay and find someone that feels the same things they do, or looks the same way, or thinks. What we really want, is for everyone to feel like they have a place and that they’re important.

That is all, and we ask you all to keep any problems you have with our decision between us. Have a wonderful day, and try not to get eaten by a flying alligator; they’re especially feisty this time of year.

Sincerely,
The BH Admin Team

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Anonymous asked:
Are you currently accepting supernatural/half-breed oc's, and if so which species would you like to see more of in the rp?

We’re always accepting supernatural OC’s, whether full of halfbreed. Only thing we ask is that if the species is in the folklore, but we don’t have a character of them, you come to us with questions before you submit your application.

And really, we would like to see more half-breed or full mermaids, more satyrs, and more nymphs who aren’t plant nymphs. Look through our canons for ideas of what these characters are like, and what their lives are typically like.

- Admin Suzy

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Congratulations Savanna! You have been accepted as your desired role Isaac Daniels with an accepted faceclaim change to Jamie Campbell Bower! We thought that the reflection of losing Judah was wonderfully put and that it’s not the only thing to his character! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

[[MORE]]Name: Savanna 
Preferred Pronoun: She/HerAge: 18Timezone: Central (-6:00)Availability: 7-9; I recently quit my summer job, so, I will be very available until I leave for school at the end of August.Did you read the rules?: Removed.Character Desired: Isaac DanielsWhy did you choose this character?: I really felt a connection with Isaac because, despite what his head told him, he followed his heart. He allowed himself to fall in love, even though the future wasn’t certain. And, even though it didn’t work out, his love for Judah really impacted his life and showed him that you can’t stop yourself from doing things just because the consequences could be dire. You’ve got to live and learn. And, Isaac does. He uses what he’s learned from heartbreak to make a stellar movie and win the film fest.
In Character Sample Paragraph:
The worst part about losing someone isn’t the remembering; it’s the forgetting. One day you wake up and you can’t quite recall the exact shade of his eyes. A few weeks later, you lose the crooked shape of his grin in your minds eye. After that, the taste of his lips. The way he’d look at you like you were the only person on Earth, or, at least the only one that mattered. The quiet drawl of his voice when he’d whisper in your ear on those lazy Sunday mornings spent in bed. And it goes on like this, day after day, losing pieces of him until you’re not quite sure he ever existed in the first place.
Except, he did.
The gaping hole in your chest can attest to that. The way you unlock the door late at night and still expect to see him, standing there, pale and beautiful in the moonlight. The way you hear a whisper on the wind, or a rustle late at night, and your heart skips a beat because maybe-
Maybe.
And you hold your breath each time it happens, but there’s a point you start to wonder… How long can you keep holding your breath before you drown? How long before the water pulls you under? So each time you let it go a little earlier. You exhale, and you remind yourself that moving on isn’t the same as letting go. Not really.

Congratulations Savanna! You have been accepted as your desired role Isaac Daniels with an accepted faceclaim change to Jamie Campbell Bower! We thought that the reflection of losing Judah was wonderfully put and that it’s not the only thing to his character! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

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Congratulations Anna! You have been accepted as your desired character Lola Sinclair! We are so incredibly excited to see further development. We think that you captured Lola quite nicely and agree that you’re right for the role! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

[[MORE]]Name: Anna
Age: 16Preferred Pronoun: she/herTimezone: ESTAvailablity (1-10, please elaborate on the level you choose): It’s somewhere between a 7 and 8.  I get on at least once a day, and my “minimum’s” about an hour or two.  Half the time I’m on for more than that, and it’s usually between like 4 pm to 1 am.  I’m usually pretty… not on during the weekends, though.Did you read the rules? (We’ll know if you didn’t!): Removed.Character Desired: Lola SinclairWhy did you choose this character?: I’d kind of been watching her for a while and I guess, it’s just that I really like her bio: that Lola doesn’t really know what she is till she’s dead, how her boy is an older boy and all their — mutual — complications, as well as Lola’s own.  Sabine, too, interests me and I think I’d probably love their relationship, inappropriate “Lolitas” and all.  How she’s Romani, too, is the best thing ever.  (Self-admitedly obsessed with the Rumancek family.)
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She was cancer girl; not gypsy or lovechild; not the infamous Lolita her mother used now.  She was dating an older boy, though thatwas always a whisper—it was one of the perks.  Her adopted parents could only keep Lola to themselves so long (as everyone in the town had claimed her, that charismatic child) and, even then, what could they say about Ezra?  He kept her happy.  It mattered.  But, then again, she didn’t want to dwell on that.  Didn’t like to.  It was so, so overdone.  A year overdone before Lola found it.  It was a little sooty spark.  She didn’t know what it was, really.  That there was some explanation for it and it was her father, her real father, her blood.  It wasn’t her mother—her mother didn’t feel like Lola did.  Of course she didn’t.  Sabine, the novelist, she felt for characters and stereotypes.  Lola didn’t think she was a fully a person in her mother’s eyes.  Or whatever the ghost equivalent of a person was.  Lola went back to that a lot, not so much in the void.  She wasn’t anything there: a feeling instead of a real thing, not one of Barton Hollow’s eccentric ghosts.  But she wasn’t now, either.  And how disappointing that was.  The girl swore she felt it on everyone’s faces, no matter how well they knew her.
Maybe it’s because she used to give it her all.  A pretty girl, dimpled hands as a baby who grew into something else.  Maybe something magical, maybe she would’ve been.  That is, if she grew long enough.  It was like someone stepped on her, it was the only way Lola could think of it.  It wasn’t the cancer that took her.  Even if the doctors said otherwise, what did they know?  Her lights went out, and it wasn’t just as she was living.  It was after the fact, too, and before the fact.  Lola wasn’t very good at pretending, you see, at the very end.  Beginning.  Whatever, it was all relative. 
She swore she’d slipped up.  It was just a feeling, but it seemed vital to the girl that she figure it out.  At the very end, the doctors couldn’t find the veins at her elbows.  If she wasn’t in treatment, she would’ve probably looked like a heroin addict covering her tracts.  Ezra never said anything, but he wasn’t stupid.  No matter how much Lola hid from him, she thought, it didn’t matter.  He must have noticed something different about her.  She didn’t seem so excited, then.  So happy and hopeful… so Lola, for lack of a better word.  He had to have noticed.  If he didn’t, though, did that mean he didn’t love her?  Or that he trusted her?  She’d always lose steam after that, little depressive sobs wracking her body.  It was too much for her.

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Congratulations Anna! You have been accepted as your desired character Lola Sinclair! We are so incredibly excited to see further development. We think that you captured Lola quite nicely and agree that you’re right for the role! Please make your account and send it in and check out the new member checklist. Welcome to Barton Hollow! 

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