They’re pseudonyms and half of the reason I created this page is to keep them straight. I do not mention all of them regularly. I just want to be consistent and allow my readers to be able to look up a name if they wonder about the relation.
Jake: The video game, rodeo, hunting, and Lord of the Rings loving husband. My favorite person in the whole world. Pretty damned keen. I think I’ll keep him.
Gramma: My mom’s mom… the woman who raised me… my heart.
Violet and Scarlett: My twin girls, due July 2021.
My Siblings and Steps and Nieces and Nephews
Bo: My older brother by three years. Redneck with severe Right Wing political views. Is not close with steps and rarely sees me.
Zane: Stepbrother. Oldest. Three years younger than I am.
Brent: Stepbrother. 2nd oldest, four years younger than I am.
Cade: Stepbrother. 3rd oldest, five years younger than I am.
Bea: My step-sister or little sister, who is six years younger.
Lena: Step-mom. 12 years younger than my dad. Wonderful mother and pretty great stepmom.
Sadie: Sister-in-law; Zane’s wife.
Kallie: Sister-in-law; Brent’s wife.
Brianna: Sister-in-law; Cade’s wife.
Layla: Laylabean. My neice, Bo’s little girl.
Current Close Friends
Janet: Coworker and friend from the West Side Library. Very religious. Around my age. Two boys.
Karol: Coworker and friend. Around my parents’ age.
Lacy: A girl from high school I never spoke to, until we were 25. We primarily chat through text, but I’ve grown to consider her a good friend.
Niki: Friends since my early 20s. Reconnected when I moved to Cherokee, since she lives one town over, in Milltown. Plays D&D with Jake, Sarah, and me. Her husband Percy DM’s.
Percy: Nina’s husband, our DM. Spends almost as much on minifugures and table top games as he does guns and ammo.
Sarah: Coworker and friend. Play D&D with Jake and I. Very sweet person.
Tina: My dad’s cousin, who is also a librarian. I often call her an aunt.
Delia: Oldest. Five years older. Emily’s sister.
Emily: Two years older. Delia’s sister.
Kayla: Two years younger. Mickey’s sister.
Mitch: Close to Mickey. Five years younger.
Mickey: Female. Seven years younger. Kayla’s sister.
Bobby: Jake’s uncle
Claire: Jake’s third niece
Cody: Jake’s brother-in-law
Craig: Jake’s brother
Daisy: Jake’s mother
Joe: Jake’s cousin
Kate: Jake’s cousin
Lucy: Jake’s second niece
May: Jake’s sister
Shana: Jake’s first niece
Vi: Jake’s aunt
Aaron: Jake’s bestie
Amy: Tanner’s wife, was a home-ec teacher and is now a librarian. Divorced. Never saw again.
Callie: Jake’s college roommate, married to Shep
Clyde: Haley’s Husband
Haley: Jake’s other college roommate, works for a screen printing company with her mom, loud and social, and according to Jake, a little nuts.
James: Jake’s third bestie, married to an accountant
Jana: James’s wife, an accountant
Jason: Jake’s second bestie and a youth minister. Married us.
Matilda: Craig’s sometimes girlfriend, at one time
Mindy: Aaron’s wife, mom/receptionist/future English teacher
Shep: Jake’s friend from college, married to Callie
Tanner: Jake’s younger friend, from college, teaches P.E., divorced from Amy and remarried
Dixie: Jake’s, definitely Jake’s, dachshund.
Jude: My beagle, who I had since I was 20. Died in 2021.
Rupert: My, definitely my, beagle.
Thackery Binx: My, definitely my, black cat.
All those other people and old/former friends
Ava: High school friend. One year younger. Sweetest gal alive. Drifted
Carla: Coworker and friend from the West Side Library. Well-read. Loves Hobbit slash fanfiction. Not real close.
Catherine: Acquaintances in high school, graduated together. Good friend for a time in our twenties. Bridesmaid in my wedding. Ultimately not a very good person. Drifted.
Chad: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Drifted
Dana: Coworker and friend, from the West Side Library, slightly younger than my parents. Loves Outlander and romance novels and loved hearing my dating stories. Not real close
Gail: My best girl friend from 9th grade through our twenties. Drifted around age 30.
Grace: Gail’s infant daughter who passed away at eight months old.
Jane: My best friend in the 8th grade, pre-Gail. Moved to Vegas. Drifted.
Jay: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Drifted
Ken: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Computer guru and unicyclist. Drifted.
Laura: Met through Catherine. Seven years older. Close for a time in my twenties. Bridesmaid in my wedding. Ultimately not a very good person. Drifted
Malik: Yellow-denim-jeans gay. A friend from the time we were 15 through part of our twenties, who was a brilliant artist and made multiple attempts to straighten out his life. Drifted.
Reba: Coworker and friend from the West Side Library. Shares my love of paranormal romance and fantasy TV shows. Not real close.
Sadie: Gail’s much favored (by her parents) little sister. Drifted.
Shane: Gail’s ex-husband. Drifted.
Shay and Kay: Chad and Jay’s little sisters. Drifted
Terry: Gail’s husband. Drifted
Ward: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Like a little brother, at one time. Drifted, but still text sometimes.
Cherokee: Home. Jake and I moved here in 2017 and bought a house a year later. He works for the city and I work for the library. Suburb of the Metro. Population 13,000.
Metro: The metropolitan area to my suburb.
Milltown: Segment of the Metro, about 20 minutes from Cherokee.
Shetland: Where I went to school K-12 and lived in my twenties. Suburb of the Metro with around 13,000 people when I was in high school and 22,000, today.
Springfield: A slightly larger town than Shetland, directly north, suburb of the Metro. They’re the rivals of the Shetland high school, but also the ones with a movie theater. Population 40,000.
Wellston: The town where Jake lived, when we met, about an hour west of Shetland and an hour and a half west of Cherokee. Population 12,000.