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.
Gramma: My mom’s mom… the woman who raised me… my heart.
My Siblings and Steps
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.
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.
All those other people
Ava: High school friend. One year younger. Sweetest gal alive.
Carla: Coworker and friend. Well-read. Loves Hobbit slash fanfiction.
Catherine: Acquaintances in high school, graduated together. Good friend for a time in our twenties. Bridesmaid in my wedding. Drifted.
Chad: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. 30. Drifted
Dana: Coworker and friend slightly younger than my parents. Loves Outlander and romance novels and loved hearing my dating stories.
Gail: My best girl friend since we were 15 and in the 9th grade. 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. We’re still close via text message and just haven’t lived close since high school. She currently lives in Vegas, but is certainly a friend.
Janet: Coworker and friend. Very religious. Around my age. Two boys.
Jay: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. 27. Drifted
Jude: My beagle.
Ken: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Computer guru and unicyclist. Married. Drifted
Karol: Coworker and friend. Around my parents’ age. Oddly similar to Gail in personality.
Lacy: A girl from high school I never spoke to, until we were 26. We primarily chat through Facebook, but I’ve grown to consider her a good friend.
Laura: Met through Catherine. Seven years older. Close for a time in my twenties. Bridesmaid in my wedding. Drifted
Layla: Laylabean. My neice, Bo’s little girl.
Malik: Yellow-denim-jeans gay. A friend from the time we were 15, who was a brilliant artist and made multiple attempts to straighten out his life. Drifted.
Metro: The Metro to my suburb.
Reba: Coworker and friend. Shares my love of paranormal romance
Sadie: Gail’s much favored (by her parents) little sister.
Shane: Gail’s ex-husband.
Shay and Kay: Chad and Jay’s little sisters. Drifted
Shetland: Where I went to school K-12 and lived in my twenties. Suburb of the Metro with around 18,000 people.
Springfield: A slightly larger town than Shetland, directly north. They’re the rivals of the Shetland high school, but also the ones with a movie theater.
Terry: Gail’s husband.
Ward: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Like a little brother, at one time. Drifted.
Jake’s Friends and Family
Aaron: Jake’s bestie
Amy: Tanner’s wife, home-ec teacher, in library school
Callie: Jake’s college roomate, married to Shep
Claire: Jake’s third niece
Cody: Jake’s brother-in-law
Clyde: Haley’s Husband
Craig: Jake’s brother
Haley: Jake’s other college roommate, works for a screen printing company with her mom, loud and social
James: Jake’s third bestie, married to an accountant
Jana: James’s wife, an accountant
Jason: Jake’s second bestie and a youth minister, kind but a wee bit uptight
Lucy: Jake’s second niece
May: Jake’s sister
Matilda: Craig’s girlfiend
Mindy: Aaron’s wife, mom/hairdresser
Shana: Jake’s first niece
Shep: Jake’s friend from college, married to Callie
Tanner: Jake’s younger friend, from college, teaches P.E., married to Amy
Vi: Jake’s aunt