Beautiful People: The Melancholy Balloon

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(After wrangling with an image from gettyimage.com for far too long, I settled on quick sketch of the Balloon instead. Blog posts just aren’t the same without pictures, you know?)

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog here, but with summer around the corner, I have more time to write, blog, and loaf around. (Loafing around is often more appealing than the previous two options). So today, I snagged an old set of questions from the Beautiful People archive and thought I’d interview the Melancholy Balloon, one of the characters from A Ticket to Yonder. Without further ado…

1. Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
Balloon has the annoying habit of questioning everything in the universe; any question he cannot answer is “another one of life’s unsolvable mysteries.”

2. What is their backstory and how does it affect them now?
Balloon’s older brother died rather tragically, leaving Balloon shaken and unsure about his beliefs. He’s been melancholy ever since (thus the name).

3. How do they show love?
By giving reassuring remarks, or just floating nearby. He may even try to smile.

4. How competitive are they?
Balloon isn’t competitive at all. He prefers to sit back and ponder why other people bother being competitive.

5. What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
Life’s unsolvable mysteries.

6. Do they have an accent?
No. He has a very normal, flat voice.

7. What do others expect from them?
Not much. Unless you need a translator for some rare language (such as Cloud Octopus or Snacking Walrus), then he’s not very useful.

8. How do they feel about people in general?
Melancholy Balloon is generally empathetic about other people. He’s not necessarily a people-person, but he likes to be on the fringe of the crowd, just observing others and pondering.

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