I thought I might share with where Seraphinalina came from. It's a bit of a mouthful, and while it has no attachment to my real name, it has attachment to me. I'm afraid this is going to be a very geeky post, it might not make sense to anyone. If your eyes glaze over, I promise I'll put up some fabric tomorrow.
When we were first living together, Mr Lina said he wanted to run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and would I want to join? I had sat in to watch him play with others once or twice so I had a vague idea of what he was asking. I figured I like to host, I like to feed people (which seemed key at that event) and we were in a one bedroom apartment, where was I going to go? The balcony? He had a long running campaign in mind, this was going to be alternating Sunday afternoons for months or years. I couldn't just go shopping every Sunday, so I opted to join.
I decided to go with what seemed familiar and fun, generally who I would want to be in a Lord of the Rings type world. I could relate to a halfling (think Hobbit like Frodo or Pippin) being short myself and I thought magic was more fun than swinging a sword. I thought the Sorcerer class had less book keeping than Wizards. It's good to give your character personality, it guides decision making along the way, I gave her a fascination with fire, a high charisma (key skill for Sorcerers), good dexterity and low strength. Seraphina was one of the names suggested in the book for halflings and I thought it was pretty. After a couple of sessions, I really came to like playing, hosting, the imagination involved in a game that has no real board or script. Seraphina took on a real personality in my mind.
Being married to the dungeon master, I didn't miss a session, so she was getting higher in levels than the rest who would miss occasionally. I pursued a prestige class that really didn't help her but added character. Any opportunity I had for her to set things on fire, she did. Once, she got pissed off with team mates getting in the way during combat and set off a fireball where it was safe so she could see it burn. Then we took on a red dragon. I made it a life altering event for her, she found the power of the dragon awe inspiring and started perusing the Dragon Disciple prestige class. So picture a very pretty, charismatic halfling (not even 4' tall) with brass dragon (known for being chatty, relatively small and fire as a breath weapon) scales for skin and could breathe fire. If the campaign lasted for another level and I would have talked Mr Lina into letting me have non-functional wings. She was technically too small for wings, but oh I wanted them for her.
Our D&D group was truly too large. Ideally it's 4-5 players plus the DM, we had 8. It was big so people could miss a session and we'd still play, but it really made it hard on Mr Lina to scale the opposition appropriately. Then it was like herding cats to schedule (and strategy in game) and we just didn't get back to it after a summer break. I still kind of miss her, she was a lot of fun.
Fast forward a few years, I was setting up an etsy account to buy something and every usual name I use seemed to be taken. I added lina to Seraphina and it was free so I took it. In setting a name for my blog, it worked as something not attached to real life but I really do have an attachment for it (and again, it was available). I figure I can call my husband Mr Lina, and when I finally get around to a duct tape dummy or dress form, maybe she can be Phina.
We still play D&D, a different campaign with different friends, usually through Oct-May as schedules allow. I am playing another sorcerer, but her personality is very different. I like Nixi, she's again charismatic, she's a team player, she's still pissed at the fighter for killing her a few years ago. She picks spells oriented on water and weather over fire, cone of ice perhaps being a favourite at the moment. Nixi has ended up more powerful than Seraphina ever was, but there are times when I miss the glee she would feel charring the bad guys with a fireball spell.