Feels weird to have a bedroom just for me instead of sleeping on the couch. Perks of moving everything out of my office I guess.
The Mage doesn't want to run an article based on my book idea from the other day. Wusses.
I got an idea for a book.
Pureblood Supremacists and You: Keeping Your House Safe From Voyeurism
I think it might be time to get my own actual studio 🤔
Why is it that I have to drop by Narrie in the one day literally everyone is busy with class or work? Ugh.
The University of Melbourne - Major in Politics and International Studies
The first thing to take notice of is that Keira can talk herself out of death row if she has to. A quick-thinker and having no filter whatsoever, she is known for methodically and coldly tearing down people with her words with no sense of mercy. She was always very good at the simple act of talking, so much so her whole career revolves around it.
She's a workaholic by nature - having a poor emotional understanding of herself, she opts to focus all her energy in being productive so to further her agenda as much as she can in one sitting and have it be a favor for tomorrow's Keira. It doesn't bore her at all but it stresses her a great deal, making her turn to less than healthy things to deal with it. It becomes a vicious cycle and she has to rely on her sister to intervene when it becomes too much, not knowing when to stop.
Her brilliance is often countered by her recklessness - she doesn't really care about the repercussions of saying something so much as saying the truth to her viewers, which has landed her in hot water numerous times due to her occasionally unpopular opinions, as well as provoking various political figures in the country. Her ambitions to unveil deception and corruption in the political system have earned praise, but usually come at a cost.
Her speech is mostly sarcastic - condescending, even, depending on the distaste she has regarding the person or topic she's discussing - but she always makes sure to describe her point well in between deliberately inflammatory quips.
Around people she likes on a personal level, however, it's a different story. She is more patient and caring over them, to the point of putting her show second if she has to. As an older sister she feels like her job is to protect her younger siblings from the world, and keep them from making the same horrendous mistakes she's made. Most of the time her conflict-worshiping nature dies down when with them and she lets herself relax and 'be a dork' in her own words. Not so much as of late, though...
Keira stands at 169 cm and isn't very fit at all, having a bit of a distaste for sports. Despite this her build is very slim and petite, and she seems to have a really hard time putting on any weight.
Her hair is brown, much like other Hammonds, cut at the shoulder level and straight. Her eyes are hazel and she occasionally requires reading glasses.
She overly relies on aviators, jeans, high boots and leather jackets for her wardrobe, or anything she deems 'cool'. Makeup is very rare, unless she's working - for on-camera work, she also wears suits more than anything else.
Despite not being magical, it's very obvious that the Veela blood running in her veins had quite the effect on her regardless.
People usually find her mostly unapproachable due to how blunt she is by nature, but if they bother sticking around, they'll quickly realize Keira means no harm - it's just her way of talking, and she isn't trying to push anyone away necessarily. Given the lack of a filter, it's likely that those who may qualify to befriend her need a thick skin to survive that little adventure.
She doesn't have many friends presently due to overworking herself to near death, but it's not too uncommon to catch her at a bar having a drink with one of the few she does have, or by herself - perhaps this is the best time to catch her and strike up a conversation.
Keira has more family than she bothers to keep track of, but for those whom she does know, she is overprotective about (if still incredibly blunt about things and not afraid to kick their ass). Of note would be the relationship she has with her siblings.
Shreya is her best friend and confidante, and somewhat of a work partner when it comes to the show. They live together. Despite them butting heads a lot of the time, it's obvious that they only do so for each other's benefit.
Despite having been Zeke's babysitter for a number of years, Keira leaving the house when the boy was ten left a lasting impact in their relationship. It slowly drifted away over the years up until Keira got a divorce, and despite her starting to give family more time ever since, things were never truly the same.
Samantha, the youngest, is someone whom Keira regrets abandoning when she left - the girl was only six. Only recently (after her own divorce) has Keira made an effort to stay in touch with the Bourke. While they're very much seen as complete opposites, this makes it so they have a strange chemistry with one another and became good friends very quickly.
She's not the type to take the concept of romantic relationships very seriously, and the negative feeling is exacerbated by the fact she's never been in a good one along with her being in a fake marriage for an extended period of time - this is not to say she's entirely capable of having one, it would just be more difficult to get her to be serious about it. Her feelings usually grow slowly over time as well, so while she's okay with casually dating, that sort of thing quickly bores her.
She's more open to flings though she's not exactly very present in these either: work first, fun second. That being said, one night stands and friends with benefits type arrangements are definitely an easier way to tackle her in that aspect.
Given her reputation, occupation and general demeanor, it's only natural that Keira has a full ocean's worth of enemies waiting to knock her down. She faces off against each and every single one of them defiantly, not being one to tolerate people trying to silence her, proverbially shouting at the top of her lungs until she's won. It's very difficult to shut her down in any way to a point it might grow into an annoyance, and thus becoming even more of an enemy than she was previously.
Keira Shaylee Hammond is the first born to a whole new generation of Hammonds - three eventually followed. However, something unexpected happened - as she grew up, it was clear that the first Hammond of that generation was a Squib.
This set her apart from her siblings and isolated her in the household growing up. Since she didn't need magical education and could take care of herself and her own studies, her parents favored handling their younger children and having her serve as a pseudo-babysitter for them. She didn't mind the role, but this caused her to rebel against her parents in her early teenage years.
The once squeaky clean A+ student began skipping school, getting in with bad crowds, talking back to her parents and pretty much everyone else (except her siblings), and becoming an overall menace. No matter what her parents tried, they didn't seem to get through the teenager. The one who did was the sister closer in age, whom took it personally when Keira was verbally assaulting their parents.
This resulted in a very big argument, culminating with Keira in tears, openly admitting that she just wanted her parents to notice her doing something past getting good grades - that she didn't feel that she belonged in the family due to the lack of powers, and that her brain was the only thing they ever saw in her. This was not true and the sister made her realize this. From then on, Keira made an effort to consciously curb at least some of her mindset, and got closer to her sibling over time. Her effort was so great she wound up becoming the student council president in her high school.
This wound up having a very negative impact in Keira's life. Struggling to break free, she made a series of horrible decisions that would severely impact her life - she moved out of her home early, ending up pregnant very soon after, bearing the child of her best friend. Despite not loving him, she agreed to marry. After the shotgun wedding, they had another child, which didn't work to save their marriage. She then concluded her degree while her parents handled the children, and started working from sunrise to sundown.
Guilt-ridden and not wanting their children to grow up in a loveless household, she wound up getting a divorce on amicable terms. At that point, she was 25 years old, was divorced, and had two children to raise. Both parents elected to let them stay with the Hammonds as they had quite a bit of experience with the matter, while they focused on their jobs - to her surprise, her oldest sibling offered to move in so to help with rent and with setting up Keira's show. While she had most of the latter down and ready to go, she was strapped for cash, and thus reluctantly agreed to this suggestion.
2019 rolled by and Keira was as busy as ever, running around like a headless chicken after work despite her family and friends' many calls for a break; she did take a week off eventually, but went back to the grind almost immediately. Her target was to have enough revenue to rent out a studio outside her home.
Luck would strike (in more ways than one) once she became somewhat involved with Jo Estrada in a more physical standpoint - as their friendship progressed and the Auror needed to return to Narragyambie, she offered to rent out her studio apartment to Keira. Jumping on the offer on the spot, she was finally able to free up her own apartment's office to have more sleeping space as opposed to sleeping in the living room, as she had offered her own bedroom to her sister for the duration of her stay.
Things seem to be picking up as time goes on and Keira can afford to relax a bit, but perhaps not too much - while some things don't affect her directly, some old ghosts are starting to haunt her family and Keira's beating herself up over not catching up on such a thing sooner due to her obsession with covering politics.