The many faces of Steve

The many faces of Steve

Those of you who know my husband are aware of his overtly expressive nature (for those of you who don’t — well, that was completely sarcastic).

I love my husband. And, one of the things I love most about him is his stoic attitude through most – if not all – experiences.

Seriously, the man is the personified version of Grumpy from Snow White. (I have purchased him countless Grumpy-themed merchandise. It’s definitely a thing.) I wholeheartedly believe that Grumpy Cat is his spirit animal.

Being the caring, thoughtful individual that I am, I decided that I must capture these emotions, for that light should not be hidden under a bushel basket! Starting with our trip to Europe, I will be creating a (probably unlimited) series called “The many faces of Steve,” for posterity, and for your viewing pleasure.

Today’s episode: Barcelona, Spain!

The Many Faces of Steve: episode 1 (Barcelona, Spain)

If you don’t believe I’m being completely serious in my documentation, here are a few pieces of photographic evidence from the trip:


So, there you have it! My wonderful hubby and his expressive, explosive personality. I wouldn’t have him any other way. 🙂

5 writing tools every author should use

5 writing tools every author should use

Earlier, I did a post on my favorite art tools. Well, I want to be fair. Since I also love to write, I am going to share my favorite writing tools, as well!

  1. Composition or spiral notebook.
    • There are all sorts of notebooks, journals, loose-leaf paper products out on the market today that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. I used to use strictly spiral bound notebooks. However, I’ve grown more accustomed to composition notebooks lately and now I prefer their flexibility and lack of getting the paper caught in the little metal grooves.
    • Also, definitely college-ruled (smaller lines = more words!).
  2. Pen/pencil.
    • Okay, duh. I guess this is sort of a moot point, but I was worried this list will be a little sparse. (Don’t judge.)
    • By the way, this brings up a highly-debated question that has been going on for a very long time: pen or pencil?
    • (I’m pen. And, yes, that is the correct answer.)
  3. Character profile sheets.
    • This is probably my favorite part of writing a story (other than sketching the characters out, which, of course I do). I like to pull out a profile template and start thinking of all the physical attributes, personality attributes, family tree and history of each character to really flesh them out.
    • It’s easy for characters to become a typical flat archetype character if we are not careful, and this tool helps to avoid that pitfall.
    • (I will be offering a template of my character profile in a future blog post, so be on the lookout!)
  4. Plot outline.
    • If you have read my post on __[what it’s like to live with an artist]__, then you already know how horrible I am at organization and planning. But! I do love lists. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the person who adds an item onto her to-do list that she has already completed just so that she can check it off!)
    • Ehem. Anyway, I think of a plot outline as a list of my stories key plot points. I try not to focus on order (or at least not too heavily, because things can change quickly). But, it’s a great way to jot down the general direction I see my story going.
    • Remember: at the very least, it should have a beginning, middle, and end point.
    • (I will also be offering a template of my plot outline in a future blog post, so keep checking back!)
  5. Scrivener.
    • A good friend recommended this nifty little piece of software. For a fairly small investment (less than $50), you get a really robust framework to write in.
    • Break your story up into small little sections, move them around as needed. Add notes about the section, characters, etc. You can put your outline and profiles into this software so that each novel/story has everything all in one place. It also makes creating a manuscript for print extremely easy!
    • Click here for more information from Literature and Latte
    • Also, Scrivener now has an app on the iPad! Even better!

Do you have any writing tools you like to use? Let me know in the comments below!

Think you may be a writer?

Think you may be a writer?

It’s decidedly a mark of truly creative individuals to fret over our own creativity. Are we good enough? Do we have the right to call ourselves writers? How can we really tell if we are?

Well, I’ve compiled a list of wonderful quotes below that I think illustrate the key attributes of a writer. Do you have any other characteristics that I missed? I’d love to hear them (or your favorite writing quote) in the comments below! 🙂 ♥

You may be a writer if…

… you question your talent.

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) “Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?” Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
— Steven Pressfield (The War of Art)

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) "Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?" Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.

… you always struggle to find the perfect words.

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
— Neil Gaiman

Quote by Neil Gaiman on being a writer

… you talk to your characters – and they talk back.

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
E.L. Doctorow

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia E.L. Doctorow

… you are a little bit mad.

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”
— Roald Dahl

… you have a unique or unusual perspective.

“Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric.”
— Buffy Andrews

… writing is not a pastime for you, but a passion.

“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
L.M. Montgomery (The Story Girl)


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