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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Meet Reese - A Beautiful People Post

Beautiful People was formed one day when Georgie and I were talking and realized what a great thing it was to ask questions about your characters. I said to her, "We should start a blog meme-thing." And she said, "Okay."

Hence, Beautiful People was born.

If you haven't joined yet, you can do so here. I must confess that after reading all of your submissions (which are fanTASTIC, by the way), I feel a little insecure about sharing my character with you this month. She's not nearly as epic as your characters seem, but I love her anyway.

Meet Reese.

Reese is the main character of the first novel I ever finished, appropriately titled Reese's Pieces. She's pretty much based off of me, although there are some things that are different about her. She's one of the wackiest, most sarcastic, most hilarious characters I've ever written, if I do say so myself. (She's got my amount of sarcasm times a million.)

Her style looks a little like this:

Let's do it!

1. How old is he/she?

16 in the first half of the book, 17 in the second. :P

2. What does he/she do with his/her spare time?

In her spare time, Reese likes to write poetry, daydream, hang out with her best friend Addi, go to the music store with her brother Justin, hang out with her pseudo-older brother Ben, and take road trips in her olive green van.

3. Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment?

Reese is the type of person to live in the moment, but she wonders what the future is like. So in a way, she has a little bit of both. She does have the tendency to worry (who am I kidding? I do it too), but most of the time, she likes to embrace the present.

4. Is he/she a perfectionist?

Heh. Yeah. Probably.

5. What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.)

She uses a simple print style most of the time, but occasionally she'll use cursive. Her print style is round, neat, and curly. Her cursive is slanted, neat, and decorative. ;)

6. Favorite animal?

She likes baby tigers. A lot. As in, if they weren't so fierce, she'd have one as a pet.

7. Does he/she have any pets?

Reese doesn't have any pets in the first book, but this just gave me an idea for the sequel! Since she can't get a baby tiger, I think she'll get a tiny kitten named Mocha.

8. Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in?

Reese has two siblings - her older, married sister Laney, and her 20-something brother, Justin. Reese is the youngest, and is the only one still at home, although she and Justin have a close relationship. Her brother-in-law is named Chris. She also has an almost-brother named Ben, who is Justin's best friend. Then she has two almost-sisters - Janae, and Reese's best friend Addi.
...She has a lot of unbiological siblings. :P

9. Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?

I know this is going to sound cliche and overused, but it truly is Jeremiah 29:11. I was learning the meaning of that verse around the time I was writing Reese's Pieces, so it kind of wove itself into my writing.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Reese doesn't know the future, but most of the time, she remembers that God has plans for her - good plans. And that's all she needs to know. Kind of like Owl City says...
"I don't need a telescope to see that there's hope, and that makes me feel brave."

(If only I could take that to heart more easily!)

10. Favorite writing utensil?

She loves black pens with really slick writing gel. I don't know what you call them. Gel pens, probably?


  1. Awesome post. Are you kidding? Reese is epic in her own way :)

    ps thumbs up for sneaking owl city in there somewhere-- Tidal Wave is good :D

  2. Wow, Reese sounds cool! Will you post an excerpt of Reese's Pieces, just a short one? Please? *does puppy dog face*

    I think she sounds awesome...and she probably will be if she's anything like you. And I'm not saying that just to get you to post an excerpt.

    Darn, I made it awkward again! I do that a lot. :-/

    Well, I'll stop now.

  3. Haha, Olive Green Van. **snickers** <3

  4. I love it! :) Reese sounds like an awesome character! :) I forgot to put my name at the end of the list, but I did this too. ;)

    LOVE OWL CITY!!!! <3333

  5. Reese sounds so cool!!!! I'll definitely be participating with these questions. (:


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