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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

Beautiful People: Ben Carter

I finished typing up the last page of my hand-written novel, Reese's Pieces. So, in honor of the mostly-completed 2nd draft, I'd like to introduce you to another dearly beloved character of mine.

{Ben Carter.}

Ben Carter

Ben is the kind of guy who's very laid-back and likes to tease you about EVERY. THING. He has a quick wit, and a wonderful sense of sarcasm - though it depends on who you ask. He's the best friend to Reese's brother, Justin, and is basically her unbiological older brother, too. And to be honest, he'd probably be very mad to find out that I'm referring to him as a "beautiful person."

Also, I named my bass guitar after him. :P

Ben, meet bloggers. Bloggers, meet Ben!

What kind of music does he/she like?
Rock music, and anything with a good beat. He plays drums, so that may have something to do with it.

Does he/she like to go outside?
Yes, he likes to take walks, and occasionally play games of Frisbee and football.

Is he/she naturally curious?
Yes and no. He's kind of impartial to a lot of things, just because he doesn't really care. But if it's something he cares about, then yes, he'll want to find out more about it.

Right, or left handed?
Right-handed. :)

Favorite color?

Where is he/she from?
A small, nameless town in Colorado that does not exist. :P

Any enemies?
Nope... though he has people he gets along with better than others.

What are his/her quirks?
He has an iPhone, he likes to eat ketchup with his eggs, he doesn't like getting his haircut, and he has a weird phobia of spiders.

What kinds of things get on his/her nerves?
He really, really, really does not like banjos.

Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out?
He's definitely very independent and if you try to help him, he may or may not let you. ;)


  1. "A small, nameless town in Colorado that does not exist." LOL! That was funny. :)

    Nice to meet you, Ben! :D

  2. Eating ketchup with eggs isn't a quirk...:D

    I just finished typing one of my (many) handwritten drafts--I feel your happiness!

  3. Banjos. THAT's funny :D

    I loved it, Sky! :D


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