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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: Kess

I bet you didn't think you'd see a post about Beautiful People again on this blog, did you?!

Neither did I, to be honest. But I was thinking about it, and I really miss doing these for my characters. Plus, there are a few characters (at least one) that I've been itching to develop, introduced here. So today, meet Kess! (P.S. Naturally she's got light brown hair, but she dyes her hair tons of crazy colors.)

(photoshopped by me)

What is their full name?
Kess Elizabeth Matthews. (Currently.)

Does his or her name have a special meaning?
Nope. Her mom made it up, said it reminded her of the sea and the air.

Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
Methodical at work, disorganized at home. She has a certain level of organized chaos, but it's always organized.

Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?)
She'll think inside, and then speak her thoughts out loud. She does a whole lot more meditation before actually saying something.

Is there something he or she is afraid of?
The unknown. Losing her job. Not being able to take care of her siblings, or losing them altogether.

Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
She sings, but amateurly, and mostly rock. (Like AC/DC.)

What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books)
The Book Thief. (I haven't read it, but I think she might like it.) Genre is literary fiction, and poetry.

Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her?
Ray Bradbury.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate and vanilla. Yes, at the same time. Double-scooped.

Favorite season of the year?
Spring and fall.

How old is he/she? 

What does he/she do with his/her spare time?
Read about scientific developments in the machinery world. Read, mostly.

Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment? 
She likes to think of herself as a mix of both. But overall, she looks at the big picture. She can get overwhelmed thinking about the future. And for her job as a mechanic, she has to look at the big picture.

Is he/she a perfectionist? 
Pretty much, yeah.

What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) 
Angular and straightforward; print rather than cursive.

Favorite animal? 

Does he/she have any pets? 
Her siblings have a lizard, yes.

Does he/she have any siblings? 
How funny you should ask! Yes.

How many? 
Two. A boy and a girl. Eight and seven years old. (For now.)

Where does he/she fit in?
On the fringes of the outside, where you wouldn't think to look.

Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?
Nope. If and when she does pick up a Bible, though, she'd probably appreciate the poetic, introspective parts of Isaiah and Ecclesiastes.

Favorite writing utensil?
Pencils, but she doesn't mind pens either. Whatever it takes to get the job done. She carries around pencil stubs with her, though, in the pocket of her plaid overshirts.

Beautiful People is a blog thing hosted by Georgie and I. Currently it is not officially running. However, if you'd like to do something like this, check out our list of questions in the BP archive.


  1. Love this. (: She sounds awesome.

  2. This makes me very happy. :)) Just sayin'....

  3. It sounds like Kess and I will get along well!

    Oops. I just realised I'm a late commenter. Oops. Oh, well.


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