Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Point of View

I've discovered a curious similarity between two artistic modalities and though I'm sure others have known this for some time its new to me, and so I thought I'd share it, just in case others hadn't realized it yet.

 I'm trying my hand at drawing and I was working at overlaps when I realized how similar they were to first person point of view in writing. When a writer is portraying a first person point of view he must show only what that character sees and not what he can't see.  That's much the same in overlap drawing. 

 I had to draw only what I saw and not what I knew to be behind or a part of the actual object. Applying this realization to writing, specifically when depicting a character's point of view of an object or action, will help the author stay in touch with their character's perspective.  

My first try at overlaps and using plumbline .

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A budding rose

A rose bud from my garden.

A rose by any other name would smell so sweet ...

in other words what's in a name.

 How can we describe with words the beauty artists give to images?

Sensory infomation-

What do the petals feel like?  How is the light hitting the bud?

The fragrance and what it reminds you of. The sound of birds singing or bees buzzing as you gaze on the rose?  


The closed bud holding inside the potential beauty of the unfolded petals.

 For me the description of the image ties the reader and the author together in a shared experience. 

Add a metaphor or a simile and its a recipe for description with beautiful flavor. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fairy dust

What makes wishes come true? 

 I'm not positive, but I think it takes a mix of hope, faith, and a sprinkling of fairy dust too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Staying in Character


Caitlin, Katherine Erskine's main character in Mockingbird is a young girl with Aspergers; in the book readers journey many miles in Caitlin's shoes.  Katherine Erkine stays true to the main character's point of view and gives the reader a sense of what it might be like to live with Aspergers. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

To know a character you have to step into their shoes and walk around in them, just as Atticus Finch said in To Kill A Mockingbird.    To see the world through their perspective you have to know if they look for the good in things, or the bad.   How do they react to winfalls, or difficulties?

Describing their body language, gestures, and personal habits reveals a lot about them. 

My newest character is an older elementary aged girl who has a tendency to be nervous and daydreams a lot. The fun part of writing is living within the character's point of view and following through with how they'd deal with the obstacles set before them.  The character will reveal the resolution or the ending, that will best suit them.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I've been having a time of it trying to find Nibble. 
There are a lot of imposters but I found him. 
He's the small one in the middle. 
Good things and trouble comes in small packages sometimes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


The Goops

The Goops they lick their fingers,
And the Goops they lick their knives:
They spill their broth on the tablecloth-
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I'm glad that I
Am not a Goop--are you?          Gelett Burgess

Looks like a week night dinner at home

I haven't found Nibble yet.  Maybe he's visiting the Goops.  I'll keep looking and doodling and get back to you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Miniature Monsters

Here are two of the three characters I've been having fun developing. 

They are mischievious miniature monsters.
As I said there are three of them but only two have shown themselves to me.

 The top character is Chomp, The one below him is Gnash and the elusive one is named Nibble.  As soon as I track him down I'll post his doodle.

Friday, March 16, 2012


 Say you're developing a story and you have a character you like.  You know how you want the character to speak, act, look.  Have you seen these mannerisms before?  Probably. The above dragon doodle is, Serafina Jenkins, one of the main characters in my soon to be published middle-grade fantasy novel.  Her character was influenced by my Mom.They don't look much alike, but they had certain characteristics in common.  My Mom's mannerisms also influenced another character within the book, Mrs. Trecotten.  The fun thing about developing characters is that you can take a bit from everyone you know and make an amalgamation
of familiar, interesting, exotic, peculiar, etc.
mannerisms, patterns, and or behaviors. In future posts
I'll introduce some other characters I'm having fun developing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


"Hope" is the thing with feathers--
That perches in the soul--
And sings the tune without the words--
And never stops--at all--

And sweetest--in the Gale--is heard--
And sore must be the storm--
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm--

I've heard it in the chillest land--
And on the strangest Sea--
Yet, never in Extremity,
It asked a crumb--of Me.    Emily Dickenson

A hopeful doodle-- JM
 I hope to .... finish revisions.   

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dandelion Wishes


Early morning Musings and Doodlings 

  Make a wish ...  Let it scatter ...What unfolds?