These beautiful deer sculptures were created by local Washington state sculptor, Beth Cavener Stichter. These pieces are titled Obaryion and The White Hind, respectively.
Mahm, what do I do?
Sarah!!! Lily is too cute! Don’t be surprised if I steal her. Don’t worry, she’ll be going to a good home! ;)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such massive, expressive eyes on a horse before! Absolutely adorable.
Listening to Condos makes me want to draw cheesy pictures inspired by stock photos
I kept thinking yesterday was Friday I am not ready for camp today and riding bbbbblt
Not even joking, I need tiny snake rings.
Oh goodness. Yes please. All the lil sna
where exactly is the twilight zone because the scenarios it deals with seem to suggest that is’s more of a metaphorical place or a mental place but the way rod sterling talks about it treats it as more of a physical place that you can walk or drive to???
I have watched so much twilight zone today and I can’t stop
*MICKEY MOUSE VOICE* YOURE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE WRATH OF A GOD
I don’t think his allergies were the only issue Carlos had with Khoshekh
Small and miniature oil paintings by Jessica Gardner
- Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
- Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
- Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
- Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
- Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
- Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
- Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
- Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
- Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
- Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
- Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
- Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
- Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.
This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.