04 October 2017

Showing off the Insecurity

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's the posting day for the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Click here to learn more and sign up!

It's a busy day so I'll spare you all my personal nonsense (mainly that my poor Gizmo is sick AGAIN and I really can't afford to go to the vet right now...wait, this isn't sparing you, is it?) and dive right in...

First up, this month's optional question is: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose? 

Kinda sorta. I think I sometimes create characters who are versions of myself, or who share some personality traits. Jordan's best friend, Eric, is a lot like me. He's shy and awkward, and what ends up happening to him in the book kind of reflects some things that I went through with friends in high school. But it's very, very different, too, so it's not too obvious. 

I did, however, recently come to realize something about a major character that I also recently discovered about myself (what that is may be a little TMI for this post...perhaps another day!). It kind of makes a complicated character even more complicated, but I think it actually makes sense for the way I've written him. It kind of explains any unanswered questions. But I just kinda like how it was something I discovered about myself and the character! Like I had created this trait in him that I didn't even know was in me. 

And now for something completely different...

Today is also the day for the Show Us Your Writer Insecurity contest! Don't ask me why I decided to take part, I'm the least photogenic person on the planet (why does my forehead always look 10 times bigger than it does in real life???), but here goes nothin'...

Here's what you need to know about this photo:

1. I'm rockin' the IWSG swag with my sweet new notebook and mug (I love mugs!)
2. I'm also rockin' my math leggings (aka editing pants)
3. The red binder holds the third draft of Uneven Lines (so far...still only up to Chapter 12)
4. Yup, that pen on the binder is the OG FFP (I'm not lame, I swear...)
5. Coffee is life (especially when trying to edit) 

Ok, I'm done. Big shout out to my hubby for taking this photo (and the dozens of shots taken before this one that I didn't like).


  1. Cute pic! But there is no way I would wear math anywhere on my body. :)

    I hope Gizmo is doing better....

  2. Look at you and your IWSG swag! I don't think your forehead looks big.

  3. Poor Gizmo :-( Hope he gets better soon. I think it's neat that you discovered something about yourself through writing about a character. Cheers - Ellen

  4. I'm sorry to hear about Gizmo.

    I both discovered and worked through many things with the characters in my series.

  5. Sorry about your kitty. =(

    The picture looks good.

  6. Love the picture. I wondered if that was a FFP because that's the kind of geek I am.
    And you can't possibly be the least photogenic person on the planet because I am.

    Sorry to hear that Gizmo is sick again. I hope he's feeling better soon.

  7. Cute photo. I live in work-out clothes when writing--I suppose it counts as a mental workout, right? Every morning I sit at my computer with my coffee and plans to head to the gym when I'm ready for a break. Sometimes, I actually go. Where would we be without stretchy pants?

  8. That does look pretty comfy. Hope that cup contains caffeine, else you're going to feel like curling up in bed and going to sleep instead of writing. Especially when the weather starts turning colder.

  9. Hey, what a cutie pie! And I bet that coffee is from Gum Drop Island and named "Choco - Hoffee?", right?


    Hm. Well. Guess I'm I.B. Nosey, but sometimes I.B. Wrong too.

  10. That is a great photo. So you wear math pants while editing? Is there a story behind that?

    I think most authors do inject some of themselves into select characters. It's a subconscious thing for sure.

  11. You look comfy, like your picture!

    I believe most writer's put a little bit of ourselves into our stories, our emotions, good, bad, and the ugly.

  12. Love the math leggings. Great picture!

  13. Fun picture. I agree with Cathrina about putting a little of us in our stories. Awesome you actually learned something new about yourself.

  14. That is cool that your character helped you learn about yourself. I for sure put a lot of me into my MC, but I don't know if future books will be the same.

    Awesome swag pic.

  15. That's a great picture!

    I also like when we realize things about ourselves that we didn't realize we've put into our characters. <3

  16. I think bits of ourselves end up in our characters whether we're trying to or not. It makes them more authentic. :) And I love your pic for the contest. Very cozy!

  17. I love your picture. Its the perfect editing picture. :)

  18. Sorry Gizmo's sick. Yay for editing pics! And how fun to discover something about yourself and your character at the same time.

  19. Your pic is perfect. My granddaughter would love those leggings since she rocks math. (little bragging there)

  20. You look cool and so relaxed with your IWSG swag!

  21. That is a fun photo!
    Don't be so harsh about yourself!
    I hope Gizmo feels better very soon. (I find when my cats need more fluids cutting low sodium chicken broth with water gets them interested in drinking)
    Thanks for participating!
    Heather M. Gardner

  22. Cute pic. It takes some effort to set up a photo shoot and drag someone out of bed to take it! That's what I did.
    Mary at Play off the Page

  23. Great photo! We can't help a part of us ending up in our characters.

  24. I hate seeing myself in photos as well, which I why I substituted my cat in for this contest. She's a looker.