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Tea Parties and the Creative Process

Tea Parties and the Creative Process

Tea Parties and the Creative Process

When I sit down to do character development for a story or a doll (see photo below and YouTube channel) I like to do a little thing I call Tea Time.

This might be reminiscent of childhood tea parties, though I don’t think I ever really had pretend tea parties. Mine always included real tea, whether iced or hot, with finger foods, my cousins or siblings, and maybe a stuffed animal or two.


As an adult, I find that having a tea party with my characters really helps the creative process.

Amniese drinking tea and reading

Amniese drinking tea and reading

Basically I sit down with a  nice, hot cuppa and interview my character. There’s a lot of make-believe happening here, but that’s part of the fun. I pretend my character is sitting with me drinking their beverage of choice. Read the rest of this entry »

Savannah Smiling

I recently took a sabbatical in Savannah, GA with my wonderful husband.

It was a much needed trip filled with historical beauty and peace–much needed peace.


While there we visited the Gryphon Tea Room (owned by SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design).

It was the perfect retreat for a bookish fantasy lover like myself.


Interior of the Gryphon Tea Room

Interior of the Gryphon Tea Room, Savannah GA

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Book Club Writing Lessons

Reading with tea

Reading with Tea

I’m in a book club. We meet monthly, and it’s made up mostly of my personal friends. We’re small, but we’ve been active for over a year.


Through book club I’ve been forced to read books way outside my comfort zone. A task I thought I would hate, but turns out, I really love and most importantly, I’ve learned from.

Being an aspiring writer, I tend to read a little more critically than the average reader. Discussing things with a diverse group helps me see what average readers think when they read.


Here’s a list of things I’ve learned from a writer’s perspective:

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Resilience and Perseverance

Summer is nearly upon us, at least the sweltering heat and soggy afternoons are in full swing.

African Iris growing in our front yard

African Iris growing in our front yard

We have ants in our backyard. No big deal. It’s sort of an unwritten rule of living in Florida.

There are a couple different species of ants native to Florida, however there are only two that really matter. One is pretty harmless and goes by the sweetly innocent name of “Sugar Ant.” By all rumors and gossip about this tiny creature, Sugar Ants prefer sweet things like food. They basically raid your unattended (sometimes attended) picnics. They are also the ones that most commonly sneak into your home and form a long trail working to bring food to their queens. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy July!

Happy July Fireworks

Already halfway through 2012!

The year is already halfway through. It has been a very productive and busy year for me. I made it through the conventions and now have new items at my Etsy Shop. I am also in the process of wrapping up a new writing project and have finished the first full-length draft.


Looking back at the year thus far, I have to admit I am very proud of where I’ve come. There are some things I hoped would have made progress, and those disappointments do haunt me more than I would like to openly admit. However, I feel disappointment can open doors to new adventures. Let me explain… Read the rest of this entry »