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her pulse like the beat of tiny powdered wings by whimandwonder
her pulse like the beat of tiny powdered wings
In researching photos for this piece, I discovered just how cute that little curly bit is on butterflies' faces! I'd never noticed before. <3

Pen on paper, 8.5x11"
Okay, writers. Grab your electrolytes-infused sports drink, because we’re about to karate chop some GREATNESS into your manuscript! Right now your “story” may feel more like a BORE-y, am I right? But with these ten simple tips, your book can become the belle of the bookshop, guaranteed.

Tip #1: Make stylistic choices about punctuation.
You know what you are? A free spirit. All those RULES set up by THE MAN can’t keep you down. You’re not a part of their system! Like commas for instance. Commas imply a pause, right? Fair enough. But sometimes you want a longer pause. Maybe you wanna grab a cup of coffee before moving on with the sentence. So just throw a bunch of commas in there,,,,,,,, whenever you need a rest. You’ve worked hard, you deserve it.

Tip #2: Tell, don’t show.
Look, we might read books, but we’re not brain surgeons. Except for Jim who thinks he’s sooooo special because he’s a neurologist AND can read. Pff. Unlike Fancy Pants Jim, we common folk REALLY need things explained to us. So make sure you spell out EXACTLY what’s happening. When you think you’re done, throw in an extra reminder or two, just in case.

Tip #3: More exposition!
On that note, where is the exposition?? I can’t stress this enough: readers are like, super dumb. Gradually weaving in backstories and world building and other information via the narrative is just too cumbersome and easily missed. Outline it all in one big chunk. Bigger. No, BIGGER. When the rest of the text feels inadequate compared to how big your exposition is, you know you’ve done it right.

Tip #4: Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.
Critiques, man. Who needs ‘em. Your beta readers might mean well, but what do THEY know about adverbs and your supposed overuse of them? It’s YOUR story and you can’t help it that you’re such a trailblazer. Share your work if you must, but make sure you tell them that you have NO intentions of making ANY changes. They’ll be too humbled by your fierce independence to tell you that your plot zig-zags all over the place or that “physics don’t actually work like that.” YEAH LINDA, I GOT YOUR NOTES, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU’RE JUST JEALOUS.

Tip #5: Keep ‘em guessing.
I said this list would have 10 tips but I decided to stop at 5, because SURPRISE! False promises keep readers on their toes. Never follow through, never deliver. That way, readers will never know what to expect! They think they’re getting a fantasy adventure? JUST KIDDING, IT WAS ALL A DREAM. They’re eager to find out who the killer is in your mystery thriller? TOO BAD, IT WAS NOBODY. Everyone loves a twist.

With these handy guidelines, you’re now on your way to attaining your black belt in real good writing. Hi-yah! Congratulations and you’re welcome.


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Shannon Noel Brady
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've been an artist since I could hold a Magic Marker. I think the only time I haven't been doodling was in the womb, and only because there was no paper in there. Pens and pencils are my favorite tools, though I also enjoy throwing paint around, sometimes literally. I tend to work with mixed media, and I love the human figure.

As for other things about me, I am in the process of publishing my first novel and currently writing a second. I also have a short story published in Vandercave Quarterly. I majored in dance/theatre and work part-time as a stagehand. For fun, I'm constantly reading and I also love anything involving heights, speed, and adrenaline. I live with the love of my life, a big-time fancy-pants video game designer named Craig, and the other love of my life, our retriever/shepherd mix named Ele. :)

I really enjoy making friends here so please feel free to strike up a conversation about anything!


  • Please post these rules in your journal
  • Post 5 things about yourself
  • Answer questions that your tagger posted for you and create 5 new ones for the people you tag
  • Choose 5 people to tag and post their icons in your journal

Five Things about Myself:

  • I wear glasses at all times, with a jaw-droppingly high prescription. I'm blind as a freakin' bat but without the advantage of echolocation.
  • My very first memory of being told I was good at drawing was in... first grade I think, and it was over a drawing of dinosaurs.
  • I'm a textbook-case introvert ("UGH, it's been SO LONG since I've had my alone time.... Like, a FULL 2 HOURS....") -- buuut, in the right scenario when I'm with nice people who will laugh at my jokes, I will loudly ham it up. Also while I might be reserved in person, I'm a total whore for the stage. GIVE ME THEATRE OR GIVE ME DEATH alright alright Shannon we get it you're dramatic.
  • I majored in dance in college. Have danced for about 17 years. That explains a bit why I'm always drawing dancers. hamster dance 
  • I'm an adventure junkie. I've gone bungee jumping, white water rafting, cave rappelling, sky diving, hang gliding, scuba diving AND I STILL WANT MORE, MORRRRE!

Questions Answered: (asked by :icondanielleivanova: )

  • Which quality do you like best in the opposite sex: Humor. Make me laugh and I'll basically fall into your pants.
  • What is your favourite way of working out: Dancing or rock climbing. I was taking flying trapeze class for awhile which was an AWESOME (albeit exhausting) work out, but too expensive/far away to do now.
  • What do you miss the most about living with your parents: My mom and I used to always watch late-night shows together and eat cereal while everyone else was asleep. I liked that a lot.
  • What do you think about selfies: I never thought of selfies as "a thing" until it got a name. It was just people taking pictures of themselves, which I didn't think anything about. Who cares?
  • Would you rather have kids than career and if so why: If I had to choose I'd rather have a career, because I don't really see myself having kids. I identify with the things I'm passionate about more than I do with motherhood. (This is just me personally - I think other people who identify with motherhood are awesome and we need both kinds of people in this world.)

My Questions for Others:

  • What is your earliest memory of being noticed for your art?
  • Tell us something weird about you that not many people know!
  • What is your favorite book of all time?
  • What's the grossest thing you've ever tasted?
  • What kind of unconventional pet would you have if you were able to? (We're in imagination-land here, okay? Exotic pets, mythical pets, pets that would be way too big for your house - doesn't matter! :) )

    I'm breaking the rules like a gangster. Not gonna tag people. Instead I'd rather anyone who wants to do this, feel free to do it, and then just alert me that you've done it so I can see it. Or not! Whatevs! You're a free agent man! Aint nobody gonna tell you what to do!

    Though I'm pretty sure :iconcynthart: would enjoy this. :happybounce: 

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whimandwonder Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! I'm so moved by the words said here about my work. I truly appreciate this.
Thecreakyattic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
thanks for the watch :)
Jeszika-Le-Viathan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
thank you so much for all the favs and watch :la:
whimandwonder Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
jenninn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks! :party:
transe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015   General Artist
Happy birthday! Have a wonderful day! :aww:
whimandwonder Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! That's so nice!
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