When elephants fly | Nanowrimo update


Can you even believe that this month is nearly over? Heck, that this year is nearly over?  When we started this month, Michelle and I mentioned that we were participating in National Novel Writing month. It truly was a particularly absurd thing to add to our already very long list of to-do’s.  The thing is I’ve always wanted to write a novel, it has been one of my deepest, most cherished ‘secrets’. I suppose a lot of people have this same desire or else Nanowrimo wouldn’t have over 300,000 participants this month alone! I have always enjoyed writing and have felt at times creative, but I never had the discipline or the ‘vision’ to write something that remotely resembled a novel. Sure, I could write a lot, but nothing that had any sort of cohesion. It never crossed my mind to work with a writing partner, maybe because I have never met anyone as wildly creative as Michelle before? Individuals like Michelle are about as hard to find as a Yeti or pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, let’s just say impossible. We started this month with a few loose ideas and characters, ‘loose’ would actually be quite generous. We had one real goal in mind and that was to write every day, try to piece the story together and of course to hit the 50K word mark. This has been one of the most masochistic tasks I have ever taken on, it has also been one of the most rewarding. Michelle did a tally of words on Monday and we were at nearly 30k?!  What?  I couldn’t believe it!  We of course have six days left in November to reach our goal and I am hoping we can do it, Michelle wrote me an email, ‘Let’s be winners’, yes, let’s. It’s too early to go into details of our ‘novel’ but all I can say is that I have enjoyed the process immensely, that I can’t get the characters out of my head and I love being immersed in their world. I haven’t let my imagination run rampant like this since I was a kid and I am just feeling so grateful to have had the opportunity to even attempt anything like this. No matter what happens from here, I feel like we have accomplished something huge.

photo by beata bieniak

P.S. No, our novel does not include flying elephants with top hats (although what novel couldn’t benefit from that?), but this photo was sure to make you stop and read the post, no?


Last Day to Enter! | Win a Daniel Wellington Watch

Daniel Wellington Watch Giveaway via Besotted BlogToday is your last day to enter to win the Daniel Wellington watch!  Visit this post for all the details!  Wishing everyone good luck!


Hope quote by Desmond Tutu voa Besotted Blog

I never understood the saying ‘hope floats’ (and um, I never bothered to look it up), but Michelle and I have been discussing how the heart/soul is buoyant and it wasn’t until the Paris events that I finally understood what it truly means. I think ‘hope’ like ‘wishes’ get a bad rap, but I do believe society needs both. This quote really drove it home. There will always be bad in the world, that is a given, but there will also be good, such goodness that we sometimes will take it all for granted not thinking twice. Taking for granted how good we have it, that is not a terrible thing, it’s a beautiful thing to have so many splendid, deliriously wonderful, dare I say magical things in our life that we don’t even notice them. We have an abundance of good and we have hope, don’t let anyone ever steal that from you. Our hearts go out to everyone that has been affected, we wish we could take away the pain, the events, go back and stop time, we can’t of course, but we can maintain hope and we can hold our loved ones tighter and maybe take a few more moments each day to savor how much good there is in the world.

P.S. We collected some resources to get some good news. Far from being cheesy, I read many stories that had me in tears of happiness, I hope you feel the same way!


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Daniel Wellington Watch Giveaway

Daniel Wellington Watch Giveaway via Besotted Blog

Monday!  I happen to be one of those rare individuals that loves Mondays, but I have been self-employed most of my professional life, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it (and I’ll have you know I am a pretty tough boss), but today is special because we have an amazing giveaway!  I have been seeing Daniel Wellington watches pop up all over the interwebs and love how everyone has been styling their watches, but us mere mortals usually wouldn’t be contacted on a whim to pose with a Daniel Wellington watch, le sigh, so it was with great excitement that our friends at Daniel Wellington agreed to a giveaway! The watch we chose is the St. Mawes, it’s one of their most popular designs as it should be, it’s absolutely--timeless.

In order to enter to win please answer the following question AND you’ll need to pin your favorite look (you can pin from DW’s Instagram or Pinterest) use the hashtag #besottedwithdw, we will be checking the pins/hashtags daily and re-pinning our favorites:

What would you do if you were given a few extra hours to use in your day?

Contest begins today and ends November 23, 2015.  Good luck!

P.S. The gorgeous looks in the graphic are from Moorea Seal, She Danced all Night,Laura McKittrick

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Carson Ellis Illustrator

Carson Ellis Illustrator via besotted blog

Carson Ellis is one of our favorite illustrators, Michelle and I recently finished The Wildwood Chronicles series and both agree that although the prose was wildly creative, it was made that much better by having Carson Ellis’s illustrations included. I went on to read  the children’s series The Mysterious Benedict Society in which Ellis illustrated the first cover for (fantastic!), Diana Sudyka finished the rest of the series covers, which she did a wonderful job with, it still had the same vibe as Ellis’s but remained true to her own style (she’s another super talented illustrator).

On Ellis’s site she has this wonderful FAQ that we thought you might like to read, it includes her preferred art supplies and even mentions the nibs she uses for lettering! She seems like a very down to earth individual and is wickedly witty, we hope you enjoy reading it!

P.S. I used this Fairy Tale font for Carson’s name!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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