david bowie tribute

I don’t know where I am going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.

I woke up this morning to the sad news that David Bowie had passed. My heart was heavy, as I suppose anyone’s heart would be after hearing about the passing of someone that has left too early. I think the thought might be he wasn’t someone you knew personally, so why let it bother you? But music was such a huge part of the fabric of my life growing up, one of my only solaces (that and books) and David Bowie crooning into my Walkman earphones on repeat got me through many a dreaded long bus ride to and from school. I am so sorry for his family, for the loss to those like me that held a spot in their heart for him. R.I.P. Davey Jones.



Hello!  How are you? Happy holidays! What goodies are you working on???

It would seem that writing a bajillion (ok, 50K) words in a month, plus client work, plus laying foundations for an extremely exciting new business venture (oh boy – it’s a good one!), oh yes, and recording a new Skillshare class for Foto Rx (there’s another set of actions in the works too), and let’s not forget hosting a dozen loving family members over the holiday, maxed out my brain power and severely limited my ability to write and/or provide photos for this beautiful blog. Luckily for me, I have the most understanding business partner ever, who not only successfully resisted the urge to murder me, but saw fit to mention me kindly as she held down the fort! (Thank you Tristan, there will be dark chocolate bribes on the desk tomorrow, maybe caramels too.)

I can’t seem to fully emerge from novel writing mode (a good thing?), so I hope you’ll indulge me as I use a technique from one of our character profiles to catch up with you!

A glimpse into Miss P.’s thoughts as she begins the second week of December…..


When will that last ingredient for my handmade gifts arrive? -better see if there’s a tracking number.

Should the label be set type, or a hazy black and white photo?

Where can I get my hands on fresh lavender this time of year? Chamomile?

Should we share a how-to on the blog?


Is ordering a prepared meal from Whole Foods or Metropolitan Market cheating? We’ve never done it before, but it’s so tempting. Husband suggests ordering pizza.


Gah! After writing every day for a month, I feel guilty for having taken a week off! Must write. Reminder to write with more imagination, maybe try to take it too far.


Ooo, The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa just added a new Art for Your Ear podcast with the magnificent Bobbie Burgers. Must listen. Should also make it to Foster White Gallery to see her work in person. (Insert thoughts of becoming friends with Bobbie. Discussions about the poetry of dying flowers would abound. Maybe she’d let me photograph her dropcloths….)

Bingeing on  Roald Dahl stories, which are every bit as wonderful as I remember. The covers are ripe for redesign, wondering what someone like Katrin Coetzer could do with them.  Remember being similarly enchanted with Where the Sidewalk Ends as a kid, note to revisit.


I purchased a shiny new mirrorless camera! Have taken it out to shoot exactly once (argh), review forthcoming. Must buy flowers and let them wilt first.


We are working with an amazingly talented illustrator and promise to tell you all about her! Must write interview questions for L. (We are working with two illustrators actually, but the other one is for the TOP SECRET project).

Need to find beautifully minimal holiday cards to send to clients. Have you found any good ones this year?

We know you must be feeling the holiday and end of year pinch as well, here’s hoping we can all find a way carve out some peaceful moments!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.


What to do after you finish your Nanowrimo novel?


Now that we finished the Nanowrimo challenge, the most common question is ‘Now what?’ It’s a fair question to ask and one we only have some pat answers for–edit, rewrite, etc. but inevitably the question remains after that, ‘what are you going to do next?’  Here’s the honest answer, we have something that feels ‘novel-ish‘, we have developed characters that we love, but our protagonist may be a little one dimensional, it’s only 50k words, not quite novel numbers, but not too far from it. Our plot is weak, if you can even actually even call it a plot but there are such tiny, shiny gems that are sparkling brightly throughout, that we feel it’s worth moving forward. Our intention originally was to make it a creative exercise now it’s to see it into an actual edited, finished, cohesive piece that we can actually share with others. Now what?  I am thinking we may need to get help from a professional. I wasn’t sure if they had professionals that will help shape the amoeba like thing that is our Nanorwrimo ‘novel’ into an actual one. I did a little research and thought I would share some of the results in case you too are sitting there with a finished 50k of words (or more), that may have a spark of something, but without advice may just forever live on your hard drive.


Hmmm? Interesting…  Michelle and I don’t have a budget to hire one, but the idea of one is very intriguing and up until yesterday I didn’t even know they existed.  Here’s a few I found some with proven track records!

Jennie Nash-She gives workshops as well! Here’s her success story page. Great interview here.

Ginger Moran

Steve Adams

Sandra Byrd

Here’s a directory of Book Coaches and Ghostwriters


Again, another service I had no idea existed, but I think would be invaluable before you sent your manuscript off to an agent or publisher (or wherever you send it, another thing I have no idea about!)

Lori DeBoer Lori offers coaching but also Developmental editing and Manuscript Evaluation

Manuscript Critique

Edit my novel

Mill City Press

We know a few of you have participated (and won Nanowrimo!) any tips for editing and turning the first draft into something that feels more like a true work

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.


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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Modern office on a budget


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I appreciate the serenity and simplicity of minimal living and our home is pared down to be  sure, but I think I’m far too sentimental to be a true minimalist. My great-grandmother’s dining set (she had excellent taste) that needs refinishing, the daybed that I sketched on a napkin and asked my grandfather to make for me when I turned 15 (my 1st design project!), mean more to me than brand new sleek and sexy furniture ever could. However, there’s a time when sentimentality has to fall by the wayside and the need to upgrade cannot be ignored – like when sitting at the computer in one of great grandma’s dining room chairs with a bed pillow stacked on the seat, results in the worst back and neck pain since bruising my tailbone on a ski trip (because when I ski, I spend a lot of time on my rear – or well.. generally splayed out in the snow in some fashion). It was abundantly clear I needed to find some comfortable, good looking (preferably white), easily assembled, not too pricey, real deal office desk chairs ASAP.

After an extensive search (online that is), I came up with some pretty handsome finalists that I thought I’d share in case your back and neck have had it with your current desk chair as well. The winning chairs have been tested for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say that our backs/necks/rears couldn’t be happier!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.