Children Book Covers Re-imagined

Illustration by Lizzy Stewart

We spoke a lot last week about personal projects igniting creativity, they can also be used to help build out your portfolio. Here are some artists that took on the self-initiated challenge of re-interpreting children’s book covers, I think this is particularly difficult as we all seem to have memories attached to the original illustrations and it would take quite a bit of talent to make you actually acknowledge that the new designs are good or dare I say better than the originals?  Michelle and I have been discussing doing this for a shared favorite author that we feel their covers do not do justice for the stories, just dreaming up the images has been a happy creative exercise (we do like to do a lot of dreaming around here). We thought we would share some of our favorite finds here!

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A fairytale font

A storybook font via besotted blog

Since Michelle and I are in the trenches of National Novel Writing Month, we figured that today’s font and giveaway would be most apropos. Debi Sementelli of Correspondence Ink has created another rich font family to add to your collection. Fairytale inspired, with 1160 glyphs to play with this 15 font family will keep you busy creating wonderful world’s of text. We think that it would be perfect for DIY bookplates, the holidays are upon us after all. Debi always gracious and generous has offered the Fratello Nick font at 50% off  (limited time only) and an additional 10% off for you-use code besotted at checkout, but for those feeling lucky, we are doing a giveaway of the font family this week!  To enter to win answer the following question by Monday 11.9.15:

What was your favorite childhood book?

We will randomly choose a winner and announce on 11.10.15.  Please make sure you have a valid email address that we can contact you at. We will only send one email, if you don’t respond within a few days we will grant an alternate reader the prize. Thank you + good luck!

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.

Writing Software

Confucius quote via besotted blog

You really don’t need any special software to write, a pen and paper will do just fine. Michelle and I are finding in getting ready for Nanowrimo and doing our practice runs to see if we can actually hit the daily 1667 word mark (so far no dice) that long form writing can get disorganized very quickly.  We are currently using a shared Google Drive folder, the new ‘document’ feature is very much like Word so it’s not like you have to re-learn any new software (a plus), and the other plus is that we both can access the drive on line and in real time. The downside is that it is a virtual blob of all of our thoughts and the documents are rapidly piling up into what could only best be described as total chaos. We decided to look into software, not wanting to invest too much, but if something seemed a fair price then maybe. We not only discovered fair we discovered to our great delight generous! We compiled some resources (mostly Mac since that seems to be harder to find than a pc compatible software and that’s what we use).


This was the first software we looked into because it was developed specifically for Mac’s (but is now available in a PC version too). We looked through the tutorials and it seems very straightforward for us to learn. It also looks thoroughly organized and we can organize the way that best suits our style and if our style changes midway through this project we can re-organize a totally different way down the line. It’s very affordable at only $45 USD, but here’s the generous bit–the Scrivner developers Literature and Latte offer Nanowrimo a free trial for the entire month of November and extend it until December 7th for good measure, if at the end of November you reach your 50k word win/goal they offer the software at 50% off!  We’ve read nothing but good things about this software and this is the one we are leaning most towards. Nanowrimo 2015 offer.


Their motto is ‘Write anything. Anywhere.’  It’s an app for Ipad and IOS systems (your Iphone)  it is lauded for its minimalist design. Ulysses is free for anyone writing during Nanowrimo 2015! This app is not just for aspiring novelist either, journalist love it as do bloggers! Free extended trial here.


I love that you can download the desktop, Ipad and Iphone version and sync!  It always seem that you get a brilliant idea when you are no where near a computer, but your phone? Well, that thing is usually glued to you right? Storyist has a free trial and is also offering a 50% off to all that meet the 50k word goal at the end of November

Lastly a little extra help…


Grammar is my Kryptonite, a bigger person might never put words out in the world if their grammar was as poor as mine, but my desire to write eclipses my fear of looking like a dolt. For you dear friends I brave the grammar police daily, hold my breath and hit ‘publish’ with aplomb. Luckily there’s a new tool to help those that feel baffled in the face of punctuation and it’s called Grammarly. It’s a subscription based tool where you can upload your writing and get your grammar checked, yes, I do need this.

If you have been on the fence with writing software maybe these free trials might offer more incentive to give them a go. Again, totally not necessary to write, but as we are quickly finding out, could be super help for more long form writing (which both Michelle and I don’t have any experience with). If you have tried any writing software that you love please let us know, we would love to share the resources! Here’s to happy writing for this November challenge!

The trouble with titles

Multi-talented title trouble via besotted blog i

The answer to the question “what do you do?” is often pretty straightforward: a banker, a teacher, a software developer (we are in Seattle after all). Telling someone you are a banker by no means encompasses all that you are, but it’s enough for the person asking to take their best swing at an engaging conversation. So how do you answer that question when you have multiple passions, like say….fine art photography, a premium Photoshop actions company, a creative inspiration blog, oh yes and you are a designer / branding expert, and now you are participating in NaNoWriMo… there isn’t a pat “I am a…” that encompasses all of that in a bite-sized way.

Tristan’s husband asked her what the heck he should tell people when they ask him what she does, my husband tailors his answer to whoever he is talking to. It’s trickier than it should be. To be honest, I usually go the easy route and say I’m a photographer. Everyone understands what a photographer does, and the conversation can flow smoothly from there. The problem with this answer is that if the person is truly interested and not just making idle chit-chat, the other things we do usually percolate at some point, which causes a bit of halting befuddlement, and can feel awkward.

We know a lot of you also have multiple irons in the fire. Mara is not only a lettering phenom, she’s the CEO of a technology company, our friend Sanae started a blog about choosing a healthier life and learning to sew and ended up writing and illustrating a delightful children’s book, Ez of Creature Comforts has blogger, photographer, and entrepreneur on her resume.

So we are curious, what do you say when asked this question?


Refuse to Choose!

Famous Polymaths

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.


Nanowrimo Best sellers |National Novel Writing Month

Nanowrimo best sellers via besotted blog

If you think we are crazy for taking on the Nanowrimo challenge for November (yes, indeed we are, as are the 300,000 + participants), then it might get you excited to know that there are novels that not only were finished, not only got published (over 90+ have), but have become best sellers.  We thought we would list some of the best sellers here and interviews to the authors for further inspiration. Both Water for Elephants and Night Circus we can highly recommend!

Water for Elephant

The Night Circus




The Darwin Elevator

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Interview Part I & Part II

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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