Guest Author Jamie Samms – When Pencil Trumps Keyboard

I tried to come up with a witty topic to post about tonight, but I’m burnt out on editing the fourth Rainbow Alley book, and a down-home farmer book, and trying to finish the second Off Stage book, so I came up a bit blank.

But it got me thinking, what do I do when I’m in this position and it’s time to write? What if I can’t think of anything to write or my current characters aren’t speaking to me? Which happens, occasionally. Usually when I abandon them for editing, in fact. They hate that. It’s like spending too much time with your ex. Your current partner gets jealous, throws a hissy fit, and refuses to play nice.

What I do when that happens is I get out a sketch book and a pencil and see where that side of my imagination takes me. Here are a few faces my drawing has introduced to me over the years. I hope you like them, and if you can figure out who they are, do let me know, because I have no idea….

Some days, I have to admit my pencil definitely trumps my keyboard. I wouldn’t consider myself very good at drawing, but it keeps me out of trouble in work meetings, and sometimes gives my characters a bit of life outside the pages of their books. These two guys are my website hosts. I don’t know their story, since they never told me, but I like them, and they have served me well.

Nor have I figured out who this guy is. He looks too young to be in one of my books, though, and that has me worried about him. He hasn’t even told me his name, the cheeky brat.

The elf and the human, similarly close-mouthed, well, other than that they are forever kissing each other, I guess. But I have no idea where they are from, how they met, or if they love each other, or are just convenient. It’s a mystery.

And finally, my own rendering of this holding hands picture I’m sure we’ve all seen in a million different places. I always wonder who these guys are, and if this hand holding is an act of defiance, bravery in the face of impending heartache, or a peaceful stroll on the beach.

So there you have it: where my mind goes when the words go away. Anyone have any cool story ideas to go with these? I’ll try to write them if you do. I’m always open to prompting :)


Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men; what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love, she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they should also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Loveyoudivine Alterotica, Pink Petal Books, Dreamspinner Press and Total E-Bound.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending reading, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!) or watching movies. Well. She has a day job or two, as well, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a Fine Arts diploma, with a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all….







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