Month: November 2014

Characters and Fashion

When I create characters for my story, I use fashion as a way to describe their personalities. Fashion is a choice people make. The choices people make reveal their personalities. However, fashion may not show all there is to someone’s personality as sometimes it can also be a way for people change the perception of others towards them. I realized in my previous chapters of the Lighting Hour that I forgot to describe any sort of clothing for Blake or Madame Agathe. Since there is not much time for me to edit the previous chapters, I will add more details to their clothing in the next ones. If you need some inspiration or ideas for fashion, you can find some in pinterest or even through watching YouTube make-up and fashion gurus. My personal favourite is Ingrid. Her channel is called Missglamorazzi. She had a fun personality and she shows it through her colorful clothing and make-up. Even when she dresses more formally, she adds colour through her accessories and shoes. How do you use fashion to …


“Nothing holds attention like a great story.” Smudgy Notes is a website and blog for those who love a great story, whether it’s fictional or about the daily life of the author, Denise. Here you will find the short stories, novels, artworks, book reviews, and inspirations. Why Smudgy Notes? Well that is because Denise writes and draws with her left-hand, and ink tends to smudge! Disclaimer: My stories are works of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


It’s already the second week of Nanowrimo! If you don’t know what Nanowrimo is, it is the National November Writing Month where the objective is to write a 50,000 novel by November 30. In the first week I have written 750 words. Not a good start! Anyway, the reason why I am joining Nanowrimo is so that I could finally complete a novel. I won’t be editing my work too much, since I have to complete it as fast as I can. I will edit it afterwards. My drafts I will place under Nanowrimo, and once I have completed editing them, I will place my entry under Novels. The Lighting Hour Synopsis: Blake recalled an incident where she had met It, a strange person she found in her kitchen, who she could not describe as either male or female. She never saw It again, but when she opened her planner years later, a note from It appeared. In her planner were details of a meeting she did not remember arranging and when she decided to pursue this meeting, her life takes …

Future Learn

I have been taking a fiction writing course from Future Learn. This website offers free courses in writing, business, history, etc. The have 40 different partners from all over the world, including leading universities and institutions, such as the British Museum. One of the assignments was: Write a paragraph (50 to 100 words) containing one fact and three fictitious elements. Then try the reverse – write a paragraph containing three facts and one fictitious element. This was my entry: 1 Fact 3 Fiction Her husband was having an affair with her cousin. She understood why. They have not had a child in their 15 years of marriage. She desired so much to have a child, and to keep her marriage together. She went to the Church the next day. She knelt at the entrance doors and prayed. She walked with her knees until she reached the altar. That was the prayer, the sacrifice, for fertility, for a child, for a husband who could not wait. She performed the ritual everyday, but it did not work. 3 Facts 1 Fiction …


“Nothing holds attention like a great story.” I have always found that quote to be true. I have loved writing since I was a child and I thought, why not create a blog where I can post my stories? And so, I created Smudgy Notes for that purpose. Why Smudgy Notes? Well, that is because I write and draw with my left hand and many times inks tend to smudge. In this blog, I will share my stories (long and short), my inspirations for my stories, my artwork, interesting life experiences, as well as books I am currently reading. Welcome to Smudgy Notes and I hope you enjoy my work!