#atinylife Pictures

Today’s tinylife blog is some made up of some writing about pictures. With a picture, made up almost entirely of writing, about the non-existence of a picture…

Stella Hervey Birrell

Today I have been thinking about…pictures.Pictures

I love pictures, and photos. Who doesn’t?

I’m a writer, though.


I make pictures, but with words: of feelings, scenes, relationships. I want my readers to feel they are in my settings, with my characters, seeing them through black marks on a white page.

I get that Social Media works best with a picture, and words, so I try.

But words are where I start and finish. And yet, I spend so much writing time drawing, editing, taking, or finding pictures!

However, today, as I type, a photographer is taking my photograph.

He’s doing a great job, building the image…even managing to put me at my ease, sometimes.

So it’s against all the odds that the pictures I decided to draw for this blog have become – important? Of value? Fun anyway.

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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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