Character Eye Descriptions: The Window to Your Story

A good resource for describing eyes in a story. Good thing I came across this as I’m beating a deadline…

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By Sharla Rae, @SharlaWrites

Sharla_EyePhotopinIf poets are to be believed,eyes are the windows to the soul.

Rather than using clichéd or common descriptions,why not use “explicit” eye descriptions to give your reader a real peek into a character’s psyche?

I’ll touch on eye color, movement, and appearance and, of course, I have some helpful lists to inspire ideas.

Eye color

It’s a given that writers mention eye color as a character feature. Color can be mentioned every so often to remind readers what the character looks like. But! Don’t hit them over the head with it.

Besides using eye color as a facial feature it can sometimes be used to identify who is speaking especially if the color distinctive.

Blue eyes widened and she threw up both hands. “Now hold on a minute.”
Her amber cat eyes narrowed. “xxxx”

A character might have plain old blue or brown…

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Battling Against Ménière’s

I once was what I would call a “super mom” way back 2009. I would write for my clients in Upwork, and take care of my family at the same time. My work day starts at 7am and ends up at 2am most of the time. 11pm is already early for me. I can write non-stop and finish tasks fast with a high batting average for accuracy. That all ended when I got struck by Ménière’s in 2011.


When and How to say NO – for additional workload

It’s can be hard to say no for a couple of reasons: you need the money, you’re shy or intimidated to say no (typical of us Filipinos), or you’re just a plain workaholic.

Still, saying no actually can do you more good. If you have a great boss, he or she may actually admire you for standing up to yourself. Contrary to what most of us know, there are employers who would rather to have you be upfront with them when it comes to handling tasks. Why? Because your performance suffers when you have too much on your plate. It may seem good at first, but once your body starts to scream “Enough!!!”, your mind has no other option but to shut down.

Talented VA Pinays

preview16Today I want to talk about task and time management in connection with when should you accept some more on your plate or say that you’re already full.

Being a Filipino worker could have so much effect on our work ethics in general. Filipino culture tends to live by the “hospitality” characteristic and mostly being overdone.

For most of us, saying no doesn’t come naturally. We are too afraid to say NO even if we don’t want to and also too shy to ask even if we did not understand. There is no scientific explanation I know to expand more on this idea but this is the reality and this is happening all the time.

I thought of writing this because of one recent interview I had from one of my prospective clients. So I asked, “did you have any Filipino workers working for you now?” and he said “yes!”…

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I was browsing through my reader when I saw this post from Thomas Bishop.


Protect Your Eyes from Digital Strain

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We all love our digital devices. In fact, most of us touch our phones and gadgets first before even saying good morning to the person sleeping next to us. These wonderful inventions have grown thinner due to advancing LED technology, and they are lighter and brighter than they were before. However, these devices give off harmful blue light which can lead to digital eye strain. More

Close to 3,000 Words and Counting

I think, or maybe I know that I am going overboard with this short story writing… Project should be 8,000 words, yet I am no where near the climax… More

Now Public in Upwork

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It Begins!


Handy, can carry with me without fear of getting mugged, hahaha

I have to get this project done fast – and the best way for me to do it without compromising quality is to start writing. As in literally writing. More

Ghostwriting Time

It’s been a while, since I wrote here, and I honestly missed this!

So, after several years of being silent, both in my blog and in my freelance writing career, I am back with a vengeance! I had zero confidence in writing, but when I got contacted by my former boss, to hell with being insecure. It’s time to write again! More

5 Natural Ways to Manage Your High Blood Pressure At Home

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High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood flow is stronger than normal. Blood pressure reading should be between 120/80mmHg-130/90mmHg. It’s known as a silent killer because you don’t feel anything until you get complications. In fact, most people don’t even know they have high blood pressure until they undergo routine medical checkup.

Preventing complications from high blood pressure means managing taking your prescribed medication, as well as taking care of yourself. Here are 5 natural ways that can help you keep your blood pressure down at home. More

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