What scares me is what scares you. We’re all afraid of the same things. That’s why horror is such a powerful genre. All you have to do is ask yourself what frightens you and you’ll know what frightens me. - John Carpenter.

I’m happy to share this recently commissioned portrait of Miss. Esther Earl!

It was a pleasure working with her parents on this special gift for John Green, and I’m honored to help keep her star burning! :)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Esther’s story, as well as being an exceptional young lady in her own right, she was also a huge inspiration for John Green’s The Fault in out Stars.

If you are interested, please check out the “This Star Wont Go Out Foundation”, a non-profit foundation headed my Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne. They continue to serve families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in Esther’s honor. There you can read more about her life and legacy!

We love Esther!

Wishing everyone the best this spring!

Audrey Benjaminsen 2015

The Signs as John Green Quotes.
  • Aries :"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane"
  • Taurus :"It is so hard to leave - until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world"
  • Gemini :"Maybe she loved mysteries so much, that she became one"
  • Cancer :"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty, it's like picking your breakfast cereals based on the color instead of the taste"
  • Leo :"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"
  • Virgo :"That didn't happen of course. Things never happened the way I imagined them"
  • Libra :"The marks humans leave are too often scars"
  • Scorpio :"You are so busy being you, that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are"
  • Sagittarius :"At some point you just pull of the band-aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved"
  • Capricorn :"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world but you have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices"
  • Aquarius :"It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things"
  • Pisces :"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations"
6 tips from John Steinbeck for aspiring writers

  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
  2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
  3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person–a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
  4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it–bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
  5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
  6. If you are using dialogue–say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.