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Monday, July 16, 2018

Organization Tip: Business Cards #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop


When you go to a book event, conference, or do any sort of networking, I bet you come away with a lot of business cards. Or…if you do it right you should. Why do I say that? Because networking is all about introducing yourself to other authors and industry professionals, giving your business card to them, and collecting their cards in return. You never know when you might need to recall a person’s name who you met at an event or if you may need to contact someone, so getting the cards of everyone you talk to is good practice.

But what do you do with them once you get them?

If you say throw them away, you haven’t been paying attention.

You could dump all of them in a shoe box or pile them in a drawer, but that’s not very organized, now is it?

I’ll tell you what I do.

I have baseball card holder sheets that I slip business cards into. Then I put those sheets in a binder. And voila! All of those little cards are safe and in an easily-accessible place that you can put in a filing cabinet.

It’s all about the neat little tricks when it comes to being organized.

QUESTION: Do you collect/keep business cards?

Friday, July 13, 2018

How a Pandemic Could End the World / Guest Post by Susan Kelley

Please welcome Susan Kelley to Write with Fey! She knows about my fascination with disaster and has provided an intriguing article for us about how a pandemic could end the world.

Take it away, Susan!

The World Falls Apart

In my latest series, Survivors of the Apocalypse, humanity in on the brink of extinction after a pandemic sweeps the world and kills millions. How would the collapse of civilization occur and what would the impact be on the handful of survivors?

In this futuristic world, scientists believe they’ve found a universal vaccine that will make an end to the diseases that have plagued mankind since the beginning of time. This isn’t something very far outside of reality. Legions of scientists work on creating yearly flu vaccines and part of their work is to someday create a vaccine that will work against any mutation of the flu.

2018 marks one hundred years since the worst flu pandemic in the world’s history. Around 50 million people died. Looking at how people are more mobile and how many more of us there are, can you imagine the numbers is such a virulent strain hit us today. Before you think our modern medicine would prevent that, keep in mind that an estimated 300,000 to 700,000 people die from the flu every year. Last year’s flu vaccine only protected one in four people who received. To read more about the search for a universal vaccine, here is one of many articles about it.

In my fictional setting, the universal vaccines backfires and disaster results. Imagine how civilization would crumble and implode. A lot of people get very sick, and the medical resources are overwhelmed. Some of the sick would be essential services like healthcare workers and police officers. Civil unrest would follow. As more people succumb, families fall apart, media falls silent, and infrastructure collapses. No phones, no electricity, and then no clean water.

Governments first thoughts might be that an enemy have used a biological weapon. Before the truth is known, a short devastating nuclear war could occur. Untended nuclear and chemical plants would eventually dump their poisons into the environment. Scientists that might have stopped the problem fall to the plague before they are successful. The world of mankind is over.

Except there will always be people who fall through the cracks and don’t get the newest vaccine. There are people who are for whatever genetic reasons are immune to the disease. And therein lies the hope for humanity’s survival, and the framework for my series.

Add in one protected biodome city, completely cutoff from the rest of the world, and you have enough people to give mankind a chance. Maybe.

Exile’s Savage Lady: Book #3 in Survivors of the Apocalypse, is the final book as a few brave people risk everything to bring the cure to everyone. Robin Linden was saved by the Gibbs family when the city exiled him to die outside the dome. The cure exists, but those in the city don’t know. Robin can’t let those inside starve as their resources fail, and he’s willing to sacrifice himself to save them. Kerry Gibbs doesn’t understand what makes the stoic city man tick, but she’s not going to let him get away before she finds out why she finds him so attractive. If that means following inside the city, she’s not afraid of anything. But the more she gets to know Robin and what motivates him, she fears for the first time. They may be able to save the city, but she’ll lose the man she loves.

BIO: Susan Kelley lives in a large country home in Pennsylvania where she and her husband have raised six children. After many years as a high school teacher, she retired to write full time. She loves dystopia, space adventures, superheroes, but especially everyday heroes.

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QUESTIONS: Do you get your flu shot every year? Have you ever been really sick with the flu? Do you think the world will end with a big bang or a long moan?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bactine for Writer's Depression - Part 1 (IWSG)

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.
Ever since I was a teen I’ve suffered from depression. It comes and goes but is never far away. Even during my best moments, it’s a teeny-tiny shadow in the distance. This does not make me a negative person during my best moments, though. Far from it. But depression never quite dissolves, even when you’ve been nothing but happy and content.

For a few years, from 2011 to 2014, I was in a tough place in my life. Very tough. I struggled financially and health-wise. And my confidence took hit after hit. I had published Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds during this time, but I felt like a failure in many other ways.

What helped me during this time?


I felt so alone, but the IWSG gave me a community.

I felt rejected by everyone, but the bloggers I got to know became my family.

The blogging world gave me something to be a part of. It gave me a purpose.
I shared my knowledge and experience to other writers. By giving to others I felt so much better about myself. Even if it was just for the moment.

In return, I received encouragement and friendship.

Blogging, in other words, was my escape, my refuge. I blogged 2-3 times a week (pre-planned posts) and visited many blogs and left comments. Back then, I was a lot more active with my blog. I dove into blogging, and it turned out to be my medicine.

If you struggle with depression and have a blog, I encourage you to let your blog, this wonderful community, and other people’s blogs to lift you up.

NOTE: Sometimes, blogging can be the problem or be hard to accomplish when you have depression, especially when blogging begins to weigh on you. My next post will reveal what I did most recently when I suffered from my strongest case of depression to date and blogging became an obstacle.

QUESTION: How has blogging helped you?


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