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Wednesday, December 4

The Fey Guide to Writer's Burnout / Linky Mashup


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

The Fey Guide to Writer's Burnout:


Speak - Part 1 – how speaking about my writer’s burnout was my first step to recovery.

Write YOU - Part 2 – writing about yourself can be the easiest form of writing.

Writer’s Meetings - Part 3 – how attending a writer’s meeting could be just the thing you need to feel connected.

Morning Pages - Part 4 – could writing pages every morning in a journal help you?

Free Your Mind with Walking - Part 5  the benefits of walking/exercising.

One Day at a Time - Part 6  the wisdom of focusing on the day you are in.

Don't Force Yourself - Part 7  the dangers of forcing yourself to write.

Alternative Hobby - Part 8  how an alternative hobby can inspire you.

Patience - Part 9  the importance of being patience with yourself.

No Stress - Part 10  none of these tips will help for long if you don't learn to eliminate stress.

How to Be a Writer when You Can't Write - 5 tips to help you feel like a writer (and do writerly things) when you are struggling to write.


QUESTION: Which one of these techniques have you tried? How did it work for you?



HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

I'll see you in the blogosphere in 2020!


Monday, November 25

Can a Book Be Successful without Social Media? / Vlog


Thank you for your interest in this vlog post on Write with Fey!

A writer once asked me if a book can be successful without social media. This is my answer.

Enjoy!


Can a Book Be Successful Without Social Media?

Length: 7:03

Friday, November 22

The Importance of Diversity in Fiction / Guest Post by Ronel Janse van Vuuren



Today I am hosting Ronel Janse van Vuuren. She is talking about a very important topic. Welcome, Ronel!

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I read a meme a while back that said something in the line of: if you are going to walk in someone else’s shoes, better get far away before they notice the theft.

The conversation about diversity is easy: when someone talks about being marginalised for some reason, you simply switch topics by saying you are feeling uncomfortable. Like avoiding your discomfort is more important than acknowledging someone else’s Truth.

Monday, November 18

Editing Techniques PowerPoint Presentation / Vlog


Thanks for you interest in my vlog post about editing techniques!

This was a PowerPoint presentation that I did for a local writer's meeting. I decided to share it because writers have to self-edit/revise. It's just part of our jobs as writers. And in this post, I provide techniques to make reading your manuscript over and over again a bit more bearable.

I hope you find the information useful.

Enjoy!


Friday, November 15

Favorite Holiday Memory Blog Hop / Sleigh Ride by Elaine Kaye


Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by for this blog hop to celebrate my mom's newest picture book SLEIGH RIDE!


Blog Hop Question: What is your favorite holiday memory?

(This includes Hanukkah, Kwanza, Yule/Winter Solstice, Christmas, etc.)

MY MEMORY: I was obsessed with The Nutcracker ballet when I was little. Every day for a year I watched an old tape and fantasized I was Clara. I didn’t know how to dance ballet, but that didn’t stop me from showing off my moves…karate moves. I would jab my fists in the air and punch and kick as gracefully as I could.

Wednesday, November 6

Bactine for No-Show Events / IWSG


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LOTS OF BIG NEWS!!!!!


FROZEN CRIMES: I submitted Frozen Crimes (Disaster Crimes Book 5) to my editor/publisher. Now I just have to wait 90 days or so before I hear back on whether or not they like it.

Thursday, October 31

How to Plant Red Herrings in Crime Novels / Guest Post by Damyanti Biswas



Please help me to give Damyanti Biswas a BIG welcome. Her book YOU BENEATH YOUR SKIN has been making waves. I am honored to have her on my blog today.

Damyanti Biswas' Guest Post:

One of the joys of reading a mystery novel is trying to address a story question—who was the one who did it? I do not write traditional whodunits---my debut You Beneath Your Skin subverts the thriller genre—making of it a whydunnit. It helps though to have the structure of a page-turner, and that means red herrings.

Monday, October 28

Actually, I'm a Witch / Vlog




I've published my first flash fiction piece on Wattpad! I figured I minus well should do something with these stories. First up is REAPER OF DEATH, perfect for this month. You can read it HERE. If you enjoy it, please vote for it. And follow me, too! I'm a bit lonely. <3



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Hi, there! Thank you for stopping by for this edition of my vlog on Write with Fey!

I've got two videos for you dedicated to my short story, Witch of Death.

Enjoy!


Actually, I'm a Witch

Length: 6:21

Monday, October 21

Bactine for Introverted Writers - Do's and Dont's


Introverts struggle in many public situations, especially those with crowds of strangers. We can usually fake it till we make it, and can also do a decent job of being social when the circumstances require it, but it takes a toll on us. In the moment, it can take a lot out of us to gain the courage to break out of our shells, even if no one else sees it.


Monday, October 14

GIVEAWAY + Ways to Save Your Documents / Vlog


NOTE: I had to add word verification because of a persistent spammer. Sorry! It'll only be  up a few days.


Thanks for you interest in my vlog post about ways to save your work!

This is a PowerPoint presentation that I did for a local writer's meeting. I decided to share it after seeing several writers on Facebook complaining about losing their hard drive and how their ONE saving technique failed them. It's important to have a few saving techniques to protect your work.

I hope you find the information in it useful.

Enjoy!


Ways to Save Your Work

Length: 10:19




BREAST CANCER AWARENESS GIVEAWAY:






Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the videos on YouTube. To go to each video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTION: How do you save your documents?


Thanks for watching/listening!

Wednesday, October 2

Bactine for Book Events / IWSG


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IWSG BOOK CLUB



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is our October/November fiction book, voted on by our members.

Discussion Fun Day will be November 20th.





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A couple of years ago I went to my first ever book event/signing as a featured author. The first day was for workshops. I remember roaming around, seeing the people in attendance and noting how many of them knew each other and were greeting each like long-lost friends. I smiled at them, wanting to introduce myself, but not many made eye contact with me. If they did, they shifted away. I felt like a leper.

The New Kid on the Block

The next day, during the signing, although I did meet an author I knew online (yay!), I felt like an outcast.

While I went around, going from table to table to introduce myself and exchange business cards, I got blank stares in return. At one point, when I was introducing myself to one author, a group of three others came up to her, and the four them squealed and showed excitement at seeing each other again. I was literally pushed aside.

Monday, September 23

My Real-Life Experience in Tsunami Crimes / Vlog


Welcome to a TSUNAMI edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey!

I hope you have floaties. HA-HA!

In the first video, I share an experience that I had on the beach when I was a kid that I wrote into Tsunami Crimes.

In the second video, I talk about the tsunami dreams that plague me and how they helped me with my story.

Enjoy!


My Real-Life Experience in Tsunami Crimes

Length: 7:03

Wednesday, September 4

Age of Insecurity / IWSG


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GOOD NEWS: 

Hurricane Crimes won silver in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest in the Fiction - Short Story/Novella genre! ‬

Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication won bronze in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest in the Non-Fiction Writing/Publishing genre! ‬

Monday, August 26

Dead at Seventeen by John Berrio Reading / Inspiration for Ghost of Death / Vlog


Hi! Welcome to a ghostly edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey.

I've got two videos for you this time. The first is a reading of a poem that influenced me while I was writing Ghost of Death. The second video is a reading from my short story, Ghost of Death.

In the first video, I get choked up. The poem Dead at Seventeen by John Berrio is no joke.

By watching both videos, you'll be able to see just how the poem inspired me.

Enjoy!

And maybe have a tissue close by...


Dead at Seventeen by John Berrio Reading
Inspiration for Ghost of Death

Length: 10:14

Monday, August 19

Spice Up Your Amazon Book Pages and Author Profile / Vlog


Thanks for you interest in my vlog post about Amazon book pages and author profiles!

This was a PowerPoint presentation that I did for a local writer's meeting. And I did a workshop for The Wild Rose Press with a text-form of this presentation.

I hope you find the information in it useful.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 7

How to Be a Writer When You Can't Write / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


HEALTH UPDATE: My surgery went well, and tomorrow is my 4-week after mark, but I am still restricted with what I can do for another 2 weeks. First, no signs of malignancy! But when I saw my doctor for the followup, the first thing he said was, “Wow. You were the real deal!” He added that what he had to do was very extensive and that he wished he had brought me in for surgery sooner. There was a LOT of endometriosis. Everywhere. There was so much that my organs were a bit misplaced, so when they got done, my organs shifted back into place. He said my uterus “sprang” back. They removed the "chocolate" cyst from my right ovary, and they also had to do something with my colon and remove something from the outside of my intestine. So, yeah... lol 


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There are times when you may struggle to write, not because you lost the ability to physically write, but rather that you’re suffering from writer’s block (the condition in which an author loses the ability to create new work or slows down creatively) or writer’s burnout, which is more extreme than being blocked and involves a disconnect between you and writing; the love is (hopefully temporarily) gone, replaced with physical and mental exhaustion…sometimes even emotional exhaustion.

Monday, July 29

What To Do if an Earthquake Strikes / Vlog


Health Update: I am slowly replying back to blog comments. I will share how my surgery went and the findings on IWSG Day.


Welcome to my vlog on Write with Fey!

Here is a post that just might save your life.


What To Do if an Earthquake Strikes

Length: 8:30

Monday, July 22

Blogging for Writers: A PowerPoint Presentation / Vlog


Health Update: Healing from surgery. It may take me a while to return visits after, if I am able to (healing is 4-6 weeks). But I will pop in to see your comments and to reply back to them. <3


Hello there! Welcome to another vlog post on Write with Fey. I sure hope you've been enjoying these videos.

This time, I am sharing a PowerPoint presentation that I recorded with audio. I presented this PowerPoint at a local writer's meeting and then at a writer's conference this past April (2019). I wanted to create a video after the wonderful response I got, so that I can share this for others who are thinking about starting a blog or have a blog and they need some ideas.

I hope it is helpful to you.

Enjoy!


Blogging for Writers: A PowerPoint Presentation

Length: 46:45

Monday, July 15

5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me / Vlog


Health Update: Healing from surgery. It may take me a while to return visits after, if I am able to (healing is 4-6 weeks). But I will pop in to see your comments and to reply back to them. <3


Thank you for coming to another vlog post on Write with Fey!

This time, I am sharing two fun videos. In the first, I am revealing 5 things you probably don't know about me. In the second, I am showing you 5 odd things you could find on my desk.

Enjoy!


5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

Length: 4:59

Wednesday, July 3

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 10 (No Stress) / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Health Update: I will be having surgery on July 11th (next Thursday) on my right ovary to have the cyst and endometriosis removed. They won't know the extent of things until they go in, but there's a possibility they may have to remove more. I'd appreciate prayers and good thoughts. Also, I have blog posts scheduled throughout the month, but it may take me a while to return visits after the 11th, if I am able to (healing is 4-6 weeks). But I will pop in to see your comments and to reply back to them. 


What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.

Monday, June 24

My Experience with Hurricanes + Reading / Vlog


Welcome to another vlog post on Write with Fey.

Hurricane season started on June 1st, so I thought it would be appropriate to share two videos I did for Hurricane Crimes. The first is about my experience with hurricanes. And the second is a short reading from Hurricane Crimes.

Enjoy!

My Experience with Hurricanes

Length: 12:12

Monday, June 17

My Writer's Backstory / Vlog + Tara Tyler's Windy Hollow Release Day!

Hi, everyone!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I have something different for you. I've been making and posting videos on my YouTube channel, and I just got the brilliant idea to post some of those videos directly on my blog as posts. *face palm* I will mix a few older fun or informative vlogs with new ones and try to put up vlog posts 2-3 times a month here on Write with Fey.

I've been trying to find some way to make blogging (for me) more fun. Ever since my worst case of depression a couple of years ago, blogging hasn't been the same for me. Then BAM! I got this idea (moments ago from typing this), and I think this may motivate me. I do really enjoy creating my YouTube videos, so this just may be the answer. Or, at least, a step.

ENJOY!

How I Started Writing 

Length: 5:59




How I Came Up with My Author Pen Name

Length: 4:27

Friday, June 14

(NEW RELEASE) The Missing Alphabet (A Gregory Green Adventure Series) by Elaine Kaye


Chrys Fey: Many of you know by now that my mom (Elaine Kaye) publishes picture books. Helping her do this has been so much fun. I love seeing the characters I grew up with finally coming out into the world for others (children and adults alike) to get to know.

You may have read about how the teddy bear in A Gregory Green Adventure Series is based after a Cabbage Patch Doll named Sammy. He was my brother's, but everyone loved him.

Wednesday, June 5

Bactine for Writer’s Burnout Part 9 (Patience) / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.



NEW RELEASE FROM MY MOM!!!

THE MISSING ALPHABET

A GREGORY GREEN ADVENTURE


The paper alphabet letters in Gregory Green’s classroom have gone missing, and it’s up to him and his friends to find those missing letters. They go on a hunt through the school, hoping to find them. They spot letters next to things that start with those letters, like B for Bananas in the cafeteria. But will they be able to find the entire alphabet?

The Missing Alphabet is a great story for children learning to associate letters with objects, and four activities throughout the book will further help children to get familiar with the alphabet. 


General Age Range - Kids 5-8 (Story Picture Book)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

PRINT: Amazon

Monday, May 20

Interview with Space Coast Book Lovers Event Planner, Teri Dees Edney



Teri Dees Edney is the marketing manager for author Robbie Cox, and she is also the much-loved and deeply-respected event planner for Space Coast Book Lovers, a unique and special experience for readers and authors that takes place on the Space Coast of FL every year in June. I have been an attending author (along with M.J. Fifield) since it's debut year (2017).

Welcome, Teri!


Wednesday, May 1

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 8 (Alternative Hobby) / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.


To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:

Monday, April 22

Rescuing Mara's Father by Diane Burton / Character Interview for Lukus



Today I am hosting Diane Burton for her Rescuing Mara's Father blog tour, and she is sharing a character interview for her character Lukus.

Welcome, Lukus (and Diane)!


Hi, Lukus! What is Rescuing Mara’s Father about?

Wednesday, April 3

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 7 (Don't Force Yourself) / IWSG + GIVEAWAY

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Sign up here: Insecure Writer’s Support Group


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ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm on Pinterest! Better late than never, eh? I tried to find many of you already. Follow me, I'll follow back. :)

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IWSG BOOK CLUB: 


Our book selection for April/May is: 

Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers by Lisa-Hall Wilson

Interested in learning how to write in deep point of view? Join us in reading our April/May selection!

Discussion Day will be on May 22. 

Join Us.


Monday, March 25

Meet the Muse / The Co-Parent Project by Sandra Dailey / Guest Post



Please help me to welcome Sandra Dailey, a fellow The Wilrd Rose Press author. She's sharing her newest release with us and talking about her muse.

Title: The Co-Parent Project
Author: Sandra Dailey
Genre: Sweet Romance
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Print and Digital

Buy Links:
Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2EmYPGj
Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2IrWA8V


Monday, March 18

Interview with Kim Mendoza, Cover Artist for the Disaster Crimes Series




Everyone, please help me to welcome Kim Mendoza, cover artist from The Wild Rose Press and the woman who had created all of the covers for the Disaster Crimes Series.

Welcome, Kim!

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1. How did you become a cover artist?

I was working in the chapel in the U.S. Army and had nothing to do day-in and day-out. Then the graphic designer quit to have a baby and I asked if I could take her job. That was my first exposure to graphic design, which I did as a career for fourteen years. Then, I published a book with TWRP (way back when it first began). At the time, there were only two artists and one of them was one of the owners. The company was growing so fast, and they needed more artists, so I applied and got the job.


Wednesday, March 6

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 6 (One Day at a Time) / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.
Sign up here: Insecure Writer’s Support Group


NOTE: I am one of Janice Hardy's part-time contributors for the year. I'll be contributing 4 guest posts to Fiction University. My first post is 6 Gadgets to Take to Your Next Book Event.


What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.


To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:

Monday, February 25

Meet the Muse / Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker / Guest Post


Please help me welcome Tonja Drecker to Write with Fey for her release Music Boxes! This story is wonderful. A real magical, mysterious adventure into the ballet world.

Music Boxes
By Tonja Drecker
Middle Grade Fantasy / Performing Arts
158 pages
Dancing Lemur Press
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Ages 9 to 12

ISBN-10: 1939844568
ISBN-13: 978-1939844569


Monday, February 18

Interview with Lori Graham, Editor of the Disaster Crimes Series



I am thrilled and honored to have my editor, Lori Graham, from The Wild Rose Press here today. She is the one who gave me a chance and brought me into the world of publishing when she saw something in Hurricane Crimes and offered me my first contract.

Welcome, Lori!


1. What’s your editing process?

An author submits a query along with a synopsis and the first five pages of the manuscript through our query email address. This query goes to the senior editor from the appropriate genre line for the initial review, and if appropriate, the query is assigned to an editor.  The initial review will look at whether or not the manuscript would be a good fit for our publishing house, both technically and subject matter.  There is a meeting then between that editor and the senior editor to decide upon a contract.  Once a manuscript is approved, there are several rounds of edits, and each editor has their own style with which they do this.  For me, I do an initial review editing everything that comes up which could involve pacing, point of view control, and plot issues as well as some punctuation, grammar, etc. With the second and subsequent edits, we go deeper into that polishing process.  The final edit looks at formatting, chapter length, etc.

Wednesday, February 6

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 5 (Free Your Mind with Walking) / IWSG + GIVEAWAY

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.
Sign up here: Insecure Writer’s Support Group


Health Update: The mass on my right ovary has shrunk a bit. We're keeping an eye on it, making sure it doesn't get bigger again, cause pain, or change characteristics. So far, so good. Thanks for your well wishes!


Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 5

Free Your Mind with Walking

Monday, January 21

Interview with Bill Nevitt, Audiobook Narrator for the Disaster Crimes Series


I am really excited to welcome Bill Nevitt to Write with Fey. Bill is the audiobook narrator of Seismic Crimes, Tsunami Crimes, and the-soon-to-be-released Flaming Crimes! His answers are fascinating and gives a neat perspective into the work of narrators.

Welcome, Bill!

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1. What equipment do you use and what’s your process from audition to finished product?

My equipment consists of a “Lexicon Omega” computer interface, Rode NT-1000 condenser mic and an Apple “iMac Pro” computer, 25” monitor.

Following the narration, I listen to the entire chapter, completing three steps:
A) ”Proofing” – confirming my narration matches the text of the book;
B) Editing – Confirming/adjusting the timing of the read, i.e. appropriate pauses, etc.
C) Mastering – noise reduction and volume adjustments to meet ACX’s standards


Wednesday, January 2

2018 (and 2017) Link Round Up / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.
Sign up here: Insecure Writer’s Support Group


UPDATE: In my December IWSG post, you might've seen a note I added about going to the ER. I went after experiencing severe pain in my abdomen that lasted a full 24-hours and didn't respond to pain meds. I found out that I have a 7cm mass (about three inches) on my right ovary. I've seen a specialist at a cancer institute. No one can say exactly what it is, but because of my age, the specialist doesn't believe it's cancer. (Side note: my paternal grandma died of ovarian cancer.) I have an appointment at the end of the month, but I'm going to call today to see if I can get in sooner due to uncomfortable, new symptoms. I'll update you all next month. Thanks for your well wishes!

UPDATE: After talking to the nurse, she bumped up my ultrasound to this Friday with a follow up on Tuesday to discuss the results and next steps.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I didn't do a "Best of Write with Fey 2018" post (which I usually do in December) because I didn’t post as much last year. I didn't even do one in 2017! But then I thought that someone might’ve missed a post that he/she could use right about now, so here’s my linky round up.

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