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




5 Odd Things You Can Find on My Desk

Length: 3:14



Total Length for Both Videos: 8:13

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: What are 5 odd things on your desk?

SHARE: 5 things I probably don't know about you.


Thanks for watching!


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.


To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:
Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 9 (Patience) - Tips 22 - 24


More Tips to Help You START Reversing Writer’s Burnout:

None of the tips above will help you, truly help you, unless you eliminate stress from your life.

The number one cause of burnout is doing too much too quickly.

You can prevent burnout by eliminating stress or accepting help now. And you can do the same to heal yourself if you are currently burned out.


MY STORY:

In 2017, when I was immersed in depression and burned out, I evaluated my responsibilities and made the decision to step back from a couple of duties that took up too much of my time and effort, heightened my stress levels, and were no longer making me happy. I knew the decision was right the moment I made up my mind because I felt lighter without those stressors weighing me down. And I have never regretted my decisions.

Questions to ask yourself:

-      What causes me the most stress?
-      Do all of my “jobs” still bring me joy?
-      Are there people in my life who make me feel unappreciated?
-      Does one of my responsibilities bring me unwanted drama?
-      Where am I overworked?
-      What takes up most of my time and effort with little or no reward?

Now ask yourself:

-      Where can I ask for help?
-      Where can I take a step back?


BACTINE #25: Juggle Less

If you have too many balls in the air and are struggling to juggle them all, give yourself permission to drop one or two of those balls. When you do, your tempo will be renewed and you will be able to juggle with ease.

BACTINE #26: Divide and Conquer 

If you have too much on your plate, divide a couple of those larger portions in half and offer one half to someone else you trust. Or delegate a couple of small portions to another. Do you have a partner? Can you hire a virtual assistant? What about a supportive friend or family member?


If something doesn’t make you happy anymore, imagine your happiness once you shed that responsibility. If you dread something, it’s not meant to be.

Really evaluate your answers to the questions above, meditate on them if you need to, trust yourself, and do what you need to do for you, your health, and your writing.


I think this is my last Bactine post for Writer’s Burnout.


QUESTIONS: How stressed out are you on a scale of 1 to 10? Have any of my posts helped you? I hope so. :)

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




Hurricane Crimes Reading

Length: 9:26



Total Length for Both Videos: 20:38


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.

SHARE: Tell me about your experience with hurricanes/tropical storms or even a severe thunderstorm.


Thanks for watching!

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




The Story Behind My Author Tagline

Length: 5:44




Total Length for All 3 Videos:

16:10


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 did you start writing?


Thanks for watching!


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TARA TYLER WINDY HOLLOW RELEASE DAY!!!!


WINDY HOLLOW
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
Available NOW!

In BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their school, blowing up all the rules, and discover their origins.

Then they go to CRADLE ROCK and meet some real live humans, scaring them into attack mode. The Beasts realize they have to spread the truth ASAP.

Now, school's out, and Gabe is ready for a break from all the drama...

Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!


Author Bio

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

How to find:
twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks
newsletter: tara tyler news


Please leave Tara some love!


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.

Just to embarrass myself (and a sibling or two), I decided to share some photos to celebrate the release of The Missing Alphabet.

My brother sleeping with Sammy the Cabbage Patch Doll.

And this is me having my turn with Sammy.

Sammy the Cabbage Patch Doll is quite old. Over the years, he lost his head. Literally. His head fell right off! And his body, which had been repaired a few times when it got rips, was covered in stains. Last year for Christmas, my mom and I rebuilt Sammy a new body and presented him to my brother, who has a son of his own now. The doll still has a cracked nose, but otherwise is as good as new.

Sammy before his full-body transplant.

Sammy after his full-body transplant. He didn't like be nakey. lol

Since Sammy the Cabbage Patch Doll was put away for years, just before Christmas, Sammy the Teddy Bear finally got to meet him!

The two Sammys!
Sammy is reading Pea Soup Disaster to Sammy!


NEW RELEASE FROM ELAINE KAYE:

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 


A GREGORY GREEN ADVENTURE SERIES:


“Bullying is not fun and, with colorful illustrations and interesting characters, the author handles the topic in a simple manner, giving a clear message about how the color of one's skin is not important." - Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo



“Tutors and educators can use it in classrooms and school libraries for read aloud sessions.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo
PRINT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble 





“This is a perfect story for children and it will make them imagine, dream, and become adventurous. The illustrations are whimsical and they bring out the spookiness and eeriness of the adventure.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo



About the Author: Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram / Facebook



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

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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:


More Tips to Help You START Reversing Writer’s Burnout:


If you’re worried that you may never write again, you’re actually in a good place.

Why do I say that?

Because it means you’re a true writer; dedicated, passionate. Writing is in your blood. You’ll do what you need to do to get back to it, such as morning pages and writer’s meetings, but are you doing the most important thing of all? Are you being patient?

When you’re dealing with burnout, you have to be patient with yourself. I know that’s not exactly advice many writers in this situation want to hear. Believe me. I’m an Aries. We’re notorious for being impatient, but it’s important to give yourself this.

BACTINE #22: Be patient with yourself.

Don't stare at your computer, unable to form a sentence and beat yourself up for it. Or sit on your couch, wrapped in guilt and frustration because you can’t even get to your desk and turn on your preferred writing device.


MY STORY:

When I was deep in my burnout, I had to learn to be patient. I read books, watched movies and TV shows, and looked to express my creativity in other ways, such as through photography and exploring nature. And I never gave up knowing that I would write again someday. I just had to be patient.

Then, one day, I got an idea for a novella inspired by an event that shook up the romance writing world last year. And I wrote that novella in two weeks. Another idea came while watching reruns of a Disney show I had enjoyed when I was younger. Suddenly, I was writing again and feeling like a writer. At the time, I still wasn’t writing the final book of the Disaster Crimes series, but that no longer mattered. (For too long I kept telling myself that I should be writing Frozen Crimes, and that weighed on me too much, disabling me even more.)


BACTINE #23: Relax.

BACTINE #24: Explore.

If you start to feel impatient, go for a walk, write in your journal, visit your local library and stroll the aisles admiring the book titles you read, the covers you see, and the blurbs of the novels that intrigue you with their titles and covers. Re-immerse yourself in the smaller things you love that have to do with being an author.

But don’t tune out. Something will spark an idea in you again and reinvigorate your desire to write. You just have to be open to it.

You know those Open Heart necklaces designed by Jane Seymour? “An open heart will let love in.” It’s like that. You have to open your mind to the possibility of story ideas and writing passion by being present and aware of the world around you.

Patience is key. You will write again, when you’re meant to.

Believe that and be open.


Another Bactine post for Writer’s Burnout coming soon!


QUESTION: Are you an impatient person or does patience come easily?


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!


1. In your own words, what is Space Coast Book Lovers?

Space Coast Book Lovers is the must-attend event of the year for readers who want to meet with authors of all genres, connect with other like-minded readers, and have access to tons of books. It is a very fun book lover centric weekend!


2. The first Space Coast Book Lovers event took place in Cocoa Beach, June 2017. It was my first book event ever, and it was great. What made you want to (maybe ‘possessed you’ is a better way to phrase that? lol) create a book event like this?

In 2013, we went head first into the book world with Robbie Cox’s first release, Reaping the Harvest. Through that I started planning his marketing and book tours. After attending several events the same size or bigger than SCBL, I would leave thinking this is something needed on the Space Coast. After several family discussions on the commitment it would take and if we were up for it, we started planning #SCBL2017. It took us two years to plan the first event.


3. Did you fashion SCBL after any other book events/cons? Which ones inspired you (for the good or as what not to do)?

I think we took the basic con foundation that was in place for most of the multi-day events – meet & greet, book signing, after party; however, I would like to think that SCBL is unique in that we focus on both the author and the readers to ensure that both are getting the ultimate experience. Our goal is to always create a memorable connection between the featured authors and the attendees and everyone have fun while doing it.


4. Tell us about SCBL 2019. What do you have in the works for readers to enjoy?

#SCBL2019 we are launching our very first BOOKnique Adventures. Because not every reader is the same, we have created 15 unique reader experiences that are hosted by featured authors. Each premium ticket holder is able to pick three experiences to attend on Friday. They range from a tea party, painting with mimosa, making jewelry, learning to line dance, and many more exciting choices. This is one additional opportunity for the readers to connect with the authors and have fun doing it.


5. At SCBL 2019, there will be workshops for authors, too. Can you share the schedule with us?

Of course, we have several workshops that will be going on during the Friday morning session of the event. The schedule focuses on the latest trends and ideas that are out there. These sessions are for both entry level and experienced level authors. If you would like to see the breakdown of the schedule, you can visit our website to get the details.



6. Let’s talk tickets! How can readers get a ticket, what kind of tickets are available, and do readers need to have a “free ticket” to get in the day of the signing?

We have three reader tickets:

Book Work Reader Ticket is a FREE ticket that allows the reader to attend the book signing on Saturday, June 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm. By letting us know they are coming they will receive a #SCBL2019 Tote bag with some exciting swag from our attending authors. It is not required that you have a ticket but recommended to ensure access to the event, should we reach capacity.

Book Lover Reader Ticket is a $30 ticket that entitles the reader to the Early VIP entrance on Saturday, June 29th. This allows them to visit with the authors prior to the general admission entrance into the event. They are also invited to attend the after party on Saturday night. This ticket also receives a special #SCBL2019 event tote put together especially for the VIP attendees.

Book Fanatic Reader Ticket is a premium ticket that cost $85. The gives access to everything the Book Lover ticket offers on Saturday; however, in addition, they are given access to the Meet & Greet on Thursday and all the events on Friday, including the BOOKnique sessions.

You can get tickets by visiting https://www.spacecoastbooklovers.com/2019-tickets.

80 authors attending this year, which includes me, my mom (Elaine Kaye), and M.J. Fifield!

7.
What would you tell authors who are interested in possibly attending next year’s event to convince them to become a featured author for SCBL 2020?

I would encourage them to attend #SCBL2019 as an attendee to get the feel of the event and fill out the interest form for #SCBL2020. Attending gives you a great opportunity for networking, socializing, and breaking the ice in meeting readers.

2020 Author Interest/Wait List: https://goo.gl/forms/JtasOFbps5UhuQbT2


8. What are your hopes for SCBL in the future?

We’ve already started planning #SCBL2020 and are excited about what is to come. I would share, but it would spoil the surprise for the August announcements. Join our attendee group to make sure that you do not miss out.



Teri our fearless event planner.

Space Coast Book Lovers' Links:



Thank you, Teri, for all you do and for answering these questions. See you at #SCBL2019!

Please leave Teri a comment.

What do you think of SCBL?


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:

Sometimes, the best thing we can do is not write, to not even try to write. Yes, I said it. As I mentioned before, trying to write can make things worse, especially if you apply force. And there are times when we really do need to put our time, creativity, and soul into something unrelated to writing.

BACTINE #20: Find an alternative hobby.

That’s why, when you’re burned out or blocked, I strongly suggest you invest your time and creativity in another hobby.

I understand that many writers only have writing as a hobby, and I encourage them to find another outlet. Dig deep.

What else interests you? Surely there is something. Even the tiniest fragment of interest can expand into an activity that can fill your creativity need when you’re struggling with writing.

What have you once thought would be fun to do? Or you’d do if you had more time?
Well, it’s time to start doing it!

It can be anything, too.

- Photography
- Fashion Design
- Scrapbooking
- Gardening
- Baking/Cooking
- Painting/Sketching
- Calligraphy
- Origami
- Yo-yoing
- Gaming
- Yoga
- Cross-stitch/Knitting/Crocheting/Quilting
- Hooping
- Axe Throwing

Anything!

You don’t have to be a pro, either. You just have to enjoy it.

We can all use more hobbies. Why? Because hobbies relax us and fill us with joy, and we need that. We need something to relieve our stress. We need something to sink into outside of our stories’ worlds. And when we spend time with a hobby that’s not writing-related, we are opening ourselves to sparks of inspiration. While you’re scrapbooking or gardening, an idea can pop into your head on how to fix the plot you were stuck on or a character that wasn’t turning out right.


BACTINE #21: Try another form of writing.

Maybe writing is the only hobby you want to do. Well, then I suggest trying another outlet for writing other than fiction writing, or even non-fiction writing, such a poetry or song-lyric writing. These two forms of writing offer a sense of freedom that writing a book may not. They also up the caliber artistic-wise. Writing a poem or song can engage a different part of your creativity, inspire you, and invigorate you, possibly even motivate you to get back to work on your book.

Write poems/songs about anything.

I’ve written songs about events that have happened in my stories, about my characters, and their love stories.

You can write poems/songs inspired by your characters and the plot events in your story, too, as a way to stay in the game while also exploring another creative outlet.



Another Bactine post for Writer’s Burnout coming soon!



QUESTIONS: What hobby do you want to pick up? And I know the IWSG asked this earlier this year, but what other hobbies (creative outlets) do you have other than writing? You can share your answers here. :)

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