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?


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