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Tuesday, July 14

Write a Letter to Your Fear / Except from Keep Writing with Fey



Below is an except from Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout, which is AVAILABLE TODAY!

BLURB:
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
· Writer's block
· Depression
· Writer's burnout
· What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
· Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.
BUY LINKS:
Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo

EXCERPT:
Write a Letter to Your Fear
I don’t know where I read about this practice, but I discovered it somewhere. Late July of 2014, I wrote a letter to Fear, as if it was a living, breathing being; and it is, it really is. In the letter I mentally donned boxing gloves to go one-on-one with my fear…my depression. The words I wrote are fighting words. I wanted my fear to know I was serious, that it wouldn’t beat me. Reading it back now, I believe myself, even if there was niggling doubt buried somewhere beneath the words when I penned them. My sentences are fierce, and I picture a strong woman writing them, although, at the time, I lived my days feeling small and insignificant.

Here’s my letter:
Fear,
You think you’re smarter than me? You think you can beat me? Well, I’ve got news for you. I have strengths you’ve never considered. Every time you give me a dose of poison, my body takes it in, and now I am immune to the fear you administer.
I’ve lived through a childhood riddled with fights.
I’ve lived through my half-brother’s abuse.
I’ve lived through the immense pain of spinal surgery.
I’ve lived through the period when I didn’t have a place to call home.
I’ve lived through the shame of not having a high school diploma.
I’ve lived through depression.
I’ve lived through betrayal.
I’ve lived through hopelessness.
I’ve lived through the ups and downs of being a writer.
I’ve lived…
And I will continue to live through my current hardships.
I’ll live through this poverty.
I’ll live through this stress.
I’ll live through it all.
You can throw more obstacles, more pain, more everything at me, but I’ll live through all of that, too. Just watch. Watch and see how you will fail miserably in your attempt to break me fully, forever. It won’t work. I won’t allow it.
I will not fear failure.
I will not fear being alone.
I will not fear publishing another book.
I will not fear YOU!
Because, you see, all the fear you have given me has made me infinitely stronger than I ever would’ve been without it. So, yes, I will live.
Sincerely,
Your Worst Enemy
Chrys Fey

Write your own letter to Fear. Start with a list of the hardships you’ve survived so far. Then look to your current hardships and make it clear to your Fear that you won’t let it beat you with those weapons. End your letter with statements about what you won’t fear anymore.
Keep that letter. Later, when you come across it again, you’ll see a strong person behind those words, stronger than you may feel while writing them, because we all have strength in us, even when we feel the most powerless. It’s in you at this very moment.

In my journal, there’s a note scribbled atop a page a few sheets beyond this letter which says, “I’ve learned to rely on myself, to pursue my dreams no matter what, and that what others do to me makes me stronger.”
What have you learned?

SHARE: What would you tell Fear?

Wednesday, July 1

Keep Writing with Fey is COMING! / IWSG


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


Keep Writing with Fey will release on July 14th! 

I have two opportunities for you if you'd like to help with my release.

1. Blog Hop

Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

Blog Hop Day: August 5th IWSG Day (I thought this would make it easier for participants of both hops.) NOTE: I will send you all the information about my book for the post 2 weeks before.

Sign up for the BLOG HOP here:


2. Book Blasts

If you can host me on your blog or post to Facebook, fill out the below Google form. The book blast will consist of the blurb, cover art, links, my bio, and author photo. No excerpt.

Sign up for a BOOK BLAST here:
Scroll down, fill in info, and click "submit."


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Here is the author's note and table of contents for you to get a feel for what you'll discover inside this book.

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo

AUTHOR’S NOTE

When I shared my story about depression and writer’s burnout, I received many emails, comments, and Facebook messages from other writers thanking me for my bravery and telling me about their own trials. That really put into perspective for me how many people suffer from depression and/or burnout in silence. I had no idea those individuals were impacted by these things, just as they hadn’t known that I was, because my outward presence to others was always happy and smiley and bright.

After the supportive response and upon realizing how many writers in my online circles were struggling, too, I wanted to do something to help. I was candid with my experiences and blogged about the things that assisted me through the rough times in the hope that it would aid others.

During this time, I recognized the need for writers to receive support, guidance, tips, reminders, and encouragement during their writer’s block, depression, and burnout. That’s how I got the idea for this book. A book not just about depression or only about writer’s block, but both, and much more.

Since you have picked up this book, that means you may need assistance with one or all of these areas, and I sincerely hope you find what you need here…that tiny spark to get you through whatever you are going through.

As always, keep writing.

Keep believing.

Keep dreaming.

Chrys Fey


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author's Note
Part One - Writer's Block
Spark One - What is Writer's Block?
Spark Two - Restrictive Writing Rules
Spark Three - Schedule Your Time
Spark Four - Shut Yourself Off
Spark Five - Social Media Wormhole
Spark Six - Free Day
Spark Seven - Seek Other Creative Outlets
Spark Eight - Break Down Your Goals
Spark Nine - Word Count Calendar with Stickers
Spark Ten - Plot It Out
Spark Eleven - Embrace Your Pace
Spark Twelve - Change Your Writing Atmosphere and Medium
Spark Thirteen - 10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas
Spark Fourteen - Natural Stress Relievers
Part Two - Depression
Spark Fifteen - The Frustrations of a Creative Life
Spark Sixteen - What is Depression?
Spark Seventeen - My Case of "Postpartum" Depression
Spark Eighteen - Naps
Spark Nineteen - Take Care of Yourself
Spark Twenty - Publishing Depression
Spark Twenty-one - Interpreting Dreams
Spark Twenty-two - Gratitude Journal
Spark Twenty-three - Happiness Jar
Spark Twenty-four - Reward Yourself for Submitting
Spark Twenty-five - Reward Your Rejections
Spark Twenty-six - Rejection: Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom
Spark Twenty-seven - Disability and Poverty Depression
Spark Twenty-eight - 100 Happy Days
Spark Twenty-nine - Discovery/Art Journal
Spark Thirty - Rock Bottom
Spark Thirty-one - Write a Letter to Your Fear
Spark Thirty-two - Negative and Positive
Spark Thirty-three - Vision Board
Spark Thirty-four - Disappointing Sales
Spark Thirty-five - Review Your Depression
Spark Thirty-six - Get a Dammit!® Doll
Spark Thirty-seven - Say This to Yourself
Spark Thirty-eight - A Double Blow
Spark Thirty-nine - Remove Trigger People
Spark Forty - Reading to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-one - Nature to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-two - HappyLight™
Spark Forty-three - Mood Tracking App
Spark Forty-four - Blogging to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-five - Social Media Depression
Part Three - Writer's Burnout
Spark Forty-six - What is Writer's Burnout?
Spark Forty-seven - Speak
Spark Forty-eight - Write About Yourself
Spark Forty-nine - Join a Writers' Group
Spark Fifty - Writing in the Morning or Before Bed
Spark Fifty-one - Free Your Mind with Walking
Spark Fifty-two - Be an Artist when You're Not Writing
Spark Fifty-three - Fictionalize Non-Fiction
Spark Fifty-four - One Day at a Time
Spark Fifty-five - Don't Force Yourself
Spark Fifty-six - Alternative Hobby
Spark Fifty-seven - Patience
Spark Fifty-eight - The Power of Nano
Spark Fifty-nine - No Stress
Spark Sixty - Should You Keep Writing?
Spark Sixty-one - Should You Stop Writing?
Part Four - To Be a Writer, You Don't Need...
Spark Sixty-two- A Literature Degree
Spark Sixty-three - Money
Spark Sixty-four - A Support System at Home
Spark Sixty-five - A Laptop
Spark Sixty-six - Love
Spark Sixty-seven - An Interesting Life
Spark Sixty-eight - An Office or Desk
Spark Sixty-nine - A Home
Spark Seventy - To Be a Good Speller or Vocabulary Wiz
Spark Seventy-one - To Be Young
Spark Seventy-two - To Be an Adult
Spark Seventy-three - A Mentor
Part Five - Creativity Boosts
Spark Seventy-four - Your Power Element
Spark Seventy-five - Color Therapy
Spark Seventy-six - Aromatherapy 
Spark Seventy-seven - Feng Shui
Spark Seventy-eight - Crystals
Spark Seventy-nine - Write Down Your Dreams
Spark Eighty - Brain Power
Spark Eighty-one - Get Back to You
Dear Reader - Best Wishes
Depression and Suicide Resources

QUESTION: Do you suffer from writer's block, depression, and/or burnout? Have you?

Monday, June 15

Bad Things Must Happen / Vlog + LOST HELIX by Scott Coon


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I talk about how bad things must happen to our characters.

Enjoy!

Bad Things Must Happen


Length: 3:44


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

QUESTIONS: Do you put your characters through hardships and have bad things happen to them?


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    A unique and exciting new release from Dancing Lemur Press...

Lost Helix
By Scott Coon

Lost Helix is the key…



Stuck on an asteroid mining facility, DJ dreams of writing music. His dad is a corporate hacker and his best friend Paul intends to escape to become a settler in a planet-wide land rush, but neither interests DJ.

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's song Lost Helix. Caught in a crossfire of lies, DJ must find his father and the mother he never knew.

When the mining company sends Agent Coreman after DJ and his guitar, DJ and Paul escape the facility and make a run for civilization. Will DJ discover the truth before Coreman catches him?

Release Sate: June 2, 2020
Pages: 268
Genres: Science Fiction – Action & Adventure
Crime & Mystery
YA Science Fiction


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Scott Coon has enjoyed success as a science fiction short story writer, winning accolades and publishing over a dozen works in various magazines. Formally a U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst and currently a software developer, Scott brings his technical experience into his work, along with a sense of spectacle.




Wednesday, June 3

Meet the Flutters from BAD FAIRY by Elaine Kaye / IWSG


PLEASE HELP ME TO WELCOME MY MOM, ELAINE KAYE, FOR HER DEBUT MIDDLE GRADE BOOK BAD FAIRY!

AVAILABLE TODAY!

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

BUY LINKS:

MEET THE FLUTTERS:


Thistle
Flutter Club Role – President
School – Level A (Average)
Nickname – Bad Fairy
Favorite Color – All shades of red, including pinks
Favorite Food – Cabbage patch stew
Personality – Spunky, tough, likes to pay back Dusty and Moss when they pick on her
Dislikes – RULES and BULLIES



Lilly
Flutter Club Role – Vice President
School – Level A (Average)
Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite Food – Blueberries
Personality – Sweet but no pushover
Dislikes – when Dusty and Moss play tricks on her best friend







Weedy
Flutter Cub Role – Active Member
School – Level A (Average)
Favorite Color – Dark green
Favorite Food – Dill
Personality – Prickly, sometimes rude, not afraid to say what’s on her mind
Dislikes – Drama queens and beauty queens.





Clover
Flutter Club Role – Active Member
School – Level A (Average)
Favorite Color – Pale green
Favorite Food – Clover flowers
Personality – likes to be in the spotlight and thinks she’s the leader
Dislikes – being told what to do and when Rose trades clover flowers with Lacey




Rose
Flutter Club Role – Active Member
School – Level A (Average)
Favorite Color – Pink
Favorite Food – Artichokes
Personality – sweetheart, shy, and is passionate towards other’s feelings
Dislikes – clover flowers and being left out






Lacey
Flutter Club Role – New Member
School – Level A (Average)
Favorite Color – Silver
Favorite Food – Clover flowers
Personality – nice to everyone, fashionista, and smart as a whip
Dislikes – getting rainwater on her wings





FLUTTER CLUB HELPERS:


EXCERPT:

     “Where have you been?” Clover asks when I fly in.
     Standing in front of the four Flutter members, I answer. “I’ll tell you later. We need to get down to business. Lacey wants to join our club. Should we let her?” I look at each member for some kind of response.
     “She’s a whiner,” Weedy says. “All she does is complain. If her wings get a little bit wet, it’s the end of the world to her. She says rainwater will dry them out and they won’t shine anymore. How pathetic is that?”
     Weedy never has a problem saying what’s on her mind. She’s a lot like Clover, but Clover is a little easier to get along with. Clover has chestnut-brown hair and gray eyes, whereas Weedy has short-cropped black hair and green eyes. And she always wears green, making her look like a real weed, especially if her hair is windblown.
     Rose speaks up. “Well, I like her. She’s always nice to me. She even trades her spinach and artichoke salad for my bag of clover flowers.”
     Rose is the sweetheart of the bunch, shy and extremely passionate toward other’s feelings. Rose is curvy and short with red, frizzy hair and hazel eyes. One reason I like her is she mostly votes the same way I usually do, the opposite way from the others.
     Clover glares at Rose. “Why don’t you ever swap lunch with me? You know how much I love clover flowers.” She pouts.
     “Because you don’t eat artichoke salads,” Rose says.
“I hope you choke on an artichoke,” Clover snaps with a fling of her hair.
     This has gone too far. “Girls! ‘A Flutter can never threaten another Flutter.’ That is rule number two. And what is rule number one?”
     “‘Love your fellow Flutter,”’ Clover mutters.
     “And Rose? What is rule number three?”
     “‘Consider your fellow Flutters’ feelings,’” Rose quotes. She walks over to Clover. “I apologize.”
I elbow Clover.
“Me too,” Clover mumbles.


GIVEAWAY:

3 Signed Paperback Picture Books –
Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, The Missing Alphabet



Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time

LINK: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/76132e0220/?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Bad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.



Thank you for sharing the Flutters with us, Mom. <3

Please leave a comment for Elaine Kaye. :)


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


Monday, May 18

Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In the first video, I reveal why I wrote a prequel for 30 Seconds.

In the second video, I give a reading of 30 Seconds Before.

Enjoy!


Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds?


Length: 5:09


30 Seconds Before Reading


Length: 5:20


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

QUESTIONS: Do you read prequels? Have you ever written a prequel?



Friday, May 15

Three Real Life Vampires / Guest Post by Patricia Josephine / A Quick Bite


Are you hungry for A Quick Bite? ;) Please help me to welcome back to my blog PATRICIA JOSEPHINE/LYNNE!


BLURB:

Vampires.

Werewolves.

Zombies.

These monsters tickle our imagination.

Sink your teeth into a collection of tales about paranormal creatures that go bump in the night. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to give you a quick bite no matter how busy your day is.

Are you hungry?

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://mybook.to/aquickbite

 

 Three Real Life Vampires (or so they say.)


Tales of vampires have fascinated humanity for centuries. Sometimes they are monsters, and other times, they are sexy, sparkling heroes. While most stories are complete fiction, here are three cases of so-called real vampires.

Mercy Brown

Mercy Brown was a young woman who lived in New England around the 1900s. Disease spread to her family and the locals got the idea that that meant she was a vampire. After she died, her body was dug up to make sure she wasn’t a vampire. Her body hadn’t decomposed and they found fresh blood in her system, leading them to the conclusion that she was a vampire. They cut out her heart and burned, putting the ashes in a drink which was fed to her brother. They believed it would save him since he was sick. Sadly, it didn’t work.

Fritz Haarmann, The Vampire of Hanover

Fritz Haarmann was a German serial killer in the early 1900s. His method of killing was to bite the neck of his victims so they bled to death. That led to rumors of a real vampire prowling for victims. Of course, alleged cases of real vampires weren’t uncommon then, but they were usually baseless. Fritz Haarmann was eventually captures and executed.

Arnold Paole

Arnold Paole was a Serbian man who feel to his death in the early 18th century. A sad tragedy, but the story became remarkable because afterwards, local villagers stated he had become a vampire. Their proof: 16 villagers had died recently. His body was due up to be examined. They found no decomposition and claimed to have seen fresh blood on his lips. So they staked the body.

Source Link Vampires: http://eskify.com/10-alleged-cases-of-real-vampires/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

Social Media Links:
Website - https://www.patriciajosephine.com
Patreon - http://bit.ly/2sHZ3Vr
Twitter - https://twitter.com/pattyauthor07
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pattyauthor07
Newsletter - http://bit.ly/2qOsvbm
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine
Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UH7GAK0
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/patriciajosephine


Thank you for sharing A Quick Bite with us, Patricia! Please leave her a comment. :)

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