Onward and Upward!

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2017 was an interesting year for me to say the least, but I’m actually looking forward to 2018. My birthday was yesterday, and I turned 27. I don’t feel it or look it, but I know I’ll be at a better place soon mentally. I graduate in December which means my time at VCU is almost up. I finally got someone to narrate my book Tales From Behind the Counter, and I’ll post when it’s done. I’m trying to finish AngelWitch at least, and all I need to do is write her last two weeks then the rough draft is done. It’s been a wild ride since this semester at VCU we are working with CBS 6, and come the elections I’ll be working in the newsroom. I’ve also given more thought of what I want to do. I’ve been working retail during the weekends, and going to school. It’s left me in a rut in a way. After school I’ll need to start looking for a new job in the field I want. I’ve been getting tired of retail too, and it’s the same old, same old thing. People complain over the stupidest stuff, and are rude too. It’s all been there, done that, and I’m ready for a change. Also been doing a ton of book buying and game playing too. It’s just been a finish school and get my degree then come up with the next steps. Also, save up money for editing my books and cover art. That is all I need to afford anyway since I have Vellum to format my books. Best money I’ve ever spent. In the meantime I’m working on books and writing stories as a journalist in the IPad Journal project at VCU.

Link to one of the articles: http://wtvr.com/2017/10/20/northam-supporters-pack-convention-center-to-see-obama/

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

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We’re In This Together: Celebrating Writers Who Persevere!

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perseveranceToday I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!

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Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

Writers helping writersIf so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere.  Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!

If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!).

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca

To Buy The Emotional Wound Thesaurus Click Here!

 

School and Getting Snowed in…

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School has finally started, and I’m happy about that since it means I have a year tops at VCU. I will be graduating in Spring 2017. It feels awesome to almost be done with school. I was hit with snow this past weekend, and it hit us with at least 15 inches. The most we’ve ever seen in a while. I’m pretty much stuck since my car is covered in snow. I’ve also been out of work the past three days since I can’t even get out of my street. I’m taking Graphics for Journalism, Writing for web and Print, Intro to Broadcast Writing, and Audio and Video Journalism. I have to say I love it so far, and my writing will change a long with the quality of my Youtube videos and my Blog. I can even learn how to create newsletters which will be helpful. I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing though. I’ve been working on my journalism homework.
I’ve also been doing research on Audiobooks as well, and instead of getting someone else to do the narration I want to do it myself. Of course, I’m also experimenting with software for it like using Garageband from my MacBook Pro. I’ll write a blog post about the process as well and tell people about my experiences with it. I took some time to clean up my room, and gathered up all my work notebooks to use in future stories. I’m still waiting to hear back from a reader about Scarlet book 1 then I’ll revise accordingly. It might be ready in 3 or 4 months give or take. It’s expensive to publish hence why that will be a topic for another post. Even a Youtube video can be made about it. I want to write some stories to include in anthologies like shorts or novellas. I write all kinds of stories so it’s fun. I just wanted to do a quick update before I work on a few of my stories. I plan on making a notebook with all the rituals in my worlds, and maybe read a few books on the way. I hope you guys are safe.

Are you stuck in the house like I am? What are you doing to pass the time?

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

News and Updates!

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School is starting Thursday, and I’ll be part of VCU’s Ipad Journal project which will be exciting. I’ll be help cover the election, and in December I will be graduating VCU with a Bachelors in Mass Communication for Print/Online Journalism.

As for book news I hope to republish The Killer Contract Agency soon, and in the meantime working on finishing the rough draft of AngelWitch. The summer was kind of boring since I spent most of it working and/or depressed. Now it’s a different story and I’ll be ready to tackle my last semester. I’ll be posting the links to my journalism stories on the Journalism tab of my website. It will be interesting too!

 

Until next time,

Jess

The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

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That is interesting, and I love seeing behind the scenes!

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

As I writer, I’m always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I’ve read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don’t feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning writing, starting at six, and even Stephen King’s excellent thoughts in On Writing are a bit daunting:

“Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule–in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk–exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.”

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More Endings…

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I got some interesting news Write More Publications is closing, and after July 1st my book The Killer Contract Agency will be unpublished. The rights will revert back to me, and I can redo the cover and republish it myself. Life can just catch you off guard, and I just released another book too. After this I’ll just focus on myself, school and writing. I’ll be graduating soon, and then who knows, but I would figure I would write an update. I do use real life in my stories, and the events that happened will go in Fur and Fang of Love. I have my writing and books and that is all I need!

 

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Tales Behind the Counter is out for Kindle!

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My book is finally out in Kindle form, but the paperback had issues since I wanted to use colored because I designed a pretty blue chapter heading, but it didn’t show up on the print one. It’s being reviewed and the minimum price was 40.63…nope too much. As soon as it’s done being reviewed I’m changing it to black and white. Then after it’s reviewed I can order my proof in the meantime here is the Kindle version for $0.99 just for 5 days, and then it will be going up to $2.99.

 

Description:

If you think the customer is always right, you’ve never worked at a place like Kyle’s before.

Angeline has seen it all–crazy, stupid, and even mean. For the last five years, customers have tormented her daily in over five departments at her workplace, Kyle’s General Store. In one chapter, she gives advice on surviving retail and shares her biggest pet peeves in the departments she has worked in. Join Angeline down memory lane as she tells her stories about crazy customers and the downright stupid questions they ask.

 

http://amzn.to/2rZYiVb

 

I’ve also put it in Kindle Select, and it’s free if you have a kindle unlimited version.

 

I’ll keep you posted on the paper back version!

 

Until next time,

 

Wolfdreamer25