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!

 

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Ebooks VS Real Books:

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I love to read both. I love ebooks and real books. They are all forms of reading and they both take you to other places. There are pros and cons to both which is what I’m going to talk about in this post. I might even do a video of it too.

Ebooks:
You can carry more of them then real books on an EReader
You can read them on your cell phone, Ipad, iPod, PC or Mac.
They can be read in the dark, and with a real book you can’t unless you had a light.
It does run on batteries though so you have to keep it charged or it could shut down at an important part.
You can highlight notes with your finger.
When you read on your smart phone no one knows what you are doing. You could be checking a text or reading a book. Playing a game and no one has to know you are reading 50 shades of Gray on your phone.
You can take your whole Kindle or Nook library with you, and you don’t have to lug it around,
They can be cheaper then real books too.
You can’t drop them though since it’s your Ereader.
You can’t touch the covers or smell the pages like real books.
Authors can’t sign it unless they use AuthorGraph or a PDF File.
For an avid reader it comes in handy at the beach, but don’t get sand or water on it.
It’s so handy to have when you are easily bored at family meetings or waiting in line.
There is a glare on the screen when you read it in the sun.
You can change the font and size of the text.
You can change it to off white, sepia or black and white.
You can load PDFs to your E-reader.
Delivery for ebooks are immediate on release days. You don’t have to worry about them running out of ebooks like you do paper backs or hard backs. There is no hey your book will be delivered in a few days if you order it online. Ebooks can cause eye strain when looking at a screen for too long. There are pros and cons to both.

Books:
You can pick them up. You can feel them as you flip through the pages. They can be hard and soft backs. You can read them in the back or on the beach. Try not to get the pages wet. You can feel their covers and see how stunning they are. You can also smell them and pet them. They are fun to discover at book stores. They never run out of batteries. They can be easy to open and read while sitting down. It’s not hard to sit and read with an Ipad. You can lay down while reading a book or ebook. They can be more expensive then ebooks. They have nice chapter headings. Some are beautifully formatted. When you go to a book store to read books you can get lost reading the titles and picking them up. For real books like textbooks you can highlight the words and write on them. Authors can sign the front of them. You can drop them and they wont break. People do write them.

They are both good options to have, and you can read them everywhere. They both offer an escape from daily life. Whatever the format it’s used to escape into a world the author created. Those are my thought on both.

What is your favorite ebooks or real books? Why?
Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

New Ideas Abound….

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The one good thing about publishing yourself is the ability of control. I know I’ve been bad lately over finishing projects I start them and stop them just as quickly. There is no deadline by a publisher, and sometimes it rocks since I can decide what I want to write, and when I want to finish it. The thing that has been going through my head lately is to write a few non fiction books, and one will be about my experiences working retail. I can write about what to expect, how to not treat people, the ways you can piss off a cashier, and even tell people some real life stories about what actually happened to me. There are a few complaints I’ve dealt with in the past 4 years. Not many since I try to be nice when I can. I’ve made the most screw ups the first year of retail. I didn’t know what to expect and I learned as I go. It’s something I want to do because not many people starting know what to expect, and it will be a fun guide too.
I also wanted to make a guide on self-publishing like I did and how I got my publisher too. I’m still learning though, and it was a fun process. You never realize how much work something is until you experience it yourself there are also a ton of books out there on it. I’ve read a lot and I will definitely review the best ones on my blog. I also have a ton of writing books to read, and I learn something new each time I read one. Reading books like that is good for the mind since it keeps you going. I’ve learned the importance of networking and how word of mouth happens. People are really more likely to buy your book if they know you. Networking with other authors works as well, and it helps if you have a team so they can guide you through the process. I’ve been on this road for 5 years, and I’m still learning more as I go along.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Bye 2014 Hello 2015

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Yet another year comes to a close, and I find myself thinking about the events of this past year. It has been a wild ride for me since the summer was one of the hardest summers I’ve had in a while. However, I did publish an ebook. I also took a chance dating someone new, and it worked out for the best since he is moving in at the end of April. I’ve lost people who were not good for me, and I’m finally in a relationship that makes me happy. I love him, and it’s been a few years since I’ve been this happy. I’m finishing the last semester of basic classes before taking ones in my field. The next year I will be taking strictly major and minor classes. I love it! Journalism classes this semester. I can’t wait to get back into it. I also have my goals already for the 2015 year which is to finish the four projects I need to get done maybe 6. I also will try to publish a paperback and audio books as well. I want to read more fiction and non fiction books and review them on my blog. I really should blog more because I’ve been bad about updating the blog. I hope I can do them all, and thanks for being there through everything.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Life and Ways to get over Heartbreak:

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I finally got over the past completely yesterday. That is a huge accomplishment for me considering I used to torture myself over what could have happened, or what I should have done when I should be moving on. I should be focusing on the now like I am going to graduate in May then go to VCU. I will have an Associates and then go to VCU to get a Bachelors in Mass Communications in Journalism. It is exciting that I am graduating after 4 years. Of course there is still the planning to be done for next year like turning in my application. I am taking an Improvisation 1, Introduction to Theater, College Algebra, and a Stress and Stress Management course. I am still working on Killer Edits, Retail edits, and then making a paperback which I want to have done by next Fall or earlier.

I have to tell people that everyone goes through heartbreak, and when it comes to their first loves it is hard to get over it at first. I just recently got over all the times I was hurt period because of friends, exboyfriends you name it. I have been in a relationship for 3 years! Let me tell you the second time is better then the first since you now know what to expect.

Here are ten tips to dealing with heartbreak:

  1. Admit it is over and done with.
  2. Curse the guy or girl just let it out nothing is worse then holding it all in.
  3. Chocolate believe me your body will thank you.
  4. Exercise by running while listening to music.
  5. Get rid of everything they gave you because if you don’t then feelings will remain forcing you to not get over it as quickly.
  6. Don’t contact them because nothing makes things worse then trying to convince them to stay with you. I did that, and it hurt more then him punching me in the gut.
  7. Keep busy, hang with friends, and go to the mall. It gets you out of the house and makes you realize there is more fish in the sea.
  8. Take your time and let yourself feel things before moving on.
  9. It may hurt at first when you know they are married with a kid on the way in the future, but when you have someone better then them in every way. Well, you will not really care because there is a reason why you guys did not work out.
  10. If the relationship did not work out then it was not meant to be, and there is someone out there better for you to be with in the future. Good things maybe right around the corner.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Thoughts on the road….

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I have work and school to deal with now, and it is a ton of work added onto my schedule. I have been writing in spurts and focusing on three projects too. I have been focusing on making Karma Turns on the Wicked better. I have been planning and writing Astral Witch and Witches and Psychic Vampires Oh my! Too. Things like television shows and movies have been getting in the way of me finishing them. I still have a ways to go through both stories. I just have to find the time to work on them even if I have a ton going on. I planned out the details for one of the stories that I cannot wait to play with, and a part of the reason why I delay is because a person said I am an amateur, I cuss too much, I have too much against certain things, and I should find a real job.

What they do not know is that I could not stop even if I tried. I really do not care about their opinion anyway because they are suggesting something stupid anyway. I cannot stop writing since it is like breathing how can I stop. A ton of opportunities opened thanks to writing like being techno savvy because of it. This post is more of a mix of the things going on I guess. Once I get used to school again I will be blogging more, and I am halfway done with The Productive Writer too which means I can write a review of it.

I set up an official website too and you can find the link here: https://jessicasamuelsauthor.wordpress.com/.

I have even set up another blog so I can review writing related books and magazines. I will be doing ebooks too the link is here:  http://wolfdreamer25reviewsforwriters.blogspot.com/?zx=404f0d3886821b51
That is all for now. Until next time,
Wolfdreamer25 

Goals for 2012:

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I now have a 2012 planner that I attend to use for school, work, and writing. I am getting my office set up, and organized too with my room clean maybe I can concentrate on writing now too. Work is now going to be slow now that the holidays are over which means more time to write, and concentrate on school work.

My goals are now realized…
·      Finish Astral Witch
·      Edit and type up Astral witch, and then find an agent to represent it.
·      Put out more ebooks, and get out the last poem collection ebook.
·      Finish editing Revenge anthology, and get it published.
·      Read more writing related books, and review them on the new blog once a month.
·      Keep up with blogging on both blogs more.
·      Balance everything, and write more in between everything.
·      Publish at least one free ebook.
·      Get better at marketing, and putting myself out there.
·      Keep up with social media, and build a better website.
·      Print out business cards.

Those goals are what I have so far, and I hope to achieve them by the end of the year. Hopefully the end of the world will never happen either.
Does anyone have goals for the new year?
Until next time,
Wolfdreamer25