Review of 2021 in My Life

January

Began Lifebook 2021 classes- Art

Poem accepted by Carcosa Magazine for April Publication

February

Cleaned out clothes closet 2/2

Victor brought me flowers 2/11

Violet turned 5 2/20

1st Covid shot 2/23

March

“Rise” accepted for publication in Sensations Magazine 3/2

Lotherien Poetry Collection published six haiku poems 3/21

2nd covid shot 3/23

April

Preorder for Anthology Abducted 4/16

 Clowns Story- on Fiction Break online 4/10

Rebel Giveaway 4/10

Payhip.com 4/16

Terry Brooks sent a postcard 4/17

May

MYNZDREAMBLOG.com interview 5/20

Barnes and Noble and Red Robin trip out 5/28

June

New glasses 6/5

30 Day email developed 6/10

Creatng New Worlds business 6/14

Blake Goldburst Show 6/17

July

Down to 211 lbs from 220 7/14

Babysat Violet 7/17

Business website 7/24

Victor to Urgent Care 7/27

August

Mom came to live with us this month

September

Mom left our house 9/10

October

AME classes started 10/12

IHD reunion 10/16

Abducted anthology published 10/25

November

Victor Bladder surgery 11/4

Kitchen floods 11/12

Short story sent to Tarina Publication LeBeau Enterprises 11/16

The Author’s Porch Interview 11/30

Story sent to Author’s Porch- Anthology- Trixie in Troubled

December

Organizing and packing house for major move to Tucson, AZ

12/31- Birthday Celebrations- Red Robin and Benihana, cake with Mom and Christy at their house.

January 2022- Featured author- Brittni Chenelle

Author Interview with Katherine E. Soto

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?
    1. The first book to ever make me cry was probably Charlotte’s Web. Why Charlotte, whyyy?
  2. What is your writing Kryptonite?
    1. Outlines. I’m a pantser, so I don’t plan things out beforehand which makes editing and writing a bit slower. No matter how many classes I take on it, my process just won’t include an outline.
  3. Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
    1. I’m very close to G.S. Carr who is a wonderful Historical Romance writer with several pennames. She’s always great for a huge dose of motivation and inspiration and she’s also a hybrid, traditional published and indie published author which I find incredibly cool.
  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
    1. I would tell my younger self that one book won’t launch my career. It takes years of honing your craft and millions of words and consistency to get where I want to be. Also, not to compare myself to others.
  2. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
    1. It might sound silly and obvious but that book changed everything because after I wrote it, I knew I could write a book. Before that I was kind of testing it out to see if I could. I learned a ton about publishing that helped me launch my next book better and I learned to start writing the next book as soon as I finish writing one instead of waiting until after a book launch.
  3. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?
    1. The best money I’ve ever spent as a self-published author is probably the Vellum program for formatting. Formatting by yourself is ideal because you’ll always need to go back in and make changes, or update the back matter. I also think saving up for your ideal book cover is important too. You spend so many hours pouring your soul into writing the book, you deserve the cover of your dreams. That’s the fun part.
  4. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
    1. A frog—with wings if I’m allowed to enchant it. I’ve always loved frogs for some reason.
  5. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    1. Oh boy. Uhm. At least 10 half-finished ones, several fully finished ones that I scrapped, and a few that I’m shopping with publishers. I think only one unpublished one, eight published, four boxsets, and seven shorts.
  6. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
    1. Every single thing I read changes how I think about fiction. Everyone has such a wildly different yet enthralling way of storytelling. I try to study the books I read and apply what I learn to my own writing.
  7. How do you select the names of your characters?
    1. I’m the worst at this. I spend hours on those baby name websites and usually change a name several times before the draft hits the shelf.
  8. What is your favorite childhood book?
    1. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodle by Julie Andrews. I loved that book around 4th grade. Also The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

Book Blurb

https://www.amazon.com/Fae-Fallen-Gifted-Academy-Year-ebook/dp/B07Z9LZ1RY/

My first kiss nearly killed me—literally

When 80% of the population is gifted with touch magic, it’s best to keep your hands—and your lips—to yourself. Especially if you’re an ungifted serf like I am. 

The problem is, the most dangerous guy at Gifted Fae Academy is the one I want to touch more than anything, even as I draw the attention of the school’s most gorgeous Apprentice Fae. 

When my entry exam leads to the revelation that I may not be as Ungifted as I previously believed… well… surviving until graduation might prove harder than I thought—particularly when a certain fatal touch may be worth the risk.

If you love reading about childhood friends, enemies-to-lovers, royal and celebrity classmates, and everything Fae, then one-click today and fall into this magical new series that’s Gossip Girl meets My Hero Academia!

This Upper YA/NA series is intended for mature audiences. It contains cursing, sexual situations, bullying, and violence.

Diverse Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Enemies-To-Lovers, Paranormal Romance, Multi-POV 

Author Bio

Brittni Chenelle

Brittni Chenelle is a USA Today Bestselling Multicultural Fantasy Author who specializes in multi-POV romances. She loves to explore the blurred lines between good and evil and believes wholeheartedly in a great story’s ability to bring people together.

When she’s not writing, she can be found at her home in South Korea where she spends far too much time consuming coffee, dark chocolate, and videos of animals doing human things.

Visit www.BrittniChenelle.com to browse her complete catalog, including upcoming books.

Social Media Links
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Writing posts got away from me these past few weeks.

It is a busy time here in my life. We had a flood in our kitchen and have to pack up the house to get the floors redone. We have also decided to make the big move out of state at this time. I am unloading things out the house as quick as I can and reorganizing what I am keeping because we w ill be downsizing into a smaller house.

I took a week long trip to Tucson, AZ to look over rental properties. What week of trying to get appointments and find places to look at. I will be moving my business Creating New Worlds LLC and the author business with me, of course, since they are online and I can work anywhere.

Look what I did in November. It was a lot of fun to do this podcast.

https://www.facebook.com/theauthorsporch/videos/429848091983073/

This is the Author’s Porch. The host was marvelous and we had a great time!

My novel has been delayed once more due to health problems with the guy who does all the stuff. He says 5 or so delay. Listen for the yell in California when it comes out!

Networking Skills

We live in an interconnected world with the internet. People can send a message and get an instant connection. Because of this, it seems that traditional networking has gone by the wayside. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Social media is a great avenue for people to exchange ideas and meet new contacts. But, it never will have the same power as a face-to-face meetup with someone. Communication is at its strongest when two people can see each other. People learn more about others in a few seconds of in-person contact than they ever could with a strictly online one.

Another point to remember is that online people may not be who they say they are. Think about how easy it is to create an online persona. People are capable of being anyone they want online. That means the connections you make could be phony, which won’t help you when asking people to help you.  Networking is about engaging with others and a certain give-and-take involved in the exchange.

Online connections do have their place. They can be a great starting point in the networking hierarchy of events. They can be a great way to hook up with people who you would never have using traditional means. However, as specified, you need to take the exchange further and try to arrange an in-person meeting. The contact gives people confirmation that the people you connected with are real. It’s the reason why people often use the phrase, “it’s nice to put a face with the name.”

If you don’t believe that in-person meetups are important, ask yourself how many online-only connections have become your friends. It’s likely to be a small number and even more likely to be none. While you won’t become friends with everyone you meet face-to-face, the number will most likely be larger than online-only connections.

It’s not practical to meet face-to-face with every person you connect with online. Some people live far from you. However, people should not treat the internet as the only way to connect with others. A great way to use the internet for networking is to use websites like Meetup.com. You can find people that have similar interests to your own and attend meetings. You can even create meetups yourself if a group doesn’t currently exist on the website.

There is no magic formula for networking, although some techniques may work better than others. Using face-to-face connections is one technique that should yield better results than a purely cyber strategy.

November 2021 Featured Author Jameson Ketchum

Name Dropping purchase link: https://amzn.to/3kFjYQP

Author Interview

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

It had to have been Where the Red Fern Grows. It was the first “big kid” book I read when I was little and I remember realizing how much more impactful the book was than the movie because I had created my own movie in my mind haha!

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Definitely YouTube. Even when I’m trying to use it to clarify an idea I’m writing or some fact, you end up falling down a rabbit hole of stuff like “When Celebrities Fight Fans” or something silly.

  1. Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

An author I really enjoy is Nadine Vanders (@nadia_vanders). She has taught me a lot about building friendships and networking with other authors as well as fun ways to connect with your readers.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Write every day! I don’t care if it’s good or not, just the act of writing every single day is so important and something I still need to remind myself of daily.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I think the editing process will be what changes my outlook the most moving forward when I go to write any other books. If I can cut down on overused words and mistakes in general, hopefully that part of the process will go a lot smoother and a lot quicker.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?

That’s a good question. It would certainly be making sure I have a comfortable and fun space to write. I have a home office but it can feel cluttered and uninspiring so make sure you have a space that is all yours and reflects how you want to feel when you write. Make sure you have plenty of room and surround yourself with things that make you happy. Mine is a simple desk set up with a record player and a comfy chair. I’m surrounded by my favorite books, photos and records.

  1. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Definitely a fox. I have always loved them and they’ve always felt somehow like an inspiration. I can’t explain why, but they remind me of creativity and writing specifically.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have several half outlines and pages of ideas or notes. Right now I’m working on a comedy and trying to stick to writing something every day of November. I’m only about 40 some pages deep but it’s a story I really want to tell and one that I haven’t really worked on in almost a year. I’m glad to be playing in this world again!

  1. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Oh definitely the book Go Now by Richard Hell. Not only does he write in voice I envied and could never explain fully before I read the book, but he can get so silly, making indirect jokes to the reader then saying “just kidding” and moves on without addressing this weird thing he just did. I recommend checking it out!

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

For fiction I’ve realized that I start off by naming them people I know, but that can get tricky because often my brain will box them into traits that those real life people have. To keep track however I’ll often keep those real life names or name them something just slightly off, like Ray for Ryan, that kind of thing. In the end I’ll brainstorm something completely unrelated and use those.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Either Where The Red Fern Grows or The Outsiders. I think The Outsiders really kicked off my love for that time period and it felt like reading something more adult than I had before. There are so many great YA books I’m probably missing here!

 Bio: 

Jameson Ketchum is a writer, podcaster, and publicist. He currently hosts The Godspeed Podcast where he continues to interview musicians, authors, actors, and comics. Namedropping: Seeking Creative Truth Through Trendy Altruism and Punk Rock is his second book. 

Summary:

Detailing Ketchum’s time touring with Christian heavy metal bands and trendy non-profits, Namedropping: Seeking Creative Truth Through Trendy Altruism and Punk Rock is a fly on the wall perspective of trends in “hip” Christian culture told through the eyes of a self-doubting rock journalist begging to belong. Witnessing healings, demonic possession, and the ever-present rock star ego, Ketchum’s stories are hilarious and heartfelt. One minute he’s sleeping under vans in Wal-Mart parking lots and the next he’s staring A-list creatives in the face, likely asking how he can work for them one day (or in the case of world-renowned rappers, fumbling over the simplest of questions).This book shows Ketchum exploring artistic doubts while pursuing truth in all aspects of his professional life. Name Dropping is one part memoir and one part self-help. It’s Saved! meets Almost Famous sprinkled with a healthy dose of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Name Dropping purchase link: https://amzn.to/3kFjYQP

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

This report includes powerful tips related to Random Acts Of Kindness.

It also includes 3 actionable steps you can take right away and a list of suggested reading for those people who are looking for even more information.

TOP TIPS

Kindness isn’t trendy. It isn’t a hot button topic. It doesn’t get as much press as happiness, passion, or determination. We think about it, but it’s not something we strive to acquire. That is a pity because kindness doesn’t just help the people around us; it helps us too. It is the proverbial no-brainer.

If you are interested in simple ways to invite kindness in your life, consider these nine random acts of kindness.

Give Someone A Genuine Compliment

This is a great habit to get into in general. Simply hand out more genuine compliments. This will boost your mood and might make someone else’s day. It might feel awkward, to begin with, but it will become second nature eventually.

Buy the Person Behind You a Coffee

If you have the means, next time you are in the Drive-Thru, pay for the people behind you as well. This random act has a way of being passed on, or at the very least, talked about and shared.

Tell A Boss About a Good Employee

We live in a society where people seem all too willing to scream at retail workers. Instead of complaining about a bad job, why don’t we mention good service more?  Please make an effort to let a manager know when one of their staff does a great job.

Find a Charity You Believe In

If you have the means to make a charitable donation, your money will go a long way for someone less fortunate. The best way to connect with a charity is to do your research and find something that truly speaks to you.

Volunteer Somewhere

If you don’t have extra money, do you have an extra hour? Volunteering your time can be just as effective as a charitable donation. Not only are you helping people in need, but you are also getting social interaction. You might even learn something new or meet someone interesting.

Help Someone Who Needs It

Is there someone in your life who needs a little help? Go ahead and offer them a hand. Reach out with a call or a text and ask if they need anything. Sometimes, that gesture alone makes a world of difference to somebody.

Offer to Help People Who Seem Lost

You ever see people while you are out who seem lost? Maybe they are looking at a map or their phone, pointing in different directions. Ask them if they need help finding something. Often people will be too shy to ask for help on their own.

Offer Workers a Drink

If you have some people working in your neighborhood, or even working at your place, offer them a drink. This is especially important on really hot days. You could play the hero with a well-timed delivery of ice-cold water.

Leave Positive Comments on Social Media

Social media can be a real cesspool. Everyone is trying to get a quick laugh by taking someone down. Other people post negative reviews of everything, Take a week, and only leave positive social media comments. See how you feel after that week. I bet you keep doing it!

ACTIONABLE STEPS

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  Leave a Loved One a Note – Whether your child, partner, or someone else, leave a little note of appreciation somewhere for them to find. A lunchbox is a great choice, but so is a random pocket in their clothes.  Check-In with a Loved One – Reach out to someone you haven’t checked in within a while. If you are missing them, they are likely missing you. You might really make their day.  Help Someone Without Them Asking – Do something for someone you care about without being asked. Maybe take on a sibling’s chores or check something off your partner’s to-do list. It doesn’t have to be big to be appreciated.

FURTHER READING

  1. The Hidden Power of Kindness
  • Deep Kindness
  • The War for Kindness
  • Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community
  • The Power of Kindness

5 Barriers to Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is essential to using your overall experience, background, common sense and other attributes to become more aware of how your efforts for success are being spent. When you have barriers to the critical thinking process, it can seriously harm your ability to move forward.

When you’re aware of these barriers, you can better overcome them and focus your thinking on what’s going to move you forward rather than getting stuck behind a barrier – unable to move forward.

Here are five barriers that can impede the critical thinking process:

  1. Thinking in Black or White – Some people ignore a situation’s complexities by thinking that there’s only one way to solve a problem. The problem is placed in a category, given a label and that’s the only way that matters. Thinking in black and white comes from our need to have certainty in our lives, but it’s false logic to assume that everything is totally one way.
  2. Thinking with the Ego – Egocentrical thinking is thinking with a lack of understanding others wants and needs. It limits your thinking to only your point of view and doesn’t have room for others’ ideas. This thinking process is deeply embedded in our psyches, and it sometimes takes deliberate effort to overcome it.
  3. Social Thinking – The drone mentality of social thinking only lets us see things in the way of the popular point of view – or the way that our spouse, companions, parents and friends think. Thinking outside the box is almost impossible when you have a barrier of social thinking and it can greatly impede the critical thinking process.
  4. Authoritative Thinking – Just because someone in authority says it’s true doesn’t mean it is. You’ve likely been swayed at one time or another by political leaders who say one thing is true only to find out later that it was a lie or a misleading way of thinking. The authority could be a person, peer group, institution or anything that makes you think that they’re right because they’re in an authoritative position.
  5. Judgmental Thinking – When you judge something or someone based on moral evaluation it’s usually done in haste and based on our past in some way – such as the way we were raised, educated or other values and mores. Judgmental thinking is usually non-rational thinking and can block understanding and insight about a person or an issue.

It’s important that we recognize our own barriers to the critical thinking process and replace those barriers with rational and reasoned thinking and then make a concentrated effort to avoid them.

Grey Dawn of Dharaven- Katz Island Update

I can’t believe I am 15 or so days away from the release of my book, Grey Dawn of Dharaven: Katz Island. I am excited about this release and can’t wait to hold my first book in my hands. It will be sold on Amazon. I do not have links yet or a cover, waiting on my publisher for those things.

Book Description:

A fantasy adventure book about an archeology expedition that heads off into uncharted areas on Katz Island on the planet Dharaven. Earth Dragon Clan born archaeologist Grey Dawn Fields leads to a team of explorers and archaeologists into the wilds of Katz Island looking for a human underground settlement. She’s seen it on an ancient map found in an antiquarian store. That’s when the problems start, and they’re not only coming from the island. When they arrive on Katz Island the expedition is forced to wonder why they are even there when they find little in the first valley the team ground searches. The second valley is more promising as it shows signs of old habitation in its cliff caverns. It’s still not what Grey is looking for.

When an Earth Dragon attacks the second camp looking for food, then dies leaving a baby Earth dragon behind; Grey realizes she has trouble on her hands. Between training a baby Earth Dragon and her archaeology expedition duties Grey is required to stretch her problem solving capabilities and is forced to rely on her friends, colleagues and even her Earth Dragon Clan for help.

Is there an ancient human underground settlement on Katz Island or is Grey on a crazy quest to find something that does not exist? Grey’s archaeology career rests on her ability to solve every problem that stands in her way of success.  Readers of fantasy adventure books will be captivated by this book.

October 14th or 21st are tentative dates I have been given for it to be published! I will be sure to let you all know!

How to End a Blog Post and Leave Readers Hungry for More

Students are taught there are parts to an essay. There is the introduction, the three main paragraphs and then the conclusion. Blog posts also have parts to increase the readability rates and to help readers find the post. Certain things in a blog post can help search engines find it to make a post popular or even go viral. One important part of a blog post is the conclusion. Why write a conclusion to a blog post? This is the last chance to get the reader to stay to see more of what is available on a blog or for them to learn about a product.  It’s the last hurrah on the topic. Writers want to leave their readers hungry for more; more information, more articles from them, and more ways to help them with everyday problems. Readers are often looking for more, too.

When writing a conclusion keep the goal of the post in mind.

Consider the goal of the post. Why was it written?  Write few sentences or highlight the main points in the post. This is a good starting point toward writing a great conclusion.

There are several ways to conclude a blog post.

Fifteen Ways to Leave Readers Hungry for More

  1. List your key takeaways. What are the key points in the post that the reader is to remember? Highlighting the key points throughout the post, then writing them at the end in the conclusion reminds the reader of the important points.
  2. A Call to Action. Tell the reader what they can do with the information given in the post.  The call to action for this post might be: “In a blog post consider writing a great conclusion using one or more of these ideas.”
  3. Ask the reader to share the post. Something a simple as “If you learned something from this post, would you please share it with someone else?”
  4. Give immediate actions that can solve the problem. What is one or more actions the reader can take today to solve the problem brought up in this post? What are steps to be taken now?
  5. Write a tagline for the reader to remember. Taglines tend to stay in a reader’s mind if it is kept simple and memorable.  McDonalds “I’m Loving It” is a key tagline to their commercial.  If the business has a tagline for the product being sold, consider using it in the end of the article.  If you make up one, keep it short and sweet. “End your blog post with a bang not a whimper.”
  6. Tell the opposing viewpoint. If there is an opposing viewpoint bring it up. Make the reader aware that it was considered, but that it is not a major point. “Why not just stop writing and call an end to the post?” might be an opposing viewpoint to this article.
  7. Place links to more content or more information. Put a link to more information on the topic or to another blog post on your blog that addresses a similar issue. Help your reader to find more information on the subject. 
  8. Ask a question. Ask the reader if they agree or disagree with the post. Did they have another way to do it? Ask a “what would happen” question. “What would our world be like if everyone planted a tree next week?”  “What would happen if we chose to pay it forward every week?” “How do you end a blog post?”
  9. A cliffhanger ending that leads the reader to another blog post or to a sneak peek at what is coming next to your product or blog. “Go see https://katherineesoto-author.com for more interesting articles on writing.
  1. Offer the product or next offer in the funnel. Always use a blog post to sell or upsell a product. “To learn how to write better get one of the writing bundles off Ultimate Bundles.”
  1. Write a summary. Try not to rewrite the post.  A summary of the main points reminds the reader of what they have read. “Say what you are writing about, explain it, then remind the reader about what was said.”
  2. Start a discussion. Ask a question that will start a discussion in the comments below about the post topic. Be careful in your wording. Readers can have volatile opinions on subjects. Only do this if a discussion of the topic will be worthwhile for the readers.
  3. End on an inspirational note with a quote or idea. End with a quote that has something to do with the topic. “Great blog posts take time and effort to write.” (K. Soto 2020)
  1. Include more than one of these ideas in the conclusion. Some of these ideas go well together and can be used in the conclusion of a blog post. Combining them will make for a stronger conclusion.
  2. Sometimes there is no conclusion at all. This is for when everything has been said and there is nothing to add to make the blog post better.

After careful consideration of goals and choosing how the blog post should end, write the conclusion. Write down several ideas or thoughts.  Keep in mind this is the last chance to reach the reader or sell a product.

Notes to write a conclusion for this article.

Key Takeaways: Writing a conclusion to the end of a blog article is putting the last stamp on it.  It is often the stamp of belief in stated ideas.

Call to Action: In your next post of a blog article consider using one or more of the ideas from Fifteen Ways to Leave Readers Hungry for More.

 Cliffhanger or a link: “Go see https://katherineesoto-author.com for more interesting articles on writing.

Offer product or upsell: “To learn how to write better, consider getting one of the writing bundles on Ultimate Bundles.”

Quote: “Great blog posts take time and effort to write.” (K. Soto 2020).

Tagline: “End your blog post with a bang not a whimper.”

Conclusion:

Writing a conclusion to a blog post is putting the last stamp on it.  It is the stamp of belief in the written ideas. It should make the reader hungry for more. When writing the next blog post consider using one or more of the ideas from the list of Fifteen Ways to Leave Readers Hungry for More.  Also go to https://katherineesoto-author.com for more interesting articles on writing. To learn how to write better, consider getting one of the writing bundles from Ultimate Bundles. “Great blog posts take time and effort to write” (K. Soto 2020). Remember to end a blog post with a bang not a whimper.