Polar Bear Swim Day

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Around the world people come together on January 1st to test their mettle against Mother Nature and resolve to do great, adventurous things in the new year. One way is with the annual Polar Bear Swim, where ordinary people jump and swim in freezing cold bodies of water to prove they’ve got what it takes to succeed in the future. Well known swims happen yearly all across the U.S. and Canada. The Coney Island Polar Bear has been meeting for the annual ice bathing on New Year’s Day since 1903. Thousands flock to the seaside to start their year off […]

NaNoWriMo 2016

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Every October a wonderful writing even occurs throughout the United States called NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. The purpose is to get you to write the first or rough draft of an entire 50,000 (minimum) word novel in just thirty days. This is by no means an easy task. Most people are just coming down from their Halloween induced sugar high and are less than motivated, plus right there towards the end you have Thanksgiving and Black Friday with all their glorious distractions and excuses at the ready for why you as an author aren’t writing. Last […]

Texting and Driving – A New Approach

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This isn’t the type of post I usually write, but after seeing the short video I had to share it. The Belgian government decided to throw a curve ball to their learner drivers to help show them (instead of just telling them) just how dangerous it was to text and drive a simple sentence. The results were so great, others have followed in their footsteps. The video is quite humerous, but still carries a serious message.  You can view it here: Driving Video In my book, Remembering Lauren, my main character Nikki never had a vehicle of her own before […]

Traditional vs. Independent Publishing

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Traditional vs. Independent Publishing For new authors, this is a difficult decision to make. Both types of publishing have their pros and cons.  Amazon is offering what I like to think of as a third choice: The Kindle Scout program. Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Each book submitted to the program goes through what they call a campaign for 30 days. During this time readers can vote (or nominate) the books (up to 3 at a time). At the end of the campaign When […]

My main character and Minimalism

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Have you ever been jealous or envious of a character you’ve written? Well, I would hardly be envious of the childhood or even adulthood of my main character Nikki, given that she never knew her parents and grew up in the foster care system, while I enjoyed a childhood with two loving parents and a definite knowledge of where I came from and my place in the immediate world around me.  And while we do share the trait of having made more of ourselves than our surroundings may have indicated, there is one thing Nikki has completely surpassed me in. […]