Feb 2017 A Creative Change

A Creative Change

So, there are a few changes happening on my blog, website, and Ezine.  Nothing life altering, but changes I think subscribers and visitors will enjoy.

There are a number of reasons for these changes.  The main reason, however, is that I needed focus.  Perhaps you might have noticed, but my blog posts are all over the place.  A bit of teaching, a bit of art, a bit of writing, and a hint of crafting.  That’s a lot of bits.

So, upon hitting a wall (which is bound to happen when you don’t have a focus), I sat down, did some research, and found a solution.

Life Lesson: when stuck, researching is your friend.  It’s very easy to throw your hands up into their air and just give up.  However, overcoming obstacles (and those hateful walls) is the biggest source of empowerment.  And with the internet at your fingertips, the sky is the limit when it comes to information.  (Never give up!  I feel like I’ve said this before…)

If you can believe it, I managed to find a solution that melds all of my favorite things.  I am so very proud to announce the Creative Challenges.  Every month I will invite you to participate in a series of challenges.  There will be writing, art, and crafting challenges, as well as the occasional scavenger hunt.

Best of all, I will be giving out prizes to winners of some of the challenges.  (Woohoo!)

So let’s jump right to it.

This month’s Creative Challenge is…

Writing Challenge
Theme: Time Travel
Words: boy, button, and couch

As you can see, I’ve given you a theme and three words.  You must write a story, poem, or fun jumble of words centering around the theme, using each of the three words at least once.  You can write and post as many stories, poems, of fun jumble of words as you like.

You most certainly do not have to be a writer to participate.  As a matter of fact, your creative output does not even have to be in story or poem form.  You can write a short summary of what you think would be a great story idea with the given theme and words.  Do whatever you like, just as long as you’re having fun with it.

After writing you awesome story/poem/fun jumble of words, feel free to post it below.  I will featuring the best story, poem, and most creative jumble of words in next month’s post.

If by chance you’re curious, this month’s theme was inspired by Eddie J. Vargas, the photographer/videographer that ruined my chances to be a single child, and his love for time travel stories.  You can check out his awesome work here.

I too will be participating in this month’s challenge and posting my story next month.

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Lastly, I will now be posting my goals on my blog.  This serves two purposes.  First, to keep you, the fabulous reader and subscriber, in the know (and who doesn’t love being in the know, amirite?).  Second, this will increase productivity on my part.  Turns out I work harder to keep promises to other people than I do to keep promises to myself.  I think this is sad.  I can’t tell.  But it’s also true.

Not to mention, failing to meet my goals from now means i will have to admit my failure not just to myself, but to you, and the mere thought is mortifying to me.

I totally stole this idea from the amazing Jenna Moreci.  Ms. Moreci is a sci-fi/fantasy author that has a channel on Youtube where she gives awesome advice on writing.  I recommend her videos to anyone aspiring to be a writer (or already a writer).  Not only are her videos full of great info and advice, they’re hilarious too.  You can check out her channel here.

Goals for March 2017:

  • Draft and edit March Ezine
  • Draft and edit next chapter of Bond
  • Update story website (Bond/The Dragon’s Prophecy)
  • Edit and revise >12,000 words of TDW (The Daemon Within)
  • Sketch and paint 4 bookmarks
  • Draft and edit >5,000 words of bonus material
  • Dedicate >5 hours to digital painting
  • Contact Amazon in preparation of publication of TDP (The Dragon’s Prophecy)

The goals are listed based on priority.  The first four I usually meet every month.  The next three are the goals I’m testing for the launch of my Patreon page.  Finally, that last goal is the result of some bad news.

A few months ago, my contract with California Times Publishing ended and that should have been plenty of time for me to republish The Dragon’s Prophecy on Amazon, except CT Publishing blinked out of existence, taking with them my money and paid copies of the audio and print version.  Which means that I now have to start from scratch.  With none of my sales to help me out.

This sounds like terrible news.  However, I weighed the pros and cons of the overall experience and believe it or not, the pros actually outweighed the cons.  For one, I got a lot subscribers as a result, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a major win.

So, I’ll be spending the next few months saving money and prepping my book for publication.  Again.

So these were just a few of the changes taking place here and over at my website.  You’re feedback is invaluable and always greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to post your wonderful comments, concerns, and feedback on the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.  I can’t wait to read all of your creative outputs.  Happy writing!

Have a wonderful day and stay AWESOME!

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