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Getting Ready for the Holidays!

This time of year is crazy enough without having just moved as well, but we’re getting there. We finally got our Christmas tree up last night and it looks great in the new house! 😀

I’m much more excited about the holidays this year than I have been the last few years. I think it has to do with finally being in a nice house. And I’m finished with my shopping early too. I think it also has to do with the fact that we were able to get our daughter the gift we’ve been wanting to get her for the last couple of years…something that will get her out of the house and being active more.

So how are you feeling about the holidays this year? Do you celebrate (what do you celebrate)? And have you finished your shopping? I’d love to hear from you!

Also in this issue:

  • The Wondrously Fantastical Origins of Fantasy
  • Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18) Release Announcement
  • Renee’s Works in Progress
  • Promotional Opportunities for Authors
  • What Makes a Good Hero and Villain
  • And more…

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Writing as a Form of Personal Therapy

writing-1317009-640x480I think I’ve mentioned before that I have always loved making up and telling stories. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that it even occurred to me that I should write them down (which is odd since I read tons of books). I believe it’s because I didn’t do well in English class that I believed I’d be a terrible writer as a result (so not true).

Side Note: In my experience, just because you don’t do well in English, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your fault. When I went to college, I had the highest grade in the class. Having a teacher that is passionate about what he’s teaching and can explain things so they’re easy to understand makes a huge difference.

When I started writing, I was amazed at how much it helped with my anxiety issues. The more I wrote, the calmer I felt. Eventually I realized a lot of it had to do with my overactive imagination. Getting stuff out of my head and onto paper quieted my mind.

Here’s the thing, though. Not everything in my head had to do with story ideas. My overactive imagination causes me to create problems where there aren’t any. Or if there is a problem, I tend to start dwelling on the worst possible outcomes. The more time I have to spend thinking, the worse it gets. So, what I do is, I put my characters in those positions (or similar ones) and see how they deal with them. Oddly, in most cases, I end up realizing that it’s not as bad as I believed it was or that there wasn’t a problem in the first place.

If I go too long without writing, the anxiety builds. I haven’t had time to write much lately because I’m still unpacking from our move and trying to keep the house clean on top of that, not to mention all the other stuff I have to do. So, I’ve been a little on edge and having trouble getting to sleep.

Today, I’m getting back into my regular writing schedule, so I’m hoping it will help. I’m going to be working on Shadow Stalker Part 4. So, we’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully, much better! 😀

Do you write for therapeutic purposes, or do you find writing helps you? Tell me about your experiences!

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Nightmarish Move From Hell

scanner-fear-3-1251133-638x452I think this has had to have been my most stressful move in my history of moving, and the sad part is we only moved right next door!

It started out pretty well. We paid for an extra week at the old place so we can gradually move our stuff over, and we were right on schedule to have everything out and the place cleaned up. Then I got food poisoning from a Chinese place near here. I could barely do anything for days, so we fell behind. On the last day we ended up being there until 3am just trying to get the place cleaned up. It was a nightmare.

Then to make matters worse, our internet company tried telling us they couldn’t connect our internet because there were no available ports. We were simply transferring our account to the new house. We had a port at the old house… so we couldn’t understand what the problem was. After a week of dealing with that, we finally decided to move to a different company, and lo and behold, we have internet… finally!

Now I have so much to catch up on. I’m just glad I thought to schedule the author spotlights well in advance. I only missed one that was due to be published yesterday so I can just get that set up today and I’ll be on track.

Oh, and because it took so long to get the internet reconnected, I had to reschedule the release for Shadow Stalker Part 3. It will now be released on the 14th of December. Sorry for any inconvenience, especially to those who have pre-ordered. I suppose on the plus side, it will be available at the special $1.99 price for longer. It will go to the regular $3.99 price after the release.

Has anyone else ever experienced a nightmarish move? Tell me about it!

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