Infographic: How to stay productive when you’re tired

Kim Cox thoughtfully provides us author types with an infographic that suggests some practical strategies we can use to stay productive when fatigue sets in. Please, read on…

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How to stay productive when you're tired

How to stay productive when you’re tired [Infographic] by the team at STL

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Thriving Thursdays: Fear or Courage? (Guest Post by Teagan Riordain Geneviene)

Teagan Geneviene gives us a valuable perspective about fear and courage as she encourages us all to thrive! Thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for hosting Teagan today. Please, read on…

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Hi, I’m Teagan Geneviene.  Today I’m doing a guest post for our wonderful Story Telling Ape.  I’m here to encourage you to thrive.

Today I’m not thinking about how daring the feat was.  Nor am I wondering how dangerous the situation was.  I’m not even considering what extraordinary valor may have been involved.

How brave is someone when they do something they don’t fear?  Are they braver than the person who trembles in terror? 

Fear can hold us back.  But to overcome fear is to thrive.  If you see a person, daunted by distress, who dives into the fray despite their dread — then you have witnessed courage.

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway…  John Wayne


Wishing you a thriving Thursday.

Mega hugs,


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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

* 1534 – Jacques Cartier departs St-Malo on his first voyage to Canada. (Cartier sets sail on a voyage with to Canada in two ships, with 61 men. He was commissioned by François I to find a passage to Asia and ‘lands where there is a great quantity of gold’; makes crossing to Newfoundland in just 20 days; explores Strait of Belle Isle, which he hoped was the beginning of a river leading to China; says of the coast, ‘I believe that this was the land God gave to Cain’; will chart the coasts of Newfoundland, Les Îles de la Madeleine, Prince Edward Island, the Baie de Chaleur and the Gaspé peninsula, where he will trade with the Mi’kmaq; returns September 5, with Iroquois youths Domagaya and Taignoagny; after a harrowing voyage to St-Malo, France.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th”

What Is A True Friend?

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“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.”
~ Aristotle

“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
~ Aristotle

Friendship is a reality that is tied to our need to be loved. Part of our socialization experience is to seek out friends that bring us many things within our comfort zone. In my last post, Anger: Is It Good?, I explored this powerful emotion which sometimes plays a part in the development and/or the breakdown of our friendships. In this post, I intend to explore the nature of that special friendship, the true friend, with the assistance of the great Greek thinker, Aristotle. Continue reading “What Is A True Friend?”

Author Media Kits, Part 2—The News Release

Author Staci Troilo gifts us with Part 2 of the Author Media Kit – the News Release. Her post clearly defines the Release and is flush with examples. Please, read on…

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Ciao, SEers. As promised, I’m continuing my exploration of the author media kit. (If you missed that post or want a refresher before continuing, click here.)

Today, we’re going to talk about the news release. (Press Release is an outdated term referring to the press that prints newspapers. That technology has modernized and we submit our release to more than just newspapers these days, so the name has been changed to News Release to reflect those changes.)

Authors can certainly submit their own news releases to the media, but I’ve found some elitist organizations still don’t accept indie authors as credible and talented artists, and therefore disregard announcements from them. Because of this bias, if at all possible, have your publisher or a professional organization submit the release on your behalf. However, if you have a kick-butt release and media kit, or if you find progressive organizations…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 19th

It’s Wondrous Wednesday! Did you know…

* 1897 First Boston Marathon held. (On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10. The Boston Marathon was the brainchild of Boston Athletic Association member and inaugural U.S. Olympic team manager John Graham, who was inspired by the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. With the assistance of Boston businessman Herbert H. Holton, various routes were considered, before a measured distance of 24.5 miles from the Irvington Oval in Boston to Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland was eventually selected. Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. John J. McDermott, representing the Pastime Athletic Club of New York City, took the lead from Harvard athlete Dick Grant over the hills in Newton. Although he walked several times during the final miles, McDermott still won by a comfortable six-minute, fifty-two-seconds. McDermott had won the only other marathon on U.S. soil the previous October in New York. The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles 385 yards.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 19th”

Time for some Laffs – Under the Influence! With a few cats thrown in…

Thank you to Sally Cronin for these very funny stories! You’ll love them – please, read on…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Strange things happen in bars.. drinking too much can alter your persective in life and sometimes rearrange your facial features. Not something I recommend. However, bars can also be amusing places!

A cowboy walked into a bar and ordered a whiskey. When the bartender delivered the drink, the cowboy asked, “Where is everybody?” The bartender replied, “They’ve gone to the hanging.” “Hanging? Who are they hanging?” “Brown Paper Pete,” the bartender replied.

“What kind of a name is that?” the cowboy asked. “Well,” said the bartender, “he wears a brown paper hat, brown paper shirt, brown paper trousers and brown paper shoes.”

“Weird guy,” said the cowboy. “What are they hanging him for?”

“Rustling,” said the bartender

This guy walks into a bar and asks the bartender if he can show him something unbelievable, he gets a free beer? The bartender says alright. So the man puts a hamster and…

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