What to Do While Your Nano Novel “Rests”

This article makes great sense for those of us who aspire to write today better than we did yesterday!

A Writer's Path

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by Kelsie Engen

Many first time writers will finish a first draft and then immediately dive into revisions. It’s sometimes difficult to convince them that this is exactly the wrong thing to do. After all, we want to keep the momentum going right? So we immediately set to work on the edits, pounding away on the keyboard until our fingers are as bloody as our red pen. And pretty soon, we’re sick to death of our novel and we can’t bear to look at it.

So we set it aside and can’t bear to look upon it for months. And then we don’t get our books finished–because we hate them.

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Smorgasbord Health – Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Two – Vitamin D the Sunshine Vitamin

Part II of this excellent series about Seasonal Affective Disorder by Sally Cronin!

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First a reminder if you missed the first post in this series of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The typical symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) include depression, lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets and weight gain. Symptoms begin in the fall, peak in the winter and usually resolve in the spring. Some individuals experience great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring or early summer. Susceptible individuals who work in buildings without windows may experience SAD-type symptoms at any time of year. Some people with SAD have mild or occasionally severe periods of mania during the spring or summer. If the symptoms are mild, no treatment may be necessary. If they are problematic, then a mood stabilizer such as Lithium might be considered. There is a smaller group of individuals who suffer from summer depression.

To show the connection to Seasonal Affective…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

This sounds like an intriguing book – I got my copy!

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New on the shelves

I am delighted to welcome Luna St. Claire to the Cafe and Bookstore with her book The Sleeping Serpent a novel of narcissism and control that can destroy.

41cnhvv29l-_uy250_About the book.

As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, twisted as Gone Girl, and tortured as Wuthering Heights.

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous…

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A Third Look at AMS: Success!

Thanks to Nicholas Rossis for this primer on using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). A must read for Indie authors!

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You may remember my recent posts on my experience advertising with Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). It turns out I’m either a slow learner or an incurable optimist since I had another go at it in April. And guess what? This time, it worked!

AMS earnings | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I followed the same strategy as with my Facebook ads, and only advertised a high-cost title – in this case, my $9.95 bundle of all my works. As you can see above, during the first few days I ran the ad, I had 126 downloads, only 3 of which were of said bundle. Because of the high value of the title, however, that accounted for the majority of my earnings in that period.

The ad cost me some a total of $13.36 and I made $30.53, so it had a pretty decent ROI of over 200%.

The main takeaway, which is worth repeating here: bundle your…

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Time for some laffs – From around the usual haunts

This collection is guaranteed to brighten your day. Enjoy!

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There have been quite a few emails and jokes posted online this week.. perhaps people are now seeing the funny side of things.. or not.. Perhaps they just need to have some laughter in their lives for a change.. Anyway here are some I found were a tonic.

The first two were shared by Bill Wolak on Facebook.

Engineers!

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”

The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”

The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”

The Cow from Sicily

The only cow in a small town in Northern Italy…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… February 9th

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

Metis establish a provisional government at Red River; Louis Riel elected President. Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1870. The Red River Colony centred on present-day Winnipeg Manitoba was mainly populated by the Metis – which means “mixed blood” They saw themselves as a new nation (French/Native, English/Native) and demanded provincial status within the new Confederation of Canada. It was the Red River Rebellion and Louis Riel became the spokesperson. It was successful as Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald caved to Metis demands making the rebel leader, Riel, a Father of Confederation! Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 9th”