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Being devious…. Out of the box #plotting. #amwriting #ravenous

I didn’t understand deviousness until I graduated from high school and went out into the real world.

That’s a pretty weird statement coming from me seeing that I grew up around 3 sisters who all had read the Art of War and used it in and around the household with each other in order to win the war without physically fighting.

I also didn’t learn what mindrape was until I went to college. It’s basically being bullied mentally until you go insane because you really don’t know what’s happening to you.

Even though both experiences in my life were horrific once the discovery of what they were came to light, I have to say I’m glad I learned them in the early ages and on top of that I then learned how to do them.

I’m always like that. When something bad happens to me, I learn from it, not just suffer from it, otherwise what’s the fun.

There in lies plot though.

Being devious to the reader is hard. They can see everything. Once you master deviousness to the reader, you’ve mastered plot. Being able to hide something in plain sight is a skill, in writing and in life.

I learned how through life.

I watch and wait and see people openly deceive and hide who they are to people every day. The lies they tell, the backstabbing they do, the manipulation they achieve. I find it fascinating.

And now as I’m writing Ravenous, I had put all cards on the table and the reader knew everything.


So how could I deceive them? By putting things in plain sight.

I already mentions two things. Now all I have to do is combine them and walah! ( if that’s even a word) you have deceit!

I’m excited now and want to dive into the story so I can see what the readers think.

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3 Ways I Stay Creative… #wip #amwriting @problogger challenge #firestory


Getting-gack-on-the-horseRecovering after a personal tragedy has been really hard for me. I know the fire happened three years ago but just getting back to being creative and fancy free is not easy.

To me, being creative is like having a unicorn in my backyard and when I want, I can climb on him and just let him run over rainbows, hop on clouds and sprout wings and fly through the universe. All I have to do is hold his mane and enjoy the ride.

That’s how my creative looks.

And I write this post not just for me as I go through getting through my own personal tragedies. I write this to every creative who has gone through something that knocked them off their horse and they’re finding it hard to get back on.

People say you can just get back in the saddle and just start back over.

But when reality hits, when you know the things in life can be taken away from you, including life, it’s hard tyring to see the unicorn in the backyard and sometimes you see him, but just don’t want to go out there and ride him. Sometimes when you’re riding him, you can’t just let reality go.

It’s not that I fell out of love of my creativity, it’s just that I know I’ve changed and I have to learn to fall in love with him again.

He still loves me. He still looks up when I peak out the window and he does he show and pony dance enticing me to come on out and play and when I’m with him, he takes me away to the most glorious places.

So for this post, I am helping myself on ways I currently stay creative and I hope to insiprie those who are going through what I’m going through.

1. Keep writing instruments all over the place wherever I go.

I have a Chromebook (Samsung, of course). It’s small, lightweight and I can use it to just type away on my Google Drive (another writer essential) all day long. This way I have no excuse to write what I need to write. I also have a Boogie Board. Everyone says handwriting is going out of style, but for me, it’s not. I love the purity of pen to paper and my Boogie Board gives me that and guess what? When I’m done with the sheet, I can either load it to Evernote or Google Drive. My Samsung Phone 5 is my life. I have my Boogie Board synced to it along with apps like Evernote and Google Drive added on there. I can use the handwriting tool, audio tool and keyboard, plus I can attach a bluetooth keyboard to my phone and keep it going. I never give my excuse to not write. BTW, the bluetooth keyboard can also attach to my Amazon Kindle as well. (See more notes below for more

2. Research

That’s been my saving grace. Just researching things I’m supposed to be working on has kept me really motivated in getting the job done and wanting to get on my creative horse. Whether it’s just about a simple eye color or a complicated medical procedure then I do my best to keep researching past stories I need to finish and future stories that are in my head.

3. Reading.

Stephen King was right. A writer cannot be without reading. Not just about my research, but other writers. Not only for enjoyment, but for teaching purposes. I think you can go to every college in every land, but nothing beats knowing how to do something than reading something that has been done very right or very wrong.

I find free reads on my Amazon Kindle all day long and I actually do try to read them. If they are good enough, I’ll actually read to the end and leave a review. If they are bad, I delete them and try another author. I’m a reader that must be impressed by the first two chapters or I’m gone. I try to make my stories that way as well and I write what I love in stories.


Spend one hour of my day writing about anything. Mostly about my current WIP‘s. (Ravenous & Beautiful). Other times I try to blog (another horse I need to get on. That one sa lot darker and bigger, but as you can see I’m trying.

I’d love to hear how other’s keep their creative juices flowing. If you’re an author or writer, please let me know.


Note: For the Boogie Board mentioned above, make sure you get the one with Bluetooth. For the Amazon Kindle, I get the HDX 7, because it’s pretty cool to use with other things and also it reads to me for any drive longer than ten minutes.


My book marketing experiment by spending $10 on

In January I mentioned I was checking out for some book marketing and asked if anyone else had done anything on there.

No one responded except to say they’ve used them for graphic designs. I’ve done that also, but I wanted to know if five dollars could be spent to get sales.

Other authors offlined me and asked if I would send them the results so this is just my experience with the whole thing…

Now if you don’t know what is here is my definition is a website where people can get someone to do almost anything LEGAL for five dollars. Services, tutorials, actions and so forth… click on this to find out more.

In January I decided to go on and find some marketing exposure. With it being the beginning of the year and lots to do and plan, I said hey, let’s see if someone else can talk about me for a couple of days.

Plus ten dollars wasn’t a lot to lose and I’d make it back from the Amazon links even if I only sold ten books.

I choose people who at least bragged about their 5K followers and looked one up and saw if you added up the Facebook, twitter and blog things, they really did have about that much. I also read recommendations from others and the two I choose seemed relatively customer pleasing from others.

So I paid the ten dollars for two different campaigns and let it go… (I have that Frozen song in my head so I had to throw it in there, sorry.)

I saw the sales coming in, but actually I had forgotten about the campaigns I had set up. I mean if I saw someone mention me, I was hip hipping hooraying and retweeting, but other than that, I was cool as a cucumber busy with the new year’s writing and marketing my books on my own when I could.

So when January’s Amazon royalties came in, I was like, lemme see what I did… right?

The campaign was the only thing I changed. Now I could equate that people were getting those new Kindle readers from Christmas as well, but actually I took in an extra $1000 from last years Kindle store.

It was a nice new year and I think I’d recommend to others looking for economical campaign strategies in order to get more sales on their books.

It’s just five dollars and you never know.

Set up was easy for each campaign and it made me learn how to put together a quick packet for other marketing promos for the future.

If you’re interested the two I used were:

And trust me if I had wasted money, I definitely would have said something. Matter of fact, I’m using them again this month and expanding what I want from them to see if that brings in more.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

Please let me know if you’ve used and how was your experience as an author.

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