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Welcome to the New Year!


Welcome back and apologies for the delay. I hope the holidays went well for you! As you may have noticed the December newsletter was missed, it was not because there was nothing of interest happening, life just got chaotic. With the holidays and a persistent cold, time slipped away, but all is back to normal now.

We find ourselves entering into a new year and what promises to be an eventful time in history. With all that happening, it is easy to feel frazzled or on edge. Try to remember to take a few deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed and ensure to carve out some time for yourself each day.

Unfortunately, the sneak peek of The Extinction Protocol has been delayed. It is still on its way and will be sent as a supplementary email to the regular newsletter. Keep an eye on your inbox!
2017 is setting up to be an eventful year. Well underway at the Calm Scribe office is a book of short stories, two thrillers, and a fully illustrated version of Tiny Teddy! As usual, you will be the first to know all of the exciting news.

January sees the first contest of the year. Once again it is being held by NYC Midnight, a name you will recognize from the Flash Fiction contest last year. This contest is a Flash Short Story challenge. It is very similar to the flash fiction challenge where we are given a genre, locale, and object. However this time we have a week to write a short story. First round assignments are to be announced on January 20. Next month's newsletter will have further details. If you can't wait, be sure to follow The Calm Scribe on social media for breaking updates.
Project Persyphious

From time to time a writer loses control of a story and it begins to take on a life of its own. This is exactly what happened with Project Persyphious. In the process of writing it, the story let me know it needed more chapters and is currently being extended. While this will not affect its release on Channillo, it does add a new element to the story and firmly opens the door for Book 2!

The story is racing forward as the stakes continue to be raised for Preston and new questions arise. Have you started reading Project Persyphious? If not, now is the time. Curl up with a  warm blanket and dive in! Chapter 6 is available on

Loose Ends

The Extinction Protocol moving along smoothly and will be sent out to selected test readers shortly. Ideas and concepts for this story have not been hard to come by as the nightly newscast gives all the fodder I could ask for. This is a story which causes me a lot of excitement and sadness. It was originally meant as a work of fiction, yet more and more its words are seeming to ring true.

The illustrated edition of Tiny Teddy is in the design phase with some very exciting concepts. Those of you whom have been commenting and writing in will not have to wait much longer!
Recommendations of the month:

Kiva is a website which I hold close to my heart. I have been working with them for 6 months now and have had no issues. Kiva is a site which allows you help finance loans for people in need around the world and is definitely worth looking in to. I am looking into creating a team on Kiva. Teams allow people to work together to help change lives. I will be announcing my team details shortly.

Book Challenge 2017:

Each year I set a goal for how many books I will read. Last year I did not hit my goal, yet this year I am already deep into my challenge. In 2017 my goal is to read 26 books. I have found a fun list which makes this goal easier to attain. Each book is a challenge, for example, a book you can read in a day or a book with over 500 pages. So far I am into my third book and will keep track of them here so they may serve as suggestions. Follow me on Litsy or Goodreads to read my reviews of each book.

1 of 26: A book from your childhood.
The Bear a.k.a. The Grizzly King- James Oliver Curwood 

2 of 26: A previously banned book.
The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

3 of 26: A book with over 500 pages.
The Cantos of Ezra Pound

Respecting our planet: How The Calm Scribe helps.
As we all know, we have to live in harmony with our planet. We are all a part of a great cycle and must not take more than we need. Being a writer consumes a lot of paper. From the draft stages, straight through to the final books or magazines, paper is used. While this is not something that can be avoided, there is something that can be done about it. This is why I reached out to Matt with One Tree Planted and had a great conversation. We discussed how much paper is typically used and came up with an offset number, leading to an exciting announcement.

A portion of each sale of my books will be going to replant trees. A new page will be created on my website soon with all the details and how you can contribute if you wish.

That is it for this month's newsletter, thank you for your continued support.

Travis J. Croken

Have a suggestion for the recommendation of the month? Email me at
Chapter six of Project Persyphious is now live on Channillo. A new chapter will be added the fifth of every month.
NaNoWriMo Submission 2016
New novel coming 2017
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