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I hope this newsletter finds each of you well and that you are able to find moments of peace. We are entering into the spring planting season, where days grow warmer and we once again become excited about coaxing plants out of the ground. Each spring is like a blank page in a journal, a time to refresh and shake off the cobwebs of the winter. Just as the layout of your garden will change each year, so too do our views on life. It is easy to get caught up in the hectic pace and find ourselves frustrated and angry. Give yourself time to relax in nature or with your garden and slow down.

Don't forget to bring your book.

As some of you may have seen, I participated in a charity event to raise money for cancer research benefiting the Ottawa Hospital and C.H.E.O. I raised funds then had my head shaved, in the end I was able to raise $455.00 and the charity, Hair Donation Ottawa raised more than $108,000.00. My hair was too short to be used to make wigs, but the event came to my attention with only a few weeks left. Next year I will be doing more and hopefully will raise even more funds, as well a building a team. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and donated. You can find more information and videos on my social media sites.

Project Persyphious test readers have come back and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. I am now in the process of going through all the valuable feedback and can announce that the story will be made longer. The story was said to be reminiscent of Stephen King by multiple readers, as well as being proclaimed to have the potential to grip a generation. All very positive I would say. The story is back in the grinder and will come out even better. Thank you to all my readers and everyone who has help thus far.

This past month has seen me being recognized in public and meeting a fan. It has been a very humbling experience and gives me renewed energy and confidence each time I meet or am contacted by someone my words have touched. Thank you all for you support and don't forget you can find my writings on my website, on Niume or Scriggler, and you can find two of my books on Amazon.
Projects On The Go

As usual there is a flurry of ink flying around the Calm Scribe office. Along with working on Project Persyphious, I am working on short stories, op-eds, an essay, a YA book, and a "found journal".

My short stories and op-eds can be found on Niume and Scriggler, both wonderful sites for writers and readers. These stories tend to opinion pieces and short tales that came to mind. Several of my stories have been "Staff Picked" on Niume and one of my stories has been Publication of the Day on Scriggler. If you are looking for a quick read I recommend checking both sites out.

The essay I am working on details my vision of a potential new golden age for humankind, another age of enlightenment. It is easy to only see the negative, so this is a positive outlook.

The YA book is titled Violet and the King-Prince. Young Violet is turning out to be a very brave and headstrong little girl, each day I spend working on this story is spent in silly fun. I love this universe!

The last big piece I am working on is the Extinction Protocol, a found journal. This story has had to be shelved for a variety of reasons, but it has been pulling at my mind lately, so it will be brought back to the table soon.

All of this, of course, coupled with writing competitions peppered throughout. Details of the competitions to be released as they come.
Recommendations of the month:

Kiva is a site that I have suggested often because I truly believe in the work that they do. It is wonderful way to help your fellow human around the world from the comfort of your own home or office. With Mother's Day being right around the corner, why not visit the site and help out a woman in need.

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.

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

3 of 26: A book with over 500 pages.
501 Must-Know Speeches

4 of 26: A book you read in school.
Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

5 of 26: A book that will improve a specific area of your life.

Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite- Paul Arden

6 of 26: A book written by someone who is not a writer.
Rest in Power - Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Tip of the month: Writing
The tip of the month is writing. Go out and buy a journal or find one, it doesn't need to be expensive and it doesn't need to be a "journal". Just get a book of blank pages that allows you to write down your observations. Did something make you angry? Did you see something beautiful? Did you think of something witty? Write it down.

If something is weighing on your mind, write it out. This also helps with the negative thoughts that run circles through you mind like the worlds greatest marathoners. They may never tire, but you can get them out. Writing is very cathartic and is something that everyone should at least try. If you don't like it, don't stick with it, that simple.

Did you know...
  • The correct pronunciation Dr. Seuss rhymes with voice?
  • After being turned down multiple times, Dr. Seuss was on his way to burn his first book when he ran into a friend newly hired at a publishing house?
  • Green Eggs and Ham has only 50 words and uses all words thought to be essential to early vocabulary development.
Don't forget, your local library can be a great resource. When was the last time you visited?

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

Travis J. Croken

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