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The Chaos is over!

Welcome back. I am aware that things have been a bit disrupted as of late, but everything should be getting back to normal. The move into the new office space is complete and almost all the wheels are back on the track. Follow me on social media as I begin to stream-line my content. Keep reading to find out about all the exciting things coming in the world of The Calm Scribe. As always, thank you for your interest and please share this email with anyone you think may enjoy it.



A new home, a new setting for a horror story?

When my wife and I moved into our new home, we found that the previous owners let behind a rather old looking mirror. Of course my writer's brain kicked into overdrive and I have created the plot of this year's Halloween Story. Stay tuned for more details and look below for your Insiders Exclusive preview of the story and this year's contest.

New Website

The Calm Scribe Website is official! Just go to, As an added bonus, all past Story Cube Fridays are available on the site. Thank you for all of your support!

New Office

The move is complete and the new interim office is up and running. With an abundance of daylight in the new space, creativity is sure to be flowing. Follow me on Instagram for photos of the new office and to meet my new furry and feathered friends as I make them.


While I have not had to time to compile the list of contests, I can pass along that there has been no word on the one contest I have entered so far this year. The contest is being help through a company in Pakistan and is looking for short stories to turn into movies. I will let you know how everything turns out.
I am starting work on this year's Halloween story and getting ready for another contest. The working title for this year's story is: A Place to Call Home. A young couple moves into a new house and finds a mirror left behind by the previous owners. They think to throw it away, but always come up with a reason not to, unaware the mirror is controlling them, slowly turning their life into a living nightmare. I will be looking for approximately 10 names and characters. Information is slowly being rolled out on social media.
Projects On The Go

As mentioned above, preparations are well underway for, A Place to Call Home. This story will bring new meaning to the word dread.

Both stories that are being considered for films are currently undergoing assessment and I am still waiting final word on if they have passed societal standards scrutiny. Remember, different countries, different rules.

I am currently working on a Futurist Essay which I will be publishing later this year. As Insiders, you will be given an opportunity to read about some of the topics discussed in the essay in an upcoming Newsletter Special Edition. Spoiler alert: I see many great things for us if we can move past certain hurdles and move through this current fog of war and violence.

All That's Left Behind is the editing process, this leaves me more time to rework Project Persyphious. All of this along with a few other stories I'm working on will make for an very interesting and busy year.

This year will see me focus more on articles and opinion pieces, along with my usual stories. Follow me on Wattpad and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date.
Recommendations of the month:

The White Hats:

The White Hats are a Syrian Humanitarian Group attempting to help civilians trapped within the multi-sided conflict zones in Syria. Netflix has a documentary about the group and the work they are trying to do. While it is hard to watch, I recommend that you do. This is turning into an unimaginable crisis for the people involved. One which future generations will look back upon and ask us why we didn't do more. The first step for all of us is to open our eyes to the suffering, so that we may be able to create ideas to help end it.

Book Challenge 2018:

How are you doing with your 2018 Reading Challenge? So far I am at 5 of 26. Here is my list of books as it stands, follow me on Litsy for my reviews and thoughts on each.

1. Published in 2017/2018- Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
2. From the bottom of your too read list- Turtles All The Way Down -  John Green
3. You can finish in a day- Regarding the Pain of Others - Susan Sontag
4. By a female author- Bonfire Krysten Ritter
5. With a colour in the title- Policing Black Lives - Robyn Maynard

Tip of the month:

Zathom is website for creatives which challenges you to write within constraints. You are given three words and need to use each of them in s story no longer than 55 words. It is very challenging and very rewarding. If you have time to spare or are looking for a burst of inspiration head over to their website and check them out. Be sure to follow me on the site to see all the Zathoms I create!

What to share the Calm Scribe Newsletter? Go ahead! Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.
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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Not trying to be a season pusher, but it is time to think about Hallowe'en. After last year's success, I have decided to do another name contest. Watch for details on how you could become a character in this year's horror story.
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