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Welcome to a soggy July.

 

It has been a wet summer here at the Calm Scribe HQ. While it has been rough on the garden, it has been great for reading and writing. I hope you are staying dry and keeping your spirits up, the sun will always come out again.

News
Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair. The day was a success and I was able to meet a lot of wonderful people and small presses. We ran out of The Lone(ly) Sentinel matchbooks and people loved the short story collection. I had a lot of fun and look forward to next year, where there will be a new short story collection available.

Trees Planted

Thank you to everyone who donated to help reforestation efforts at the Press Fair. With your assistance I was able to pay for 20 trees to be planted! That was enough to replace all the paper in the whole room, let alone my table. Together we can make a difference.

Box Set of Short Stories

While the Small Press Book Fair was a success, there are still a few copies of the Shot Story Box available. Contact for more information or you can order them from 'The Bookstand' on my website.  As always, thank you for your support.
The theme for this year's collection is, Emotion. Each story takes the reader on a brief, but strong ride. Pick up your Matchbook Edition today.
Projects On The Go

It's that time of year again and I will once more be competing in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Contest. It all starts Friday and I will keep everyone updated accordingly. It is always an exciting time and it's not too late to join.

Some of the short stories for, All That is Left Behind, are currently with the editor, with the rest on their way! Much like The Ferryman's Wife, this book should not be read before bed.

The Ferryman's Wife has been launched on Instagram as a daily serial and is beginning to heat up, with the average reader comment being, "I am loving this!". If you are a fan of sleepless nights, I highly recommend following along.

Stepping out of my usual role, I am documenting the fascinating story of a coffee grower. As the work progresses and I am given permission, more details will emerge. It is an honour to work on this project.
Recommendations of the month:

Instagram:
Instagram is a great app for photo lovers everywhere, yet it can also be used by artists and writers. Not only are you able to find The Ferryman's Wife on my account, you can also play along with StoryCubeFridays. Each Thursday, I post a photo from a random roll of Rory's Story Cube dice. On Friday I post the Insta-story I created and you are welcome to comment with your own. It is a fun way to give yourself a creative boost before the weekend. I hope to see you Friday! 

Book Challenge 2017: (Updated)

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 seventh 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.


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

7 of A non-fiction book.
Born a Crime - Trevor Noak

Tip of the month: Be Social.

Too often we use social media as a time filler. We quickly scroll through the posts of others and quietly chuckle to ourselves before moving on. We are losing the social aspect of social media, the interaction. As any creative who uses social media will tell you, it is frustrating to see many views and no interactions. Not to say that we are looking for constant validation, yet we all grow by input. The next time you find yourself about to complain about the interactions with your work, honestly ask yourself, when was the last time you interacted? It is amazing to see how your platform can grow when you reach out to others. Remember, energy begets energy.

Coming soon...
  • Tiny Teddy concept sketches
  • Flash fiction story
  • Test reading opportunities for All That is Left Behind
  • An exciting way you can help give back!
  • A book of poetry???
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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

Have a suggestion for the recommendation of the month? Email me at travis.croken@me.com.
 
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