Recommendations of the month:
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.
- 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
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