Spookathon TBR


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How spooky is this! It is that time of year again for spookathon. Last year I used to watch everyone’s videos and see what they were reading. Well, I am going to try my hand at it starting today. I usually do not do well with readathons, but I am really going to put a good conscious effort to try and complete it This readathon is started today and it ends on October 22nd! Below are the challenges and the person that started this readathon, Lala. I really enjoy her videos and her dedication to her channel.

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Lala of Books and Lala! Subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Rules for Spookathon

Brought To You By: Books and Lala
spookathon links
2017 playlist→ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
twitter→ http://twitter.com/thespookathon

shannon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxAT…
paige: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUF9…

spookathon dates
October 16 – 22, 2017

Spookathon challenges
1. read a thriller
2. read a book with a spooky word in the title
3. read a book based on a childhood fear
4. read a book with orange on the cover
5. read a book that has a spooky setting

Here is my SPOOKATHON TBR!!

Spookathon TBR

I am currently reading Rose Madder by Stephen King. This is the book that was chosen for my Readalong on my Youtube channel ” Kreative Krystol Reads N Writes”. If you’d like to join in on the read along feel free. We started today and are reading 75 pages a day! Let’s have a blast!

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Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover


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This book was something that I was not expecting. Then again, you always say this when it comes to Ms. Hoover. Without Merit made me sob like a baby and question my life and mental health. This book is so captivating, honest, raw and straightforward about a girl named Merit who just wants to matter. She feels over looked by her family and incapable of love until she meets someone that makes her question everything. I do not want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that this is one to pick up and have in the books. Colleen tells stories that makes people think and want to learn.

 

NanoWriMo Prep, Are you ready?


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I’ve come to look forward to this challenge every year no matter what I have going on in my life. This is my way to complete a task and de-stress from life. My life is not the best, but it is not the worst, either. Any way, I am ready to write. I will work on an erotic novel. You guys have seen the cover before, but I will post it again at the end of this post. I am so excited to complete yet another book. This one will be self-published.

Lately, as I have been doing my research and reading writing books, I notice that self-published is the way to go in terms of money, but traditional publishing is better in terms of your work being marketed properly. I must admit, my marketing skills are NO good. Besides you guys, acquaintances, friends and family, I do not know who to pitch to. Okay, let me get back on board here. NanoWriMo! Nano, is a way to get that book completed that you had stashed away from many years. It’s a way for you to achieve that dream of writing a novel. Of course, you determine if you want the world to read it, but the writing part will be done nonetheless.

If you are interested in being a writing buddy, I am KDP Krissy. I’d love to connect with you! We can do writing sprints and talk about our works. I really enjoy making writer friends and I want to do that more. As a writer it is such a lonely world and I feel alone. Others don’t understand because it is not their dream to be successful with words. I would love to hear from you.

My Writing Project For NanoWriMo2017

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Who Is Prissy P?


Who is Prissy P?

 

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There are so many misconceptions about BBW (Big, Black, Women). Some say they are lazy, unmotivated, fat, and just disgusting. The term big or fat has been tossed around like a rag doll for years. The ridicule and harsh words may have affected some people’s self-esteem, self-image and way of life. But, it has not affected Prissy P aka Precious Lassiter. This YouTube Sensation, entrepreneur and go-getter has beat the odds and proven to the world that being big does not mean you cannot live your life. Starting her own cosmetics line, Prissy has showed many people that you can continue to be big and beautiful. Prissy gave me the 411 about how she got started and what is coming for her in the future.

Krystol : What made you want to start your own cosmetics line?

Prissy P: I started Prissy Cosmetics because I am big on self-love and confidence. I never wore make-up and when I did it made me feel so different. A little pop of color can make you feel like a new lady!

Krystol: Did you always have an entrepreneur mindset?

Prissy P: Yes. Since I was born, I always acquired leadership skills. I have a younger brother who I was always like the mother of, while our mom was at work. I knew I was born to be a boss.

Krystol: What advice do you have for people who want to start a business?

Prissy P: I say, go for what you feel. Stay true to your passion. Always keep God or your higher power first and keep pushing.

Krystol: If you could do anything differently, what would it be?

Prissy P: Hmm. It would have to have been to stay in school and further my education. However, everything happens for a reason.

Krystol: What is next for Prissy P?

Prissy P: What is next for me is a plus size work out line. I feel this is needed because it is so hard to find. I think we all (big girls) should look cute going to the gym as well. Stay tuned; the best is yet to come!

There you have it! Prissy has spoken. My subscribers and I will continue to follow Prissy’s moves as she continues to murder the internet showing women that you can still be big and be a boss!

 

Prissy Workout

 

 

Want to buy these looks and more? Go to http://www.loveprissyp.com for great cosmetics and more!

Beauty Picks! Which Would You Wear?

 

The Waiting Game With Queries


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Happy Wednesday! I hope all is well on you end. As for me, I am learning patience in more ways than one. Let’s see, I will say that my mind is on an overload from querying so many agents. Granted, agents look so many queries everyday, but for some reason I have in my mind that they are supposed to respond to me as soon as I send the e-mail. LOL! This is silly I know. I am learning patience, but it is getting hard.

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I have read and watching many videos on how to pass the time when waiting to hear back from agents. Thus far, I have queried about 60 agents and have gotten 8 rejections. The ball can still be in my court, so I have not given up hope yet. It is still alive. Since I have started this process of traditional publishing, my mind has not been on writing anything but my blogs here and my article for Conscious Talk Magazine ( btw, go subscribe at conscioustalkmag.com). I am still job hunting like crazy so I am trying to stay occupied. How can you when you read books that are NYT’s Best Sellers and know that pieces or a few pages of your works is out there for agents to read and determine if I have a best seller too? So, this is what I have come up with:

  1. Meditation – Relieve some of the anxiety that I am feeling.
  2. Pray – Prayer changes EVERYTHING!
  3. Read – This is a given. You can not be a writer if you are not a reader first. ~ Stephen King
  4. Talk To Writer Friends – I do not have many writer friends that I talk to often so I will have to get some new ones on twitter.
  5. Breathe – This is a given.

Get out of your own way

 

Lately, to pass the time I have been thinking a lot about my life thus now and where I want to be in the next five years both personally and professionally. My goal is to be a New York Time’s Best Seller and continue to write books while I change the world with my words. I will still work a day time job as well ( preferably with writing) or helping in some capacity whether it is through research, etc.

 

Want A Paid Writing Gig?


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My fellow writers! I have a GEM for you! I know how we writers want to make a living writing or at least be appreciated for what we have to bring to the table, right? I came across this online paid magazine by networking right here on wordpress. I started to read other’s blogs and BOOM there it was! Yes, I am talking about this banner right here:

This is totally legit! I even signed a contract and met other writers for the magazine as well. This is a new magazine and I must say that I very excited to accept the position of a columnist! My areas of expertise will be for Bookish News and Reviews, Writer’s Life and Fashion & Beauty sections. I could not be more proud to be a part of a great magazine. If you have more questions please do hesitate to email the editor at EDITOR@CONSCIOUSTALKMAG.COM.

My Thoughts:

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If you look back on my  What’s On Your Writer’s Bucket List?  back in 2013, I stated that I wanted to write for a company. I did not specify what type of company because it could be anything. I have been a contributing writer for a few magazines, but never having my own column(s). This opportunity is so exciting for me. You have no idea. I want all of my writer friends to join in on this venture with me if you are interested and have the time.

I got a job today!


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It is almost Friday! Which means for me, this is my LAST full week being unemployed! You’ve guessed it if you need not understand the title. I was hired today! Yep, I have a full-time job you guys. I must say that I am so excited because this is my first time working in this field. I am excited and nervous. I know you must be wondering, well what will you be doing? I will be teaching at a daycare. I know kids can be a handful at times, but they are just so cute as well.

I am excited to be of the working world again, but then it is time to pay bills. This could be  rewarding or daunting experience, lol. At least you know that things are being paid, but I have to budget and save money. Nonetheless, I am happy. I will continue to write on my blog and post videos on my channel. It is something that i will not doing. I am so excited for my newest venture.

Writing Woes


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Hey readers! It’s Wednesday and that usually is the least favorite day of the week for most. If you are like me, I rather enjoy this day. It is in the middle. If you have writing goals like I do, then it should be a good day. Today, I am focusing on reading, but getting my writing schedule together for tomorrow. I have a story that I need to finish. I had stopped it to complete my latest project, but now I am thinking about the story more and more. What do you do when you can not get a story out of your head? You write!!

Writing Woes

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As a writer we have so much on your minds with life that the woes can bring our writing down. At times we can be so lost in ourselves that our craft suffers. I know I have had my share of woes this year. With trying to find a job and still thinking about my writing, the writing woes has really done a number on me. But, if you focus on the positive, the negative will eliminate itself. Or so it should. Channel the positive energy with your life and your writing. It took me a few years to eliminate negative things and people from my life. At one point, I thought they had to stay because we used to be close or it was being ” nice. Well, not anymore. I am happy with where my life is headed for the most part. The only thing left to do is get an agent so that I can write books for a living full time. It’s almost every writers dream, right?

Life can be much and it also happens. We can not control the things that are going to happen. Meaning, in our lives what we can control is how we react to things and people. The last thing I want is my writing to suffer because of things that are out of my control. Writing woe is not me and it most certainly will be you. Make a schedule and write just a little bit a day. At the end of the day, when you feel that you have no one and life is not perfect, your words are always there to carry you through.

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray


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Wow! This tome here was excellent! Okay, I read this book for the TomeTopple readadathon that is going to be over on August 17th! I read this with a buddy named Kaylee who I met on twitter! She’s a great person and loves books just as much as I do. Any whoo, Libba Bray has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so captivating and the worlds she brings to life makes me want to go there. This tome or big book was over 500 pages and we finished it in just a week. This book is about a girl named Evie O’Neil who has a supernatural gift. She is able to see what others have been through just by touching something that is meaningful to them like a shirt or a pen. She is what you call a Diviner and others are like her in New York City. She lives with her uncle due to getting in trouble. But, as I was reading this book I wanted to know what came next. Libba Bray has really outdone herself with this one. Now, I will not give any spoilers, but I will say that the ending was not favorite, but I still recommend this book. In fact. I am reading the second book in this series right now and it is a tome as well coming in at 618 pages. I know I will fly by it since it is just that good.

Procrastination


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Happy Monday! I know please do not sound so grim. It will not be that bad today. We are all going to have a good day, right? Right! I wanted to touch on procrastination. We all do it and as we do it, we wish that it was not a thing. For any writer it is hard to keep on track sometimes. We may have something going on in our lives where writing seems impossible. I have been there and I know that life happens.

How do we not procrastinate? Well, I have a couple of things that have helped me. Sometimes we have to do things that are out of our norm or things we would usually do. There will be trial and error, but figuring out what works for you.

  • Keeping A Schedule  – This can work many ways. You can keep a calendar and put different things that you write on different days. For example, on Monday, write a blog, Tuesday, write three chapters of a novel, on Wednesday work on journaling. Having a calendar can be beneficial. But, if you are like me, this does not work. It will work for a few days and then that is it.
  • Writing Daily  –  It’s a little similar to keep a schedule, but not really. Writing daily can be for the same project. If you are writing a novel or a screenplay, you may write every day until the project is finished. This can be more of a habit because on the days you do not write, you will feel weird when you have not written anything.
  • Writing Partner  – I have had many writing partners or buddies through out of writing career. They are there to hold you accountable with your writing. Your partner may suggest sprints or even put you on a writing schedule to make sure that you are keeping busy. I have an accountability partner, her name is Jennifer. She is a great friend. We met in a writing group on Facebook and have been rocking out together since. I have read her work and vice versa.
  • Writing Prompts  – I know we have those days when we are not really into our projects. It is okay. We are human and have those days at times. What works best for me is to still write by utilizing a writing prompt. Sometimes I will blog it or write in my writing journal.

These are just a few things that you can do to not procrastinate. Will you follow these examples and never procrastinate again? Of course not. I will not even follow these all the time, but it is nice to do when you are feeling like you are in a writing slump. Let’s talk in the comments, what do you do to not procrastinate?