NanoWriMo, It’s A Wrap!


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I know that you didn’t expect me to finish Nano so early. To be honest, I didn’t expect to finish either. But, let me first say that when Nov.1st came, I already had about 10 thousand words already on my project. I didn’t want to have slow days where I would slack off not write. So, you must be asking, how did you write 40k, in 10 days?  Here are some tips that helped me.

  1. Make Friends – This might sound silly, but it really helped me. I joined a lot of Facebook writing groups and even found YouTubers who were doing Nano also. We made our videos where we talked about our projects. We followed each other on our own social medias and stayed in touch.
  2. Word Sprints – I did a lot of word sprints via twitter, the nano-website and on other writer’s live streams on YouTube. This was fun because I wasn’t alone. We all had the same goal and that was to write. We talked about our stories and even got ideas from one another.
  3. Set a goal- The first few days I was hitting the normal minimum target of 1,667 a day. Then I changed myself to write 2k a day then bumped it up to 5k a day. I know you must be thinking, “Krystol, you are crazy”, I thought I was. But, I had the extra time in the morning since I’m not working right now. I wrote 2,500 words in the morning and then 2,500 in the evening. Some of my writer friends working in the mornings and at night, so I would sprint with them before they went to work.
  4. Read the e-mails from authors on NanoWrio- This kept me encouraged when I was just tired of writing some days. One that really spoke out to me was Dean Koontz. He gave us ( writers) advice on how not to accept no or follow other’s people rules. He gave the example of his agent not wanting to pitch a book that ending up selling millions of copies.

I know that it is still early in the month and some of you are still writing. I want to encourage you to keep going and not dwell on the word count, but to have fun writing the story. My story ended up being 50,089 words. I am going to publish it in about two weeks. I must say that I am very excited. I was going to wait until February, but I am going to put it out sooner. I hope that my subscribers purchase my psychological thriller and enjoy the read. Below is the cover and synopsis.

Synopsis:

Artie Leigh was never the popular guy. He was teased mercilessly for being different. It wasn’t until he made a YouTube channel that he found his place. Artie stumbled upon a channel by a girl named Kaylee St. James and subscribed. They became internet friends, and she made him a moderator for her channel. Kaylee was only interested in running her channel professionally, but Artie saw her as something more, something special. Artie was determined to win her heart and use his charm. Things were looking up for Artie. He had a place that he belonged and made friends in the online community. Artie had an opportunity to go to a meet and greet in London where he could finally meet Kaylee and her subscribers. But something unexpected happened on the trip that drove Artie a little over the edge. Will he be able to make Kaylee see his true feelings for her, or will she refuse him and kick him out of her life, forever?

 

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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.

 

Why I Write


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Hey readers! It seems that my bed is the perfect place to always write a blog or two. My mind has been focused on my current w.i.p ( work in progress) and of course I have not finished the other book that I started. Go figure. My mentor told me to write on what is speaking to me the most. Thanks, Deatri!

To some who have been subscribed to my blog for the last five years this may seem redundant, but I started writing poetry. I was subjected to bullying and did not know how to speak up for myself. I was not the poster child for not caring what others thought. I was fifteen years old, shy, timid and trying to figure out who I am. Well, in some ways I am still trying to do that, but at least I know that I am a writer, right? Writing was a way for me to no longer be a coward. It was me telling people to f off or leave me alone, but also hear my heart and be my friend. The words would flow so freely. It was like I was a public figure without no one even knowing who I was.

At almost seventeen years later, I have grown. I no longer hide behind my words, but now I tell the world my thoughts in a positive way where people can see my side. My point of view of different topics influenced by some of the greats like Stephen King, Colleen Hoover and even Libba Bray. Now I use my voice instead of hiding behind it. My voice matters and my voice is enough. When you writing, know that if your voice stands out to at least one person, that is all you need.

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!

 

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

Beauty Picks! Which Would You Wear?

 

Want to join my read along?


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I hope that your Thursday was really good! It’s almost Friday so don’t worry. I wanted to invite you guys to a read along that I am hosting on my YouTube channel! We ( me and my subscribers) do a weekly read a long where we vote on books to read together. This has been so successful and I wanted my subscribers here to join in. I will posting DAILY reading updates about the book and what I have read thus far and my thoughts. The readathon will start on Monday, September 18,2017 at 12am. We will be 75 pages a day  of this book here!

Jane Eyre

This will be my FIRST Bronte book so I am excited to see how it is. I did watch the movie a while ago and I fell in love with it. Hopefully, the book will not disappoint. If you had read this book before, please let me know what you thought about it. I hope that some of my subscribers here are able to join me!

 

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.

 

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman


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Title: Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

My Edition: Paperback

Page Numbers: 262

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: Before I started to read this book, I looked at reviews on Goodreads. There were so many 5 star’s that it made me very excited. But, as I started to read the book, I noticed that it was the first half was very slow. The plot twist was very interesting and it made me want to continue the book. Bird Box is about a girl named Calorie who lives in a town where people have died and disappeared due to a creature. She lost her sister and is now on her own with her unborn child. She sees an ad in the paper regarding shelter in house where others live. The key is to keep your eyes closed, because once you see something, you will die. This thriller was a little drastic for me in terms of the storyline. I am not going to give any spoilers aways, but I will say every reader is different and this book was just okay for me.

Learning To Play The Hand You Were Dealt


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Good evening, readers! As I sitting in my bed thinking, I thought I would write a blog for today. Things have not been going well as I thought it would. The job fell through that I was working for. Turns out, I was hired when I did not have the correct credentials to teach. This is a bummer. Luckily, I still have the writing gig, but it is not full-time. So, back to the drawing board I go. When life gives you a hand, you have to play in order to win the game. No matter what, I will always stay in the game.

I am not blogging to complain, but to inspire. I have cried long enough today. My tears are now dry and it is time to keep playing the game and win. This is all a part of God’s plan to show me my next move. But, whatever it is, trust me, my next move will be my best move. Learning to move in silence. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

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.