Stepping Out Of Fear

I’m reblogging this in the hope that anyone suffering from depression will read it and be inspired.

Allison Maruska

Meet Lily.


We adopted Lily in 2010 along with her sister, Daisy. Lily and Daisy were part of a larger litter owned by a former student of mine, and when her family was moving out of state, the kittens needed homes as quickly as possible.

From the beginning, Lily was skittish. When we picked her up from my student’s house, she ran, hid, and shook. She didn’t like to be held.

For over a year, she didn’t like to be held.

Lily was never the alpha. If she was resting on the back of the couch, and Daisy jumped up next to her, Lily would leave. She hid from Tika, our older cat. Kids were lucky if they got to be in the same room with her.

For most of her days, she lived in fear.

Then, a couple of things happened. Tika passed away in November of 2014, and Daisy unexpectedly…

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Eight Reasons Why Writers Should Use Twitter

Great stuff from our friend Michael Dellert!


If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I have more than 5,000 followers and frequently post throughout the day.

How frequently? Every two hours. But I do take a break between 10 pm and 8 am Eastern Time.

A typical tweet has a two-hour shelf-life. That’s not much. If you want to get your content noticed—whether you’ve written it yourself or you’re retweeting someone else—you need to tweet throughout the day.

TwitterBut why Twitter?

  1. If you’re active on Twitter, it will refer a ton of traffic to your blog and website. (Twitter is my #1 source of website traffic.)
  2. There’s a large community of Indie authors on Twitter who are willing to help you promote your book and form supportive alliances. Endeavor to meet other authors in your genre, share blog posts and promote each other on Twitter.
  3. Twitter will help you market your books.
  4. Twitter is where…

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FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: If you could go anywhere in time, where would you go?


So? If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Today’s flash fiction challenge will be the seed starter for next week’s challenge. Each of you can suggest characters, a place, a setting, a circumstance, and we will compile them into choices for next week’s challenge.


WHERE would you go? Any place on Earth or some other planet or galaxy or… well, you get the idea.

WHO would you go with? Would it be you or a character? Maybe somebody from one of your stories? That could be fun.

WHEN? Into the past? The future? Maybe the girl’s locker room from your high school when you went there? (I’d totally do that one, by the way.)

WHY? Create a unique circumstance for a character to need to go into the past or future. This might be to save a life or steal money, stop an epidemic, who knows!

HOW? Why, by way of my time machine in The Navigators, of course.


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Okay, so you can suggest one thing or multiple things, answer WHERE but not WHY, answer all of them, whatever you want.  GO crazy. It’s Friday and I’m getting a cold so you have to help out today.

SHARE this challenge with your friends! They deserve a good time, too.

Thanks. I have some great stuff coming up for you Sunday. Probably. If I feel better.

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.” Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!


Words Of Strength & How They Apply To Writing


Teddy Roosevelt, and maybe Napoleon. Doesn’t matter.


How it applies to writing:

the ability to ask for one more review or apply to one more review site or ask once again for someone to consider letting you guest blog when 100 in a row have said no, to keep pushing to finish and then push to publish and when nobody buys the book to go right back out there and keep pushing. It is humiliating enough in a world unto itself and yet you go on. You are crushed until your soul is flat and you still go on. It’s gonna take doing that thing you hate or suck at. Public speaking or cold calling bookstores to ask to do signings.

Every person you know who writes will know that feeling, but most of them will not go on. If you can summon the courage to persevere, you will be their successful friend.

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.” Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Input, please!

This is an early version of the cover for my upcoming paranormal thriller.

I was thinking some demonic red eyes in the background, but I suck at covers.

Anyway, I’m not sure it conveys the essence of the story.

A cover should do that.


The story involves a small child and a some sort of being that is trying to kill her. What images say that? Blood on a doll? Red eyes against a cloud and a child playing in the foreground?

THAT is effing scary
Doesn’t get much more innocent that this!

A Google search on “blood on a doll” will bring up some reeeeeeally weird shit, so don’t go there. People are freaky.

I’m in a quandry.

Give me your thoughts!