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Respecting The Creation You Were Meant To Be By Irene Santiago

“They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Dear Younger Me, I can only speak from my personal work experience in the film industry. No matter what your profession,  circumstance, or age, your character is a reflection of the choices you make. Thank goodness there is grace. I often tell my own kids and my acting students  to make the decision of who they  are now, as well as what their standing values are, before they get pressured by the world and peers. I discuss with them to make smart, informed choices regarding tough decisions now that they’re not pressured by others who do not have your best interest at heart, because there will always be consequences. You only get one you, and you will be recognized for your personal character and actions for all time and “internet eternity.” Let me tell you a little story about  my “BIG DECISION.” Years ago, in the year B.K., (B.K. = Before Kids), I was new to the …

How God Revealed My Core Message

Last summer after completing my seventh novel, I felt depleted and lost as a writer. I had to force myself to write or check email or even look at a book. My fields needed to fallow. God said rest. I said but but but… oh, all right. I spent weeks in prayerful introspection, journaling my feelings. Eventually, my thoughts cleared and my spirit calmed. Then something unexpected happened. Questions began to pop into my mind, one by one. Questions I couldn’t ignore. Why do you write? What would you write if no one would ever read it? I’d spend days contemplating and scribbling out the answers. Once answered, another question would come. Finally, one stumped me. What is the core message God has given you to share and who needs to hear that message? I’d never thought about my core message as an author. I first started writing stories for funsies. I wanted to craft uplifting, unusual stories to encourage and entertain. Of course, I made sure every story had a solid theme, but I …

How I Became A Bestseller Author by Michelle Onuorah

It’s a tour stop! I’m happy to introduce to you folks for this first time on this blog, author Michelle Onuorah! She’s one of the most remarkable authors whose work I’ve come across, one of the reasons being that she makes no apology/excuses for her style of writing. When you read her book, whether you’re a Christian or non-Christian, it’s impossible not to walk away in a jaw-dropping manner. I believe Laura Pol of Crafty BookSheeps will agree with me! My head’s still reeling from reading her new book Jane. I’m honored to be part of the blog tour team, and today Michelle is guest posting here. If you’re a writer just starting out, her words of wisdom are exactly what you need. Those who’ve been in the business will agree with Michelle’s words. So folks, I present to you … Michelle Onuorah!   I wrote this on Facebook a few days ago and feel it very appropriate to open this post with the same words: “I just realized that 10 years and 5 days …

Three Things Every Indie Author Needs to Know by Erin Sands

Hello folks! Today, author Erin Sands will be guest-posting on TBAP as part of the tour for her new book, The Dunes. Please, make her feel welcome! My name is Erin Sands and I am the author of a faith-based, inspirational book entitled, The Dunes. Although every author’s journey is different, there are three key points that when applied will make your indie author experience far more rewarding. Strive for Excellence As an author, writing The Dunes reinforced the most important and the most necessary aspect of writing: Re-Writing. . There is no way around that. To produce excellence as a writer you must be open to re-writing and re-writing again and then re-writing some more after that. A first draft is merely that, a “first” draft. As writers we need to be open to re-examining the way we expose a story or a point of view to the reader. We are not our audience so if you are the only one who understands your writing, that’s a problem. There were times when I was …

Interview & Guestpost! ~ Filmmaker, Nadine Lee

Folks, not long ago, I discovered Nadine on twitter. She’s in the process of preparing for a project subsequent to the movie Wheeler. We chatted a little, and I really got interested in her project, as I’ve never seen or heard of the topic of ghosts handled in a Christian movie before. So I invited her over to talk about it a bit. Maybe it will pique your interest as it did mine? After her post, you can find our chat. Here’s Nadine!   Summary for Wheeler Do you believe in ghosts? Find out in this gripping supernatural suspense thriller who or what is responsible for killing patients in an old veteran hospital. Synopsis (Short version) Wheeler is a supernatural suspense thriller set in a VA hospital in the fictional town of Las Verdes in San Diego, California. Steven Crane, a lonely Iraq war veteran admitted for an infection of an old wound finds himself almost murdered in his hospital bed. He finds out the attempt on his life is not unusual for this hospital, …

My Roller Coaster Writing Journey

  Just for the record, I love roller coasters. I love the speed, the highs, and lows, and twists, and turns. I love the adrenaline rush, the air time, the dark places, and even the moments of fear. I enjoy it because I know I’m safe, and that I will arrive in one piece at my destination. My writing journey has been very much like a roller coaster ride. It’s been a long one, having stepped on it back in 2005. Actually, I’ve been writing all my life, but it was in 2005 that I fulfilled my dream of writing a full novel. That first novel was a joy to write. The words flowed so quickly, I could barely take time away from my computer, and, a mere three and a half months after I’d put fingers to keyboard, I’d completed a 130,000-word story. I was to learn later that 130,000 words were excessive for my genre—30,000+ excessive. But I also realized that I, essentially, had two stories in one. So I cut the second story …

Book Review: The Dead-simple Guide 3-Pack Series (Part 2) by Nick Thacker

About the Book Launch an award-winning blog, now! These guides are short, sweet, and to the point, and will help you with three main facets of blogging and blog-growth in the early stages of your blog’s development. Get all three guides in one place now for a great introductory price! The three guides you’ll receive are: 1. The Dead-Simple Guide to Amazing Headlines 2. The Dead-Simple Guide to Pillar Content 3. The Dead-Simple Guide to Guest Posts Category Non-fiction Genre Self-help/Blogging Rating 4 Stars Review The Dead-simple Guide To Guest Posts “The real secret of overnight success is that it takes a lot of time, energy, effort and sometimes, money.” —An excerpt. Nick opens with the story of his early days as a blogger and presents in a snap the true scenario of the online environment at the time. He describes his initial expectations and why he failed, and then takes us through his learning process. With this, he aims to make clear that successful blogging, though may be “fast-paced, amazing, and is not easy,”  requires …