Sunday, October 13, 2019

WORD PLAY PODCAST - WEEKLY TOP TEN - 10/06 - 10/12


















These are the most-listened to episodes of the week. Did your favorite make the list?

1)   Bruce Olav Solheim
2)   Casey L. Bond
3)  
Bob Brill 
4)   Jenna Greene
5)   Mark Carnelley
6)   Sandra Brown
7)   Piper Rayne
8)  
CJ Baty 
9)   Grace Augustine
10) Marianne Rice


*stats compiled from Podbean - these do not include numbers from ArtistFirst Radio Network

Saturday, October 12, 2019

What Writing Gives to Me ~ Tracy Ball



When I think of my writing, I tend to think in terms of what it can bring to the world. I hardly reflect on what it brings to me. But, in truth, writing makes me a better person.—At least in my head lol, which is good, because that’s where I spend most of my time, anyway.



 
There aren’t many rules to writing—there are, but they aren’t universal (they’re applied on a story by story basis). One of the few non-negotiable rules is, be true to the world you create. You’re the god of your story. You make the rules. If you don’t like the rules, you’re story-god, you can change them. But, if you put a rule in place, you can’t break it. I.e., if in chapter two, you tell a reader your character has never seen the color blue, she shouldn’t be describing sapphire lakes and azure skies in chapter four.

In being true to my fictional worlds, I am learning to be true to my reality. I am responsible for the little world of Tracy. I need to be true to the person she is. Not who others think she is. Not a projected image she hopes she can pull off. In Tracy-world I am the main character. I have dreams, and goals, and limitations. They exist in my world, so I must be true to them. I can’t pretend I don’t matter, because I’m the main character. The rule is, the main character has to matter. I can’t live up to other people’s expectations, because my life isn’t their story—my character wasn’t created to follow their rules. Likewise, I don’t apply Tracy-world laws to other people. I’m not writing their story, I’m writing my own.

Another gift my writing gives me is a love for the villain in me. I’m not talking about being bad or evil. But a villain is the hero of their own story. They only become villains when they are present in other character’s stories. As I said, I was not created to follow the rules of somebody else’s story. That will often make me an antagonist by simply existing.

My very best villains have taught me to be okay with that.

My villains—and I want to emulate them—concern themselves more with action and achievement than they do approval. My villains conquer or accept their limitations and adjust accordingly. The villains I love are badass precisely because they follow the rules of their own story. Even if that means being the bad-guy in somebody’s else’s tale.

This frees me as a writer and as a person. Because I’m following the rules.


Listen to Tracy A. Ball's podcast episode here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Episode 102 - Guest Bruce Olav Solheim



Bruce Olav Solheim - author of Timeless and Timeless Deja Vu
 
Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi https://wordplaywithkristineraymond.podbean.com/e/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/ https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3







Episode 101 - Guest Casey L. Bond



Casey L. Bond - author of the Frenzy series, the High Stakes Saga series, and The Harvest Saga series.
 
Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi https://wordplaywithkristineraymond.podbean.com/e/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/ https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3







Sunday, October 6, 2019

WORD PLAY PODCAST - WEEKLY TOP TEN - 9/29 - 10/05


















These are the most-listened to episodes of the week. Did your favorite make the list?

1)   Bob Brill
2)   Mark Carnelley
3)   Jenna Greene
4)  
BB eBooks
5)   Alex Burns
6)   Susan Boles
7)   Grace Augustine
8)  
TwinsieTalk Book Review 
9)   PJ Tracy
10) Aleatha Romig


*stats compiled from Podbean - these do not include numbers from ArtistFirst Radio Network

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Writers on the River, Thistle Farms, and my love for both ~ by Angie of TwinsieTalk Book Review



Hi Everyone!!! I am Angie from TwinsieTalk Book Reviews, Writers on the River Author Event Host, and Healing with Words NP Charity Co-owner.  Besides all those jobs I am also a full time Special Education Pre-K Teacher, mom, dog rescuer, and wife.  Life is so busy, and I can’t imagine it any other way.





I am blessed that Kristine has asked me to come and chat for a few minutes with her audience to talk about many different subjects. My love for blogging, promoting, and event planning are evident when I talk to anyone.

Lets jump in and talk about book signings…..more to the point…..My book signing called Writers on the River.  You can go to www.writersontheriver.com for more information.

I feel extremely lucky to have meet and friended Jillian Jacobs because without her none of this  post would be possible.  Jillian and I met at a book signing in Indiana in 2013.  She contacted me after to review for her and BOOM instant friendship.  One day I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw her say “Hey I think I might plan an event in Peoria, anyone interested?”  I jumped and said I lived here with my TwinsieTalk Book Reviews blogging best friend Melinda Bones.  Next thing I knew, we had a meeting, and were signing contracts to form Writers in the River 2016.  Jillian grabbed her friend Anya Breton and TA-DA we became the solid team we are today.
This picture was taken the very first meeting of the four of us. 

Photo by Jillian Jacobs
 
We were all so nervous because would any author want to attend?  Could we even get readers in the door?  What happens if we fail?  ANXIETY CITY!!  Now when I look back at this picture Jillian took, I am overwhelmed with pride.  Pride at what we have accomplished and pride at how much money we have raised for our charities.  We are kicking off year 5 and have raised $24,000 in cash and $1,000 in supplies for our charities.  For a group of women who didn’t think anyone would want to come, I think that is a pretty amazing total!!

Photo by Eric McKinney


This picture was taken at the end of #WOTR19 with our friend Dorris.  She is a speaker we have come up from Thistle Farms to help spread the message of their charity.  We fully support 100% now as our only event charity.  We have been blessed they are super supportive of us and have been so wonderful with working with us to help them help their residents.  If you aren’t aware of Thistle Farms check them out here at: https://thistlefarms.org






If you have continued reading, I am hoping you are interested to learn about my event and NP Healing With Words.  Well friends, grab a drink and lets keep on chatting!!


Photo courtesy of Angie Johnson
After the success of Writers on the River 2016 the four of us decided we wanted to take this event more seriously.  We wanted to legitimize what we were doing. The four put our heads together and formed a 501 (c) 3 NP Charity called Healing with Words.  We played off Thistle Farms tagline of Love Heals.  We figured Healing with Words was due to the fact of authors and their love of writing words plus readers and their love of reading words would be a foundation of our charity.  We have been blessed by the support of around 20 authors who have stuck by our side since the very first year.  I am pretty sure that is an impossible task for events and yet we have the #WOTRFamily behind us.

Photo courtesy of Angie Johnson
The four of us love what we do.  A huge bucket list dream was for the four of us to go and take a tour of Thistle Farms in June 2019.  We loved getting a personalized tour and hearing all about good Thistle Farms does both in the USA and internationally now.  They are a social justice enterprise helping women overcome addiction, prostitution and trafficking. When we walked in, we felt like Rockstars because someone knew who we were in EVERY SINGLE DEPARTMENT!!  The hugs and tears flew like crazy but for the four of us, taking part in the daily meditation circle had the tears flowing freely.  I can’t stress enough what an amazing opportunity we had.  We suggest anyone who is in Nashville to go and check them out.  Hanging out for a couple hours in the shop buying so many items and then eating in their cafĂ©, was the highlight of the day.
  

The following day would prove to be even better because we got to meet Becca Stevens the FOUNDER of Thistle Farms.
Photo courtesy of Angie Johnson

Meeting your idol……Words couldn’t be expressed when we introduced ourselves and SHE KNEW US.  We were sobbing listening to her message that day.  Powerful, Hopeful, Energized, and Meaningful are the words I can only use to describe how we felt leaving to go home.
As you can see by the post, if you have hung in this long, the four of us believe whole heartedly in what we are doing.  Each year we are humbled by the number of authors who want to attend our event because of word of mouth from their friends and our attending readers.  Authors tell us how amazing they have heard we are, how organized we are, how fair we are, how we treat everyone the same and equally, and how we CARE about each and every single author.


So now is when I am going to share my #WOTR20 event information for you.  We would be honored and overjoyed to see anyone attend.  Our tickets have just gone on sale and VIP/Early Access go quickly so if you are in the Peoria, IL area on July 18, 2020 then grab a couple tickets and see what we are all about.  You can grab tickets at our webpage listed above or come and join our reader group and see what we are all about and who we have attending this year.  Since this is our 5th year we are expanding and growing to get even more authors in.  WE currently have 121 authors attending!!  YIKES and YIPPEE!!!


Ticket information:

VIP - $45  12pm - 1pm with a stuffed swag bag, 1pm - 5pm general signing, and after party access from 7:30pm -11:30pm.

Early Access - $25  12pm - 1pm with a stuffed swag bag, 1pm - 5pm general signing, but no after party ticket.

General Admission - $10  1pm - 5pm general signing.

After Party $35  – come and eat some yummy taco bar, mashed potato bar along with get a few silly pictures taken in the photo booth with you and your favorite authors.

Thank you so much Kristine and I look forward to having you attending #WOTR20 in July.


Listen to TwinsieTalk Book Review's podcast episode here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019