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"Give yourself the freedom to fail." - Alison Levine

Hi friends,

I just attended a webinar for project management by the amazing Alison Levine, author of ON THE EDGE, who climbed Everest TWICE. Though she had to turn back a couple hundred feet from the summit in 2002, in 2010, she made it all the way to the top. She is an amazing speaker, and had so many great lessons, not only for a PMP like me, but for the writer in me as well.

The main takeaway for me was: "Give yourself the freedom to fail."

Failure is important in everything. We learn from our failures. Alison mentioned we have a lack of tolerance for failure in our society, which is a shame. Lack of failure inhibits innovation. It halts our ability to advance. Her example was, without the first guys who made it to the summit of Everest, the next people to try would not have had the knowledge to make it, too. Every time someone makes it, there are more lessons learned to share with the next teams who try.

Other things she said that resonated with me are:

Fear is okay. Com…

My Experience with Kindle Scout

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Hi friends!

Last Tuesday, I announced to you all that my book, THE BLOOD OF SEVEN, was not selected by Kindle Press, despite all the hard work I put in marketing it and getting the word out.

Today, I'd like to write about the experience, start to finish. I'll do all I can to keep any bitterness from creeping in, but I apologize in advance if it does. :)

If you want to know what Kindle Scout is, go here to learn more.

Step One: Create Your Submission

I crafted all the parts of my submission in Word so I could keep an eye on the character counts. YES, CHARACTER counts. Not words, letters and spaces and punctuation. The only exception from this character count "rule" was the title. The one liner, the description, the author bio, and the answers to the questions I chose all had character restrictions.

I get it. Kindle Press wants to know if you can succinctly define your book in all its parts and pieces. Once I got it whittled down to the bare minimum, I plopped the tex…

THE BLOOD OF SEVEN was NOT chosen

Hi friends,

So, I just got word that THE BLOOD OF SEVEN was not chosen by Kindle Press.

BUT IT'S OKAY!!!!

No need to send sentiments and sympathy. I'm good with this. It was something I tried, and part of me always felt it was a desperate measure.

I've already submitted it to a small publisher here in Colorado, and I plan to pitch it again at PPWC at the end of the month. I have options. And, now that I know I have a wide support group, I can only visualize success at this point!

Onward and upward!

I'm also nearly 40,000 words into the new novel, PHOTOS IN DARKNESS.

Stay tuned for more!

Peace and Keep Writing,
Claire L. Fishback

“Do your art every day, no matter how crappy your day is.” ~Ksenia Anske

Hi friends,

The quote in the title of this blog post, and at the start of this Tiny Buddha article resonated with me today.

I love how the author of the article described himself as having a "rich inner life" as a kid. I was like that, too. I'm STILL like that, actually. You should hear the voices in my head, and ride the trains of thought that go every which way. It's like Jim Henson's The Labyrinth - the part in which Jareth is walking around on stairs upside down. Sometimes it gets darker and sucks me into an abyss in which I can't control where my thoughts go. In those times, I have to literally physically shake my head to jump off the dark pathway into the light.

I was told once that I have a very free associative mind, as I'm sure most creatives do. Sometimes I forget where my initial thought that led me down the tunnel started from, and sometimes I can trace it back. Usually when I voice the final thought out loud to Fishubby, I have to retrace the …

Chapters are up!

Hi friends!

As promised on my lovely (read: goofy) Facebook Live video, I have uploaded readings of the first two chapters of THE BLOOD OF SEVEN to YouTube. You can access them at the links below!

I wanted to also take this time to send out a sincere and gratitude filled THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated my book so far. I'm back in the Hot & Trending status as of sometime yesterday. Let's keep up the momentum! Five days left! Let's do this!

I did both of these readings in one take, so please excuse any pauses, flubs, or "wrong" way of saying the dialogue. I hope you enjoy them! I do voices... and it's fun.

Chapter One
Chapter Two

Feel free to leave a comment here or on my YouTube channel to let me know what you think!

And... yes... don't forget to NOMINATE my book! http://tinyurl.com/TheBloodofSeven

Peace and Keep Writing,
Claire L. Fishback

LS Hawker Asks the Author this time!

Hi friends!
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by LS Hawker, author of three Harper Collins/Witness Impulse thrillers on her blog this week! Check it out!
http://lshawker.com/claire-fishback-interview/
And, if you enjoy thrillers, consider buying her books, available from all book sellers, but I've linked to Amazon below, for ease of access. :)
THE DROWNING GAME They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right. Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free. Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary. But when Petty learns the truth behind her father's madness—and her …

Ask the Writer: An Interview with MYSELF!

Hi friends,

Instead of obsessing over my Kindle Scout campaign (which is going awesome, by the way), I decided to dedicate today's post by answering a few questions about myself. It only makes sense since I tend to talk to myself, and answer myself's questions, when I'm alone (I SWEAR I'm talking to my dog). I do hope you find my answers interesting.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn't associate myself with the title of WRITER. I penciled my first story at the age of six. SIX. At that age, my stories were about pets and animals getting into some kind of shenanigans. I remember writing a story about my family and using photos to illustrate. I also drew some of my own illustrations. I think it helps to have various creative outlets. When one well dries up, I have another well to pull from. If I'm not writing, I'm painting. I got really off track here!

What book are you reading now?

I recently finished C…