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My Goals – Passion Planner

My Goals – Passion Planner
By Rebecca Besser

Last year I kind of took time off from writing; there were many reasons for it. And you might find that funny, because I still wrote and had publications in 2017. That’s because even when I’m not writing like I should, it doesn’t mean I’m not writing at all. Writers write—it’s part of who we are. Not writing makes writers stressed and grumpy.

In case you didn’t notice, I’m staging this to announce I’ll be writing more this year!

Since I know I’ve struggled with planning in the past, and I need something to keep me motivated long-term, I took serious action. I ordered a specialty planner. I ordered a Passion Planner, and I love it!

This planner has you set goals, figure out steps to reach those goals, and encourages you to make changes to meet your goals. And it motivates you for your professional and personal goals. It has daily/weekly schedule pages, monthly planning pages, and reviews at the end of each month to help your figure out what’s holding you back and what you need to do to push forward. I think I chose well for me.

As far as writing, I’ve set myself a minimum daily word count that will give me a minimum weekly word count. I’ve set my publishing schedule on my minimum word count goal. If I keep myself going at a steady pace for the year, I’ll finish multiple books—more than I’ve previously written in a year.

And I’m sure everyone’s thinking: “Duh, that’s how you do it!” But it’s not always that easy. A lot happens throughout the day, and sometimes it’s a very real struggle for authors to hit a set word count.

Previously, I just tried to write as much as I could, whenever I could. That worked for me for years. My life, however, has gotten busier. That leads to writing being a serious struggle, especially with stress. Stress reduces creativity for me. And then I get more stressed because I’m not writing. This leads to writing being hard and me not wanting to write. It’s a vicious cycle. I’m sure some of my creative friends can relate. I had to find a way to reduce the stress and find the strength of my creativity again, and I think I’ve done it!

Something positive I’ve discovered from setting myself a minimum daily word count, is I’m going over. The first week it was hard to meet my word requirements, but the second week, I found I was getting into the story and more words were pouring out of me. And, no, I didn’t count the extra words toward the next day’s count. One day I did skip because I was finishing something else, but I made up for it the next day and then some.

My goal is to stick with my self-imposed deadlines as well, which I’ve been doing well on so far. Not all of them have to do with writing, but most do in some way or another.

There have been two things I’ve fallen behind on, but I’ve finished one and the other is almost completed as well. I expected minor delays on some things. I know life isn’t perfect and won’t always go as planned no matter how well I plan it. So, with that in mind, I’ve given myself a “within the month” allowance. Meaning, as long as I complete all my plans for the month, within the month, I’m still going to count it as completing and meeting my goals.

It sounds fair to me, and makes things more “doable” in case life gets crazy for a week. That way, if someone at my house gets sick or my son’s goats decide to kid, I’m still good on my goals.

I’ve also noticed, with doing a detailed planner, where I can get more time out of my life if I would need to. This will help me implement new activity to meet more goals in the long run.

In the past, I thought planners were unnecessary and more work. Maybe something has changed for me. Maybe I’m now at a point in life where I appreciate writing things down so I don’t have to remember them.

Maybe it’s because I’m determined to meet my goals for 2018.

Regardless, I have faith in myself. I will accomplish more.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2018. All rights reserved.

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Self-Publishing – The One Author Show

Self-Publishing – The One Author Show
By Rebecca Besser

Life doesn’t always go as you plan. Take today for example… My plans were to go grocery shopping, write a blog post, and work on my taxes (it’s more involved when you’re self-employed). Guess what happened? My son’s pygmy goat decided to have twins…today (Saturday). Guess what that means? That I spent most of the day sitting in the cold barn. I have the smallest hands, so if the goat has issues, I’m the ones that gets to “go in” after it. There were minor issues, so I did a bit of going in and pulling. But both the babies are out and seem to be doing great.

Obviously I worked in writing this post. I also managed to do a bit on my taxes. But groceries will have to wait until another day. Not to mention all the other little things I’d had planned for the day that weren’t big enough to make it on the actual “to-do” list.

That’s how life goes, especially for an author with a family. Especially an author with a family that’s running a small farm. There’s always someone needing something… Your child’s sick, your spouse needs you to run an errand, you have to make a call about something, you have to check on animals multiple times to make sure everything’s okay, you have to help with your child’s activities, you have to go to your child’s school for one thing or another, you have to try to take care of yourself…you have to handle life.

What does that mean for an author? It means your schedule gets blown to shit sometimes. What does that mean to an author who self-publishes? Your book(s) get pushed back until you get time to do the writing, editing, cover, formatting, etc.

I had a book planned to come out in October. It didn’t. I intend to have it available by the end of February. How did that happen? The beginning of October is our county fair where my son shows animals. So, that’s a week of limited time for anything other than that. Then, there’s recovering from everything that got pushed back because of that week. Then my son injured himself and was on crutches for a little while. Then there was Thanksgiving and my son was sick. Then I was sick. Then we were in a car accident. My son had a birthday. Then my son and husband were sick. Then there was Christmas. Are you seeing how just living can suck the life out of life? LOL

I’m not complaining. I’m just letting you know that authors are humans too, with lives. Unfortunately an author’s life can’t always revolve around books, no matter how hard they try to make it revolve around books.

But, since I realized all my flaws in planning, I’ve made changes to remedy that. (More about that in my next blog post.)

Regardless, with all that going on, a self-publishing (sometimes) author like me gets behind. Because writing a book takes a lot of time. Editing a book takes a lot of time. Creating a cover for a book takes a lot of time. Formatting a book takes a lot of time. And when you self-publish, all the quality of the work is on you (even if you have someone help you with any step(s) of the process).

When you’re doing it all on your own, it takes a lot of time that has to be worked in and around…life.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2018. All rights reserved.

Read My Writing…For Charity

Some of you may or may not know that I have written for charity anthologies where the proceeds go to a selected charity to help people or causes.

So, you can read my writing…for charity!

Below, I’ve listed all the books that are currently available, in case you’d like to feed your reading addiction while helping a good cause.

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Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care – registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658

Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology.

A charity anthology of short Zombie Stories created in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care (registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658). All royalties (100%) are to be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Treasured Chests is a unique, intelligent and terrifying collection of short Zombie Stories. An eclectic collection of short stories brought to you by the Zombie podcast Good Morning Zompoc, featuring the finest authors in the Zombie and Horror Genres.

*Warning Explicit Content*

Content:

  1. Foreword – By Diane Coughlin
  2. Invasion A – By Peter Mckeirnon
  3. Run from the Dead – By Marc Moore
  4. Adam’s Birthday – By Claire C Riley
  5. Not the Main Character – By Devon C Ford
  6. A Flash of Light in the Darkness – by Marilyn Peake
  7. Scarecrows – By David A. Simpson
  8. To Walk the Halls – By Rebecca Besser
  9. Last Light – By Christopher Artinian
  10. Judgement Day – By Ricky Fleet
  11. Wolfe in Dead Clothing – By R.L. Chambers
  12. Beginning of the End (Garage Survival) – By T.D. Ricketts
  13. Bobbies Boobies – By Grivante
  14. Insomnolence – By Valerie Lioudis
  15. Concrete Jungle – By M.R. Wallace
  16. The Karakyuza – By Kevin J Kennedy
  17. Slayer – By Andrew Lennon
  18. Zombie Granny – By Steve Higgs
  19. Betrayal – By Jaime Johnesee
  20. Flesh – By Stuart Keane
  21. House of Dead Repute – By Matt Hickman
  22. Excuses – Cartoon by Stan Yan

All royalties are to be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658.

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The Undead That Saved Christmas

The Undead That Saved Christmas is the heart-chilling anthology with stories across the spectrum of holiday mythology. The perfect stocking stuffer that doesn’t include a box of shotgun shells or a macheté, The Undead That Saved Christmas brings together various talented authors and artists from Great Britain, the United States and Ireland. Stories include The Magic of Christmas, by Rebecca Besser; Santa Claws is Coming to Town, by Calvin A.L. Miller II; Night of the Frozen Elf, by Richard S. Crawford; And to All a Good Fright by Stacey Graham; and many others. The anthology also includes rich illustrations by David Naughton-Shires, Jason Tudor, Chris Williams and more. Another thing to expect in this anthology is a fun collection of holiday zombie-themed poems and carols. And to wrap things up there is an awesome assortment of original comics, from Mike Schneider, Nate Call, and many others. Proceeds from the sales of The Undead That Saved Christmas benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency (hugsffa.org) and will help them give their foster children gifts this holiday season.

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The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2

Another round of ghoulish holiday stories, The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 is an anthology of both jolly and frightening proportions. From zombie toys to flesh-eating Santas, Vol. 2 is sure to be the most unique gift under the tree. The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 brings together various talented authors and artists from across the world.

Stories include: How I Got My Sack Back, by Stephen Johnston; Death and the Magi, by Joe McKinney; Zombies We Have Heard on High, by Jamie Freeman; You Better Watch Out, by Scott Morris, and others. Get into the Christmas spirit with carols and poems such as ‘Twas a Season of Zombies by Rebecca Besser and The Last Noel by Craig W. Chenery.

Whether you buy it for yourself, a friend, or family member, know you’re doing it for a good cause. Proceeds from the sales of The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency (hugsffa.org) and will help them give their foster children gifts this holiday season.

Table of Contents

Stories and Poems
Introduction By John Olson and Bud Hanzel
Oh, Tannenbaum By Rebecca Snow
How I Got My Sack Back By Stephen Johnston
Death and the Magi By Joe McKinney
‘Twas A Season of Zombies By Rebecca Besser
Emergency Rescue By Kelly Dunn
The Last Christmas By Emma Ennis
Zombie Party Mix By Beth Bartlett
Attack of the Zombie Toys By Melissa Helwig
Zombies Don’t Jingle By Rusty Fischer
Zombies We Have Heard on High By Jamie Freeman
You Better Watch Out By Scott Morris
Christmas of the Dead By Timothy J. Collins
Daddy’s Angel By Kevin Walsh
Dinner at Eight, Dead by Dawn By Nathan Correll
With a Little Help from my Elves By Suzanne Robb
Believe, Annie By Eloise J. Knapp
The Gingerbreads 2: The Girl in the Christmas Pajamas By Lyle Perez-Tinics
The Last Noel By Craig W. Chenery
Zombies Don’t Pop By Rusty Fischer
Survivor’s Christmas Carols By Bud Hanzel and John Olson

Comics
A Zombie Christmas Story By Robert Freese – Illustrated by Amanda Stoltz
Even Zombies Need a Christmas By Brian S. Logan – Illustrated by Brian McCranie
Looking A Gift Dog in the Mouth By Wm. Brian MacLean – Illustrated by Wm. Brian MacLean
All Sales Final By Mike Schneider – Illustrated by Alex Kautz

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The Carnival 13

Come one, come all! Step right up and join thirteen masters of macabre literature as they take you on a journey unlike anything you’ve ever traveled. We’ve got freaks, fantasy and fear; all lined up waiting to take your breath away.

Will you be tempted by the Freaks of the Flesh? Astounded by the Freaks of Fantasy? Baffled by the Freaks of the Mind? All this and more await you for just the small price of three tickets… and your soul.

Featuring all-new and exclusive chapters from John Everson; Jason Darrick; Dan Dillard; Charles Colyott; Dale Eldon; James Garcia Jr.; Matt Schiariti; Anne Michaud; Rebecca Besser; Armand Rosamilia; Jon Olson; Brent Abell; and Julianne Snow – this twisted tale will leave you gasping until your last breath.

All proceeds to benefit Scares That Care!

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Stories From The Chapel

This anthology is a collection from professional and amateur writers, poets, and artists who all have one thing in common: a passion for the film “Night of the Living Dead”. In an effort to preserve a piece of cinematic history, they have joined forces with the Fix The Chapel movement to save the iconic building that appears in the opening scenes of that historic film. Located within the Evans City Cemetery in Evans City PA, the chapel is being threatened with demolition due to a lack of funds to maintain it. By purchasing this anthology, you will not only be entertained by some incredibly talented people, you will also help to preserve one of the last remaining ties to a film that has inspired countless film makers, authors and horror fans. We thank you for supporting the cause.

(Photo) – Chapel – Alfredo Torres
Introduction – Alfredo Torres
(Photo) – Gary and the Chapel – Alfredo Torres
Foreword One – Gary Streiner
Foreword Two – David Moody
(Art) – Burning Agenda – Tricia Martin
1 – Burning Agenda by Dean Vanderkolk
(Art) – The Chapel Restored by John McLain
2 – Poem 1 – Survival Chapel – John McClain
(Photo) – Chapel Doors – Alfredo Torres
3 – The Evans City Cemetery Shindig – Kelly M. Hudson
(Art) – Crying in the Chapel – Richard Dean
4 – Crying in the Chapel – Richard Dean
(Photo) – Chapel Haven – Alfredo Torres
5 – The World of Zombies – Rebecca Besser
(Art) – Dreamscape – John McClain
6 – Poem 2 – The Last Stronghold – Cecelia Robbins
(Art) – Save the Chapel – Kristal Stittle
7 – Refuge – Kristal Stittle
(Art) – Under the Rainbow – Tricia Martin
8 – Under the Rainbow – Paul S. Huggins
(Art) – The Chapel Restored – John McClain
(Art) – J. Dennis Bounds
9 – Benediction – J. Dennis Bounds
10 – Poem 3 – A Chapel’s Tear – Sandy Patton
(Art) – Ouch – Shane Ryan
11 – Ouch – Darren Barker(Photo) – Chapel side – Alfredo Torres
12 – Billy’s Remains – Rich Hawkins
Art – Night of the Living Wed – Philip R. Rogers
13 – Going to the Chapel – Tonia Brown
(Art) – Side Trip – Richard Dean
14 – Side Trip – R. G. Nojek
(Art) – Stormy Monday – Tricia Martin
15 – Stormy Monday – Glenn Brauer, Tricia Martin and Gordon Martin

Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care

My story, To Walk the Halls, is included in Treasured Chests: A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care!

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A charity anthology of short Zombie Stories created in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care (registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658). All royalties (100%) are to be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Treasured Chests is a unique, intelligent and terrifying collection of short Zombie Stories. An eclectic collection of short stories brought to you by the Zombie podcast Good Morning Zompoc, featuring the finest authors in the Zombie and Horror Genres.

*Warning Explicit Content*

Content :

1.Foreword – By Diane Coughlin
2.Invasion A – By Peter Mckeirnon
3.Run from the Dead – By Marc Moore
4.Adam’s Birthday – By Claire C Riley
5.Not the Main Character – By Devon C Ford
6.A Flash of Light in the Darkness – by Marilyn Peake
7.Scarecrows – By David A. Simpson
8.To Walk the Halls – By Rebecca Besser
9.Last Light – By Christopher Artinian
10.Judgement Day – By Ricky Fleet
11. Wolfe in Dead Clothing – By R.L. Chambers
12.Beginning of the End (Garage Survival) – By T.D. Ricketts
13.Bobbies Boobies – By Grivante
14.Insomnolence – By Valerie Lioudis
15.Concrete Jungle – By M.R. Wallace
16.The Karakyuza – By Kevin J Kennedy
17.Slayer – By Andrew Lennon
18.Zombie Granny – By Steve Higgs
19.Betrayal – By Jaime Johnesee
20.Flesh – By Stuart Keane
21.House of Dead Repute – By Matt Hickman
22.Excuses – Cartoon by Stan Yan

All royalties are to be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658.

Murder They Wrote – Serial Sikk Publishing

My story, Debt, is included in Murder They Wrote from Serial Sikk Publishing!

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Murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. But what triggers someone to take the life of another? That is the question we asked, and in this collection of short stories you get a lot of great answers. There is something for everyone in this bone chilling anthology filled with new and familiar names in the horror world. The only rule we laid out was that each story had to have a death, and believe me, we got more than we could have ever dreamed of. So sit back, turn down the lights, and prepare yourself…because someone is about to die.

Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse

My story, Disappointment, is included in Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse!

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What happens when a metal band gets caught up in the apocalypse? Even better, what happens when you give that same scenario to twelve of the genre’s hottest authors? Rosamilia, Besser, Abell, Buda, Shelman, Silverman, Stallcup, Wallen, Johnesee, Wilburn, Welmerink, Madron … each author was put to the task to take the apocalyptic story up to eleven.

1. 12. 11. Do the math. It all works out to rock and roll; zombie style.

On Sale – Nurse Blood

After a bit of confusion, the sale actually started today (the 27th).

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Sonya Garret roams the bar scene hoping to steal the heart of an unsuspecting victim—literally…

Sonya, better known as Nurse Blood, is part of a team of lethal organ harvesters who seek out the weak to seduce, kill, and part out for profit on the black market. When Sonya meets Daniel McCoy, a young man recovering from a broken engagement, he’s just another kill to line her pockets with quick cash.

Agent David McCoy vows to find out how and why his twin brother Daniel disappeared…

Daniel’s body hasn’t been found, and the leads are slim to none, but it won’t stop David from dedicating his life to solving his brother’s case. When the evidence finally uncovers the shocking truth that Daniel’s disappearance is linked to organ harvesters, David knows his brother is most likely dead. But he’s determined to stop the villains’ killing spree before they strike again.

One last harvest is all Sonya and her team need to put their murderous past behind them…

A family with the rarest blood type in the world is the only thing standing between Sonya and retirement. David McCoy and the FBI are hot on their trail, though, and multiple targets make this the most complicated harvest yet. Will David unravel Sonya’s wicked plans in time to avenge his brother and save an innocent family? Or will Sonya cash in her final kill and escape for good?

Murder for profit stops for no man when you’re Nurse Blood.

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