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A new venue for authors

As authors, we are always looking for new ways to reach our readers. I was contacted by these two lovely ladies, through friends made on Lisa Burton Radio, to promote their startup on YouTube. Check out what they have to offer, and there are some pretty decent prizes available here too.

CraftQuest 2018 Launch

Co-Founders: Maria Tureaud & Ari Augustine

Motto: We are warriors of the written word.

This month, Maria Tureaud and I are launching CraftQuest, a LIVE YouTube webinar series for serious writers. We wanted to create the equivalent of The View for seriously determined writers willing to transform their failures into successes and want to “get shit done”.

Each month, CraftQuest will host between five to ten writers to chat about their unique writing lives, creative processes, and lessons learn from rejections. We will share tips, perform open critiques, and collaborate with other humans who want to improve their works in progress.

At its heart, CraftQuest is mostly about making connections with writers who understand how terrifyingly maddening writing can be and recognize the value and beauty each writer brings to the table as a literary artist.

We will pull the curtain back to reveal what it really takes to write a book.From the pre-research stage to the querying phase, we delve into our fears, lay bare our failures, discuss our projects, and shed light on the realities of writing life. CraftQuest is a place for us to use our bruises, cuts, and scrapes as weapons of motivation, and to address the flaws of our work in a constructive manner.

At CraftQuest, we are a “revolution of writers.” We share our passion, hunger, and drive to create the best versions of our work for publishing. We believe that together we are empowered to create fearlessly, encouraged to write authentically, and embraced for the uniqueness we bring to the publishing industry.

Episode one: The Art Of Making It All Up airs February 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.  Our guest speakers include: Vivien Reis, author/writertuber, and Justine Manzano and Megan Manzano from The Inkwell Council.

To kick off our launch, Maria is giving away three first pages critiques. I’ll be giving away one FREE download of Scrivener in February, March, and April. All entrants into the giveaways must be followers of our CraftQuest YouTube channel and our Twitter profile.

Maria Tureaud bio: 

Maria is one half Tolkien, one half Captain Kirk. She began writing fan fiction in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. With a passion for history, fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, she likes her heroes tough, and her heroines tougher. Blogger, Tweeter, and Writetuber, Maria is a co-founder of CraftQuest — writers helping writers. With a penchant for query writing, she strives to break down the doors, change the conversation, and hammer home the truth: a writer’s craft level determines their level of success. They are their own gatekeepers.


Ari Augustine bio:

Ari Augustine is an ENFP Type A personality who works as a freelance writer in Seattle, Washington. As a wearer of many hats, she graduated in 2017 with a degree in Science and is actively pursuing an English Literature degree alongside a certification in editing. In her spare time, Ari created Ravenous for Reads, a blog dedicated to the lifestyle of book lovers, and in 2018, she became co-founder of CraftQuest, a webinar series created to discuss the turbulent nature of writing. After growing up in foster care and struggling with Anxiety, she believes in taking risks and passionately diving into the art of writing. After all, life is too damn short to be doing anything, but the one thing that brings you happiness.

Social media links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writecraftquest

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZMncuN-YLU-vsTySyQuBYA

Maria’s twitter – https://twitter.com/Maria_Tureaud

Ari’s twitter –  https://twitter.com/SouffleLumiere

Ari’s blog: http://www.ravenousforreads.com


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I am an idiot

I have a houseful of company this weekend. As such, I am not coming up with something deeply creative today. Instead, I’ll make a confession to the world.

I’ve never been one for reality television. My wife will watch something on occasion, and I zone out with one project or another. In similar fashion, I’ve never gotten into YouTube — until recently. This probably makes me a bad human, but I’m addicted to videos of people lancing boils, carbuncles, cysts and whatever else you call such things.

These come in various forms:

They start out with doctors extracting the entire bubble of fluid (pus) completely within it’s natural sac. These are boring.

They are followed by doctors lancing and draining the various infections. These are clinical but interesting.

Next is the third world. Sanitation is weak or non-existent. The interesting part is these people don’t whine or wince at all. They accept their fates without any anesthetics at all.

Moving on to tattoo parlors and beauty salons. These are getting interesting. People make a loose attempt at sanitation, usually by putting on some kind of black rubber gloves. They still place cutting implements on dirty tables and such. There is always a crowd around, and sometimes crap squirts for yards. Any women involved squeal and jump as the cyst is squeezed.

Then there are the redneck versions. Now we’re talking! This style of video is like the Darwin Awards – Junior.

These usually start off with some young dude making his best pro wrestling poses and grunting. Sanitation usually isn’t even attempted; although, I saw one guy who cut a hole in a garbage bag and placed it around his cyst. I also watched one guy dunk his carpet knife in his highball before going to work.

These videos usually involve a barbecue, and a ring of people standing around the victim patient while holding long-necked bottles.

Once the rednecks get to work, someone usually refers to the boil as a “little brother.” Someone usually retches, but that could be from the beverages, or the quality of the barbecue. I watched one cyst squirt a graceful arch over the top of the “surgeon’s” drink. The surgeon simply moved it  aside, took a swig and kept squeezing.

Surgical equipment usually involves an Exacto blade held in a pair of pliers. I have seen a handful of carpet knives, and one Buck folding knife. The dogs usually clean up the patio.

I don’t know what it is, but these things crack me up. If one of these guys cut his whole arm off, I’d probably laugh anyway. It has nothing to do with the process, it’s the people that get my attention. These people are real live humans. It means we can do some pretty outrageous things with our fictional characters and still be believable.

I think I must be going to Hell. There is certainly something wrong with me. Maybe there is a 12 step program somewhere.


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