Posted in Beautiful People, Stories

Beautiful Books 2017 – NaNo Prep

Hey guys!! Can you believe it?? NaNo is almost here! It seems like the time has flown waaaaay too fast.

This year, I’m going to do Paper Fury’s Beautiful Books again, and introduce you to my NaNo Novel. This year, I’m going traditional and starting off with an entirely new story. Continue reading “Beautiful Books 2017 – NaNo Prep”

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Posted in Writing Tips and Tricks

The Importance of Non-verbals in Stories

93% of our emotional communication is through non-verbals.

“What in the world are non-verbals?” You ask.

Well, non-verbals are defined (by my textbook) as “communication other than written or spoken language that creates meaning for someone.”

So, instead of you simply asking what non-verbals are, you cock your head curiously, raise an eyebrow to show that you’re asking a question, and your voice raises at the end of your sentence, verifying that it is indeed a question.

Yes. That.

Why are they so important to add to stories? Continue reading “The Importance of Non-verbals in Stories”

Posted in RAKs

YOU can help Las Vegas

What words can describe the horror of Las Vegas?

We were driving through the mountains Sunday night without any cell coverage on the way to a college campus visit and didn’t hear of it till the middle of a class I got to sit in. It was an Intro to Media Writing– intro to writing news stories– and the Prof brought up the Vegas story as an example of how reporting works in the middle of a crisis. There I read the words.

50 dead.

400 wounded.

Worst mass shooting in the United States.

As if everything wasn’t already bad enough, the numbers have risen from yesterday morning. 59 dead and 525 wounded.

There are only a few words that can describe this horror:

Catastrophe.

Calamity.

Devastation.

I’ve often felt that, after a personal tragedy, the world keeps truckin’ on, completely uncaring. That doesn’t have to be–not here, not now, not with this. People, no matter who you are, there are many ways we can help the victims of Las Vegas heal.  Continue reading “YOU can help Las Vegas”

Sept RAKs: Day 9

Today… well, today I didn’t really do any RAKs since I was getting paid for being nice and doing something I like. Basically, there’s a festival that my neighbor goes to and does pony rides at. I took an afternoon shift. So… I was paid to hang out with horses and make kids smile! Awesomeness, right??

What did you do today?

Sept RAKs: Day 7

Today, I took my siblings and my cousin to a girls’ Bible study that we’re all a part of. Apparently now my aunt is enjoying the benefits of me having my license as well! Hahaha. But we all had fun seeing our friends, and I did have fun explaining that I’m able to drive everyone over now!

What did you do today?

Sept RAKs: Day 5

This weekend my family spent time with the rest of our close family for Labor day. We always have this weekend to ourselves and camp out on Grandpa’s yard to enjoy good quality time together. That being said, I don’t remember what RAKs I did. Helped with food? Held the door open at the musem?

Anyways. Today.

Today I went grocery shopping and when I checked out, I avoided the self-checkouts. Because they hate me. Really truly. And because of that, I got to see some really cool earrings and compliment the cashier on them. It was dolphins.

What did you do today?

Sept RAKs: Day 1

Today, I (and my family) sent a card to a sick friend of ours. We just found out that he was sick yesterday, and so I snatched a card out of my stash (Yes, I have a secret stash of cards. Doesn’t everyone??) and sent it via snail mail. (I love getting snail mail, but that might be just me.)

What did you do today?

Posted in Challenges/Awards, RAKs

Have You Ever Heard of RAKs?

With everything bad that’s been going on in America and the world lately, I thought it was high time to start something good. Cue RAKtivism. I know. Big word. Let’s say it together. RAK-tiv-ism. There we go!

RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness. It’s something you don’t plan, just stepping out of your way to do something good for someone you see in your day. It’s defined as a “selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier.” It doesn’t have to be big, but don’t feel limited either! (There is an organization that will actually help to fund expensive RAKs! Check it out here.)

More than just me doing it, I was wondering if you would like to join me. One person can make a difference. Two people can make a bigger difference. A whole host of people can make a huge difference. For the month of September (Sundays excluded for good behavior and a change to breath from all the posting 😉 ), would you join me in doing at least one RAK a day, posting about it, and encourage your readers to join in as well?

If you’re interested in joining, comment below and let everyone know you’re in! Then, with each of your posts, use the tag #SeptRAKs and display this banner:

Post about the different RAKs you did for the day to encourage each other and to give everyone ideas. If there are days when you just don’t feel well or didn’t go out or something, that’s fine! We all understand that things happen in life.

Are you worried about not having ideas? Check this site out right here for a ton of different ideas. You can also check out other people’s posts to get ideas or Pinterest, or simply help in an area where you see a need! An RAK is incredibly simple, yet can turn around an entire day or week for a person.

So. Are you in? Are you ready to change the world?