Monday Blog: December 3, 2018: 24!!!!!

It’s December!! Woolaston Entertainment’s unofficial birthday month! I came up with it in the summer of 1994, but to make things easier, I celebrate it’s birthday on the same day as mine: December 1st. Together, we’re another year older, and a little better.

This is the first blog for the month of December, the final month of 2018. I’m going out with a BANG: the online store is up and running! All of June Parris’s titles are available for sale, and so are most of mine. I will add more over the next week or so, but for now, there are plenty of books for readers to choose from. There are also bundles available for specific series, so you can purchase the entire series and save a few coins. Who doesn’t love saving money? 

So, what took me so long to create an online store? Simple: fear of failure. This is something I’m sure many people can relate to. I finally got over my fear, and took a giant leap forward. Rise or fall, this is something I have put off long enough and it’s time to move forward. 

This month I’m celebrating 24 years of writing, drawing, painting, and creating. I will reflect on all things Woolaston Entertainment, and talk about all of the things I’m planning for 2019 as well.

On a side note: The NY Giants won their game on my birthday weekend, so HOORAY!!!! See you next week. 

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Monday Blog: Nov 19, 2018: News for W.E.

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your NaNoWriMo is going well. Between moving to another state and settling in, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to my writing as I would like to. Slowly but surely, I’m getting back on track. This week, I wanted to share some news:

W.E.’s Anniversary

Woolaston Entertainment is turning 24! I’m the mother of a millennial! Isn’t that crazy?! It’s hard to believe that 24 years ago, I found my passion for writing and creating, and developed something wonderful. I’m still thinking of ways to celebrate W.E.’s birthday, so stay tuned!

Online Store

While I was in transit, the online store had to be placed on pause. But, the good news is, I’ve ordered some books to replenish my inventory (I sold everything I had before leaving NY), so I’ll have books for sale again! Buying directly from the W.E. site will save my readers money and time. The titles that will be available next month are Fortune’s Wing and Valentine. I’m looking forward to serving my readers again, and I believe this will be very successful.

Valentine’s Return

Yes, you read that correctly: Valentine is making a comeback. I’m currently working on Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep, which is the final installment of the Valentine Apart series. This book will tie into the plot for my next series, Valentine R. I have some really bold ideas for this series, and I’m certain readers will enjoy it as much as the original. 

The Future of the Monday Blog

I’ve been thinking about getting rid of it for some time now. I’ve decided this year will be the final year of the Monday Blog. Instead, I will post a blog that will not run on a set schedule, which honestly takes a lot of pressure off of me. Post will be uploaded throughout the month, and I’d like to include more work from my fellow writers. I’m still working out the details, so I’ll keep you posted.

Until next week!

Monday Blog: Nov 5, 2018: Tips for Creativity

Welcome to the first blog for November! As most of you probably know, November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. This is the time, writers do their best to crank out a novel, within thirty days. Can it be done? Sure. Sometimes, the hardest part is simply getting the writing done. Writer’s Block can sneak in and steal your creativity. It happens to every writer. This week, I’m sharing some of the things I do when I need a boost of creativity.

 

Words from a bucket

Grab a sheet of paper, a pen or pencil, and a bucket (or a hat, or some kind of container). Make a list of at least thirty words: names of people, objects, names of places, colors, etc. Leave some space between each word, because when you’re finished making your list, your’re going to cut each word apart. Fold up the words, and drop them into your bucket, hat, or what have you. Shake it up. Now, without looking, draw three words from your bucket. Your assignment: write a short story,   using the three words you have chosen. You can also clip words and lines out of magazines and newspapers to do this.

 

Get descriptive

Sometimes I have a little trouble describing things, such as everyday objects. So, here’s a tip: look around your room (whatever room you’re writing in), pick a random object, and list as many things about it as you possibly can. If you came up with five things, pick another object, and try to come up with eight things. 

This activity will require at least one other person. Grab a magazine (a decorating or gardening magazine works best for this). Choose a page that has a picture of a house, or the interior of a house, or a garden. Write a description of it. Then, have someone else read your description, and look through the magazine and try to find the picture you described, based on your description. Obviously, don’t include things like “page 241” in your description. 

 

Meditate

Believe it or not, this can make a HUGE difference. Sitting quietly and listening to the sounds of the room can be very relaxing. Silence allows your mind to wander, and you’ll be surprised at the ideas you’ll come up with, when you’re focusing on nothing. Or, listen to some relaxing music. You can search for “meditation music”on YouTube, and come up with a ton of free results. 

These tips help me, and hopefully, they’ll help you too.

 

On a side note, today is Guy Fawkes Day:

Remember, remember! 
    The fifth of November, 
    The Gunpowder treason and plot; 
    I know of no reason 
    Why the Gunpowder treason 
    Should ever be forgot! 

 

Until next Monday.

Monday Blog: Oct 29, 2018: Erin Michaels: Spooky B

Welcome to the final Monday Blog of October! Sorry its late, but I’m having issues updating my other website. However, despite the technical difficulties, the month is ending on a high note for W.E.: I published my 24th book! Erin Michaels: Spooky B: An OLORR Halloween Book, is now available in paperback form on Amazon.  In this book, Erin covers all of the things that scare her…and all of us.

Publishing was a little challenging. My new laptop didn’t come with Microsoft Word, but thankfully, I was able to use Google Docs instead. Create Space and KDP were recently combined, however, there is a downside: cover design templates. The templates that were available on Create Space, aren’t available in KDP. So, if you’re publshing a book that’s the continuation of a series you started in Create Space, good luck trying to create a similar cover for the continuation of the series. It’s a little annoying, but I’m sure I’ll find  a way around it.

 

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Some of the experiences Erin mentions in Spooky B mirrir my own. For example, when she mentions the Merchant House Museum, that really happened to me. I did see an orb, and I did photograph what I believe is the spirit of a woman from the previous century. The pics are in my instagram account somewhere, and on a flash drive. I’ll re-post when I find them.

Spooky B is available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1728846269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540861217&sr=8-1&keywords=erin+michaels+spooky+b

Until next week!

Monday Blog:October News

It’s the first day of October and the first Monday Blog of the month! Greetings, everyone! October is one of my favorite months of the year. Fall is here, so there’s a chill in the air (so it’s also Hoodie season, which I also love). With Halloween just thirty days away, I like to focus on some of my other interests: things that are Gothic, the paranormal, and anything spooky or weird. To celebrate this month, the theme will be centered around anything spooky or Gothic. I’m working on a special book for Halloween, and there will be tarot card readings throughout the month! So, let’s get started.

Erin Michaels: Spooky B

In case you couldn’t tell, the actual title is Erin Michaels: Spooky Bitch. While “bitch” won’t appear on the cover, it will be featured on the title page inside the book. Erin of the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series returns in her third stand alone book, but this one has a twist: she’s going to share all of the things that scare her (and the rest of us). She’s going to go back to the Victorian Era, and work her way forward to modern times. Books, movies, and superstitions: anything and everything spooky. It’s just a little something I’m putting together for Halloween, and I think everyone who reads it will enjoy it. 

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Tarot Readings From Dylan Maycriss

I’m still doing research for The Age of the Daughterwhich is the sequel to The Witch of Fulton Lane. Everytime I learn something new about the history of witches and witchcraft, it leads me to something else I want to research further. I know I will need to stop researching and just write the book at some point, but this is a very interesting topic, and I want to pump as much info as I can into this book. But, I also want to promote it, during the month of October. I thought, what better way, than to have my main character, Dylan Maycriss, the psychic/witch, offer tarot card readings! The readings will be FREE, and available all month long, and if visitors would like to make a donation to my website, they’re welcome to, but it isn’t required in order to receive a reading. This will be for entertainment purposes only, but I want everyone to have fun with this and enjoy it.

Tarot Card Readings, a new book for Halloween, and a dash of spooky: October is going to be a great month. See you next week!

Tarot Readings from Dylan Maycriss

October will soon be upon us, and Halloween is fast approaching. This is the time of year, I like to explore my Gothic side, and my interest in the paranormal, more than usual. This year,I’ve decided to try something new. This October, throughout the month, tarot card readings will be available on woolastonentertainment.com, from Dylan Maycriss of The Witch of Fulton Lane.  I wanted to find a new and interesting way to promote the book, along with the upcoming sequel, The Age of the Daughter.  Beginning October 1st, hen you visit my website, there will be a place for visitors to request a FREE tarot card reading from Dylan. I’m considering posting a daily tarot card pick as well, but we’ll play that one by ear for now. There will be an option for visitors to make a donation, but again, this will be optional. Also, please keep in mind the readings will be for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. I’m really excited about this and I hope everyone will check it out. 

Blessed be!

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The Witch of Fulton Lane

 

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Monday Blog: Back to School; WE is Relocating!

It’s September, everyone! Fall is fast approaching, which means it’s time for students to go back to school. This month, I’m going to discuss the series I’ve written, which series is appropriate to younger readers vs older readers, and there will be a few discounts for eBooks! Plus: I have a BIG announcement concerning the future of W.E.

Back To School

Did you have a Summer Reading list? Did you finish it? Not to worry! With the first day of school approaching, you can still read some new books and start the school year on a high note. If you like fantasy, Fortune’s Wing is the book for you. If you prefer action and drama, you may want to give Valentine a try. If you like punk rock or musical fiction, Our Lady of Righteous Rage may be your thing. Like paranormal stories with ghosts and witches? You my like The Witch of Fulton Lane. The online store is currently out of stock, with the exception of a few copies of the censored version of Our Lady, but you can always purchase my books via Amazon’s website.

New WE Logo

 

Woolaston Entertainment is Relocating!

I have some news. Woolaston Entertainment will be relocating! I will be moving W.E. (and myself) to Virginia. This is something I have been considering for a long time, and now it looks like it’s going to happen. I am taking my baby back to its original home, in Hampton. With the sale of all of the first editions of the books I published thru Xlibris, I will be able to start fresh with copies of the newer editions. This means, I will be able to expand the online store. So, I’m in the process of making this happen, and I will keep everyone posted throughout the process.

While I’m in transit between NY and VA, the Monday Blog may not be available on woolastonentertainment.com. However, it will be available on my WordPress site: woolent.wordpress.com. Until next Monday!