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The Great Reality (of Quarantine)

The word on the street is we might be home-bound until May. I’m just finishing up week two, and I’m already over it.

How are you fairing through all this? Has your data consumption sky-rocketed? I joined an online group of my Renaissance Faire friends, and we’re planning a multi-video get-together soon. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to it. To see faces and hear voices will be good for my soul.

I find I have become more productive around the house, but not with any crafts or writing projects. I’m reasoning my mind needs the physical distraction and movement to stay preoccupied. I have attempted to get back to a work in progress from a few years ago, but it’s slow going. I’m out of practice again. Still, I’m not beating myself over the head because of it. I published the Sir Ivan’s Train sequel, and that is enough for now.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Go outside and walk when you get a chance.

This has been,

FanTC

Books and Affiliated, From Writing to Publishing, Ponderings

“It’s Getting Harder to Wake Up.”

When you use your personal life experiences to develop a character’s struggle.


Don’t underestimate the connective power of your own story – your personal testimony. People connect to emotions. This is why teenagers (and certain moody writers) listen to sad music, angry music, heart-breaking music – because they desperately need to feel connection.

It’s no different with readers. If they’re going to pick up your story and thumb through the pages, they’re looking for a spark of connection. When they read the author section in the book aisle and inspect the summary, they’re weighing the odds of whether this will be a story worth their dime.

If you notice, the people who get the most attention and subsequently the most followers are those who exposed themselves to the world. They’re not ashamed of their struggles because they know the hardships make them strong. People gravitate toward honesty and strength.

What you must ask yourself is what do you have to offer the world? A really good story of success? Or a great testimony of survival?

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin

Mind & Body, Raw

On Social Distancing

There is a random stretch of road in Shullsburg, WI, and if you put your car in neutral, it will slowly start to roll…UPHILL.

True story.


Mt Horeb, WI loves their trolls fairytales so much, they decorated the entire town with unique sculptures. It’s so renown, in fact, when they built the bypass over the highway, truckers started calling it Mt Horeb Trollway.

True story.


You might get eaten by a shark in Darlington, WI.

True story.


The Pegasus is real, and he’s beautiful. (Just look at that muzzle. What a ham.)

True story.


This lonely, forgotten memorial in Madison, WI is likely the most beautiful site you’ll ever see.

True story.


How are you social distancing? We took a day trip through southern Wisconsin exploring little known sites, tucked away oddities, and viewed a wondrous countryside which reminded us there is so much of the world to explore outside our scope of imagination. Check out this bizarre mini-seum of concrete sculptures in Shullsburg, WI. Some Austrian guy designed them after he retired in the 50’s.

True story.

This has been,

FanTC

Raw

Today is…

Today is the International Day of Happiness. In the States, we are often reminded and led along by the “pursuit of happiness,” but as Mark Twain put it, happiness is simply a contrast to the negative. Without experiencing sadness or misery, you cannot possibly know what happiness feels like – or appreciate it.

I think we’ve all been through a lot in just the past two weeks. There were some steep valleys we had to descend through. Many of you are likely still tumbling down the valley with all these business closures and layoffs. Take heart. This can’t be the end yet. You’re still here, after all. There is breath in your lungs and life in your limbs. Turn your chin up, trudge mightily through this deep, deep valley, and remind yourself…

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

― John Lennon

 

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin

Books and Affiliated

It’s Finally Here

The long-awaited sequel to Dragon King, the newest installment in the Sir Ivan’s Train series, WIZARD RING has hit the market!

Now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. Perfect for those quarantine blues, this story is sure to thrill!

Click here to read it!

Or if you haven’t read Dragon King yet, you can find it HERE.

And don’t forget, there are FREE short stories for your entertainment – a gift for you just being you!

~~~FanTC