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Saturday, March 18, 2023

A Didn't List

 I always create a weekly to-do list. I don’t always accomplish every item like exercising three times a week or making doctor appointments. This past week I lost my to-do list. I did look about for it but no doubt I must have tossed it with the other papers that were trashed.

So, what did I do? 

I did nothing. 

Not one activity that I had on my list. 

Sure, I have to do it next week and the chores might pile up but I refuse to be stressed by it. I refuse to feel as if I failed because I didn’t so-called accomplish anything. Everything will get done sooner or later. 

I’m not writing this because I’m saying to escape from your life for a week. There are some things that can never be put off like going to work, caring for your kids, caring for an elderly parent, and eating, just to name a few. But if you can let those little chores that nag at you and stress you out be put aside so you can get off your feet, read a book, catch up on your favorite show then take that time. 

Is there something in your life that you can put off for a week?    

Monday, February 27, 2023

Writer's Block by Janice Seagraves

 

To anyone going through writer's block (((Hugs))) I'm sorry you're going through this.

I suffered through writer's block for two years. It was devastating. We had some deaths in the family, and I just couldn't write anymore, but I could revise my old work. So, I did what I could do and still managed to publish some books. 

Good thing I had a back log of finished manuscripts.

Then, it happened, two years to the day I stop writing, I picked up where I left off. Unfortunately, I haven't finished that one story, even though I have made good progress. I have finished several other manuscripts. It's slow going, but I am writing again.

All I can suggest is take a break and see if that helps. Sometimes you just need to sleep on it. Or write something new. Take a walk, get back to nature, go to art galleries, make some art or crafts. Try to energies yourself creatively. 

You can't fill from an empty cup.


Alien Collision: Chronicles of Arcon - Kindle edition by Seagraves, Janice. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Heather Wood hasn’t had the best luck with her love life, or just life in general. After getting pregnant by her unfaithful lover, she’s kidnapped by aliens to be actioned off as a slave, and then the spaceship crashes on a deserted planet.

Things start to look up when two handsome aliens, Sky and Lance, rush to her rescue. She finds herself deeply attracted to both males, but you can only take one, right?

However, there is more growing than just Heather’s baby belly. The planet is host to a hoard of killers. And it looks like Heather’s luck has just run out.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Found In The Pages

 


At some point in our lives, we’ve all read Little Women and declared ourselves a Jo, Meg, Beth, or Amy or closed a copy of Pride and Prejudice and saw ourselves in Elizabeth or Jane but never a Kitty, maybe Mary. We want to be the heroine with all the wonderful character traits. Sometimes, though, we pick up a book and find ourselves in the heroine with all the flaws and foibles of humanity and worse in ourselves. 

Recently, I read M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series (since I love the show) and saw every bit of me in Aggie. I could have cringed and stopped reading but I loved it too much. I kept on reading, wanting more of everything. I did cringe because I saw myself taking the same action, making the same decisions as Agatha. I did laugh at seeing myself. Also, I felt understood, seen in a way that I hadn’t before, even if I didn’t like every part of our characters. As I turned the pages, I tried to learn the lessons the easy way, unlike Aggie. To avoid the hurt, the embarrassment, or the regret. That is just one of the greatness of books, lessons learned. Compassion for our flaws and ourselves. 

What book, if any, has affected you in such a way?  

Friday, January 27, 2023

New Announcement for my Chronicles of Arcon Series by Janice Seagraves

My new announcement.


I've been working on this for a while now, but I republished the first three books of my Chronicles of Arcon series in a one book format and it is now together in one eBook. 

I plan on publishing Exodus Arcon as a paperback and hardcover soon. 

Get it now on Kindle unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Arcon-three-one-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0BRYQHB3M



Planet Arcon is in trouble. Before their planet tears itself apart, The Arcons built three colony ships to take them across the stellar reaches of space… towards Earth their new home. But, only the ruling class and the most brilliant minds can come. The rest must take their chances with the lottery.

One family cheats.

The Arcons are coming…. Are you ready?

#aliens #spaceships #spacetravel #scifi #book


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

In The Pages



Recently, I read M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series (because I love the show) and saw myself in Agatha. As I read, I cringed at her antics, knowing I would do the same, and laughed at them as well. But as I read the novels, I remember feeling the thematic lessons hitting home harder than they ever had in any other book.

So, why did these novels drill home the lesson? It wasn’t the physical traits of Agatha but the negative and positive character traits of her character. And that started me wondering whether seeing a reflection of ourselves—the reader— is required to learn the thematic lesson of the novel. I’m not writing about cultural representation but more of a connection with the character's personality traits. I don’t have the answer to that question. After all, people have learned from Lord of the Rings trilogy and the world isn’t brimming with elves and dwarves. 

So, how must we see ourselves in the characters, actions, or story events to learn the thematic lesson? 


In some way, we the reader must relate to the characters. Such an occurrence happens on a human and emotional level. We have to feel for the protagonist whether it’s liking or disliking them. As we, the readers, flip the book’s pages, we can see and understand the folly of specific actions and the correctness of others to learn the lesson of certain books while others pass right over our heads. Do you know a possible answer to that question? If not, what lesson have you learned from a book?  


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Janice Seagraves has some free books on Smashwords

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Here is a link for some of my free books on Smashwords.

Take advantage of this special offer now because it ends January first.

Smashwords – About Janice Seagraves, author of 'Alien Collision', 'Weather Witch', 'Dragon Mirror: Book One in the Dragon Magick Series', etc.

I also been playing around with Canva and made another book trailer for my new release Alien Collision

Alien Collision book trailer - YouTube

Alien Collision: Chronicles of Arcon - Kindle edition by Seagraves, Janice. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Heather Wood hasn’t had the best luck with her love life, or just life in general. After getting pregnant by her unfaithful lover, she’s kidnapped by aliens to be actioned off as a slave, and then the spaceship crashes on a deserted planet.

Things start to look up when two handsome aliens, Sky and Lance, rush to her rescue. She finds herself deeply attracted to both males, but you can only take one, right?

However, there is more growing than just Heather’s baby belly. The planet is host to a hoard of killers. And it looks like Heather’s luck has just run out.


Sunday, December 18, 2022

One Of Those Days

 Just climb back into bed and throw the duvet over your head. We've all had one of those days when all we want is to stay in bed, especially with the crazy and hectic holidays demanding our energy. Being busy has been, for quite some time, a badge of honor, a prize to show everyone how great we are. Thanks to Gen Z that is changing. 

So, this holiday season, if you are able to take a little while, an hour, a day, a couple of days, and not be busy. Throw those covers over your head and do nothing.

Happy Holidays! 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving by Janice Seagraves



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed yourself.

My daughter decided a couple of years ago, that we needed an all-season tree.

So, once again, my daughter decorated the tree for the Thanksgiving season.

Pretty, isn't it?

The hat at the top is a cropped witch's hat, since she couldn't find a Pilgrim hat. 

What's nice, it you can decorate the tree for all the seasons ever for a birthday.


Alien Collision: Chronicles of Arcon - Kindle edition by Seagraves, Janice. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Heather Wood hasn’t had the best luck with her love life, or just life in general. Being called Junkyard does that to you. After getting pregnant by her unfaithful lover, she’s kidnapped by aliens to be actioned off as a slave, and then the spaceship crashes on a deserted planet.

Things start to look up when two handsome aliens, Sky and Lance, rush to her rescue. She finds herself deeply attracted to both males, but you can only take one, right?

However, there is more growing than just Heather’s baby belly. The planet is host to a hoard of killers. And it looks like Heather’s luck has just run out.

Friday, November 18, 2022

If I could


Recently, I put a question to myself if I could have a dinner party with any people living or dead who would I choose.

  1. Jane Austen
  2. Agatha Christie 
  3. Mary, Queen of Scots
  4. Caligula
  5. Richard III
  6. The 4th Earl of Huntly
  7. Mary Shelley 
  8. Robert the Bruce
  9. Sir Andrew Moray
  10. Lord Byron
Who would you invite? Let me know.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Alien Collision in Hardback by Janice Seagraves

 I finally have my new release, Alien Collision, in hardback through Amazon (or will be soon).

I happily published my book in hardback, so awesome that Amazon has this in the publishing line up.

If you can publish your book in paperback, then hardback is easy. 

Alien Collision: Chronicles of Arcon - Kindle edition by Seagraves, Janice. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Heather Wood hasn’t had the best luck with her love life, or just life in general. Being called Junkyard does that to you. After getting pregnant by her unfaithful lover, she’s kidnapped by aliens to be actioned off as a slave, and then the spaceship crashes on a deserted planet.

Things start to look up when two handsome aliens, Sky and Lance, rush to her rescue. She finds herself deeply attracted to both males, but you can only take one, right?

However, there is more growing than just Heather’s baby belly. The planet is host to a hoard of killers. And it looks like Heather’s luck has just run out.


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