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Lilly Singh’s Social Media Storytelling: Make Videos People Care About

I think it’d be cool to join this Skillshare class. As writers, we know it’s more than just getting words on paper. To find readers, we’re told to engage on social media and show our personality, or show our knowledge, or show our passion. I don’t know about you, but I could really use help with my YouTube channel. No matter what I do, I can’t find an audience. YouTube could be a valuable tool for potential readers to discover my art and horror books.

Lilly Singh is a talk show host and popular YouTuber. Her class starts on April 27th. Be the first to discover her secrets to multi-channel success.

Click on the link to: JOIN THE CLASS!

If you could visually tell a story through your social media, how would you go about it?

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Yawatta Hosby

The Odd Writer

Love this positive message about accepting your weird quirks. Go check out the blog post!

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Yawatta

Priscilla Bettis, Author

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I was 21, about to graduate from college and set up my own household, you know, with a sofa that didn’t come from the curb, ceramic plates instead of paper plates, and real cups instead of the plastic freebies with the school mascot on the side. Bring this cup back for a free fountain drink with purchase of any large pizza.

I wandered into a high-end home goods store. There was no Walmart in town at the time, or me and my mostly empty wallet would have gone there. I chose a black cup from a back corner display. Black dinnerware was not cool at a time when happy graduates picked happy colors or at least safe, porcelain florals. The sales woman (tailored slacks, hair pinned up, an older woman with an air about her as if she was the owner) waved off the black with a flick of her…

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Check Out My Quirky Author Interview On Willow Croft’s Blog

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Hola! I had fun answering some interesting questions for Willow Croft’s blog. Want to know what I think of UFOs, aliens, ghost sightings, and angel numbers? Then check out my author interview. You might call me quirky, you might call me crazy, you might call me eccentric. I just call myself–me. Life is boring when you’re normal haha.

To check out my author interview, please click on the link: Five Things Friday: Mini-Interview With Author Yawatta Hosby.

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Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

I was honored when Divination Hollow Reviews asked me to be a guest blogger for their Women In Horror and Black History In Horror event. Battling covid at the time, their request had given me something to look forward to. Since I haven’t written anything creepy in awhile (because I’ve been working on my graphic novel and spiritual blog), I didn’t want to share any short stories. I thought the safest bet would be to write a book review on a fun horror book.

I ended up finding Jessica Guess’s Cirque Berserk.

If you want to check my book review, please click on the link: Book Review: “Cirque Berserk” by Jessica Guess.

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Yawatta Hosby

Shut Up & Write!

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Shut up and write!

Am I being rude? Or am I teasing about a writing lifesaver I found recently?

Let’s go with a writing lifesaver 🙂

Since last week, I’ve been utilizing different Shut Up & Write meetups to write over 1,900 words in an hour. Shut Up & Write is exactly what it sounds like. Writers meet online (or at a certain place in town) and introduce themselves plus the project they’ll be working on, then they literally just write for the remainder of the time. I’ve found success on Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays with the online version. Meetup lists several different chapters and the beauty–you don’t have to belong to that city in order to join since everything is online. Guess I can thank covid for that…

I’ve written so much that I’m almost finished my five scripts for my graphic novel series! I’ve also taken advantage of an art group that I’m in. Every Saturday, G.N.A.W. hosts accountability hours where we can draw or write for an hour and a half. It’s literally the same concept as Shut Up & Write.

I’ve learned that I’m a more disciplined and productive writer when I am with other people working on their own projects. How are you? Are you better off alone? Or do you like connecting with others? If you think you’d like joining a writing community, definitely check out Shut Up & Write online, and if you’re on Meetup, my profile is Yawatta Hosby. Join the groups I’m in and say hello!

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Yawatta Hosby

I’ve Been Writing…Just Not What You Think

I’M FREE

Before getting covid on Christmas Eve, I was a busy bee. Nonstop, I was drawing character sketches for my Unscripted graphic novel. In fact, I even drew a 24-page comic in October as a comic’s challenge! Every day, I was working on my script for Unscripted. I don’t show any of that on this blog since it’s for my horror writing, but if you want to check out my progress, I share on my Instagram page and I have a YouTube channel.

After covid, I’m still a busy bee, writing my Unscripted graphic novel script and drawing.

Plus, I created a free newsletter called Inspire. Awaken. In Awe. It shares my spiritual journey. I’m getting out of feeling in a rut by paying attention to the angel numbers coming my way. I’ve been more productive in the past couple of months than what I’ve done in the past year or two. If you’d like to check out my spiritual newsletter, I’d really appreciate it.

This Thursday, I’ll be starting a short story challenge with my writing buddy. I’m excited to get back into the groove of writing fiction again. Anything’s possible. I’m holding on to that 🙂

I LOVE BEING FREE. I can do whatever I want and it feels wonderful!

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Yawatta Hosby

New Anthology: The Vampire Connoisseur

You should check out a cool vampire anthology! I am 🙂

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Yawatta

Priscilla Bettis, Author

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It’s a new anthology, The Vampire Connoisseur, and I’M IN IT! OMGosh, I’m a published author! (Squeal!) I’ve read all 16 vampire stories. They’re all good, fun, enjoyable, and not your typical vampire tales. Yes, I have some faves:

“The Red Angel” by Lisa Hario because it’s kinda sweet, but it’s still a horror story.
“Poem of the Riverbank” by Gary Robbe because of the way the author achieved a sense of dread and because the prose felt so refined.
“Parasites: A Tale of Route 66” by B.J. Thrower because the ending was truly horror-filled but not in a fangs sort of way.

My story, “The Sun Sets Nonetheless,” is about a Midwestern man fighting off vampires. It was inspired by a wind gust that blew white petals off a flowering tree in our back yard. The image stuck with me, and I wrote a dark story around…

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#BookReview: Starving Ghosts In Every Thread by Eric LaRocca #amreadinghorror

***Thanks for the free copy in exchange for an honest review***

Teddy has a secret….

She’s so consumed with guilt that it compels her body to literally unravel unless she feeds off the emotions of others. Teddy’s parasitic condition is usually tempered easily and is invisible to most, unless she feeds from them. However, her insatiable hunger has already begun to threaten her safety. Trapped in her tiny Connecticut hometown thanks to a careless mistake which cost her a prestigious scholarship, Teddy grieves her father’s death and cares for her neurotic mother, Mercy, who is convinced scorpion venom is the only remedy for her own peculiar skin ailment linked to her daughter’s sadness.

Once an aspiring songwriter, Teddy now merely alternates between shifts at the local market and visits to the house of her eccentric neighbor, Mr. Ridley, for fresh scorpions to bring to her mother. It’s during one of her routine visits to Mr. Ridley’s subterranean grotto of exotic animals that Teddy meets an unusual young girl named Kiiara. Immediately enamored with one another, Teddy soon discovers that Kiiara is hiding a gruesome secret, too – a secret that will threaten to undo everything Teddy has ever known and loved, and violently touch all those who cross their path with disaster.

I enjoyed this fast-paced novella. The author was great with setting details. The book was character-driven focusing on Teddy and Kiiara. The drama was interesting. Since there was no horror (for me as a reader) until the very end of the story, I couldn’t tell if this story was literary, horror, or fantasy. Whenever Teddy could read a person, part of her skin would coil. Was this just in her head? Was she the only one this happened to? Was this a fantasy world? A normal world? I couldn’t tell, but those questions not being answered didn’t stop me from liking the story.

My favorite lines: 1) “I often feel lost, even to myself.” 2) “Everything I’ve lived, I’ve lived through other people. I’ve convinced myself that their stories, their troubles, their passions were mine.” 3) “The thing I’ve so desperately tried to convince myself otherwise is true–people know.”

The ending was pretty intense. The very last scene I felt for Teddy. It was a lasting impression of what she did after making her mom go to the neighbor’s house. I thought about it long after finishing the novella, which I gave props to the author for writing a compelling drama.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby

#BadMoonRising The Ballad of Mrs. Molony by C.S. Boyack #IndieAuthor #Paranormal

Check out this blog if you love celebrating the spooky season! C.S. Boyack has a new book out called The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. If you love paranormal, the book is on sale for .99c!!!

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Yawatta

Books and Such

Welcome to the first day of Bad Moon Rising!  Having been a fan of horror/paranormal/supernatural books and movies from a very young age (blame my dad for letting me watch some shows at a questionable age), I look forward to hosting this event every year.  Today’s author is known for his wildly creative speculative fiction novels and is here today with his newest book that released this week!  Many of us are familiar with Lizzie and the Hat, and The Ballad of Mrs.Molony is the third in the series.  C.S. Boyack is in the house!

Thanks for having me back, Teri. I look forward to Bad Moon all year. October is kind of my month, and I enjoy learning about all the other author participants.

Seems like I’m always the one to break the rules, so I’ll try to follow them as best I can. It’s a lot of…

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Urban Legends Getting International Love! Plus, My Personal Guest Post On #BlackLivesMatters!

Sorry, I haven’t been blogging lately. I feel like I’m off and on, which can be a good thing. It means I’m working hard on my writing/art projects. Since it’s October–Spooky Season (woo hoo!!!)–I plan on blogging more to celebrate the countdown to my favorite holiday, Halloween.

I want to thank Deborah J Miles for giving my newest release, Urban Legends, a chance. It’s always cool to see my sales dashboard go international 🙂 Right now, I have readers in the US, UK, Denmark, Australia, and Canada. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Not only did Deborah J Miles give my book a review, she also let me share a personal experience of racism I dealt with at work years ago. It took a lot for me to be vulnerable sharing this…If you want to check out my guest post and check out her book review on Against the Flow Press blog, then please click on the link– Book Review: Urban Legends by Yawatta Hosby

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Yawatta Hosby