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-Reblogged- Networking+ Share Your Blog
October 10, 2016, 1:09 pm
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Bloggers: Here’s a great way to promote your work!

Check out Jay’s post.

Jay Colby

I just want to take this time to thank everyone who reads, subscribers and shares my site. I appreciate all the support and encouragement.I would love to read everyone’s blog, but I don’t always get a chance to read and follow everyone’s blog.

So today I want to offer a networking opportunity and a chance for all bloggers no matter what niche or experience a chance to gain more traffic. Anyone who wants to gain free traffic can participate. All you have to is comment your blog below & I will follow every blog and actually read your content.So if you’re interested just comment your blog’s URL below. Also If you could share and re-blog this post so we can reach as many bloggers as possible!

Copyright ©2016 Jay Colby All Rights Reserved.

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Treasure Trove: What I’m Loving Now

There are so many things I want to share with you…the only way to do it properly is by creating this post: a treasure trove of all the golden nuggets I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy!

This Box of Goodies

I’d heard of Nerd Block and had seen their ads pop up in my Facebook newsfeed, but it wasn’t until I was promised a Stephen-King-themed horror box of fun that I bit the bullet and hit the “subscribe” button.

Yesterday, my anticipated Horror Nerd Block came in the mail…and I was not disappointed.

nerd block horror box

Among the grab bag of items shown above are an autographed photograph of P.J. Soles (a.k.a. the mean girl in the 1976 Carrie film), a stuffed Pennywise for me to cuddle up with, a Misery shirt courtesy of ShirtPunch, a “REDRUM” key hook, and much more.

And for October, I’m promised an exclusive item from Nightmare on Elm Street as well as some products related to Halloween and Hellraiser. I am STOKED.

This Zombie-through-the-Ages Video

While we’re talking about horror…check out the below.

This Oscar Wilde Quote

(found on Zoe169)

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – from Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

This Kenneth Patchen Poem

(found on Bibliokept)

kenneth patchen creation poem

This Blog Post About Publishing

(found on A Writer’s Path)

Rachael Hanel discusses several things a writer should do before starting the publication process. My favorite piece of advice? Take a writing class. They’re available online as well as through community colleges and universities.

I can’t count the number of writing classes I’ve taken. Hell, one just started yesterday that I hope will help me prep for NaNoWriMo! But more on that later….

This Edgar Allan Poe Gift Set

(available from PLASTICLAND)

edgar allan poe the tell-tale heart

The realistic heart actually beats, folks. It’s just too good. And perfect timing, as my birthday is Tuesday. (Hint, hint.)

What books, songs, videos, blog posts, poems, etc., have you fallen in love with recently? Share below!

Book Haul Time: I’m Obsessed with Online Shopping

By the title, you know what’s coming: a list of books I recently bought in one of my I-don’t-need-this-book-but-I-NEED-this-book moments.

Enjoy the spoils of my latest book haul, via Amazon.

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman


I fell in love with Neil Gaiman after reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It totally blew my mind and convinced me that this man is a genius.

Since then, I’ve been devouring his books, and Anansi Boys is next. I mean, look at the back cover:


Who wouldn’t be intrigued?



Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m super behind because I have yet to see the film Precious. I decided reading the book first was in order.

HangsamanShirley Jackson


Shirley Jackson. What a master of horror and the bizarre. I’m pretty damned excited to read this novel. Check out the back cover blurb to get an idea of why:

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946.

What’s that you say about Natalie’s father…?


Parable of the TalentsOctavia E. Butler


I first read Octavia Butler when I was fourteen years old, and I immediately loved her. For some reason I don’t understand, though, it’s only now–almost two decades later–that I picked up another book by the sci-fi queen.

I can’t wait to dig in.

Oh, and by the way, Butler predicted Donald Trump’s campaign slogan over twenty years ago in The Parable of the Talents. <Cue creepy music>

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us AllLaird Barron


I recently joined an online book club run by Dirge Magazine (if you don’t know what Dirge is, I encourage you to check it out), and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All was one of August’s books.

I’m about halfway through it (late, as usual), and so far, it’s…meh. Follow me on Goodreads to find out my final opinion of the short story collection.

The Witches, Stacy Schiff


Another August Dirge Book Club book, The Witches focuses on the Salem witch trials of 1692. Check out the illustrations…


…and the inside cover:


I’m typically a fiction-only reader, but I have always been interested in the Salem witch trials (I blame my childhood field trip to Salem, Massachusetts)…so I’m fairly certain this is one nonfiction tome I’m going to love.

That’s it for this book haul! What books have you purchased or borrowed recently?

And a Little Something Extra…

  • Writers, take note: Michael Cristiano‘s list of fiction clichés should be read…and then those clichés should be avoided like the plague (like what I did there?). Read the post over at A Writer’s Path.
  • Ari Sytner did something that few of us (likely) would even think about: He donated a kidney to a complete stranger in need. During his experience, he realized that kidney donation is quite the taboo topic. For that reason, he wrote The Kidney Donor’s Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney. It’s the first Q&A book on the subject and includes a wealth of information. To support Sytner in the publication of this book, check out his Kickstarter campaign.

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

-Reblogged- 7 Tips for Paranormal Writers
September 7, 2016, 10:39 am
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This post from Jacqui Murray is a must-read for anyone who dabbles in the paranormal genre (such as myself).


A Writer's Path


by Jacqui Murray

One of my writing gigs is as an Amazon Vine Voice. They send me free books (and other products) and I share my honest opinion. If you go to Amazon, you’ll find a label (Vine Voice) by my name, as you will with all of the other Vine reviewers. It just means we accept the responsibility to share our thoughts as objectively as possible.

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Celebrating Lolita’s 58th Birthday
August 18, 2016, 12:00 pm
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On this day in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published.


While it’s now widely regarded as a classic – a must-read for any serious reader or writer – it wasn’t as well received five or six decades ago. It’s not hard to imagine. After all, the novel is about a middle-aged man’s infatuation with a <gulp> twelve-year-old girl.



No twelve-year-old vixens for you!

But hot damn, is it a great book! If you haven’t read it, I urge you to pick up a copy from your library or local independent bookstore. Or click the link in the first sentence of this post to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).


My somewhat beat-up copy.

So happy fifty-eighth birthday, Lolita!

P.S. – Did you know I’m active on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, and Instagram? Follow me if you simply can’t get enough.

-Reblogged- Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers

Fellow writer and blogger Kurt Brindley has set up a private Facebook group for all things writing! If you’re interested, either visit his post and request an invite, or let me know you want in and I’ll get an invite sent.

Write on!



So, I’m creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing.

This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter process is a bit too formal and segmented and involving to really achieve what I would like to achieve, which is: to network, make connections, and improve our abilities and chances for success as writers.

As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook provides a much better environment to achieve this objective.

Like we’ve done with the newsletter, we can do poetry and flash fiction challenges there as well, with the goal of getting the best of the group’s writing onto my blog and out via the newsletter (is there irony to be found there?)

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Mental Illness: My Brain Demons Want Me to Fail
July 25, 2016, 12:50 pm
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Let’s be gritty, raw, and real for a change. I always try to approach this blog with lightheartedness and wit (and I rarely talk about anything terribly personal), but today, I’d like to be brutally honest.

My Mental Illness

For the past two and a half years, I’ve struggled with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, both of which can be overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and debilitating.

Chances are, some of you reading also have a demon in your brain – be it in the form of depression, anxiety, or another mental illness. After all, in 2014, it was estimated that approximately 18% of the United States adult population had one or more mental illnesses.

I’m finally on the upswing (thank whatever god(s) you believe in), but I think it’s time to add my voice to the others who have spoken out about their own personal demons.

My Support

Instead of starting out with how terrible my own experience with mental illness is, I’d like to focus on some of the things that helped (and are still helping) me get through it.

1. Books – The ultimate escape. HEX, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and Geek Love, just to name a few.


2. TMS – Transcranial magnetic stimulation. The TMS team of doctors and nurses at MUSC will always have a special place in my heart.

3. My husband – He has been there with me every step of the way, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

4. Music – There are some songs that just move me. Below is a playlist containing some of them.


5. Therapy – Art therapy, EMDR, CBT…it has all played a part in helping me get where I am.

6. Gardening – I have become a full-blown gardening addict. And I’m not ashamed of it! Growing plants from tiny seeds has given me the ultimate way to reconnect with nature.


7. Incredibly understanding employers, past and present – I can’t say enough about the kickass people at Palmetto Publishing Group and Media Shower.

So this is me, raw and unfiltered.

I may always try to put on a happy face on here, but the truth is: that happy face is, more often than not, cracked porcelain.

I don’t share this for pity. Instead, I share this so that if any of you are going through a particularly hellish period in your life, you will know two things: you can get through it and you are not alone.

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