How’re You Keepin’ in Hard Luck Times?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Oct• 12•18

On the surface of our lives, all seems well…

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But! That’s only if you and yours have not been in the path of a flood, fire or hurricane. I’m looking now at the devastation of Panama City and Mexico Beach, which was flattened by Hurricane Michael. Places I know well and have family and friends. Across Florida one million home are without electricity. No Internet. Cell towers down.  A few short weeks ago storms and floods across five states wiped out communities, filled their homes with mud and debris and those folks are still trying to get their lives back together.  It’s more than Shock and Awe,  these events make for lasting trauma. I have friends who just won’t watch bad news or any news.  I miss my favorite newspapers that I could read in the privacy of my home, which have gone the way of Do-Do birds.  I don’t get my news on the Internet because it comes slanted one way or another and it’s filled with pop up ads or I’m forced to watch an ad before I get the news. Forget it. I’ll go without.

Like many of you, I’m a writer. I’m an indie author. I’m affected by events. I’m wondering how many of my newsletter subscribers are suffering loss, of homes, jobs, or family. We market our books world wide on Amazon and other venues such as Google Play, iBooks, Kobo and Nook.  So, there are book buyers and readers wholly unaffected by USA local news. No matter what happens in our lives those on-line entities are still pushing product. To stay in the game, I must promote my product, too.  I’ve decided to take off the entire month of November. Relax, and perhaps learn something new, or do a week-end excursion. Some little something to renew my psyche. Call it a cleansing and plot my work for the coming year.  Yet, today I’ve still obligations to meet with my colleagues and with those businesses with whom I’ve contracted. So, I’m putting on my game face and sharing with you some fun stuff and good books that will entertain you, perhaps inspire you or make you laugh. Laughter is always a cure for a sad moment.  Atop that, is a grand giveaway. We joined with one of our favorite promoters eBookBetty to bring you a treat bag of Halloween goodies that you and yours can enjoy for weeks to come.

Go right here to see the wonderful selection of books on offer FREE or 99c plus all of the useful and fun gifts for Mommies and Kids and enter to win. Take Me There.

THIS SPECIAL FOR WRITERS who may be feeling blah, discouraged, struggling with plot, characters or a general malaise, not to mention trying to find time to write while juggling family chores and children atop a job, all of which happens, as I well know. Use this. It works. I know because I designed it for myself and used it for years. Fiction Focus kept me creating and writing through every single thing that can happen to a writer from death to divorce and all life events in between.  Not just me. I loaned it out to colleagues. We had Fiction Focus parties laying about on my living room floor. An audio publisher recently learned of it. I sent him the master tape, he decided to publish. A little bit of a back door success story.  It won’t teach you to write. That’s on you. But Fiction Focus will help you get to your keyboard and get your story on page.

Oh. This just in, a bonus giveaway with a huge selection of books.

Snag a kindle Fire 7 Tablet and Godiva Chocolates. Do not give those away to Trick o’ Treaters! Take Me There.








That’s it. All done.  Comments Welcome. Be nice. If you can’t be nice, be articulate. Add to the discussion if you can. We often learn from every comment.  Do mosey over to the giveaway sites and download some of the wonderful books we have for you. Books can take us into our imagination where happiness can reign.

Wishing you all good things in life ~ Jackie Weger



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  1. Yes, I’m sorry for everyone hit by the hurricane or other disasters.

  2. We live in strange times indeed. I hope and pray everyone’s fine through this latest ordeal. Many thanks for sharing Fiction Focus and the giveaway!

  3. The devastation around the entire globe this summer has been unbelievable. Hoping things improve soon.

  4. Thank you for this post, Jackie. The impact of these things is always far more personal than it looks on the news.

  5. Times are hard, but it’s the connection with online friends that help me to get through the day. Thanks for this inspirational post, Jackie!

  6. You’re so right about not watching the news after an event. After standing on the waterfront and watching the towers (where I used to work) in smoke and a friend lost at Shanksville, I avoided all news for months (the stations were running 9-11 items 24/7. It took years before it dropped down to occasional notes and then finally the month of September. News didn’t cover Superstorm Sandy as there was no electric for weeks. Instead the trauma came from seeing the devastation every day. I still monitor the news and click-off things.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Oh, Helen. You just really made my point. Each of us has something in our lives that weighs on us. One of our members was deployed by FEMA to the Carolinas’ for weeks, and with no break for home, shunted to Panama City this week. She loves to write and not a spare minute to sit and get it done. We have to take cheer where we can get it and in small bits, if that’s all on offer.

  7. I feel in two minds about stories of what seems to be an increasing number of natural disasters. They weigh me down emotionally and I often can’t cope with seeing more. On the other hand, there’s the thought that because of improved technology we now hear of events we would never have known about in the past. Knowing, we care and can act. And that has to be a good thing.

  8. I am actually trying to distract myself from the things that weigh me down by trying to get my self-publishing presence up to speed. The natural disasters and other needless sufferings bring me down, but I am just trying to get away from negativity. I want to think about books and writing all day!

    Seeing as how I am introducing myself to everyone on the blog, Jackie advised me to let everyone know the title of my novel. It’s a Contemporary YA called MY “I WANT” SONG.

  9. Susan Tarr says:

    Inspirational, as always, Jackie. I have stopped watching much of the news lately because of the heartache and misery of others. It seems as if no one is safe anymore from natural disasters without avarice and greed of some leading to un-natural disasters. When will it ease?

  10. Yes…. psyche cleansing and laughter. That’s my strategy too whenever the world gets too much. And tapping. A lot of tapping… (not dancing, I mean ‘the tapping solution’ thing. It’s a lifesaver 🙂

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