Get Ready for the Mass Visit! Believe and You Will See!

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Get Ready for the Mass Visit! Believe and You Will See!

by Marilou McIntyre

A group of researchers who worked for 13 years at the Human Genome Project (the project was completed in 2003) indicate that they made an astonishing scientific discovery: they human-genomebelieve 97 percent of so-called non-coding sequences in human DNA are no less than the genetic code of extraterrestrial life forms. Non-coding sequences, originally known as “junk DNA,” were discovered years ago, and their function remained a mystery.

What this means: the overwhelming majority of human DNA is “off-world” in origin.

After comprehensive analysis with the assistance of other scientists, computer programmers, mathematicians, and other learned scholars, Professor Sam Chang wondered if the apparently “junk human DNA” was created by some kind of “extraterrestrial programmer.” Professor Chang further stipulated, “Our hypothesis is that a higher extraterrestrial life form was engaged in creating new life and planting it on various planets. Earth is just one of them.” He further indicated that, “what we see in our DNA is a program consisting of two versions, a big code and basic code.” Dr. Chang then affirmed that the “first fact is, the complete ‘program’ was positively not written on Earth; that is now a verified fact. The second fact is, that genes by themselves are not enough to explain evolution; there must be something more in ‘the game’.”

According to Professor Chang, “Soon or later, we have to come to grips with the unbelievable notion that every life on Earth carries genetic code for his extraterrestrial cousin and that evolution is not what we think it is.”

Human Genome Project Discovery Implications Associated with “Human-Looking Extraterrestrials”

The implications of these scientific findings reinforce claims by other scientists and observers of who claim to have had contact with “off-world” human looking extraterrestrials. These ETs are now believed to have provided some of the genetic material for human evolution, and it’s also speculated that many of these extraterrestrials have allowed some of their personnel to incarnate as “star seeds” on Earth in human families. These “star seeds,” “star children,” or “star people” are here now, helping advance progress and peace on our planet. Let us welcome them when we recognize them. Our future well be very exciting.

_________________Marilou Macintyre
Dr. Marilou McIntyre is an author, past life connector, and fear-buster. She helps those suffering from irrational fears to mend the past so they can overcome their fears and live happy, healthy, successful lives. To schedule a past life exploration or learn more about her books, visit or email her at She is here to help create love and peace.

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Write 1,000 Words Every Day

Write 1,000 Words Every Day

by Matthew Howard

This may be the best writing advice I ever received. Yes, we can learn much about the craft of writing, about style and narrative structure and how to research. But to be a writer, you need to write.


One thousand words per day is an easy goal. Professional writers commit to more – even much more. But if you have other commitments in life besides writing, set a goal where you can under-promise and over-deliver. I often start with a daily 1,000-word goal and end up with 2,500 words. I got on a roll one weekend and drafted a 10,000-word story in two days.

The 1,000-word goal keeps the pump primed for great days like those. It may be difficult at first, but it gets easier when you stick with it! How long does it take to reach 1,000 words? If the project requires a lot of planning, plotting, or thinking about complex material, I block off two hours to hit my 1,000 words. Try it yourself and find a reasonable amount of time that works for you.

Schedule this time on your calendar, and plan enough consecutive days to reach your desired word count. If you’re writing a short story, for example, schedule enough days to reach 7,500 to 20,000 words. Include time for any other work your project requires, such as research notes, character bios, or an introduction to your book. Include days off, if you need them. Once you have your schedule, stick to it until you have completed your first draft.

Ideas for Daily Writing

Writing 1,000 words every day would enable you to finish your first draft of a 60,000-word novel in two months. But let’s be realistic. A novel requires planning, plotting, character development, and sometimes world-building.

If you don’t have 1,000 words of story every day, that’s okay. Write about a character’s personality, background, and values. Write a synopsis of a plot point you want to expand. On days when I don’t feel up to writing a scene, I casually describe what happens, as if I were telling a friend about a scene I liked in a film. Later, I come back and nail down the specifics in prose.

Daily writing goals are not only for novelists. In academic and nonfiction writing, 1,000 words could be an outline with a thesis statement and a rough draft of the introduction. You might write 1,000 words of notes on sources you read as summaries to yourself, so you don’t have to keep all the main points of every reference in your head. A 25-page research paper seems like a big project, but its word count is close to the minimum for a short story: 7,500 words.

Free Writing Removes Blocks

Even with plenty of ideas to choose from, you might have days where you don’t know what to write about, or you feel unenthused about a particular subject. On those days,write-some-words-copy keep the juices flowing with the lost art of free writing. Free writing means a stream of consciousness, without employing any of our natural tendencies to edit or filter our words before committing them to paper. Free writing can clear your mental blocks and spark new ideas.

Write anything that comes to mind! What is the worst that could happen? What if I told you that sometimes, after 900 words of garbage, you might come up with two sentences of pure gold: a great idea for your next chapter, or the solution to the problem that’s had you stumped? Allow your mind to process its obstacles instead of avoiding them. If the mythical beast of writer’s block ever rears its ugly head, chop it off with 1,000 words of free writing.

Plan for Revisions

A writer’s life requires time for more than just writing: editing, revisions, and rewrites. Schedule time to revise your work once your first draft is completed. When I originally planned this blog series as a book for my customers, I scheduled two weeks of writing every day except weekends. For the third week, I scheduled an hour each day to revise the chapters. You may need more or less, depending on how long and complex the project is, but a daily hour or two for each chapter gives you time to really polish your work.

What are you looking for in the revision stage? Maybe you’ve noticed inconsistencies in the plot or characterization, or your idea of how a character speaks has evolved since you started. You might notice a superfluous scene, or two scenes that could be combined. Take these opportunities to focus on making your manuscript more coherent and cohesive. Read it out loud to yourself from start to finish and think about how it flows.

These are concerns for the revision stage, so do not worry about them in your daily writing time. If you realize part way through your draft that something major needs to be changed, write yourself notes on what to do about it in the revision stage. This will keep you free from the dreaded trap of rewriting a section over and over but never finishing the project! Your main goal in the beginning is getting something down on paper to finish your first draft. Editing and revising can wait.


A daily goal will get you closer to a complete manuscript in a short time. If 1,000 is too high, chose a number that works for you, like 250, and stick with it. Any goal is better than no goal at all! For more experienced writers, 1,000 will not be enough, and they may set more ambitious goals. But whatever you choose, stick with it. You will be surprised how soon you finish the first draft of your manuscript. You can do it!

Create Your Own Writing Schedule

  1. Target Word Count for first draft
  2. Target Word Count for any additional writing, such as research notes or a preface
  3. Combined Total Word Count
  4. Daily Word Count Goal
  5. Number of days to reach the target
  6. Start date
  7. End date
  8. Scheduled follow-up dates to review and revise the first draft

___________________Matthew Howard
Matthew Howard is a self-publishing author who supports award-winning authors and business professionals in writing, editing, designing, and self-publishing their work for global distribution in paperback and ebook formats.

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The Secret Power of the Word

The Secret Power of the Word

by Bee Walker

There is no doubt in my mind that you understand the power of the written word. As a writer, your words are to you like paint is to a painter. If you write fiction, you bring characters to life and create their entire existence. As a nonfiction writer, you inform and describe so your readers can learn and experience through you. You know to choose strong words to paint a colorful mental picture and to get your readers emotionally involved.

Yet, have you considered the power of the spoken word in your day-to-day life? Do you realize that you create your own state of mind, and may even increase your stress level, with the words you choose to describe yourself and your life?


I remember arriving at work, I would describe my morning commute in passionate, colorful words to my coworkers. They probably thought it was entertaining. The more I told the story, the more I got worked up about it. Equally, I was able to dramatize any upcoming deadline and stressful responsibility. It even made me feel more important. That was before I studied mindfulness and meditation – before I found out about the secret power of my thoughts and my words.

In the same way colorful and strong descriptions in a well written novel evoke powerful emotions in your reader, your own commentaries about your personal life and stressful situations increase the stress you feel. The more you talk about how busy you are, that you don’t have time to manage it all, or that you are overwhelmed, the more you create the feelings that make you feel stressed and the body reactions that accompany the stress response. Talking about a stressful event can be the same as living it, and your body responds with increased heart rate and higher blood pressure, as well as increased stress hormone production.

Now I am not suggesting that you keep all your feelings about stress bundled up inside. In fact, social engagement is the quickest, most efficient way to rein in stress and avoid overreacting to stressful events. There is nothing more calming to your nervous system than communicating with another human being who makes you feel safe and understood. What I am suggesting is that you pay attention to the words you use. Are they describing the actual events in your life, or are you making use of your skill as a writer and are sprinkling in flavorful descriptions to make things more dramatic?

Also, do you describe your life’s stressful events as positive or negative? In 2013, Kelly McGonigal, a well-known health psychologist, made an impactful speech in a TED talk¹. She introduced new research, showing that people who view and talk about stress as good for them actually change the way their body reacts to stressful situations.

I teach Mindfulness Stress Management seminars and find that many people over-empathize and tend to choose words that overdramatize the stress in their lives. Those with powerful imaginations, like writers, choose words with vivid detail which evoke additional stress simply by the way they describe an event. They masterfully recreate stressful situations in the way they talk about personal responsibilities. When taught to bring awareness to the words they choose, and eventually to change the way they think and speak about their stressors, they are able to better manage their stressful situations.

As a fellow writer, consider using your editing skills on your own words and thoughts about stress. Try choosing words that are calming and meaningful to bring you into a state of balance and well-being, rather than words that are dramatic and colorful and evoke feelings of hurtful stress responses.

You can start by noticing how you describe the stressful events in your life; to yourself in your self-talk, and to others. Then ask yourself if the words you use are helpful or harmful. Meaning, are they evoking more stress, or are they making you optimistic about using the stressful event as an opportunity? Spend at least a few days simply noticing. After you had some time to observe your choice of words, start using your skills as a writer to rewrite any words that are not helpful for you.

Words are powerful tools: they create a good storyline, but they can also create a well-balanced life. You can use the secret power of the word to manage stress in your personal and professional life.


¹ Ted Global 2013 Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Bee Walker is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor, who teaches seminars and classes on mindfulness stress management. Together with her husband, Bee writes for “Keep your Paws on the Road,”a dog-friendly travel blog that shares dog training and other dog related information. For an appointment or to ask Bee to speak for your group, contact her at or visit her website to learn more.

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Beating Writer’s Block

Beating Writer’s Block

by Vaughn Treude

Like me, you probably have childhood memories of sitting in front of a blank page, agonizing over what to write for a school essay. Years ago, in my first foray into writing fiction seriously, I would occasionally have the same problem. Eventually I stopped writing because I was blocked on a particular story. That doesn’t happen to me anymore, thanks to a few simple techniques I’ve picked up. I’m hoping they will help you, as well.


My theory is that writer’s block is caused by confusion about what you’re trying to achieve. If you sit in front of your computer expecting a masterpiece to appear on the page, it won’t happen. The masterpiece may be your ultimate goal, but it’s not valid for the moment. Your immediate goal is to write, because no story can ever be finished by waiting for the perfect phrasing. It helps to do some preparation beforehand, but it’s not mandatory. Some writers outline their stories in detail; others have a vague concept and let the words flow freely. I’ve done both, and both can work, given the right discipline.

Over the years, I’ve attended a few writers’ workshops. The most common advice I’ve heard is, “A writer writes.” To be a writer you, must inculcate the habit of writing. Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow recommends setting aside a particular time of day (when you’re at your creative peak) to write a specified number of words, for example, 500. While doing this, you mustn’t censor yourself or make anything but the most rudimentary fixes. Editing is an entirely separate task.

Doctorow advocates stopping at exactly the chosen word count, even in the middle of a sentence, so that you’ll have a natural place to continue the next day. I find this rule frustrating. If I have enough time and I feel inspired, I’ll sometimes write 2,000 words or more. Resuming the next day is seldom a problem for me because I always try to keep in mind where the story will continue.

Five hundred words may not sound like much, but over the course of a year, that number can add up to two or three novels’ worth of writing. Keep in mind that the writing of the original draft is only one of the tasks a successful writer must complete. There are revision and editing, formatting, dealing with agents and publishers (or self-publishing on platforms such as Amazon), and of course, promotion.

The skeptics out there will say, “What if I can’t think of anything to write?” That’s not a valid excuse. You must have some idea for the story, or the writing bug would never have bitten you. When establishing a daily writing habit, you must write, even if it’s crap. I probably throw away at least a third of everything I write, but sometimes those wrong turns give me inspiration for new and better plots. Just think, “How can I get my character from point A to point B?” and expound upon whatever comes to you. Don’t worry about formatting, spelling, grammar, or punctuation. One method I sometimes use is to imagine a conversation and write in script form. You can fill in the descriptions and the “he said/she said,” tags later on. Action scenes are the opposite; write them like an instruction manual. “Captain A swings his sword at Mr. B. Mr. B raises his shield to parry the blow.” Any trick is fair game if it gets the words down on paper.

The more frequently and regularly you write, the more your writing project will stay in the back of your mind. I like to use idle time, such as commuting or walking the dog, to turn over unresolved issues in my head. How do I get my protagonist(s) out of their problem? What obstacles should I place in their path? If I’m still undecided, I use a separate “notes” file to jot down ideas. The act of recording them forces you to clarify your ideas, and often one rises to the top. It also breaks the psychological resistance to “messing up” your nice clean story. If you have a beta reader or a supportive friend or partner, bounce your ideas off of them. Frequently they’ll give you some real gems.

Don’t let writer’s block stifle your creativity and destroy your dreams of creating your own work. Writing, like any other craft, requires practice and discipline. Make the creation of your initial draft a daily ritual. Getting the words on paper should be an end in itself. Save the criticism, editing, and self-doubt for later. Employ dead time to work on ideas and issues in your mind. If you keep at it with determination, you’ll have written an entire novel before you know it.

Vaughn Treude grew up on a farm in North Dakota. The remoteness of his home, with few children nearby, made science fiction a welcome escape. After many years in software, he realized that the discipline of engineering could be applied to writing fiction. Check out his works at

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How to Find Your Story: Building a 30-Second Elevator Pitch

How to Find Your Story: Building a 30-Second Elevator Pitch

by Nick Nebelsky

What do you say when someone walks up to you and asks, “What do you do for a living?”

Do you often just stand there with a ‘deer in headlights’ look? Do you find yourself frantically searching for words that will impress while the other person waits for what seems like an eternity? Are you shy? Timid? Pusillanimous! — Oh, no, not that!


Or are you polished, precise, and most importantly unique? Here’s the deal, you should have 30 seconds or 30 words prepared that best describe what you’re working on RIGHT NOW. It’s not your autobiography squeezed into 30 words, or a rant about why your life sucks. No, this is your time to SHINE!

Why do they call it “30-second elevator pitch”? If you look at it spatially, an elevator is a 6’ by 7’ space. The other person isn’t going anywhere for at least one floor. There’s no escaping for either of you! The other reason I have for you is that the attention span of the average human being is about 30 seconds. Yeah, I made that up, but I’m sure it’s true! Your 30-second elevator pitch is a standard business phrase.

Let’s say you’re standing in an elevator and Oprah Winfrey walks in. You and she are standing there with nothing to do for at least 30 seconds, maybe even a minute or two if it’s in an old Chicago high rise. What are you going to do to get Oprah to notice you? Thirty seconds is a long time, actually. It’s one-half minute that could make or break your next opportunity.

Keep it simple, to the point, and don’t make it about you.

When preparing your 30-second intro, you should write it down and practice it again and again, because every time you meet someone new, you’ll have a new opportunity to market yourself as an expert and, more importantly, talk about your book. Don’t think this happens only on elevators: you could be at a networking event, having coffee after church, in line at the movies. Bottom line is, you always have to be prepared.

Since I live in the Phoenix area, I reached out to some local Advertising Dons for some input. Park Howell, founder of, calls the elevator pitch the perfect three-act structure.


Essentially, you are your own brand. Much like how an advertiser would build an ad campaign around your product, your 30-second elevator pitch resembles a commercial. You have a very short time to grab that other person’s attention. John Zello, freelance  creative director, says, “They have to give something of value to the audience.” So it’s not about you – it’s about how you are going to change the world doing what you love. John added, “We all want to know something and share what we know to look smart. But if it’s just ‘hurry through it to get it over with,’ we lose the message in a sea of similarity. You are then much less likely to be remembered.”

When I reached out to Howell, also founder of Park & Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., he gave me his 30-second elevator pitch: “Business leaders and communicators have important brand stories to tell, but few are being heard. Therefore, I help them rise above the noise of the tech-driven attention economy using the proven power of business storytelling to create epic growth for their enterprise and their people.” Park helps people rise above the noise! He’s giving them value and something they can use to be unique.

When you have a limited time with someone, you want to make sure that time is well spent. My philosophy has always been to stress the “why” rather than the “what.”

There is the “intent” of your story, or the “What I do.” And then there’s the “context” of the story, or the “Why I do it!”

Let me give you a couple of examples:

  • Intent (what you do): “I’m a children’s book author and illustrator.”Quite frankly that’s a little boring. Instead of focusing on intent, go for context (why you do what you do).
  • Context (why you do it): “I teach children how to build self-esteem through funny and entertaining stories.”BAM! Do you see the difference? The second sentence gives you that WOW factor! It almost begs for the other person to ask more questions. And ultimately that’s what you want. The 30-second elevator pitch is a conversation starter – it’s not for you to toot your own horn.

Here’s another example:

  • Intent (what you do): “I’m a police officer.”Since many people know what a police officer does, one could surmise that he/she pulls over speeders, arrests people, and gives out tickets.
  • Context (why you do it): “I protect people who can’t protect themselves.”This is so much more interesting. There’s now intrigue built into the phrase, which begs the other person to ask for more information and invites a conversation. Leading off with a “why” is a way to build intrigue and suspense. Isn’t that, after all, the goal of the pitch?

Zello says that a powerful intro is one that connects and makes you feel like it’s a fair symbol of you; something that is relatable to you. It’s a piece of who you are and what you stand for or what you believe.

This is why I love talking with creatives. They know how to express themselves to get to the core of the issue and, BAM, it’s laid out for everyone to see. What is John’ elevator pitch?

“I help people remember why life is important before they know what is important.”

Children who are treated differently for being different need someone to take a stand for them, and Nick Nebelsky believes his books and apps do just that. Nebelsky seems to have found his niche in helping those children be heard. He’s an author, illustrator, and publisher of books, apps, and online instruction. He is offering a free online course on book creation available on his web site at

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Come celebrate Phoenix-area indie authors this Saturday, October 8th!

This coming Saturday, October 8, is Indie Author Day. If you’re in the Phoenix area, come celebrate with us! Details included in the following post … along with a bit about who indie authors are.

Marcie Brock, Book Marketing Maven

Come celebrate Phoenix-area indie authors this Saturday, October 8th!

Authors are a strange lot. Many write for love of the craft. Some write to share important messages or to establish themselves as experts in their fields. Most are seeking readers. Some embrace the idea of abracadabra-instant-best-sellermarketing. Many are stunned when they hear the 80/20 principle as it applies to publishing: the recommended ratio of marketing time/effort to writing time/effort. A huge number seem to wish they could wave a magic marketing wand and be done with it. Hocus pocus. Abracadabra. And voila … a bestseller appears.

Unfortunately – or fortunately – it doesn’t work like that. The successful authors are the ones who are willing to be creative and determined to get the word out about their books.

That is the goal of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup. We are on the cusp of…

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Character Personalities

Character Personalities

by Elijah Shoemaker

When I started writing my first novel, coincidentally the novel that I am working on at present, I began with your basic brainstorming/mind-mapping/prewriting methods. It was extremely haphazard, since I honestly had next to no idea whatsoever to do in order to get the process going, but I got it down on paper. One of the sheets I wrote up was a list of characters, each with a description of all their information, in detail, next to their name. Then I started writing my first chapter.


As I went, I knew I had details worked out as much as I could possibly need to, at least as far as I saw. When I showed my first couple chapters to a fellow author friend, he read over them and looked up at me with a raised eyebrow. When asked about his quizzical look, he mentioned that all of my characters seemed to be exactly the same person.

I made sure to let him know that his perception could not be further from the truth. In the middle of my explanation about why this was the most erroneous statement ever, he waved his hand in front of me and told me that just because I, the author, knew all the little quirks and individualities of each character did not mean that the reader had access to these tidbits of information. “So you mean I have to tell the reader all these details about the characters?” I asked him, cocking my head slightly as I did so.

“No, no, no – you have to show them these details. Write so they see these personality quirky-kidtraits in the things the characters do, how they speak, what they eat – things like that!”

So I did.

And I’m still doing it. As in, I’m still working on getting it right. Though writing with this kind of detail takes a lot of time and effort, it’s turning my book into a story worth reading and sharing with the world. There have been times when I’ve written a scene I planned out in advance and I have to stop typing because I’m crying so hard I can’t see the screen. When it gets to the point that someone else reading my book is brought to tears over what happens to a character, I’ll know I finally got it right: I will have made my characters as human as is humanly possible.

That’s what I think we should all strive for: making characters that steal the hearts of our readers. And to do that, we need to let every single reader who picks up the book in on every single character’s personality quirks.

Embrace the quirks! Embrace them!

Elijah ShoemakerAs a child, Elijah Shoemaker fell in love with comic books. He found he could lose himself in a universe where the underdogs stood a chance at rising above. Constantly pushed around and ridiculed, Elijah found comfort in the graphic novels. Now, his goal is to bring the hope he found in those graphic novels to children in middle and high school. Bullying and a cruel caste system exist even more than they did when Elijah was growing up. He writes superhero fiction to give the youth of today a spark of confidence that they can come through victorious.

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