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Creativity or Competition? by Therese Ayla Kravetz   Coming in first was everything as a kid.   On Easter, my little brother and I got a head start for the Easter egg hunt. We took off out the back door a full two minutes before our taller, faster brothers got a start. Heart pounding, I was desperate to find some eggs before my brothers breathed down on me.    Creativity was lower on the survival scale than competition, unless you were creative in sports. If a spark of creativity came through a well-timed volley in tennis or a home run to left field in baseball, parents and siblings applauded. But there was no time for creating a poem or picture.   The stress in competition, however, can take its toll. And it is limited.   For me, there was a lot of anxiety around competition. There was a fear of finishing last, a fear of not getting attention, not being good enough.    Only movement or nature helped me relax the fight or flight mechanism enough to be in the moment. The physical movement and the joy of the sport would be just enough for me to be a creative athlete. The vibrations of…

  • The following is the entire conversation that I had with Vernita Simmons.  We hold very different religious beliefs.  It was quite interesting! Vernita, this is a surprising interview, to say the least.  We're on opposite sides of the religious spectrum.  Your book, Capturing the Spirit of God's Word with Vernita, is a…

  • Do you feel, forgiveness should be mandatory regardless of the how horrible the maltreatment imposed on you by others? Would the world be better off if we all sought vengeance? To answer your first, question, what would it take me to gain faith, I think the answer is simple enough:…

  • Vernita, this is a surprising interview, to say the least.  We're on opposite sides of the religious spectrum.  Your book, Capturing the Spirit of God's Word with Vernita, is a thoughtful exposition of embracing God's work.  My book, Operation Cosmic Teapot, is a satirical look at how God is ultimately powerless in…

  • written by: Tia Mitsis   This time last year, I was browsing the books at a book fair, looking for some great bargains. I wasn’t particularly thinking about writing – my first book was coming out in March 2015. I was not thinking of writing something new. As I browsed…

  • Written by:  L.J. Andrews Hire an Editor. Please. In today's writing world really anyone can publish a novel. Some people do it within hours. Fantastic. So for those who spent weeks, months, even years on their manuscripts how can  you distinguish yourselves above...well above all the slush to be blunt?…

  • With Alicia Hooper Aisha La Rosa is stained by history. Born to parents expelled from Libya after the 1969 Libyan coup d’état, her identification between conflicting national boundaries torments her in a Europe haunted by political violence.  Alicia Hooper has some experience traveling, and living in, the Middle East.  Tell…

  • Written by Deanna Dee I’d like to say I went indie for all the traditional reasons. I’ve read many author interviews of self-published authors, and one question that comes up a lot is “why indie?” Answers often have key elements in common—power over content, royalty rates, freedom with deadlines. I…

  • Written by Justin Bienvenue Sometimes one of the many issues we run into as authors is to which genre does our book fall under? Yes in most cases it’s easy to distinguish a books place and where it should fall but sometimes that’s not so

  • Written by Ben Wand  When I was wrapping up my book, Rocker’s Road, I found an amazing quote that seemed to sum up the theme: Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.

  • Written by: Alicia Hooper My name is God. I have many names. I have many faiths. I am everything that is good and perfect. I am the world’s grand designer, experimenter, and father. In the beginning, I created light. With light, came the universe. And with the universe, came earth.…

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