It’s Time to Tell Your Story

by Sheralyn

As a writer, there is one thing I know for certain: There are far too many stories in the world for me to even tell on my own.

Your story is one of them, yet so many people decide they either don’t have the skill or aren’t important enough to have their story told.

Hogwash.

I’m creating a series of journals that are going to help turn you into an expert storyteller so you can share those stories that are just waiting to get out.

I’m also creating a podcast to give instruction and answer questions as we go.

Listen to episode 1 here.

Listen to episode 2 here.

There will be several journals that will go along with this project. Each is designed to gather information you can use to remember and retell events with an accuracy that lures your reader in to your story and keeps them reading.

The first journal is the Days of Change journal. If you don’t have it, grab it now.

There’s never been a better time to write your story. So get the tools you need and let’s get started!

Days of Change (OUTOT #1)

by Sheralyn

I’ve published over a dozen books but I have never been more excited about a book I’ve created than I am for the Once Upon This One Time (OUTOT or #OUTOT) journal series I’ve bringing your way now.

I firmly believe it is time for people to tell their stories, which is a daunting task for many.

Where do you start? What do you say? What do you include? What do you leave on the cutting-room floor?

I’m going to help you with all this, but you’re going to need some information first — information only you know, and it needs to be stored in ways that you can find and record easily.

That’s what the Once Upon This One Time journal series is all about: Capturing events in ways that make it easy to write about later.

The first journal in the series is: DAYS OF CHANGE. This is a journal you ONLY write in when you experience a notable change in your life. When that happens, you fill in a one-sheet in the journal and that’s it.

Do this each time you have a big change and soon you will have a book that is filled only with days when your “normal” changed into something new, allowing you to see some of the influential days in your life in sequence.

Other journals will record other things, making everything easy to find when it’s time to write your story and I’ll be guiding and sharing things I’ve learned with you along the way.

And I am looking forward to helping you write your story in a captivating way that family, friends, and strangers will love to read.

Start by clicking on the link and getting your copy of DAYS OF CHANGE now.

Return of the Story Problem

by Sheralyn

I was playing around with the idea of creating fun tools to help with at-home learning.

Obviously, I would need to upgrade the art and video elements. This is just a concept test with a question: Would story problems like this be a fun way to help your kids/students learn at home?

@ me on Twitter if you’re feeling it. @SheralynPratt

PRESENTING DK: SUPERSTAR

by: Sheralyn

The verdict is in: the world needs more satire!

Or, at least, my caricatures do. That’s feedback on this week’s postings in a nutshell:

MORE SATIRE, PLEASE.
HOLD THE NUANCE.

And I hear you. I totally do. So:

New Pivot:
GOODBYE: Editorial newsroom vibe (and characters)
HELLO: Full-on Comedy

This is exciting because comedy is something I have never done, and I am REALLY excited to succeed at it right out of the gate!

I’m also so lucky that I don’t have to agonize whether to try a comic strip or stand-up comedy first, given the fact that I’m pretty sure open mic nights are currently a Class B Misdemeanor in my city.

So comic strip/memes it is!

Although, there is one issue: I don’t really know how to art. It’s not really a thing I’ve ever focused on. I’ve always preferred to have people who do it well do it for me so it meets my tough standards.

But after 4 decades of getting away with not creating my own images, it would seem I finally need to learn how to draw. So I hope you’re excited to witness that learning curve as an added bonus!

And with that enticing preamble, I hereby present my very first comic character:

DK: Superstar

DK: Superstar. Bringing enemies together since 2020

How to describe DK: Superstar? There are so many ways, really…

You know when you’re arguing in private with someone and a stranger helpfully pops in with the answers to all your questions?

DK: Superstar is like that — ON STEROIDS.

Solutions … answers … bright ideas … ALL FREE. You don’t even need to ask!

DK will just fly in and inform you. Because that’s what Superstars do!

And I know you’re asking:

What does DK stand for?
What are DK’s superpowers?

And all I can say for now is: Answers coming soon!

You’ll be getting to know DK really well in the future, and I know you’re going to love having DK swoop in — unrequested — and save your day!

It’s just what every citizen dreams of.

DK: SUPERSTAR

More Coming Soon!!!

Morning Memo

Policy Update

by: Stan (Keeping you up to date on current standards and conversation points that will help keep you safe in difficult times.)

Good morning, citizens. I hope it is a beautiful Spring day wherever you are.

For those of you who are busy and on-the-go — who don’t have time to dive into every article you see in your feed — I thought it might be helpful to create a morning digest to update you on the relevant conversations of the day.

(Note: This is an article that could be ongoing — if there is demand. Please, respond via social media if you have interest.)

MORNING TRENDS

Sean Reed was shot and killed by Indianapolis police. This is within 24 hours of Ahmaud Aubrey‘s murder going viral for justice, and the same week that Calvin Munerlyn was shot at a Dollar Tree store in Flint, Michigan for asking a customer to wear a mask.

Search Terms: #SeanReed #JusticeforSeanReed #AhmaudAubrey Calvin Munerlyn

Antibodies from a 4-year-old llama named Winter in Belgium may hold the cure for Coronavirus.

OTHER TOPICS

National Nurses Day might have been yesterday, but it is always a great day to show your appreciation for the medical care workers on the front line of our current pandemic. #ThankYouNurses

A great celebrity focus at the moment is Dolly Parton. Dolly is funding cutting-edge COVID treatment research and it looks promising! Stay tuned for more updates.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital being treated for acute cholecystitis (a gallbladder condition). She is resting comfortably and set to take oral arguments via phone today. We wish her the best on her way to recovery!

The Pittsburg airport is the first in the nation to deploy ultraviolet-cleaning robots. This is likely to become the new standard of operation and you will see more airports following their lead.

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That’s your morning digest. As always, wait for topics to shift as the day evolves.

And, to all you service workers out there, remember: The last super moon of the year is behind us!

Have a great day.