Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Guest Post by A.A. Pencil

Book Synopsis: 

"I am Melissa Andrews, a prisoner in this forlorn excuse for a psychiatric treatment center."

Melissa Andrews is scheduled for execution by lethal injection but wakes up in a secluded mental asylum with its own dark secrets.

When her questions are unanswered, she has no choice but to form alliances and infiltrate her captors' barriers. Little does she know that she is at the center of one of the asylum's major plots.

What will she uncover about the institution and herself and will she find a way to escape before it's too late?

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Don’t forget to Write: Why everyone should pick up a pen and paper

If you gather up a hundred writers and ask them why they write, you’ll get an abundance of contrasting answers. For some, writing is their life. It’s their career or as some say, their ‘bread and butter’. Some people write because it’s simply something that they like to do. Perhaps they see it as something fun in which they’re good at or maybe it helps pass time. I fall into two categories. I write because it distracts me from the challenges of Lupus. Writing allows me to be creative and because sometimes Lupus leaves me out of control in my life or helpless at times, it’s great to create characters and be in charge of their backgrounds, goals and future. I also write because characters tend to pop up in my mind and I need to get them out! Overtime, it’s like they marinate in my brain and I begin to feel anxious that eventually they’ll overcook and burn! What does mean? For me, sometimes I feel as though I sit on a character or scene for so long that eventually someone else ‘gets’ the idea and we see it in another book or on the big screen. I think this is one of the problems of being an author—that nervousness or anxiety of holding onto ideas for too long and the disappointment that comes when ‘your ideas’ trend without you. (For example: Writing about vampire love triangles….then Twilight and Vampire Diaries make their debut! Back to the drawing board, Baby!)
You don’t have to be an author to write. Writing gives us an opportunity to express ourselves. Some of us can use beautiful metaphors when describing nature and love, others can put together creative pieces of sarcasm and wit to create the perfect comedy, and then there are those (like me) whose words, when put together, create morose or gory scenes. (Edgar Alan Poe fan here!)
Did you know that research has shown that writing and reading could possibly help slow down the effects of dementia? According to a study published in the scholarly journal, Neurology, participants who regularly read and write show evidence of a slower progression of dementia than those who didn’t. Apparently, writing and reading stimulate the mind. Just as how we place colorful and creative toys in front of children to get their minds going, books and writing inspire and vitalize our minds.
Whatever you write, don’t force it. Don’t try to write in a specific genre. You’ll be limiting your ideas and talent. Just let it flow. So, what should you write? Anything! You can start of small by simply brainstorming ideas. No one’s saying to write a book. In this world of technology, why not do something different and write a note or letter of encouragement for a friend, family member or even co-worker? A simple note, even on a yellow sticky pad, can lift someone’s spirits. How about not skipping that blank birthday card in your local store (Guilty! I cringe when I see them!)and instead think of an actual birthday message to write? Why not set up your own blog or search the internet for sites that have open submissions for articles or poems.  How about simply commenting on a post that you’ve read or leaving reviews on books you’ve read? Did it inspire you or invoke any strong feelings? Pick up that pen or pencil or open a blank page of your favorite Word Processor and have fun. Whether you write to inspire or entertain, inform or persuade, or simply write for yourself in a diary or journal, writing is an important part of life. Why else would it be one of the first skills taught growing up? J

Author Bio: 

A. A. Pencil works part time as a school nurse at an all-boys Catholic school in New York City. As a Lupus survivor, she uses writing as a significant part of her therapy and you will see influences from classical writers such as Agatha Christie and Edgar Alan Poe in her work.  When not working or writing, she enjoys cooking, shopping and walking. She has sponsored a child in Mexico for over three years with a children's organization. She currently lives in a borough of New York City with her extended family who are her greatest supporters.

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