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Book 2 is on the way…Beta Readers Needed

Book 2 is on the way…Beta Readers Needed

The final draft for Book 2 in the Catharsis Awakening has been done for some time, but the editing process–A.K.A. the sculpting process–has been quite the, well, process.

A long process.

Not complaining, because honestly, I don’t mind the editing of a book. I enjoy rewriting and sculpting away at it like a rough block of clay. Pretty cool after you step back and take a look at what you’ve created.

Yet…it’s only one set of eyes. One pair that looks upon the creation and that isn’t always a good thing.

So…I need some help…please.

Need some folks to volunteer to read the next installment of the series.

Here’s a little insight as to what I’m doing with book 2 for now:

  1. I’ve broken book 2 into three separate parts; it’s long, so I wanted to break it up to manageable parts for editing and reading. Each part will be 10 chapters long, which makes for an easier read–should take about an hour or two to read instead of a month or two.
  2. The first part is ready to go but needs some attention by beta readers.
  3. Parts two and three are still being chiseled down to as close to perfection as possible.
  4. Once all three parts are released as eBooks, then after a period of time, I’ll squeeze all the parts into a whole and then re-release for a paperback at that time…well…that’s the plan anyway.

The nice thing about being a Beta Reader is you get to read the next part for free and get to be a part of something very cool–helping to sculpt this baby into a great book.

Every input I consider. Such as…

I received some critiques about Alie and her darn hair issues in book 1. Ha! I didn’t see it. I was too close to the story, and that little quirk is about obnoxious for sure after I read it through again. So…in this part, you’ll see a few references without it being distracting. Although, I’ll let the Beta Readers be the judge, and if it is, then we’ll–yep, as in us, together–make some adjustments so it doesn’t take away from the story.

Anyway, what the function of a Beta Reader is, is to read through the story and see if it flows, does the plot make sense; are there glaring issues with character development; are there scenes that are left undone; and of course if there are obvious grammar issues along the way.

Oh, not to forget this…do you even like the story?

This story is an epic fantasy that involves an alternate reality with a medieval twist. I realize that the genre is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But, if you enjoyed book 1 and this genre is something that appeals to you, and you would like to be a Beta Reader for this project, please connect with me via instant messenger on Facebook or zip me an email and let me know. I’ll reply with the specifics, and we’ll go from there.

And, as always…whether it’s these articles or the books I write, I so very appreciate you taking the time to read and your support.

Thank you.


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<em>Is it a Matter of Biting Off More Than We Can Chew; or A Simple Case of Not Being Focused?</em>

Is it a Matter of Biting Off More Than We Can Chew; or A Simple Case of Not Being Focused?

It’s been 21 days that I have posted an article every day.

I am grateful for the self-imposed challenge, but I find that other things that are important to me have fallen by the wayside.

And herein is my dilemma.

This struggle is nothing new for me: I easily overcommit and run after the shiny things rolling around in the corner.

I want to write, but I want to do X, Y, & Z too.

But…I can’t accomplish everything and still maintain a healthy life balance.

I need to sleep sometime, and I find that is usually the first thing to go when I’ve overextended myself.

Sleep is a precious commodity to staying healthy and living a full and long life.

There’s a plethora of studies that confirm this and an entire division of science dedicated to sleep. It’s not a new concept that if you sacrifice sleep on a regular basis, you will sacrifice your physical and mental health, and shorten your lifespan.

Yet, it is never just one thing.

Sleep tanked, yes…but other areas suffered and were put on hold too. I found myself becoming more and more stressed by not having enough time in the day to complete other tasks: classes I’m taking, web design, working a part-time gig, reading, finishing a novel, and researching for the next article.

Because let’s face it, when you contribute to a site like Medium.com, you need to have well-written and well-researched material.

If you don’t have the time to read and research, your articles are not going to be the best. They’ll be littered with disjointed opinions and ideas that don’t add value to anyone; rather those articles just become another outlet for personal writing like you would find in a journal.

Of course, for some of us that consume such material—myself included—it’s one thing to read someone like James Altucher’s material (he bleeds all over the page about his life, and I love it), versus someone like Zat Rana who writes incredibly well researched and thought-provoking articles on a consistent basis (which I also love).

Well, there’s certainly a contrast between both, but also a common thread…both are well read, and both do a ton of research.

I find that when I’m not focused and am pulled by too many projects and thoughts and nebulous ideas at the same time, I’m frustrated, anxious, and do not produce anything that resembles my best.

This is why multitasking is such a high anxiety producer; you do just enough to check off the next item in the list of whatever that needed your attention right now, and then move onto the next 9-1-1 emergency vying for your mental and physical attention, but is it your best work?

So, for now, I’ll go back to publishing an article on a regular basis, whether it’s weekly, or bi-monthly, I haven’t decided yet.

What I do know is that I want my articles to add value and create a space in someone’s life to give pause and consider what is important and hopefully stir that consideration into a positive next step.

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Takeaway

Being scattered and overcommitted in our lives creates a tension and anxiety that just doesn’t need to be.

That anxiety can be overwhelming, and our productivity suffers, not to mention relationships, goals and dreams, and our sanity.

The most satisfying and rewarding times in my life have been when I have prioritized what is truly important and then focused my attention on those things.

During those time, even when I’ve failed, being focused and not allowing myself to be pulled in every direction, those failures haven’t registered as a failure, but something to draw my inner strength upon and to figure a way around, under, or through whatever obstacle that got in the way.

And(!) when I’m focused and have my commitments aligned in a unified direction, my life is more at peace.

~ Love


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Posted by Christian Martin Jr. in Intentional Living, Life Hack, Productivity, Purpose, Self, Self-Improvement, stress, Writing