Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#IWSG - February - Special Guest -- Tara Tyler!!!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.



February 5 optional question - Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!



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Hello and Happy February Insecure friends!! I have a special guest today, Tara Tyler, and she's here to talk about her Beast World series. I'm so completely proud of her and her accomplishments!

This whole writing thing is so freakin' hard, I wouldn't wish it upon my own enemies, but she's handling a huge obstacle thrown at her with grace and style! Make sure you read her post below.

Meanwhile...I was able to add all three of my books to Smashwords, which means that they will be available on other platforms like KOBO, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books, just to name a few! YAY!

Stay tuned, because I'm thinking of doing a little holiday promotion! I'll let you know about it when I figure it out! Thank you!

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Welcome, Tara!!




Taking Back Beast World, Phase 2. Disney/Pixar's Onward comes out Mar 6 with a setting eerily close to BEAST WORLD, and it's time to speak out again--in a positive way!

Thanks for hosting me on this journey, Heather!

Adventure - Inside-Out
by Tara Tyler

We all need a little adventure in our lives!

I love this picture!
Kids are full of lively, risk-taking instincts. They mostly get their adventures Outside or IRL (in real life) They play, pretend, have sleepovers, explore, and are always up for trying new things (except green food).

When I was a kid eons ago, I loved to go to the pond and discover. With friends, we would play family or castle or school or making movies. I was pretty bossy (still am) so I was usually in charge and chose my part first. I was the baby, the princess, the teacher, the director. I'm surprised my friends stayed friends with me! But we always had a blast. And I think most kids (like my boys) start outside and have just as much fun as we did in the day. We just need to keep limiting the screens while we can, because...

Inevitably, kids turn into teenagers. Ugh! The adventure goes Inside for a while (until they can drive--yikes!) True then as it is today, just a little more technology. Teens find adventure in video games, movies, YouTube, and social media. As generations change, I've found kids and teens are basically the same, even though we have a danger of becoming addicts to our phones, this is how life is now.

The Key to Great Adventure Inside or Out is taking risks, but being smart about it. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. If we limit the kids and teach teens to set their own limits,  hopefully we'll all be successful adventurous adults!

One last thing: In awesome news, I heard books are making a comeback! We authors need to keep writing and inspiring kids, teens, and adults. Books are the best Inside Adventure for all because it exercises your brain which keeps you young. Just make sure to get some physical exercise once in a while too!

How do you Find Adventure?

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

How to find:
twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks
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Thank you for visiting my blog today, Tara! You are ROCKIN' IT!!!

HMG

23 comments:

  1. Great post, Tara! I agree it's so important that kids get outside and stretch their imagination, as well as through reading. It seems that the tech becomes part of life younger than ever - my 11-year-old already makes and edits her own YouTube videos, but on the plus side, that's something creative. She's a bookworm, too (currently devouring Harry Potter). I think there's hope yet!

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    1. Hey Nick! great to hear your daughter is taking after your creative side! and she’s brave entering the world of YouTube, good luck when she becomes a teen!

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  2. Heather!
    Ironically, I never did much of the outside stuff when I was little. I hated bugs and dirt. I'm outdoors more now than I ever was as a child.

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    1. it’s funny how things change! like veggies... didn’t like them then, well that didn’t really change (hahaha)

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  3. I was guilty of that. Went from playing out in the dirt with my cars and animals to playing video games inside.

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    1. it’s a natural progression—as a teen, i didn’t play much video games, but i did my own things inside...

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  4. As a kid, I did the same thing. Made up stories and handed out the parts. It was a blast and the kids all went along with it. Bossy, yeah, definitely a word attached to me. LOL
    Congratulations on your success and for fighting the big fight!

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    1. thanks yolanda! bossy pants get the job done!

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  5. It is so hard not to be inspired by kids--and dogs. Both.

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  6. Congrats on getting your books up on Smashwords, Heather.
    Hi Tara!

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  7. Spent a lot of time as a kid running around our neighborhood with the kids who lived across the street, playing whatever scenarios we can up with. We tended to take turns deciding, though. When it was my turn to pick, it was always some kind Robin Hood sort of thing. :)

    Congrats on getting your books up on Smashwords, Heather!!

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    1. robin hood was a great choice!
      my fave was playing Charlie’s Angels - I was Kelly =)

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  8. Childhood is a lot different now than it was for me. There was no computer or video games, and we were not allowed to sit around watching television all day. But life wasn't all pleasure cruises and rose gardens. Each generation has its own positives and negatives. It's important to foster creativity in the reality of the day.

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    1. this is true—and the choices weren’t as prevalent then either, too much stimulation these days! need hands on creativity

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  9. I often wish I could do more with my kids than I'm able to. My friends will tell me about this trip or that trip they took their kids on, and I'm despairing because I'm struggling to save up enough time off to just cover all the times my son gets sent home from school. Hopefully my kids will be able to build happy memories even though we don't leave the house much.

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    1. they definitely will - make the most of the time you have and don’t worry about those “picture perfect” families, they have a lot of turmoil behind the scenes too
      plus, leaving the house will be that much better when you only get to do it once in a while!

      Tara Tyler Talks

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  10. Great post! Love the photo too. I have a similar one with my two young daughters and their two girl cousins in underwear in a kiddie pool. They all hate the photo but it makes me smile every time I look at it, not because of what they were wearing, but raising a kid wasn't so complicated. I also loved being a mommy.

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    1. i have many embarrassingly adorable pics of my boys—i miss being a mommy!
      thanks =)

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  12. thanks so much for hosting me Heather!
    and congrats on Smashwords! keep the successes coming!

    Tara Tyler Talks

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