Butterfly Reborn


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Writer

Lilly Maxwell

©Lilly Maxwell

Love tore me up inside,
How it lied and broke my heart.
Then I met him and he smiled,
He said hi and made me sigh.

Something was different,
Love has been gone so long.
He asked me, “If I could be his?”
Of course, “I said yes!”

He hugged me and warmed my heart,
He kissed me and it lingered on my lips.
I’m his special girl and he is my love,
We are all one of a kind now!

©2016, Lily Maxwell

Build an Illness Support System


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Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic disease or medical condition? Are you looking for a support group, online or locally, to find a shoulder to lean on? There are several types of support groups to choose from, no matter what condition or disease you have. Many groups offer individual help in a local location and some are located on the Internet. However, you must be sure to that you choose one, which will benefit your personal needs.

Online Support Communities

Did you know there are thousands of different support communities on the Internet? They are usually open twenty-four hours a day and can be accessed from any home computer. This way, the families that are unable to visit a local group in their town, due to their condition or circumstances. Many groups offer several types of services and resources for patients and their loved ones. Before signing up, be sure to talk with the members and see what they think.

Local Support Groups

Have you asked your doctor about local support groups in your town? These types of groups will help you deal with your diagnosis or condition? In addition, you could talk to other patients or nurses, because someone will know about an existing group. After you find a group, be sure to talk to the members, in order to learn more about their mission. Unfortunately, most groups usually meet once a week, so you may want to have a separate support system.

Professional Counseling

Sometimes you will need more support than any type of support group can offer, so it is important to find a psychologist. They can help in ways a support group can not, since you may need medicine to help with depression or anxiety. Ask your doctor to refer you to someone he trusts or talk to your church minister about your needs. However, be sure to pick one that you feel comfortable talking to. This is important, because you will be discussing personal things with them.

Family and Friends

Are you close to your family and friends, who live near you? Do you have friends that will drop everything, if you need them? If, so lean on them throughout this frightening time and allow each of them to help you in any way you need. However, if you not close to your family, then it is important for you to lean on members of your support group. That is why it important to look for a group with members you can trust, just in case you need a shoulder to lean on.

Conclusion

Today, there are many avenues for a patient and caregivers to find support for those, who suffer from a chronic illness. Start by researching the best options that are available to you and your family. Be sure to find someone that you trust, no matter what kind of support you need. It is important for you to find a group that allows you to feel comfortable. Therefore, you will find the right support system, which you will need to make it through your journey against your illness..
Previously Published in 2007

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Freelance Author: What is NaNoWriMo?


Nanowrimo1The creators of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) wanted to find a way, for amateurs and professionals to find common ground. They desired to bring more aspiring authors, into the competitive market of novel writing. All of the participants are solely based on the amount of writing, which they produced in thirty days, instead of the quality. Basically, NaNoWriMo program was created about eight years ago, in order to showcase a writer’s dedication to their writing.

However, since the contest creation, the program has expanded into a global revolution that is sweeping the world of writing. According to the Office of Letters and Light (2006), over 79,000 participants entered last year. Unfortunately, only about “13,000” (office of Letters and Light, 2006), were able to actually finish their novel. Each participant will try for their chance to become a new novelist, but only a few will be reaching their goal.

Basically, anyone can join, as long as they are able to write a “175 page (50,000 words) novel” (The Office of Letters and light, 2006), during the month of November. Fortunately, the aspiring authors will not have to worry about the daunting task of perfecting each word or sentence. The NaNoWriMo program mainly focuses on an artist’s hard work and their commitment to writing daily.

This contest encourages amateurs and professional authors to enter into the friendly competition. Don’t worry about the mistakes that will be made, since only they only judge the total word count. Every contestant is judged and rewarded for their daily perseverance. Also, the website offers a community to gain encouragement or to talk about the joys and sorrows of writing.

For more information or to join the revolution that is sweeping the writing world, go to www.nanowrimo.org. This program allows a would-be author, to work hard and attempt to write a novel in thirty days from a blank page. Most of the aspiring authors come from several countries and different walks of life. Yet, each one has a sincere desire, to see their novel published and circulating in the local bookstores.

Therefore, this year’s many contestants will be attempting to write their way into, “NaNoWriMo superstardom” (Office of Letters and Light, 2006). On November 1, 2015, a new round of contestants will be shooting for the finishing line.  So, get ready to join them in a program, which will showcase the hard work of both amateurs and professionals alike. The contestants enjoy writing their heart out, while competing for the chance to be noticed by others.

Reference:

The Office of Letters and Light (2006) National Novel Writing Month

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 8, 2007

http://www.nanowrimo.org/modules/cjaycontent/index.php?id=2

Previously Published in 2007/Revised 2015

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?


Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?

 Crystal’s Corner

=Author CSK 2015-bAuthor Crystal S. Kauffman (Imogen Rayne) is her online pen name since 1995, when she first adopted it. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her mother, my dogs, and my kitties. Mrs. Kauffman cherishes every moment she gets with her two beautiful children, who now following their own dreams. Mrs. Kauffman inspired each child to develop their talents with hard work. She taught them to use their imagination and create their own art. She knows that her teens have the most beautiful souls and they are her inspiration for writing. In addition, she lives in beautiful Jacksonville, FL. with her family. She is a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor; who is an advocate to get people talking about GYN Cancers. She also cares about many other causes, so keep checking my website/blog to see what I am up too.

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Author’s Corner    

Mrs. Crystal S. Kauffman writes something every day and keeping up her studies. She writes lyrics for songs, poetry, and short stories that are generally featured on her blog. She really enjoys studying ancient history, particularly the Bible era, which fascinates me. Sometimes, Mrs. Kauffman will write articles about news or whatever pops in her mind. She enjoys writing devotionals and has articles for sale as web content. Mrs. Kauffman is skilled in communications and she teaches new writers how to develop their story. Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman for quotes by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

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Advice Corner

I would like to teach others that there is an author in everyone. Everybody has a story to tell. My best advice for new writers is to just writing, but make a plan first. The story will lead you and you may touch someone with your words. The new writer will find out this is a journey of blood, sweat, and tears. However, when someone reads your book, you will still be humbled. Take a chance and show others all about your story or write an awesome fictional tale.

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For sixteen years, I have studied all aspects of writing and encourage others to use their skills or Talents given by God. She writes informational articles on most standard topics, how-to-articles, short stories for children, essays for college, and upcoming novels. My education consists of studying at the Institute of Writing for Children and Teenagers in 2006, University of Phoenix: Associate Degree in 2008, Bachelor in Communications in 2011. I enjoy helping to teaching people to learn how to express themselves through communication on the internet. I have published a song, poetry collection, and a novel…working on more! I love to do freelance projects, so on your next writing project…Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman

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New Novel Corner:

Ana’s Stand’s by, Crystal S. Kauffman

Anas Stand Front CoverLet Ana inspire you to take your own stand against bullies, school violence, and violence period. This book is perfect for teens and adults. One Click Your Copy Today. READ Ana’s Stand ON KINDLE UNLIMITED! Follow this young girl’s journey to freedom from persecution. Crystal S. Kauffman is a new author, so tell me what you think on my reviews. This book is Christian Fiction, Drama, Urban Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, and Crime Fiction. This book gives a glimpse inside the violence that teens deal with everyday. See what your children maybe dealing with whenever they are at school. The school bullies, racists, and other types peer intimidations are not acceptable. Let Ana inspire you or your teen to stand up in your community and make a difference! Be the change you want to see and that one ripple you will make shall become a flowing river.

Buy or your own copyAna’s Stand!

Sharing Corner

Please take moment to share with your friends. This book is perfect for any home, school, or public libraries. I am looking for reviews as well, so contact me to review this amazing book. Thank you ZitrO Publications for taking a chance on publish my novel and allowing people to read it. If you have not got your copy yet, then take a moment to One Click Your Book Now!

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Thank you for stopping by,

XOXOXO

Author Crystal S. Kauffman

Ana’s Stand: Ranked #1 is Christian Fiction


Ana’s Stand Ranked #1 By Kindle In Christian Fiction!

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On Wednesday, I was humbled when I learned that Ana’s Stand was ranked #1 in Christian and #1 for young girls/women. I was thrilled that after my publisher, ZitrO Productions held a free books for one day promotion. Other authors in our publication family were also able to Rank #1 in their individual genre. 

I was humbled when I signed on today and my Kindle account stated that I was ranked #66 in Christian Fiction. In addition, I was ranked #82 in African American Fiction. I have not looked tonight, but I know Ana’s courageous story will touch so many hearts. This novel was especially written preteens, teens, young adults, and adults.

I hope Ana will inspire you to take a stand in your own community! I feel blessed to have reached #1, but it never would of happened without my readers who have bought the book. Take a moment to leave an honest review. I still need a STREET TEAM to help with promotions online and offline, so If you interested in helping contact me on Facebook or through this blog. 

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Learn More About Ana’s Stand

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Author Crystal S.Kauffman

Cover Designed By, Nikki Ortiz

Published by ZitrO Publications

 About Ana’s Stand:

This is an inspirational yet dramatic story about Ana, an African American teenage girl, who took a stand against school violence. Ana and her best friend Nikki felt completely helpless against the prejudice, racism, and bigotry that they were forced to endure. The teenagers reached out for help to stop the school violence, but the violence followed them home. Ana felt so helpless after she almost lost her best friend that day, as well as dealing with the emotional pain and the aftermath. Ana decided to take a stand against school violence in her school. Follow her journey to making a difference.

Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand against school violence!

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Have a blessed week,

Crystal S. Kauffman

Do You Want Free Kindle E-Books? Then, Listen Up!


Keep all your e-books in one place and access them anywhere.

Keep all your e-books in one place and access them anywhere.

Do you like reading different kinds of e-books? Do you have a Kindle application on your computer, tablet, or smart-phone? If so, you are going to love this blog post! There are many ways to obtain free Kindle e-books, by independent authors. Personally, I love reading the free e-books by these talented individuals.

In addition, you can meet them on Facebook or other social networking sites and give them an HONEST REVIEW of their book. They love hearing from their fans, so with that said, take a moment to review their e-book on Kindle as well.

This way other readers may decide to read the author’s e-book based on your opinion. These talented authors may be looking to make their own mark in this fast-paced, yet exciting career. Their e-books can catch a reader’s attention, which can help their career explode into a best-selling novel. However, a poorly written book can end or break their new career. As a reader, you are able to let the author know your opinion of the story they have written.

Be gentle though, because some author’s work on their novel for many years and feel deeply connected to the characters. Once they independently publish their masterpiece, they begin looking for readers. If you are already a fan, you can help them by placing their book information and link in to groups and on pages that allow this kind of posting.

Authors of any kind are thrilled to know that they have one fan or many fans. They look at it as their devoted fans are reading their work and falling in love with their characters. Most authors will run a promotion, in order to reach more potential fans. Sometimes, their e-book will be free or offered for a reduced price. Therefore, take advantage of these deals and discover a new author today, which may become your favorite author.

Here are three pages or groups on Facebook to get you started. Additionally, once you are on Facebook, use the search engine to search for free e-books or similar keywords.

  1. Free Kindle Books Daily-https://www.facebook.com/kindlebooksdaily?ref=br_tf
  2. Free Kindle Book Club-https://www.facebook.com/groups/freekindlebookclub/
  3. Book Junkies’ Club-https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bookjunkiesfreebies/

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