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Blogging is serious business. Authors, business people, artists ... everyone is blogging these days, hoping to have their voice heard among millions of others. I have been mulling a question over for…Continue

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Started May 17, 2011

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Don't Make Time - Find it!

The saying goes that if something is important enough, you will find the time. I have found this to be true. I am probably busier now than I have ever been, but somehow I still ‘find’ time to write.  Often this means saying ‘no’ to other things, since there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Some things cannot be eliminated. My job, for instance, is one of those things. At this point in time I need the income, so quitting isn’t an option for me. Most of the rest in optional, but be careful not to slash the important stuff like spending time with family, or maintaining personal prayer and devotional time. Cutting back on sleep is also counter-productive, at least for me. While I do have a fairly strong ‘night-owl’ gene, I find that lack of sleep makes tasks harder and more time consuming.

Beyond the above ‘non-negotiables’, I have found that there are many areas where I can cut back on things that might keep me from writing. In other words, become choosy about how to spend ‘free’ time.  Number one is television. I often turn it on while making dinner or other mundane tasks, but inevitably I get interested in a show and then end up watching the entire episode and the next and the next… A better solution is to put on some music while doing those tasks. Since there are a few shows that I really do want to watch (I can’t miss my Saskatchewan Roughrider football games…) I set my PVR to record the shows I actually want to see.

Turn off your social networking sites when it’s time to write. It is so easy to become distracted with yet another facebook message or email. While social networking and doing things online is all part of this writing gig, it should not supersede your time actually writing.

Self discipline is a key factor. To make the most of my time, I do not allow myself to procrastinate while sitting in my writing chair. Just do it. Harness your muse and get some words down on the screen. It is amazing how quickly the juices will start flowing once you get going. Don’t wait for the inspiration to come before you write. Start writing and it will follow. Even when I don’t ‘feel’ like it, I sit down at the computer with a goal and do one of two things. I set myself a time limit, (one hour for example) or I set a word count limit. (I must complete five hundred words before I do anything else.) This is something I’ve learned through participating in nanowrimo and it has carried over into my regular writing schedule.


These are just a few tips that I have found helpful, especially now that my time is at a premium.

Ali and the Magic Lamp!

My seventh full length play 'Ali and the Magic Lamp' has just released through JAC Publishing and Promotions.

Synopsis:

Ali and the Magic Lamp puts a fresh, modern spin on the classic tale. In this comedic version, Ali is a skateboarding girl who just wants to be treated like an equal. Unfortunately, her mother has other plans. On her way to the market to pick out a new dress for Prince Rashid’s upcoming ball, Ali inadvertently frees Genie – a rambling fashionista with attitude. Meanwhile, Prince Rashid, obsessed with his gaming habits, is also tired of living up to other people’s expectations. He runs away and meets Ali, who promises to help him on his ‘quest’ – a series of tests he must pass before becoming the next Sultan. The plot twists just keep coming as the evil Morgiana infiltrates the palace, the street waif Haroun and her cruel master Houssein try to steal the lamp, the Oracle reveals some surprising family revelations, and the bumbling palace servants – Calliel and Cassim – risk their lives to save the Prince. Other than the ‘Genie in the lamp’, this play is unique in its plot, characters 
and outcome, while addressing relevant issues.
Running time: 90 minutes



Available from JAC Publishing
Amazon kindle version
Amazon paperback version


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I wrote and article called 'The Best Cure for Fear' at 'Inscribe Christian Writers Online' on October 15. In it, I discuss how the best cure for fear of rejection is... getting rejected. Read the full post by clicking on the link.



Yesterday, Oct. 17, I was featured on the John 3:16 Marketing Network. See the full line up NEIGHBORS by clicking on the link.
 

ALI & THE MAGIC LAMP new play http://jacpub.com/Full-Length/Krauss_Ali.htm

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Something About Me and My Book:
Tracy Krauss is a multi-published, award winning and best selling author, artist, and playwright. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and has always enjoyed writing, along with many other creative pursuits. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with majors in Fine Art, and minors in History and English. She has lived in many interesting places in northern Canada with her husband, a pastor with the PAOC, and their four children. She currently teaches English, Art and Drama at the High School level and lives in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Visit her website for info, reviews, buying options, and more.
Website:
http://www.tracykrauss.com

MY PUBLISHED WORK

ALL TITLES AVAILABLE AT MY ONLINE STORE! LOTS OF BUYING OPTIONS FROM AMAZON, TO CHAPTERS TO MORE

MOTHER THE MAN-EATER
ISBN - 978-1-60976-585-9

A forty-something ‘cougar’s’ search for fulfillment keeps getting foiled when her prospects fall for one of her daughters instead. Her ex-husband is out of prison and looking for revenge. He’ll stop at nothing – even murder – to ruin Joleen’s reputation as well as her relationship with their daughters. My Mother the Man-Eatermakes for some truly tempting and redemptive reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



AND THE BEAT GOES ON
ISBN - 978-1-60693-199-8


When an archaeologist uncovers an earthshaking discovery in the mountains of Zimbabwe, plenty of theories are unearthed to describe his find. Canadian archaeologist Mark Graham digs up the remains of a pterodactyl, found carefully buried next to a set of gigantic human bones. What could his finding mean? Was there a race of giant humans who existed near the time of the dinosaurs? Or is the find a carefully planned hoax?
One theory speculates the existence of a race of giants, believed to have descended from both men and gods. The race is called Nephilim, and scientists scurry to find the truth behind the bones. As sinister forces enter the picture and Graham is deceived by friends and colleagues, he struggles to safeguard the bones and his reputation so he can learn the mystery behind the Nephilim.

 

 

 

 


PLAY IT AGAINISBN: 978-1-61204-392-0

Sparks fly when an ex rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and a threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980′s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music.

 PLAY IT AGAIN is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy’s debut novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON.Find out where Mark Graham’s journey began in this, the story of his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIND OVER MARSHDALE

ISBN: 978-1-62135-041-5

Marshdale. Just a small farming community where nothing special happens.  A perfect place to start over… or get lost. There is definitely more to this prairie town than meets the eye. Once the meeting place of aboriginal tribes for miles around, some say the land itself was cursed because of the people’s sin. But its history goes farther back than even indigenous oral history can trace and there is still a direct descendant who has been handed the truth, like it or not. Exactly what ties does the land have to the medicine of the ancients? Is it cursed, or is it all superstition?

Wind Over Marshdaleis the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth. Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty - prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.

COLONY ZERO - Volume 1 Contact

a Science Fiction series

In 2810, they’re called Zeroes. Some Zeroes are born, somehow slipping through the genetic screening and purification tests in utero mandated by an overpopulated Earth. Others become Zeroes later, the worst murderers and thieves and abusers, despite the same genetic screening. Whether born or made, they are Earth’s outcasts, the dregs, sent to a perpetually dark rock orbiting a Y-class brown dwarf star by a society without the patience or desire to deal with them. 

The Relocation Ministry cites the humanity of the process, offering the Zeroes a chance at a new life. Yet the overcrowded world secretly knows with silent approval that they’re sent to Colony Zero for one reason: to die. That is until the RM ship Valkyrie 2 arrives on a routine survey mission to retrieve core samples. It is on that dark wind-swept planet that the crew discovers a far different secret. 

COLONY ZERO - VOLUME 5 - SINS OF THE FATHERS

Fear and confusion are mounting on Colony Zero since the arrival of the Earth ship Valkyrie 2. Renata, chief spiritual leader, has her hands full trying to keep the citizens calm. Her own son is not making life any easier with his radical disregard for their way of life. Then she discovers that a potentially dangerous secret could not only threaten to destroy their utopian way of life, but the very existence of the planet. 

NEIGHBORS - A Series

Volume 1 New In the Neighborhood

Volume 2 Stuck In the Neighborhood

Volume 3 Sneaking Around the Neighborhood

Volume 4 Working the Neighborhood

Volume 5 Back In the Neighborhood

Volume 6 - Navigating the Neighborhood

Volume 7 - Skeletons in the Neighorhood

Volume 8 - Leaving the Neighborhood

Volume 9 - There Goes the Neighborhood

NEIGHBORS Complete paperback

Vol 1 Audio Book

 

CHILDREN'S BOOK

THE SLEEPYTOWN EXPRESS- an illustrated children's book based on the song by Haven Gillsespie

NON-FICTION

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY: Advice and Reflections on Navigating the Road of Life  (devotional)

STAGE PLAYS!

EBENEZER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (2010)

A fresh new twist on a Christmas classic!

Available through Pioneer Drama Services

 

Hook's Nemesis - Peter Pan parody! JAC Publishing / Amazon paperback or kindle

Ali & the Magic Lamp - Ali is a skateboarding female in this twist on the classic Aladin. JAC Publishing, Amazon paperback or kindle.

Dorothy's Road Trip

A modern parody of the beloved Wizard of Oz. this full length play featured fresh new characters to bring an classic to life. 

Available through JAC Publishing. Also available on amazon in BOOK or KINDLEformat.

 

A Midterm Eve's Phantasm

A parody of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' in a modern high school setting. Lots of mayhem and mishaps! Available through Big Dog Play.

 

Little Red in the Hood

A comic fairy tale classic with an anti-bullying message. Available through JAC Publishing, or Amazon as a book or kindle. 

The Western Tale - Shakespeare goes country in this adaptation of 'The Winter's Tale' From JAC Publishing or at amazon. 

 

Anthologies: 

25 Years in the Rearview Mirror - 52 Author Look Back

Taste and See - A Sampling of First Chapters by John 3:16 Marketing Network Authors

Taste and See Volume 2

 

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God's Daughter - a review

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read for historical fiction fans, those interested in Viking lore and culture, or just anyone looking for an emotionally charged and gripping read. It is written from the perspective of a Viking woman named Gudrid sometime around 1000 AD when these fierce warriors were exploring the northern seas. Most of the tale is told from a first person, present perspective, heightening the immediacy and emotional honesty of the story. Gudrid has become a…See More
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God's Daughter - a review

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read for historical fiction fans, those interested in Viking lore and culture, or just anyone looking for an emotionally charged and gripping read. It is written from the perspective of a Viking woman named Gudrid sometime around 1000 AD when these fierce warriors were exploring the northern seas. Most of the tale is told from a first person, present…

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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:03pm

Deja vu - a review

Deanna and Josh just keep running into each other. It’s almost as if they were destined to meet. As it turns out, they are perfect for each other and a relationship begins. But Deanna is having strange nightmares, despite her idyllic new boyfriend. Another friend convinces her to undergo hypnosis to see if they can pinpoint the root of the problem.

During this process, the reader is transported into Deanna’s past life during World War Two. This was the most intriguing part of the…

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Posted on October 19, 2013 at 9:30pm

Paint Me Althena - by Naomi Musch - a review

Paint Me Althena is a story about second chances. Ava abandoned her family three years ago in a quest to find herself – or so she claimed. But fulfillment continues to sidestep her at every turn. Then, unlikely circumstances throw her and her estranged husband Ethan back into each others’ lives. Learning to trust again isn’t easy for either of them, especially with meddlesome in-laws, complicated new relationships, and a mountain of guilt. At times I was frustrated with the heroine’s choices…

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 9:20pm

Learning to Trust - a review

This is the fourth and final installment in the ‘Sacred Vows’ Series by Michelle Sutton. It continues to chronicle the lives of three individuals that we’ve met earlier in the series – Hope, Tony, and Jimmy. Hope is now a widow, and perhaps this part of the story is the most ‘romantic’ of the three threads as she embarks on a new relationship. Tony, Hope’s former lover, has also found true love, but his relationship with his new wife is not always stable and they must continue to seek God to…

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 7:00pm

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At 2:59pm on August 18, 2012, donna eden vinke gave Tracy Krauss a gift
At 7:27am on July 28, 2011, Shawn Lamb said…
My daughter draws all the characters, my husband does the graphics and I direct and narrate. It's all a family enterprise. My husband used to work in animation on the old series He-Man, She-Ra, Fat Albert. Briana (daughter) is a budding feature film artist and worked on a couple of films. One is coming out next year while the other is in pre-production in New Zealand.
At 11:22am on May 18, 2011, Author Collective said…
The 2011 Nashville International Book Festival takes
place June 3rd through 5th at RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Throughout the mall will be local television, government and sports
personalities reading for 30 minutes to a group of children or students.
Authors will also sell and sign their books and novels and there will be several
no cost literary workshops, classes and panel discussions open to the general
public. For more information or if you want to participate please go to www.NashvilleInternationalBookFestival.info
or you can call us at 313.862.5000. Thanks and we hope to see and hear you at
the "Celebrity Read Out".
At 9:05am on July 8, 2010, Merle Savage said…
In 1989 Exxon told the cleanup workers the same story, that the crude oil is not toxic. Some of us are living proof of the toxic exposure, and many others have died. Please view the YouTube video, and help get the message to Gulf residents, BP crude oil cleanup workers, and President Obama. Respirators need to be supplied to oil cleanup crews.
Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1J7U2GYA0
At 11:19pm on July 5, 2010, Gene Cartwright said…
Tracy, thanks for the friend request. I congratulate you on your successes, nd wish you much more.

Gene
iFOGO Village, iFOGO.com
At 5:28pm on July 5, 2010, Gabriel Gherasim said…
Thank you for the invitation!
God Bless!
At 7:26pm on July 4, 2010, Bill said…
At 7:25pm on July 4, 2010, Bill said…

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There is a pool of Love . . .
that holds all things that are in existence . . .
this pool’s waters are so pure . . .
it washes away illusions . . .
of time and space . . .
. . . with this being said,
what is there to know ? . . .
for even knowledge bows ! . . .
. . . to honor love. . .

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At 10:50pm on July 2, 2010, Shon Hyneman said…
Thank you so much for the connection! Stay in touch.

Shon
www.neveragainministries.info
At 6:04am on May 21, 2010, Lisa Lickel said…
Thank you, Tracy.
 
 
 

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