April 10th, 2021

Hi! How have you been? How was your week?

Well, my week wasn’t as productive I would have liked. I still haven’t done any writing for any of my manuscripts as of late.

That’s a problem.

Though, I am putting plans together for this coming week: how much time I’ll devote to exercise, writing, working, etc. Writing, exercising, much less planning becomes more difficult when living with a mental illness or two. There are depression and anxiety, and there is PTSD.

My depression and anxiety (panic attacks) have been getting in the way of quite a bit this week, especially after finding myself back at the same Target where the confrontation I spoke of recently took place. I am taking “medicine” for it all but often times it feels as though it’s not enough. Or maybe there are some things I haven’t addressed yet that are subconsciously exacerbating the aforementioned.

If you’re living with a mental illness, you know how this feels. Regardless, I’m always here for you to reach out to.

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

Author

Jacob Thomas is a children’s book & humorous fiction book writer, father, person with autism, someone’s best friend, pluviophile, bibliophile, and so many other things!

This Week’s Writing Tip

Sorry, I don’t have a writing tip this week /shrug/.

Book Giveaway

But I do still want to talk about the latest book giveaway contest that I’m doing.

Next up on the book giveaway list is a complete box set of the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald.

A perfect gift for Judy Moody uber-fans! Everyone’s favorite exuberant third-grader is celebrated like never before with a GIANT set of her first twelve adventures.

From bad moods to saving the world, solving mysteries to predicting the future, Judy’s many memories — and moods — provide hours of entertainment.

Whether they’ve followed Judy for years or are encountering her for the first time, readers will get a thrill from this cool, colorful, and totally RARE boxed set.

RULES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY:

Must be subscribed to my email newsletter, which of course YOU already are but here’s an added bonus: YOU can invite as many people as you’d like to sign up for my newsletter, increasing your chances of winning!

Once I reach 100 email subscribers, I’ll announce the winner!

Latest Blog Posts

Flash Fiction WIP

I wanted to do this flash fiction piece for #FlashFictionFriday but decided halfway through I would turn it into something…a little more.

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Author Life

This week, I haven’t had much time to write anything in my latest manuscripts. As I said before, my mental health complications got in the way of, well, just about everything this week.

But that’s okay, too. Sometimes we need a break – not force ourselves or otherwise, it’ll turn out to be nonsense.

Truth is, I’m not okay. And it’s okay that I’m not okay right now. Why? Because it means all my scars, all the events I’ve been through in my life were and are real – never a dream. And how I feel about the experiences are valid. The greatest thing about it all?

It means that get to control and decide what happens next in my life.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C.S. Lewis.

A friend of mine on Instagram last night reached out to me when I posted about struggling to be a single dad at 33 years old. A little bit later in the conversation, they mentioned my frequent discussions surrounding the topic of not just my mental health but mental health in general inspired them to be more open about their own mental health struggles.

You never know who you’re changing for the better by being your truest self. I don’t do it to inspire others but to merely vocalize what I’ve internalized for many years. But, if by happenstance I change someone’s life in the process, well, the more confident I become in sharing.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Have you heard about the SCBWI?

It is an international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

SCBWI

Benefits of joining the SCBWI include Promotional Opportunities, Awards and Grants, Regional Chapters, Information Resources, and More!

One of the best benefits is the promotional opportunities where you can increase your sales and readership by participating in many marketing and outreach programs, win grants and awards, boosting your visibility.

I’m considering registering for the Arizona chapter.

“The Arizona region covers a large geographic area with a diverse membership of individuals at all stages of writing, illustrating, and publishing in the children’s book marketplace.” – Sharon Skinner – Regional Advisor SCBWI AZ

Follow the Arizona chapter on Facebook & Twitter

Would you like more resources and news about the SCBWI?

This Week’s Writing Prompt

Every week, I’d like to give you, my wonderful newsletter members, a writing prompt challenge.

The goal each week is to challenge you in writing a short story in seven days with the prompt that I provide every week. You can share your results on your blog, in my email, or on social media. Or maybe a mix.

Take a look at this week’s writing prompt and feel free to leave some feedback.

Turn one of the last texts you sent into a story.