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Looking for details on faerie portals and Faeries’ Tales?
Visit our Absolutely Wild! web page.

You may benefit from this writing event…

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS).
Meet in-person with established authors at the next gathering of the ALWAYS writers’ tribe: in Phoenix, AZ, on Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.


Come on in!

See this grin? That's me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, and a cup of tea.
See this grin? That’s me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, along with a cup of tea.

I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here,we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.”

Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating village?

I’ll also link you up with some word-of-mouth (WOM) strategies, stemming from my marketing background as owner of Videan Unlimited, LLC.

Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about our—and others’—cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us…

Ann


Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth

P.S. Learn more about my novels on Google+.

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Build readership through Wattpad critiques – ALWAYS

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I have just discovered Wattpad, thanks to our ALWAYS tribe’s “resident expert” on everything book-related, Karen Mueller Bryson.

The Toronto-based company offers a Web site “connecting a community of more than 45 million people around the world through serialized stories about the things they love.”  Basically, authors can upload books-in-progress, and receive feedback as they write. You can also read others’ books and provide feedback. The audience is young-ish, so young adult and new-adult works do especially well in Wattpad.

Here are the steps they recommend to get readers to notice your books on the site:

  1. Update your stories regularly, at least once a week.
  2. Make your stories stand out through use of keywords, visuals, and other media.
  3. Talk to your readers.
  4. Follow other writers.
  5. Share stories on social media.
  6. Challenge your writing by entering a Wattpad writing contest.
  7. Learn from other Wattpad writers.

And, here’s another helpful article “How to Get More Out of Wattpad: 6 Authors Share Their Best Practices,” which I found particularly informative.

I’m going to give Wattpad a shot, and will keep you apprised of my experience as I go along.

Have you used Wattpad? What did you like best? What would you change?

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Carpool Karaoke MegaMix 2016

Thank you, AnDyWuMUSICLAND. This is the best mashup I’ve run across, maybe… ever.
Of course, I am biased. I LOVE James Corden and Carpool Karaoke.

If you want a real belly laugh as a follow-on, check out the CK episode with Bruno Mars. Hysterical!

Do you have a favorite Carpool Karaoke? Share.

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Breaking news: Absolutely Wild! whimsy to benefit emerging writers

What do you get when you combine the talents of two creative entrepreneurs, add a little whimsy and perhaps a sprinkle of magic, with the intent to support an important cause?

Why, of course, some very special hand-crafted faerie portals with Faeries’ Tales, and some lovely news coverage for Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy in Gilbert Woman magazine!

We’re so excited and honored to be featured on page 8 in Srianthi Perera’s beautifully written article (anyone who knows me as an editor, realizes what this means to me).

Such visibility moves us toward our goal of supporting emerging writers through organizations such as Young Authors of Arizona and 826 National. As our whimsical business grows, we plan to offer internships, mentoring, scholarships, and other opportunities for young authors. You can join us by subscribing to our e-newsletter or clicking “Like” on our Facebook page.

Abolutely Wild founders Cherie Scott and Ann Videan
Fae Environmentalists Cherie and Ann kick off
Open Mic Night with a chat about faerie whimsy

 

Also, this month, AW founders Cherie Scott and Ann Videan, showcased their Absolutely Wild! products at Open Mic Night at Dog-Eared Pages Used Bookstore in conjunction with the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. You can see what a creative blast we shared from the photos posted by Elena Thornton, founder of the consortium.

 

P.S. You can still find a hidden Absolutely Wild! mini faerie portal among the books at Dog-Eared Pages. If you find it, it’s yours, along with one of our Faerie’s Tales about the tiny creature who lives inside!

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Join us for an Absolutely Wild! event to help local art and writing

A warm-hearted invitation for you…

Dog-Eared Pages’
Open Mic Art & Culture Talks
with the Arizona Consortium for the Arts,
featuring

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On Dog-Eared Pages’ Art Wall, we will showcase Cherie Scott’s faerie portal sculptures and Ann’s accompanying Faeries’ Tales, along with photos of the portals “in the wild” and other Fae whimsy. We will also talk about our plans to support young writers and local art.

cfp-001-aunties-d-insetbklt2Come get a free hug, some refreshments, and share in our art, Faeries’ Tales, novels, coloring books, notecards, photos, and drawings.

Th., Dec. 29, 2016, 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Dog-Eared Pages Used Books
16428 N. 32nd St., #11
Phoenix, AZ 85032

 


P.S. Save the date for our  Absolutely Wild! Artist’s Reception

Th., Jan. 12, 2017
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Readings, goodies, art, and more! Our work will be on display from Th., Dec. 29, 2016, through Th., Jan. 26, 2017.

Learn more about Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy.

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“Crescent Kingdom” video world debut on #FirstDraftSeries

 

“Crescent Kingdom.” The title is cool. The lyrics are heartfelt. The music is fresh and unusual, with hints of the post-rock genre. Plus, the performance is in my home, and my son wrote and performed it all.

This is the first performance of Cutter Videan’s original composition, as videotaped by Natasia Hanratty in her #FirstDraftSeries. You’ll find Cutter’s band, The Darling Sounds featured there, too.

Listen to more of Cutter’s music on Bandcamp.

I have so many talented family members and friends I like to brag about. You must, too. Tell us about them… 🙂

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Absolutely Wild! enchanted faerie products to help emerging young writers

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One of our original faerie portals, Spektralized.

Yeah, I know, it’s an absolutely wild idea: sell a book by creating a whole business around it. Still, when the idea is cool and whimsical, teaches you new things, and also supports something you adore… why not!

My long-time friend Cherie Scott read book 1 in my Delfaerune Rhapsody series, Song of the Ocarina, and the Fae characters inspired her to sculpt a faerie portal for me. As a thank you, I wrote a short story about the faerie who lived within it. (You can see both, below.) That gave us the idea to craft custom portals and tales for others who like the idea of having a faerie friend around.

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One of our custom faerie portals and Faerie’s Tale: Auntie’s Visitors

The creativity of it all moved us right into developing Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy.

 

Our faerie products include a special Delfaerune Rhapsody line of portals and tales. We also published a faerie portals coloring book with writing prompts, packs of coloring note cards, and themed Faeries’ Tales.

The best part is that your gift of imagination and whimsy—whether for yourself or a special someone—helps us support our passion: emerging young writers and creatives.

So, as of this week, we are open for business! [Yes, that’s me bouncing from foot to foot so I don’t squeal and pierce your eardrums.] Wanna help us realize our dream and our dream for young writers? Check it out.


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Our original faerie portal sculpted by
Cherie Scott.

Excerpt from
Fidget’s Visitor: A Faerie’s Tale

The fluffy cinnamon-spotted dog sniffed at the wee wooden door. His yips made the spindly mushrooms lining the front walk vibrate in time with the faerie’s gossamer wings.

The tiny creature inside the door risked a peep through a thin crack in the wood, and trembled when a giant brown eye moved closer. It blinked, and she whipped back against the stone wall of her kitchen, throwing her hands over her eyes.


What could he want? Did he smell the ChocoLavender cookies baking in her wood stove?

Absolutely Wild! Faerie's Tale booklet
Our original Faerie’s Tale, written by Ann Videan… in booklet form.

She found her courage and turned to peer through the crevice again. The dog cocked his head and one ear flopped into the crackling leaves blown against the door from her garden. He gently nipped a small Aspen-illustrated card from a basket hanging around his neck, and nudged it under her door with his nose.

The fairy jumped. Her arms flailed and, on tippity-toes, beat a quick retreat.

Mustn’t come in contact with the paper! It could be laced with poison! Or, at the very least, contain a highly threatening message.p1370192

Careful not to move too close, she used a sprinkle of faerie dust to open the card, and gingerly leaned forward to read the large scribbles.

P.S. Yes, there really is such a thing as ChocoLavendar cookies!

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Cryptid, heartfelt music debuts from The Darling Sounds

The Darling Sounds "Haunt"

The Darling Sounds’ “Haunt” debuts Nov. 11, 2016.
The content may deal with creatures of dubious existence,
but the band’s video gets real with a sense of humor about it.

 

Tomorrow is the day! The Darling Sounds release their album “Haunt,” an indie pop rock collection of nine songs, on Bandcamp and Spotify. Woot!

Grace, Zach, and Cutter put their hearts and souls into these casually spooky, yet playful, tunes. Each track investigates cryptids—yeah, I had to look it up, too: aliens, werewolves, The Invisible Man, and lots of ghosts.

Don’t be scared, you’re gonna love it… not to mention these liner notes!

Liner notes may also give you a giggle.

 

 

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