Friday, July 30, 2021

Ghost Stuffing - DIY Halloween Decorations

YIKES!


Do you love the Holidays? Well, if you're like me, and  you love every holiday that happens to come around, then you decorate for all of them. 

And one of my favorite holidays to decorate and celebrate is Halloween. So, I start early.

I mean who doesn't love dressing up and getting free goodies? 

Plus, I have so much fun seeing the kids' faces when they come around, that I look forward to the entire season. 

But, the one thing I don't like is spending money. So, I make most off my decorations myself (or with a little help from my kids and husband). 

If you are interested in seeing how I made this little ghost and gave him his 3-D stuffing, simply click on the video below or visit my YouTube Channel - just search for Kim Kasch, and I should come up. I mean how many Kim Kasch's can there be?

And, if you make a little ghost like this, then please share in the comment section below because I'd love to see what you came up with.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

2 Halloween DIY Crafts in 5 minutes



I went to the Dollar Store and bought a bunch of frame...yep, for a dollar. Then I wanted to fancy-them-up. So I did. It was super simple to age them and give them that Halloween-style. Then I went to Joann Craft and Fabrics and bought an 80% off basic wooden frame, for about $7.00, that said, "Welcome" and I had a few  ideas of what  I wanted to do to embellish it with a Halloween-themed appeal.

If you're interested in Homemade Holidays or DIY Decorations, click on the 5 minute video below to see how I made these inexpensive items into Halloween Decor.

And, if you're like me, and you want to create, make and maybe even bake some things  for Fall and the upcoming holidays, subscribe to my channel and join me on my journey. 



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Ghost Story

Do you believe in ghosts? Well, if not, maybe you should. Check out this true story. Spoiler Alert: It's a 6th Sense sort of Ghost Story. A sheriff's office sent out an officer to investigate this ghost sighting in the Madera County Mountains last week. And, I'd love to know what you think about the story.


If you don't believe me, check out this news report from KATU: https://katu.com/news/nation-world/sheriff-investigates-reported-ghost-like-sighting-in-california-mountain-range

DON'T HESITATE - TAKE ACTION . . . verbs in your story

 



Action Verbs


Action Verbs are “in-the-moment” words that move a story forward. As writers, we want our reader’s eyes to keep scanning the page, not to stop on a term, word or lack luster phrase.

Mark Twain was once quoted for saying: “When in doubt, strike it out.”

An Action Verb describes the action taking place in the story by using immediate words such as run, walk, do, smile, drive, jump.

Here’s an example of a passive word choice opposed to an action verb.

Before: She was running…

Action: She ran …

Before: She was talking about …

Action: She told…

 Before: The group was beginning to come toward the table…

Action: The group sat at the table … 

Here are some examples of Passive words versus Powerful terms:

Powerful                                                                  Passive

Is

Am

Does

Did 

Are

Was

Be

Were

Being

Been

Should

Would


Have

Has

Can

Could

Must

Might


 

Here's a list of Action verbs (or strong, powerful, and descriptive words):

Charge

Shoot

Plunge

Hurl

Fling

Lob

Carve

Forge

Force

 

And, if you need more examples of stronger word choices:

INSTEAD OF:                                           USE THIS:

Increased                                                    Advanced

Helped                                                        Strengthened

Started                                                       Launched

Found                                                        Discovered

 

Last, but not least, here is a short list of strong action verbs to use in your writing:

Advance . . . your story

Advise

Alter

Amend

Amplify

Attack

Balloon

Bash

Batter

Beam

Blab

Blast

Bolt

Boost

Brood

Burst

Bust

Cackle

Capture

Catch

Charge

Chip

Clasp

Climb

Clutch

Collide

Command

Cower

Crash

Crave

Crush

Dangle

Dash

Demolish

Depart

Deposit

Detect

Deviate

Devour

Discover

Dismantle

Drag

Drain

Drip

Drop

Engage

Engulf

Enlarge

Ensnare

Erase

Expand

Explode

Explore

Expose

Extend

Extract

Fight

Fish

Fling

Fly

Frown

Fuse

Garble

Gaze

Glare

Gleam

Glisten

Glitter

Gobble

Govern

Grasp

Gravitate

Grip

Groan

Grope

Growl

Guide

Gush

Hack

Hail

Heighten

Hobble

Hover

Ignite

Illuminate

Inspect

Instruct

Impart

Jostle

Launch

Lead

Leap

Locate

Lurch

Lurk

Mimic

Moan

Multiply

Muse

Mushroom

Mystify

Notify

Obtain

Oppress

Order

Paint

Park

Peck

Peek

Peer

Pilot

Poison

Pop

Power

Prick

Probe

Prune

Recite

Recoil

Remove

Report

Retreat

Reveal

Reverberate

Revolve

Rip

Rise

Ruin

Rush

Rust

Saunter

Scamper

Scan

Scorch

Scrape

Scratch

Scrawl

Seize

Serve

Shatter

Shepherd

Shimmer

Shine

Shock

Shrivel

Sizzle

Skip

Skulk

Slash

Slide

Slink

Slip

Slump

Slurp

Smash

Snag

Snarl

Sneak

Soar

Stare

Starve

Steal

Steer

Storm

Strain

Stretch

Strip

Stroll

Struggle

Stumble

Surge

Survey

Swell

Swipe

Swoon

Tail

Tattle

Toddle

Transfigure

Transform

Travel

Treat

Trim

Trip

Trudge

Tussle

Untangle

Unveil

Usher

Veil

Wail

Weave

Wreck

Wrench

Wrest

Wrestle

Wring

Yank

Zap

Zing

Zip


 


Monday, July 26, 2021

The Witches - Maleficent, Elphaba and Glenda





If you want to see how to make these life-size Witches, just click on the video below or visit my YouTube channel to check out a load of Halloween and other holiday crafting ideas.

If you make these witches, please share a link with me so I can check them out too.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

5 Top Literary Agents for New Authors








 

New Authors Looking for a Literary Agent should check out these agents:

1)      Bill Clegg (The Clegg Agency) Here’s his submission page with all the info you need:

Submissions: http://www.thecleggagency.com/submissions


2)      Juliet Mushens (Caskie Mushens)

Submissions: https://www.mushens-entertainment.com/submissions-guidelines

3)      Lisa Grubka (Fletcher & Company)

Submissions: https://www.fletcherandco.com/resources/

4)      Stephanie Delman (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)

Submissions: https://www.greenburger.com/agent/stephanie-delman/

5)      Henry Dunow (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)

Submissions: https://www.dclagency.com/

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Makeup for Mature Women - Age Minimizing Lotion


Before      And   After   

We all want to look and feel our best but sometimes we have to make a little effort and other times we have  to make a  lot of effort. 

After being at home for the last year and a half, it's taking  me a little longer to get back into the swing of things, especially with makeup.

That's why I thought I'd share a  few things I'm learning on this journey into my mature years. :D I hope you find some of this info helpful. And, if you watch the video below, please  let  me know what you think and if there's something you'd like me to try just leave a comment. Thanks for spending a  little time with me.  


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Quick Crafting Project You Can Do With Your Kids or Grandkids - Coin Purse

Here's a Super Simple Craft you could do in an hour with your kids and give the little wallets-coin purses as gifts. If  you choose fun fabrics, you could make seasonal wallets that you wouldn't worry about spending a fortune on. 

These little wallets have three pockets. And they are big enough to hold business cards, credit cards, coins and cash. Plus, you could adjust the pattern and  make it bigger if this size isn't perfect for your purse. 


If you'd like to see how simple this is, must click on the video below. And, if you make one/some, let me know what you think. I'd love to hear what  you thought of this super simple pattern.








Thursday, July 8, 2021

IT'S OVER - Now What? 15 TIPS For What You Do When the Writing and Illus...


If you're curious what you should do after attending a writing/illustrating conference, check out my short video below for 15 Tips to help you on your path to publication.