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Thursday, September 26, 2019


Updated the homepage of my website on the advice of my new SCORE mentor. I'm grateful for her suggestion. So now it starts:

 "Every great book starts out with a great story. You don't always know where it's going. Sometimes it ends on a cliffhanger. If it's done well, you get the sense that the story isn't really over when you reach the last page. You imagine the characters going on about their lives, living on in a world that we can only imagine."

Read the rest at . You won't need a subscription. ;)

In other news, I created/updated my brochure for the Women's Expo, where I'll be sharing a table with my new friends at CHI (pronounced CHEE, like Tai Chi). That's going to be Oct 5&6.

And I've been working on better ways to mass produce (well, 10 at a time, instead of one at a time) Mermaid's Revenge: the game for demo at Save Against Fear in Harrisburg. That's going to be October 11-13 at Harrisburg Mall. 

I'd love for you to come out and play the game with my son and me. There is a fee to get in, but I believe the fee also entitles you to other cool stuff. Plus, you just need to come out. 

I'm doing other things. Probably doing too much, but just trying to keep going strong through the commitments I have made. I'm learning a lot. I hope you are, too. ###

This was me in Maryland at the DCBA Hafla.

Phyl Campbell is author, mother, dreamer, and Dr. Pepper addict. Currently, she is loving shenanigans of all sorts.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

2019 Events where Phyl Campbell Can be Found

Look. I'm not Waldo. I look terrible in stripes -- ask me about racist laundry one day though, because there's a story there -- but really what I mean is that for a hermit, I'm relatively easy to find. Once I decided I needed to get out and do events in 2019 so I'd know what to attend and what to pass over in 2020 when all three Mermaid's Revenge series books are available, there was no end to the ways I could spend my weekends in the hot hot sun.

A few events took pity on me and moved events indoors. I have much gratitude for these event organizers. So much gratitude.

But without further ado:

Groups and Events
Rustic Cup Critique Group Leader, alternating Saturdays by invitation only -- but everyone can and should go to Rustic Cup and get a coffee shake or something. Seriously. Kris Kelley is the bomb diggity, making brews like a wiccan warlock.
2nd Saturdays @ Sonnewald Aug, SeptNov1516 Lefever Lane, Spring Grove, PA
I'm trying out lots of different kids' activities at this event, since I can expect to see the same kids monthly and don't want them bored. Come play!!

Equality Fest Vendor, August 4, Penn Park, 100 W College Ave, York, PA

NC Mer-Mania 2019,
August 16-18, Double Tree, Greensboro, NC

DCBA Hafla Event, Vendor and Performer, September 15
Delta Hotels Marriott, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD
I got to attend the DCBA Convention earlier in the summer and connected with many amazing performers and friendly fellow vendors. I'm looking forward to the reunion. 

Vegfest Vendor, September 
21, Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road, York PA
I have not turned Vegan on anyone -- ask me about Vegan Sandwichmaker, there's a story there, too. But it's a kid event and my Mer are vegan when not attacking men. So it's all good.

Save Against Fear Demonstrator, Mermaid's Revenge Game, Oct 11-13, Harrisburg Mall, Harrisburg, PA
I'm going to be doing this event with my son. 

HOPE Holiday Gift Expo, October 19, New Freedom Community CTR,150 E Main, New Freedom, PA
HOPE is a special group that wants to kick cancer's ass, so definitely come spend some time here.

CHI FEST, October 27, Details TBD.
This event is going to have epic levels of WOO surrounded by levels of skepticism about WOO. 

Shippensburg B
ook Festival, November 3, The Thought Lot, 37 E Garfield St, Shippensburg, PA

Shippensburg Creators and Makers Pop Up Market
November 17, The Thought Lot

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Honesty Makes My Head Hurt

Wow. I am not a newbie, but this article kind of makes my head hurt. JA, its author, is not wrong. There are series I have stuck with because they started well or I was told just get through the first one or two and then it picks up. Of course, I pick up so many books secondhand because I contribute to the creation of so many books - my own and my authors'.

The thing is, a person still has to be discovered, talked about, and passed around the first time. The first book in the series. The first series in the repertoire. If you don't support your local author, they'll think they need to try something else to get your support, and won't write the next book in the series (they always have a sequel in their heads. They know what their characters are doing after THE END. Trust me.) because they think you're not interested. They want to please you. But when you give your support to authors who literally admit that they could turn out shit and outsell the great American novel these days, you're not helping. When you support your friend because they're your friend but you don't read what they write and you have NO IDEA how bad it is, you aren't helping. If you want better, then you need to help be part of that. It's possible, but it's hard work.

Phyl Campbell is Author, Mother, Dreamer, and Dr. Pepper Addict. And you can bet she's procrastinating on writing what she's actually supposed to be writing -- RIGHT NOW.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

So much news!

I keep forgetting I can do this. 

So much news!! 

Writing continues on Mermaid #2. A critique group member described my work as "historical fantasy," and I rather like that genre designation.

Working on edits to Ian's FIFTH book, also two books of poetry and an educational memoir. I'm still helping out with a space opera, which is becoming a trilogy, critiquing with my group on alternating Saturdays, and my be picking up an art-related ghost-writing project.

Tons of snow. And now the wind is blowing so hard outside that I feel my brain matter struggling to remain between my ears!!

There are new publishers in the mix, and I've lost one FB group and picked up three more. Trying to impart wisdom and receive it, too. 

Drop a line and let me know what occupies YOUR time!!

Phyl Campbell is Author, Mother, Dreamer, and Dr. Pepper addict. Right now, she's in over her head.                    

Other articles of interest:
Finding Pink Elephants
A Muse Meant
Quick and Dirty Publishing Guide     

Check out her author page on Amazon.