I must say that a writing retreat is an amazing place to deepen the practice of non

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I must say that a writing retreat is an amazing place to deepen the practice of non-judgement (toward self and others). I spent a lot of time in quiet contemplation sifting through everything that was offered. The landscape of the Methow encouraged a gentle moving meditation that helped me stay connected to a deeper knowing.
“Wisdom grows from the “one step removed” kind of awareness cultivated by this practice. Indeed, simply naming a thing (“judgment”) is a powerful first step toward defusing it. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings create reactive judgments simply because we refuse to acknowledge or feel them.”

Spots are going quickly for our second CULTIVATE writing & meditation retreat in Hood River

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Spots are going quickly for our second CULTIVATE writing & meditation retreat in Hood River, Oregon. November 3-5. We have a couple of double rooms left. The location is a large, beautiful home built in 1911 and lovingly restored as a bed & breakfast with all modern conveniences. All rooms have private baths, most with jetted tubs. We have the entire place to ourselves all weekend. It is quiet, nurturing, soul-filling. No previous writing or meditation experience required – we will meet you exactly where you are and help you fully access your own creativity and talent. Early bird rates through June 30th. To register go to http://cultivateretreats.com/november-2017-registration/

99c Kindle Countdown: http://getbook

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99c Kindle Countdown: http://getbook.at/CainsEmbers – don’t miss out on this amazing short story collection (before the price goes up again): http://getbook.at/CainsEmbers
“Some of these tales take on a poe-esque quality, while others a more Lovecraftian tone, and then we find those that bestow upon us the moral musings of Rod Serling. Yeah, these stories are good!—Horror Novel Reviews
“I think I can safely say that this collection is one of my all-time favourites. There is such a variety of stories in here that there will definitely be something for everyone in it”.—Confessions of a Reviewer
“Not a squall, not a blizzard … It’s a pulp horror AVALANCHE! That’s Kenneth W. Cain’s new collection, Embers.”—Mort Castle, Bram Stoker Award® winner
“You’ll need some genuine embers to warm you after this, for some of these tales will chill you to the core.”—Jim Goforth, author of PLEBS and THE SLEEP
“Kenneth W. Cain’s imagination is on full display here. He will take you by the hand, lead you into the darkest places, and you’ll be thanking him every harrowing step of the way. A bright new talent in horror.”—Ben Eads, author of CRACKED SKY
“Collections such as this are the reason that, even after 45 years, I still enjoy reading horror!”—Douglas Draa, Editor of Weirdbook Magazine

Quick question

Quick question…
If I were to offer a pre-order bundle of all five upcoming Crystal Lake Publishing anthologies (eBook formats) for $11, who would be interested?
That includes:
TWICE UPON AN APOCALYPSE
BEHOLD
TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.4
C.H.U.D. LIVES!
WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM
All money will be used to pay authors (with the editors getting their cut), with any surplus going into marketing. These are very expensive (but amazing) books to compile, and these authors deserve top payment. You’ll get each book a week or two before their respective releases. I might even draw a signed paperback winner from all the names who put in a pre-order.

Stacy and I are excited to announce the fall dates for our CULTIVATE women’s writing & meditation retreat in Hood River

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Stacy and I are excited to announce the fall dates for our CULTIVATE women’s writing & meditation retreat in Hood River, Oregon. Join us November 3-5 for group writing, mindfulness, and self-expression exercises, all accompanied by a stunning view of Mt Adams and the Columbia River Gorge. Our fall retreat is limited to 10 women. We have single and double rooms available this time. Early bird pricing through June 30th! Here’s what one participant at our March 2017 retreat had to say about the experience: “You created such a powerful and engaging experience, a refuge from the daily grind, and it was exactly what I needed. I think I can safely say it was exactly what we all needed. There was a wide range of writing and meditation experience, and everyone seemed to share a similar experience of connection and heart opening transformation. This doesn’t just happen by accident, this was a result of the thoughtfulness and care you put into planning the retreat for us. So. Much. Love.”
Register here: http://cultivateretreats.com/november-2017-registration/

Kobe: (crying uncontrollably)

Kobe: (crying uncontrollably)
Dad: Buddy, what’s wrong?
Kobe: Ms. Kolea said I have to sleep with girls!
Dad: Sleep with girls?
Kobe: (nodding silently through tear filled eyes)
Dad: You mean in the tent on the field trip?
Kobe: Yeah!
Dad: Oh.
Kobe: I want to sleep with my friends! No way am I going if I have to sleep in the girl tent.
Niko: It’s true…you shouldn’t! There’s no surviving girl farts! Hahah.
Kobe: I mean it! Everyone will tease me if I sleep in the girl tent.
Niko: Yeah and you know the girls will try to kiss you all night..hahahaa! While they’re farting all over you! Hahaha.
Kobe: Shut up!
Dad: Ok buddy, I’ll talk to Kolea tomorrow. We’ll get it worked out, I promise. But I guarantee you, someday sleeping in a tent full of girls won’t sound so bad…even if they’re farting.
Kobe: (Smiling)
Niko: I’ll never sleep in a tent full of girls! That’s practically suicide!

It’s launch day

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It’s launch day!
Brand new Horror anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing – out today at a special $2.99 launch price (first 100 Kindle sales only). Also available in paperback.
“You’ll find re-imaginings of “The Snow Queen,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “The Little Mermaid,” and several other well-known tales herein, all of them dropped without warning or apology into Lovecraft’s cold and merciless universe.” – Gary A. Braunbeck
Come and get it:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2s8wknN
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2rzDWmc
Everywhere else: http://getbook.at/TwiceUpon
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/35238942-twice-upon-an-apocalyp… (paperback)
Webpage (download a sample): http://www.crystallakepub.com/apocalypse/
Shirt: http://crystallakepub.storenvy.com/…/19917797-clp-twice-upo…
Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths

Please welcome author Richard Thomas to the table of contents of Behold: Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders with “Hiraeth

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Please welcome author Richard Thomas to the table of contents of Behold: Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders with “Hiraeth,” a beautiful, strange and wondrous piece about the power of the stories we tell ourselves.
He joins a growing table of contents that includes Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Lucy A. Snyder, John F.D. Taff, Brian Kirk, Patrick Freivald, Kristi DeMeester and Erinn Kemper. Josh Malerman will write the foreword. More to come!
About Richard:
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books—Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Staring Into the Abyss, Herniated Roots, Tribulations, and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2 & 3, and Shivers VI. He is also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and the Shirley Jackson-nominated Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and the Bram Stoker-nominated Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk. In his spare time he writes for LitReactor and is Editor-
in-Chief at Gamut Magazine. For more information visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com or contact Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.

Czech breakfast exploration: I walk into this cute bistro to have breakfast by myself

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Czech breakfast exploration: I walk into this cute bistro to have breakfast by myself, and the waitress doesn’t speak English, the menu is all in Czech and I don’t want the sandwiches, which were the only pictures showing what they had. I look at all the tables and everybody is having the same thing, so I pointed at it, somehow figured out she was asking me if I wanted coffee or tea with it, and am pleasantly surprised! Despite the different way it looks, the scrambled eggs are just delicious! Life flows easily when I’m open to stretch myself! #EnjoyTheRideEveryMoment

When I have painful moments in my life

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When I have painful moments in my life, two things bring me back to living a life of joy, and reconnected to the best in me: being in nature and music! After a super challenging moment I had today, that took me inside a dark tunnel of fear, I decided not to stay there. I learned that the best thing in these moments is not to keep struggling and rewinding the moment in my head, but distract myself. So I did it! Got out in nature and later had the privilege to listen to some unique and marvelous Cuban music! And just like that, I’m back! Life is wonderful and I choose to be with people and in places that bring the best in me! I always have a choice! #EnjoyTheRide