Saturday, May 30, 2020

Check Out These Online Courses for Writing, Tarot Card Reading, and Self-Publishing!

Do you want to learn some new skills during this Pandemic?

Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who isn't juggling jobs and kids and are looking for something to do to amuse yourself while we're still in various degrees of isolation. Or maybe you already do tons of stuff but want to explore something new! Maybe you want to brush up on your Creative Writing skills. Or freak out your friends with fortune-telling!

At any rate, you know I'm a writer, a teacher, an editor, a tarot card reader, and an actor, which means I love to entertain.

I thought I'd put my various offerings on this blog page in case you're not aware of some of them.

George Brown College, Toronto

I begin my new career at George Brown College next week! You can sign up for these courses at any time, even after they've started as these are online courses! George Brown College is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, however, the courses are taught online so you can live anywhere!

Novel Writing Begins June 4, 2020. This 12-week course will help you write an original novel! In fact, if you don't have to work long hours and are motivated, you might be able to write your novel in 12-weeks as well!

Self-Publishing Begins June 1, 2020  Have you spent your pandemic time writing journals, stories, and books? Maybe now is the time to think about sharing your craft with the world in a self-published book! This 6-week course will teach you all the things you need to know to self-publish your book!

Udemy Online

Now, for more courses that I teach, let's check out Udemy!

Udemy is an online school where I've successfully taught for three years!

 Every student who takes my course is a real student. I didn't stuff my courses with non-paying students as many others do. Each student is real and all the reviews are real and quite varied as you can see for yourself. What one person loves, another person loathes!

Udemy often has sales so save the links and they will take you right to a sale when there's a sale. If you use my links, I earn more than $1 a class!

Learn How to Be a Psychic Entertainer in One Day

Learn how to read tarot cards, read a palm, and freak out your isolation family! This course is a shortcut for fun and entertainment. You can use a simple deck of cards or even make your own!

Learn to Write Erotica

If you like to read erotica, you might want to try your hand at writing it. The best writers write what they love!

Life Magic for All Aspects of Your Life

You may have read House Magic: The Good Witch's Guide to Bringing Grace to Your Space and Love Magic: The Good Witch's Guide to Healing Your Heart. This course combines ideas from these two books as well as adding fresh concepts. There's even a new lecture about living in the pandemic.

Secrets of a Background Performer in Film and Television

One of my part-time jobs is being a background performer in Film and Television. I've been on loads of shows including What We Do in the Shadows, Handmaid's Tale, Designated Survivor, Taken, Schitt's Creek, Love Guru, Titans, and more. This little course gives you tips and tricks of what is expected of you as bg, what to bring to a gig, how to get an agent, and more. Of course, it's hard to know what will happen in the film business as we slowly come back to life after the pandemic. We also have to brace for a second wave. It's unlikely that there will be huge crowd scenes for a while, but you can bet, there will be jobs once more for bg even if there are only ten people on set six feet apart! This course can help you be ready for that day!

Learn to Read Tarot Cards

This course is designed for beginners and those who want a refresher course in reading tarot cards. Of course, tarot readers and teachers all have different styles so you might want to see the methods I was trained in. You can use any pack of tarot cards or even a pack of playing cards!

So You Want to Be a Horror Writer?

We discuss the elements of the novel and some of the things you need to know to help you in your horror career.

Write a Short Story Using Tarot Cards

Grab your pen and notebook, a pack of tarot or playing cards, and see what kind of story you create! This course will be your guide!


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Isolation Station: Day 64

 Pandemic Life May 17, 2020

Life goes so fast in Isolation Station. Here I am on Day 64. Now, I'm not saying I'm living my best life or most productive life but it's not been too horrible so far and hard to believe I've been pretty isolated for sixty-four days!

I've gone for a few walks but stay in my hood, up and down a pretty empty sidewalk for the city. I often just stay on the sidewalk and don't go to any stores or touch anything most of the time. I've bought items at little local stores like the drugstore, bakery, butcher, and fruit stand that I used to frequent before the pandemic. Some of them shut down for a while but now seem to be back, or least were last week when I last walked there.

I've ridden my new bike three times. It's been raining or just plain cold and windy. I wouldn't go out if life was normal in this weather and I sure wouldn't ride my bike as I'm still uncoordinated about stopping and such.

The only person I see at a social distance is my younger son when he brings me weekly groceries.

I've been keeping busy with my online courses for Udemy and for the college, online tarot readings , making YouTube videos, and working on my apartment. I finally have a chance to go through thirty years worth of boxes; sorting and organizing my trinkets and crafts and papers.

I've been trying to figure out how to reshape the horror book I'm working on to incorporate the pandemic.

Like most, I miss seeing my friends in real life, Wonderland would have opened last week and I would have ridden the coasters, miss not going to various functions and jobs, had to cancel several tarot parties, but I'm old and wise enough to know this isn't our life forever. It's just a pause to figure out the best way forward for millions of people.

I'm willing to be patient a while longer. I'm lucky I live alone and can do what I want. I'm lucky that I live walking distance to every amenity I want, our part of town was never out of toilet paper although now it seems to be out of rubbing alcohol and peroxide (I use both for my rashes but I'm not out yet), I can get fresh fruit, fresh bread, fresh meat. I can walk to the lake in half an hour. I'm well aware of how lucky I am to have landed in this spot two years ago.

Like the rest of you, money is a concern. But I know everyone is struggling on that front. 

My custom-made Kylo Ren mask was ready on May 4th, Star Wars Day!

I've been doing more binge-watching than usual, as is everyone, as I have lost all four of my parttime jobs and the ones I have online aren't the ones that paid the rent. Yes, I even watched Tiger King back when it came out. 

I got through eight full seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm while sorting and organizing. I'd seen most of them at least once before. That show makes me laugh out loud. I watched them on a Crave subscription. But when I went to watch Season 9, it said I had to subscribe to HBO to see 9 and 10! I'm soooo pissed as I don't think I've seen them yet because they're on HBO. How many subscriptions does one need? I was ready for all ten seasons!

Last night, I binge-watched Ryan Murphy's Hollywood on Netflix. I made a little video about it. I keep remembering more things I wanted to say about it. Ah well...

I made a video about What We Do In The Shadows. Mark Hamill was on Shadows this week and that was cool!

Mark Hamill did an interview on What We Do Before The Shadows with Harvey Guillen, who plays Guillermo on WWDITS and now has his own YouTube show. 

If you need something to read, check out my latest book!

Taurus: A Hearse of a Different Color

I hope you are staying safe and healthy!

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