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As an only child, books became close friends. One of my favourite places was the library across from my middle school, where I would hungrily browse for my next adventure.

But that all changed when a real adventure caught up with me: my parents and I moved to a faraway country with a different language. Cut off from my favourite place, I resorted to daydreaming and spent hours travelling to fantasy worlds.

Fortunately, years later, I discovered the real world wasn't that bad either, and my search for cultural shocks took me to Scotland, Belgium, South Africa, and Arizona. I found love in Mexico. We founded a family in Canada.

And now I have come full circle: it is my turn to be the storyteller. I hope you find a friend in my stories.

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Rae Knightly That's a funny story, actually!

I used to have a 90-minute commute to work every morning and every evening. I'd be stuck in traffic for hours. And I'd…more
That's a funny story, actually!

I used to have a 90-minute commute to work every morning and every evening. I'd be stuck in traffic for hours. And I'd get bored.

One day I was trailing an old van. I had nothing to look at except for its dirty doors. The company name had peeled off and the only remaining letters were: M-E-S-M-O. For about twenty minutes, I found myself trying to figure out what word it had been and which letters were missing.

The letters stuck. And since I couldn't figure out what the original name or word had been, I decided right then-and-there, "I'm going to create a story around Mesmo."

And so The Alien Skill Series was born.(less)
Rae Knightly I have several methods to deal with writer's block.

First, I listen to inspirational music. I have a playlist on Youtube that I always listen to when…more
I have several methods to deal with writer's block.

First, I listen to inspirational music. I have a playlist on Youtube that I always listen to when I'm writing. It's as if, as soon as the first tune begins, my brain switched to writing mode.

Second, I write in the car - yes, the car! There's no internet and no distractions. Highly recommended!

Third, the brain is a muscle, and, like any other muscle, you have to warm it up until it's well oiled and running smoothly. So I'll throw out some random phrases and paragraphs that may or may not make sense, but that gets me started. I can always rework later. I've also had to overcome an innate fear that my writing won't be good enough. Then I tell myself: just try.

Do I suffer from writer's block? Yes, I do! But that's usually a sign that I need to take a break from writing, go for walks, watch a movie, read a book or photograph beautiful landscapes.(less)
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Rae Knightly You'll be happy to know Ben Archer has gone through a round of thorough editing. The new version is now LIVE on Amazon. I'll be happy to send you a revised copy, as I want you to have an enjoyable reading experience - just drop me an email at raeknightly@gmail.com. Thank you for your services: https://www.selecteditingservices.com/


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