Friday, 25 May 2018

Just One More Purr Cat Care Book: Terminal Illness & Chronic Illness Support for Cats & the Humans Who Love Them


Preparing my books for shipping this week!

A cat care book for cats and the humans who love them. This handbook treats the natural stages of life with lightheartedness and humour at a time when you may be stressed out or unhappy with your chronically or terminally ill cat. Learn coping strategies to help you look after your kitty, including how to spend quality time together, so you and your beloved cat can live a happy and furfilling life.

Provides support for cat owners with sick cats, cats with illness, cats with chronic illness, and cats with terminal illness. Mental health support for cat owners. Palliative care tips and cat health tips for cats. 

Just One More Purr: Chronic and Terminal Illness Support for Cats and the Humans Who Love Them is for everyone who loves their cats and wants to assist them through difficult times. 

This e-book edition contains additional content.

"After reading this book I feel like a whole mew person." ~Meowster HideC

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Stuck in the Same Old Routine? Attend Creative Ink Festival to Jump Start Your Writing Career!

Are you a wannabe writer, artist, illustrator, or graphic novel creator? You know how it's the same old thing day after day—you work hard, then come home, eat dinner, and watch TV.

But you know that what you'd really like to do is accomplish something big. Something special.

It might be an article, short story, book, or graphic novel, but often it's hard to know where to begin.

Well, it turns out you're not alone. The Creative Ink Festival is ahead, and it's where you'll get to meet many other people just like you who are in the beginning stages of a special project.

At the Festival you'll learn stuff.

• Where do I find ideas?
• How do I find time to write my book?
• How do I find illustrators if I can't draw?
• Where do I find an agent?
• What if I want to self-publish?
• Can I really get paid for writing?

Not only will you learn answers to these questions and more, but you'll also get to meet leading people in the publishing industry, bestselling authors, short story and book authors, publishers, and other experts.

Did I mention that it only costs $80 for three days of fun... and learning?!

You can find more information here:

See you there!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

/// Don’t Flush Your Products, Your Obstruction Goes Much Deeper ///

Have you spent thousands of dollars on a dead website full of amazing products, yet your competitor moves crap faster than you can blink an eye? All it takes are 4 quick motions to reveal your problem.  

The first time I bought products online was from a dial-up bulletin board in the 90s. Today I buy so much crap online that I’ve experienced my fair share of plugged sales funnels. Please… someone take my money!

All it takes is for 1 roadblock on your site and you’ve got another abandoned shopping cart. Shouldn’t shopping be simple?

I buy a lot of stuff online. You should listen to my advice, as I’m your ideal customer. These nuggets are useful, whether you’re running a website, selling on e-Commerce sites, or on social media channels. 

You may think your products are shit as they aren’t moving, but chances are your problem lies much deeper than you think. 

1. Let’s Go Shopping!

Visit that great site that’s getting all the conversions. Yes, you’ll cringe at some of their tacky products, yet they move them quickly. It may not even be pretty, but somehow, buying is much simpler there. 

Do yourself a favour, and choose a few products. Add them to the shopping cart and check out. 

Wasn’t that easy?

Compare how your site measures up to the competition. As we said earlier, it’s not the crap you’re selling but likely some other issue happening on your site. 

Most likely, it has to do with the checkout process. If your competitor has figured out a way to streamline their checkout process, you should too.

2. Eliminate Extra Blockages!

If you have an endless checkout process on your own site, your customers are going to either become annoyed, or… look a squirrel!

That’s right, they’ll abandon their shopping carts. Their intentions may be good about returning at a later date to complete that purchase…look a squirrel!

The best place to eliminate blockages is to start at the beginning.

Let me just drop this item in my shopping cart. Good, now that’s done, how easy is it to find that shopping cart? 

Don’t make it a game! That shopping cart icon should be clearly at the top of the screen. 

When you’re ready to check out, it should be a simple process. Customers want their stuff and they want it yesterday. Don’t put them through a labour-intensive process. 

3. Flush Those Details Away!

Remember that half your audience is checking out from a smart device. Have a simple system. If it’s a service you’re selling, you don’t need their home address or phone number. 

If it’s a product you’re selling, you don’t need a phone number either. If they’re like me, they’ll enter a phoney number anyway. 

If you don’t have shipping rates prominently posted, ensure they pop-up as soon as your customer enters their address. 

Don’t let them go through hoops to see how much shipping is. And remember that Canada is not a foreign country. 

Shipping fees should be reasonable. If you must include tracking costs, let them know up front there is a reason why shipping to Canada or the UK costs a bit more.

People won’t abandon their shopping cart when they understand the reasons for a higher shipping cost, but they will if you just toss a number at them. 

4. Hire That Freakin’ Plumber, Errrr… Expert!

If your toilet was pouring water everywhere, you’d hire a plumber. If your dishwasher stopped working…you’d get the dog to lick the plates. 

If you are experiencing any form of roadblock on your website that prevents customers from completing their purchases, chances are that something is wrong. 

You can always ask potential customers what went wrong, if you can find them.

And if you can’t figure it out on your end, hire a freakin’ expert! 

/// Flush Out Your Site’s Problems Now! ///

So that’s it folks.

I hope this has helped you on your journey to flushing out blockages on your own website.

Now go and spend time with your family this evening!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Review of Beauty Bakerie

Review of Beauty Bakerie

When you sell cosmetics in a busy market you need to distinguish your business from others. The company, “Beauty Bakerie” is one that makes you stand up and take notice. They make cosmetics sweet and beautiful, to allow women to have some fun with their morning routines.

Beauty Bakerie is female-owned and operated in San Diego, California. They were founded in 2011, and have turned basic cosmetics into artful creations that are reminiscent of enjoying sweet baked goods. They also want to show young girls that it’s all right to be sweet, in a world of cosmetics that have a “bad girl image”. 

Just some of their Bakerie line includes products for eyes, face, lips, and nails. Products are sold in fun but simple containers, so they fit nicely into purse or cosmetics bag. Colours include your basic neutrals, with some fun colours, like black or purple, tossed into the mix. They also cover every type of skin and ethnicity, and sell to over 100 countries in the world today.

The Beauty Bakerie line has been best-selling in the USA with their liquid lipsticks, setting powder, eyebrow gel, illuminators, and eye products. They actually have a physical location at Westfield’s Mission Valley Mall in San Diego too. 

The company supports charities, and believes in enforcing positive messaging on all social media outlets.

Beauty Bakerie’s motto is to “sweeten the lives of others”. Visit Beauty Bakerie online today to see beautiful makeup that almost looks good enough to eat!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What's Fab, Fit, and Fun?

Why, FabFitFun, of course! This is a company that offers over $200 worth of products in their seasonsal subscription boxes for under $50! Items may include small fitness gear, accessories and jewellery, and fun items for cooking or having fun.

It's like getting a birthday present every season, as you don't know what you're getting in the box!

And while you may get a few items that you don't like, if you're crafy like me, you can bash them to your liking. Or, just gift them to someone else. Check out the pic at left of a thermos that I made much cuter than it was before. It had originally said, "Joy in the Morning". For most of us, that's a "nope". But now it says "meow in the morning" and if you have cats, you know what that means!

Here are photos of some other cool stuff I got.

And if you're not certain you want to be surprised, then simply order one box at a time. See the pics below to see what's in the Fall Box. Seriously, the boxes keep on getting better and better! This is the best one yet! And remember it's only $49.99 for everything in the box! That works out to about $6 or $7 per item in Canadian dollars, so it's still worth it even with the exchange rate! Most of these items retail for over $30 to $50 so you'd never be able to buy them outside of Fabfitfun at these low prices!

Once you're a member, you'll also gain access to the seasonal Warehouse Sale and Capsule Sale! Products are up to 75% off. This is your chance to try organic, non-GMO, not tested on animals, and more natural types of products that are expensive. Just some of the brands on the site include: Forever Sterling, Spongelle, Whish, Michael Stars, and more! Oh, and see you on the Forum, the world's best and friendliest forum for tips and news. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Aquaria Chronicles Newsletter

The Aquaria Chronicles Newsletter
Photographs and Text Copyright Mel Dawn 2017.
By now the Aquaria Chronicles has been out for nearly six months. Thank you to everyone who has made this journey possible. I don’t want to go on and on about my book, so please enjoy these photographs from the Vancouver Aquarium, an interview with me, a fun maze, and more.   

Questions and Answers with Mel Dawn 

1. Question: What would you say is your biggest failure in life?

Answer: My biggest failures have actually led me to creative careers. So, you can tell me all you want that “You can’t make money doing that”, and my life’s experiences will prove you wrong. Ironically, since my big failures  I have made a living being a graphic designer, online content writer, and craftswoman. My entire life my brother has asked me when I will get a “real” job. 

2. Can you tell us about your current projects?

Answer: I am currently working with about five different story ideas, from middle grade to adult, in fantasy and science fiction. Most likely I’ll post on my author’s page and ask people to vote for their favorite concept, because I really can’t decide. 

3. Are you friends with other writers?

Answer: Yes, I am, and there are certain ones who have encouraged me to get back into writing again, around 2012, after a very long hiatus. I have local writer friends, and online writing friends. Some of them are listed in the dedication part of my book. I also enjoy attending writers’ festivals such as Creative Ink Festival, and writers’ conventions whenever I can. 

4. People believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?

Answer: It most definitely is not, and ironically, people even think those thoughts when you’re also a non-fiction writer, like I am. Some people seem to think that I only work two hours a day and sit in front of the TV the rest of the time. In fact, there are many days when I’m stuck in front of the computer screen for 16 hours, half for paid work, and then creative writing time to work on my own projects. It’s also not glamorous wearing dirty clothes because you haven’t had time to wash, or eating pizza because there is no time to cook. 

5. Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?

Answer: I do know many authors who are in their 60s and older, because they have retired from their jobs and can do what they want, but I wouldn’t consider them wealthy. They cover their expenses, and have some extra cash to work on their projects. As for us younger folk, most of us have a secondary job to finance our creative writing.

6. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Answer: After doing the final edit on my latest book I have a concern that each character doesn’t completely have their own speaking voice. While they may be similar, after all, they all love sea creatures in my storyline, I think that I need to spend more time carefully crafting their unique voices. But it’s good to always work toward a new goal with each successive book. 

7. Question: Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?

Answer: I believe this was “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss when I was five. I still remember when I was a little girl how much I hated both of those things, and today I still do, as I am a vegetarian now. 

8. Question: Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end, or even a year?

Answer: Aqua Marine took me four years from writing, to editing, proofreading, formatting, and publishing. My first novel only took me weeks to get published, and thankfully it’s no longer available online. My next two books are in the same Aquaria Chronicles series, so they should be released before winter begins. 

9. Question: When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

Answer: When I was about eight or nine years old I wrote a “book” about a lost black cat. It wasn’t even for homework, I simply wrote it on my own. I showed it to a friend of my parents who read it, and said he had really enjoyed it. Sadly, I no longer have a copy. I was always that kid in school who wrote three stories for every one assigned. 

10. Question: When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Answer: No, the goal was always to go to school to earn a degree, and then find work. I earned a gemologist degree before I realized I’d only be making minimum wage in that career. I have quite a list of degrees and diplomas to my name now, but it was a good thirty years before I earned two writing certificates. 

11. Question: Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?

Answer: Yes, it does. It’s hard to stare at a glowing screen for eight hours, and then do it all over again that same night. 

12. Question: Do you like traveling or do you prefer staying indoors? 
Answer: I really enjoy travelling, and hope to do more in the future. I’ve been to Egypt, England, USA, and Canada. Right now a writer’s life means being stuck in front of the computer. The only compromise is getting out for small daily walks.

13. Question: Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?

Answer: Yes, definitely. Some of my favorite musicians and celebrities are those that reply back to me directly, so I want to do the same for my fans. 

14. Question: Have you ever taken any help from other writers?

Answer: Yes, I often ask for advice. There are some writers that are extremely giving and generous with their time. Hint: I buy their books!

15. Question: Have you ever considered writing an autobiography?

Answer: I have, but I was going to tie it in with a post-apocalyptic story, so it wouldn’t be entirely true. 

16. Question: Do you see the writing genes in any of your family members?

Answer: No, I don’t. I have no idea where I got my writing genes from. I can’t even think of any distant cousins who enjoy writing. 

17. Question: Has it ever happened to you that someone published your story in their own name?

Answer: Yes, but we had a contract. I frequently do ghostwriting for other writers or non-writers. It can actually be a lucrative form of income. 

18. Question: Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

Answer: Yes, once a story or book has been published I’ll save only the most recent one or two versions.   

19. Question: Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or can you just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
Answer: I can sit down and write anywhere, but editing and proofreading require quiet time at home. 

20. Question: Where Can I Buy The Aquaria Chronicles?

Answer: You can find my book on Kobo, iBooks, Nook, and Amazon. Here is a handy reference link if you need it: The Aquaria Chronicles

Aquarium Maze Time! 
After you have swam out of the maze, go back and colour in your pathway. 
You'll discover a surprise!