I Survived! Blogfest with Chrys Fey, and Several Awesome Tsunami Stories

Welcome to the I Survived! Blogfest where you’ll see my story idea for how I would have survived a Tsunami, as well as stories from my two sweet kids. Enjoy! I wish you the best Chrys!

MY STORY

“This is Chrys Fey reporting for Disaster 5 News. I am in  Long Beach California, where a tsunami hit yesterday morning. I have Erika Beebe with me, a survivor of the tsunami. So Erika, can you tell our viewers what happened, and how you survived?”

“I honestly didn’t think at all about it. It was so sudden. I mean, first I was on my boat, scrubbing away on deck at the filth I’d left behind from the small party from the night before…sweating…sticky…when I stopped. I heard something strange, like a whistle of metal. I stood up and studied the beach.

People were running, grabbing on to each other, clenching their hats and bags on their shoulders. They pointed to the water. I turned then, not sure what I would see.

No way would it have been a shark.

It wasn’t, as you know by now.

But a force of water had shaped a wall, pushing through boats tied to docks and tore them loose, tore whole beams, siding, anything the water touched, it devoured. Too late for me to jump ship and head to the bank, I did the only thing I could do. I grabbed my scuba tank and mask. I hadn’t checked the pressure or anything, but you don’t always think about the “what-ifs” in those types of moments.

“So you jumped into the water?” The reporter Fey asked.

“Yep. Straight into the wall.”

“How did you manage to keep the mask on?” Reporter Fey asked again.

“Luck. God. I’m not one to question why my feet are still on this ground. Why my heart continues to beat. I shouldn’t have survived. But here I am.”

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Child One

“I survived the Tsunami of 2016. It was a rainy day in China. I heard a noise and it sounded like a siren so I woke up. The titanic had crashed. I fell out of the titanic through a crack because the side tore. I felt so afraid so I swam and swam and my family was with me and I knew I survived. They got on another boat and we sailed away.
The End.”

Child Two

“I survived the great Tsunami in California.We all saw it, my whole family, and jumped into a submarine. The submarine went under the waves and it was so swirly. We waited until it was gone and sailed to shore where we got off the submarine. We were all alive.

The End of the Book.”

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Title: Tsunami Crimes
Series: Disaster Crimes #3
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Page Count: 272
BLURB: Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane
Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their
wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The
journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the
followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe
in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.
 
This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth
has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her
honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s
kidnapped by Jackson’s men.
 
Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters
with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for
him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him
to fall into a deadly trap.

 

If they live through this disaster, they may never be the
same again. 

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Book Blitz: Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase (Part One: Miracle Week) by Troy CLE with Giveaway

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Cyndi Victoria Chase’s junior year was supposed to be about fun and getting into college while desperately dodging the pitfalls of being awkward and painfully self-conscious. All of that was derailed when the massacre of two of her Alonis Academy classmates marked the beginning of a local epidemic. That did not sit well with Cyndi, who is a highly imaginative girl living in her own “Naturally Augmented Reality” where she can flawlessly detect when someone is lying and see people’s words come to life right in front of her eyes. She’ll discover that she’s up against a vicious trans-dimensional and intergalactic threat that has dropped chaos upon her life, school, and town. Cyndi is Cyndi and will always be compelled to fight back; her powerful foes better be prepared for a battle that will become historic throughout the galaxy.

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Monday Motivation: Four Tips to Stop the Downward Memory Spiral

believe-in-youMonday Motivation posts are monthly inspired moments from my life where I’ve learned something about me and hope to maybe help or inspire you in some way too.

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This past Saturday I stood on my yoga mat in the middle of a PIYO class at my community gym. It’s a new start for me after three years away from exercise classes to finally get back out, meet and connect with people on a weekly basis. Half way through class at the end of a series of poses, which are all coordinated to specific songs, I took a drink of water and waited for the new series to begin. The song Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson started to play. I sat my water bottle down against the wall as all sorts of feelings swelled in my heart. I remembered sighing out-loud, swept away with the soft piano, her gentle voice, her words tugging at my own memories of loss and disappointments. I wasn’t paying attention to the instructor any longer caught in a fast downward memory spiral.

No, I remembered thinking. I’m in yoga class. This is a new year. I don’t want to focus on what went wrong, but what I can do right now to feel right.

I did something funny then. I started to sing along to the lyrics. I focused on the teacher and pushed myself in each pose in the series, stretching farther, bending lower and it did in fact break that downward memory spiral. The song changed. I saw hope in the lyrics, and let go of the hurts.

Today, I’m thinking about motivation and what steps we might take when we choose to make positive changes in our lives to live our dreams. Our thoughts are powerful. They can derail us at the strangest moment, such as my own personal example in a PIYO class.

So what do you do to stop it?

I see potential for success in four tips I use:

First, recognize the moment at hand. How we’re feeling, what’s happening, and is it the way we really want to feel?

Next, a choice must be made. What is it we truly want and hope to achieve? Do we need to grieve, or have we focused on the grief enough and wish to switch focus to what we deserve. Happiness.

For me, I admit, I do my fair share of holding rough conversations in my mind often cursing people who have hurt me. You know, those perfect phrases where you know exactly what you want to say this time. It’s throat cutting. But then I realize, I’d never air these thoughts. Conversations are a two-way form of dialogue and I’m pretty sure, what’s flown through my head is one way. My vengeance. It’s not what I would really want to achieve at all moving forward.

Next step, Action. For me, some form of a diversion works best to break that sad memory string. We can switch the environment. Change the song when possible. Figure out a way to see the positive power instead of the darker side. Maybe it’s as simple as breaking out in a dance instead of sweeping or mopping the floor. The key point is to change the string of thought and generate a new emotion or moment when you need it the most.

Lastly, when you feel down, write out some goals, some sort of forward thinking or plan to help you do something great for you. Recently I was asked to reflect over my own personal writing objectives for where I want to be as a writer in 5-years.

You’ll find this post here, with the specific goals and steps I’m currently following each week. I planned the year out. I planned the next five. And you know what? This forward thinking helped me break my own negative cycle. I’m moving again in the direction I really want and need to go. I’m fueling my motivation by doing what I said I would do. Plus, I have a great writing friend Becky who steps up to help. A great partner Dave, who lends me a creative ear and helps me brainstorm scenes. And yes, my writing and blogging groups have cheered me on. Thank you all.

My successes thus far?

I completed my first online writer’s workshop in December. I’ve committed to facilitating a young writers workshop on the topic of diversity in May. I’m attending another writer’s workshop at a real live event at the end of March, so my goals have shifted, moving up a bit, since I’ll have to pitch my manuscript and see if I still have what it takes. Lastly, my goal to get published is actually happening again. Look for my next short story coming out in the Spring. I wrote it in remembrance of my grandmother, and all the things I loved about visiting her in my summers as a kid in a rural Kansas town. It’s a fairy tale. I always add a bit of magical sparkle and hope.

My Tips in a Nutshell:

  • Recognize the moment.
  • Make a choice in how you want to feel.
  • Divert your mind and body with something that makes you feel good.
  • Finally, Set goals. Break them down in doable steps. Find a partner to hold you accountable. Plug the dates and times into your phone calendar. Then check them off as you do them.

Am I missing anything? Do you have a tip on motivation to help you get started?

I’d love to hear it. Happy Monday, all.

~Erika

IWSG POST 16: To Kill or Alter Favorite Characters for the Worse? What Do You Do? #IWSG

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[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

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untitled-designBack in the late 80’s I was a seventh grader in a middle school in Wichita, Kansas. Bound and determined to read some of the classic books, I checked out Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Four sisters sounded great. I didn’t have any at the time. At that point in my life I was yearning for some sort of family structure.

I devoured the words and the characters right away. Jo was my favorite and I found myself rooting for her. She’d get the boy. She deserved it, I thought. But as I continued to read on, the boy fell in love with the super sweet sister and I closed the book. I couldn’t bare to read on with my own heart broken for Jo.

I’m writing about Little Women today to illustrate the impact of the rule, “Kill Your Darlings.” It’s the rule I picked to answer this month’s IWSG question: “What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?”

My answer came from an article straight out of Writer’s Digest, “7 Rules in Writing You can Ignore.”

I can ignore this one?  I think I threw my head back, both hands in the air and yelled out, “Finally!”

I desperately dislike when bad things skew my favorite characters in such a way, there’s no turning back. I see the outcome two ways. 1.) The character will probably never recover; and 2.) I doubt if I will either. There is a strong difference in placing one’s champion in a really difficult spot, one where you bite your nails and desperately pray, “please, you’ve got to get out of this. I don’t know how, but get out of this now.”

I want to believe in hope.

Because sometimes, that’s all you’ve got. And maybe this is my insecurity. I’m not sure if I am made to kill a character I’ve tried to breathe the best of themes and life into. How about you? What’s your take on killing off your favorites? Ever had a book you stopped reading because you didn’t like the character outcome?

Goal Update.

First writing workshop is done. The Agent Query and the First Five Pages. I hope to post some tips of what I have learned later on this month. I also made it through the edits of my working manuscript with one chapter to go! I’m excited! I found a great book called “Revision and Self-Editing: Techniques for transforming your first draft into a finished novel,” by James Scott Bell, to help me.

Stay tuned for the 20th too, I’ll be posting something really fun from my kids and myself. We did a great writing project together. It was so much fun 🙂

Thank you to January Co-Hosts:
Eva @ Lillicasplace
Crystal Collier
Sheena-kay Graham
Chemist Ken
LG Keltner
Heather Gardner

You all are amazing! I appreciate your time and attention.

~Erika