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Mason is an author and a teacher. He loves to write and read and will always be a life-long learner. https://www.patreon.com/masonsabre

Everyone wants to understand mental illness until it goes against something they believe in. Then, all bets are off.

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I get that statement is a sweeping comment, but in my recent experience, it has been this.

If you have any kind of social media, watch the news, are not a hermit, you will know, all over the world, vaccinations for Covid-19 are being rolled out and administered. This is a wonderful thing. How amazing are the scientists who can come up with such things and combat something unseen to help protect us. I marvel at science when that happens.

I Am Not an Anti-Vaxxer

My…


What my OCD is like and how it started

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OCD is different for everyone, and yet so many symptoms are the same, but this is what it’s like for me and maybe just seeing one inside view will help someone else to understand what the illness is or for a fellow sufferer to know they’re not alone, because believe me. It’s taken me years to feel brave enough to say I have OCD. I used to be so ashamed of it.

I’m going to use OCD a lot through this, so if you don’t know, OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. OCD is a debilitating mental illness that affects 2.2…


What it is and why it’s bad (sometimes)

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Deus ex machina means God out of the machine. You might not have heard of the concept, But I bet you know what it means when you see it.

Well, What a Coincidence

What is a Deus Ex Machina?

In its basic form, that’s a deus ex machina — something that comes along and just solves the problem in your story. Something that wasn’t there before. It’s as if by magic (God) that this thing came to fix whatever problem your character is facing.

Let’s say you have a character who is being chased. There’s no way out…


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Well, it really depends on what you want out of your publishing career. Let me go over some things and try and make it all a little clearer. I have been an indie author for coming up to ten years. I have seen the indie world come and grow and change. I have a lot of experience in it.

I will hold my hands up and say my only experience with traditional publishing is through a couple of friends who had their books traditionally published.

Indie publishing stands for independent publishing. A lot like self-publishing, but not quite. …


Has the world gone mad with it all?

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It seems that every day there is a new do or don’t rule. You can’t say such and such because it will offend someone else, you can’t do this, or someone will be upset about it. We live in a world where it appears we really can commit thought crime, ie, what I think about something, in someone else’s eyes would be deemed terrible and should have me strung up and brought to the stocks.

Cancel Culture

Take cancel culture. I’d heard this term tossed around but had no idea what it meant. This…


When family doesn’t always support you.

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If anyone asks me what I do for a living, they get one of two answers. I either tell them I edit books for a living, which is a lie but also true. I am a writer, so I edit my work before sending it to an actual editor. And the second answer is, I tell them I work as a delivery courier with my wife. Also true. We had to take on something, or she did when her business got wiped out by Covid and lockdowns. She has a wedding business. …


You can write and you can publish.

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When people find out I am a published author, the first thing they tell me is they’d love to write a book one day. The problem is, they don’t know how to do it.

In some respects, it’s almost like they’re expecting a magic answer. Most of the time I’ll say, well I sit and write, which is true. I sit and write pretty much all the time, and I enjoy it, but those who ask don’t like that answer. …


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It’s that time of year again where it starts to feel like we have a new fresh start coming up. I love the New Year, and I am all in favour of people making New Year’s resolutions. People might not stick to them and 80% per cent of New Year’s resolutions are broken within a few days, but that’s fine.

The beautiful thing about New Year’s resolution is that you’re saying to yourself, something needs to change, or I want something else for myself. You may give it up after a few days, you may find that new habit you…


Depression is a smart thing. It sneaks up on you in ways you don’t know

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At least I’m showering. That’s what I keep telling myself. I have OCD to thank for that. Sometimes I wish OCD would get lost so I could skip the shower part. Just one day to be able to go to bed without all the bother of it, but I know if I even tried, I’d be getting out of bed in the middle of the night not just to shower, but changing the bedding, cleaning the bed and god knows what else OCD would be demanding. It would be more effort than the shower itself.

Is It the Depression, or is it Me?

I’m trying to figure out…


Why you should write a series

When I say series, I am talking a series of books containing individual stories that all tie into one, but each book is a complete story on its own. Nothing drives me crazier than authors breaking one book down into several installments and calling it a series. That is NOT a series. That is a serial.

A series is Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games, or Me Before You.

Each book in those series has their own beginning middle and end. They have their own story. You can see the character start with the…

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