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The World is Ending in 2060, according to Sir Isaac Newton
Got your attention, right? This article sure did mine. I don't believe anyone can precisely predict when the end of the world will transpire, though. Do you?

But enough of dwelling on doom and negativity. For this issue, let's do beginnings, i.e. new things, goal-setting, and more awesome finds from the Web to get us positively going into the new year ahead. 
Don't have enough Planners yet for the new year? Well, I have one for you, and it won't cost you a penny! Yes, this Perpetual Planner is FREE to my subscribers (for a limited time).
I purposely made a Planner that contains only the basics to help a writer in writing stage because, speaking from experience, I get distracted by too much lists. Click HERE to get it!
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NEW COVER: I've got a new cover for my award-winning book, CHROMA HEARTS.

Recognized as 2019 Best Published Story by Penmasters' League Philippines, it's a psychological thriller which, according to a Goodreads reviewer, deserves more than five stars.

Get this on Amazon. Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers (but not for long!)
  1. Beat Sheet Calculator is a useful tool for screenwriters, but it can also be used by novelists. It allows you to enter the total projected number of pages in your manuscript and then gives you a beat by beat sheet of the fifteen major events in Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet, otherwise known as Save the Cat Beat Sheet.
  2. Are you into mind-mapping when outlining? Check out these FREE Best Mind Mapping Tools.
  3. Touted as "the Evernote for Creatives," Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards. It's FREE with no time limit. Just sign up. 
  4. More and more authors today are into dictation-writing, using transcription softwares like Dragon Speech. But do you know there's Cocoonweaver, a FREE, on-the-go, multipurpose voice-memo tool? Speak to your phone what’s on your mind, and your notes are transcribed and automatically sorted into colorful categories by using simple voice commands. 
  5. And then there's oTranscribe, a FREE transcription tool. The more, the merrier.
AUDIO DRAMA: Do you know that audio-drama is slowly gaining popularity nowadays? These are fiction stories narrated through podcasts by talented voice actors. Here are the ten best Fiction Podcasts for this year.

INFINITE REEL STORIES: We're doing audio drama, too, featuring original Filipino content over at 8Letters' newest project where I am included. Will be updating you all on our upcoming projects for next year! Meanwhile, support us on Patreon and Twitch, pretty please?
AMBIENT MIXTURE: Want to write inside the Hogwarts Library? You can! Listen to ambient atmospheres, astonishing sound effects, and relaxing music, or create your own. Cool, right?
BE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY: Hootsuite's free resource library is a veritable treasure chest of information and knowledge. Get it HERE.
BEST BOOKS OF 2020: Here are the New York Times editors' choices for best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.
WANT TO GIVE EBOOKS AS GIFT? Here's how to do that in almost all digital platforms.
LEARN FROM THE PRO: I analyzed how to be Nora Roberts in my blog post.
BOOKBUFF is a Page on my Website dedicated to promoting books by fellow indie authors. Check out these books by clicking on the Title, or go to BOOKBUFF for more details.
Setting goals for the upcoming year? Get S.M.A.R.T.
HOW ABOUT YOU? How do you set goals? More importantly, how do you set about achieving them? Shoot me a reply through this email and I'll share them in my next newsletter.

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Mayumi Cruz is the author of Chroma Hearts and other books.

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