Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more!

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-4jxuh-101220d

As a young child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Vincent Mcintosh dreamed of being a businessman, owning 250 restaurants, and living life on his terms. Now in his mid-20s, he joined Creative Ops–online from the restaurant–to talk about his path on that journey.

At 17 he dropped out college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. At 19 he founded IRIE Kitchen (organic, Caribbean street food) restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Not only is it the first fully-organic restaurant in the area, Vince is also the youngest restauranteur in Grand Rapids history!

In 2019 he co-founded Irie Lemon, a media company with Liz (The Lemon Bowl) every week the give us tips on entrepreneurship and how to build the life you want. Together, they co-host Passion to Profit Podcast.

Shout out to Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, Hey Guys Media, and IRIE’s social media genius, Corinne Bass (on IG @corinnesconnections)!

Thanks as always.

-CT

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Behind “the Process”: 7 Writing Tips from Horror Phenom Jennifer Soucy

Jennifer Soucy novel giveaway!

(*Skip straight to the writing tips)

(*Jump over to the free book giveaway)

Hey folks!

Still Christopher Tallon in control, for the time being. I asked my buddy Jennifer Soucy to come on my podcast last year, when she was promoting her release, Demon in Me. Which she graciously did:

Creative Ops | Ep.2 | Jennifer Soucy, author of "Demon in Me" Creative Ops

Hey folks, I totally nerded out while talking to fellow writer Jennifer Soucy. She's an amazing talent and a very nice person. She's got an interesting story, and a lot to say about writing. Her horror debut is titled Demon in Me, and it's amazing! She's the real deal. Check her out at http://www.jenniferlsoucy.com to learn more. Want to connect with her via social media? Find her on Instagram @therealjenwah, FaceBook @bansheetales, and Twitter @bansheetales. Then go order her book on Amazon…NOW!   Learn more about Creative Ops at my website http://www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FaceBook | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!  

Then I had the audacity to ask her on again this year, to help promote her newest release, The Mother We Share, and she came on again!:

Creative Ops | Ep. 22 | Jennifer Soucy (Again!) – Horror, Books & Movies, Writing & Publishing, and Friend Talk Creative Ops

Jennifer Soucy is an excruciatingly talented woman. In her novels, she has a darkly poetic style that delivers intense emotion while, at the same time, keeps an expert eye on the pace and flow of the action. She writes strong and complex female leads that guys and girls alike love to follow on their dark adventures. Jen highlights the best and worst of humanity in a way you can't help but pay attention and keep flipping pages. She's truly a writers' writer. Hear her thoughts on horror, books, movies (especially remakes…), the writing process, editing, publishing, promoting, and everything else an up-and-coming indie writer has to think about these days. … JENNIFER SOUCY: http://www.jenniferlsoucy.com Twitter: @bansheetales Facebook: @bansheetales Insta: @therealjenwah … CHRISTOPHER TALLON: http://www.christophertallon.com Insta: @christopher_tallon Twitter: @TallonWrites FB: @TallonWrites … CREATIVE OPS: http://www.creativeops.podbean.com http://www.christophertallon.com/creative-ops-podcast http://www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops

I even said, “Hey! Jennifer Soucy,” because that’s how you talk to published authors. “Let’s giveaway some of your books!” And she was up for it. (***See the details for a good chance to WIN FREE BOOKS***)

In a final attempt to completely overstay my welcome, I asked her to write a guest blog to give away some sacred writing tips…for free!

And she was totally game. What a pal! That’s enough of me. Later folks.

Here’s whatcha came for…

Jennifer Soucy’s Top 7 Writing Tips

Jennifer Soucy writing tips

Hi. I’m Jen Soucy. You may know me from such books as Demon In Me, The Night She Fell, Clementine’s Awakening, and most recently, The Mother We Share… Sorry, I had a vision of Troy McClure and had to roll with it, which probably dates me but that’s ok.

I’m a writer, and I’ve been invited to share a few of the tips that have kept me steady on this enjoyable but often challenging road.

Let me preface this by saying one thing: I’ve only been seriously writing for less than 3 years. I am not an expert. These tips aren’t worthy of becoming the missing appendix in On Writing or your favorite writing book written by an author you admire above all others. All I can offer are the top tips that I rely upon. If they help you, that’s awesome. If I missed something, please feel free to let me know. I’m always open to learning, just as we all should be because it really never ends.

So, in no specific order, here’s my list:

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #1 – Write

It’s both the easiest and the hardest thing to do. Make a schedule, a flexible word count, brew coffee or tea, pray to your deity of choice… Do whatever you need to do, but put your butt in the chair and write! It’s ok if it’s not every day or if you miss your word count goal. Some days are harder than others, but if you don’t make the attempt then the rest of the tips won’t matter.

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #2 – Don’t Stop!

Yes, I feel this is important enough to warrant an exclamation. No matter what you’re writing, don’t stop and fiddle overlong with what’s already done—whether it’s the multiple pages, paragraphs, or chapters that came before. Keep moving forward unless during the process you have a super good reason to go back and tweak something (plot hole, name change, etc.). I promise, during the revising/editing process you will reread and rewrite more than you ever imagined possible (and then maybe a couple more times just to be safe). Editing is magic, but it can’t happen unless there’s something on the page to edit.

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #3 – Avoid Time Sinks

Again, easier said than done especially when many of us are still social distancing so our fun is most often happening on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more. One quick check on any of those sites can lead to an hour or more of scrolling and chatting. Networking and socializing are important parts of being a writer and a human, but try to limit your time every day. Most important, when you are in that slender time frame you set aside for writing, do yourself a favor and keep the temptation of phones and more far away.

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #4 – Don’t Get Lost In The Details

Research, worldbuilding, and outlining are all important parts of writing a story. Absolutely make sure you include these in your process. Yes, at times you may reach a point where you have to pause to look up something. That’s ok, just try to hurry before you sink into a bottomless hole of Googling or more which will ultimately distract from your primary objective—to write!

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #5 – Take Breaks

But… I know, I said to write and don’t stop. Sometimes you have to stop, though. If you do too much, too fast, for too long, you will burn out. You just wrote 5k words and your eyes are bleeding? Get up, make some tea, and listen to your favorite podcast. You made it to the 75% mark, and your head is clogged with about five potential ways your MC can escape, but you don’t know which way to go? Take a walk through the neighborhood, clear your head. Drink water and eat your vegetables. Taking care of yourself is always the most important. Don’t ever skimp on that!

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #6 – Read

That should be a no-brainer, right? We’re writers, of course we read. Most of us read for pleasure, for knowledge, to stay current within our chosen genres and support our fellows, or even for just a moment’s escape. Not everyone can read as much while writing, if at all. That’s ok. Do what feels best for your process. But for many of us, a love of reading is what led to writing. It’s easy to get lost in your own stories and in the lengthy creation process. Writing will eat a lot of your time, so try not to let it keep you from everything else that makes you happy. With practice, you’ll find the right balance.

Jennifer Soucy Writing Tip #7 – Have Fun!

Remember those times you wrote something special? Something that made you laugh out loud, cry, or even stoked a spark of pride? Writing can feel like work at times. For most of us, it is work—another job on top of many we struggle through every day. But don’t let writing become drudgery. You love writing and creating, otherwise you wouldn’t call yourself a writer. If the process begins to feel like all work and no play, then take a break. It’s ok, we’ve all done it. Writing requires discipline and dedication, like any craft, but it should always retain an element of fun. If it didn’t, we all would find something less demanding and move on (decoupage, anyone?).

Write, create, laugh, cry, shout to the heavens when you finish an awesome scene and especially when you finally finish that glorious first draft. You’ve brought something new into the world. Congratulate yourself, and savor that feeling. It’s what keeps us all coming back for more.

Author’s Bio:

Jennifer Soucy is a quintessential New England girl, who now lives in the Atlanta area. This writer, editing assistant, and 25-year veteran of the service industry (waitress, bartender, cook, you name it) is also a proud nerd who enjoys anything involving horror and dark fantasy. Find out more about her at www.jenniferlsoucy.com 

Twitter & Facebook: @bansheetales

Instagram: @therealjenwah

Creative Ops | Ep. 22 | Jennifer Soucy (Again!) – Horror, Books & Movies, Writing & Publishing, and Friend Talk

Jennifer Soucy novel giveaway!

Hey folks!

I’m giving away some Jennifer Soucy books!!!!!!! Click the link for details!!!!!!

Jennifer Soucy is an excruciatingly talented woman. In her novels, she has a darkly poetic style that delivers intense emotion while, at the same time, keeps an expert eye on the pace and flow of the action. She writes strong and complex female leads that guys and girls alike love to follow on their dark adventures. Jen highlights the best and worst of humanity in a way you can’t help but pay attention and keep flipping pages.

She’s truly a writers’ writer.

Hear her thoughts on horror, books, movies (especially remakes…), the writing process, editing, publishing, promoting, and everything else an up-and-coming indie writer has to think about these days.

JENNIFER SOUCY:

www.jenniferlsoucy.com

Twitter: @bansheetales

Facebook: @bansheetales

Insta: @therealjenwah

Thanks for supporting great independent writing!

-CT

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My Podcast Is on YouTube, Guest Announcements, & New Release Schedule (Again)

New(ish) YouTube Channel

If you aren’t much of a podcast downloader, but you like to have something on in the background while you work on the computer, maybe you should listen to Creative Ops (A Podcast for Creative People, by Creative People) on YouTube!

I don’t have video from the shows. Maybe in the future. Maybe…

Upcoming Guests

This month, you can expect to hear:

These are some really cool folks, folks. Please see what they’ve got going on before you tune in!

New Release Schedule

Two podcasts a month isn’t enough. Four is a little too much. So I’m going to do three a month. How’s that gonna look? I’m toying with dropping a podcast on the 5th, 15th, and 25th of each month. Whaddya think about that?

Or maybe just the first three Mondays of each month. Hmm…

PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU HAVE THOUGHTS!

That’s it for me. If you like the show, tell someone about it. Holla on social media (links below the picture of the handsome guy), and maybe even buy me a coffee online.

Thanks!

-CT

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3 Steps to Free Books (A Podcast Giveaway!)

Jennifer Soucy novel giveaway!

I’m going to interview Jennifer Soucy. Again! This time I’ll be better at hosting a podcast, and hopefully it’ll feel more like a hangout. That’s coming out next week. Subscribe to the blog for updates on the show, including up to date emails the moment a podcast goes out.

Now, for the reason you’re here: you want a free book. Maybe even a few free books. Well that’s perfect, because Jen is going to give away some books after she does the podcast.

If You Want the Book(s), Here’s What You Do:

#1 Take Screenshots of These:

#2 Post Them to Your Social Media

Make a post for each, or put them together. Say something (hopefully positive), tag me and Jen:

  • (Jen’s fav) Twitter:
    • @TallonWrites
    • @bansheetales
  • (My fav) Instagram:
    • @christopher_tallon
    • @therealjenwah

#3 Give Us a Week Or So after the Interview Airs

Jen and I will look through the posts we’ve been tagged in. We’ll give away a few single novels to folks who get our attention. Whoever blows us away will get a full set of Jennifer Soucy novels!!!

One Last Thing…

Listen to Creative Ops, check out the social links, holla, and all that shnazzy stuff.

Later!

-CT

Christopher Tallon

Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and…wait a second. Are you actually reading this? High fiveFollow me here:

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