Jessica Kristie

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#FWF Free Write Friday; Special Edition with Jessica Kristie – Human Trafficking

free write fridayauthor jessica kristiePlease welcome Jessica Kristie to this special edition of FWF. Jessica is an award winning author, an advocate for art, and an activist against human trafficking. Barbed-Wire Butterflies, her first novel, released January 2013, is a fiction account of a young girl faced with the atrocities of human trafficking and her struggle to find freedom. Jessica has committed 100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies and merchandise to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

The floor is yours, Jessica…

What if I told you that today there is a worldwide epidemic of slavery? Some of you may know that already. Some of you may feel confused and think back to 1863 when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. What was not told since that signing is that slavery was never eradicated. In fact, there are more slaves today than there ever were in civil war times. There is an estimated 30 million slaves today worldwide. They work in factory’s, coal mines, rock queries, private homes, and on the streets. They are forced into the sex trade and made to work in brothels and sold on the internet. There are 161 countries that have been identified as effected by human trafficking, including the US.

These overpowering statistics were enough to change me. Something so widely spread and often swept under the rug, needed a movement and a big one. My book came about at a time when I saw that movement growing. The opportunities for me to contribute and make change are continuing to expand every day. Barbed-Wire Butterflies is a great tool that I intend to use to educate and inspire others to also join in the movement. And what exactly is that movement?

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Barbed Wire Butterflies by Jessica Kristie

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Take some time to learn about human trafficking. What it means and what you can do. It isn’t just about donating money, but time and resources. It’s about educating your loved ones, looking for warning signs, and giving tools for prevention. There is something everyone can do, find what contribution works best for you.

Elani Benjamin had never imagined the level of fear and uncertainty that was now a demoralizing part of her everyday life. With freedom ripped from her world, Elani must stand alongside the hundreds of other women forced into slave labor by the mysterious organization that runs The Hub. At only thirteen years of age, she must decide if she will give in to the daily atrocities surrounding her or keep fighting her courageous, emotional battle for freedom. Malnutrition, intimidation, and abuse force them all into an isolated depression that guarantees compliance. On the edge of surrender, Elani finds an ally in Eddie, a repentant long-term employee of The Hub who gives her the resolution to find a way out of her imprisonment and the hope of reclaiming her stolen freedom.

100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies go to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

 Here is your Free Write Friday Prompt…

What Does Freedom mean to you?

“My movements, destination, thoughts and choices are all my own. I am not caged or left voiceless… that is my freedom.” – Jessica Kristie

 Discuss: What is your freedom and how can you help give it back to those that it has been stolen from?

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is among the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. It is estimated that 600,000 – 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across borders worldwide every year.

Human trafficking happens in nearly every corner of the world.

How do people become victims? Victims of trafficking are typically tricked or forced into sexual or labor exploitation. Desperately seeking an escape from a life of poverty, they are lured by the promise of high paying jobs and safe entry into a foreign country. Upon reaching their destination, they are forced to work in slave-like conditions in prostitution or other forms of involuntary labor.

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

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2012 Author of the Year Nominations

author, award, writersBlog hopping in 2012 to promote the release of my collection, Magic in the Backyard, landed me a nomination for Muse in the Valley’s Author of the Year Awards, hosted by Founder and literary blogger, Kim Larocque.
If you would like to cast your vote for me or any of the other amazing authors I have the pleasure of standing beside, please click here. The poll with the nominees can be found at the end of the post. Thank you in advance for anyone who offers a click in my favor.

In other news… Stay tuned to kellieelmore.com as author and advocate, Jessica Kristie will be guest hosting our Free Write Friday tomorrow! Her new novel, Barbed Wire Butterflies delves into the tragic underworld of human trafficking. Jessica is donating 100% of her proceeds to Courage Worldwide; An international, 501 c(3)  non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking. Please join us tomorrow for this special edition.

#FWF Free Write Friday; Inspired by Waiting Bridges

Welcome back to Free Write Friday! If you are new, feel free to read the intro. Otherwise, let’s get started!

I was recently moved by a beautiful collaboration of poetry and music by fellow Winter Goose Publishing Author, Jessica Kristie and Artist & Composer Tom Cloverfield titled, Waiting Bridges. (Click here to listen to the track on SoundCloud)  This piece left me wide open to so many ideas and thoughts that the image of a bridge can posses and I wanted more! So, where else better to get it than to give my wonderfully amazing FWF writers the pen and let them give it to me! This week, I am including more than one image so you may choose the one that speaks most to you. I am so very excited to see what you bring and I, with unrestrained enthusiasm, encourage you to have a listen to the track, Waiting Bridges as well. If you like it (and I KNOW you will) you can purchase it now at iTunesAmazonJunoDownload & Beatport. I promise, you will be inspired.

Here are your prompts…

Things to remember:
  • Post your entry on your blog.
  • Comment this post with your link.
  • No deadline. No word limit.
  • Be kind & comment others.
  • Use #FWF hashtag on Twitter & I will RT your link! (micropoetry welcome!)

Have a great weekend! ~Kellie

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#FWF Free Write Friday; Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators by Jessica Kristie

Welcome back to Free Write Friday! I hope everyone had an amazing week and were able to find something wonderful to inspire you. If not, no fear…for this edition of FWF, I’d like to introduce all of you brilliant, creative minds to my colleague and friend, the multi-talented writer and poet extraordinaire, Jessica Kristie.

Jessica Kristie is the author of several poetry books, and the co-creator for the ArtPlatform book Inspiration Speaks Volume 1 which is now available in print and eBook through all major retailers, and benefits ColaLife.org. She is also the founder of the Woodland, CA, poetry series, Inspiring Words—Poetry in Woodland.

Dreaming in Darkness is Jessica’s first volume of poetry; the winner of the 2011 Sharp Writ Award and nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Jessica’s second book, Threads of Life, is available through Winter Goose Publishing along with her NEW eBook offering to writers, Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators

Writers and creators can often face a roller coaster of emotions that build unnecessary barriers to the artistic flow. Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators contains fifty-two topics followed by affirmations and writing prompts, tips and inspiring activities to engage and build confidence. Each week you will have an idea to focus on and a small task to complete that help you in your journey to overcome, and keep creating.

With thanks to Jessica for allowing me to use an excerpt from her new book, I have chosen week 43 instead of a traditional FWF prompt, offering you the opportunity to just write.  

*Week 43: Uninhibited writing can grow the writing spirit. It breaks
down barriers that we may not have known we had.

Say This: Walls will not block my creativity. I will create
with no boundaries.

This Week Do This:
• Practice free-flow writing. At least once this week
write with your stream of consciousness. Don’t fix
mistakes or censor yourself, just write.

Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators COPYRIGHT © 2012 by Jessica Kristie *Excerpt appears courtesy of Winter Goose Publishing

In respect to Jessica’s fiery spirit in her work, I challenge you to write about something you are passionate about. What is it you see, smell, remember, feel, hear that never fails to ignite your page?  What fuels your pen? Ah, see…you already thought of something, didn’t you?

and don’t forget

  • Post your entry on your blog.
  • Comment this post with your link.
  • No deadline. No word limit.
  • Be kind & comment others.
  • Use the #FWF hashtag onTwitter & I will RT your link!

Make an addition to your writing ritual for only $2.99

Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators (eBook only)

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