About P.S. Bartlett

Writer and Artist in no particular order of importance. They hold hands.

Sticking with #Keto!

I’m sharing these because I hope they help someone else make this change. On January 9, 2019 I made the choice to stop eating sugar, carbohydrates etc. and to completely change my way of eating. It’s funny, I knew how fat I’d gotten. I knew how bad I felt but I just couldn’t figure out what I needed to do to lose the weight. Then I found #Keto and intermittent fasting. Call it what you like but pictures don’t lie. I still have a way to go to get to my final goal but seeing these photos side by side blows my mind. I’m proud of the commitment I made and that I’ve stayed the course and continue to do so. If one person sees this and decides tonight to change their life, it’s worth sharing these fat pictures. I love myself and now I know sugar is the devil lol 😂 I’m 55 years old and feel 35 again.

Good Guys | Bad Guys | Writing the Villain

Everybody loves the good guy/gal right?

That main character who is above reproach and does everything with the motivation for good. He or she rescues the innocent, saves the day, rights the wrongs of the world and then rides off into the sunset on their white charger…or IN their white charger depending on your story, and the happy ending is complete.

However, sometimes your good guy does what society considers bad things in order to achieve the greater good and that’s okay! Like for instance, this incredibly handsome, brooding good guy who I love and miss already…where’s my next book George???

Please don’t ruin your Jon Snow by forcing a fake mental illness on another protagonist to end an epic fantasy because you want to go play with light sabers…OKAY? There is room for more than one good protagonist. Think Justice League or the Avengers. You don’t have to FORCE them into madness with no legitimate character build up, just to end your story. (Sorry they did that to you Daenerys.)

This guy was the perfect good guy and he was figuratively slaughtered for the sake of turning a good gal into a a bad gal through insanity. No, I’ll never get over it so back off!

Listen, even fairy tales don’t always have happy endings so let’s do better than that. I know we can! I have faith!

Bittersweet endings? Yes! Salty sweet? Oh hell yes! Just don’t waste our time for eight seasons and then completely corrupt our heroes.

Okay…moving on now…

Let’s chat about the villain of the story, assuming there is one. What makes them worth reading about?

Personally, some of my favorite villains have been those whose motivations are greed and power. They’re not cartoon character baddies (JOKER) but rather have layers…of badness. Not everyone just wants to watch the world burn. Some of them want all the goodies before pushing that detonator or snapping their fingers!

Some villains are jealous or feel disconnected from the world. Maybe they didn’t want to be the bad guy/girl but a chain of events awakened them to who they really are and catapults them into their destiny of trying to achieve world domination. Maybe they just want people to understand that this is what is best for all! Maybe there is actual character buildup other than itty bitty threads of foreshadowing that causes them to evolve into a complete psychopathic killer. Give me some acts of pure madness, even small ones before you make her burn an entire city when she hears a bell ring…right ZuZu??

Maybe the villain is just a mean girl who hates everyone except a select few other mean girls/guys who want to be her ride or die bitches. She gets off on hurting people and making people feel insecure and insignificant. She doesn’t have some tragic back story where she was orphaned and passed around from foster home to foster home. She’s a spoiled brat who obviously was never told the word no. Think Varuca Salt – I mean imagine if she hadn’t fallen into that rotten egg machine but instead, grew up to be Cersei Lannister, who died like the wicked witch of the east. God help me I’m still in so much pain over this.

I’ll get you my pretty and your little dragon too! Run along now before someone drops a castle on you too!

There are so many villain types but not all of them are worth reading about. We all know who they are:

The one who’s evil for evil’s sake with no real motivation. The one who likes to torture animals and believes everyone was put on earth for his amusement. No, not Joffrey Baratheon. Incest can cause madness but give him some substance, rather than making him/her/they/them just some one dimensional devil person. Please, we need more than that. This villain is overdone and he’s boring. We don’t need their life story but every villain is motivated by something. Just try to make that motivation believable, even if it’s as simple as greed.

The sexy hot guy who’s the tallest, best looking, most mysterious human in the story (or the equivalent female with the 18 inch waist and double D boobs.) Every man fears him and every stupid female wants the D and if she doesn’t, he’ll use his sexual prowess to convince her she does want it. Mkayyyyyy…Um…please don’t. Let’s not perpetuate the abusive, hyper-testosterone, toxically masculine bad guy who’s a beast in the sheets and on the streets. Ugh, just please don’t make women or men so stupid that they fall for this douche bag, at least not without some mind altering drugs.

Give me a villain who’s the neighbor down the street with the poodle and the Siamese cat named Bootsie, who spends his evenings working at a diner where oops, people come in to eat and are never seen again.

Give me the villain who’s obsessed with chemistry and accidentally discovers a formula that transforms her into an powerful wizard but changers her from a mild mannered scientist into an evil murderess.

Villains don’t always have to be out to rule the world. They can just wreak havoc on their town or use power and money to manipulate, dominate and destroy those they deem as the enemy. They’re jealous. They’ve been betrayed. The options are endless. Let’s not stop until we find them and write them all. Yes, even the bad guy deserves a great story.

 

 

 

 

Quick Life Update | #Writing is on FIRE!

Helloooooooo!

So it’s been a minute since I’ve really posted any decent content but I’m about to start rectifying that!

I took a long hiatus to work on the real world problems we all face, including my health and well being. I know I posted last year about KETO not being for me but in January of this year, I decided to give it another try.

IT WORKS!

Since January 9, 2019, I’ve lost 44lbs and passed my first goal!

Not only has the weight loss been significant (although I still have a ways to go) how I feel, look and the internal health benefits have been amazing. No more plantars fasciitis, no more joint pain, healthy gut and numerous other improvements. Did I mention the energy level and clear mind?!

Here is a side by side of me. The photo on the left is me in September 2018. The one on the right is me in Late May 2019.

If you want to follow along on this journey, just follow me on instagram @ author_p.s.bartlett

Now, thanks to the clear mind and healthy energy, my creative brain cells are in overdrive! I’ve been writing like a mad woman for three months but three weeks ago, I embarked on book 6 in the Razor’s Adventure Series!

I’ve already hit over 41K words in three weeks of evenings (YES, unfortunately I still have to work full time so buy my books so I can write full time instead!) :)) and I’m obsessed with this story and writing it is like breathing again!

Part I of the book is nearly complete, although a rough first draft but it feels so wonderful to be back in my lane and flying down the highway!

I believe I’m currently on pace to finish this book by August 31st and take it to publishing by Christmas, which is also when I hope to meet my ultimate goal weight!

Here is the link to my books on Amazon in case you haven’t read them and want to catch up. https://www.amazon.com/P.S.-Bartlett/e/B00CP4PF4U

Thank you for hanging in there with me and following my blog. I promise there will be some interesting content in the near future and consistently to boot!

I’m looking forward to setting sail again with Ivory and her crew this fall/winter and I hope you join us!

Love and respect!

P.S. Bartlett

Last Chance for the #FREEFORALL! This Deal Ends Tonight!

Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite

Ivory Shepard, known as The Razor, narrates her own story in P.S. Bartlett’s Demons & Pearls (The Razor’s Adventures Book 1). It opens when the pirate ship, Demon Sea, attacks a merchant vessel. Not satisfied with taking her cargo, Captain Barclay commands that her crew be slaughtered. The Razor, who has travelled thus far accompanying her three female cousins with the promise of Barclay’s protection on the voyage to a new life in Jamaica, sees him for the unprincipled man he is and kills him. She is determined to settle her three young female cousins in Jamaica, and claim her own freedom to live as she pleases.

Chapter one opens with a battle at sea. With the captain dead by Ivory’s hand, another is elected. After much argument, the four girls arrive safely in Port Royal where the new captain, McCormack, offers them refuge in his own home, but is the offer as generous as it appears? His wife, Millie, an ex-whore, is not the lady she pretends to be and Ivory discovers that the fortress the captain calls home is a trap; a holding house for girls destined for sale.

Demons & Pearls is the story of Ivory Shepard, The Razor, who recounts the adventure. Demons and Pearls is an action-packed thriller where The Razor’s problems are compounded by sexual discrimination. To be a sailor, she must adopt the appearance of a man. When Captain Bergman, Big Red, sees through her disguise, the sexual tension is stretched taut as a circus high wire. P.S. Bartlett has written a book that is impossible to put down. I recommend Demons & Pearls to anyone who enjoys a gripping, fast-paced story full of cliffhangers and surprises.

But Wait There’s More!

Read them all before the next installment of the Razor’s Adventures is published by Christmas 2019!!!

It’s a #FREE for All! All Books FREE on Kindle!

Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite

Ivory Shepard, known as The Razor, narrates her own story in P.S. Bartlett’s Demons & Pearls (The Razor’s Adventures Book 1). It opens when the pirate ship, Demon Sea, attacks a merchant vessel. Not satisfied with taking her cargo, Captain Barclay commands that her crew be slaughtered. The Razor, who has travelled thus far accompanying her three female cousins with the promise of Barclay’s protection on the voyage to a new life in Jamaica, sees him for the unprincipled man he is and kills him. She is determined to settle her three young female cousins in Jamaica, and claim her own freedom to live as she pleases.

Chapter one opens with a battle at sea. With the captain dead by Ivory’s hand, another is elected. After much argument, the four girls arrive safely in Port Royal where the new captain, McCormack, offers them refuge in his own home, but is the offer as generous as it appears? His wife, Millie, an ex-whore, is not the lady she pretends to be and Ivory discovers that the fortress the captain calls home is a trap; a holding house for girls destined for sale.

Demons & Pearls is the story of Ivory Shepard, The Razor, who recounts the adventure. Demons and Pearls is an action-packed thriller where The Razor’s problems are compounded by sexual discrimination. To be a sailor, she must adopt the appearance of a man. When Captain Berman, Big Red, sees through her disguise, the sexual tension is stretched taut as a circus high wire. P.S. Bartlett has written a book that is impossible to put down. I recommend Demons & Pearls to anyone who enjoys a gripping, fast-paced story full of cliffhangers and surprises.

But Wait There’s More!

A Tale for the Ages | My First #Novel on #Giveaway

FIREFLIES is Free on Kindle until October 23, 2018.

A couple reviews:

5 Stars: “This novel is a beautifully written work of love, family values, and a soulful connection to the spirit world. It reflects the time when countless migrated to the US to escape hard times in their own homelands . It shows how fragile life was then, and how through love and prayer almost anything is possible. The characters become your friends as their lives entwine with the spirit world and their day to day existence. You laugh and cry as Ennis leads you threw his short but meaningful life, only to feel goose bumps as the novel concludes. Definitely a must read”

5 Stars “This novel is a beautifully written work of love, family values, and a soulful connection to the spirit world.”