The Execution that Gave Life

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

The day had not gone as planned. It was supposed to be an easy execution, but the prisoner spoke up at the last minute, causing a delay. The person provided information causing the warden to call the case’s judge and ask questions. The judge reviewed the file and commanded the prisoner be set free. Everyone in the room became angry, shouting protests:

“He is a horrible murderer!”

“He cannot be set free.”

“He will do it again.”

“What are you doing? He surely has not changed.”

Everyone, that is, except for one woman. The prisoner was on death row for brutally torturing and murdering her husband, and horribly mutilating her. The woman sat quietly staring at the prisoner through the glass as tears streamed down her face. Amidst the chaos, she seemed completely at peace.

Dear Diary,

Today was one of those days you don’t expect to happen. Victor was…

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Music & Musings: “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott

Eyes Straight Ahead - Shell Vera

I was listening to my music on shuffle last night and this song came on. Then this morning on the way to write, it came on again. I started thinking about where I am in life, my actions and thoughts, and what I want moving forward. I sat and listened to the lyrics so deeply, over and over. Allowing them to hit my spirit and speak to me.

All lyrics in the quoted, purple text are written by Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott, Emily Lynn Weisband • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved from Google Play Music

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and…

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Essential Oils to Inspire Creativity

The Essential Creative

I love anything artistic and creative. Whether it is sitting in the back yard, staring at the sky and thinking about story ideas or sitting in my office writing business ideas and plans, I get caught up in the process of creative thinking and dreaming big. While it doesn’t take a lot for me to get in the mood for creative sparks, I love to diffuse my essential oils or have a cotton ball with a few drops of one sitting in front of me when I am being creative.

I especially love certain oils for specific activities. For example, if I am thinking about business stuff, I like to diffuse Into the Future or Magnify Your Purpose. If I am doing social media posts I like to diffuse three drops each of Patchouli and Peppermint.

If I am writing, I like to diffuse Oola Field or a…

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I’m Not The Girl…

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

I’m Not the Girl, but I am the Woman…

I’m not the girl who will call you often in a day or text you to find out where you are.

I’m not the girl who will take a million selfies to prove her beauty to you or help you impress your friends.

I’m not the girl who will lie to you to make you feel better about yourself.

I’m not the girl who wants to be in front of the camera or shine on the red carpet.

I’m not the girl who will ask you to change your lifestyle to fit mine.

But I am the woman who will support you as you fulfill your calling and conquer the opportunities to walk many red carpets.

I am the woman who will stop to admire you from time to time because when I see you I see a brilliance that takes…

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When Your Nothing is Enough…

Eyes Straight Ahead - Shell Vera

In 2 Kings 4:1-7 a widow has some bills coming due that her husband left behind in righteous circumstances (meaning not out of lavish living but out of sacrifice for God and frugal living) and the debt collectors will take her sons to work off the debt if she doesn’t have the money when they arrive. She goes to the prophet Elisha for guidance because her husband had been one of his servants.

This was the first Bible story I ever learned as a child. I was taught it was about the vessels and faith, being available to God, and trusting Him to provide even when it feels like you have very little. More than 30 years later @iammiketodd (“Bring Me Another Vessel”, Transformation Church) and @stevenfurtick (“Frozen Oil and Chosen Vessels”, Elevation Church) have broken this scripture down within the past few months and shared the same high level…

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Workshops / Online Classes

One of my passions is teaching workshops and classes. I enjoy connecting with people and seeing them realize their dreams and potential, as well as following up with them to see how far they have come. If you would like to hire me to facilitate a workshop for your community group or church, connect with me today.

Some workshops that are my favorites:

  • Get Started Writing Your Book! This workshop focuses on how to get out of your own way when it comes to writing your own book. Too many people think they don’t have the right resources but in today’s online culture, we have more than enough resources for everyone to make their dream of writing a book a reality. I share with you how to get going and the expenses I believe are worth planning for if you would like to publish a quality book.
  • Before Your After: Living in Today by Exploring Your Past and Future. This workshop focuses on living life fully in the moment while considering where you have been and where you want to go. Too many of us get stuck in the past or planning for the future and because of it we are missing out on today.
  • Becoming You: Understanding Who You Are and Loving Her. This workshop is for women who are struggling with insecurity and identity and need to grasp the basics of who God says we are and applying those statements to what we currently look like, what we do for work, how we parent, etc.
  • Your Best Year: Vision Boarding and Goal Setting for Results. This workshop is typically done in December or January and is a way of helping you set goals for the year as well as put those goals into a picture that you keep in front of  you all year. It is best when we have a group of friends who make it a party and truly aren’t afraid to speak up for what they want. We have a LOT of fun and even shed some tears as we realize goals that have been dreams deferred.

Starts at $77 per class based upon class and number of students. Get a group and we will do it for one price so you can split the commitment and save money.

(Payments are made through Zelle.)

Voice Discovery Coaching

For folks who don’t know what their voice is or how they would use it, this program comprises three phases:

  • Discovering Your Voice
  • Developing Courage to Use Your Voice
  • Identifying Platforms (Media) for Your Voice

During each phase, you will complete a series of assessments and exercises that will pull you out of your comfort zone and into a space where you are able to connect with what your inner self wants to share with the world. You were created for a very specific reason and my job through this program is to help you identify that purpose and start walking in it.

Past participants have realized their callings to ministry, education, business, media, and arts. Your voice isn’t always about telling a story through written word or books. Some folks have shared their story through music, others through sculpture and painting. Some individuals have gone on to write several books, while others became CEOs and launched the company they dreamed of for years. Your voice has a unique presentation so we don’t box it in.

I’ve created both faith-based and standard programs that will help you best understand how to show up in the world as your true self. This program is NOT life or success coaching, though I can recommend some great coaches who offer those services (such as Beth Perry, Dr. Sacheen Mobley). This is strictly for individuals who need to understand their voice and the best platform for sharing it with the world.

Once we identify your voice, we will develop the plan for the path forward, which may result in you working with another coach to develop your business strategy or work on relationships and life. My focus for coaching is to help people use their voice through the written word by empowering them to develop stories, music, poetry, scripts, etc. and connecting them with proper resources to help them in love and life.

If this service sounds like something you need, let’s discuss your needs to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If you only need a portion of the program, we will ensure that is all we do together. Our goal as we work together is to ensure you are equipped to share your story with the world in the most authentic way.

Starts at $888 per month. Varies based upon number of sessions and follow up services. Offered for groups or on one-to-one basis.

(Payments are made through Zelle or FaceBook payments.)

Ghostwriting Services*

With ghostwriting, I write but you get all the credit. This means I don’t use your content as a writing sample or share it with other clients without your permission, but you pay a higher rate for this service. This is great if you have a personal brand and need to stand out without anyone being able to trace your work back to another writer. Services folks like to hire me for include:

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • Business documents
  • Curriculum development
  • Workshops
  • Webinars

With this service, we will jump on a few calls to talk about your project. This allows me to learn your voice. I will then write a draft, send it to you for approval, and provide a turnaround time for your feedback based upon our agreed schedule. We will do 1 – 2 edits depending upon the type and size of the project, and then I will share with you a final document. I will sign an NDA for you so you are covered in knowing that your project will not be discussed with others.

Wondering what I do as a ghostwriter? I shared some details in this post.

If you are interested in ghostwriting services, please fill out this screening form. I will respond within 2 business days.

*Any service can be purchased as a writing service as well. This just means you won’t pay the premium price and I will be able to share your content on my social media pages, on my LinkedIn page, and as a writing sample when asked by a client for samples of my writing for folks in their industry. Additionally, I can feature your website on my social media page in Client of the Month campaigns, etc. With this service, you still get all the glory of connecting with your clients while also allowing me to build a nice portfolio of meaningful clients who are engaging their audience in new ways thanks to our partnership.

$Varies by project and length. Ghostwriting is not an inexpensive option. You make three payments: one in the beginning of the project, one in the middle, and one at the end. All payments are scheduled prior to beginning our work together so you know the payment timeline. Projects can range from a few thousand to tens of thousands depending upon the size and scope. We will review your end goals and the difference in price between ghostwriting and writing so you know which will be a better option for you moving forward.

(Payments are made through Zelle.)

Blog Writing

Do you need someone to just take over your writing and connect with your audience using your voice? You take the credit, I will write the posts. We meet once a quarter* to discuss strategy for month and then I write 4 blog posts and accompanying social media updates (IG, FaceBook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) for you to share. If you would like more detailed services such as community management, I can help with those as well.

Prior to starting services, you will complete a worksheet and we will have a one-hour call to review strategy and voice. If you already have a blog, be sure to share what you dislike or struggle with currently as well as what you like about it and would like me to continue. Contracts vary from one year to three years; the longer the contract the more you will save.

$555 for four 750 – 1000 word posts and 4 social media updates ($444 without social media posts but you commit to share on social media).

$1212 – 2424 for four 750 – 1000 word posts and 4 social media updates per post PLUS community management (weekly engagement with your audience by responding to comments as appropriate and engaging on other blogs), varies based upon size of audience.

(Payments are made through Zelle.)

Writing Coaching Calls

Similar to the Writing Strategy Calls, these calls focus on your project and how to complete them. The difference is these calls occur on a regular basis while the Writing Strategy Calls are only a one-time deal. This is the service you will want if you need accountability, guidance, and someone to walk with you through the writing process. We can meet weekly, monthly, or quarterly based upon your needs.

The calls are one-hour long and they will focus on your:

  • Book
  • Workshop
  • Webinar
  • Business Documents
  • Screenplay
  • Video Script

Starts at $111 per call based upon type of project and frequency of calls. 

(Payments are made through Zelle.)