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Crystal Stranaghan public speaking

Public Speaking, School Visits & Workshops

I’m not shy, and I love to share my passion for learning with others. I’ve spoken to groups from 5 to 500 on a wide range of topics, and designed and facilitated workshops for people of all ages at schools, universities, corporations and conferences. I’m always happy to custom create something for your group or event, and I love to travel.

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Crystal Clear Solutions contract writing

Contract Writing & Content Creation

Sometimes it can be hard to find the time, or the right words, to express what you’re trying to say to your audience. If you’d rather have someone else turn your great ideas into a polished article for your website, or even a book, then let’s talk.

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Crystal Stranaghan books & resources

Published Books & Resources

 

Crystal is the author of more than 15 books in a variety of formats. Whether it’s children’s books, how-to guides or information about writing and publishing you’re looking for, you’ll find everything here (and at prices that won’t break the bank).

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Crystal Clear Solutions project management

Project Management & Consulting Services

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Need coaching through your creative project, or would you like to hand it over to someone else to take care of the details and start planning your release party? Print books, e-books, multi-media iPad books, youtube videos, website creation, online course construction and more. All levels of assistance available, from occasional coaching on an as-needed basis to total project management.

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Recent Articles

23
Mar
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Procrastination, the instant gratification monkey and the writer’s conundrum

When I sent my friend a link to this hilarious article about Why Procrastinators Procrastinate from the blog Wait But Why (the monkey pic is from their article – full credit to them), he didn’t really get why I’d sent it, or see how it related to me. My husband however (who showed it to me the in the first place) instantly saw me in this article. I couldn’t stop laughing the whole way through reading it. And at the same time was a bit weirded out by the fact that someone else experiences things so similarly to the way I do. Now Jared yells “monkey” at me every time he gets a bunch of iCal updates at once when he knows I’m on deadline. (or texts it… ain’t technology grand?) Read more »

8
Mar

Mikayla’s Fish

So we don’t have any real pets, but Mikayla made me some HTML fish to enjoy. So I thought you all might like to enjoy them too. If you’d like to feed the fish, just click on the tank and food will go wherever the cursor was.

Happy fish watching!

1
Mar
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Interview with Author & Storyteller Nan Gregory

I’ve had the pleasure of working with author and storyteller Nan Gregory to build her a website over the past few weeks. I have been impressed in the past both by Nan’s stories, and her speaking abilities as I’ve been to talks she has given about being a writer and storyteller. And I was really curious about Nan’s process for making all the cartoons for her own website, when she usually makes her pictures with words!  I thought you all might like to meet Nan. You can check our her shiny new website at www.nangregory.com if you want to see what we’re talking about! I especially love the cartoons… Read more »

1
Feb

Kelly McGonigal Ted Talk: Make Stress Your Friend

1
Jan
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What change will 2014 bring you?

Welcome to 2014 everyone!

As is our habit, Jared and I booked some time off at the end of the old year and the start of the new one to regroup. A couple times a year, we try to reflect on the changes that have taken place in the past months, and the changes that haven’t. It’s a great time out of the everyday bustle, and a very necessary physical break that we use to give us the distance from our daily routines that we need to “take the temperature of our lives”. Read more »

2
Nov
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All About e-Books: The Good, The Bad and The Business – presented at Kamloops Writers Fair

Welcome to everyone who was in my workshop on e-books at the Kamloops Writers Fair! And welcome to anyone who couldn’t make it there, but is still curious about what went on in the workshop.

What was it about? Here’s the official blurb:

e-Book Publishing: The Good, the Bad and the Business
Facilitated by Crystal Stranaghan Read more »

28
Oct
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THE SPARK – a poem about creativity

The Spark

a poem about creativity
© 2013 by Crystal Stranaghan

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11
Oct
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Kamloops Writers Fair is coming up!

The Kamloops Writers Fair is quickly approaching (Nov. 1 & 2), and I’m immersing myself fully in the world of e-books as I prepare for my presentation. I’m collecting up any resources I think will help people who are working on putting together their own e-books, so if any of you out there have a helpful link, or a suggestion of what to keep in mind please email them to me or submit them through the comment form on this post. I’d love to add it to the list. Read more »