Thursday, January 29, 2015

Survival Training: 3-Day Course With Doug Huffman from Sierra School of Survival




My family and I had an awesome weekend with the Sierra School of Survival. This is an outstanding program run by Doug Huffman. His survival knowledge is unapproachable and the confidence he instills in individuals is amazing to watch. We had an awesome time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains working on drill based activities. We also had a night mission for our team to complete. The bonding that happened between myself, my husband, and my 13 year old son, Fletcher was priceless. What an incredible experience! It was definitely worth it to take the time from our projects and chores to get out and try something new.

We practiced a lot of drill based activities but some I absolutely loved. Personally I enjoy practicing close quarters combat. Doug's no nonsense style brings these activities to life and sometimes in rather gruesome reality. We also practiced how to appropriately move and cross roads when you may not want to be noticed by others. Practicing lock picking was something I never thought I would be doing but it is rather easy to escape from handcuffs and you never know when that might come in handy, especially for all the ladies out there. Finally we talked a lot about the different camouflage systems that are out there and what works and doesn't for different areas. Check out these pictures for an example.

Here's Fletcher
I bet you can see him here!
But can you find him here?
You can go ahead and send me a post on where you think he is in the third picture and I'll let you know if your right.

During our trip we also had a night time mission. Our family (eventually dubbed team carnivore) had to pick an ideal camp location. This had to be a spot where the heat would reflect well off a rock from a small fire and our tarps could be hung close by or directly over the fire to keep us warm and dry. We then had to set up the tarp and start our fire. Fletcher took charge of the fire, while my husband and I got the tarps all set up.  Once the fire was prepared we had to figure out how to cook a rabbit that we were given. We ended up cooking it on a flat rock over the fire with a mixture of wild onions and sage. Darn was it good!
This experience was so great for our family! The bonding that occurred between us because we had to face this objective together and tackle it together could never be replaced. Sometimes when dealing with a thirteen year old boy it is hard to find some common ground. The team spirit that was harvested through this process brought us all right together. I was able to trust fully in his abilities and skills. I am so proud of the great man he is becoming and I have to thank Doug Huffman at Sierra School of Survival for providing the environment for this kind of realization to take place.  

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Survival Navigation: Designing Your Own 6-Pt Grid System


This is something that an old survival instructor, Doug Huffman from Sierra School of Survival, showed me that is really cool. This system has been used by the military for generations because it is unique to the creator and their group. Only you will be able to read your code so you can freely share your coordinates but only you and your group will know the meaning of it.

Let's get started. The first thing you will need is identical maps for everyone in your group. Then you put it in a clear plastic casing so it is protected but also if you write your code directly on the map anyone who finds your map will be able to decipher your code.

Next you make a grid system that overlays the entire map:
Imagine your map is under this grid. The star marks bugout point A

After you have your primary grid laid out you want to then divide each individual box into 10 segments (below is a blown up view of square 87-09)

Notice that the Star is at 5-5. So bug out point A would be at the coordinates 875-095.

After you have this grid system fit to your map you can choose whatever point you want to for a meeting spot. If your group gets to that spot and it is compromised. They can leave the rest of the group clear coordinates to go to that are visible to everyone but only the ones with the same code will know where that point is.

It is always a good idea to have multiple spots marked out for your group in advance. You can't be sure what will happen and what spot will be safe.  

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day After Disaster Discussion Topic #6


Feeling like you are prepared can be one of your greatest benefits and hindrances. Let me explain: Having thought through scenarios where you may become stranded or endangered is a great idea. Then you can put together an every day carry kit to face those situations if they should become reality. On the other hand having overconfidence in your abilities to face any situation is also a vulnerable place to be mentally. You should never stop learning, preparing and analyzing. Seeing the situation as you want to see it rather than what it actually is can put you at risk.

Stress can also be your biggest friend in these types of emergency situations. Stress is what causes you to think about the possibilities in the first place and get yourself in some type of mental preparedness state. It also helps you survive in a disaster situation. The stress of surviving, of getting your family to safety, of helping others get through safely can make all the difference. The key here is to maintain a balance. Do not let the stress of worrying about something that may never happen rule your life. Learn the skills you will need, collect the tools you will need but do not let it rule your life. Life is too short to live that way. Also when you are faced with a disaster the stress of the situation can cause a brain overload and make you a useless cog in the system. Control your brain, focus, relax, remember your skills and constantly develop them.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Survival In the Publishing World: Make my Publisher Eat Crow!


Pat yourself on the back as a personal thank-you from me to you! You all make my journey worth the ups and downs of the bumpy publishing road. Today I reached over 2,000 social media followers who are interested in what I am doing and I am completely honored. When I first decided to publish my book I had no idea I would meet so many outstanding individuals that would embrace my interests and my story. 


My book, Day After Disaster, is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

Get your copy here: Sara's Amazon Survival Store

It was published by Tate Publishing back in May of 2014. I was excited they had chosen my book for publication. They did a lot of wonderful things for me. They designed a great cover and do a wonderful job in their printing department. They designed a spectacular trailer for my book and gave me lots of information to get started on the marketing road.

Unfortunately they also did a lot of things wrong. The editing of my book was horrible and I had to take the novel and have it totally re-edited so that it was not full of errors. My trailer was produced but it was supposed to be aired on national television and I never received any word on if that actually happened or not. They were supposed to provide ongoing marketing support and all I get from them are sales emails encouraging me to personally purchase more books.

I try not to complain. I like to learn so I educated myself on book marketing strategies to fill the gaps Tate Publishing left behind. I was involved in sales in the past so I organize booths at local events where I can sell my books myself.  Things are going well. I have sold many books from my hand at these events. 

The problem is when I sell the books myself I am not racking up internet sales. Tate Publishing states in their contract that Tate Publishing will refund my initial investment once my fans snatch up 1,000 copies of the novel through internet sales.

This is where you come in! If you have ever known or an author yourself, you know how bumpy the publishing road can be. I am reaching out to you today and urging you to please go over to Amazon.com and spend just $20 on my book. It is less than a pizza for dinner. You will love the action packed adventure. If just half of my social media followers went to help me out I would hit my 1000 sales and Tate would have to refund that money as promised.


If you have a request from me, some question you may need answered, publishing information you are curious about, want a review done, please don't hesitate to ask. The world can be a better place when people help people. 

Thanks for lending me an ear! I can't wait to see how you like the story!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Survival in the Marketing World: Can you Survive the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge?


Today I am very excited to introduce the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge Hosted by D'Vorah Lanskey and Doug Foresta. This is an awesome program that will launch your online presence to a whole new level.

D'Vorah Lanskey better known as "the marketing wizard" has been a irreplaceable mentor in my personal author growth. You can refer back to my article on the 30 Day Marketing Challenge for details on how D'Vorah helped to launch my author career. D'Vorah has a Masters Degree in education and has been marketing and mentoring online since 1995. She has published multiple books pertaining to this subject including: Connect, Communicate, and Profit: Build Successful Business Relationships Online; Book Marketing Made Easy: Simple Strategies for Selling Your Nonfiction Book Online; Connect, Communicate and Profit: Build Successful Business Relationships Online and the co-author of: Building Relationships that Build Business, Chicken Soup for the Network Marketer’s Soul, Corporate Mom Dropouts, and Ignite Your Passion. D'Vorah also personally coaches and trains authors online. She is a powerhouse of wisdom!

This new program will help you easily share all your business messages, features, thoughts, ideas, interviews and news. The ease of the delivery method of podcasting will rapidly get your message to the masses without the painstaking process of directly contacting each prospect directly.

The mainstream media has even taken note of this fast growing source of client contact and podcasting is now being featured in Forbes magazine. Podcasting levels the playing field making it simple for anyone to reach their target audience.

So are you ready to join me in this journey? Come on over to http://podcastingsuccesssecrets.com/30-day-podcasting-challenge-info/ and get your podcast up and running. Learn all about podcasting from inception to publication and beyond. Plus, you can gain access to guest expert interviews and workshops. See you there!
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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Book Review: The Dying Time: Impact


Expanded thoughts:

Personally I enjoy books that have a great story but also teach you valuable information as you journey along with the characters. Some of the information in this book had me reaching for my notebook so I could record the details and go learn more about it later. One downside to this detailed description was at times some of the brand names and suggested websites felt a little forced and made the story commercialized. It was kind of similar to watching an old Flintstone cartoon with a Winston commercial smack dab in the middle. However the genuine information and great storyline more than compensated for this hint of product pushing. I also found the military tactics of both the villains and the heroes well thought out and exciting. It was nice to be surprised at times by the course the action took rather than already assuming what would happen next.

It was not just another meteor impact story. Most of the stories take you up to impact (or last minute diversion) with details of all the chaos the idea of a meteor impact would create or the story starts up thirteen years after the disaster with you wondering how did anyone survive the immediate damage. Mr White takes his readers right through the nitty gritty of the disaster. The pre-impact details are briefly discussed and debated by governmental agencies. Then the impact and the resulting conditions are vividly displayed with an attention to the finer details but with a global focus. The post impact existences of people is where the story really takes off as far as action sequences go and this book becomes a major page turner. I also liked the inclusion of the astronauts on the space station and the reality they would be facing without being able to return to the planet on a long term scale. It was an interesting twist.

The characters were well crafted and relatable. The only issue I had here was that sometimes I felt overwhelmed by the amount of characters being introduced and the multitude of side stories that came with each one. It almost lost my attention in the beginning because it all seemed jumbled but I followed along and eventually delighted in connecting the pieces of the puzzle they were creating together in my mind. The leading male characters introduced were not over the top heroes or villains. I really enjoyed the fact that there was genuine understanding of why they were doing what they were doing, although I did find the messages from higher powers’ a little far fetched. The female characters were very realistic and not just included to be fluff and sex objects which I found very respectable of the author. 

Great job Mr. White. The Dying Time: Impact was an entertaining learning experience. 
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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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