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First Interview

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My Writing Experience thus far

“Once a writer becomes an author, they are now in the business of writing. This is no longer a hobby and every business needs a plan.” –Sylvia Hubbard- @sylviahubbard1
Why I wrote a book….
This is a very interesting and frequent question that I’m asked on a daily. What made me compose a book?
Well, it all started in High School. Classes such as Psychology, Theatre, Gym (Why Lie?), and of course, English, were the only classes that kept my interest. The more books I read, the more poetry I composed. I would literally write every night for at least thirty minutes. I guess you could say that I was “Dedicated” back then.
One of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Welch, was eager that she had someone in her class that loved writing as much as she loved teaching it.
I aced all of her writing assignments, and even turned them in early. By my work being in early gave me the chance to “Help” others with their papers. During the broke college years, “Helping” others with their papers came in handy because it kept money in my pocket and food in the refrigerator.
But back to Mrs. Welch, she saw something in me that I failed to see in myself, and my classmates as well.
Mrs. Welch made us present some of our poetry one day, and a few weeks after that, she showed me a letter.
The letter stated that my poem entitled Graduation would be published and was in consideration for being in the Top 10 for the Michigan Edition of Celebration for Young Poets.
That was my first time being published and instilled a certain amount of confidence within me and made me believe in myself. Just the thought of my poem being read by people that were complete strangers to me was a great feeling.
I entered a few more contests and was published a in a few more books of poetry.
It felt good. Damn good.
I always thought that I would be a poet. Well, I am a poet but I thought that a book of poetry would come before the thought or idea of penning a novel.
I wrote a book because I truly believed that it could be accomplished and it was something that I wanted to do for quite some time.
Married 2 Struggle was completed in November of 2008 and published in May of 2009. I was just excited to be a “Published Author.” But more importantly, more excited to receive the type of feedback that I have received. When people ask “When is the next one coming out?” or tell me that I’m wasting my time because the second one isn’t complete yet, it further lets me know that I have done my job. My fans want an encore, they want to see what else I have in store, I have done my job by entertaining them.

Support
One of my biggest mistakes thus far has been my assumption. Thinking that the people around me would support was a failure mission. Lesson learned though. It just makes every sale that I receive mean so much more. It gives me an unexplainable high when people appreciate my imagination and skills.
I thought the people I know would tell the people they know, and the word of mouth advertisement would spread further than any other form of marketing.
I knew nothing about the business side of the writing craft. Writing is, or at least, was a hobby for me. The above quote from Sylvia Hubbard has proved my theory wrong though.
Blind to the business aspect resorted to a lack of sales.
While the sales are depressing, I’ve recently decided to not give up on my craft. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will? I have adopted this mentality because I have no other option. I preach self-confidence all the time, so if I failed to do such a thing, I would be a hypocrite.

Future Projects
Currently, I’m working on three separate projects with the hopes of at least two of them being published by the end of this year. Like the fictional character Hank Moody in Showtime’s hit series Californication said “Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life.”
I now have the knowledge about the business side of the writing game. This is what I want to do until I breathe my last breath. This is what I want to do until I expire.

Useful Info for Writers
Artists have to make their own platforms, make their own way, and seek a business plan that suits them well. I have learned from my mistakes and his blog entry was written with the hopes of YOU taking this advice and learning from my experiences.
1. Blog by giving your audience/potential customers a glimpse of your work, writing style, and subject matter. This is similar to a “Sneak Peak”
2. Network, Network, Network
3. Do your research and learn from everyone that you can. Authors Unite.
4. Create a video trailer by using Windows Live Movie Maker. It is usually already on your PC or you can download it from the Windows website for free. @pg_darling has very good trailers for her upcoming projects on youtube.
As I find out more useful info and tips, so will you.
I hope this helped.
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Keep your hands to yourself, Dammit!!!

Keep your hands to yourself, Dammit!!!
Are you the touchy feely type? If so, why?

I have a co-worker that is very um….polite I guess you can call it.
He speaks and I speak back. I’m a very cordial person. It costs nothing to speak to a person and give a head nod or smile.

But…..I’m not the type for all of that touching.
He not only speaks, he has to come by you to pat you on the back or something similar that serves no purpose at all.
People, please understand that all people who you encounter are different and may not like to be touched.
A simple hello will do.
And since I’m on the subject, when shaking hands, I understand that they say a firm handshake
has a variety of meanings, but you can’t judge a man/woman on whether or not he wants to have a power contest when gripping hands with the person who stands before him or her.

“Body language experts warn, however, that the firmness needs to be just right as an overzealous ‘bone crushing’ can indicate egotism, a controlling personality and a lack of trustworthiness.” –The Journal of Applied Psychology-

Just some thoughts for the mind.

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Quotes

It is always fun to flip the pages of notebooks that now have a little dust on them. I have so many poems and blogs that could potentially get finished sometime soon. But I also found a lot of quotes that stood out. Check them out.

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katharine Hepburn-
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” –Mohammed Ali-
“To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” –Roberta Flack-
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”- Bill Cosby-
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” –Alexander Graham Bell-
“Not the power to remember, but it’s very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.” –Sholem Asch-
“Life is like a game of Solitaire. One only hopes that the next card flipped over is something useful.” –Varrsity-
“Adolescence is always a war; no one gets out unscathed.” –Harlen Coben-
“Life is a rerun of your least favorite episode and no matter how hard you try, you can’t change the channel.” –Varrsity-
“Leaders who work harder than anyone else, who practice what they preach, who are not afraid to be accountable for tough decisions or to take risks, will find they have created a well of respect that will pay great dividends down the road.” –Robert Greene-
“People are constantly prone to doubting your abilities and your powers. You must show again and again that you have what it takes to thrive and to last.”- Robert Greene-
“Big words and promises mean nothing; only actions carry weight.” –Robert Greene-
“The greatest leaders in history all inevitably learned by experiencing the following lesson: it is much better to be feared and respected than loved.” –Robert Greene-
“A group of any size must have goals and long term objectives to function properly.” –Robert Greene-
“Your own level of excitement and self-belief will convince people that you know where you are going and should be followed.” –Robert Greene-
“In this day and age, to reach people you must have access to their inner lives, their frustrations, aspirations, and resentments.” –Robert Greene-
“Beware of feedback from friends whose judgment could be tainted by feelings of envy or the need to flatter.” –Robert Greene-
“To understand anything we must study it from a distance and with a detached perspective.” –Robert Greene-
“A really intelligent man feels what other men only know.” –Baron de Montesquieu-
“The fools in life want things Fast and Easy- Money, Success, and Attention. Boredom is their great enemy and fear.” –Robert Greene-
“In this world, you cannot relax and rest on your name, your past achievements, your title. You have to fight to impose your difference and compel people to follow your lead.”-Robert Greene-
“Dependency is a habit so easy to acquire. We live in a culture that offers you all kinds of crutches—experts to turn to, drugs to cure any psychological unease, mild pleasures to help pass or kill time, jobs to keep you just above water.”- Robert Greene-
“An opportunist in life sees all hindrance as instruments for power.” –Robert Greene-
“Expect more than what others think is possible.” –unknown-
“Sometimes man and woman have an understanding that no one else understands, not even themselves.” –A quote from Lackawanna Blues-
“Mistakes are a fact of life. It’s the response to the error that counts.” –Nikki Giovanni-
“I am not a special person. I am a regular person who does special things.” –Sarah Vaughan-
“True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” –Dave Tyson Gentry-
“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” –Phyllis Theroux-
“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” –Lena Horne-
“Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” –Constance Newman-
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” –Fredrick Douglas-

Condom for your Identity

If you have the time, check out my post Technology Makes us Lazy.
While trying to find something interesting to blog about, I stumbled across a friend’s status on Facebook.
It was possibly the best status of the year.
No, it wasn’t a quote by some famous author that now lays dormant inside of a box underground.
No, it wasn’t a status speaking about the latest gossip concerning celebrities.
It was something that could benefit us all.
The status talked about a website called Spokeo.com.
I navigated the page, not believing the status at all.
Now, I’m a believer.
I guess seeing is believing.
I searched my name.
My address, phone number, and email address were the first things that my eyes saw.
Once you go to the website and insert your name, after your jaw drops, simply pick it up before insects have the chance to fly inside, and (1)copy the address in your browser.
Once you do that….(2) click on the privacy icon at the bottom of the right hand side.
Scroll down.
Then(3) Paste the website that you just copied.
(4)Add your email.
(5) And then type in the code they provide you with.
(6)Check your email and click on the link they send you.
Done.
This is only a single site so plenty more are probably following suit.
Be leery of what you put on the internet.
Take the first step in wearing a Condom for your Identity and online presence.
Hope this helped.

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