An Unusual Epode 

​Hellooooo and good evening to all. You have no idea, but I have been on a crazy whirlwind. I have been here, there and everywhere! Lawdddddd Hammercy on my determined soul!

I have been so busy that I have not had the chance to post my recent flash story poem about my Paternal Grandfather Howard until now. Can you believe that?! Now you know that ain’t right! 

Just to give you a little background on my Paternal Grandfather, he was born in the late 1800’s and was almost thirty years older than my Paternal Grandmother Annie! Talk about a BIG age gap, but they did that back in the day. My father was eight years old when his father died, but he and my oldest Aunt have very fond memories of him and the kind of man that he was. I just wish I would have had the chance to meet him. 

Enjoy! 

Until next time… 

Coffee, Anyone? 

​You know, I have never been a big coffee drinker. Never have been come to think of it. As a matter of fact, I used to hate the smell of it. Since I embarked on my journey as a writer, I have been having all types of coffee cravings. Can you believe that?! Holy cow! What in the world is happening to me???

I used to wonder why coffee was always associated with writers and why almost every writer in a movie had a cup of Joe in their hand. Now, I think I know the answer why. When I started to pursue my passion for writing in the year 2015, I started to get my first cravings for coffee then. Not because I liked the taste of it, but to see if it would keep me awake. Sure enough, it did. Hmm? So is that why writers always keep a cup of coffee near? Yep, yes it is. Ha! Eureka!!! Now it all makes sense. That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it! 

Fast forward two years later and now it seems I have to have a cup of coffee almost every other day. And you know what? I even like the taste of it now. Good thing I am not a full blown coffee addict or else I would have some serious problems. I honestly do not like the fact that I have to have a cup of coffee every other day so I am going to make a conscious effort to start cutting back. Yes, my semi love affair with coffee will be a little hard to break, but it is something that has to be done. Until then…. 

Happy reading and writing folks!

Winter Sorrows 

​It is thirty degrees outside and it is bone shattering cold. When the wind blows, it feels as if it is blowing straight through to your soul. The sun is out shinning, yet there is frost on the ground and black ice over the roads. 

As I sit here all warm and cozy in my home, I cannot help but to feel a little uneasy when I think of all the other people who are without heat and a warm place to sleep. To sit and contemplate about the number of people struggling to keep warm is almost too much for my heart to bear. If I dwell too much on it, I will eventually get depressed. 

At the moment, I am already calculating in my head the number of heaters and blankets I am about to donate. I know that I will not be able to give heaters and blankets to all those in need, but at least I can have a little solace in knowing that I have helped some. 

As this winter continues to rage ahead, all I can do is give what I can, hope for the best and pray for those who are fighting to survive and to stay alive this winter. May they find some sort of peace and comfort. 

Until next time…. 

What is Life? 

​I have two questions for you. What is Life to YOU and how would YOU define it? Everyone has their own definition, I posted mine below. If you live your life the way I defined below, you are indeed living your life to the fullest. Look for ways to make your life more meaningful and you will have a life that is worth living. Find out what makes you happy, do it and do it often.

Until next time… 

A New Year, New Goals 

​A new year is just around the corner and I am ready to embark on another writing journey. I have a couple of literary pieces in the works and I cannot wait to share them. I have all sorts of writing goals and I have every intention to make good on all of them. As I get closer and closer to being able to write full-time, I cannot help but to feel optimistic about my future as a writer. Writing is my favorite form of art and it is also one of my biggest passions. 

The first thing on my “to do” list for the year 2017 is to kick off my author meet and greet. I owe that and more to readers because they are the ones who pushed me to make my debut novel Poka City Blues available in paperback. I had hoped that my novel would take a shape of its own as an e-book and in due time it did. Granted, it took a little over a year, but I would not change its course for nothing in the world. Sometimes things happen the way it happens for a reason. That just goes to show you that you should never give up on something that you truly believe in. 

With all that being said, I am super excited to announce that in the next coming weeks, readers will be able to purchase my novel and other books on my blog and my upcoming website. Eventually, readers will also be able to purchase Poka City Blues in select book stores. 

I am looking forward to meeting readers in my birth town of Charleston, South Carolina and my parents birth town of Opelika and Auburn, Alabama. I will also be in a few other places too so please stay tuned. I am going into the new year with a fresh new mindset and a burning determination to accomplish my dreams. Whatever it is that you are pursuing to accomplish, I sincerely hope that it happens for you and more! 

Until next time… 

Embrace What Makes You Unique 

​A few days ago, I had a young girl tell me that she was mocked because she had a low forehead. This sweet spirited child was beginning to dislike her own facial features and bone structure due to the amount of mocking she had received. I personally know what she is going through because yours truly was mocked for having a low forehead too. I was told that I had no forehead for years and that my low forehead made me look funny. I was in my late teens before I started to embrace my “odd” side profile and I for sure did not want this little girl to wait that long to love every aspect of herself. 

The wonderful point I made to that adorable little girl is that we are all different and that beauty can be found in the most unusual features. You should have seen the smile that rolled across her face when I told her that I myself was born with a low forehead and that low foreheads and “odd” features are AMAZING! If you ask me, looking different and being different is one of the best feelings in the world and there is nothing anyone can say to make me think differently. 

Some people have high foreheads, some have low or flat foreheads. Some people have broad noses, some have narrow noses. Some people have thin lips, some have full lips. Whatever your features consist of, love it and I mean all of it. Appreciate your features and embrace all the things that make you unique. 

I promised that little girl that I would make a post about our conversation and here it is. In case you did not know, low and flat foreheads are just as beautiful as all the rest. Our side profiles may make us look “odd” to some, but that does not mean we are less beautiful. 

Until next time… 

An Ancestral Ode

It is Sunday and you know what that means? It is time for a Sunday blog share. I am coming to you today with an ode / poem that I penned about my Maternal Great Grandmother. I love my lineage because those who came before me were incredibly strong, beautiful and unique in their own special way. I am who I am because of them. They are one of the reasons why I write and why I will continue to write. 

Check it out and as always, enjoy! 

Until next time…