When a Story Is More Than a Story

I’m currently working on a few writing projects and one of them is really tugging at me. Why? Because it’s personal and that’s all I’ll say. I already have a title for this particular story and an idea for the book cover design, but I don’t know if I’ll ever publish it.

I don’t know if I’m ready to share such a story and I’m being serious when I say that. One things for sure: Putting it all down on paper brought me a measure of peace. In other words, writing it all down made me feel better.

Imagine that. Pen strokes and some raggedy pieces of paper was all I needed to relieve years of…

Yeah, I’ll just end it right there.

Until next time…

Writing in Style

It’s funny how all writers have certain writing quirks about themselves. We all have little things we do that makes us unique. For the most part, when it comes down to penning our stories, it seems like the more relaxed we are, the better.

I’m just going to tell you, I can’t write when I’m dressed up. The creativity will not flow. 👎🏾

I know of one writer who always wears her furry little hat whenever she writes. Another writer I know writes with a quilted blanket wrapped around her no matter the season or the time of the day. I know of several writers who like to write in their night gowns or pajamas.

Now that’s what I call writing in style. 😏

For me, the only thing I’ve noticed about myself whenever I write is that I have to wear my animal house shoes. They give me such a cozy feeling when I write and I love how they fit so snuggly on my feet. My feet are naturally cold to the touch and these babies keep my feet nice and warm. I’ve had these for almost five years now and they are still holding up pretty good.

It’s funny how whenever I’m about to write, I’ll automatically put them on. It comes with the territory I guess. I don’t know what I’m going to do when these tear up on me. I think I can get two more years out of them. Whatchu think? 🧐🤔🧐

Go on and get you a pair. You know you want to. They are as awesome as they look! 👀👌🏾🤗

Until next time…

What’s Wrong With (Some) Black People

Warning: This is going to be a lengthy blog post. You have been warned.

As a Black woman, it irks me to no end when I see or hear some Black people call each other N*gga. Some foolishly think it’s okay because some Black actors and rappers made it seem “cool” to use such a demeaning word in their movies and music. Newsflash! Just because you drop the –ER– and add an – A– at the end, that doesn’t make it any better. 🤦🏾‍♀️

Truth be told, when Black people call each other this derogatory word, they look so ignorant. Millions of other Black people agree with me. Some of the same Black people who freely use the word N*gga will get mad if a person from another race calls them a N*gga. Why? Because they see that as offensive. Whew Chile! The plum foolery! Calling each other that word should be offensive regardless of who says it. 🤦🏾‍♀️

If you are a self-respecting Black person who doesn’t want to be called a N*gger, why or earth would you think it’s okay to be called a N*gga? Think about that for a second. Seriously, some Black people need to educate themselves before jumping on the band wagon with everyone else. Some of you are seriously out here looking silly. Get your mind right and get it together!

If I refuse to allow a person to call me a N*gger to my face, what makes you think I will allow a Black person to call me a N*gga to my face? 🤔 You better say it behind my back or under your breath so I can’t hear you. Some Black people are purposefully giving power to a word that was used for many years to disrespect and demean their ancestors, grandparents and parents. Why on earth would you want to do something so hurtful and dumb?

Knowledge is power. Some of you really need to get some because you are walking around here looking mentally weak and foolish. From one Black person to another, do better because you should know better. Yes, I said it. All of it!

Until next time…

Alice Walker 

Alice Walker is an African American writer, author, poet and novelist. She is best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel The Color Purple. Alice Walker is a talented writer and I have enjoyed reading some of her other written works. I recently watched a documentary on PBS about her life and I was amazed.

As a child growing up in poverty, I was moved by the fact of how her parents, although poor and uneducated themselves, worked extremely hard to make sure she and the rest of her siblings had a decent education. Her mom, like so many other Black women at that time, worked 11 hours a day as a maid just to earn $17 a week. Her father was a share cropper.

Writing for her was an escape from what was going on around her and it was also an outlet for her to express herself. I was a little shocked to learn how one of her brothers shot her in the eye with a BB gun on purpose. Man, that was terrible. To protect her brother, she lied and said someone else done it. Despite all of that, Alice went on to become the valedictorian of her senior class.

I was surprised when she shared how she almost committed suicide after she had an abortion in college. That part blew me away. Eventually she met and married Melvyn Leventhal, a Jewish Civil Rights lawyer in Mississippi. That union produced her one and only child Rebecca Walker who is also a writer in her own right. One thing I found a bit sad was how their current relationship as mother and daughter is strained. This is due to the book Rebecca Walker wrote entitled Black, White and Jewish.

Maybe one day, these two amazing women and writers will push their differences aside and just forgive one another. Now that to me would be a GREAT happy ending to such an inspiring and moving story about the one and only Alice Walker.

Until next time…keep writing. I have a lot going on right now, but I’ll be posting updates about my current writing project in about another week. Stay tuned! My second novel is coming along nicely! I know yours is too! 😉

(Temporary) Hiatus 

Good morning! Happy morning to you all! I hope that each of you have been doing well.

Just an FYI that my blog posts will be few, far and in between for the next couple of weeks. I need to focus more on writing my second novel because let’s be honest, its not going to write itself. I have this amazing story running around in my head that I know needs to be written down. I’ll be sharing updates and teasers along the way as well as the title and book cover.

To me, the first beginnings of a story is the most exciting part to write and I can’t wait to start. Writing Poka City Blues was a good start for me and I think I can do much better with my second novel. I made some mistakes along the way with Poka City Blues and I’ve learned what to do and what not to do as a writer. Despite those mistakes, I’ve gained a good reader base, snagged some good literary reviews and almost won a few awards.

I’ll be lying if I didn’t say I’m looking to outdo Poka City Blues with my next novel. I’m setting the bar high for myself for this next one and I plan on making good on it! I know I can do it and I know that you can too! Get focused and write that story of yours! YOU got it in you so amaze the world by telling it!

Until next time...


Be What You Are

be-what-you-are

I have never quite understood how so many people lack the confidence to just be themselves. They wear so many faces for so many people because they want to be accepted or fit in. We have all seen and encountered them have we not? Sometimes it can be a little embarrassing to watch. They wear this face for this person and act another way for the next person all in an attempt to fit in. One has to wonder, “How do they keep up with all the faces they wear day in and day out?” Sometimes I wonder if they ever get exhausted trying to appease so many different people. One thing is for sure, those types of individuals need to be kept at a distance and for good reason. The majority of them can not be trusted. I would never put my mind, body and soul through such rabid and foolish behavior. If you ask me, it is not that serious.

Everyone who smiles in your face is not your friend and not everyone who laughs and jokes with you has your best interests at heart. So be mindful of who you are and what you truly stand for. Be who you really are and just live your life.

Until next time…

Character Inspiration for Poka City Blues

Once readers begin to read Poka City Blues, they are going to be hit with a “tell it like it is” main character who holds nothing back when it comes to recounting her life in Poka City. Her name (which I will not release just yet) sounds sweet, but her upbringing was far from it. The book’s main character gives readers the raw truth since that is the only way she knows how to tell the truth. Never one to water anything down, she calls things how she sees it and she is sassy as all get out.

The biggest inspiration for the main character in Poka City Blues came from my sweet, but no holds barred mother. She is quick to say what is on her mind and she makes no apologies for being the person that she is. I have to admit though that there are small bits that I took from myself as well when it came to creating the main character of my book. She will make you laugh, she may even make you cry, but if there is one thing she will definitely do, she will keep you entertained. Stay tuned, because Poka City Blues is coming very soon!

anitagipson_poka