Sunday, June 7, 2020

What Can I Do?

    What can I do? For me to remain silent about the issue of racism in our country is not an option. So I have spent time in prayer and I have listened. I've listened to leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and voices of the African American communities speaking out to demand change. Three things that I have heard repeated over are to educate yourself, use your platform and vote. 

1. Educate Yourself. I have researched and watched documentaries on systematic racism in our country. When you hear the words systematic racism, what does that mean to you? Do you understand what it means?   I recommend that you watch the documentary 13th.  It is a powerful look at history of oppression in our country. It is eye opening.







2. Use your Platform. My platform is not huge in comparison to many other's, but this blog post to my readers is my first step using my platform to educate and speak out for change in our country.  I am putting all other writing projects on hold right now and dedicating my time to this cause.


3. Vote.  Once again, I'll repeat to educate yourself before you vote. Don't blindly follow anyone or any party. Have you ever heard of  ALEC? Do you know the role they play in making laws in our country? Do you know who their members are?  Educate yourself.

I've included a  link below on how to register to vote.


https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote


We can't sit by silently. It is time to act.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Forever Humbled



I Used to Believe 

I used to believe that good things came to those who worked hard

I used to believe that if your motives were pure...you’d be rewarded 

I used to believe that if you had love in your heart that your shortcomings would be forgiven 

I used to believe everything would work out for the good...no matter how tragic the circumstances 

Now I’m wiser

I now know it doesn’t matter how faithful you are
or  how hard you try...for some people it’s just not meant to be

I now know that no matter how much you’ve been humbled 
or knocked down that you can be knocked that down that much farther 

I now know that no matter how hard you pray or try...your life is predetermined 

I now know that for some of us...it’s just not meant to be

Preview to Forever Humbled by TC Booth 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Becoming an Adult 101


What does it mean to be an adult? This question has come up over and over during the last year in my house. When you become an adult do you automatically do everything right? React the perfect way in every situation?  Does the knowledge you need the rest of your life pour from the heavens at the magical age of 18? That would be easy wouldn't it?

 Unfortunately or fortunatley (depending on how you look at it) , learning never stops. If you are 80  or 18 and all ages in between...life changes. Therefore, the lessons and challenges in your life change.  To me, being an adult means being willing to take a hard look at yourself in all situations and acknowledge what you are doing that's not working and being willing to change for the better. It's hard to do if you profess to be perfect. In that case, a person will never grow from where they are.

Another thing an adult needs to acknowledge are the situations that are simply out of your control no matter what changes you make. You can't make other people want to see the best in you or accept the love and support you are willing to give them. This is perhaps the hardest lesson of all. For me time in prayer and meditation are how I come to terms with this and when to draw the line and say I've done all I can do.

I'm currently working on my new book titled....Hero Rejected. It's not a young adult fiction story this time. It's a story that may benefit people of all ages. It's my story. Writing this story has been theraputic and I pray that my story may be of help to others that find themselves in similar situations as mine.


Remember, when all else fails....ask yourself the question I do in hard family situations....What would Dr. Phil do?




Friday, June 22, 2018

My Unwanted Companions

Darkness threatens to close in on me. I deny its existence because I can't let myself go there again. I desperately look to any light I can find. Tears come easily, often without a reason. People ask me what's wrong. How can I explain what's wrong when I don't have the answer myself?


Depression and anxiety have been constant companions in my life. They fade into the background for awhile, but never truly disappear. Living with them is a never ending battle. One I'm determined not to lose. With the recent suicides of well known public figures, depression is once again pushed into the spotlight, but for how long? Until another suicide makes the news?

Awareness of this issue needs to be an ongoing dialogue. It's more than just a sad moment. People suffering from depression can't "pull themselves out of it".  For years I felt like a failure because my depression and anxiety crept up no matter how long it lay dormant. It's taken me years to accept that this is a part of me. Its' the way that I'm wired. I'll always have episodes and I'll be okay. I've  survived each one and will in the future. So I'm not a failure......I'm a survivor.

I've never felt stronger that this is the time to tell my story. My writer's devotion this summer is to talk about my journey and the tools I've collected over the years that give me hope and means to overcome this disease that crosses over into all walks of life. No matter age, race, socio-economic status, or gender, it doesn't discriminate. I hope that my story will help anyone who feels alone in this struggle. You're not alone and there are people who will support you. Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. As you read my story this summer, you'll see that my mistake at the beginning of this journey was not speaking up. Stay strong.







adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group


www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depresssion-support








Saturday, February 17, 2018

An American Student


     
Journal Entry One
  
"This is a lock down" echoed through the sound system today sending my heart into overdrive. My body couldn't help but to react to the words even though my teacher told us we would have the drill today.  Huddled in the dark corner of my classroom, my mind raced with thoughts of what if....  What if it was real this time?  What if a gunman shot through our locked door?  My teacher always places herself between us and the door. What if the gunman shot her? Would I be next?  Relief flooded me when the news of the drill was over and we could go back to our normal day. But what about next time? Will it be a drill or real?  
     
  I guess this must be normal...right? To worry about these things when I go to school every day? 

                                                          
                                                                Signed,
                                                              An American Student


"American 15-19 olds are 8200% more likely to die from gun violence than children in any other developed nations."  Dr. Jill Stein




Monday, October 23, 2017

Enchant Cover Reveal

It's my pleasure to help out with Micalea Smeltzer's cover reveal for Enchant. I can't wait until it's released! Check it out.

Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world. Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous. The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe. When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.


 Release Date: November 17th
 iBooks Exclusive Preorder: http://hyperurl.co/6bdnq0 
 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35412486-enchant

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Voice of a Child


 It's approaching fall and County Fair time in my neck of the woods. Nothing like the sounds of  laughter and screams coming from the brave riders spun in circles in the air. The smells of popcorn, caramel apples, funnel cakes...... this in one of my favorite times of the year.  A scene in Sketches of My Soul developed from the memories I have of the Fair. However,  Tegan's experiences are relayed through a child of a parent who abuses alcohol. I created Tegan to give a voice to those children.

  Children with alcoholic parents share common traits and behaviors. One being an overdeveloped sense of responsibility for the parent and as well as others.  The excerpt above gives a glimpse inside the head of a teen who wars with that responsibility of staying home with her drunk father or going out with friends.

This is a subject dear to my heart and one that I want to raise awareness of. The NACOA has resources for children of all age groups who have a parent who drinks too much. It stresses to the children that it is not their fault and they aren't alone. Here is the link to the part of their website that specifically focuses on Teens of alcoholics. If you know someone who could use the support or you need it yourself,  I hope you check it out and find it valuable.

*Let's not forget the people of Houston, Texas and keep them in our prayers.*