Happy New Year, everyone! Below is the first post of 2017, please read and share it around. I’m starting off with a much needed feel-good series. I put out a call for stories from folks who enjoy helping others or who have been helped. It doesn’t matter whether it’s family, friends, or strangers. If you have a story to share, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. From Julie~ According to my mother, I’ve always had a gift for caring for others. I’ve helped a lot of people in my 53-years of life but a few always stick in my head. I remember being sixteen and landing my first tax paying job. My father struck a deal with me. He said when I thought I had enough for a car he would match my savings. It was going real good until I found out that my parents wouldn’t be able to buy my brother a three-piece suit … click here to read the full article.
When I started this blog, I named it Ramblings because I didn’t ever want to be tied to one topic. When I started interviewing girls who self-harmed, I realized how much I preferred doing interviews over the basic blog write up. It’s a good thing I consider others way more interesting than blogging my own thoughts and opinions constantly, right? Since then, I’ve talked to numerous people and have covered a plethora of topics. My favorite is talking to people who are willing to share their stories. People who are willing to be honest and forthcoming about their circumstances and their history. I found another one of those individuals and I really enjoyed speaking with him. Take a look! This is Olusheyi Banjo. I saw his video on a friend’s timeline. After listening to his song that keeps you humming long after it’s done, I immediately wanted to know his story. … click here to read the full article.
Guest post by Tara Ellis To properly begin this story … err … saga, I need to go back one year. Last summer, I had recently re-connected with my childhood best friend via Facebook. We hadn’t seen each other for nearly twenty years! Turns out she was into photography, much like myself. I was wanting to take a photography trip to Yellowstone and threw out the suggestion that we should go together the next summer. She said sure! Fast-forward to this summer. I saw some new photos she (Lisa) shared, and it reminded me of the Yellowstone thing. I still wanted to do it. Not really expecting her to say yes, I shot her a message, asking if she wanted to go. “Sure!” she said. What? really? Really. For two months, we formed a rough plan, and set the date for early August. Now, you might be thinking, “Won’t … click here to read the full article.
Hey, folks! Remember this little girl’s name and face because I’m certain you’ll be seeing her on your TV screen in the very near future! Kaliyah is a little girl with a big dream. Lucky for her, she has a mom who is willing to help her make it happen. Not long ago, I did an interview with Officer Deon Joseph, a.k.a. The Skid Row Cop. Well, he knows Kaliyah and her mom, Emmethia. A couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these videos below on his Facebook page and immediately became interested in Kaliyah’s story. Watch them and then see what Kaliyah’s mom has to say about her talented daughter. Hi, Emmethia! Glad to have you! E: I’m glad to be here. Thanks for having us. My pleasure! So, tell me, when did Kaliyah start showing signs of talent. E: Well, she originally started doing pageants at the age of eight months and continued … click here to read the full article.
Hey, everyone! I am so excited to share my most recent interview with you. Please welcome Officer Deon Joseph, a.k.a. The Skid Row Cop. His work as an advocate for the people of Skid Row has garnered a lot of much-needed attention to the problems that plague the homeless in Los Angeles. He does it with heart, hard work and when appropriate, humor. He’s very entertaining! Before I go any further, let me tell you something. Many of you know that I’m from Topeka, Kansas. We’re the capital, but not all that big. I pay a lot of attention to things that concern the homeless population locally, but I’d never heard of The Skid Row Cop in L.A. One day, I saw the below video on the internet. Not only was I intrigued by the subject matter, but it came at a time when our news was filled with a … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone. Please join me in welcoming David Millican as we celebrate his new release, Frontier Preacher. At the end of this blog, you will find all David’s information, including some ways to win fun prizes. But first, prepare your heart and read David’s true story. Thanks for sharing your story, David. Congrats on your book! Guest post: by David A. Millican III I have never told this story before. There are many reasons I have kept it a secret but it has come to a point where I feel the need to share it. It was a hundred and two degrees with what felt like a thousand percent humidity as we tracked through the ancient forests. Our guide, a flat nosed Montagnard with a slight orange tinge to his hair hacked away at the overgrown forest in front of us. The cultural attaché from the government trailed behind us clucking … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, folks. Today, my gift to you is an interview with Chris Martin, an author from Franklin, NC. Chris currently has six books available on Amazon. He is also a popular blogger, known for his no-nonsense approach to living and loving for Jesus. I’m a big fan of Chris’ blog so I was thrilled when he agreed to be interviewed. Chris, thanks for being here! CM: Thanks for having me. I’ve been following your blog a while now. I honestly think everyone should. I’m going to try to stay focused and not jump into one of the topics you’ve blogged about because then we’ll be all over the place! But I will say, that the first time I read one of your blogs, it was a breath of fresh air. What came first, blogging or book writing? CM: I began blogging long before I started writing books. It was … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, everyone! Recently, I did a poetry run on my Facebook Author Page and met some very talented local poets. One of those individuals is a teen in my area. Through a private conversation, I found out her poetry is driven by some exceedingly difficult experiences. Later I was pleased when she’d accepted my offer to interview her. Here’s that interview. Hi, Rachel. Thank you for your willingness to give an interview. I know you gave it much thought. R: You’re welcome. Where are you originally from? R: I am from Topeka, Kansas. Though I spent most of my smaller childhood in a small town called Hunter. Mainly because it’s where my family lived and kind of originated. What grade are you in now? R: I am a Junior. When did you first realize you enjoy writing? R: I was really young. I was three, actually. I started writing songs. Then at the age of ten, … click here to read the full article.
Recently, I had a fabulous idea. On my Facebook author page, I invited friends, family, and fans to send in their poetry works. As you can see, the idea was well received and quite a few poems came in. The submissions speak for themselves! Take a look. √♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v– How to Write a Book by Alex McGilvery Write Write some more Write until you get to the end of the story. Do a little happy dance. Tell people that you wrote a book. Read your book. Crawl under your desk and weep and bang your head against the wall until the sound makes the neighbours crazy. Re-write the book adding some annoying neighbours. Get pulled into the story again. Rant and rave at your characters. “Behave,” you say, “or I’ll kill you off.” They laugh and run off to dance in the moonlight. Bang your head some more. Apologize to the neighbours, … click here to read the full article.
Every now and again I like to veer away from the norm and interview some of the folks I’ve met along the way. Today, my interview is with Indie Filmmaker, Victor Greywolf. He and I both wrote guest blogs for Amused Now and I took an interest in his blog topic in dispelling myths. Victor. Thanks for saying ‘yes’ to the interview. V: Thanks for having me. Where are you originally from? V: New York State. I grew up in Central Islip, which is in Long Island. How did you get into filmmaking? V: It was an act of desperation. Really? Please explain. V: I developed an interest in it via watching movies since my parents were movie buffs. I watched ALL kinds of movies cartoons. What child doesn’t, right? I’ve always had a great imagination and people said I wrote great stories. I also did stand up and draw my own comic books. Impressive! V: By 2004, I’d been … click here to read the full article.