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Preparing For Life After High School

Preparing For Life After High School

If I could do it all over again, I would. Many adults would. Our teenage years were the most wonderful, free, opportunistic years of our lives. Yet, we don’t realize that until they are behind us, never to be repeated. So, in hopes that each young person maximizes the potential of their teen years, I decided to share things I found the most valuable. High School There is something here for everyone. Whether you are part of the popular crowd, geek squad or a loner, high school gives you something. There are rallies, games, clubs, honors programs…everything you need to...
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It Still Takes A Village To Raise A Child

It Still Takes A Village To Raise A Chil...

To live, for many, means to learn and to grow. We close one door as we open and step through another. Seldom do we have an idea of what lies in store for us at the next turn. This is both exciting and frightening for us as adults. Imagine how transitioning is for children. As an oldest sibling, I can remember the various stages I had to endure of my younger siblings while they developed. Though they were the catalyst, I was often in trouble for how I responded to their tantrums or behaviors. My mother expected me to be guide, a role model. Children have not been here...
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The Wonders Blogging Can Do For Authors

The Wonders Blogging Can Do For Authors

Are you an author who is not blogging? Why? As an author, one of our most significant functions is to promote our work. How can blogging make this happen? Writers gain a following when readers become addicted to their writing styles and content. This is what drew me into James Patterson and Harlan Coben. Yet, if one has never read your book, how do you lure them into your pages? A good book cover? That works, but not on everyone. Blogging allows you to harvest a perfect reader base. This produces the demand for your product. A blog nourishes this demand by creating a...
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Who Should Blog 2

Who Should Blog 2

Since I have started my life as a writer nothing has been the same. My weeks are conference calls, networking events, coaching sessions and learning-always learning. The point of all that I do is to get my brand established and flourishing. How can this be established unless I get my face and my products/services in front of people for them to see how amazing Amani Jackson is? However, as a writer, it never dawned on me to venture into other forms of writing to expand my audience and strengthen my skills. During the course of my interactions, I constantly hear people of...
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WHO SHOULD BLOG?

WHO SHOULD BLOG?

Everyone!  Since I have started my life as a writer nothing has been the same. My weeks are conference calls, networking events, coaching sessions and learning-always learning. The point of all that I do is to get my brand established and flourishing. How can this be established unless I get my face and my products/services in front of people for them to see how amazing Amani Jackson is? However, as a writer, it never dawned on me to venture into other forms of writing to expand my audience and strengthen my skills. During the course of my interactions, I constantly hear...
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You Are What You Read

You Are What You Read

He put his hands up my thighs and I felt a tingle, juices flowed. She knew the killer was in the house but she still held the advantage. He was unaware of her presence. If she could just get upstairs to her baby… “Where is you going wit all dat food ma’am? I’d sho’ like to be going where you going.” the young boy followed behind her like a stray puppy for more than a block. Stories hold us in a trance. Just like the saying, ‘You are what you eat’, so too are you what you read. A true reader can go online or into a bookstore and, immediately, a sense of euphoria overtakes...
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Eye Of The Writer

Eye Of The Writer

I was swiveling in my seat at work and writing for my blog. When I stopped I noticed I felt a bit dizzy. ‘Duh, I was swirling’ around I thought. As the day progressed and I had been still for a while, I noticed that the feeling had not dissipated. Why was this when I wasn’t moving? Then it hit me. As a writer, especially if you still hold a 9-5 that requires you to work on a computer, you subject your eyes to strenuous stress.   With technology advancing at the rate it is, many writers are adapting their formats and habits to the new gadgets. Even for those who are...
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Find Your Right Writing Path

Find Your Right Writing Path

If I am writing I am happy, free. In English classes, throughout our academic years, we are mandated to write all manner of poetry, book reviews, short stories and essays. While my peers considered this to be the bane of their existence, I found it an absolute delight. I anxiously awaited feedback from my teachers on the quality of my work as a whole. As I continued to write in school I noticed that I enjoyed some forms over others. Poetry, for example, leaked out of me to the point that it became distracting. I would write in math, science, church. Inspiration stalked...
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As You Were Twerking

As You Were Twerking

I watched these types of videos and am discouraged.  Mind you, this is happening in class, not just in the streets. Why is it that young ladies can degrade themselves better than they can construct sentences and master arithmetic?  No one has motivation to study for the SAT or otherwise prepare for life after high school yet practice gyrating to no end.  There is a dire need to address the message being conveyed and the effect it has had on our youth. ‘It’s fun!…It’s just dancing…it’s not that serious!’ I ask girls all the time what makes twerking the thing to do...
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A Dare To Writers: Jump Already!

A Dare To Writers: Jump Already!

When people go to your website or pick up your book, they will do a rapid, initial scan to see if they will venture forward and read it in its entirety. All writers with good sense make it their business to lull their audience in from the first word. Hell, before the first word, from the book cover itself. Since making someone decide to read your piece needs a strategy, you better ensure they continue once they begin. One of the worst kind of writings to me is scared writing. You can feel the timidity of each word. The writer had been led to the cliff by his passion, yet,...