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Why Did I Just Have Sex?

We all get that itch, but what caused it? Do we always have sex because we are looking for that leg shaking, drool dripping, back arching, nail digging, breath taking orgasm? No.  Although they sound like convincing reasons to climb into bed with someone, there is often more to it. Obligation Most of us have been here before. We are tired, not in the mood or busy, but we feel that it has to be done. And if it’s going to get done, it will be with you! People hold to the belief that what you won’t do someone else is ready and more than willing to do. So whether cheerfully...
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The 4 Basic Rules For All Writers

The 4 Basic Rules For All Writers

As a writer, what I strive to avoid the most is getting lost amongst the crowd. How many strong writers are out there? How many of them are writing for the same audience on the same topics? The competition is fierce and real; but not to worry. There is an audience who wants to hear what you have to say specifically from you! Here are a few tips. BE RELEVANT I was once given amazing advice on what to write if I was having difficulty being relevant. Either because I didn’t know what people were concerned with reading or I couldn’t narrow it down. Pay attention to what is...
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Writers Don’t Need To Be Readers, ...

Crazy question, huh? Believe it or not, this is a hot topic in the writing community. It’s like asking should teachers believe in continuing their learning, should personal trainers workout or should musicians not only compose music but listen to it. In my childhood and teenage years I loved to read. Absolutely loved it. As I studied for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I found myself reading more because I had to rather than from desire. Then life happens. You have kids, get a 9-5, relationships…you flat out get busy. Finding the time and the desire to...
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Can Being Fatherless Make You Worthless?

Can Being Fatherless Make You Worthless?

During some light reading recently I stumbled across an interview with Oprah regarding promiscuity in a new light. Dr. Steve Perry identified promiscuity as more than just detrimental psychiatric and physical behavior, it’s a form a self-mutilation. How many of us relate self-mutilation to the idea of teenagers having sex? Not me. I always associated that term with the cutting, burning and piercing of skin.  Yet when you think of it, it makes sense. To mutilate something is to cause serious harm, damage or injury.  Promiscuity is having arbitrary and irresponsible sexual...
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The Importance Of Doing What You Love

The Importance Of Doing What You Love

Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. I just wanted to enjoy my success, not work a lifetime trying to achieve it. Things had gotten too complicated. I had a team working with me, guiding me through processes that I did not understand. I was researching effective blogging, writing query letters and press releases. The more I paid attention the more I realized that I was writing everything BUT what I wanted to write…my books! Anyone who I got my books in front of would tell me that they loved them. Children were entertained and adults were inspired. Wonderful. My books...
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I Don’t Need Help! I Got This!

I Don’t Need Help! I Got This!

My first book, I’m A Big Boy Now, was published in 2009. I could not have been happier. All of the stories that circulated in my head were finally going to be released and shared with the world…and the world would fall in love with the mind of Amani Jackson!  So the book was published and I waited for the call from Oprah. While I waited I kept busy doing other things. I got my nails done every two weeks with a pedicure. I kept my hair done…I didn’t want to be caught off guard by reporters who found me. I went on the occasional date and,...
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The First Time I Wrote A Book

The First Time I Wrote A Book

  I am proud every time I take note that I have 3 published books under my belt. Everyone who knows me says I make it look easy. I can assure you, it’s been a journey! So how did it all start? I remember it like it was yesterday. I was working at a Bank of America overnight call center doing my daily routine when a few children’s books just came to me. Entire books. Every sentence and clear descriptions of each character. I stopped everything and began writing. It was a frenzy. Notebook paper was everywhere. Sketches were strewn across my desk and some in the...
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The Death Of Impossible

I was blown away the first time I saw him.  I had never seen racing blades before. Whether I missed them all my previous years or if they were a new development was beside the point. Oscar Pistorius had me captivated. It was not just the blades, it was the beauty of his determination to not be bound by circumstance.  Of course there were many disabled participants in the Special Olympics before he hit the scene but it was the first time that I took note.  Then Facebook and YouTbe began circulating a video of a girl without arms who drove, applied her make-up, and...