Monday, November 23, 2009

2010 AAMBC National Conference

The 2010 AAMBC National Event is gearing up for another awesome time. This year we headed off the national event in San Antonio and on June 12, 2010 we take it to the mid-west in Chicago, Illinois. This year we are sure to please with all new themes and featured authors and book signings. Authors such as Tina Brooks McKinney, Pamela Samuel Young, Earl Sewell, Gwynneth Foster, Terra Little , and Shawna Hill have been announced the featured authors for the 2010 conference. National Best Seller Naleighna Kai will be the Key Note Speaker and also signing her books. Also you will have the opportunity to meet twelve attending authors ranging from Christian, romance, street, and poetry.

The day will kick off with a welcoming break fast, and then the doors open for the largest book signing of the day. Following the attending authors signings the featured authors will be meeting in the reserved rooms for Chocolate Chats and Book Discussions. Also there will be awesome vendors and make over’s provided by Kreatvie Looks. Just added to the list of event is the book club meeting with the founder Tamika Newhouse.

Next year there will be all sorts of goodies and giveaways and the launching of the AAMBC T Shirts and Bags. The best part is AAMBC still plans to bring you a twist with showcasing more independent authors then most of the book festival today.

The day will continue on with the Book Lover’s Dinner and the Keynote Speaker will announce the winners of the 2010 AAMBC Literary Awards. Wait... the fun will finally end with two full hours of poetry for the soul hosted by one of Chicago Lands own.

To guarantee your spot for the national event you must send your deposit in by December 15th and final registration ends March 15, 2010. Authors there is a limited number of authors attending and we strongly encourage you to reserve your table to this anticipated celebration of black literature early on.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

More about me and what I like

I've appreciated all of the feedback that I have received about Embellish. Really I have. The thing you will learn about me is that I approach writing in the same way I like to have a story narrated to me, and that is with characters and language that are genuine and sincere.

I was blessed to have known some of the greatest story narrators in my lifetime. Heck, they were my relatives. These narrators were so great at the art of storytelling, that you were either in need of an electric blanket for your rib cage from laughing so hard or you needed an entire box of tissue to dry your eyes.

Yes, many of us are able to write according to standard proper English, the way a dictionary says to, the way a thesaurus says to, or any other way that Writing Software might dictate to us. The thing about that is, we don't necessarily speak to each other that way nor do we have thought patterns in that manner, so isn't it hypocritical to judge all writing that way? I mean, if we all wrote according to the digital software that's available, the majority of the paranormal writing styles would appear the same. None of the stories would be fresh or unique.

3 B West is another project I've completed, and will be published next month. Again, I did not set out to write an APA styled story, but I solemnly promise to proofread and edit the text thoroughly. If I'd wanted a perfectly written dissertation, I would have accepted an invitation to pursue a Doctorate degree.

We're all prone to mistakes and goodness knows I'm prone to making mistakes everyday. My goal in mind will always be to entertain, thrill, and creep you out.

When I pick up a book from my favorite genre, I want it to carry me deep into the story. I want to know the characters so well that I can either consider them as neighbors, family members, or deadly enemies. Those are the books I like to keep on my shelf.

When I read a story, I critique it according to how deeply it made me explore my emotions. Did it make me cry? Was I angry? Did I laugh? Was I so scared I had to sleep with the lights on? Those of you that enjoyed Embellish, I plan to keep you either scared as heck, fighting mad, or at the drugstore purchasing boxes of tissue.

It's been said that if you don't write according to proper English, you will be considered untrustworthy, ignorant, or worse totally illiterate. I don't believe this to be true. What do you think?

Leave a few comments for me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Am I the only cartoon fan left in the world besides small children?

Please tell me I'm not the only cartoon fan left in the world? I still love Scooby Doo and Shaggy (the original episodes from 1969), not the ones with Scrappy. He talks too much, and his shoulders don't look like they have enough room to hold his over-sized head.

What are some of your favorite cartoons?