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Friday, March 29, 2013

Update

I never knew writing a novella could be so hard. That realization slapped me in the face.


I finished my very first novella, Sphere, and right now it's in the hands of an editor. I've already contracted my boyfriend's brother for the cover design, which is coming along nicely. I'm shooting for a mid June 2013 release. I was actually hoping to release the novella in late June but I'll be in Orlando for a video game tournament which I'll probably participate in myself.

With that being said, I'm going to start releasing a few pages here and there of the novel on my blog as well as my Facebook page in anticipation for the release of the novella. 


As for Deamhan, my publisher Rainstorm Press has been very helpful in making sure my questions are answered when it comes to the editing and the release date. I have yet to receive any edits, but we're only in the first round and it's only been a week. Patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MARLEY - A Must See Documentary

Recently I've been on a Netflix binge. I caught up with shows like Teen Wolf, Being Human and I've tried watching other shows like Breaking Bad (I still can't get through the first two episodes) and Walking Dead (I've decided that I'm just not going to like that show.)

Searching Netflix on my Xbox, I came across a documentary which caught my eye. 



I'm a huge Bob Marley fan. Along with The Doors, Bob Marley and the Wailers are, have been, and will be among my favorite bands of all time.

Before watching, I thought I already knew enough about Bob Marley that this documentary couldn't tell me. Boy, was I wrong.

First, I had no idea that his father was white. I know this shouldn't mean anything but for me, it means everything. It's part of his identity and I could somehow relate to the how he was treated because of his race growing up.

My father is Nigerian and my mother is from Missouri. Her ancestors are a mixture of black, white, and Native American but when I look in the mirror, I see black. My father used to tell me that some Nigerians from his area looked down on what they called "half breeds." This didn't make sense to me. For one, I considered myself black. However, because my mother wasn't Nigerian, I was a half breed.
Now, I don't know if that attitude is the same today. I personally think that's changed. But it was something that always stuck with me.



So when the documentary talked about his white side (they even created his melanoma to his "white side" which I found really odd,) I immediately remembered the things my father told me.

Besides his history, the documentary also covered    his wife and his children, and his multiple girlfriends- some who also had children. I did find it a little disturbing that his wife dealt with his girlfriends and their children by accepting them. I don't know if I could ever do that. However, she said that their goal was getting the music out into the world and I felt like if she did confront his cheating, it would've jeopardized the band and the music.

They did explain the Rastafarian movement, why he grew dreadlocks, and smoked marijuana. I knew that the word "Jah" was mentioned in some of his songs (Could you be Loved for example) but again, I didn't really understand the purpose. After watching this documentary, I finally understood.

I found myself singing along to some of the songs played in the documentary (one of my favorite "High Tide Low Tide" wasn't played but I found myself humming the tune anyway)

The ending was really touching. It showed people from all walks of life; from India to Japan to Jamaica to America singing Bob Marley songs, wearing clothing with Marley's image, and Bob Marley graffiti.

This was one of the best documentaries I've seen by far on Bob Marley. It left me thinking about his music, his message, and the life that some live. I highly recommend it for Bob Marley fans around the world and for anyone who wants to understand the man that is Bob Marley.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Get Back to The Theme, Please!

I'm delighted to see that one of my favorite T.V. shows on at the moment is back.
Grimm

Watching last night's episode made me realize one thing. I'm tired of the "Juliette spell" story line. I want that story line to end so badly. I think it's taking away from the main purpose of the show; Grimm taking down big bad baddies.

However, I'm thrilled of the show's return. 

Just to give a brief explanation of the show, Grimm is about a detective, Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he's a Grimm, a person descended from those who try to keep a certain balance between creatures (Wesens) that no other human can see, and humans themselves. He's married to Juliette who comes under a spell, falls into a coma, and his awakened by Nick's boss, Captain Sean Renard. By waking her up, Juliette and Captain Sean Renard start this love affair that's out of their control. 

While I enjoy the show immensely and I can't wait for next week's episode, I hope that they resolve this Juliette spell issue as soon as possible. It's stealing the light away from the show's main theme.