The Tease: Chapter 1 of The Robinsons’ Sequel

The Tease is out!

In case you missed it, go check out my rough–and I mean really rough–draft of The Robinsons’ sequel. Tell me what you think. Am I on the right path? Am I drawing you in or scaring you away?

Remember, this is the continuation from the chapter in Untraditional, so if you haven’t read that yet, go grab it! https://www.amazon.com/Untraditional-Collection-Passion-Fy-Short-Stories/dp/069256957X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488325471&sr=8-1&keywords=untraditional

The Chronicles of DNC

Ok guys, I’m trusting you with my life…ok, just my words. Check out the unedited version of the first chapter from The Robinson’s sequel (title still pending). Please leave your comments/thoughts below.


Miami the gateway to the richest drugs, sexiest people and deepest passions. A new world opened for me there and I’ve brought it all back with me. In one weekend, I let go and let my mind and body loose on the city.

Who knew that an innocent meeting with Drew and Monroe on the plane would be the precursor to events that would shift my being to something raw and sexy. They introduced me to a woman I’d never met before; my inner savage. I don’t know her name nor do I even know where she has come from but I was excited to finally meet her. And the great thing is, she’s amazing and I’ve decided…

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Where do I begin: To-dos Before Self-Publishing

So you’re a thinker, and as a thinker you’ve been writing, journaling, doodling and/or drawing. Now, you’ve hit the point where you’ve got a draft together of all your creativeness; something that you’re proud of and wouldn’t mind sharing with the masses. And then it hits you like a brick wall to self-publish your piece.

The idea grows, but what is the first step? How can you self-publish your own book?

Answer: The first step is to weigh if you really want to self-publish or go to a publishing house.

Here are some thoughts to consider when thinking about the world of publishing. This is insight I’ve learned from my own self-publishing experience and what I’ve learned about going to a publishing house through other creatives. Let’s weigh the options in several different categories.

1) Control
Self-pub: Going Indie is a freedom ride. Indie is a cool word to use for creative freedom in the any arena, but we’ll focus solely on writing. It allows you to have the freedom to write what you want, how you want to and make direct decisions on how you will market your work.Which also means that you have to have your hands in everything…EVERYTHING! You find your own editors; you find your own cover designers or do it on your own; you put out any and all messages promoting your book; you choose a book publisher; proof all printing proofs and any other components that you need to launch you book. On the other hand…

Pub. House: Depending on the size of the publishing house, your contract, and the publishing house’s processes, you may only have limited freedom when it comes to your cover, and different aspects of your writing style/topic. Commercial attraction is key for many publishers. A lot of times, just like in any industry, a successful publishing house has a good handle on what audiences like and will more than likely drive you to look at writing in a different angle than where you might have started. Which isn’t a bad thing, just different. And rather than having you hands in any and everything, they will take a lot of that work off of your plate. There are some smaller publishing house that ask you to handle the marketing side (social media, book tours, printed/digital promotion, etc.) while they work on getting your book on larger platforms and om circles you probably wouldn’t have been able to get to on your own.

2) Timing
Self-pub: Your finger is on the launch button. You decided to put it out to the public today or wait until next year. Self-publishing seems to give immediate gratification, at least on the end of finally releasing your work to the world on your time. Maybe not so much on the sales side…but maybe so for both.

Pub. House: There are so many steps that can occur far before a publishing house even gets your work. For 10 years, J.K. Rowling submitted her work to publishers before getting picked up. Dr. Seuss was turned down 27 times before his first book was published. And the mighty James Patterson was turned down 31 times before his first book was picked up. But look at them now—staples in the writing community. Legends for their perseverance and dedication to their passion.

3) Dollars
Self-pub: You pay for it all, which will dictate a lot of what and how you do things. Will you do a paper back or just an e-book? If you do a paperback, will you have an in-person book launch event or virtual? How much money do you have for marketing, because you HAVE to do marketing for your book in-order to get visibility? What’s the budget for editors and cover designers? Oh don’t forget about the copyrighting fee. Don’t get it twisted, being an indie author is a business, and just like most start-ups you’re probably going to be in the red your first year. Be prepared and stay optimistic.

Pub. House: The insight I have on the financial aspect with a publishing house is very little, but I’ll share the little I do know. For some, usually smaller ones, you have to finance any marketing that you do (ads, book tours, printed materials, etc.). And some larger publishing houses you don’t have pay anything upfront, but you don’t see anything until you make a profit. Much like what you see in the music biz…but again don’t quote me on this one.

4) Preference
Self-pub: Sometimes making the choice to self-pub or shoot for a publishing house is just a simple preference. Some self-publishers are creative beasts and refuse to the let anyone take hold of their creative pieces. Much like Chance the Rapper, who just turned down 10 millions dollars to stay an independent artist. For some, the value of being your own boss is worth all the work, stress, hours, missteps and all the other obstacles that may come with self-publishing. I have to agree that by self-publishing my book, I woke my soul. I’ve learned a lot and now I’m able to share that with whoever wants to listen.

Pub. House: For some creatives, the reason to choose this route is simply because they don’t want to be all up in the weeds; they just want to write. They don’t mind bringing in experts to handle all the “logistics” behind publishing the book. The less distractions on how to publish the easier it is for them to focus on one thing only—their words. But this isn’t to say they don’t give input, they just don’t execute that portion.

The Grey Area
Times have changed and self-publishing is constantly changing the writing game. So much so that a lot of writers just release their work on platforms like Wattpad, Kindle, serial writing sites or blogs, and then are picked up by publishers. And then there are those who have been picked up by larger publishing houses and decide to switch to the indie route.

Everyone’s publishing journey is different, but one commonalty that I’ve learned from the stories of various iconic and historic writers in both camps, is that their dedication to their craft is endless; their work ethic is superior; and there’s no one who can take their words away from them. Those words keep them breathing every day and remind them to stay focused on the message that they must share with the world.

As I look back at this exciting past year of self-publishing, I’m so happy I ventured out in that avenue, but now after doing all the work, I wouldn’t mind someone taking the reins now.

I’m a true believe that God is in control of everything, and no matter which route you decide to go, go at it 110%. If you’re like me, you really don’t have any other choice because this journey is what is etched in our purpose and we refuse not to live it to its fullest.

The Tease: Chapter 1 of The Robinsons’ Sequel

Ok guys, I’m trusting you with my life…ok, just my words. Check out the unedited version of the first chapter from The Robinson’s sequel (title still pending). Please leave your comments/thoughts below.


Miami the gateway to the richest drugs, sexiest people and deepest passions. A new world opened for me there and I’ve brought it all back with me. In one weekend, I let go and let my mind and body loose on the city.

Who knew that an innocent meeting with Drew and Monroe on the plane would be the precursor to events that would shift my being to something raw and sexy. They introduced me to a woman I’d never met before; my inner savage. I don’t know her name nor do I even know where she has come from but I was excited to finally meet her. And the great thing is, she’s amazing and I’ve decided to let her roam free with no limitations.

Everything about this women is beastly; she thirsts for attention, their attention, and she received all the attention she could savor. From the first night with an insatiable Ménage à trois that satisfied new urges in the fem savage, to a weekend full of laughs, liquor and love. Love for the new connection made and a weekend we would all never forget.

But it’s time to get back to reality. The world with them was fun and now my secret. They’ve taught me so much in our short time. Beyond the unforgettable way that shook my body with tender kisses and warm touches, they’ve showed me that what the world wanted only mattered if it was what I want too. But it’s not.

I want to live free every day. Not bound to my desk or to other’s desires or needs. Maybe I should just do what I love overseas, under an umbrella on a beach in Mykonos sipping a frozen drink. Then maybe later that night I would find the right guy to spend time with, making conversation that couldn’t keep us away from a bed too long, and then allow him to meet the savage.

After Miami, I really don’t have a choice. Freedom is all that I want and yearn for; No matter what the world thinks. Shit, the world is more than welcome to join me on my freedom ride to a new life full of mental, spiritual and physical independence. Or they can just stand by and watch this nightingale take flight.

………

7:30 A.M. The alarm is blaring but the thought of walking back into the office is delaying my wake. Today is the day. The day I go back to the black hole of monotony. I just can’t wait.

Turning over to feel the rays grace my face, I really have to ponder if I should go back. Hell maybe I shouldn’t. Okay, maybe I should, I do still have plenty of bills to pay. Soon freedom, soon.

What a joke but one day, preferably soon, I know it will come true. It was only a matter of time before I was willing to free myself on all levels. But for now, I’ll be patient and see where this new hunger takes me.

Siting on the edge of my bed, I can see something glowing in it. My skin. New and fresh. I wonder how long I can keep this look? I don’t need anyone to tell me that I “look different” because that’s apparent but I do wonder what Amanda will say.

Miami was a week ago and with the additional time I’ve taken off, I’ve tried to embrace my newness. Beside my sexual revitalization, I’ve been writing my thoughts, my wants and my fears in a journal. Without the Robinsons’, I’ve needed something to capture my intimate thoughts. I can’t afford to regard my own desires and emotions anymore.

As the sun glides over the horizon, I can’t help my want to watch it in the warm August air. On my walk to my patio doors, I make a quick cup of Cafe’ Bustelo—a little piece of Miami that I will now become a staple in my kitchen. The rays rose even higher as I stepped outside the doors.

Inhaling and exhaling each beautiful ray, I basked in the new day. Work or not, it was going to be a good day.

“Hey Nia, how was…oh shit!” I heard Bernard’s voice, my BFF of a neighbor. Through the gate I see him timidly looking away from the fence.

Oh. Looking down at myself I realized that I forgot to put on pants or shirt. Or even a bra. It’s too nice outside for all that. And I’m not running inside. I’m comfortable and just like the rest of the world, he’s going to have to get comfortable with this new me too.

“Hey Bernard! How are you?” I yelled at him trying to continue the conversation. One of his eyes crept through a hole in his blocking hand. Maybe he’s trying to see if I’ve finally clothed myself, or maybe he’s just getting another good look. He quickly turned his head again. It must be the first part.

“I’ve been fine. You know. Fine. Just fine.”

Ha! Let me take this sip of this perfect Cuban coffee and test this man. Taking a few steps closer to the fence, I waited for our next words.

“So Miami was good?” He asked.

“Yeah it was great. Great weather and great people. It was a freeing experience.” In more than one way. Taking more steps toward him, I wondered how long he was going to continue to not look.

Briefly his hand falls from his face, giving him a full view of my glowing skin under the rays. Then again he puts it back over his eyes. Come on man, you can do this. Stumbling back, he falls off the crate with a loud thud. Aweeee…he’s trying to be polite. That’s cute.

“Hey, I’ll talk to you later. Okay? I’ve got to…uhhh…I’ve got to go fix my plumbing. I mean wait on the Plumber. I’ve got pipe issues?

“Really?” Out of all the excuses, that was his. Sure, I guess.

“Okay,” gliding back to the patio door I try to calm his mind. “Maybe I’ll come by later and we can catch up on Game of Thrones. I missed the last two episodes.”

“Yep sounds good.” His fading voice was evidence that he couldn’t get inside his house quick enough.

Before I step back in the house, let me get a few more moments with these rays. Probably for the last time today. It feels good to be me. The new me. I hope Bernard gets his plumbing properly taken care of. Maybe I’ll stand out here for a moment longer to help.


So what do you think? Tell me your thoughts below.

Like. Love. Lust Playlist: Top 5 Songs You Can’t Forget About for V.Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! And since my poetry book Like. Love. Lust. is currently on sale (ebook on amazon) I figured I would share my top five songs for each category. Some of these songs were floating around in my head when I wrote this piece and I think they will definitely help to get your V.day going. Oh and let me know if I missed any songs..there’s so many good ones out there!

LIKE

5) 4 Page Letter – Aaliyah

4) Candy Girl – New Edition

3) Groove With You – Isley Brothers

2) Rock With You – Michael Jackson

1) Come and Talk to Me – Jodeci

LOVE

5) That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson

4) Weak – SWV

3) Halo – Beyoncé

2) Ordinary Love – Sade

1) Butterflies – Michael Jackson

LUST

5) Turn Off The Lights – Teddy Pendergrass

4) Freak Me – Silk

3) Erotic City – Prince

2) Skin – Rhianna

1) Do You Mind – Janet Jackson

Extended Playlist (Because getting those list down to 5 were too hard)

I’ve Got Nothing – Whitney Houston

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Say Yes – Floetry

Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jacksonw

All The Time – Jeremih

Jupiter Love – Trey Songs

Knockin Da Boots – H-town

Bump N’ Grind – R. Kelly

Rocket – Beyoncé

Speechless – Beyoncé

Right Here – SWV f/ Michael Jackson

Fire and Desire – Rick James and Teena Marie

Crown Royal – Jill Scott