Friday, October 30, 2009

Flash Fiction! Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem is life altering, mind taking, conscience misbehaving and self spinning out of control. It closes in on your life like the walls of a psychiatric ward. It hounds you like a hurricane manifesting into something bad or out of control. Your self-esteem can be a sore that never heals and continues to be an open wound. It will bleed and bleed and bleed until you decide to do something about the ugly of it. To so many people it’s a life altering beast that takes and takes until you say that’s enough. The roughness, the ugliness, and true vibe of self-esteem will haunt, eat, and take over your mind until you say that’s enough. What is it about this beast that continues to plague so many of us in this society? What is it about ourselves that we let such a beast win us over that we never have the will or the power or the force to fight it? When you stand face to face with self-esteem it allows you to see the bad and the potential you have inside. It allows you to face all fears and love yourself. Fighting the beast of self-esteem is up to the individual. For people that do fight the beast they see their true selves. For people that let the beast of self-esteem take them down, they have succumbed and give up to the manifestation of the beast of self-esteem.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flash Fiction! The Plague: Illiteracy!

The Plague: Illiteracy

Illiteracy is like the plague that keeps growing in our communities. It plagues the minds of young people and keeps the minds of older people not knowing. No one is really paying attention to this mind eating plague that continues to ravish our communities, individuals and our society. Why can’t anyone see it? It’s standing right there in front of our faces and eating our minds like a flesh eating bacteria. Yes, a flesh eating bacteria that tears up the mind and body and leaves it empty like a shell on the beach. It seems no one is fighting against it, just for it. It continues to thrive and live like a disease that spreads from person to person. It’s intergenerational and thriving to be a force that we cannot take down. Societies, individuals, children and government are loosing the battle against this beast. It has creped slowly but surely into every country, state, city, and small town and no one seems to care. This plague of beast is out of control and until we win the battle with ourselves we will not win the battle against illiteracy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Launches Events Calender! which is a social media networking site for bookloves launched their new events calender. It will enable publishers to promote book launches, author signings and all manner of literary events to literary aficionados. Publishers will also benefit from BookRabbit's social media service, including Twitter and Facebook, which will promote key events on the calendar to its online community.

The calender will also include author bithdays and will also enable publishers to upload details of future events twelve months in advance. Bookrabbit is fast becoming a go to site for many in the publishing industry to promote, socialize and to launch new products. It's a site with many features that many who are booklovers, writers, publishers will love.

Literary Wednesday With The Literary Diva Of Blogtalk Radio!

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New Book By Hulk Hogan! "My Life Outside The Ring."

Hulk Hogan has released his memoir. He opens up about his marriage, his kids, and his depression. Even though his reality show "hogan knows best" was a huge hit he does provide a few fascinating details in the book. He describes how he shredded his back muscles when he bodyslammed Andre the Giant in Wrestlemania, and how the Undertaker administered a Tombstone pile-driver that made Hogan's upper body go numb.

Later chapters focus on his challenges — an estranged wife with an apparent drinking problem, a teenage son who served jail time for a car crash that left his best friend with severe head injuries, a lifetime of post-wrestling back and knee problems.

All in all the book is a quick read that is, for the most part, highly entertaining. Hogan comes across as a likable person, the same larger-than-life character he portrayed in the ring.

Published by (St Martins Press, 320 pages, $25.99)

Sarah Palin's Big Book Pay Day!

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir "Going Rogue."

A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Palin's finances from Jan. 1 to July 26, when she resigned as Alaska governor. Palin says she received the money from publisher HarperCollins for the book.

The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn't cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn't elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a "retainer" that appears to be a reference to her lucrative advance.

Her personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, declined to provide more details of the book deal.

"The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing," she said in an e-mail Tuesday. "Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential."

It's likely Palin will make more money when it's all said and done. "Going Rogue" catapulted to No. 1 on and Barnes & after HarperCollins announced in late September it had moved up the release date of 1.5 million copies from spring to Nov. 17.

Palin will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" the day before the release of her book, which is currently listed at No. 6 on and No. 11 on Barnes &

Palin has mostly been out of the public eye while working with the ghostwriter of her memoir.

Since resigning, she's made only a few public appearances including a September speech before investors in Hong Kong. She also attended the welcome-home ceremony in Fairbanks for soldiers, including her son Track, and appeared at a gun rights event in Anchorage. She's maintained a larger presence on Facebook, posting occasional messages to almost 950,000 fans, the latest posted Monday night announcing her support of conservative candidates in New Jersey and Virginia.

In the disclosure filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Palin also reported collecting $73,000 as governor in 2009 as well as $6,370.80 in per diem during her final months in office. Her annual salary as governor was $125,000.

The documents also spell out the long list of gifts that Palin received in the final months of her term, including one from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that would make any baseball fan jealous: $4,250 worth of tickets to a Yankees game for Palin, her husband and their daughter Willow. Other gifts listed include a $550 knife set made with snowmobile parts, women's hunting gear valued at $469.95 and travel and lodging to many locations.

In the same time period, Palin's husband Todd earned nearly $34,100 working as a production operator for oil giant BP PLC in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field — a job he quit in September. The disclosure says he also made about $32,260 in the family's commercial fishing business, $3,500 in snowmobile race winnings and a $3,252 snowmobile discount from racing sponsor Arctic Cat.

Palin listed her attorney among debts of more than $1,000, noting "legal fees to fight false allegations while governor." Palin has said her family racked up more than $500,000 in legal fees stemming from multiple ethics complaints filed against her, almost all of which were dismissed.

The disclosure lists checks totaling $5,750 that Palin has received from individuals from outside Alaska, including two dating from her time last year as the running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

"Checks have not been cashed," a handwritten note says in the disclosure. "They've either been, or will be, returned via volunteers assisting with mail and communications."

It's unclear what Palin meant by the word retainer to describe her upfront book payment. Trena Keating, a literary agent in New York, didn't want to speculate on Palin's arrangement, but said book advances generally are broken down into multiple payments, usually upon signing, upon delivery of an acceptable manuscript and upon publishing, with a wide spectrum of variations possible.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Societies Foggy State! Living To Be Popular!

Society what can you say about it. It's filled with obcenities, nasty lyrics from a rap song, uneducated individuals, illiterates and no direction. In this day and age you have to wonder where did everything go. So many people faught to be treated as human beings, education, the right to be literate, and to survive. Looking around these days I don't see anyone still in the fight for those things. So much of our society has gone down the tubes to nonsense. Our children are dropping out of school, illiteracy is thriving, and no one is evolving.

Our society has seen hard times and seen great times. In these times in the present it's hard to see through the fog. Everything is so watered down and a huge facade. Almost everyone is, in one way or another trying to be famous, rich or just plain popular. Society has become a stompping ground for hot mess, violence, pimps and ho's, no education, and just plain trying be popular. It's at moments like this I just want to scream. Scream because we are living in an American society where things and people should be educated, have love for one another, and our should be children thriving.

Societies ills has manifested itself into a big fat mess. So much of it is that, people have lost touch with who they are, where they are going, and no thoughts of the future. Our children are blinded by nasty lyrics to a rap song, women shaking their asses, bling, being rich, and just plain trying to be popular. There is no focus, no thinking, no drive and no will. What will it take to get that back in a massive society who thinks being popular is being smart? What will it take? Ask yourself that question the next time you hear your child singing a Lil Wayne song or you hear an individual disrespecting the President or just plain trying to be popular.

America it's time to get focused. It's time to start thinking about doing better and loving your neighbor. Life is more than trying to be popular. It's about living, progressing and evolving. It's time to fight illiteracy, poverty, hunger, and child mortality. When I think of society, I don't think of being popular. I think we as a society can come together and progress and tackle the real issues that plague us on a daily basis.

Being part of American society is not about being popular. It's about living your life's journey and thriving in a positive way. It's about helping one another, and standing up for what you believe in, even if it's not what your neighbor believes. It's about contributing and being a productive member that your parents raised you to be. Living in society is not a game nor a popularity contest. It's plainly about living a productive, educated, and fruitful life.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Leona Lewis Attacked At Her Book Signing!

British singer Leona Lewis was attacked as she signed copies of her autobiography in central London on Wednesday, police and the book store said.

Lewis, who won the British TV talent show "The X Factor" and has topped charts around the world since, was signing copies of her book "Dreams" at a Waterstone's book store in Piccadilly Circus when she was assaulted.

"We can confirm that there was an incident at the Leona Lewis signing this afternoon," a Waterstone's spokesman said.

"The event was immediately stopped by the security guards present and the police are talking to the individual concerned."

Police said officers had arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The man is now being questioned at a central London police station.

"My brother saw the whole incident," one fan at the book store told the BBC. "He (the attacker) walked up there with the book, she signed it and, as she looked up, he just punched her."

Lewis, whose debut album entered the U.S. charts at number one in 2008 -- the first British woman to achieve the feat, was badly shaken by the incident but did not need hospital treatment, her spokesman said.

Pick up her book "Dreams."

Barnes And Nobles New E-Reader!

Barnes & Noble Inc. is expected to unveil an electronic-book reader to compete with's Kindle in the still-small arena where some see book-selling's future playing out.

The New York Times reported that the reader, to be announced Tuesday in New York, will be called the "Nook" and sell for $259. The newspaper cited an ad set running in its book review section Sunday.

New York-based Barnes & Noble did not return calls. It launched an online store in July that sells versions of books for mobile devices and PCs. Sony also offers an e-reader, and IREX Technologies Inc. and Plastic Logic Ltd. will offer e-readers shortly.

Forrester Research predicts 3 million e-readers will sell in the U.S. in 2009, with sales doubling in 2010

Comedian Bill Cosby Honored With The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor!

Bill Cosby is being honored with the Mark Twain prize for American humor. He has turned the prize down a few times saying he was disgusted with profanity and N-words thrown around by performers honoring Richard Pryor, who was the first recipient in 1998.

The 72-year-old who has long drawn laughs for his wisecracks and deadpan observations will receive the nation's foremost humor prize Monday at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sinbad and other top entertainers will line up to honor him with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Cosby, already a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 for his body of work in entertainment and social activism, is in fine company. Richard Pryor received the inaugural Twain prize in 1998 and past recipients have included Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels and George Carlin, who was feted posthumously last year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Life Isn't A Dress Rehearsal! Why Are So Many People Illiterate! Check It!

Join us as we talk illiteracy. It's important that this issue stays at the forefront of society. Literacy is what we need to progress in our growing society. However so many people are illiterate. Let's talk about it people. Stay tuned and keep it locked.

We will also talk about Writing. Writing is essentially apart of American culture and always will be. Writing styles have evolved in more ways than ever.

People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes.
They write through text messages and IMs, they use video cameras and cell phones, and, yes, even traditional pen and paper.
The social nature of writing invites people in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age to make meaning through composing.
More and more people in all occupations deem writing as essential and influential in their work.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Literacy For Life! Get Your Read On!

Literacy for life is what we as a people need to strive for on a daily basis. Literacy has become a growing concern and a major epidemic in our society. There are millions upon millions of people that cannot read or write or do both. It's time that we as a nation stand up and help our fellow people with this growing epidemic. Literacy is a human right that we should be able to do. We have to do whatever it takes to make sure our youth get the proper education that they need to succeed in life. It all starts with basic literacy skills. Parents, community members, teachers, public officials and many more all have do what it takes to step up and prepare our youth and our country for success. It's a must, a need and the right thing to do. Start today to use your literacy skills to help those who are in need. Let's all start and get our read on. Peace!

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Literary Diva Presents: Literacy For All! The Philosophy Of Literacy!

Join us as we talk literacy for all. Literacy is what we use everyday of our lives to succeed and progress. When it comes to reading, writing, thinking and just being literate it's what connects us all.Let's all join together and dialogue about being literate for life.

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