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Facing Down the Beast: African Elementals Series is birthed in 2013…

Beastofthesouthernwild1“In a million years, when kids go to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub.” 

Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and watch movies.  Beasts of the Southern Wild pulled me into the world of Hushpuppy in the Bathtub and forced me into a Sankofa/Satori moment that had me blubbering and crying like a baby.

I’m a rather private person and I usually only share my woes with very close friends and family. So, it is hard for me to publically disclose the fact that I haven’t been writing.  Writing is one of the most important things in my life. If I’m not writing, I feel like I’m dying or dead inside.

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Celebrating Your Success is a Form of Gratitude

Alicia_Howard_HawaiiThe other night, I crawled into bed exhausted as usual.  I rolled over and spent some time lamenting over my oppressive “to do list” to my husband.  He listened then turned to me and said, “You need to celebrate your successes.”  What could I say?  He was telling me the truth.  In fact, I’m guessing he thought that I didn’t get his point because he showed me in a very positive way how to be appreciative of my successes.  When I arrived home from my Georgia Romance Writer’s meeting, he had a gift bag filled with my favorite perfume, a sweet note, and he’d taken the time to “sparkle up” our home by dusting, cleaning, and washing the dishes.  He got his point across. I needed to show some gratitude and appreciation.