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FADE IN: BEATRICE, THE LEAD MANAGER, SITS BEHINDS THE DESK INTERVIEWING A BLACK GIRL. 

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BEATRICE

 We are not hiring.

GIRL

Why not?

BEATRICE

Because we aren’t, you can’t work here

GIRL

Remember when I organized your office, you were ecstatic. 

BEATRICE

That was then, this is now.

GIRL

I need this job, school doesn’t end for another semester.

BEATRICE

You’ve had your chance. And, now it’s time that we find new people.

EXT.

Go to work

Go to class

Go to this meeting

Go to that meeting

Pay this

Pay that

Turn this in

Turn in that

Sleep for four hours

Wake up

Do it again

Walk here

Catch a bus there

Call an Uber here

Bike there

Run here

Walk there

Wake up, early

Be on time

Don’t be late

Remain punctual

But, be calm

Don’t get anxious

Rely on the plan

Rely on the agenda

Move by the calendar

Follow the budget

Don’t go out of it

Save this amount

Pay off that amount

Talk to this person

Answer that phone call

Move over here

Dodge that over there

Be graceful

Be calm

Have it together

Don’t feel pressured

“You can do this”

“You can do that”

“Be this”

“Be that”

Jump over that obstacle

Jump over this hurdle

Intro

Ah! I’ve been itching to do a book review for a while now, but I’ve been binge reading! These novels were an entertaining four-in-one combo that will take you for a ride, I have so many thoughts. Allow me to share them with you!

I took the time to create a YouTube video that glances over the novels in their entirety if you don’t want to read an in-depth description of what I got out of it. Feel free to watch my video below because I’ll give you insight on what we consider as Urban Literature, the things that Granger decided to include in her books, and how we can use Kindle Unlimited to find our next read.

I won’t tell you too much, but overall For The Love of ATL by Desiree Granger is about young adults around the ages of 20-25 who either live near or on a college campus in the middle of ATL. She writes it from rotating first-person point of view in order to highlight all kind of controversy that occurs within black culture, more specifically, inner city Atlanta, Georgia.

In the video, I didn’t do go into too much detail about some of the characters that this entails, however, you can read more below.

I’ve included a talk that Desiree has on her channel where she tells you more about her books. Apparently, these are the very first books she’s written and they comprise of a series which leads itself into other works that have been more recently published. She has her own publication house and has been featured in stores. So, if you’re the kind of reader that wants to follow the growth of an author this is definitely an amazing opportunity for you.

Continue reading “Book Review/AOTD: For the Love of ATL Books 1-4 by Desiree Granger”

We all know the tantric technique of just breathing in order to get through each and every day, but we especially rely on it to count down the minutes until graduation. You’re constantly in this state of, “Okay, one day down, just a few more to go,” while barely paying attention to anything the professor is saying. It’s exactly how I was feeling today.

Let’s take a moment to look at just how much fun last semester was. I had the same professor for two classes who mentally stimulated me to the point where all I wanted to do was read, read, and read some more in order to keep adding to the long tedious conversations about stylistic choices and thematic techniques. It was so fun pulling apart the many styles of fiction, especially that of the first person. I also had a poetry class where I spent an entire workshop critically analyzing pieces.

It was a never-ending cycle of analysis, appreciation, and advising. It was amazingggggggg. Then there was Italian, super mentally stimulating because it was the 300 level, the last classes needed for my foreign language requirement (yes, I’m fluent) and humiliating in some moments. All of those classes curated nothing more than a semester of passion, pleasure, and bits of pain all while working, blogging, and novelizing. I couldn’t get enough of it. It was like biting into the juiciest piece of fruit and then feeling refreshed.

I binge ate classes during the summer, maxing out the number of credits I could take while working. The summer was torture because I wasn’t mentally stimulated by any of the classes since they were common sense psychology classes. And by common sense I mean, common. sense. I didn’t have to think too hard in order to get an A in two of them.

And, now, here we are my final semester… I am bored. None of the syllabus days have made me appreciate just what I’m walking into. Each of them is nothing more than a breeze, I feel as if I’m wasting my time sitting in these classrooms. I keep saying to myself, “just four more months,” but I’m not pleased, at all. In fact, I think the semester is going to be too laid back. I’ve been anticipating a challenge and all of my classes are nothing more than more reading, more writing, and worst yet, more group projects.

When I registered for these I knew I needed them for the second half of my Interdisciplinary degree but I don’t want these anymore. Yes, I love writing, it’s my passion, but I also like the technicalities behind the trade. Such things include:

  • blogging
  • editing
  • budgeting
  • planning
  • reviewing
  • critiquing
  • marketing

None of these classes are appealing in those areas so I’ve just been sitting in all of the syllabi days feeling over it all.

It could be because I can’t wait to get to grad school. These days of more writing and more reading has proven that I don’t need an MFA grad program in Creative Writing. I need something a step above that, so, my first choice is NYU’s Masters of Publishing. I want to understand the business of the publishing. I want to learn new material, give me new information so that I can do newer things. And, that’s just how my cookie is crumbling today.

 

 

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There is something that we ponder, over and over again, that is… are we our main character or is it its own entity? I’ve often pondered this myself with the creation of Angelica and Doria in both of the novels in FIGS, and I thought this would make for an interesting discussion.

You see when us writers decide to sit down and develop a story we think about our point of view, it plays a huge role in your perception. It’s almost like taking the camera and deciding just what we want you to see. Do we want you to see from our eyes outwards or by looking down from above?

Continue reading “QTNA: Am I My Character or, Is My Character its Own Entity?”