I'm Supposed to be Writing about Frederick Douglas, But Here's My Audio Book Instead.

I’m not doing a year end review this year. 2016 SUCKED, and there’s nothing more to add. I don’t understand how one year – not even 365 days as yet – could harvest the souls (and minds, in some cases) of so many favored creatives, artists, thinkers and healers. I mean, really. Take Mos Def, for instance. Mos Def ain’t dead, but 2016 decided to sacrifice his craft on its bloody, brazen altar for no apparent reason at all. Lets just be DONE with 2016, already.

Now that that’s out of the way…

I just finished reading Frederick Douglas’ Narrative of an American Slave 4 days ago. It was phenomenal. Have you read it? Douglas’ Narrative was not required reading for me in school, and it was one of those books that slipped through my bibliographic net after I aged out of the classroom. There are so many parallels between the world he describes and the one we inhabit today – few of them good –  and my hope is to finish writing the piece and to publish it on this side of 2016. However if I don’t, there is something else I had on my to-do list (read: overdue) that I am pleased to announce that has been crossed off the itinerary at long last.

TADAAA!!!

After a long struggle, I have finally put my second children’s book on video format! This is great for several reasons; reasons which I am sure that a handful of people will allude to in the comments section. *strong hint*

‘Close to Home’ was released in print earlier this year, and if you have early readers who need a guide to read along with/to them, the book-on-video provides an amazing companion for that purpose. It’s available on Amazon.com. *strong hint part 2*

'Close to Home' is available on Amazon
‘Close to Home’ is available on Amazon today!

No, but seriously: I hope you, your little ones or someone else’s little ones you’ve co-opted enjoy the images and identify with the story. ‘Close to Home’ is about finding courage and I pray that it inspires compassion for children who are adventurous in spirit but may be a little more timid in person.

Reviews are welcome, likes are appreciated. 🙂

  • AM

    Just wanted to stop by and tell you how PROUD of you I am, madam AUTHORESS, and HAPPY I am for you. Remember when you doubted about being a PUBLISHED writer. Now look at God.
    Keep the fire burning, Merry Christmas to you and your family. May God’s blessings continue to manifest in your life.

    • Annie

      Hi I stumbled on your blog after reading your autism article written in 2014. Comments are closed so I clicked your name to get your most recent post. Well done you for all you’ve achieved and persevering! The internet is a crazy place with everyone airing their opinion. I do want to say though on that article, your mother in law was right taken in the correct tone. My child has autism, his brother is fine. I would be horrified if my child hit another. I would not have minded if you came up to me in a softer way than some have implied. And as adults we kind of did a role play in front of the kids ‘ your kid hit mine’ ‘I’m sorry, boy come here please, is this true, why did you hit the other boy? He is so upset, that was not nice’ and I would expect my son to apologise and be responsible for his own actions. Yes, it will take him twice as long to learn but I will never give up on him. If he gets to adulthood like that, not everyone will understand and autism is certainly not an excuse to hit. I do not want him to get in trouble. Yes having a child with autism is hard work and on my off days, I stay at home. When I’m ready to teach and parent him, I take him out. God help us all and I love my child. Please don’t treat him different because he has autism but do be abit more understanding and still tackle any issues.

      • Hi Annie. I never had the opportunity to speak to the actual parent of the child who hit mine, as it was his friends who took the initiative and responsibility for the assault and not the autistic boy’s dad.

        And I would actually absolutely treat a child differently who has autism. I would treat any person who was differently-abled in a way that accommodates their abilities, and always with respect. But respect is a two-way street, and of all the friends I have who have autistic children, I have never once seen them exhibit a sense that they deserve greater consideration to everyone else’s exclusion for the singular fact their child functions differently.

        Happy holidays and best wishes to you and your family.

    • AM, my sister from the Earth Mother! I’ve missed you! I think about you all the time. Wow. It’s crazy that the first book was published 6 years ago. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to have your support and encouragement over all these years. You’ve been such a blessing. May you continue to find favor and may God’s light shine upon you and your family ’til the end of all days! <3

  • Annie

    Apparently social stories are really good for children with autism, so if you’re in to publishing/ writing this would be a great market. You will have parents like me buying and hopefully schools too.

    • Thanks for the feedback!