Greetings from Washington, DC and a Feature Performance

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In 2010-2012 I used to feature at least once a month. Including the cast appearances and being an opener for another more famous poet I would be on at least 20 flyers per year! The last feature I did was in Tucson in November 2012 and I have only performed once or twice since then. And yet… Back in April when Shelly Bell posted in the Women of Poetry Slam group on Facebook that she was looking to have ALL female features in 2015 for her show, I somehow thought that going to DC to perform for the first time in 3 years was a good idea. I think it was my financial aid money burning a hole in my pocket that gave me the hudspah to just up and buy a plane ticket. So… HERE I AM IN DC! I will perform tonight at the Busboys and Poets in the Village at Shirlington in Arlington, VA. SO EXCITED! ^_^

 

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Blogging for Dollars… NOT.

I apparently FAIL at Google AdSense. I set up on Blogger because I figured since they don’t seem to have the traffic requirements I could make a few extra bucks with ads on my blog if I switch. So… tried to give it a whirl.

The first time I tried to turn on AdSense, I got a message that my blog had to be at least 6 months old. This was November of last year. I waited until May and submitted to AdSense. Got an auto reply that said my account would be reviewed and I would be contacted with the results and to be patient because it could take a while. Fair enough. A month later out of curiosity I checked the help forum to see how long it normally took. Turns out THEY DON’T EVEN START REVIEWING UNTIL THE ADS ARE TURNED ON FOR THE BLOG. Which made no sense. I thought I had to have AdSense and THEN the ads would be available to turn on, but NOPE. It’s the other way around.

With that in mind, I turned on the ads and promptly got a do-not-reply email NOT to say “Welcome” or anything cool like that. No, it was saying my AdSense account was disabled and gave NO WAY to contact any type of customer service. The only link was to appeal the decision but without knowing exactly WHY the account was disabled, what the heck was I even appealing??

I filled out the form which asked a bunch of questions about how I code my blog (I don’t, I just use the free templates as-is and just type in a blog) and other things that were WAY over my head and my answer to almost every question was “I have no idea what this thing is that you are asking about here. I am an amateur  blogger just trying to add income to my blog via AdSense. How do I find out EXACTLY why my account is disabled?”

I never did get an answer to that question. The only thing I got was another do-not-reply email telling me my appeal was denied (again without a reason why).  I really need to stop being lazy and call my lawyer to figure out what my legal rights are in this situation. Maybe after work tomorrow since I work mornings and will be off by 11am. I’ll let you know how that goes.

In the meantime… If Google is going to be so crappy about AdSense, I am going to quit Blogger and I will be back on good old reliable WordPress. I have a lot going on with work and getting all my online things in order and then summer school starts in a week so I can’t PROMISE to be better at posting… but… I will certainly try! :-)

P.S.
The “improved” posting thing is NOT the bizness.

My Life Monday – Things I May Have Forgotten to Mention

As I begin my third week of school, I don’t know if I even mentioned on this blog about taking classes in 2015.  So as most of you know already, I will be sailing around the world beginning 2016.  Since prior to July I had never been on anything other than a rowboat in my life, I figured it would be a good idea to get my knowledge in a better place for a WORLD WIDE trip. Hence signing up for the US Coast Guard certified crew member classes at Clatsop County Community College here in Astoria, Oregon.

So that is my life for 2015: learning to be a better sailor!

Thanks for reading! :-)

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you! ^_^

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I’ve had this blog for a while now and it’s gone through and is going through a lot of changes. Through all that you have been here and even some of you new people have chosen to join in… so to that I say:

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Thanks to all the people who follow and extra thanks today for the new people!

UsefulSoul
http://jameswadmanblog.com
Kurt
http://survivingthedoom.wordpress.com
fredcolton
http://fredcolton.com
Dennis Cardiff
http://dcardiff.wordpress.com
Alis Jusic
http://bosnianbeautypic.wordpress.com
Tokoni O. Uti
http://beautifulinsanity.wordpress.com
abhinavmajumder
http://subduedflamboyance.wordpress.com
Daniel von der Embse
http://danielvonderembse.wordpress.com
Ngobesing Romanus
http://successinspirer.wordpress.com
Sheila Sea
http://sheilaseapoetry.wordpress.com
pmitsuing
http://www.PatrickMitsuing.com/Blog
Elan Mudrow
http://tricksterchase.com
thewolfhowlsatnight
http://thewolfhowlsatnight.wordpress.com
facetioussoup
http://momentarylapseofsanity.wordpress.com
Brian Moore
http://successlabtv.wordpress.com
Name Not Important
http://namenotimportant86.com

 

Sailing Around The World

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http://emunaendeavor.org/

I am taking a one-year professional certification in Maritime Sciences and will be shipping out with my friend spring of 2016! Please look at our website! :-)

Rainbow over the West Mooring Basin. Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

Rainbow over the West Mooring Basin. Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

My Life Monday – Blog Ads Blues

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I was switching from this WordPress site which I love to Blogger which is just meh because of the potential to earn money from ads.  I had started a Blogger years ago but wasn’t very active on it (posted only once or twice a year).  The new blogs weren’t eligible for AdSense through Google until after at least 6 months so I figured maybe if I linked all the new blogs to my original blog, that I would be able to earn money sooner. NOPE.  Now my original blog’s AdSense is under review for some reason so I still can’t earn a few extra bucks for the sailing trip around the world.  Hopefully this all works itself out by June so that I can know before I leave in 2016 how much to expect on average from the blog ads.  Or… if my WordPress blogs get to over 1000 followers and have a few dozen hits per day consistently, it may be worth it to pay for a domain name… We’ll see which happens. Wish me luck!  :-)

In the meantime, please check out the new Blogger and let me know what you think!
http://poetrybyniccolea.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for reading this blog!

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Link

http://emunaendeavor.org/

I am taking a one-year professional certification in Maritime Sciences and will be shipping out with my friend spring of 2016! Please look at our website! :-)

Rainbow over the West Mooring Basin. Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

Rainbow over the West Mooring Basin. Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

Speaking of Appreciation…

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image source http://oldhatcreative.com/

One thing that I used to do much more consistently when my life was less complex was to thank each and every person who took the time to click “like” on my posts here and on facebook (tumblr and twitter aren’t as conducive to that).  I am trying to get back to that as much as I can.  So… if you liked a post in the past week or so… I probably commented on the post thanking you! :-)

(image source http://oldhatcreative.com/)

OH. EM. GEE. I have not done Follower Appreciation!

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I have been so focused on the blog for the sailing trip that I haven’t been doing the #FAF posts over on this one! SO SORRY ALL YOU WONDERFUL AND LOVELY PEOPLE!!!

So… THANK YOU to ALL of you!  Special shouts out to the newest members of this online family!

 

UsefulSoul
http://jameswadmanblog.com
Kurt
http://survivingthedoom.wordpress.com
fredcolton
http://fredcolton.com
Dennis Cardiff
http://dcardiff.wordpress.com
Alis Jusic
http://bosnianbeautypic.wordpress.com
Tokoni O. Uti
http://beautifulinsanity.wordpress.com
abhinavmajumder
http://subduedflamboyance.wordpress.com
daniel von der embse
http://danielvonderembse.wordpress.com
Ngobesing Romanus
http://successinspirer.wordpress.com
Sheila Sea
http://sheilaseapoetry.wordpress.com
pmitsuing
http://www.PatrickMitsuing.com/Blog
Elan Mudrow
thewolfhowlsatnight
http://thewolfhowlsatnight.wordpress.com
facetioussoup
http://momentarylapseofsanity.wordpress.com
Brian Moore
http://successlabtv.wordpress.com
Name Not Important
http://namenotimportant86.com
movingtowardsthelight
http://movingtowardsthelightdotcom.wordpress.com
words on a blackboard
http://wordsonablackboard.wordpress.com
Khawaja Hamad
https://twitter.com/KhawajaHamad
mycleaneatingexperiment
http://mycleaneatingexperiment.com

 

#FAF = #FollowerAppreciationFriday

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I have been DEEPLY neglecting my poetry blog other than New Tricks and Throwbacks!  I want to be sure to appreciate ALL of you who take an interest in my work so today I post a great big THANK YOU to ALL of you!  Special shout out to the newest people in the little online family! ^_^

abhinavmajumder
http://subduedflamboyance.wordpress.com
daniel von der embse
http://danielvonderembse.wordpress.com
Ngobesing Romanus
http://yoursuccessinspirer.com
Sheila Sea
http://sheilaseapoetry.wordpress.com
pmitsuing
http://www.PatrickMitsuing.com/Blog
Elan Mudrow
thewolfhowlsatnight
http://thewolfhowlsatnight.wordpress.com
facetioussoup
http://momentarylapseofsanity.wordpress.com
Brian Moore
http://successlabtv.wordpress.com
Name Not Important
http://namenotimportant86.com
movingtowardsthelight
http://movingtowardsthelightdotcom.wordpress.com
words on a blackboard
http://wordsonablackboard.wordpress.com
Khawaja Hamad
https://twitter.com/KhawajaHamad
mycleaneatingexperiment
http://mycleaneatingexperiment.com
Awkward Girl.
http://alaine.wordpress.com
calamitiespress
http://calamitiespress.wordpress.com
PIPA Fine Art
http://pipafineart.com
Bullsh!t Wiki
http://bullshitwiki.wordpress.com
vonj productions
http://vonjproductions.com
Notes From a Peaceful Soul
http://camillesymoneblog.wordpress.com

 

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — THANK YOU ALL! ^_^

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I had intended on doing a new follower appreciation post every Friday, but since I don’t get access to internet on a regular basis, the last time I posted one was back in July! :-/   So sorry for not showing you all the appreciation you deserve!  So… to somewhat make up for my slacking, I am doing this post today.  All the additions for the past two months are listed below. THANK YOU ALL! ^_^

FeedTheFeesh
http://feedthefeesh.com
darkyblue
http://darkyblue.wordpress.com
Caroline
http://beautifullifewithcancer.wordpress.com
John White
http://doubleupoet.wordpress.com
chester maynes
http://chestermaynes.wordpress.com
being wordy
penelopedreamweaver
http://penelopedreamweaver.wordpress.com
bdhesse
http://bdhesse.wordpress.com
projectlighttolife
http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com
poeticallyspoken
http://poeticallyspoken.wordpress.com
natalieslovelyblog
http://natalieslovelyblog.wordpress.com
Morgan Bradham
http://mebradham.wordpress.com
Dr. Heather
http://www.DrHeatherGollnow.com
I of July
http://htmm.wordpress.com
1 SIGFRIDSSON
http://1sigfridsson.wordpress.com
mindset
http://ultimatemindsettoday.wordpress.com
baldbrainsboldbeauty
http://baldbrainsboldbeauty.wordpress.com
Cnawan Fahey
Eric Carlson “The AwolSurfer”
http://www.SurferGoneAwol.com
Simply Xtreme
http://julie-weaver.com


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#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you! ^_^

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I got a notification that I have been on WordPress for FOUR YEARS as of today… how time flies! ^_^

THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who have been with me since the beginning and to those of you who have joined me recently! :-)

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#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — THANK YOU ALL! ^_^

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I had intended on doing a new follower appreciation poem every Friday, but the last time I posted one was back in November of last year! :-/  I haven’t even done a group shout out since the middle of last month! So sorry for not showing you all the appreciation you deserve!

So… to somewhat make up for my slacking, I am doing this post today. Going forward I will at least post a weekly shout out to the newest additions to my WordPress family on this blog. All the additions since May are listed below. THANK YOU ALL! ^_^

Jade Gregory
http://gregoryjade.wordpress.com
 
Kushite Prince
http://kushiteprince.wordpress.com
guyhugo
http://www.confessionsofahollywoodnobody.com
Jarosław PlayWithLifE
http://www.playwithlife.org
heartbeatapp
http://thefickleheartbeat.com/
Jodie
http://jodieritchie.com
lala1bay2
http://bayleeann04.wordpress.com
fentonbruitt
http://fentonbruitt.wordpress.com
cpsingleton42
http://cpsingleton42.wordpress.com
Frausto
http://urbanpoetrees.com
Brian Marggraf
http://indieheroblog.wordpress.com
bayzi62
http://lyricz4impact.wordpress.com
sunnysleevez
http://sunnysleevez.wordpress.com
MuseBoxx
http://www.shaunfurman.com
Beautiful Brownalogue
http://beautifulbrownalogue.wordpress.com
Timothy Pike, host of Dream, Play, Write!
http://theimportanceofbeingedited.wordpress.com

thankyou

#MLM = My Life Monday — The Emuna Endeavor

I had at some point last year had the intention of posting a personal blog every Monday. I haven’t really been keeping up with that very much. Right now I am trying to get myself together to sail around the world so most of my energy is going to be put into that.

If you would like to keep up with what is going on I would suggest checking out our WordPress site for the trip: http://emunaendeavor.org/

Soon I will be posting some blog posts about the road trip in May from Louisiana to Oregon (where the boat has been in storage) and of the things we have done so far and what we have planned for going forward. I will also be posting inspirational quotes and links to things I am researching about circumnavigating the globe via sailboat.

If you would like to be a part of the start of a movement to support the idea of global friendship and diversity, please follow the trip blog. It is only a personal quest for us if you don’t join in too! We would love to hear from you! :-)

 

Black History 365, (a slight break from the norm) – Maria Victor

Black History 365, (a slight break from the norm) – Maria Victor.

It’s possible that if no one decides to do a speed trip before I get back to Oregon around 2017… I could be the first African American woman to circumnavigate the globe! The mind, it boggles. O_o

Please feel free to see if there is anything that my Google searching missed. If I had realized this back in 2012 when I was first invited to go along, I think I would have done the last half of that year MUCH differently and we would be already underway by now! Ah well. Hindsight is truly 20/20.

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Videos.

Above is a link to the video page on the website for the sailing trip around the world I am going on. It will soon have updates and links to new videos of the road trip to Oregon to fix up the boat for living and world sailing! :-D

Still slacking on this blog…

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I have been obsessed with posting about Black History on my AfrocentriqueAZ blog this month. I also queued up a LOT of sketches for my Sketchbook Saturday series on that blog.

I’ll be getting back to this blog SOMEDAY (I’m working extra hours at my job so that takes up a lot of my mental space).

Thank you for bearing with me during this time! ^_^

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Black History Month 2014 – The first Black person to… be a published author

Black History Month 2014 – The first Black person to… be a published author.

Another link from my other blog… Still on the Black History Month theme. I need to write some more poet/poetry related posts for this blog but I’ll have to get back to that… maybe tomorrow?

Black History Month 2014 – The first Black people to… Have a settlement as free persons before emancipation

Black History Month 2014 – The first Black people to… Have a settlement as free persons before emancipation.

The link is to my other blog… I’ve been slacking on my #BH365 posts… so this will be a way to catch up. Please read it and let me know what you think.

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you Captain Phil Morris! ^_^

This week’s follower poem recipient is:  captainphilmorris
who started following my blog 1 year ago. Thanks for your support, Captain! ^_^

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SOME OF US ARE DRAWN TO THE SEA

Can a land-locked soul ever truly understand?
A life that rides wind and waves beckons
Pirate dangers be damned
The oceans are calling
Amid the blue on blue of sea and sky
In the midst of the everything and nothing
Next to the middle of being

Play the fool stuck in the irons if you want to
Happily I will learn the secrets of the breezes
I will roll with the adventures that lead me
Lead me into the ever changing waters

Many have traveled this route
Only my story is my own as is yours
Ready to take this chance
Ready to dream this dream
Is there anything more worthwhile
Someday I will know

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you daqueensays! ^_^

This week’s follower poem recipient is:
daqueensays  (http://thecityfrommyeyes.wordpress.com)
who started following my blog 1 year ago. Thanks Danielle for your support! ^_^

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OF ANGELS AND ROCKY SKIES

Distance brings the story that makes a life
Another day to experience

Quietly shrouded in thoughts at the days end
Until the morning when it all gets done again
Every city has its own dream
Every traveler has their own journey
Needless to say paths sometimes cross

So this is why we reach out
And look to others for their sight
Yearning to be what we desire
Solving our souls problems with wisdom

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The skies can be cold
Heaven is so high
Even the angels fled west to the sea

Crying the ocean
Intimate with spectacle
This land and water
Yearning for more

Fly free from the snow capped tips
Reaching for the bottoms of God’s feet
Only you can make this happen
Make blue for blue by your wings

Make the sun shine in your favor
Yes, even the sun bow to your will

Eyes can only see if open
Yet so many walk as if blind
Etching the sand with sticks
Seeking only their own darkness

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you divinedirtclod23! ^_^

Thanks so much to all of you for following my blog! I really appreciate your support and feedback! ^_^

Shouts out to this week’s new followers!
dmwlewis
jamesrevelsthecomposer
poemsandpeople
Ingrid D.
Bill Johnston

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This week’s follower poem recipient is divinedirtclod23 (http://divinedirtclod23.wordpress.com) who started following my blog 1 year ago. Thanks for your support, Demetrius! ^_^

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WHEN BLACK IS MORE THAN A COLOR

Divisions are ingrained into our subconsious
Internally wired from generations of indoctrination
Visceral images haunt our souls
Inviting us to perpetuate the madness
Never seeming to realize there is another path
Even in this deep rut, we have choices

Divinity is what we all claim
Internally made from pieces of what we call God
Resting in the surity of this thought
Thinking this is all that is needed

Cluttering our minds with multiple facets of reality
Littering our souls with prideful falsehoods
Only the spirit can decipher these codes
Delving more deeply than the mind can

Twisted perceptions presented as the norm
Worm their way into our collective psyche
Even when logic tells otherwise
Never getting its proper hold
This lie that we have been told
Yet another cog in the wheel of society

This is how we define our being now
Hovering in attempts at balance
Reeling in the wasteland of ignorance
Everything can be found if one looks
Everyone can be loved if one tries

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#MLM = My Life Monday — Acknowledgements…

I started making it a point to thank people for liking my posts. I went back and acknowledged each like on all my entries for October and will continue to do so going forward until my travel schedule doesn’t allow for it anymore. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read these thoughts of mine so it’s the least I can do to say so!

 

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#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you Patrick Latter! ^_^

I’m up to FORTY-FOUR followers on this blog! Thanks so much to my new followers this week!
Shouts out to:
amiblack2012
Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger
Charlotte Hoather
Jason Kirin
matt at shadow of iris

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY BLOG!

This week’s follower poem is for Patrick Latter (http://hikingphoto.com) who has been following my blog for one year! Thanks so much for your support Patrick! ^_^

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THE BETTER PATH

Peaceful journeys are best in places of nature
Attributing the serenity to the air and voices of animals
This modern world we live in makes us twisted sometimes
Ripped away from oneness with the earth
In our souls we long to be balanced
Clinging subconsciously to the idea
Knowing that modernity is at fault

Loving our steel life and hating it at the same time
Always moving and striving and hoping
To see the perfection on the horizon
To reach that seemingly unattainable goal
Every day is another step in the journey
Rolling on a road to bliss

#MLM = My Life Monday — Best laid plans…

There is a saying: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”… I am feeling that one right about now. Seems like no matter what my intentions have been, the execution of those intentions has consistently been missing the mark in 2013.

I had an EXCELLENT 2010 and 2011. 2012 had its ups and downs but for the most part my life was still very good. This year my life still has its bright moments but as the common calendar year comes to a close, I am finding that there are many things I should have done differently. I refuse to regret because it is an insult to the gift of life. I acknowledge 100% my part in how my life is in the moment.

Now is where I decide what is next… once I figure it out… I will let you know…

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you klvnhrpr! ^_^

As of Thursday 10/17/2013, I have FORTY followers on this blog!
I know, for most bloggers that probably doesn’t sound like a lot but for me that is big news! :-D

New follows from Friday 10/12 through Thursday 10/17:
ianblackpoet (http://ianblackpoet.wordpress.com/)
Shawn L. Bird(http://shawnbird.com/)

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY POETRY! :-)

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This weeks follower poem recipient is klvnhrpr (Kelvin Harper) who has been following my blog for 1 year! Thanks Kelvin! :-) 

UNEXPLAINABLE

Kindness is the way of the should
Even in the face of the cruelty of the is
Leaving our souls open to our minds’ interpretation
Vying for the attention of our hearts
I am only one light in a galaxy of stars
Now I know that you shine too

Happiness is another word for abomonation
At least that is how some see it
Really the absolute is a mystery
Person to person we are examples of imperfection
Examples of the slight sideways lean
Relative to the nonexistent upwards of the universe

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you XenitH! ^_^

I FORGOT TO POST THIS ON FRIDAY 10/11/13!!! :-/

This week’s Follower Appreciation Friday poem is for XenitH who started following my blog 1 year, 2 months ago!  Thanks for your interest in my poetry XenitH! :-)

SIMPLICITY AVERTED

Xerox copies of intricate systems
Each one claiming to be the true answer
None really different than the existing
In this life we take what we can get
To get more being the ultimate goal
Here and now bowing under capitalist pressure

#BH365 = Black History 365 — Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin

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I’ve been watching a lot of historical documentaries lately and it inspired me to add yet another theme to my weeks here on WordPress: Black History 365. Basically it is part of the idea that there should not just be one day/week/month out of the year that people acknowledge the contributions of people of color to American history. The items that I will post are just the history of our country that focus on people who happen to be Black. I hope you learn as much from reading these as I do looking up the information to post it.

When most people think of African American History, they usually think of several main points… 1) slavery, and 2) the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I will definitely mention people who have done things within these two categories but I will try not to have those items be my ONLY focus for this section of my blog.

Since my last post was about the 1968 Olympics, I couldn’t help but think about the year that Jesse Owens proved the Aryans wrong on their own turf in Berlin at the 1936 Olympics

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On Aug. 3, 1936, Jesse Owens launched his way into sports stardom at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, where he racked up his first of four gold medals in the 100 meter sprint. As legend goes, German leader Adolf Hitler snubbed the African-American athlete for humiliating Germany and the Aryan athletes whom he had defeated on the track. However, some have claimed to debunk this supposed myth.

 

 

#MLM = My Life Monday — It’s still quiet on the home front…

My life is very small in my opinion. It has been filled mostly with poetry (mine and other people’s). Occasionally I have some photography in there. I dance sometimes. Sometimes (like right now) I have love in my life.

This year 2013 is very quiet compared to 2012 when I went to parties and events all the time and planned to leave on a sailing trip around the world this summer. The trip is postponed until next year (see http://emunaendeavor.org/ for more info) and in the meantime I am just here surviving from week to week, day by day.

So just like last week, life is quiet. We’ll see what happens between now and next Monday. :-)

 

 

#BH365 = Black History 365 — Protest at the 1968 Olymics

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I’ve been watching a lot of historical documentaries lately and it inspired me to add yet another theme to my weeks here on WordPress: Black History 365. Basically it is part of the idea that there should not just be one day/week/month out of the year that people acknowledge the contributions of people of color to American history. The items that I will post are just the history of our country that focus on people who happen to be Black. I hope you learn as much from reading these as I do looking up the information to post it.

When most people think of African American History, they usually think of several main points… 1) slavery, and 2) the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I will definitely mention people who have done things within these two categories but I will try not to have those items be my ONLY focus for this section of my blog.

The documentaries I have been watching happened to be based on the American civil rights movement of the 1960s so I will start there. The first documentary I watched was about the silent protest at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City of two Black medal winners and the white Australian medal winner who shared the podium with them.

 

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Gold Medallist Tommie Smith, (center) and Bronze medallist John Carlos (right) showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200m in the 1968 Summer Olympics wearing Olympic Project for Human Rights badges. The third athlete is silver medalist Peter Norman from Australia wearing an OPHR badge to show his support for the two Americans.
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The two American athletes were sent home for their act of protest which considering the prevalent culture of the day was to be expected. Surprisingly, even though the Aussie athlete was a world record holder (with a record that took 38 years to top), when he got back to Australia, he was basically unofficially banned from track and field for wearing a pin in solidarity with his American fellow athletes.

 

 

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you thesoapboxxradio ! ^_^

FYI… thesoapboxxradio is my VERY FIRST FOLLOWER on this blog! So I should have done this poem LAST week for my very first FAF poem… I hope you can forgive me!

THE SOAP BOX RADIO

Time marches on
Hell and high water abound
Everything around us has meaning

Some days are brighter than others
One leading into the next
Another day to give thanks
Perservering in spite of trials

Because we are one in this life
Our souls cry out when we lash out
X-ray vision into the present future

Rarely seen and yet
Always noticed
Did we fall so far away?
I think we have
Or perhaps in the end there is still a chance

#MLM = My Life Monday — Things are pretty simple today

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I decided to do a different kind of post every day on this WordPress blog… Follower Appreciation Friday, Throwback Thursday, Write Bloody Wednesday… So… to do something for Mondays and Tuesdays… It’s Monday so to keep with the catchy tag for the posts I decided on “My Life Monday” which will basically be a weekly post about random stuff going on or that I am thinking about at the time.  My life is pretty simple so don’t expect a lot of super in depth stuff here! :-P

That’s all that I am thinking about at the moment this week… maybe next week will be a bit more interesting, eh?  ;-)

The bf and me this past spring 2013… this is my life: sunny days in Phoenix, AZ and smiles with my love. :-)

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday — Thank you doctorbipolar! ^_^

Well hello there! :-)

As you may know if you’ve been following this blog for a bit, I like to appreciate those who take the time to add me to their blog subscriptions. For this reason “Follower Appreciation Friday” was born. I want you all to know how much I truly do appreciate your support!

I was posting images of a list of who is following me but I decided to go back to what I used to do on tumblr. I have an ongoing project where I am writing a poem for each of my followers. Each poem is an acrostic of their screen name and if possible the poem includes aspects of whatever their blog is about.

This week I am starting on my WordPress peeps since they are currently the smallest group. Then I will move to twitter, back to tumblr, and then to the big list on facebook. If I get any new followers during the week, I will acknowledge them and then do the next poem on the list (on WordPress it appears to be in alpha order)

This week the lucky winner as it were is doctorbipolar! Click the name to see the blog and Doc, I hope you enjoy your poem! :-)

 

Mental Journey

dealing in the mind
one can only imagine the inside
care for the many, care for the few
today is the time to deal with it
or face the consequenses of neglect
realities of end results

brains are magical and wonderful things
inner space seemingly infinite
possibilities are endless
only the self can know for sure
leading one way and/or another
and/or another
rolling along in this simple habit

 

 

From chapbook to perfect bound (part 2)

I’ve been posting on my tumblr about my experience with CreateSpace.com to self-publish my chapbook into a perfect bound book and I also submitted my audio to have my CD available to sell online as print on demand. Going to pick up where I left off in the last post.

 

09/14/2013
So now I am waiting to see if my uploads pass the final review. I am guessing this is the part where an actual human being looks at the files. Super cool that it will all be put over to Kindle Direct Publishing for me!  CreateSpace has been pretty awesome so far. If only getting a book published traditionally were this easy! :-P

 

09/15/2013
Still working on this book…
The review came back that the cover needed some changes. I changed the cover and resubmitted. Hopefully I will hear back that all is well and I can move on to the Kindle step.
While I’m waiting I started a CD project so that I can do on-demand CDs too. I’ll let you know how that turns out. :-)

 

09/16/2013
Review of my book upload is complete! :-D
Got the email that my book passed review and now I need to check the proof. They offer a free PDF that I can download and print but I decided to go with ordering a physical copy of the book to proof it. It will get here in about a week (I could’ve paid for expedited shipping but I chose not to).   I’M SO EXCITED!!!! ^_^

 

09/17/2013
I mentioned that I started a CD project on CreateSpace…
I don’t have AIFF files so I am using my mp3s. I was thinking I could download my  CD in AIFF format since I have free codes to use on bandcamp. But… no AIFF option on bandcamp (four or five OTHER options, just no AIFF). So… I downloaded a higher quality mp3 format to maximize my upload to CreatSpace.   in the meantime, I kind of got hung up on the cover part of the CD set up… it is a bit more complicated than the book cover since there is the booklet AND the jewel case insert (the images behind plastic in clear cases) AND the image on the CD itself. My files are just for a simple insert card so I have a lot of changes to make.

 

09/18/2013  
FINALLY finished the CD project upload…
Files are reviewed within 10 business days. I’m a little concerned because there was no clear place for the side text so it may come out with none and that may not be approved.
Once I get the notification that my CD is good to go, I will post a link. :-)

 

09/19/2013 
I GOT THE PROOF COPY OF MY BOOK!

It was well worth the $6 (which includes shipping) to get it and have a production quality book in my hands. Sadly, it seems like every other page has an error that SOMEHOW was missed in the numerous times I went over the text and cover. There were a lot of things that I could have swore I already corrected before uploading. This delays my Kindle release until I get it all squared away. :-/

So… I have to be sure that ALL the corrections I made/am making are actually SAVED in the file that I upload for the corrections. I’ve already corrected the front cover image since what is wrong with that is not visible in the online preview that I looked at when I was setting it up. Now to fix all the little interior typos and be sure the saved item is 100% correct. I’m thinking I should print out the Word doc this time, but since I don’t have a printer it may actually be cheaper to have the proof sent (just not as quick).

Back to work for me while I wait for the CD to be reviewed and see if that comes out the way I want. I’ll keep you posted! :-)

 

09/20/2013 
CreateSpace stuffs…

So yesterday I finished up the corrections on the book and resubmitted the files for the interior and cover… Today I got the message that the proof was ready for the book and for the CD as well. So I ordered the proof for the CD (no online proof option was available for the CD). I decided to order the proof of the book as well. Turns out that was a mistake because I realized I didn’t double check the online proof first and OF COURSE when I looked at it there was a blank page missing in the front that messed up the arrangement of my pages. OH WELL. I’ll wait for the new proof book to just have for me and then I will submit the RE-edit with the blank page added and THAT will be what gets printed.

I decided to just submit to Kindle as is.  Thankfully CreateSpace allows for the Kindle file transfer without the print proof being approved by me so I am able to review what the Kindle version will look like… I don’t  like how the margin formatting looks on the online preview of the Kindle version… I was hoping it was set up to auto size to fit to the screen. More work to do I guess. I’ll keep you posted! :-)

 

09/22/2013  
STILL working on the CreateSpace and Kindle stuffs…

I still had one minor error in formatting on the print version and trying to get the ebook to look right is not going well since the formatting is dependent on the device used and the size of font the reader decides to use. So… for the kindle I just changed where the page breaks are and for the print book I added the blank page so the flow of the book would be correct. I’m not going to order another print since it was my own fault for not checking the online print first. Or maybe I will order another print just to have it. We’ll see after the file review is complete.

On the sales end… I went ahead and paid the extra $25 to have my book in more markets event though I have no idea if it will really do any good. I chose the 70% royalty on the ebook on Amazon.com to hopefully maximize my earnings there. We’ll see how that works for me in the short and long run. Stay tuned!

 

09/25/2013   
I got my hard copy proof of the second edit…

I am STILL finding things in it that I could have SWORE were already corrected and saved on the file I uploaded. Still worth saving the $350 to do all this myself and not have someone else do all this checking and rechecking.

In the meantime, the Kindle is up and running and is the only thing that comes up if you search Niccolea. Only $3.99 for the ebook. :-)

 

09/26/2013
Got my proof copies of my poetry book and CD!

I HAVE MY PROOFS! ^_^

My first professional looking CD! ^_^

Still tweaking my blog sharing and stuff…

Looks like it does NOT share if I do the “Quick Post” option. Duly noted.

Also… I need to turn off my tumblr  and Facebook share connections to my poetry twitter since it goes there in triplicate from WP, FB, and tumblr. OOPS.

To Ad or Not to Ad

I like my WordPress better than my Blogger but my Blogger has Google AdSense that I can get paid for… and even my Weebly site connects to my AdSense but I need to make it pretty like my WordPress and it’s not as easy… if Weebly’s blog function allowed for scheduling a queue and sharing across the networks then it would be nearly perfect… so…

Back to WordPress… My other blogs I can monetize without an upgrade, but I have to APPLY to see IF my WordPress can be monetized and only if I pay for the blog to be mapped and/or hosted as a domain. I would have to make $26/yr just to break even and if WordAds work like AdSense,  I don’t have enough traffic yet for that expense to pan out… We’ll see what I end up doing… I’ll keep you posted!

#FAF = Follower Appreciation Friday

THANKS FOR FOLLOWING MY WORDPRESS! ^_^

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The process of my life journey…

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I am travelling in 2013 because I was bound and determined to leave Phoenix, AZ this year.

I had this bug in my system ever since late 2008 or early 2009. The question then was: WHERE TO? In 2010 after featuring in Albuquerque, I decided that I was in love and that would be my new home in 2012 or 2013. Then in 2011 the desire to leave the USA entirely got into me. I had friends who taught English abroad and thought about getting certified to do that. Then I heard about WWOOFing – volunteering on an organic farm and that seemed like a great idea too! So then it was just a matter of deciding which track and where.

Then in August of 2012 my friend Dovid invited me to go with him on his adventure to circumnavigate the globe! I threw myself into that idea full keel and immediately made a facebook page for the trip which has been dubbed The Emuna Endeavor after the name of the boat (Emuna which means faith in Hebrew) and part of the name suggested by my friend Cisco (who is the first recipient of the beach pack prize). So no less than half of my time has been spent looking things up and building the foundation by which we can share our journey as well as gain funding for the trip as well.

Since the actual shove off date for The Emuna Endeavor isn’t until July 2013, there are other parts to my personal journey outside of the Emuna. First, I will be spending some time with my mother in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (more commonly known here as Rocky Point). Then back to Phoenix to visit during the 25th annual Art Detour weekend. If possible I want to visit my beloved Albuquerque before heading to Astoria, Oregon to begin my sailing lessons.

So… now to figure out how to fund my personal journey before the grand adventure! So far I am selling my art pretty regularly so I have half of the money to get to Mexico. Once I  complete a commissioned art piece for $200, I will have the money to get to Albuquerque. Then I will need $500 to get to Oregon from New Mexico. Plus all the small incidental things like my phone bill and whatnot.

It’s all a wonderful day to day trip with so many small parts and steps. Each step teaches me something new about life, people, and myself. I am loving it so far and am looking forward to all the next parts!

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Finding the Erasure of My Silence

“By speaking my story I am adding to the erasure of that silence”
~ Jasmine Schlafke on the systematic silencing of marginalized groups

I am a woman, and Black, and diagnosed with clinical depression… and yet… I don’t feel like I have a story. I was a childhood witness to addiction and physical abuse and yet I don’t feel like that witness is enough. I survived date rape but feel like it is not something anyone would want to hear about.

I wonder sometimes how to get past all these blocks in my speech. I don’t know most days how to tell my story or if I try, it comes out so distant from myself that I feel like it is ineffective. I flip flop between wanting to just get it out and into the air, and wanting it to actually be a meaningful help to someone who has also been silent.

Perhaps the inability to tell my past is why I focus on writing my now and my future. Why I create adventure after adventure. I am fire barely controlled. I am a circus act of moderate proportions. I dance to release and sometimes control my feelings. I am a poet and painter and picture taker. I have become a Jill of all trades and a master of none. I become a slave to my own sense of being interesting to the world.

As I write this I am realizing how much I have to tell. I am nearly native to Arizona which is a state nationally notorious for it’s super right winged closed mindedness. How did I grow to be a hetero-flexible person in spite of my self chosen Christianity in a place where the conservative hierarchy makes the rules?

Maybe there is too much to tell. Will I even be able to think about all the things I could tell from before as I am preparing for the future? Once I am on my amazing journey, will I have space in my brain for organizing my many tales into something worth sharing? I honestly don’t know. I just know I have to acknowledge that I actually DO have something to say.

All I really know at this point is that I have to remember who I am at my core. I have to thank every immortal cell in my body and thank all the energy in the universe for all that I  had, all I have, and all I will have. For now, that is what I do to survive this magical carpet ride of life.