Excerpt: 10 Minutes before Sleeping

Excerpt: 10 Minutes before Sleeping

I shouldn’t be sitting here before you right now. We had such great plans for our future, so I have to wonder, how did I end up like this? How did we end up like this? Why am I even bothering to speak with you? Does it even matter? I mean…how could it ever make a difference after all that’s been said and done?

My life is over. I became a failure the moment I was conceived by adults who cared nothing about me. A father who was ashamed of me and a mother who had “better” things to do with her life than raise her only child. My kids might be okay in spite of it all, but how will I ever know? Are you willing to help me or is this just a story for you to tell — straight from the horse’s mouth?

There was a slight clearing of the throat from somewhere within the large, scantily-filled room, but other than that, one could hear a pin drop. The woman sitting opposite Eva in a cold, steel chair with the rounded seat simply looked on, unaware for the first time in her career of what her response to a mere question should be. But Eva was clearly different from all the others she had spent her valuable time with. This thirty-one year-old Cuban-Haitian was no regular detainee. This woman had a story to tell and Trina Hines – undoubtedly sophisticated and classy in almost every sense – would step on anyone or anything to ensure that she was the first one Eva would tell it to.

Don’t miss this powerful story. One that will likely linger in your mind for years to come.

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The New Year is Almost Here!

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Haunted Cruise: The Shakedown is now on Sale For a Limited Time – 0.99c.

This is going to be one unforgettable journey across the deep, blue sea.

Dellie Hayworth has landed a job with one of the largest shipbuilding companies after years of unemployment. She is sent off to sea with her marriage in shambles and seemingly beyond repair. For two weeks, she will reside in the luxury vessel, ‘The Caesar’, in anticipation of what awaits her when she returns home. However, she, nor any other member of the crew, can fathom what awaits them in the middle of the ocean.

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A terrifying cruise with unlikely passengers. Who would have thought that a simple shakedown could have turned out like this?

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When You’re In Your Darkest Hour, Read This — Thought Catalog

You might be alone in your room thinking if things could get any worse than it already is. You’re right. It could be worse later, tomorrow or maybe a few weeks from now. Nobody knows maybe the earth will suddenly shatter into pieces or a meteor might hit and wipe out our existence. Nobody…

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The Scottish Connection – New Book of Travels by Fay Knowles!

Recently released by Fay Knowles is The Scottish Connection. This is such an interesting read about Fay’s travels, along with her family, to revisit her Scottish roots. This mini-memoir is filled with photographs and rich history. It’s now available at Amazon.

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REVISITING SCOTTISH ROOTS
Driving long distances in a short space of time throughout the United Kingdom is the norm nowadays. However, in the seventies it was often an adventure to cover the length or breadth of Britain. In this illustrated mini-memoir Fay Knowles shares memories of her 1978 journey back to Scotland with her mother and young sons, to revisit their Scottish roots.

FASCINATING SCOTTISH MEMORABILIA
The Scottish Connection contains a wealth of information – Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable 1978 prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

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Buried Dreams

I believe the last time I shared this piece that I wrote with anyone was last year around this time. I made a bunch of copies for a class full of kids I was invited to speak with in their Creative Writing class. I hope you find it inspiring too…

Buried Dreams

 

You may have heard something to the effect of “The graveyard is full of unrealized goals, unlived dreams and untapped-into potential”. In other words, it simply means that many people have died having not lived their lives to their absolute, fullest potential. By the same token, I’m sure that some people tried to live their dream and worked really hard at it, but unfortunately, for some reason or the other didn’t see it materialize.

Achieving great things by use of our gifts and talents oftentimes do not come easily. People who have become majorly successful in life will probably tell you that it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, serious thoughts of wanting to give up, and episodes of utter hopelessness after seeing no way that things can possibly work out in their favor. Yet, they are now living those dreams and finally able to exhale. You may wonder what it took; how they made it and the simple answer to that is: Indomitable Persistence. Persistence in the face of difficulty; persistence in the face of opposition & ridicule; persistence in the face of hopelessness & despair; drying the tears, dusting themselves off and getting back up — and repeating that scenario over and over again.

The road to realizing your dream is not an easy one to travel. It is a terribly rough surface filled with unbelievably huge potholes that require a great test of your fortitude and faith to get across. You must be able to envision that beautiful, smoothly paved road on the other side although it is nowhere in sight. The bottom line is the desire to achieve your dream must be far beyond the comprehension of others; it must be glued to and ingrained in every fiber of your being. Otherwise, when the road gets rough (and it will) you will throw in the towel and put it aside – probably forever – and those goals, dreams & aspirations will join the millions of others in the graveyard. If it’s not difficult enough to test every bit of determination in your soul, then it’s not truly your dream, your goal, your aspiration. I believe we can all achieve whatever level of success appointed to us; many times we get so discouraged and give up just before the breakthrough. If only we can see how close we really are.

 – Tanya R. Taylor

Today’s Wisdom Key

An insult to a person’s intelligence is when someone has the nerve to take your kindness for weakness. Yet, unbeknownst to them, some very kind people are also very strong and wise people who can “smell a rat a mile away”. So how do you prevent yourself from falling victim of being used? Believe them when they show you who they really are and keep a safe distance. Learn to say No when something inside urges you to, all feelings set aside. Hold on to your dignity, yet continue to be thoughtful of others for it is a virtue. Many users are out there with faces and demeanors of innocent lambs with the warped mentality that people are “disposable” just as their daily trash is.

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