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Interview with Kimberly Michelle Scott

Published January 28, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

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I absolutely love talking to new authors and learning about their journey. Kimberly Michelle Scott is someone I stumbled upon recently and we had a little chat about her new book, The Collection: A Book of Short Stories.Here’s a brief interview with Kimberly.

Q: What is The Collection about?

A: The Collection is a compilation of short stories and flash fiction. The first story, “Ms. Addie’s Place” chronicles the story of Nora, a compelling character with a deep secret, who moves into a boarding house for African American women seeking to better themselves. There she meets Ms. Addie, who runs the house. With a turn of events, her secrets grow, but luckily she has Ms. Addie, who will help her protect her secret at all costs. Below are the premises for some of the other short stories in the book:

Set at a funeral, a young girl struggles to…

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Writing While Different: Why Writer Diversity Matters

Published January 18, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

This is a very intense and controversial article that sheds light on what needs to be said. Well done!

Wrought Iron Reads

by Sondi Warner (2)–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads

I create. I don’t think that has anything to do with my race, sexuality, religion or lack thereof or that it takes special abilities. I think if I were a white Protestant male, I’d still create. I think if I didn’t have hands, I’d find some way to create. I believe this creativity stuff is encoded in my genes, irrespective of the other alleles that make up who I am.

But I know that if I were any other person, the framework of my perspective as a writer would be different. As a fairly able-bodied individual, I admit I rarely think to write a character with different abilities or different challenges than what I encounter. Would I write such characters if I identified with that demographic? And, you’ll probably never read a deeply religious book by me, but might that be the…

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A Lesson On People-Pleasing

Published January 16, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.

― James Cook

From a very young age, I taught my daughter about “in life.” When there was a lesson to be taught, I began it with “In life… .” I felt that the sooner I instilled in her that life is not fair, there will be hard knocks, and that she will not always bet her way, the better she will fair in this limited journey called life. I know would like to share that concept with you. In life, there will be naysayers and doubters; however, it is up to the individual to prove them wrong. Hopefully this lesson will be learned before it is too late. I would like to share a story with you. There was this young princess who had an illness. Despite this illness, she managed to live a life on top in her castle she built. However, her two sisters had two castles had castles in a nearby city. She always compared her life and her castle to theirs. So one day, she tore down her castle and went to live in a castle with one of her sisters in hopes of building a castle like theirs. With her sister, the room in the castle was very gleam. She worked very hard, with no pay, and grew sicker and sicker. One evening she heard her sisters talking about how she lived in her old castle. They said she was living “beyond her means” in the old castle. She soon realized that life in her old castle was much better than those of her sister, but it was too late to turn back, because she had already torn down her castle. She was working twice as hard for what she already had in her old castle. Unfortunately, she died trying to get the life that she once had already had. The point of the story is as old as dirt: The grass is not always greener on the other side. Others may at times think like the sisters that you are “living beyond your means” when in actuality, you may just be living beyond their expectations.

My New Year’s “REFUSELUTION”

Published January 14, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

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Refuse

We’re all familiar with making New Year’s resolutions, and we’re even more familiar with breaking them by February 3rd. Let’s face it, most of the time New Year’s resolutions don’t work.

But what if you went into the new year with a different mindset?

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, do what I’m doing and make a refuselution! 

What the heck is that? Glad you asked.

A resolution is the act of resolving to make a change to one’s life, usually targeting a specific goal and/or accomplishment.

Another way to put it is, it’s like pressing the button on a launch missile and hoping the target gets bombed.

My problem with resolutions is that it leaves a lot of room for failure, because targets are easy to miss. You have a much higher chance of not getting the soccer ball in the goal because there’s so much open space around…

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Are you Reluctant to Change?

Published January 13, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

― Maya Angelou

 

Whether out of fear or complacency, many are reluctant to change. There are a lot of situations you can’t change: lost loved ones, people, and the past (to name a few). Many nights I lost sleep over these particular items. I cried and cried and cried as I watched the deaths of one ex-boyfriend after another losing their lives to the street. None of my tears could bring them back, so I eventually had to accept that they are gone. For years, I was at odds with one of my siblings. I cried and prayed for that person to change. Accepting that I cannot control the actions of others was very hard for me. It was not until I changed the way I dealt with this person that change occurred in our relationship. Many have attempted to erase, re-write, or undue their pasts. I am one of those many. I grieved over my losses, misfortunes, and wrongdoings by others. I tried praying and twelve steps and self-help, but it was not until I realized there was nothing I could do to fix these and became grateful for the present did I find inner peace with my past. By now, I hope you have noticed the theme that resonates through this message. I had to make these changes. Nothing spectacular happened that caused me to wake up one day and my loved ones were back or people suddenly acted different or my past was unwritten. I had to make a conscious choice to change the way I accepted death, handled people, and released my past. I had to let go, because in the end, I was the one losing sleep at night. I was the one hurting. The choice was and always will be…mine.

~ Kimberly Michelle Scott ~

If you enjoy Kimberly’s writing, you will enjoy her latest book of fiction, The Collection. Visit http://kimberlymscott.wix.com/kmscott for more information on her works of literature.

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The Collection: A Book of Short Stories

Published January 9, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

Did you read about the story of the lady in the forties who had a boarding house for African American women who wanted to “better themselves?” One of the ladies that she welcomed in had some really big secrets…

How about the one about the little girl who learned a family secret at her mother’s funeral?

Then there is the one about the little girl who learned a valuable lesson when she hid the comb to keep from getting her hair combed…

You couldn’t skip past the one about the girl in underground prostitution that has to put up with all the bourgeois girls in her classroom who don’t have half the problems she does…

The high school football player being raised by his sister who passed up college to take care of the girl he got pregnant is a real tear jerker…

The story of the pregnant girl staying with her brother’s best friend (who she is really in love with) and his girlfriend and daughter will have you second thinking your choice of friends…

The girl living with her drug addicted mom who prostitutes will pull at your heart strings…

The dark side of fighting mental illness is a sad truth, especially when the family is ashamed and tries to hide it…

Hunted houses are scarier when your kids are involved and everyone thinks it’s all in your head…

Losing your job is worse when you are sleeping with the boss…

What if your daughter was kidnapped by her alcoholic father? How hard would you fight to find her?

How would life be if you were a newlywed couple in a house full of thousands of cockroaches?

Ever thought about if the “steals” you got at the thrift shop once belonged to a dead person…who wanted them back?

 

If these stories intrigue you, then you need to purchase The Collection: A Book of Short Stories, the newly released work of fiction by Kimberly Scott. It is available on Barnes and Nobles Nook press and Amazon Kindle.

 

Attaining Excellence One Word at a Time

Published January 8, 2016 by Kimberly Michelle Scott

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

― Aristotle

 

Philosophers have always had a way with words. Aristotle is no exception. The 500 words daily challenge has not been easy for me, as I scramble to check homework, pack lunches in advance, and nurse a chronic illness. There are many days when I just don’t feel like writing. Today is one of those days. I didn’t know what this blog post would be about today, but when I found Aristotle’s quote, I thought it fit quite nicely. By attempting this challenge and following through with it, I am not only creating a very useful habit, but I honing my craft, reaching for excellence along the way. Excellence. Success. With those words spinning in my head, the motivation to continue to write gains momentum. There is no award to be given to me for developing this habit, but knowing that one day, I will reach my own personal definition of excellence and society’s definition of success (we’ll discuss this later), the best-seller’s list, it makes the 500 words challenge that much easier.

 

If you enjoy Kimberly’s writing, you will enjoy her latest book of fiction, The Collection. Visit http://kimberlymscott.wix.com/kmscott for more information on her works of literature.