THE CANDY MAN

A meeting on the high road, or a face in the crowd

She thought of him often, she just never said the words out loud.

Close to her heart she kept his memory tuck away until a spontaneous stroll down memory lane.

Lost in a time where nothing was the same.

It had been years but she had never forgotten his face as she wondered down memory lane.


In her mind he was still the same


He was lollipops and lipgloss a taste sweeter than licorice etched in her brain.


Beautiful unforgotton moments retained inside

A lonely letter scattered with words from his hand


A reminder of the teenager before he became a man.


Although, lost in his memories she may stand


Forever in her heart he would live on, her Candy Man.

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LOVE and BE LOVED

When we are born we are a blank canvas, unblemished. Unclouded by prejudices and insecurties we begin life. We have no idea who we will become when we are born, our only certainty is death. Even though, we may not know it at the time structure of life does not allow you to forget your mortality past a certain point.

It is true that even at your oldest age you are still or will still be learning. The knowledge we aquire is built upon year after year and there is ao much to learn. As we grow and become our own individual person. However, the childhood influences and mistakes shapes your views and the way how you see the world.

These days change is constant, being objective is paramount to functioning within a world that is ever changing. No matter what you thought before, educating yourself can enable you to see the world from another person perspective. Growing past your prejudices and insecurites will grow you spiritually.

Understand that tomorrow is not promised to no one!

Love and be Loved…

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EBONYS RUBY

They had said nothing since the money the car arrived. watching the buildings glide past they thought of the endless possibilities. Terrified Ruby silently wondered if this was the thing that would break her.

Sensinv her nervousness Ebony broke the heavy silence between  them and the rumbling engine. Thoughtfully she choose her words carefully, rubbing her sweaty palms together she cleared her throat.
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“They are not expecting this Ruby. It’snew for everybody.”
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Clutching Ebonys hand tight Ruby smiled.
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“I know it just so public!”

ebony winced and Ruby dropped her gaze, laltely she said all the wrong things. it was easy for Ebony, her life had been different.
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In a few minutes they would arrive at the event of the year, together. There was no turning back or retraction from the words they had whispered the night before. Ebony admired her blush beneath the shadow, nothing was more beautiful than her. Nausea rose to Rubys lips as the car cruised closer to their destination.
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“I’m scared Ebony, this is…” shaking her head hard, Ruby stared out of the window. “Different.”
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Ruby sighed, it had been most three years she wasn’t sure how much more disappointments she could take.
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“I understand if you want to do this on your own, but know I’m here for you.”
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As the car came to a stop outside the Finchley Hotel Ebony remained seated. Was she ready? Would this be the end tk their beUtiful union? None of the answers appeared.
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“What do you want to do?” Ruby asked quietly as she tried to tame the butterflies inside her stomach  fluttering uncontrollably
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“You ready for this!” Ebony asked
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Nodding faithfully Ruby stepped gracefully out of the car smiling at  the cameras flashing brightly in her face. Yesterday, she was just Ruby, a girl Ebony knew. Tonight she was somebody. Avoiding the intrusive lenses  Ruby rounded the limo and waited for the usher to open the door.
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Sliding out of the car Ebony stood six foot tall her slender body kissed by the dress she wore. Standing side by side they strode down the red carpet together.
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Pausing at the main entrance Ruby frowned. “We can’t do this.”
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Touching her left cheek with her fingertips Ebony whispered ” We can do anything together.”
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Looking into Ebony’s green eyes Ruby nodded. “I’m coming out.”

“Its time for the world to know.” Ebony continued.
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#ANXIETYANDME

There is often a moment of clarity but many moments of confusion. Anxiety makes it difficult to communicate with others and attend social events, anxiety can take over your entire life. One day you are the most popular person with a flurry of friends and in a split second you are a loner so introverted you forget how to accompany yourself.

Staying aligned with sanity becomes a difficult task but it can be better.

Meditation

There are many different triggers and they are not the same for everyone. However, stress is a key element of anxiety and can be relieved in many ways. Using Yoga and Pilates to calm and recenter can be extremely helpful. This can also help Autistic children have calm moments and a peaceful sleep. Meditating is not about thinking, it is about clearing the mind. By allowing your mind to unclog you breathe space for fresh energy and positive thoughts.

Anxiety and me have been friends for a long time and she doesn’t want to leave. Finding methods of coping with her has been a long journey but we are finally getting along. I know that Life can be many things but all together the journey is beautiful!

Live for today and let tomorrow worry about itself ……

Live – Laugh – Love

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#INMEMORYOF1996

1996:
The nineties was the era of disposable #cameras and grainy pictures. Double exposure or floating blobs of light distorting faces.
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You would be lucky enough to get one clear shot.
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Gone was the illuminious coloured shell suits and accessories.
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#SaltnPepa had #revolutionised leather jackets and large hoops. #Envouge gave us something we could feel and #SWV made us Weak. #KrissKross  wore their clothes backwards and #Snoopdogg brought rompers to life.
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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE #NINETIES?

Comment Below…

Jodeci

The musicial melodies of the nineties is what I loved the most.

#BACKINTHEDAY I went to #Jodeci concert, I can remember it like it was yesterday. The walkway between #Wembleypark and #Wembleyarena was packed with concert goers. To my horror my mother decided we should walk through the crowd even though, we were not going. I was so disappointed my bottom lip had fallen below sea level,  beleive me walking through the excited crowd was the last thing I wanted to do. When my mother handed me an envelope I didnt pay attention to her neat handwriting across the front. Instead, I almost ripped the envelope in half through fustration.
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Inside the envelope was TWO FRONT ROW TICKETS, seat one and two.
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#mamacamethrough
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I screamed and cried at the same time. #charlieandthechocolatefactory had nothing on me.
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After a few hours of #MaryJBlige and others it was time for Jodeci. I almost fainted when Devonte slowly pulled his pants halfway .
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This new project I am working on is called
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“In memory of 1996.”
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Playing old songs and watching old movies has enabled a re-education. #80sbaby #90sgirl..


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REPLAY:
#Music is a key part of life! There is nothing like a good #lovesong or  break up song. Back in the day all these female groups were #influential. #Creating a project combine with music draws on #emotions and #feelings while creating a #mood.
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Putting together a nineties #playlist to play while writing I forgot how many songs were unforgettable. I’m sure the #neighbours will be complaining about the noise tomorrow, but hey we only live once. #carpediem.
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So, in the spirit of the 90s Let’s play a #game..
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…LOOK AT THE LAST IMAGE CAN YOU TELL ME WHO SANG WHAT?
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A. Red-light Special
B. Hey Mr Dj
C. Weak
D. If you love me
E. Understanding
F. Kissing You
G. Let’s talk about Sex
H. Hold on
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ONE IS MISSING..NAME THAT GROUP..?
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Q & A

Hey Guys and Dolls,

I made a post a while back #askmeanything and I received a few questions on my INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK STORY. Although this was some time ago it is never to late.

So , below are the answers you have been looking for!

If I have missed anything comment below….

1. Do you only write fiction?

For now, yes.

2. What’s your favorite book?

I cannot pick one it would be doing an injustice to the others, seriously.

3.How long have you been writing?

It feels like forever, but I really took it serious in year five when my teacher took great interest in my work. My teacher was determined to see me succeed advocating for advance curriculum.

4.What inspired you to write?

I loved reading from a young age and I fell in love with the characters in Roald Dahls extensive collection, before graduating to Judy Bloom and R. L. Stine. I guess I just wanted to create my own little worlds that black girls existed in. It was always apparent that none of the characters I read about lived in my world. When I was introduced to Rosa Guy I began searching for black narratives far and wide. Essentially my love of books inspired me to put bed to paper.

5.Do you know that there are very few black British writers?

As far as statistics are concerned there is a limit number of black writers and illustrators in the field. However, when you cast you eyes across instagram beneath the hashtag #blackbristhwriters more than a few pop up. There are many resources available via social media and Web outlets. Multiple #illustrators and #digitalartist fully capable of providing services required ate accessible.

There is a hashtag for everything

#editor

#publisher

…you get the drift..

#publishers

6. How do you make contact with other authors and publishers?

As a independent writer finding the right people and sourcing the correct services can be difficult. Do not fret, social media has a whole heap of options available to you.

It is important to forge relationships with like minded individuals. So, send a few messages to illustrators and editors you like or better yet click their links and complete your own research.

By sending a personal message you could potentially curate a productive relationship that can also be beneficial to both parties in terms of advice and support.

Disclamer: If you get no reply please do not badger anyone. ONE message is enough!

Also there are many loops on Instagram connecting likeminded people. Requirements to join are below in their description box, each look is different. Currently I am fascinapted with #blackwomenlooping.

@blkwomenlooping

7. Do You ever feel like giving up?

The independent publishing world is a lonely place. So, yes I have multiple times, but something always makes me go back to doing what I love. In someways it helps me stay sane. Don’t be put of by the fact you might be doing this alone. This should help you remain focused on your goal.

Thank you for reading #askmeanything

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WHEN MORNING COMES: SHORT STORY


The distinct sweet scent of her love still lingered upon his flesh as she peeled herself away.
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Morning had already broken through the night and a sunray danced across her stomach as she rose from the bed.
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There was no words, they had been her before.

Once he had begged her to remain, but she had already attempted to erase their time from her brain.
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Redressing slowly as she gathered up the pieces of her  discarded outfit he watched her every move.
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Later he would replay them in his head.
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“Stay.” He whispered aware she wouldn’t.
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Sighing deeply she replied expectantly “I can’t, I have to go.”
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Even though, he wanted to rise, hold her in his arms and beg her to stay; he did not move.
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Instead he remain rooted to the spot stuck in the moments before morning when she was his instead…
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1996


Cara Jade had spent her entire summer conjuring a story of interest and turning herself into the ultimate girl. Soon she would be attending her new school and everyone wanted to know the new girl.
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Covered in cotton with barely space to see, she had no life, no story.
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Then she rememeber the popular girls takes, spoken under grey clouds. Cigarettes hanging from some lips as the others laughed really loud.
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Soon they were her stories of wonder and expeditions as she had gathered the pieces from memory and made her own.
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Walking through the doors all fresh and new she scoped out the cliques and the popular crews.
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Standing amongst the new crowd she relayed her stories convincingly  as they hung on every word.
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They were all fascinated by the little whore.
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In bed that night Cara slept triumphant she would rise to popularity. Only, the morning after she was faced with a silent solidarity. The picture she painted had tainted their veiw.
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How was they to know she had never been further than the bus stop and school?
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How was they to know she was full of niaviety?
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Although, shaded and shun she held her head high, saving her tears for the night.
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It would be years before she realised the story she had conjured had ruined her life.
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WORDS ARE POWERFUL BE CAREFUL OF THE THINGS YOU MANIFEST INTO YOUR LIVES AND OTHERS…
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BE YOURSELF EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN…..
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IN MEMORY OF 1996…
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THE ROYAL OAK


The red earth crumbled beneath her bare feet still soaked in the blood of her people. Their song silence, but the reminisce of their exsistance still clinging onto the land they had tolled and reaped for the other half  of her lineage.
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Returning to the land of her birth had never been a thought. Unconciusly she had retained the sentiments of her days upon this land and held them dear.
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Standing in the decrepit grounds of The Royal Oak her caramel skin tinting under the bright sun,  she wondered how her grandfather would feel to know she had acquired the last of his wealth.
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The last of his royal bloodline.
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Times had changed, the world had moved on, but the  Royal Oak had been rooted in her core.
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Even in it’s bloodly history and neglected state she knew its true beauty.
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Walking through the hidden path behind the big house she stepped into another world.
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A world beyond the beautiful house, grand columns and wild hibiscus. One that was once covered in the tallest green stalks of the sweetest cane and scattered purple blossoms.
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Now, the land lay bare.
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Tracing the steps to her mothers cabin she paused in awe as the last of the purple blossoms began to lead the way. Stopping short before her old home she gasped. Standing tall and strong, at the peak of its blossom was the last of the purple trees.
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It was as if they had stood guard protecting her story.
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Walking beneath the falling blossoms she smiled imagining her mother dancing upon the petals, free.

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TO YOU!

Making the huge step to promote myself and put my writing out there for the world to see seemed like a mission impossible. Almost two years in I wish I had taken the leap of faith sooner. To each and everyone of you who has followed me, brought a book or given me advice I appreciate you. To those who like and share  I thank you for encouraging me to continue doing what I love.
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The goal is not to be famous but to be remembered..
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For anyone out there who is still indesicive or struggling with confidence I say make the first step and everything else comes later. The journey will not be smooth, the road will be rough but each hurdle is fuel for your success.
Again I want to thank all 1219 of you and wish you success in whatever you do.
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Keeping rocking with me as I rock with you…..
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One Love Berries…….
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