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Unlikeable

October 14, 2016
Unlikeable by Mirika Mayo Cornelius

There are no two ways to spell it. I’m what you call unlikeable because I speak my mind all the time, and whenever I try and hold it back, it comes to the roof of my mouth and then to the tip of my tongue, freedom breaks the chains of my internal structure, and it […]

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Short Nails, Skinny Thighs

October 7, 2016

I grew up like a stalk in the deep, deep sunshine, flicked my feet in the puddles of muddy waters and held on tight to my chair as my mother hot combed my kinky hair.  It was all there from the time I spent my first dime, caught some Jumping Jacks and committed my first crime…yep, […]

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THE END & On To THE BEGINNING…

October 4, 2016

  Two of my favorite things about writing stories – the beginning and the end.  I just finished Deception at Gabriel’s Trails V, which is the finale, and a huge smile draped across my face.  I was cheesing like Celie in The Color Purple.   Loving this series is one thing (and I love it […]

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Conditioning

October 1, 2016

  I don’t want to lose myself.  I don’t want to lose anything about me, just because of all the mockery.  I love the way my neck grows as far up from my shoulders as it possibly can grow, and I adore the way my lips form succulent pillows.  Sure, everything about me is long […]

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The Suffocation

September 29, 2016

  No matter how much I try to hold my head up high, I’m suffocating.  At first, it seemed tolerable.  If I could just make it to another breath, if my muscles would just stretch.  Contraction shouldn’t be this hard, and all this pain I shouldn’t have to disregard.  I just want to live.  Instead, […]

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ARTWORK ON THE WALL: Writing Poetry, To Me, Is Like…

September 28, 2016

  Have you ever been so caught up in a moment?  I have.  I’ve been caught up in moments throughout my whole entire life, the few bad to the many good, but they have all been moments in memory.  Whenever I write poetry, this is what I’m writing about. There is this emotion that became […]

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HOW I SET THE TABLE: Where I Get My Inspiration & How I Make It Manifest

September 28, 2016

  Here’s a question that I get asked often, but I rarely have the perfect answer when asked.  One would think that I know exactly or could pinpoint each and every moment in time that I feel inspired, but I honestly can’t.  I assume that I would know the exact time I am inspired, but […]

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Brand New AMAZON REVIEW Guidelines: The New COST to Leave a Review

September 26, 2016

I received a link from someone who wanted me to address what he stated were the brand new Amazon Review Guidelines.  To be quite honest, I don’t keep up with all the changes in the review policies all that much because I leave that up to the readers while I try and write the best […]

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A Word to the DISCOURAGED Author… (Video)

September 9, 2016

Authors, especially first time authors, make no room for discouragement in your career, and here’s why.  Press play and then subscribe to my YouTube

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Let Me Explain…Deception at Gabriel’s Trails 5 Has Me SOBBING!(Video)

August 30, 2016

So here’s the deal.  Deception at Gabriel’s Trails 4 is about to drop, and it’s amazing with about three different twists inside the one story which is why I can’t dive in and tell you anything.  However, since I’ve been writing part 5, I must say there is a point in which the tears will […]

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Why Reading Should NEVER Be a Form of Punishment But Instead a Pathway to Passion!

August 29, 2016
Illustrations by Sandford Greene at Soda City Comic Con 2016

Have you ever heard it, or even said it yourself, the statement “Go to your room!”  I have both heard it and said it to my own child, however, there is one thing that I will absolutely try never to say, and it is something that I have heard stated to children in a harsh […]

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Scoop It Up…All the DRAMA & FATALITY of FIRST DEGREE SINS in Storyline…(Video)

August 20, 2016

Straight from my mouth, I’m giving your First Degree Sins is 5.   Listen up and then download or get the paperback right here at the links below.  Enjoy it because it’s the business!  :-) AMAZON KINDLE B&N NOOK    iTunes/iBooks     Google Play      PAPERBACK AMAZON UK

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When Power Comes From BOOKS to MOVIES: SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Starring Djimon Hounsou & Renee Zellweger

August 18, 2016

“We are all homeless.” Yes we are. Just watch the brand new trailer for the movie SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, and then say you really aren’t going to watch this movie. I call your bluff. Starring Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou, this is going to end up being one of my favorite movies […]

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BRANDING: Authors, It Really PAYS To Be UNIQUE & CONSISTENT! (Video)

August 15, 2016

Today is all about BRANDING!  I did a short video about why you need to  MAINTAIN YOUR UNIQUENESS, the qualities that make you YOU, and remain CONSISTENT doing so because in the end, you will have met your BRANDING goals.  Check the video below to learn more! Read the I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE Trilogy […]

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How Being a Self Satisfier & People Pleaser Creates a SUCCESSFUL WRITING CAREER

August 10, 2016

Roadmaps.  They can point in various directions, and to be quite honest, if they are drawn up correctly, will eventually lead you to the common and most wanted destination.  When it comes to writing or teaching the aspiring author the how, whats and whys on getting his or her written project done most efficiently, roadmaps […]

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Want to Become a Prolific Author? Treat WRITING Like a FULL-TIME JOB…Except FALL IN LOVE

August 3, 2016

I did it.  Within two years, released lots of books, and I’m still writing and releasing them as I write this blog.  I STAY writing.  If I’m not writing, I’m reading something, and if I’m not reading something, I’m thinking about what to write, outside of the great, wonderful time I spend with my family.  […]

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The ILLUSION of OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: Authors, It Really Is An ILLUSION, But A Good One

August 2, 2016

It never fails. People from everywhere around the globe wake up feeling that they are meant to achieve something great and of high importance. This belief or feeling is true. We are all born great beings under God. After all, we are made in His image, with the capacity to create. It’s no wonder why […]

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Raise Your Hand If You Want To Be An Author. Now Raise Both If You Want To Market.

August 1, 2016

It’s hardly ever that we see a budding author desire marketing just as much as he or she desires to put the pen to the pad or the fingers to the keyboard. No matter how obvious it is that marketing will play a huge role in the success of one’s book, many authors get stuck […]

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THE FABRICATING AUTHOR: What No REAL Writer Should EVER Become

July 26, 2016

I’ve been writing professionally since 2002 as far as having a book published and it moving through the public market at a steady rate, sometimes up, and sometimes down, but there is movement. This is the reality of any self-published author. There are great months and then there are months that aren’t as great as […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: New & Upcoming Books To DEFINITELY Give a READ For 2016!

July 25, 2016

I’ve finally had time to find out about some books that celebrities will be releasing really soon, and one of the first that I think has a nice bit of appeal to everyone is the book scheduled to drop by AMY SCHUMER titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. To release in August of […]

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VISUAL TIMES Call For VISUAL MEASURES – Why Book Covers Really Do Matter

July 25, 2016

We live in a visual age.  Now more than ever when it comes to the freedoms that e-books give for all authors, especially those who are self-published, what the reader visualizes on the cover of the book makes a huge impact on its success. Long gone are the days where there are huge promotions by […]

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NEW TO BLOGGING? Make CERTAIN To Have Your Own VOICE & OPINION

July 24, 2016

Watch this quick video, but if you want a deeper explanation for what I’m saying, read the full blog below the video.   Let’s start here (only because I’ve gotten this comment/decision before): RANDOM PERSON:  “I’m going to start blogging, but I’m going to play it safe.” Don’t do this. It will absolutely lead you […]

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Why Your BOOKS Should NEVER Stop Selling – No Matter How OLD or RECENT the Release

July 22, 2016

I’m going to list some books that you’ve probably heard before at some point. You may not know the authors of these books, however, they are all well known. The reason I chose these titles are because they are books that were written YEARS ago. The Color Purple Kaffir Boy Carrie Crime & Punishment The […]

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Why New Authors Should ALWAYS Consider BOOK FESTIVALS As An Avenue For Marketing (Video)

July 21, 2016

  Last week, I released a short video about new authors’ marketing when it comes to book signings. I ventured off into what I call SOLE BOOK SIGNINGS where an author goes to a book store and waits on potential readers to walk inside to engage, BOOK FESTIVALS where authors hold book signings with a […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: New and Upcoming Books I’m Definitely Reading (And You Should Too!)

May 18, 2016

I already wrote about this some time ago (he changed the title of the book amongst other things), and I’m taking the time out to write about this book again with the official book cover. Here is a young Bobby Brown, singer and reality show star, who has not only lost an ex-wife we all […]

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GOING SOLO? 3 REAL REASONS Why Writers Decide To SELF-PUBLISH & Love It

April 5, 2016

Choices.  We all have them and can make them since the days of being able to tell the difference between two or more things.  Upon inspection and with a certain amount of awareness about the future, making the proper choices for our lives many times comes with a specific amount of ease after having weighed […]

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THICK SKIN. If You Don’t Have It, Get It…Especially If You’re an Author And Here’s Why

March 30, 2016

As I scrolled down my Facebook timeline, I ran into a piece from Business Insider that showcases many rejection letters that bestselling authors have received for their manuscripts over time.  Yes, they have received a LOAD of them, and as I read many of the letters, I smiled with joy at the author’s success after […]

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MAKE IT HAPPEN: Five Great Moments To Begin Writing Your First Book

March 28, 2016

I’ve been told by lots of people that they want to write a book, but they can’t find the time or the energy to do so.  After having heard many reasons for not being able to start and even finish a book, I want to encourage everyone who wants to write to do so because […]

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WRITING WITH GROWTH: Find Out Your Reason For Writing And Build On It

March 28, 2016

From the time you are in grade school, and with many children even before then, writing is one of the main objectives and foundations to everything you will conquer in life.  The written language has changed over centuries, and how we formulate ideas on paper has truly metamorphosed. Writing and how we speak to others […]

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Why You Need To Stop, Don’t Think About It, And Just Get Your Book Edited

March 22, 2016

There are some AMAZING stories out here, especially from self published authors. The books are so amazing in fact that many of them have been made into movies and television series that gain great reviews.  One of the more important features of all these written stories is the fact that each had a great edit, […]

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