Monday, December 26, 2011

Global Renaissance

A global renaissance of young artists, entrepreneurs, and activists is currently on the rise. You will see young individuals taking different measures to get themselves out into the public eye. Some of these different avenues are by means of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, personal websites, and other methods. Just look at the protests in Egypt about a year ago. These young activists utilized facebook and twitter accounts to get their messages to others.

Now let’s look at the group Mindless Behavior.  The group discusses on the Mo’nique Show that the internet helped make them famous.

Recently, I had an older friend tell me “It’s just amazing how young people are becoming so active. It’s like a young people’s movement to conquer their aspirations.” I, author and entrepreneur, am so happy to be involved in this movement, which is very similar to the The Renaissance and The Harlem Renaissance. This is a time where we can show the world who we are by displaying our God given talents and other talents that had to be molded. These talents include, but are not limited to: writing, drawing, dancing, singing, starting a business, operating a business, and just being an inspiration to other around us.

This is the time to stop our long awaited idea of what we need to do and just do it. Like the saying goes“talk is cheap.” Talk often allows us to picture what we need or want to do; however without the force pushing us from behind, it’s just that; talk.

~Strive toward being more than just talk.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

'Tis the Season for a Little Mobile Cart Shopping

In today being Christmas Eve, I decided to do a little shopping. My mother also decided to go shopping with me, which was a big shock because she rarely liked to shop and would prefer to stay home or go to bingo. Arriving at Target, I suggested that my mother use a mobile cart because she has knee tendonitis. I thought it was a great idea! Well, that was until she started redecorating the store.

First she backed up, instead of going forward. Ok, so that was not a good sign; however I thought everything would get better as she familiarized herself with how to drive the cart. I found myself laughing with a couple of women who engaged me with stories of their mother using a mobile cart. One woman stated, “My mother used one of those before. She ran straight into shelf, which she had been looking at right before she ran into it.” Another lady told my mother “I drive my car the same way.” My mother and I laughed because we honestly knew that her driving techniques were not the greatest.

Our little adventure at Target helped me to recognize that our experience at Kroger could not occur the same way. This time, I decided to have my mother provide me with her shopping list. I opted to go shopping for her, while she sat in front of the store and waited for me. What was a girl to do, when Kroger had shelves of breakable items? You probably would have done the same thing.  Well, mother's play a big role in families, especially shopping with them; they give us a good laugh, keep us on your toes, and love to decorate.

~Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, and Happy Kwanzaa


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Gift Givers"

Individuals in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas have truly given the gift of literacy by donating books to Better World Books through the “A Better Community through Literacy Book Drive.” The book drive was developed with the intent to raise 100 books by January 31, 2012.  Well guys, we are very close to reaching our goal.  We currently have 56 books and hope to acquire 44 more books by the 31st of January. 

Can you help us reach our goal?  These individuals helped and are waiting for you to be added to the list of contributors.  They are also waiting for your creative picture to be added among them, to show the community what giving truly looks like.

Neriyah and her “Books, oh my” scene

Jaiden and her “Gifts of Literacy

 Lineal and his “This I s How We Do It” Montell Williams photo op

Takiyah and her “Action Plan” pose with Suze Orman.”

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Nutcracker 2011

(As described by Michelle, Shanise, and Jaiden)

Hi everyone!  Well, it was that time of year again.  It was time for the performances of the Nutcracker to take place at The Ohio Theatre.  I had the pleasure of attending a performance last year; however was unable to do it again this year.  My sister and two nieces attended the performance this year; two of them being spectators and one being a performer.  My sister and niece enjoyed the playfulness of Shanise and her castmates, as they performed a traditional Christmas play.

Michelle stated “at one point, Jaiden asked me what was Shanise doing?  Shanise was on the stage moving all around and being playful. I thought it was cute.”

Jaiden stated “my favorite part was when the mice came out.  They put their hands up and down. Shanise was being so silly.  She did a great job.”

Shanise stated that “the play was fun.  I was the baby mouse this year.  Next year, I hope to be a Ginger and Mouse.”

In thinking about the play last year, it was absolutely astounding.  I was surrounded by my niece, nephew, and father.  We absolutely loved the play and would have accepted any encore that would have occurred.  We congratulated Shanise in her wonderful job as a Page.  She exemplified the right attitude of a performer by smiling, dancing, and just enjoying herself.  I wish my niece much success as a ballerina and future performances with BalletMet.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanzaa, and other celebratory words used for the holiday season.

~A Special Christmas Treat

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hatred: A Technique Used to Control and Discredit People

Let’s review the word hatred, to give you a better understanding of what we are dealing with. defines hatred as prejudice, hostility, or animosity. So in other words, someone or a group have displayed bitterness or some type of ill will toward another person or group. This word has been around for many years and by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere. Hatred is sometimes rooted within the family. The family plays a big role in a child’s growth and development. The family is the foundation of why people act a certain way. Sometimes, we as people, look down on our family for acting or doing certain things, not realizing that we act and do some of the same things. Awareness is the first step in making a change. It allows us to truly understand the moralities of the subject matter. Take these commonly used quotes for example, “man, they’re working us like a bunch of Mexicans/Hebrew slaves” or “you Indian giver.” Everyone general gets the gist of what is being explained; however these quotes are derogatory. In hearing your parents, family members, and friends make certain comments, it is only natural to pick up on some of the things they have stated without really understanding what it truly means. This is when taking an active role in the comments you make comes into play. You not only have to understand what is being said; however you also have to make a conscious effort not to display hatred toward other people by making certain comments.

My first experience with hatred was when I was in undergraduate school. I was working for a well-known restaurant. It was morning time and some of our regular customers were in the restaurant for a cup of coffee and a morning snack. Two customers approached me for a refill on their coffee. One of the individuals was acting in an inappropriate manner, which made his friend comment on his behavior. His friend stated “man, stop acting like an idiot. I’m pretty sure she has enough of those in her family.” My first reaction was “wow. How could this man make this statement without knowing me or my family?” The incident was a little unnerving to me, how society could think in that manner. To me, his statement displayed many negative interactions I encountered prior to and after his statement. See, I had always been a happy individual because that was how I was raised.  Sometimes I tend to wonder, is it ok to be happy?  I ask this because I am often asked, “why are you so happy?”  My question is, “why not?”  Why not discontinue the hatred toward others and learn to deal with my emotions in a professional manner.  I’ve learned that hatred usually comes from a lack of understanding.  If you are not willing to understand the situation or culture, you are also unwilling to open yourself up to the many possibilities of life.

Hatred is still prevalent in today’s society. It consumes people’s emotions, discontinues the process of growth and development, and just turns this world into something that it was not intended to be. The following signs will assist you with identifying some characteristics of hatred or dislike for a person or group.

1. Lack of eye contact
2. Avoidance
3. Nasty stares
4. No response
5. Inappropriate slurs
6. Excluding individuals from conversations

While the information above does not exhibit all of the characteristics of hatred, it does exhibit some common behaviors. Next time you utilize a commonly used statement from your upbringing, make sure the statement does not discredit or slander other people’s culture or way of life.

~Think before you speak

Power: The Rise of Great Leadership or the Continuation of a Dictatorship

Power can sometimes make people feel as though they are untouchable. In this way of thinking, individuals will do things outside of their better judgment because who is going to stop them? These individuals will make outlandish comments, act disrespectful, and rule their empire in a way that only benefits them. In my profession, I have came into contact with a few individuals that were in for a rude awakening.

Take this male supervisor for example. Let’s call him Mr. Just-Do-It. Mr. Just-Do-It was well known in the restaurant business for being rude to his associates, especially his new hires. He did not believe in taking the time to explain certain responsibilities of the position, instead he yelled and screamed at his employees for not knowing how to do certain things. Well, Mr. Just-Do-It finally met his match when Mrs. I’m-Not-Taking-It-Anymore showed up. She allowed Mr. Just-Do-It to be disrespectful at least two times, before reporting him to upper management. Mrs. I’m-Not-Taking-It-Anymore wrote a formal letter to the company, provided examples, and gave suggestions to ways to fix the problem. Let’s just say that Mr. Just-Do-It will think twice before his next interactions with anyone.

Another example is of a female Store Manager. Let’s call her Ms. No-Professionalism-At-All. Ms. No-Professionalism-At-All was well known in the coffee business for saying and doing whatever she wanted. She made fun of people with disabilities, quoted many racial slurs, and fired anyone who questioned her motives. Mrs. No-Professionalism-At-All was finally reimbursed for her previous indiscretions. She was fired from her long time position for kicking an employee who she utterly disliked. Tell me, is inflicting pain or harm on someone ever worth being fired for? This really depends on who you are talking to about this matter. My response is NO!

Now, let’s look at another characteristic of power. Take Kanye West’s song Power for example. He discusses the power of a certain race being chosen and how “no one man should have all that power.” The song really makes you think about power and how it’s distributed. Power usually comes at the disadvantage of another, which has the ability of placing one person or group’s needs ahead of another. While the possessor of power should try to be fair when making decisions, his/her decisions are sometimes not as fair as they could be because they lack knowledge, do not care about the situation, or want to be controversial about the situation.

Individuals should display the following characteristics when in power:

1. Knowledge- Awareness of the subject matter and the many issues facing it.
2. Empathy- The ability to show understanding, sympathy, and compassion.
3. Reason- Skill in analyzing information and coming to a conclusion

~How have you exercised your power today?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happiness Should Never Come at the Expense of Other People

When dealing with some people, it can be like talking to a wall. You have to position yourself to “knock down that wall,”as my sorors would say. Success is not going to be easy. On many occasions, you will have to deal with negative attitudes and influences. Just tell yourself, “I am better than the negativity that is being shackled around my ankles. I will not be subdued to these experiences and consequences of them. I will be more than the negative attitude of others.”

Negative attitudes can be disturbing; especially if they are due to the person not liking the positivity and glow that you exude. Some people will try and transfer their negative energy to you by diminishing your character. This will come in the form of nasty stares, verbal and physical attacks, complaining, and/or talking about others. This may be the only way they know how to be happy; however do not give in to it. Happiness should never come at the expense of others.

The following five steps will assist you with riding the negativity from your life:

1. Learn how to use negative and positive energy to benefit you. It will be hard at first; however it becomes constant with experience.

2. Find ways to take yourself away from negative environments. People may think you are being distant; however learning to deal with your emotions is more important than the views forced on you by others.

3. Cut those ties that try to drain the life from out of you. There’s nothing like those who see the positivity that’s occurring in your life and try to latch on. It’s ok to provide them with encouragement; however when encouragement turns into you doing more than they are willing to do, it’s time for a change. Let them go through their own experiences because not everyone was meant to walk the same path.

4. Network with supportive people who are willing to listen to you. In life, we all have at least one person who will listen without judging, hear without speaking, and see without assuming. These people are great to talk with because they allow you to hear your own questions and possibly answer them with the information you provided to them.

5. Knowing yourself is the last step. Spend time with yourself to understand your likes, dislikes, things you consider negative, and things you consider positive. Sometimes people will present you with strategies to rid yourself of certain situations; however if you lack understanding of yourself, you will not able to know whether or not the strategy works for you. As stated early, not everyone was meant to walk the same path. Knowing yourself would give you a clear understanding of your path and whether or not the walk was meant to be taken.

I hope these strategies assist you in your journey of riding the negativity from your life. To be perfectly honest, I still use these strategies to make my life less stressful and more plentiful. Now, it’s your turn to practice some of these strategies and see how life, minus negativity can be.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Better World Through Literacy!

I would like to thank the numerous people who have contacted me and my partners about donating books for Better World Books.  We are so close in reaching our goal of raising 100 books for literacy programs all across the world.  Within three weeks of starting "A Better Community Through Literacy Book Drive", we had already raised 48 books.  This brings us closer to reaching our goal, with only 52 books remaining.  You still have time to be a part of all the fun of giving and watching what we can do as a community.

All those who donate will receive special appreciation from me on Twitter, Facebook, and other media outlets.  Pictures will be taken of donators and sent to Better World Books.  The pictures will also be posted by me and Hampton Publishing House, LLC.  I will also create and place a list on my page, which will detail all participants and how they contributed.

~Taking an active role in helping to create and maintain literacy programs~

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Better Community Through Literacy Book Drive (Press Release)

Contact: Melica Niccole                                                     For Immediate Release
Tel. 614-259-7483

A Better Community Through Literacy Book Drive
For Better World Books

Author Melica Nicole joins forces with owner of Urban Spirit Coffee Shop & Art Gallery, Charity Martin-Via, and literacy enthusiast, Takiyah Baltimore-Nelson, in "A Better Community Through Literacy Book Drive." The purpose of the book drive is to obtain new and used books that are then donated to Better World Books. Better World Books sells these books for a profit and uses a portion of the sales to fund "literacy programs throughout the world with the promise of a better life." Businesses, organizations, and individuals who make donations to these four individuals will receive special acknowledgement of donations on Twitter, Facebook, and other web based media sites.
The book drive will be held in Columbus, Ohio beginning on 11/14/11. It is the hope of Melica, Charity, and Takiyah to obtain at least 100 books by January 31, 2012.

Please send or drop off your donations to the following locations:

Urban Spirit Coffee Shop & Art Gallery
893 E. Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203

Hampton Publishing House, LLC
RE: Book Donations for Melica Niccole
P.O. Box 29201
Columbus, Ohio 43229

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule a donation pick up, please email Melica and Takiyah to schedule a donation pickup. Be sure to include information about the pickup location and the best time to pick up the books. They can be reached at and

~Taking an active role in helping to create and maintain literacy programs~

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Michigan was a Success!

This past weekend, I attended the Michigan International Book Festival. I was so excited at this opportunity and even more excited that my niece was attending with me. This would be a great time for me to help mold her in going after her dreams and also observe her people skills. Our morning started at 5 am on Saturday morning. We had a 3.5 hour drive ahead of us and needed to get on the road by 6 am. We packed the car with books, marketing materials, and our clothes. We definitely would be staying the night in Michigan; otherwise the drive back would be horrendous.

In me driving to Michigan for the first time, I possibly made my niece a little nervous. She was asleep in the passenger's seat, as I continually looked at the directions to make sure I was following them exactly. All of sudden my mind thought, "did I miss something?" I must have missed something because there was a split coming up fast and I needed to make a quick decision. I chose the option to the right, which immediately woke her up. "What's wrong," she stated. I told her that I got off the freeway because I thought I needed to; however it was evident that I needed to get back on. She laughed and said "Oh." I thought to myself, "just my luck to scare the poor child, on our first trip out of town with each other." After that incident, I was fine. It was all good after my mishap.

The driving directions led us directly to the event and to our hotel. It was 9:30 am and the earliest we could check in was at 11 am. We chose to check in for the event because the festival would begin at 10 am. As one of the assistants searched for my name badge, I said to my niece "what if they do not have me registered as attending?" I laughed because it was a thought that crossed my mind; driving all the way to Michigan and not being able to participate because someone had lost my registration. Well, that was not the case at all. The assistant found my badge and stated I should wait for the Event Coordinator, who would then help me locate my table.

After the Event Coordinator assisted us with the location of my table, it was on then; our selling techniques of course. We decorated the table and then started talking to any and everyone that came in distance of hearing what we had to say. I told my niece that our objective was to not let anyone leave the table empty handed. I wanted people to leave with a book, contact information, promotional bag, or something with my name on it. We talked to everyone, had people sign up for our email listing, and only let two to three people leave the table without something in their hand. It was a great day, if I must say. It got even better when Janet Jackson, the Oakland County Commissioner stopped by our table. She stated that she absolutely loved the table set up and that we were implementing some great marketing techniques. We were also paid a visit by Authors, Cassandra Carter and Sylvia Hubbard. I wish both of these women nothing but success. Ladies, keep pushing and selling inspiration in the form of books.

After attending this event, I only have one more thing left to say, which is I love it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Poetic Outlets Sold at The Book Loft of German Village

Hello everyone. I have great news for those individuals that would like to purchase a copy of Poetic Outlets. Books are now sold at The Book Loft of German Village in Columbus, Ohio. You will truly be amazed in entering The Book Loft because there are books everywhere. It is like going through a maze of books and trying to find your way out; however stopping along the journey to admire or pick up a book of your liking. In visiting the The Book Loft, make sure you take enough money to buy a couple of books because I assure you that you will not just leave with one book.

Poetic Outlets is a book of poetry that shows my transition in writing from when I first started to my current writing style. The book will allow you to experience and release all types of emotions, as issues of love, depression, society, and attributes of a woman are discussed. I wrote Poetic Outlets because I love talking about real life situations that engage the reader, while pulling them ­emotionally into the subject matter. I want ­readers to ­experience the extent of each word on the page and be able to identify with that ­feeling. People have a right to read material that encourages them and ­provides insight to ­do­mestic matters.

So let me take you on a journey into my world by reading my book; Poetic Outlets. You will be glad you did.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Melica Goes to Michigan!

Ok, so do you remember last month when I was discussing traveling to a new place outside of Ohio? Well, I made up my mind, scheduled my trip, and reserved my room. The decision came to me while I was updating my status on a popular website; Facebook. I received an invitation to participate and attend the Michigan International Books Festival. I thought to myself, why not? Why not experience the feeling of talking and encouraging the youth, selling some books, and performing poetry? I was now ready to man my own table, after observing the authors at the National Black Book Festival in Houston, Texas.

The Michigan International Books Festival is an event "aimed at educating and encouraging youth to read and author books. The festival will bring together hundreds of book writers, role models and teachers of the literary craft." My niece will attend this event with me, with hopes of developing her interest in creating a comic book.

Let me say, come one, call all, we'll have a ball at the Michigan International Books Festival. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Can Breathe Now!

Hello everyone. My two month hiatus from blogging is over. The hiatus was due to me participating in various activities, which included completing my thesis project, taking a computer design class at Columbus State, preparing and implementing the It's a Book Celebration, working full-time, and trying to have a life outside all of those activities. Whew, I said quite a mouthful huh? I feel similar to my poem I Can Breathe. "I can breathe now. Finally, I am free and I will show you how..."

Pep has been put back in my step and I'm almost ready to take on my next challenge. Let's see, what will this challenge be? I should probably do something that would get my mind flowing and allow me experience life outside of Ohio because truth be known, I did enjoy my time in Texas. It's always nice to travel outside the city, visit other places, and then head back home. Some of my friends told me that I should visit California or Georgia and take a few of my books with me. Either place would be equally as nice, seeing that I have never visited those states. I'll just plan to visit one of those states in the next year and tell you all about it.

It's really nice to be back on here. I look forward in letting you be apart of my world. Until I type again.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Enjoy Yourself!

Hey there!

I know it has been quite some time since I was last on here; however I have been very busy. Busy as a bee they say. Before I get into all the details of my activies, I want to wish you a happy 4th of July weekend. Make sure you enjoy this time with friends, family, and the ones you love. Also, please be safe. I will be spending today at a cookout with my family. I am looking forward to the food, family, and fun.

National Black Book Festival Update
So as you may recall, last month I went to the National Black Book Festival. The event was held from June 10th to June 12th in Houston, Texas. This was my first time attending the event, so I chose not to participate as an author. I wanted to get a feel of what was going on and how I should approach the event next year. I met so many notable authors; one being Nakia R. Laushaul. This young lady was quite energetic and you could tell she enjoyed writing. I just had to purchase her book "The Truth As I See It." Nakia's writing caught me off guard when I read pg. 134 of her book titled "I Hope Your Ear Falls Off." The title was different from anything I had seen and I wanted to find out more about the content. In reading this portion of the book, I could relate to a lot of things she was discribing regarding gossip and practicing the skill of listening more. Since I had basically started to read her book from back to front, I decided to go through the front of the book and read more. I found myself liking more of her work, such as: Aspire and 5 W's and How: A Reality Check. I was definitely glad that I bought her book. Good luck Nakia and keep progressing to a better you!

My next table stop took me in the view of a good friend and sorority sister, Alicia Wiggins. Alicia smiled and embraced me, as my friend and I admired her table. I definitely had to buy a book. I chose to buy "A Place Like Home" because I already had the other book placed on her table. Alicia was very positive and enjoyed the various contact she had made at the event. I wish Alicia nothing but success also!

Before leaving the event to explore downtown Houston, I stopped and admired all the beautiful jewelry in the hallways. I just knew I would purchase something; however decided against it because I did not include jewelry in my budget. My friend and I chose to stay in the downtown area, seeing that we did not have transporation at our immediate disposal. In our navigation of the downtown area, we went to the Houston Pavilion. There, we questioned the line of people that spewed from Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. An employee told us that the company was about to complete a live taping of a karaoke show. The same employee motioned us to get in line and participate in the event. After waiting in line for over an hour, we were told that we would not be able to attend the event because the show was over capacity. Although we really wanted to go to the event, we did not let it get to us. We continued our navigation of the city and the book festival.

Upcoming Events
What type of person would I be without updating you about my upcoming events? Not a very informative one. Well here they are! Feel free to tune in, attend, or respond to these events.

Interview on
Tuesday, July 26th at 7 pm
Please tune in and ask questions

It's A Celebration of Books!
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Saturday, August 27th at 1 pm

College/University event
more information coming soon!

Please email me at for more information.

Have a blessed Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Thank You is in Order

Well, I promised that Poetic Outlets would be released soon and I meant it. Poetic Outlets will be sold on in a couple of weeks. If you are attending the National Black Book Festival next month, you may see a couple of the books in the Book Announcement Program. Make sure you find out more about the event and whether or not you qualify to receive a copy.

Thank you!!!

Thank you does not express how I truly feel for those who helped me through the process of publishing my second book. It's amazing how the process becomes easier and easier, as it is done numerous times. I would like to thank my editor. She did such a wonderful job with editing my book and providing me with feed back. I look forward in working with her in the future. Thank you to my mother and best friend who listened to me recite poetry over and over again. You both provided me with great insight to what works and what needs improvement. I thank you for your comments, love, and support. Thank you to those who have listened to me discuss Poetic Outlets, my aspirations, and my unwavering devotion to writing. I would also like to thank my supporters who attended my book signings, events, and have been steadfast in their efforts to provide me with encouragement. You are truly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Amazon Here I Come!

So pretty soon, my books will be sold on Hampton Publishing House, LLC has been working very diligently in getting my books sold on the website. I am hoping that everything will be up and running by late May or early June. Just in time for the Celebration of Achievements Event for publishing two books and graduating from graduate school in late August. There are so many events that are closely approaching that I am starting to get excited. These are all the things you have to look forward from me in the following months: release of Poetic Outlets (May), National Black Book Festival (June), and Celebration of Achievements Event(August).

Also, it's time for me to start thinking about a new state to visit, like Florida, Georgia, or California. I would love to visit one of the places I mentioned above. Let's just see where the wind blows and what state I end up visiting.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

National Black Book Festival

I'm truly excited about attending the National Black Book Festival in June. I'm looking forwad in networking with other authors, performing at the poetry event sponsored by, and the fact of being in Texas. I will be among great authors and my best friend, who plans to attend the event to also enjoy the festivities and get some new and exciting books.

So a few months ago, I had a conversation with a well known author about attending the event. She told me that I would really enjoy being in the presence of others with dreams as big as mine. That very fact made me smile with excitement because my energy would be magnified by others around me. She told me that her favorite parts of the event was networking with other authors, signing books, and stuffing her suitcase full of books from other authors.

I can't wait for this opportunity and I will keep you updated as time progressing toward leaving for the event.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Signing of Daphne Bell; Activitst, Author, and Radio Personality

I would like to encourage everyone to attend the Book Signing of Daphne Bell on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The Event will be held at Urban Spirit Coffee Shop & Art Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Daphne is an Activist, Author, and past Radio Personality at Radio One.

Show your support by attending the event and purchasing a copy of her book. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love was Supposed to be Everlasting

Love was Supposed to be Everlasting
The Male and Female Interpretation of Love

This work of art is dedicated to individuals who have been,are, or want to be in love. Open your heart to new experiences. Cherish what you have at this moment and open your mind to break the barriers that are hindering you from loving another.

Special Thanks to those who made this work of art possible: Kareem, Lionel, Victoria, Branden, Shenita, Caressa, and others involved in this discussion.

Ch. 1

What is Love?

Love was supposed to be everlasting. Love was supposed to stand the test of time. It was supposed to wrap it self around me and protect me. It was supposed to provide for me, support, take care of, and most of all love me. Love was supposed to show me a different side of the world that I had never seen. I have come to the conclusion that love is not always how you want it to be. I wanted love to listen to me and not be jealous or dictate. I wanted love to only view my beautifulness and not that of others. I wanted love to be considerate and not insensitive. Love was everything that made me feel insecure. It made me sensitive. It made me lose myself in it, for I did not know how to adjust to it.

Love made me think and feel in a way that I thought was impossible, for I was a woman of great strength and inspiration. I was confident. I was a woman who knew what she wanted in life and knew how to get it. Love did everything in its power to make me feel insecure because love itself was insecure. It beat me up and made me feel devalued. It was funny how love could make me feel unappreciated because love did not appreciate itself.

-True Meaning of Love
Love means safety, unity, and caring. Safety is a sense of security. It is a feeling of support. A feeling that you are protected from anything that is bad. Unity is a sense of oneness. Most of the time, it knows exactly how a loved one is feeling and tries whatever it can to keep the feelings happy. Love is caring. It thinks before it react or make decisions.

It is non-judgmental. It listens. It evaluates. It identifies the good things as well as the bad. It will not discourage you or make you feel less of a man or woman.
Love is knowledge. It is the growth and development of the mind and soul. It unites two bodies to be one mind, one soul. It accepts the responsibility of educating those who may not know what love should be. Love is not selfish. There is no I in love. It takes 2 bodies, 2 minds, and makes one connection. It is considerate about others time, for it knows life is short. It does not put the entire burden of affairs on one individual, but shares the responsibility. Love radiates affectionate waves that are felt and seen by those it comes into contact. Love does not cover itself up and hide or sink into its seat. It does not wonder what others think about it. Love has an aura of self assurance. It knows and shows the meaning of true love with each and every person it meets. Confidence is what love is because it knows what it is, what it has, and what it could be.

Chapter 1
Chapters 2-13 coming soon

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quotes from readers about "Dead Wrong"

"I would pay more than the asking price for your book. I know your book is great." -E.Y.

"I let my daughter read my copy of Dead Wrong and she couldn't keep her face out of the book. It only took her 2 days to complete the book. She loved it." -Daisy P.

"By the way, I just finished reading your book last week. I was impressed with your writing and you definitely have talent. You were able to describe things in detail, where the reader could visualize everything that was going on in the book. This was a very good first book. Keep it up. Keep writing and growing in your craft. Don't let anyone or anything discourage you. Take care." - Kellie G.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Poetic Outlets


It's finally that time. It's time for me to release another book. I'm really excited about this project because many people have inquired about me releasing a book of poetry. I have received a lot of positive comments from individuals residing in California, Washington D.C., Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, and right here in Ohio. When my avid readers and listerns tell me something needs to be done and it has presented itself time and time again, I listen. I am listening to your words and preparing to release my first book of poetry called "Poetic Outlets." The book will include poems that I had written a few years ago and others that were written a few months ago. You will all witness the transition in my writing, as I grow as a writer. It was interesting viewing my previous works because I had to decide between those poems that were absolutely horrible and those that still spoke sweet truths to my soul. I truly hope that my writing can speak to you in the same manner that it spoke to me when I wrote it. Feel free to stay up-to-date by visiting my page at MelicaNiccole. The site will give you information on my social networks and much more.