I’m a Finalist in the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest!


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Thanks to your love and support, I’m a finalist in the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest! I really appreciate all your votes and support throughout the years I’ve had this blog and the years I finally decided to take writing seriously. It means a lot you guys actually care about what I write and like it. I hope I can continue to provide y’all with good writing and fun times.

I need your support one more time in order to be an official winner. Please follow the link (http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2014-VotingPageFinalists.html) and vote for me (Tinika Ross). It would really mean a lot! It would mean even more if you got the word out to friends and family so they could vote to! The more people who vote, the better my chances. Please share this post or details about the contest!

Thanks guys! See you tomorrow!

Casual Racism


Inspired by a casually racist photo I saw yesterday and how NO ONE picked up on how sickening it was.

Casual Racism

Racism isn’t real!

It’s all in your head!

If you would stop throwing around your race cards

Racism would be dead!

 

That kid deserved to die.

He was a no good hood.

It doesn’t matter if he was unarmed.

He should have been good.

 

I touched your hair without asking

Because I just wanted to see how it feels.

Nah, girl.

You just wanted to check that it was real.

 

I put on rap music and R&B

Because I know that’s what you like.

I ask you teach me how to twerk

Because you have rhythm and c’mon.

That booty doe, right?

 

I’ll talk about reverse racism.

It totally exists.

People of color systematically oppress me all the time.

Why is it so hard for you people to admit to it?

 

Why isn’t there a white history month?

Why don’t I get special scholarships?

What’s the point of affirmative action?

Isn’t it kind of racist to have historically black colleges?

 

Why are you getting upset?

I wasn’t calling you a nigger!

I was just saying that they’re ignorant.

Why are you being so bitter?

 

I don’t understand why you’re upset.

I’m definitely not a racist!

I’m just complacent in my ignorance.

I’m more comfortable around more familiar faces.

 

It doesn’t matter what you say.

I will never change.

When you get upset about my casual racism

It will be you I blame.

 

Because racism is dead

And you keep talking about it.

It wouldn’t be an issue if you stopped bringing it up.

 

If only we could all be so blissfully ignorant.

Halloween Pick Up Lines


Halloween is the perfect time to pick someone up. After all, most the girls are dressed in skimpy outfits and the men are pretending to be someone they’re not. Aren’t those the basis of any solid relationship. Happy Halloween! 

I can’t find a Halloween costume so can I just go as your boyfriend/girlfriend?

I have a lot of tricks, but I think you’ll find them as a treat.

I wanna bob for your apples.

That skeleton over there said he’d get your number for me, but he didn’t have the guts, so I came over to get it myself.

Wanna ride my broom stick?

You must be a ghost because you’ve been haunting my dreams.

Love your pirate costume. Wanna search me for buried treasure?

I hear this house is haunted so we better stick together.

Want to find out what I turn into at midnight?

It’s a good thing we’re not in a horror movie. The cute ones always die first.

I’m not a vampire, but I wouldn’t mind sucking on your neck tonight.

You didn’t have to dress up. If someone asked you what you were all you had to say was cute.

That costume looks complicated. Need help taking it off?

I know what you should be for Halloween. Mine.

Shit to Listen to This Halloween


A couple of years ago I told you what to watch during Halloween. This year I’m going to tell you what to listen to. These are perfect for a party or a festive night alone. Enjoy!

Would You Love a Monsterman by Lordi: Lordi has lots of songs that make every day feel like Halloween, but Would You Love a Monsterman is especially awesome. It’s got a great 80s metal feel (although it came out in the 2000s) and it’s kind of sweet. Great lyrics.

Feed my Frankenstein by Alice Cooper: I had the pleasure of seeing Alice Cooper live over the weekend and his performance of this song was my favorite so I had to! If you’re immature like me, you’ll giggle when you actually listen to the lyrics. Hey, no one said the monsters had to be in the streets. They could very well be in your sheets.

Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie: Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a Rob Zombie song. The lyrics are hard a bit hard to understand, but the instrumentals are awesome.

Came Back Haunted by Nine Inch Nails: I chose the audio video only because the official video for this song is pretty intense.  IF YOU ARE EPILEPTIC THE OFFICIAL VIDEO MAY TRIGGER A SEIZURE SO PLEASE NOTE VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. It gave me a headache. That aside, sometimes there are things that are scarier than monsters and ghouls lurking in the dark. I think this song is a perfect example of that. And it’s pretty danceable too.

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex: Dubstep isn’t for everyone, but it’s a decent song. There is no actual talk of monsters, but some might say it sounds like a monster is dying.

Enter Sandman by Metallica: Metallica took our nightmares and crammed them into a song. As someone who constantly has nightmares, this song rings true in so many ways.

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon: Another fun and classic song to listen to. I howl along every time.

People are Strange by The Doors: Because PEOPLE are the real monsters folks. We’re all fucking weirdos.

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin Jay Hawkins: CLASSIC! I LOVE Screamin Jay Hawkins voice. The instrumentals and wicked laughter makes this song deliciously chilling. You’ll want to listen to it again and again.

Psycho Killer by Talking Heads: There’s more to Halloween than monsters! There’s psycho killers! Another fun song to sing along too.

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult: Season’s don’t fear the reaper, baby, and neither should you. Although this song is about suicide and the death of two lovers, it’s a good song for Halloween. Besides, it features a cowbell. Who doesn’t love cowbell?

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell: Monsters are lurking around every corner during Halloween. You never know who or what could be watching you. This one hit wonder is the perfect reflection of that paranoia. It’s also catchy and very danceable.

Thriller by Michael Jackson: Do I really have to say anything?

Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers: No Halloween could be complete without this song. It’s a classic. One could say it’s a graveyard smash.

Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr: Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! A cool and funky song to get everyone dancing and singing along.

Superstition by Stevie Wonder: Another funky song to get down to this Halloween. We can all be a little superstitious, especially during Halloween. This song is the perfect example of that.

She Wolf by Shakira: She Wolf doesn’t scream Halloween, but it’s an interesting concept. Very danceable and fun. And plus there’s howling? Who doesn’t like to howl?

How to Survive a Book Festival


Hello everyone! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog (when I have been posting), you know that over the weekend I was an exhibitor at the Collingswood Book Festival in New Jersey. If you came, I hope you had a great time! If you didn’t, shame on you!10676362_10152593735993283_1440712861369906217_n

This was the second event I’ve ever been an exhibitor at and I think it went fairly well. I haven’t quite found my niche, but I’m getting there. If you’re new to doing events too, you’ll get there too! Here are a few tips and tricks help you get through it.

Don’t overpack: There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious and optimistic, but if you don’t have a large following or expect a lot of people to come by your table don’t bring too much stuff. The less stuff you bring, the easier it will be to assemble and take down your display.

Don’t wait until the last minute:Waiting to get things at the last minute can cause chaos. Try to get your supplies ahead of time. The sooner you get your supplies, the less you’ll have to worry about the day before.

Pack as efficiently as possible: Try to pack things in as few bags and boxes as possible. Having a lot of stuff can be hard to load and unload.

Get a good night’s sleep: Getting a good night’s sleep is a must. You’re going to have to set up and dismantle your display and perhaps even travel a fair distance to the event. You don’t want to be fighting sleep all day while you’re trying to sell books. GET TO SLEEP! Don’t go to bed at midnight when you have to get up at 5 am. Don’t wake up at 4 am and stay up because you’re a nervous wreck. I may or may not be speaking from personal experience.

1688703_10152590155738283_5946910564576968027_nCreate an eye catching display: Attracting people to your table or booth is a must. The best way to do that is with an interesting display. In this instance, the skulls and the syringe pens did a great job of getting people to at least look at my books.

Network: TALK TO YOUR FELLOW EXHIBITORS AND WRITERS! You never know what kind of connections and friends you could make.

Bring money: SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW EXHIBITORS AND WRITERS! They’re trying to make a few dollars just like you. Support things you’re interested in. If you don’t have cash, at least take their cards so you could network or support them in the future.

Be personable:People aren’t going to approach your booth if you seem unfriendly or grouchy. Smile. Say hello. Be you! You are your best selling tool.

Have fun: Having fun is the most important thing to do at book festivals so don’t forget to do it!

 

Awesome List 7


Welcome to the 7th edition of the awesome list! If you’re unfamiliar with the awesome list, it’s where I tell you guys what I found to be awesome during that month. I know I’m missing a couple months and a few days late, but it happens. On to September’s awesomeness!

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Space Dandy: I know Space Dandy has been featured at least three times already, but it’s just that awesome. The series ended September 27th and I couldn’t have been more satisfied with it. It has become my favorite anime. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should.

Death Note: Speaking of anime, I rewatched Death Note and fell even more in love with it. For those you unfamiliar with the series, it’s about a high school student named Light who comes to find a notebook that belongs to a god of death. Light uses the notebook to create a new world in which he is God. If you haven’t watched it, you should definitely check it out. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Gurren Lagann: The last anime I want to talk about is Gurren Lagann. It’s about a two boys, Kamina and Simon, who were living in a village below the surface. With the help of a mobile suit device called a gunman, they break to the surface and vow to reclaim it. It’s funny, action packed and filled with innuedo. Check it out if you haven’t already!

Lisbug’s Shake it Off Parody: I thought this was the cutest thing! It calls people on their bullshit and focuses on the positive at the same time.

Ghostly Echoes Spooky Tales From around the World: Wanna get spooked? Then you should check out this amazing anthology series. All proceeds go towards the Chapter Book Challenge!

Teefury.com: Want to get nerdy t-shirts. Teefury is the place to be! Every day or every couple of days two different style t-shirts battle it out for your votes and purchases! They only go on sale for a limited time so you have to beat the clock. The only thing I don’t like is the shipping fee, but they have great designs.

Popuptee.com: Another great sight to get limited edition, nerdy t-shirts! There’s no shipping fee here and the quality of the shirts and designs are awesome. I have gotten a lot of t-shirts from here.

Cards Against Humanity online: The game every fucked up degenerate loves can now be played online with friends or strangers! It’s really fun and there are lots of different play options you can choose.

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack: I saw the movie back in August and got the soundtrack for it in September. It’s amazing! Very old school and fun. If you haven’t listened to the soundtrack yet or have seen Guardians of the Galaxy then you should definitely check them out!

Rammstein: Rammstein is a German metal band that I’ve loved since middle school. Some of their songs are serious while some are silly. Either way all their songs are awesome.

Bayside: I heart a couple of their songs in high school and never really followed up. Then I saw them at Warped Tour and fell in love. They’re an awesome band with amazing songs. Sure they may be a little depressing, but they’re awesome nonetheless.

 

 

Porcelain Doll (A Poem)


Happy National Poetry Day everyone! Here’s something I wrote between 3 and 5 years ago. I made a few changes before I shared it, but other than that the originality is still in tact. Let me know what you think?

Porcelain Dolls

Stockings torn
Top undone
Smudged lipstick
Bleeding mascara
Fat lip
Bruised hip
The price to pay

Don’t know what happened
Except she was the life of the party
At one point she was topless
Taking body shots off some blonde
Maybe four years older
The white stuff in her hair
Can’t be cured with head and shoulders.

She needs Valium
So she can sleep off the hangover
Then get dressed in her Saturday best
To play beer pong
Take a hit of the bong
Pop more pills
And find a nice warm body to snuggle up with it.

She barely remembers the sex
Only it feels soooo good
The sweat.
Body’s slapping
To the beat of a primal drum too strong to slip a condom on.

She’s gotten pregnant twice
Caught the clap
That didn’t stop her.
Nothing a little pill or party can’t fix
Because it’s all casual
And by the time anyone’s noticed they’ve caught it
It’s been too long to remember or too late to catch the shadow.

How will it end?

Like always.

Torn stockings
Upturned skirt
Top unbuttoned
Busted lip
Sore hips
Bruised arms
The price to pay

Even More Calls For Submissions


Hey all! I haven’t made one of these posts for a while so I decided now was as good a time as any! Take a chance and submit some of your work to these places! You’ll never what will happen unless you try. 

Uncanny: Uncanny is accepting non fiction, poetry, art, and fiction. They pay different rates for the different mediums you are submitting. The poetry submissions are closing September 30, 2014, but other than that things seem open ended.

New Wave and The Art’s No Entry-Fee Second Chance for Rejected Writing of all Genres Contest: Got a rejected story or poem  you think is a winner? Give this contest a try. As it says in the title there’s no entry fee. The deadline is October 14, 2014.

Canyon Voices: If you want to be featured in something a little more academic, you can submit poetry, short stories, non fiction, art and scripts to this literary magazine through ASU West. The Fall reading period lasts until October 17, 2014. The Spring reading period will be from January 1st to March 15, 2015.

World Unknown ReviewWorld Unknown Review has a strong focus on independent authors, but anyone is welcome to submit. The guidelines are pretty lax. There is no word count limit, but the more moderate in size the story is, the better chance it has for publication. Everyone who is selected to be featured in the publication will receive three copies and $15. The deadline is October 31st, 2014.

Acidic Fiction: If you write contemporary speculative fiction including sci-fi, fantasy, horror, slipstream and magic realism, you may want to submit something to acidic fiction. Submissions should be under 6000 words. They even pay $35 per story on acceptance.

Grievous Angel: Here’s another one for you sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers. Grievous Angel is taking poetry (36 lines max) and flash fiction pieces (750 words max). They also pay and it looks like submissions are rolling.

 

My Boy (Flash Fiction)


So sorry I’m late!

This a short story I wrote several months ago over at The Angry Hourglass. If you like flash fiction, you’ll definitely like what goes on over at The Angry Hourglass so go check it out!

Anyway, here’s the story.

My Boy

As soon as my human let me off the leash, I dashed across the park to find my boy. He had to be playing hide and seek somewhere. The park was so big. He could be anywhere.

I dashed behind every tree. I poked my nose in every bush. There were kids on the swings, but none of them were my boy. The slide was slippery, but I tried to dash up it anyway. As I rested under the jungle gym, I examined the children. None of them were my boy. As a last resort, I trotted over to the monkey bars. He loved to play there. No sign of him.

Maybe he wasn’t here. Maybe I was too early. Or maybe he was really serious about this game of hide and seek. When he tired of it, he would come. He would find me here and give me belly rubs. I loved when he gave me belly rubs.

I remembered the last time we played here. Me and my boy were playing ball in the field. A man came up to my boy as he threw the ball. Like a good boy, I went to fetch it. I saw the man grab my boy. He didn’t want to go with him. I ran up and bit the man a few times, but he hit me with a hard object. Despite the pain, I followed but it was too late. He stuffed my boy in a van and drove off. I followed the van as far as I could, but I collapsed in the middle of the street. That’s where my current human found me.

“Come on, boy!” My new human shouted.

I whimpered. I wanted to wait for my boy, but I was a good boy and good boys always listened to their master. I scampered over to my new human. He gave me belly rubs and a treat.

“We’ll come back tomorrow. I promise.” My new human said.

Good. Good. Maybe tomorrow I will find my boy.