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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

AIJAN Excerpt: Introduction

MEET DIVINE: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. She is fresh out of a long-term relationship and has completed the two-year mandatory wound-licking I-hate-men mourning period. Unfortunately for Divine, someone neglected to inform her that dating has been upgraded to new millennium level. But maybe she shouldn’t worry...hemlines aren’t the only things that have gone up.

Thirty-somethings are premium dating material now... at least for the twenty-year-olds … Divine’s experiences are the basis for the story I call Age Is Just a Number, a lens through which to view the world of online dating.

Since the year 2003, I’ve logged much time online—chatting, emailing and IMing. In that time, I’ve probably spoken with over two hundred people, male and female, and I’ve realized something:

I’ve realized that there are many Divines in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and financial brackets, drawn together by a commonality, a deep-seated loneliness or hunger for something—and by the generally accepted idea that the solution is in finding a mate.

This recounting, although entertaining, is intended to acknowledge that such a need exists, affirm the validity of that need, share the pain, caution the naïve, and pose the question that maybe...just maybe...the accepted solution ought to be an ongoing relationship with God.

In this blook you’ll find online dating articles, reviews and recommendations of online dating sites, a few extras, and of course, the first ten episodes of Age is Just a Number.

Welcome to my world!



Friday, February 24, 2006

Review: Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed

Hi Folks,

Here it is, my first review for Mind and Media's blog for books program. It's a great program that's beneficial to publishers and authors. The publisher or author sends the books to Stacy, CEO of Mind and Media and she disseminates them to a reviewer base of about one hundred. A reviewer gets a book by show of interest on a first come first served basis and in return the reviewer reads and reviews said book.

Upon receipt the book becomes the property of the reviewer. That's right, FREE books. (There is however a $25 fee when first applying to become a Mind and Media reviewer. This fee serves to separate the lookie loos from the serious reviewer. After that no other fee is ever charged--unless you receive and retain a book you never review, then there is a penalty charge of $50.)

That being said, I received a copy of Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed! from Stacey and I don't recall ever requesting it because my political savvy is about as good as Forrest Gumps ability to see the bad in people.

However, as I mentioned in the post King, I've been avoiding politics for as long as I can remember, but lately it seems to be knocking on my back door, so, since it's a children's book I answered it.

When I first began to read the book I worried about it being another overly preachy book, but as I continued reading and the author got into her stride I found myself chuckling as I sat in the waiting room of the doctor's office. Heck, even I could figure out some of the characters being razzed.

The author hits on quite a few topics:

1) Work ethic;
2) over taxation;
3) Inappropriate use of tax dollars;
4) Plight of the poor and hungry; and (my personal favorite)
5) Separation of church and state.

Overall I found the book a good read. It contained humor and some great illustrations, my only concern is that I loaned it to my nine-year-old nephew, a gifted student, who is at times more intuitive than his sixteen year old sibling. My brother-in-law was a political science major so my nephew can't avoid overhearing political discussions.

When innocently asked his opinion of the book, his answer, "I didn't understand it."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

AIJAN Excerpt: Foreword

This book (or "blook" as it has been recently coined)is based heavily on my blog Age Is Just a Number, which was created to recount an extraordinary two-year span of my life. Due to my hectic work schedule and doubts about the feasibility of readership, project AIJAN ground to a halt after a mere two episodes.

First I tried listing it in the Memoirs section of a serial Website, keepingitcoming.net. My story sat and sat and sat, with nary a purchaser. I could tell folks were clicking on the page, but there was no purchase in sight—not even during the buy-one-story-full-price, get-another-for-a-penny sale!

My brash confidence took a beating! My story had drama, betrayal, flashers and more … add to that a snazzy cover image with a gorgeous model (me … LOL). What more did they want?

By the way, you will be seeing "LOL" a lot. It’s an internet abbreviation that means "Laughing Out Loud." When I first began to use Instant Messaging I thought it meant "Lots of Love," which gave me quite a fuzzy feeling about the internet, but you’ll read more about that later.)

I rallied. I tried pumping the story on my own Web sites and was again disappointed, if not befuddled. This was great stuff! Had the whole world gone mad? Then one day, in an email from one of my writing groups, the word "blog" turned up. "I've just updated my blog!"

What, pray tell, is a blog? I asked myself. I then clicked my way to the neatest discovery since sliced bread—blogging! Once I dusted off my flailing confidence and began blogging, I realized that I’d found my niche! Something about a blog and the word "publish" seems to get my creative juices flowing in a way that Microsoft Word does not.

A few weeks went by and I received a sporadic comment or two—nothing like the droves I'd envisioned. But just about the time my confidence again began to dwindle, I made another phenomenal discovery via another blogger's post—BlogExplosion! A traffic exchange Web site, where for every two blogs you surf, you receive one visit, BlogExplosion meant a new beginning for me. It didn’t take me long to realize that extended surfing equaled visits, and visits equaled feedback—otherwise known as comments!

Due to copyright issues, this blook is not an exact replica of the AIJAN blog. Certain posts found online are not in the blook and vice versa. In addition, all pictures except those of me or taken by me have been deleted from the print version.

I did try to maintain the conversational tone and overall feel of the blogging experience. I've also held onto comments that enhanced the original posts. The beauty of linking was preserved in the Links section. In addition, I've retained the original dates so that you can have an idea of the time frame of the book. You have the option of reading straight through to get that "as-it-occurred" feeling, or you may utilize the table of contents to read by category. A glossary has also been provided for terms that might be unfamiliar.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Best New Author Award

Okay folks,

I sure could use your help on this one.

I'd like you to take a moment to nominate me, D.S. White, for the Best New Author Award at Cushcity.com.

"Nominate you?" you ask. "But I've not even read your book as yet… what's up with that?"

To which I say: "If you’ve ever read one of my posts and either been moved to tears, burst into laughter, thought, how'd she know? or said to yourself, she ain’t neva lied! Then I'm talking to you.

I parlayed the same conversational tone and keep-it-real attitude of my blogs into my book, so please nominate, and then vote for me, D.S. White.

To do so, send an email to nominations@cushcity.com, with D.S. White, Best New Author Award in the subject line.

NOTE: You may only nominate me once, but when the voting begins, you may vote more than once.

Nominations must come from friends (that’s you), family, business associates and reading fans, (you again). The twenty (20) authors who receive the most nominations will be tallied and the list of 20 will be announced by March 10th, 2006. The nomination process is just the first half, so I'll keep you posted.

First Place Author Wins:
FREE accommodations for a 7-day cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico with the CushCity Staff and Authors: Zane, Carl Weber, Mary Morrison and ReShonda Tate Billingsley, and comedians from the "Holla!" DVD series. And also a complete CushCity.com marketing/promotion package as Premier Author.

Now, just between you and me, I’m not real crazy about being on an oversized boat and traveling into international waters. The way I’ve been reading it lately, some folk don’t make it back alive–but I sure would like that CushCity.com marketing/promotion package as a Premier Author cause I’ve seen their prices and I don’t think they take payment plans…LOL.

Also, I think that entering the contest is a good way to start gaining some name recognition, don't you?

So if you’d like to help me accomplish the above nominate me, D.S. White, for Best New Author Award!

Thanks in advance,

Friday, February 03, 2006

The 411

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the abandonment of late, but here's a mini update with what's been going on with me.

  1. After 6-1/2 years my church met three weeks ago and agreed that last Sunday would be our last worship service. Since the governing body is a separately corporate indentity, that will in no way affect the DTA (Don't Throw (it) Away) program we recently started in Maxwell High School, targeting the troubled teens. Little did I know when I wrote the piece Endings and New Beginnings, how on target I would be. Although I will relish not having to travel two hours each way from PA to NY every Sunday, I will miss the fellowship of my sisters and brothers.

  2. I've been busy revising and rewriting AIJAN, the reasoning you can find here and it will be re-released by March 1st so all subscribers and people on my waiting list, look out for an email from me around that time with a discount code for either a percentage off the list price or FREE shipping.

  3. I've ordered my ISBN's for my publishing press in the making and they should arrive next week. This will facilitate my using my press' name on my book instead of Lulu's which screams POD (Print on Demand, which is looked down upon in the literary world. Yeah, yeah, folks always gotta have a reason to hate... LOL)

  4. I've also been busy setting up websites/blogs for the publishing press to be, an author site for me, and an online bookstore, so much to do, so little time with which to do it -- but ever so much fun! (Here's a sneak peek at the possibilities to be had from templates and shopping cart software courtesy of my Siteground.com hosting package:) Divine Truth Press(1), Divine Truth Press(2), Read Zone Online Bookstore, and D.S. White, Author(1), D.S. White, Author(2)

  5. I've started another blog (yes, another one) in a book pitch/book publishing community which I feel will be great exposure for me and my book, because the topic I've chosen to cover is self-publishing for the first time author. And did I mention that although part of a paid community, this blog is FREE? (Yes it is!)

  6. I've been sick off and on all week, going to bed at crazy hours: 8 pm, 8:30 p.m and 9:00 p.m. For those of you who know my sleep pattern, you know that's waaaaaaay early for me.

Anyways... just wanted to let y'all know that I'm still alive and kicking.

Till next time,

P.S. I almost forgot! If you're a member of Curves, be sure to get February's issue of Diane Magazine cause yours truly is featured in the Body Love section on the inside back cover. Large but beautiful. Which started off the "push-aways-from-the-table" I've been doing for the past 4 weeks and the weightloss total of 6 lbs. No wonder those models are anorexic or bulimic... Whew!