In Honor of National Author Day I thought it would be a Great Idea to have the Wonderful Novelist Charles Conyers write a Guest Blog Post.
If you were to tell me 10 years ago that I would be a novelist, I would have laughed in your face and called you insane. 10 years ago, I had no intention of writing a novel. I was a screenwriter above all else-- that’s where my heart was...writing for the screen.
I fell in love with filmmaking when I was 10 years old, when my dad brought home a black and white video camera. From those early first attempts, making kung-fu movies with my brother Preston and our friends, and animated adventures with clay and action figures, it was clear to me that I connected more with filmmaking than anything else. At that time, I was known as an illustrator and painter-- that’s what my parents were expecting of me, that I’d go off to art school and be an animator at Disney Studios, or something like that. After seeing Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” that was the end of drawing for me. After that, all I wanted to do was make films.
OVER THE YEARS
Over the years I made several attempts to break through as a screenwriter. I wrote over a dozen screenplays, went to screenwriting conferences in LA, pitched stories ideas to agents, all that stuff. Unfortunately, the only feedback that I was getting was, “You’re a good writer, but this is unfilmable.” Which is B.S., I mean if you have the imagination for it, NOTHING is “unfilmable.” I also heard “I wouldn’t know how to sell this,” and that pushed me into taking a 10-year stint in the advertising industry to learn about “selling” creativity.
Ten years ago, after over a decade in the ad industry, then moving over to broadcast, I still wasn’t thinking about writing a novel. At that point, I had built up a library of intellectual property but had absolutely nothing to do with it. Filmmaking had become less expensive, but ten years ago I was a single father with a 2-year-old daughter. I had rent and bills to pay, and a little baby to love-- I didn’t have the time OR the energy to produce an indie film. At that point, I hadn’t been writing on my own for a couple of years (again, no time). Every once-in-a-while though, I thought about a story that I had first developed in high school and over the years would take swipes at, and add to it. It was a story that over time got bigger and more involved. It was a story that I tried to write a screenplay but got 34 pages in before I realized that there’s no way I was going to be able to sell OR make a 6-hour movie (this was pre-Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/etc). Even though I had no outlet at the time, I kept developing what I was calling “The Maximilian Emancipation.”
Nine years ago, I was sitting in my Brooklyn apartment. I had just put my daughter to bed (it was our weekend), and I was sitting on the couch watching my VHS copy of the BBC TV version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the 100000th time. I can’t remember exactly what triggered this, I just remember the thought hitting me: “What if it was a novel? What if I wrote ‘The Maximilian Emancipation’ as a novel?” At this point, I was sure I was NEVER going to get it made as a movie. I just knew I had all this writing, all this work, this big story...and it was just collecting dust. After that internal dialogue, two words came out of my mouth: “F*ck it.” That’s when I decided that I would write my first novel.
As I write this, “The Maximilian Emancipation” has been out for 4 months (released in June). There’s a part of me that still can’t believe that I actually got this book done-- years of writing, draft after draft, saving and shelling out money to get it edited, and using my skills as a fine artist, I was able to design the cover, layout, and design of the book. It’s an amazing feeling to work on something so hard, and to have people respond positively to it-- ask any artist, you can get high off of those fumes for WEEKS! It’s motivated and inspired me to continue writing. I have two more books to follow up the story started in “MaxEman” (my shorthand name), the next of which will be out in June of 2018. On top of that, I can announce that this year I am entering the National Novel Writing Month event-- which means that on the 2nd week of December, I will be releasing my 2nd novel called “Shifters,” based on a sci-fi vampire story I wrote back in the 90s.
A lot will be said about the year 2017 (mostly bad, for obvious reasons), but I will see this year as a new beginning for me as a storyteller. 2017 is the year that Charles A. Conyers, Jr. became a novelist. This journey has been a long time coming, no matter how long I’ve deferred and ignored it. I’m glad I took the chance, and I’m excited to continue.
Learn more about Charles A. Conyers, Jr., his books “The Maximilian Emancipation,” and “Shifters” (coming December 2017), and blog at: https://www.stopslaverywithtimetravel.com/
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Fall Is my favorite season of the year just in case you didn't know!
With that said, raise your hand if you have started to update your Fall Wardrobe. I know I have!
Hopefully you have had time to stop in and check out our Fall Collection. I am personally in love with our adorable Vest Collection. Each provides its own Vibe and Personality. Perfect for all sorts of Occasions or any Mood that you are feeling. They are Truly diverse in there wear-ability.
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While Ice Skating was not on our Fall Bucket List. We still found time to fit in one of our favorite activities. Once we finish our hour long skate session. We headed over to grab a quick bite to eat and to explore a Great Independent Book Store. The day started off Great and ended Wonderfully. We were even able to pick a few new books to read through the Wonderful Fall Season.
At any time we could we drank Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider. We found time to drink some while we were out exploring, while we were working, and even while we were just chilling at home watching a movie. These are our two Favorite Fall and Winter drinks.
Let us know in our Comments Section or through any of our Social Medias what some of your Favorite Fall Activities are. We would love to hear and possible add to our forever growing Bucket List.
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TAKING THE CHALANGE IN STRIDE
They were not winners because what place the finished or because of there race time. They were winners because they cared for those around them because the uplifted compleate strangers and they finished a race the hustled to train for. They won that day because there determination for success did not turn them in assholes but allowed them to encourage and pause to stop and help those who needed it.
2 POUNDS GROUND BEEF
2 CANS RED KIDNEY BEANS
2 CANS DIECED TOMATOES
2 CHILIE SEASONING PACKS
Begin by Browning the Ground Beef in a Frying Pan. Once completely cooked add into your Crock Pot which is set on Low. You are then going to slice your Onion into small minced pieces. Once that is complete you then want to add all of the canned good and the seasoning packets into the pot. Make sure to give everything a fair mix so it is well blended.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
This Chili Recipe is great paired with
Saltine Crackers or with a fresh Loaf of Bread.
PERFECT CUP OF HOT COCO
During the Fall and Winter Months Hot Chocolate is a big thing in my household. There is rarely a night that goes by where someone dose not have a Hot Mug of Coco.
HERSEYS CHOCOLATE BAR
Serving Sizes for us are 1/2 a Bar for one 16oz Mug.
Although you can always Add More or
Less depending on your Love for Chocolate.
Once your Hot chocolate is well melted and mixed pour into a mug and top it with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows.
BAKED CINNAMON APPLE SLICES
This Last Sunday we visited an Apple Orchard. With so many Fresh Apples at out disposable. The only logical move to make was to make Fresh Backed Cinnamon Apple Slices.
2 TeaSpoons CINNAMON
2 TeaSpoons BROWN SUGAR
1 Cup APPLE JUICE OR WATER
2 TeaSpoons SUGAR
2 TeaSpoons VINILLA EXTARCT
DASH OF NUTMEG
4 TeaSpoons BUTTER
VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM
BAKE AT 350 FOR ONE HOUR.
Once time is up Scoop a fair helping of
Apples into a Bowl and Top with Ice Cream.
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Doubt is the Killer Of Dreams
Doubt is the killer of dreams.
Doubt is also pretty hard to overcome. Especially if you happen to have a family that depends on the money you bring in for daily life expenses. That can build into a lot of pressure and be hard to handle.
You might find yourself at some point asking yourself.
How do I deal with Doubt?
How do you keep moving forward?
How do I know if it is right to stay?
Is this the right path for me?
When dealing with Doubt the best thing to do is to have a plan. Preferably before you start to feel Doubt and Worry, but you can build on the spot if need be. However I do advise you to have one in place before hand because Doubt is a Dream Killer. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy and ultimately leave you feeling unfulfilled at the end of the day because you didn't take a chance.
My Doubt Plan
Who am I letting down if I take/give up this path?
What will I do if I'm not doing this?
When or Will will I regret the decision I make today?
Where will I be going once I leave this road?
What do I want my outcome to be?
While my summary of basic questions is not very specific. I think that when times of Doubt come it is a good place to start.
Here are some of the answers that I find myself giving to these questions. Although while vague I still feel could shed some light and insight for others and possibly help you when you find yourself battling Doubt .
I am my Hardest Critic.
In the end the only person that will be disappointed is me.
As long as I can keep ending up on a path where the people I love and myself are healthy and happy. Internally I will be very happy with life.
If I feel I will regret not doing something or not giving something my all. Then I know deep down that it is something I must pursue. As long as I am contentious of how much I am putting on the line. Then I can not regret taking the risk because I knew from the start the possible failure.
I will hopefully find myself on an equally if not more fulfilling path.
I always want my outcome to be a life where my family and I are happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable. As long as I achieve that then the outcome is what I desired.
Doubt - We All Go Through It
We all have moments of Doubt. It is a common feeling that effects us all during different times through our lives.
When Doubt creeps in on you, how do you try to deal with it?
Share your strategies and tricks.
I always love to learn New Ways to Better Myself.
I know it is a day that harbors many fears. Still the stories from which the fear has manifested from are worth the read.
Nordic mythology supports two separate stories in creating the superstitious day of
Friday the 13th.
The first story takes place in Valhalla. Nordic mythology states that the number 13 derives from a feast where 12 Gods gathered in Valhalla. The God Loki crashed the party becoming the 13th guest. Loki had made arrangements for Hod the blind God of darkness
to shoot Baldur the God of joy and gladness. The arrow achieved its goal. Leaving the God Baldur died. His death plunged the earth into darkness and mourning. Creating the ideology that the number 13 is unlucky.
The second story is about Frigg. Whom is the Goddess of marriage. Somehow/somewhere the Goddess Frigg changes into Freya. The story continues on by explaining that Norseman tribes transitioned their faith towards Christianity. After doing so the Goddess Freya was banished to the mountains and declared as a witch. While Freya was in the mountains it is said that she met with 12 other witches and the devil. Friday is known as the witches Sabbath.
These two stores work together with each other establishing the much dreaded
Friday the 13th
The Knights Templar
It's August 1539 the Spaniards have located a new world to explore. When Hernan Cortez landed in the new world. There was an excitement that surrounded his crew and himself. It did not take long for Hernan to realize that his image was unknown to the native people. Leaving them to view him as a God. The now visiting God requested that the Aztec tribe attack another tribe. It was during this battle that the Aztec Tribe murdered 39,000 people.
The day after this battle was won by the Aztecs. Hernan Cortez killed off the entire Aztec tribe. Once again cementing the superstition that follows Friday the 13 as unlucky
The disciple Judas, being the 13th guest was unlucky for Christ. Due to the fact that Judas went on to betray Christ to his enemy's. Judas's betrayal allowed Christ's enemies to locate him and arrest him. After Christ was arrested he was tried and crucified on the cross. Judas presence at the dinner supports the theory that 13 is an unlucky number. The day of Christ's crucifixion is said to have taken place on a Friday. These two facts combined continue to support the theory that Friday the 13th is a day to be viewed with uneasy feelings.
Have a happy and lucky Friday the 13th.
Until till next time,
The Vest is a Wonderful piece of Fashion that can be worn in Any Climate. You can get your hands on Vests that vary in Weight, Color, Patterns, and Materials. This Deep Range of Versatility makes the Vest a must have Staple for any Wardrobe. The Vest is the Perfect Addition to any change the tone of any outfit no matter the Season. With Fall 2017 gracing us with its presence. Throw on a Vest to help you stay warm, while also staying stylish and cute.
FALL SEASON FAVORITES
Fall has to be one of my Favorite Seasons of the year. Fall falls so high on my list of Favorite Seasons because I love all of the Beautiful Colors as well as the nice Crisp Cool Air that inspirers you to Bundle up a bit.
Our Wonderful Mustard/Grey/Brown/Red Plaid Vest is 100% Cotton. That means that you can wear it where ever and still feel toasty. It is the Perfect Vest. It is light weight but also promises to keep you warm and insulated from the Chill Fall Breeze. It pairs perfectly with Jeans. A wonderful combo for a Casual yet Cute day of Adventures or Errands.
DEFINITELY A CLASSIC
The above Vest is quite a bit heavier than the 100% Cotton Vest. Our Black Vest is made up of a Wool Blend accompanied with a Polyester Lining. The Classic yet Bold look the Vest hold helps to dress up any outfit with Chic Sophistication.
Our Black Vest is perfect for a Fall Adventure through Downtown or even for a Family S'mores night. The Vest is a Perfect Addition to any Wardrobe and would seamlessly flow from season to season and from year to year because of its Classic Elegant look.
What is an Investment Piece?
Investment Piece - Is a Piece of Clothing and or Accessory that has the ability to be worn pass one Season and into another, as well as being able to worn year after year without going out of Style.
Fashion is Forever Changing. Some of the Spectacular Piece that were Hot and Trending Last Fall are not necessarily Trendy this Fall. Although you can wear whatever you want, it dose and should not matter if you are wearing the Latest Trends as long as you are Happy and Confident. However because of this Persistent and Constant change in Fashion. It is Handy and a Great Skill to have when you can Spot a Classic. A Classic Piece of Fashion is one that can be worn in the Fall or 2017 and have you looking Fabulous. but can also be worn Fall 2025 and still have you looking Fabulous. These Pieces carry a Classic Sophisticated look. This Feature helps you to be Stylish and Cute from Season to Season without having to spend a ton of Money on that Seasons latest Trends in order to look like an all knowing Fashionista.
Our Boutique Actually has some Great Investment Pieces.
I have even Invested in a few myself for instance the three Fashion Pieces
below can be found in my Wardrobe.
Made up of 100% Polyester
Only a few left!
Made up of 100% Cotton
Only a few left!
Made up of 53% Cotton 47% Polyester
The T-shirt dress will look Great with Knee High Boots, Ankle Boots, Sandals, Sneakers, or Heels. This Versatility is what makes these dress an Investment Piece. You can Style it in a Variety of Ways with different Trending Tops or Shoes and look like a Fashion Icon.
The Black Off the Shoulder Dress is also a Wonderful Investment Piece to own. Once again you can dress is up with a Pair of Heels and a Shawl or dress it down with Sneakers and a Jean Jacket. Either outfit has you looking like a Fashion Forward thinker.
The Long Sleeve Hoodie works Great with Leggings, Skinny Jeans, or with your favorite lounge wear. It also pairs well with a Long Knit Skirt. With so many ways to Create an outfit there is no way that you could ever Step out of the House and not look Trendy and Well Put Together.
All of the Three listed above and the Black Vest are now currently a part of my Wardrobe. I love each piece because they allow me to look Fashionable. All while allowing my to apply very little effort in the Mornings. Which for me is a Match Made in Haven.
Velvet is the Hottest Trend this Season and would look Great along side any of the Fashion Pieces listed in Today's Blog. Have Fun, Explore Fashion, and Expand Your Wardrobe!
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