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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

St. Louis - My City something has to change! #forpeace #mikebrown

Hello #Teamsineaters/cursed,

This post is difficult for me right now. For those who don't know, I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I came here when I was around thirteen and graduated from High School all in St. Louis. So, to hear, and be very close to the tragic event...murder, of a young boy Mike Brown in my hometown, that is occurring right now has me at a loss for words. Truly, it has me in a state of sadness, anger, frustration, grief, and tiredness.

Ferguson, Missouri. It is an area I grew up around and constantly, back in high school, traveled through. I shopped there (The Clock Tower, Walmart, Sams, Shoe Carnival, etc). I have friends that lived (still live) there. I'm still not that far away from Ferguson. I'm in tears over this and it has me at a loss. Racist remarks are being spewed around people I know because of this. Fear is thriving. I have so many thoughts going on about this but, I'm choosing to keep my words simple here. I've been posting on FB articles, and keeping a watch on everything going on. This has definitely affected my life and what I planned to do with my writing. Sin Eaters is grounded in St. Louis and grounded in fighting against harm, evil, wrong doings, and this all has me thinking about it heavy.

August 10 through the 13th (and still going) 2014, will forever be etched in St. Louis history. We have been tired for a very long time, and something needs to be done, so something like this, the loss of Mike Brown, the loss of Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, and countless others, can never be allowed or accepted again. Hear me when I say that this is not about looting, or opportunists using this young man's death for their gain. They aren't gaining a darn thing. This is deeper than that, please understand.

Please pray for the family of Mike Brown, for my city, for Ferguson and the people fighting against injustice. Something has to change. My city as a whole has to change.

I sum this up in leaving a poem I wrote about Trayvon Martin's death (and posted on my blog) and with a quote I heard from my local news:

 "We're scared, and now you're scared."

No More by Kai Leakes (Written July 16,2013) 
It seems as if change has come,
With the remaining echoes of protests and rallies past,
Now long gone.
To battle and bleed for rights that refused to fall into foundation for our cause.
The night encumbers and snatches us whole.
As the past so shall it was,
Has now become our is.
The cadence of an ungodly force knocks us back,
To see the faces of those who have fallen for the rights of us all.
The faces of our ancestors,
Throats shackled.
Bodies strung,
Like decoration in trees.
It sparks a flaming reminder.
Those strange fruit,
Whose necks were clasped by the hands of enemies that point their barrel at us still.
The pulse is harsh,
Menacing and cold,
But in its force,
The bullet stops and falls at the feet of those intended to fall.
No more is shouted from the echoes of our ancestor’s cries.
We stand our ground without holding a weapon,
Or using our hands,
And watch our enemy fall.
You attack us and try to end us.
But as you target,
And stalk us,
We only grow strong.
What is called our weakness,
Is only what will be your karma as we yell,
'No more.'
You will never take from us again.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

HAPPY NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY!! & other musings August 2014

Hello Hello #Teamsineaters and #Teamcursed!

Welcome to the month of August.

I hope you all are enjoying the last month of summer, I am, even though it has been raining like crazy. As I explained last month, I have been in a major writing funk, but that has changed. I have written a short story entitled "Free Your Mind", for a future anthology based in a afrofuturistic world. I'm hoping that it will be selected and if so, #Teamsineaters, you will have a taste of something new. I have also decided to put my contemporary romance to the side and focus on my steampunk novel.

Those of you on FB were lucky enough to see a peek of that work and loved it. It makes me excited to see that the characters in my mind can entertain and inspire you all. I thank you and love you guys for the feedback, I truly mean that.

Several of my #Teamsineaters/cursed FB fans participated in mini contests that I gave throughout the year, and several of them received gifts. I am just not seeing the responds and it is so cool to see the joy!  Everyone keep an eye out, it's important for specific impromptu contests that I give. A next one will be coming in the later months on the website and Twitter, for a chance at a #TeamCursed Shirt. Stay tuned!
There is not much to report to you all outside of that, however, it is HAPPY NATIONAL BOOK   LOVERS DAY!!

Take the time to read a book today and share the wealth!

Here are the three books that still are my inspiration and that started it all!