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Baby, I’m ready to go!- Writing Goals and Me

Aloha everyone!

I had so many people show concern for me, because of the volcano eruption, the earthquakes, and general horrifying events that never seem to quit. We are fine, all that volcanic activity has been on the Big Island. I made this map so people could know. I think we’re maybe a thousand miles away from all of that? There was a fear that a tsunami would result from all of that, but fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening either.

Do you remember that song from the 90s by Republica, Ready to Go? That’s how I’m feeling today. I’ve made a deadline for myself. I want to have my cozy mystery in my beta readers hands by June 10th. Not a lot of time, but incredibly doable.  (If you want to beta read it, let me know, I’ll add you to my secret group. Email me at: penpaperpad78@gmail.com)

Blood Roses and Honeysuckles is still a thing that exists in the world. I have one alpha and one beta taking it on at this time. They’re helping me to realize it’s not the flaming hot cheeto of sewage scum that I thought it was. I just needs some work.

Would you like to know more about my plans for the second quarter then check out this video. In this video, I’m also talking about a colleague of mine who is in a terrible situation and is trying their damnest to find their way. They are offering their editing services at an extremely discounted flat rate of $100. Watch the video. Pinned at the top of the comment section, there’s contact info.  If you’re in need of edits or proofreading, please contact them.

I’m asking everyone this week, is there anything that reminds you of me and the things I do? Whether it’s a color, a phrase, a song, whatever, no idea is too big or smile. This might come up again later. You may also see this question in other places.

Thank you so much for reading this and checking in with me.

Did you subscribe to the newsletter? If you haven’t, you should. There’s a monthly short story serial that happens in there. It’s a fun good time, or so I’ve heard.

How are you doing? Have you been writing? Working on something new these days? Tell me down in the comments, you know I want to know everything.

Take care!

Aloha y’all

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A book cover and a Valentine’s Day giveaway!

In today’s post we’re covering a book cover, a Google Hangout, an opportunity for your to bring some happiness to the world and an chance to win stuff. Let’s do this, shall we?

In case you didn’t get a chance to swing by my Facebook page over the weekend, I thought I’d show you what the cover for “Just One Night” looks like. Remember this is just the first in the “Just One” short stories series. Each month a new piece of the story will be revealed until the end where you’ll hold answers to all of the questions.

Cover Reveal for the first in the Just One short story serial. http://penpaperpad.com

This erotic adventure introduces you to Venise, the femme fatale who gets caught in her own web. I’ll be offering Just One Night for free this Friday! I’ll post the link here, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ya know…everywhere. Once it’s up, it would be fantastic if you would share it as well.

CJ Floyd is my pen name, by the way. I write so many genres, I wanted to have a way to separate them. So you know, if it’s CJ Floyd it’s going to be muy caliente! (That’s about all the Spanish I know.)

Some other things I wanted to mention to you. This week’s #writestuff TwitterChat is happening on Google Hangout. If you want to join us, definitely follow my Twitter, subscribe to my YouTube or follow me on Google+. Those will be where I share the links on Tuesday. You’ll be able to check it out a few of us from the #writestuff group chat. You can tweet us questions at #writestuffgho.

Another thing you can get involved in. 1000 speak logo
This is a movement to bring more happiness and light to the world. Bloggers, vloggers, writers, anyone who’s interested in participating, can link up a post, or even write post for our web site on Feb. 20th. Yvonne Spence is the spark that started it all. You can read about her thoughts behind it here. You can find out more about particpating on this Facebook page. If you don’t do the Facebook thing, check out the web site.

It’s time for the giveaway! I love you guys and all of your support, because of this I wanted to give you an opportunity to win some great prizes! This Valentine’s Day giveaway prizes are a $50 gift card to chilis & a $50 gift card to amc or regal cinemas, winners’ choice.

The hosts are:
College is Love // Livin’ and Lovin’// Live to Be Inspired
Hurray I’m a Mommy // Caravan Sonnet // Heavens to Betsy

And I along with this ladies helped to make this giveaway possible:
Bee Splendid
She Be Knowin
Wetherills Say I Do

The giveaway ends on February 7th! Good luck!

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 Let me know what y’all think about all of this. And for you guys on the East Coast, I hope you’re keeping warm and safe! 

Aloha y’all! 



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Who is my audience?

Before I get into this week’s topic, I wanted to let you guys knows, I have a reading scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at the Mon Arts Center (MAC) from 7pm-9pm. It’s part of the monthly Morgantown Poets program. I’ll read for the part of the and then the second bit will be an open


I’ve pon …and hopefully someone is listening.

So she has me thinking again.

Denitra Letrice over at Thoughts from the Blue Notebook asked the question, “Who are you talking to?”

I’ve pondered this question for some time. We chatted even chatted about this a couple weeks ago at the #writestuff TweetChat.

So, I have a few different answers. Granted, I’ve created the “ideal” buyer of my book. This is a marketing technique to describe that buyer from what she looks like, to education, what she does, etc. The person whom would most likely feel a connection to my poetry collection, “The Shaping of an ‘Angry’ Black Woman.” (Spoiler alert: She’s not necessarily Black.)

However, I’m not just a poet. I’m a feature writer at LeftyPop. I write guest posts at other blogs. And I even have the short story that I’m sharing on here nowadays. Let’s not even delve into the books that are just itching to be written.

So who am I writing to?

I’ve realized that he or she is not just one particular type or gender, because that would be too damn easy. I’ll use “she” here just as a way for continuity’s sake.

She is a person who is a little bit of a cynical, but somewhere in her black heart she still hopes for a better way, a better day, a better…

She does not give up. She has neither time nor inclination to just stop. She has shit to do people.

She wants to be informed and entertained. She likes her news a little on the snarky side and she likes her fiction a little dark maybe even with a hint of romance. Not that Nicholas Sparks type of business. Her gag reflex is too strong for that.

She’s probably liberal, she’s probably concerned about our world and where we’re headed.

She probably thinks too much and feels all too aware of what’s going on around her.

She has been hurt, she’s been bruised, she’s been beaten, but she’s not broken. She’s still here, a middle finger in one hand and a flask in another. (Now, that flask may have orange juice in is. She just likes the flask. Don’t judge.)

This is the person I’m writing to. Someone who is like me, because before I give it to you guys, it has to pass my, “Is this crap?” test.

So if you haven’t done it, check out Denitra, and get into. Be a creative collaborator with us.

Who do you write for? Who’s your audience? Let me know in the comments.

Aloha y’all!


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