A Successful Little Writers Workshop

I am proud to report that The Little Writers Workshop this past weekend was a success! We had 14 young people ages 7 -12 who wanted to know what it takes to make a good story. They were engaged during the instruction and then went to work on their own stories.We even had a surprise guest for our little ones……Shiloh Sanders, the author of “Shiloh’s Prayer,” which she published at the tender age of 7.  I had a great time leading the instruction, but I must send special thank yous to our other volunteer instructors Ashley Foxx (“Kesha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth“) and Angela Kay Austin (“Run for Freedom” and “Melodee”). Both are published authors and are very good at what they do. I also want to thank Gwendolyn Woods director of the Ira Samelson Boys and Girls Club for allowing us to use their wonderful facility and artist and producer Chris Franchesci for helping with check-in. We definitely couldn’t have done this without our sponsor the Tri-State Defender and the generosity of Kroger.  A big thank you to them as well.

Once again, thank you to Women.Identity.Purpose (W.I.P.) for sponsoring the attendance of five girls from Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary. It truly does take a village and I’m glad that I could be a part of it.

I’m proud of each one of these young people and grateful to their parents for seeing the value in them attending my workshop. I’m excited to see what these little writers will do in the future!

 

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The Little Writers Workshop

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The Title Page of My First Book (In case you are wondering Arnetta is my middle name.)

Click Here to Register for the Little Writers Workshop

This picture may not mean much to you, but it means the world to me. It’s the title page of what I consider to be my first book. It is dated May 8, 1984 and the title is “My Mother”. I had to be around seven or eight years old when I wrote it. I found it among my mother’s things after she passed. This, along with several other written projects, I’d done over the years were carefully preserved in a storage box. Of course, I don’t remember writing this but when I discovered this I had an “aha” moment. I realized that I am doing exactly what I was destined to do! All those years ago I already knew I was going to be a writer I just didn’t know I knew!  What I also realized is that somewhere there’s a teacher who has no idea that with this simple assignment she lit a creative spark that would turn into an inferno. To that teacher, I am extremely grateful and to my mother who was my inspiration I say, I love you!

I want to do the same thing for other little writers and I am proud to announce that I am doing my first workshop for children.  I want to help youth who have a desire to give words a life of their own catch the “writer’s bug” too. Parents, I invite you to register the little writers in your life and allow me and a few of my colleagues to inspire and encourage them.

Little Writers Workshop

The Little Writers Workshop will tell students ages 7 -12 about the craft of writing and what they need to do if they want to be an author. Students will also learn the basics of writing a good story and participate in a writing project. It is suggested that students who attend have moderate to strong writing skills to get the most out of this workshop. All materials will be provided. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The basic cost is $20.00 per child. For more information and to register visit…..

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-writers-workshop-tickets-24595376433

Would you like to hear me read my “first” book?

 

Happy Presidents Day!

Portrait_of_George_Washington.jpegYesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about Presidents Day. It was pretty much a consensus that nobody we know celebrates this holiday. Although, government institutions, banking institutions and various other businesses love it because their employees get the day off. My friend thought Presidents Day was to celebrate the current president, and I thought it was to celebrate all the presidents, current and past. I was never taught anything about it in school like other holidays so I decided to do a little research and see if it was worthy of closer attention in the future. Here’s what I found…..

Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday”. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law. Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1879 when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law and became a national bank holiday 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

Although, this is what was posted on the White House website. It seems it’s not about just ole George with them.

“This is often the time of year students across the country study U.S. Presidents, especially Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, both of whom have birthdays celebrated in February. Luckily, we’ve revamped our Presidents’ pages in time for the holiday, so whether you’re a student or adult, you can more easily buff up on American history.”

They say it’s the time for students to learn about presidents but school is closed. Go figure! To celebrate in 2015, they revamped the White House presidential history pages. (YAWN) They also posted this cool picture of all the living presidents, minus Bush, Sr.

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Turns out my friend and I we were both kinda sorta right, depending on who you ask. As far as I know, there are no Presidents Day festivities planned in my city. What about yours? I know some stores are having a Presidents Day sale but that’s not really special. Retail will commercialize anything. Are we truly honoring a man who was our great nation’s first elected leader if we do nothing but give people the day off? I searched the internet and didn’t really find any official celebrations. The White House isn’t even doing anything. Aren’t we supposed to celebrate, do some act of kindness in his honor, have a program or fundraiser to honor him, get the family together for food and sports, or go get drunk at a local bar because he can’t?  I’m just saying. Google didn’t even bother to put up a cute Google design like they do on other holidays. Valentine’s Day was yesterday and all the local restaurants were packed with people celebrating love. Does anybody want or care to celebrate George Washington? Washington is on the face of money for goodness sake. Maybe we should all just only spend one dollar bills today in his honor?

I combed through several pictures of him today and that gave me another question, did he ever smile? Celebrate if you are moved to do so.

Happy birthday George Washington and Happy President’s Day to you!

Where Do We Go From Here Is Here!

Book CoverSome of you may know that I have been working on a novella with fellow author Mario D. King. Well, “Where Do We Go From Here” is now available on Amazon.com for only .99.

Last year, a startling statistic was released that 72% of African American babies were born to unwed mothers. Mario and I wondered what would become of those babies? What type of environment were they conceived in and what type of environment would they be raised in? How can we tell their story? What evolved was a lustfully exciting tale that examines what can happen when two people intertwine their lives and their bodies with no intention of creating a future together. This novella is entertaining encouragement to make wise decisions in our relationships/interactions because sometimes our actions have life-altering consequences. I must warn you that this is not one of my usual Christian offerings but it still has an inspirational message we felt must be told. Read more about it here.

Within 24 hours of the book being released, we received out first review from fellow author Derrick L. Randall.

I could not and desired not stop reading until I finished. An absolutely rich and engaging read, Where Do We Go From Here, is dynamically relatable. It is a profound tale of the importance of individual, relationship, and cultural choices. It embodies twists and turns right out of the reader’s personal and unspoken experiences.

As a writer, I am inspired to write. As a reader, I am excitedly awaiting the story to continue. As a self-proclaimed 2k15 “Hippie”, I am sho’nuff groovy now. It was exactly what I needed.

Salute…Jae Henderson and Mario D. King

We’d love for you to read it and tell us what you think. Download the book here. Be sure to like our Facebook page. We are going to do some great giveaways there in the near future.

BONUS: Read the first three chapters!

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.99 Cents Books Still Available

For Small Business Saturday I marked all my ebooks down to .99 or $1.99. It went very well and I have decided to extend it throughout the rest of the weekend. So if you’re interested, mosey on over to Amazon.com and shop ’til you drop.

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Here’s a direct link to my author page where you can find all of my books in one place.

My Book Is Out! Read An Excerpt

TEGWSK2FCover_JaeHendersonI am proud to present to you an excerpt from my latest book “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 2: Dear God, Did My Boaz Get Hit by a Bus?”

The story I have chosen to share is What Goes Around Comes Around. Click the title to enjoy!

The book is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com but you can also get an autographed copy from me!

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Also, my first book signing is in Memphis on November 14th. If you are out this way, I’d love to see you!

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Order Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 2

Hello Everyone!

I am proud to announce that my latest book “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 2: Dear God, Did My Boaz Get Hit by a Bus?”  is finished and available for you to order directly from me which means your copy will be autographed. The cost is $10.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.

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TEGWSK2FCover_JaeHendersonJae Henderson is back with more inspirational short stories illustrating how life can be flawed but still beautiful.  In Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 2, she asks the question, “Dear God, Was My Boaz Hit by a Bus?” This introspective look at dating and relationships examines the question many women have asked when trying to rationalize why it’s taking Mr. Righteous so long to make his entrance. The answers are found in 8 entertaining tales designed to nourish the spirit and encourage women to make wise decisions while maintaining their faith. Failed relationships, dishonest men and bad choices can wreak havoc on a woman’s love life, but there is always hope. No woman can predict when her Boaz will arrive, but she can live her best life until the time that he does. Enjoy these stories and then share them with friends:

Does Boaz Still Exist?                                 Heavenly Minded, No Earthly Good

Live A Little                                                   Find the Humor In It

The Preacher and the Princess                  Do the Right Thing

The Ex-Files                                                  Just Have Faith

Women of all ages can appreciate these faith-filled examples of love, relationships and the single struggle. Sometimes you want to laugh and sometimes you want to cry, but one thing you won’t want to do is put this book down. Order your copy today!

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The Kindle version will be available very soon and you will also be able to order it on Amazon.com.

Courting 101: Developing An Attitude of Gratitude

I’ve been contemplating what to do with this blog. I want it to be more than a “look at what I’m doing page”. I’ve decided to make this the home of my singles blog. It used to reside at http://www.mysideofthesinglelife.com but I haven’t posted there in months. Soooo without further ado, allow me to encourage you through your single journey.

Failed RelationshipsIn my past, I only consulted God when my relationships weren’t going well. I figured if things were good God must have sent him so all I needed to do was enjoy His blessing. I was so wrong. I found out the hard way that I should consult Him in the beginning before things even developed into a relationship. It saves a lot of time and heartache. Now, when I meet a guy that I think I might be compatible with I ask God to reveal to me the things I need to know. Yes, it’s that simple. I know some women who say they ask that if he doesn’t need to be in their lives that God would just remove him. Well, my inquisitive nature wants to know why he doesn’t need to be in my life. If I know that, there is far less of a chance of me letting him back in my life if he attempts to return.

I asked God for divine revelation in my last relationship after I kept receiving signs that something wasn’t right and the next day, my boyfriend’s other girlfriend called me. I recently did it again after meeting with a gentleman I had been talking to for weeks on the phone. We live in different cities and we’d hung out before but during our absence from one another our conversation became more serious and the possibility of a relationship was discussed. When I saw him again, God revealed to me that he is quite rude and possibly a little slow. No, my statement is not nice or politically correct and probably not very Christian-like but neither was his behavior. I do not wish to go into detail but believe me when I say the things he said and did were deal breakers for me. Considering that neither of us has called the other since we went out, it’s safe to assume that the “this isn’t going to work” feeling was mutual. I’m completely fine with that.

The only problem is that after God does exactly what I ask him to do, I’m disappointed rather than rejoicing that it was revealed that the gentleman in question could not sow positive seeds into my life. Just like everyone else, I get tired of the dating game. I get tired of meeting someone new and developing a sense of optimism about what could transpire between us only to discover that we are not compatible. However, I have to put things in their proper perspective. I’d rather waste a few weeks on a guy than months or years. I’m working on developing a better spirit of gratitude. Instead of thinking “another one bites the dust” I should be thinking, “Thank God, he’s gone.” This is going to be a process because I have to retrain my way of thinking. No one likes failed courtships but I’d rather have that than a failed long-term relationship or marriage.

THANK YOU GOD FOR DIVINE REVELATION!

My Wonderful Life In the Fast Lane

It seems like forever since I’ve written but that’s because I’ve been so busy. It’s a good busy and I love it. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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Me in my Classic gear!

1. My company Put it in Writing Professional Writing Service & PR was selected to do the PR and social media for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is a HBC football game that draws a crowd of 40,000 + people each year. It went extremely well and I am grateful to the Founder, Fred Jones for the opportunity. I also launched a niche service to my company called You Are Impressive. Does anyone need a resume, press release or bio? We can help.

2.This month I WON the Best In Black Award for Best Author from the Tri-State

Me and Fellow Winner El Mac

Me and Fellow Winner El Mac

Defender Newspaper. I am still excited! It is wonderful to be able to share your gift, but it is even more wonderful and humbling when you realize that people enjoy your gift. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

3. I am now preparing for the October release of my next book, “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 2”. This one contains short stories about love and relationships and has the subtitle, “Dear God, Was My Boaz Hit by a Bus?”. Yes honey, he hasn’t arrived yet or he isn’t acting right and the women in these stories need answers. LOL!  I have upcoming book signings in Houston, Texas and  Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you are near those areas, please come see me. Click here for my complete schedule. That’s all for now. I’ll write soon.

My book will be out before you know it!

My book will be out before you know it!