Management Smanagement

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Time & Management. Two words that are not a part of the ‘Classic Procrastinators’ vocabulary. Time getting away from you? Having difficulty managing that plethora of responsibilities? Try this. Write it all down!

Bear with me. This suggestion is gonna be one heck of a time consuming event. Yes, it’s gonna take some doing on your part! Over the course of a week, for every 24 hours of each day, write down everything you do! You can do this in time increments or by the activity.

Example: 9 a.m breakfast — 9:30 a.m morning walk — 10 a.m – 12 noon Social Media Piranha….. 11:15 p.m – 8 a.m sleep!

15 & 30 minute increments work best for me when I need to see where all that lost time is getting away to. An hour is just too broad a window (for me). You can record what you are doing every 15 or 30 minutes of the day, or simply jot down the time each time you transition from one activity to the next… Breakfast at… Morning walk at… Facebook’d at… Sleepy bye time at… I think y’all get the point. This little experiment as I noted briefly, is gonna require some commitment! But you can do it and it’s totally worth it. I read a quote once that said something about we have all the time in the World to be great, or something like that!

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.


However, there is one itty bitty contender that Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein didn’t have vying for their time… Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube… Social media! Grrr. But fret not. After you record how your time is spent, you’ll be all the wiser in managing! G’luck.

We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment. Tell us. What is that thing that is draining the very life force from your day? What do you spend the most time doing? Are you idle when you can be a bit more productive? Are you intentionally procrastinating? We wanna hear from you!

ImageTime is of the essence. Make every second count!

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Click It

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It’s almost summertime. Lots of driving going on. End of school days. Summer vacays. Extended getaways. Yay!! This summer, myself and several of the FreedomInk Authors will trek to Harlem NY to participate in this year’s Harlem Book Fair. I know that for a few, the chosen method of travel will be by airplane. I considered this option. But the Adventure Seeking Chica in me has opted to go the less evolved route… We’re gonna drive! From South East Georgia all the way to the Big Apple. That’s 872.34 miles, 13 hours, 18 minutes and 1 hellova playlist! I do believe MapQuest captioned it perfectly… That’s a long drive! But I can’t wait. With awesome tunes and a list of places to stop along the way, not to mention an uber cool travel partner… My heart, Jeremy! This is sure to be one road trip to remember.

I took to Social Media and asked my Facebook circle of Friends to tell me the reasons they follow the law of the land when it comes to automobiles. Why do you/Why should I wear my seatbelt? The obvious rang over and over again. Because it’s the law. Ok! That’s a given. But what reasons beyond that ensure that we all buckle up?

Here are a dozen reasons to click it:

  1. Well you know what that commercial says, “Click it or ticket.” And nobody wants to be stuck paying unnecessary money.
  2. Because it’s the law. I know that we all know. Just wanna state the obvious for the sake of stating it… That and by consensus, it seems to be the number one reason!
  3. Since it is the law and a few of those that know have taken it upon themselves to dismiss said law and ignored that whole “Click it or ticket.” commercial campaign… Reason numero tres? To avoid getting ANOTHER ticket!
  4. My neighbor gives a very beautiful reason. Her two lovely daughters.
  5. A long distance friend in California wears her ‘safety’ belt for the purpose in which it was made, protection.
  6. Because even though I feel that I’m a good driver, I can only operate one vehicle at a time, which means I have no idea what kinda driver the person in front, behind, beside me are. Yikes!
  7. To keep from becoming loose change. Just another unsecured, projectile object in the car.
  8. A good friend who is an unashamed child of The Creator, states, “God saved me once before. I will never take it for granted again.”
  9. To serve as a good example to my family & friends!
  10. To keep face and windshield from having an intimate encounter!
  11. As a physical reminder to be a safe, cautious, aware driver.
  12. I wear my seatbelt because I’m awesome! Why else?

I’m certain those that choose not to wear their seatbelt have more than a dozen reasons not to click it! It’s not cool. I’m an excellent driver. I’ve never been in an accident. It wrinkles my clothes. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All those reasons and it only takes one little mishap and it’s the end of life as we know it, or maybe even ultimately, the end of life itself. So y’all choose to be safe and smart this summer! Seatbelts save lives so click it! Image

No matter. Driving or shotgun. I always buckle up! I’m Kat. CEO of FreedomInk Publishing and I approve this message.


Typos. It happens

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Life happens. Love happens. Shit happens. Typos too. I see these typed errors through three sets of eyes:

  1. The Reader: Laugh, snicker, giggle. There’s a typo in this book, penned by my favorite Author, whom just happens to be a Worldwide, Bestselling, literary phenomenon! Tee hee hee.
  2. The Author: Pure & utter disbelief! How did that get there? How dare the Universe allow it! Editor, you’re fired! Publisher, what the beeeeeeeep!?!
  3. Publisher: Oh for Christ’s sake, Keep Calm and Quiet your nerves! Life happens. Love happens. Shit happens. Typos too. Geesh!

Aesop’s Fables would conclude something like this: Fret not the rare occurrence of that nuisance typo. It is but a reminder that Authors (and Publishers) are human too. It happens!typo

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Welcome back Kat!

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This blog post is about not blogging! Please forgive my extensive absence. I was stuck in traffic! I’ll try to do better. I promise

A brief recap if you will. I’ve had a very busy past 7 months. I’ve acquired 3 new Authors since last I checked in. An old relationship waned and a new love waxed poetic into my heart. I’ve celebrated the birth of two daughters. The oldest turned 13 in November, the youngest 11 just this month, a mere week ago. A dear friend lost a baby in utero before she had a chance to share news. She weeps in secrecy.

I sought, secured and braved a traditional J-O-B from the first week in January till the first week in May. Some may think this time of employment was short lived. Those who know me best are still in a state of shock. I’ve always been the type of girl who dances to the rhythm of her own heartbeat. Never caring much about being on time. Not even my own birth! Clocking in by 6 a.m, Monday-Friday and sometimes Saturday, was no easy feat. But it was done. Perhaps I had something to prove to myself. Team Working Girl was spawned of this temporary movement and I’ve made some amazing friends!

Our 1st Annual Holiday Book Drive was a major success. So much so, I’ve still got books! Thanks again to all those who donated. A new year. 2k14. Yay! Time to make a new list of ‘Books to Read’. I’m in love with Anne Rice. I’ve discovered The Story of O and One Word That Will Change Your Life has done just that. My word for the remainder of this year? PUSH…

Jeremy swept silently into my life and took me quite by surprise! Parallel one another, our lives, unknowingly intersecting and overlapping until finally two hearts had no choice but to collide. He fills me with so much happiness. The Diary of A Bride To Be Book 3 promises to be amazing!

Summertime is upon us. Soon the kiddos will be home all day. But no lazy bodies or idle minds. We’re gonna read, read, read! The Harlem Book Festival in New York is gonna be a blast. FreedomInk finally welcomed DB1 home and this month we publish our very own magazine, Social Readia!

I think that pretty much sums up the past 7 months. The Authors are well. Busy composing debut, secondary, third, fourth and fifth books! As for me… I’m crazy in love, wild about life and ecstatic about all things FreedomInk!

Ghosts & Goblins & Ghouls… Oh My!

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What is Halloween? To a child, it is a line up of the Usual Suspects: Witches & Vampires. Superheroes, classic (Spiderman) and recently popular (Captain Underpants). And what little girl doesn’t want to be a Princess for a day? We’re talking scepters, tiaras and frilly pink skirts!

This morning as I drove the kids to school I asked a question of my daughters, ages 10 & 13. “Do you think I have deprived you kids over the years with my ‘We don’t celebrate Halloween’ nonchalant attitude?” One daughter replied ‘yes’ and the other ‘no’.

As a kid, we didn’t celebrate Halloween. Money was always tied up in bills and there was never any leftover for frivolous items such as costumes. As a teenager, we lived in such a rural environment, the miles and miles between the few neighbors was hardly worth the trip. As a parent, I’ve allowed the grandparents the liberties they deem fit for this day for my offspring. Their paternal grandparents (a.k.a the kiddos dad’s parents) opt to attend Church, almost in a defiant stand against Halloween! My parents (mother and stepfather) load the children up with so much candy that the children make themselves sick!

So back to the question that I’ve asked my daughters, just this morning. I always ask for an argument to assist each case. Sp I asked, “Why yes and why no?” Ashley Vanique believes that ‘Yes!’ they have been deprived of Halloween year after year after year. She wants to dress up, go door to door, “Trick or Treat”… although no kid wants the ‘Trick’! Treats please… Ashley is my 10 year old. The youngest of her siblings. Adventure excites her. Now the ‘No!’ and it’s argument! Kailyn Elise, my middle child and eldest daughter sees the World through slightly different eyes. She’s all too content to spend her weekends curled up on a couch with a book and a ball of yarn and knitting needles as her companions. She’s my terrified of all things insect child. Outside does not thrill her in the least. “Halloween can be dangerous. Knocking on stranger’s doors. Asking for candy. People can do anything to that candy, or you. And you probably won’t even get the kinda candy you like! Nope Ma. I’d rather hang out with Nama (her maternal grandmother) and eat all the candies that we like.”

My resolve? Parents no matter what your preference, to celebrate or not to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, is truly a personal choice. One that could have carried over from your own childhood. A choice that no matter what, bystanders and even your own kids may not understand. Do what makes you happy and instill in your children that as adults, as parents, it’s okay to do the same!


Halloween is adventure, dress up, play and imagination at it’s finest. Halloween is candy and lots of it. Why did I have to become an adult, a parent, with children almost too big to celebrate this festivity of ghosts and ghouls and goblins, to realize this? My youngest daughter states, “If I could go Trick or Treating this year, I’d be a cat. Meow!” Awww how cute. I think we’ll celebrate next year…

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Perp: The Notorious Sock Monster

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Wanted! One Sketch Artist. The Perpetrator? The Notorious Sock Monster! Upon doing laundry this weekend, here are a few lost things I found wedged between the washer and dryer (I dare not reach behind either of them):

  • 11. Count em… 11 mismatched socks!
  • A’gizillion dryer sheets. Some used and others brand new
  • A dish rag
  • A hand towel
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Lint deposits from the dryer that never made it to the trash receptacle
  • and last but not least… A pair of panties I’m almost certain are mine

Wanted! One Sketch Artist. The Perpetrator? The Notorious Sock Monster! He’s about yay high, 6 or 7 inches tall, give or take an inch or 2. He has long, sticky, grabby fingers. His blue skin is freckled with pink polka dots. Camouflage! There are razor sharp quills running down his spine. He’s prepared to defend his territory should you go reaching blindly, carelessly, wreaking havoc in his hiding place amongst his beloved hoards of mismatch socks; he’s not a fan of pairs… too much work, the upkeep of two. Or perhaps he’s invisible or maybe he truly is a chameleon. Oh who am I kidding? I am absolutely clueless on the visual details to report to the Wanted! One Sketch Artist. I just want the opposing socks back!

ImageHey you…give me back those socks! Pleeeeeeease!

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The Father, The Son & The Holy Book Banners. Who made you boss?

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Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of that which is misunderstood. Power. Power to censor, challenge, ban… From a parental point of view, I can understand the desire to want to shelter our children from violence, offensive language & explicit sexual content, be they seen in the real world, viewed on television, or read in a book. But as a parent I must be responsible and set restrictive boundaries within my own home and not expect some government board to act as judge and jury and decide which books will line the shelves in my small hometown library, the bookstores of the surrounding counties, the literature allowed into each state. Personally, I like to believe I’ve set a positive example in my own home and in the lives of my children. As they gradually venture from beneath my wings and out into the world more and more on their own, I hope that I have equipped them with a self censoring tool to know that which is okay for them to immerse themselves in. As they mature mentally and physically, these boundaries are expanded until the point of adulthood where they can make their own choices of what to partake in! No book should be banned. Anywhere! Ever… If I may be a bit biased here… The United States is the most awesomest place in the whole wide world. I mean think about it. The Land of The Free and Home of The Brave. Certain liberties have been allotted to us upon birth simply due to the place fate saw fit for us to be born. Destiny! Of all the places. Continents & other countries. I’m an American citizen. So you have to understand my disappointment when I learn mine and that of my children’s rights have not only been breached but terminated. What is that the 1st Amendment states?

– The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.  Check it out { }.

Rewind to the part they promise no prohibition, no infringement on the freedom of the press. This means an Author has the right to write and a Reader has every right to read it! Pretty simple really. So with that said, I proudly observe, celebrate and support Banned Book Week!

Image“A society will not stand for their rights to be mocked and suppressed for long. Either they will crumble under the tyranny or they will revolt.” ~Katandra Shanel Jackson
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