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Hoy en mi vida!

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It’s been a while since I last talked to you. After all the obstacles that have come in my path, I have not given up. My series of short stories are coming along very well, and I am sticking to it. Also, have a novel that I am working on, should be completed with all books by the end of the year.  Will not publish any of them right away. My goal is to publish with a traditional publisher,  so this may take a while. If it doesn’t happen within six months after books are completed, I will go the self-publishing route.

I would like to have at least one book published professionally.

Writing and having a creative mind is lots of work, effort, time and patience. I have set myself a daily writing goal of 1600 words if possible but no less than 500 words.

It’s either getting up an hour early before work to write or soon as I arrive home from work. Trust me 3:30 A.M. is best, my brain is fresh and ready to go. Sometimes, I may miss a day of writing, so I make it up the next time. But, must stick with it, to meet my goals.

Movies, Television and Reading Etc.

So, as you all know, I am a big movie and T.V. buff.
GAME OF THRONES is back, Winter is Here, very excited about this, it has been a long wait. Ghost is out of Jail, but Charlie is dead, head bashed the F**K in with a dumbell!  R.I.P.Charlie Murphy.

For all you Netflix fans, Chewing Gum(this is so funny stupid), Bloodline, Wentworth (awww that big bitch the Governor has nine lives) , Friends From College to name a few are outstanding features.
Amazon Prime still has me hooked almost more than Netflix. If you have Prime, check out these shows (Sneaky Pete, Mad Dog, Trapped, Transparent). You will get hooked.
HBO take a watch at Ballers, Big Little Lies (excellent novel turned series by author Liane Moriarty), Insecure featuring Issa Rae (Hilarious)

Have not been to the big screen much since I have the Firestick. Last week went to see Wonder Woman, wasn’t impressed, it was fair. My take on it was that it did not have enough action and this new Wonder Woman was not sexy enough in the outfit, nothing like Linda Carter.

Just my Siskel and Ebert opinion.  

Okay, moving on, enough about movies and TV because I have just too many to list.

Reached my book reading goal for this year early, I lowered the bar to a goal of 15 books unlike last year 50, and I read 51.
Now, I can just take my time and read when time allows around my schedule. Reading short stories, fantasy, sci-fi, YA and fiction novels.
Just reading it all, variety is good. It helps me as an author to brush up on my writing and creative skills.

Have not vacationed at all this year thus far and it has been difficult, just working every day and writing. Normally I would have taken one trip by now, but this August we do have a beach vacation planned. Can’t wait for that break and much-needed relaxation and fun. Feel that Ocean breeze, the sand between my toes and that awful hot sun burning down on my skin. It’s all worth it!

I forgot to mention that I had a new grand baby her name is Ella. Isn’t she lovely!  And she thick.

Also, we have my grand-dog HoneyBun(HB). She THOT trainging. Lol

 

Food for thought, something to think about:

Remember no one is perfect, not even those higher up. Choose your idols wisely or better yet, idolize no one. Those at the top can quickly fall back down to the bottom. Worship no man, woman or child, but GOD.

Sometimes you may cross paths with another and think this person is smart, intelligent and got their shit together and this may be true, and on the other side, can just be an outward appearance.  Just because someone may have more than you, don’t ever make them better that you.

All of us, everyone has flaws, faults, and weakness, so let no one make you feel that they are superior to you. Build your own self-esteem and motivation. Sure, there may be certain things you can learn from another, but don’t let it or that person be something or someone you cling to for growth. Be you, Do you. You have an individual quality within you that make you who you are, that makes you unique.

Until next time, take care.

Je Ne Sais Quoi!!!!

JE NE SAIS QUOI

Feeling a lil something-something / feeling some kind of way

Receiving compliments used to be something that was hard to accept. I have always been so critical of myself and sometimes negative about many things in my life.

However, over the years I have grown and become a more mature positive person. I have changed my “Attitude.” Like that old cigarette commercial with the jingle…

You’ve come a long way, baby

To get where you’ve got to today

You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby

You’ve come a long, long way

If you can remember back that far, maybe you weren’t born yet. I used to love that commercial. It first came out in 1968 when the very first cigarette made for women; its ad featured “New Woman” free of oppression, smoking proudly. Smoking Virginia Slims was freedom; it was liberation for women! In 1969 and 1976, the ad actually included an African American Woman. In addition, this was the last cigarette commercial to be aired on American television.

In 1978, Virginia Slims Light was introduced. 1985 New Virginia Slims 120’s, longest slim cigarette of all was introduced, and in 1987, the Ultra-Light 100’s were introduced.

You ask, what does this have to do with anything? It is more about the jingle than the cigarette. Just thought I’d add little history behind the cigarette since it was made for women.

To lay it all out for you is that lately, I have been in that Je Ne Sais Quoi, moment. Feeling good about myself and life. Things still may not be how I want them to be or expect it to be but, in a comfortable place in life right now, don’t need money to feel good about yourself just a little confidence, good attitude and self-esteem can you make you feel a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi.

Here are a few scenarios that I have come up with:

1) As she sashayed down the corridor, there was a woman standing in the aisle observing her with a friendly smile. She stopped and greeted her with a hello and kindly asked, is there something that I can help you with? The woman continued to look at her smiling, and to in her response, she said no, nothing is wrong, you just walked down this corridor as if you were just free not a care in the world. She didn’t understand what the woman meant by free or if it were a positive or negative comment. Therefore, she just replied “I am,” and the woman said with humor in her voice, I know that’s right.

2) Arriving at her morning appointment, confident, bright-eyed and glowing, she was escorted towards where her doctor was seated. As he turned and noticed her approaching, they exchanged good mornings and he gestured for her to have a seat. He said to her; you look lovely today, really lovely, I just love your ensemble, really nice. She said, thank you, nice of you to mention.

Thinking to herself, (I just threw something on didn’t care if it matched or not, it was a very early appointment and no one would see me, and I would be heading straight home afterward.) Nevertheless, she decided against stating her thoughts and just accepted the compliment and felt good about it. It was uplifting and a great way to start the day.

3) Receipt of a compliment from a friend of a friend who just wanted to acknowledge that she was a person with a certain mentality, positive, energetic, very independent, happy, smiling, good attitude, and a hard worker. Considered as a good help-mate and a friend. She found this to be much unexpected, as she had no dealings with this person and no idea that she was thought of in this manner. They were but merely acquaintances. The compliment was accepted with a sincere thank you and that was the end.

You never know who is paying attention to you. Still, Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover.

Compliments can stem from one’s attitude, how you interact with others, so on and so forth. Change your attitude; try to be a more positive person. We can only change what is in our control and the rest we have to let go and let God. Only he can change the things we cannot.

Try to hold your head up higher,  square your shoulders a little broader and walk little taller, have more confidence in yourself. Believe in yourself and try not to let others or things still your joy and happiness. Choose your battles.

When you feel better, you look better, when you look better, you feel better, and when you look and feel better, you act better. Attitude, positivity, self-esteem, and confidence – no time for low self-esteem–love yourself.

Not there yet but still moving forward and growing forward, one day at a time. Obstacles will continue to get in the way, you get over one hurdle and then here comes another one or two, and you know what, take it one at a time. Just keep going, keep jumping those hurdles. Life throws curve balls all the time, but you cannot let that stop you either, you are not a quitter, I’m not a quitter, life does not stop so keep going and pray for the best outcome.

Sometimes I get angry at situations, but I have to let it go. If I can fix it, fix it but if not, let it go. Some ask if I go to church? Let’s say, no, I don’t go every Sunday, but I go when I want to go. Doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in God because yes, I do believe in God. I know that he is my savior, my strength and my father in heaven, there is no me without him. Some may frown on that but it is my choice, and I have only to answer to him not man.

It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you have or where you come from,  attitude is key and plays a very important role in life.

I have learned to love myself! 

 

Share your thoughts; tell, what your Je Ne Sais Quoi is

 

What I’ve Been Up To 

Not too much lately. Still busy as ever with other things. Still writing, working on a few short stories and one novel. I do believe that I have major writer’s block. I have to stick with it or else who will write my stories? Haven’t watched anything new on television, trying to get back on a serious writing schedule. Back in the gym, it’s hard when you fall off. That’s all for now. Look for next weeks blog until then, mind your attitude.

Feedback on the new book cover of Slightly Bruised and a Little Broken has been positive.

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Books available by author Petite Breaux the memoir slightly bruised and a little broken, the whispering of my heart, latest book fun with grandma all available online at

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“NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER”

HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU ALL. 2017 IS HERE, AND 2016 IS IN OUR REARVIEW. LET’S MAKE FRESH STARTS WITH CONFIDENT ATTITUDES.

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ME SINCE LAST YEAR.

I have finally completed my grandkids middle-grade book. The cover and interior look great. I am putting a fresh face on my first book Slightly Bruised and a Little Broken. I am currently still writing my short stories. Trying to sit down and write as much as possible, so that I can achieve better writing skills. Practice, practice, practice.

WHAT I’M READING

The goal this year is to read 15 books. Last year was 50, and I achieved that goal by reading 51 books. This year, I need to do more writing.

Reading Book 2 of Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage, by T .E. Antonino middle-grade level but cute for all.  I enjoy reading his books about this eight-year-old girl Fannie and her friends.

Read several books by Travis Simmons; he writes fantasy novels. Well told stories and he does a really great job with his writing.

I receive most of my books free from the authors in exchange for a book review. They are available on Librarything.com, and I enter giveaways on Goodreads.com. I don’t accept the books if I have no intention of reading or giving a review. Reviews are most important to authors especially those new authors such as myself; it’s one way to get our books recognized and get us known as authors.

I never know if I will like a book or not, but no matter what,  I will read any book to the end and give a review. Some books may have slow starts just as some movies but gets better as you continue. Then there are some that just don’t interest you at all and you quit reading. That’s not me.

Check out LibraryThing if you are a reader, request a copy, read it and review it. In order to leave a review on Amazon you must have an account.

WHAT I’M WATCHING???

This is the good part. I was gifted Amazon Prime for Christmas from someone I adore very much. I had previously purchased the Amazon Fire Stick. It’s like having the best time ever double dosed. I am happy feet dancing and soul clapping.

However, this has caused me to miss watching my regular television shows, and Netflix is now on the back burner but not forgotten. So, not as much Netflix and chilling going on here but rather much priming.

On Amazon Prime:

I watched the series Goliath with Billy Bob Thornton – a big time lawyer turned into a drunken washed up lawyer but still sharp as a whistle. Two thumbs up and five stars. One of my favorite actors.

Sneaky Pete, I won’t go into description, you just have to watch – lots of twist and turns. A must see. Two thumbs up and five stars.

Mad Dogs, excited to be getting away on vacation all expenses paid, visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long while expecting to have this awesome time. Well, think again and expect the unexpected. Every time you take one step forward, you get pushed back two more. What in the hell is happening?

Watch this movie; it has some funny, much drama and questionable friendships. Two thumbs up and five stars.

On Hulu:

Catching up on season one of Outsiders. No review yet, just on episode four and so far all I know is that its trouble in the mountains.

On T.V.

I watched the New Edition Story. Much I wasn’t aware of, things that the public never knows, that goes on behind the scenes of celebrities. This group of young men went through much heartache, pain, betrayal, trust issues, friendship, and loyalty. Finding out who was actually working for you or aginst you. Another prime example of how you treat people.  Although Bobby Brown put them through hell, in the end after all those years, they remain the best of friends. I think part of it had to do with their backgrounds, where they came from and being man enough to come and say I’m sorry. My best part was the end when they were on stage at the BET show. They were having a good time and for all the actors new and old who played the parts of new edition did an excellent job. Kudos to them. One of BET’s best shows and characters were well. Well done.

My Thursday night shows have returned, the Shonda Rhime trio. Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and HTGAWM. Have to catch up on that. Black Sails is back. Quantico is back. The Blacklist is back. Jane the Virgin is back. Tyler Perry shows are back. The Affair is back. Sleepy Hollow is back. Homeland is back, Carrie with her crazy ass. Uughhh so many shows so little time.

Haven’t been to the movie theater lately, but I do plan on seeing Hidden Figures and Fences. Who knows, may just have to watch it on Fire Stick Kodi. Why not?

Cable prices are high as F**K! this way I could lower my bill by half getting rid of some cable boxes and dropping to basic package plan. One day will remove cable completly but until then still figuring out this Fire Stick before making that final move.

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Judging someone or something before you actually know facts can sometimes be mean and hurtful. I have been thingk about Karma latley. That bitch Karma the what goes around comes around KARMA. You know her, right? Bottom line we don’t need to be judging anyone when our home isn’t in order. Over the years as I have gotten older, I have realized some things about life and Karma. Karma isn’t something you want to come back on you, so, be mindful how you treat others and how you talk to them. Try to make the motives behind your intentions from the heart. Let’s build each other up instead of tearing one another down. This is not just words but something I will put into practice.  Let’s move forward, 2016 is behind us and 2017 is here.

Ain’t no stopping us now, were on the move.

Until next time, peace love and respect.

Petite