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I Attended The Hottest Open Mic Last Week

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Burnin Mic Open Mic

I’m the first to say you can find talent in all places but  I was  shocked to find it flowing  from My own  womb. I  entered My son into this  poetry writing/spoken word program for the  summer with the  Maya Baraka Institute directed and ran by various National poetry  slam winners and  contestants. The  program is  for youths age 13-20 and  focuses on spoken word and the creative arts with an afro-centric flair.

We were invited to their  first  performance last week which was in the  format of an open mic which was also open to the public sponsored by the Maya Baraka program along with Dew More Baltimore.  The open mic was hosted by the  youths of the program and  many of them blessed us with their talents from singing, to poetry and rapping. I  recorded  quite a few of the performances but no where near all of them nor did I capture what I think were some of the best performances.

Hopefully you will enjoy  a peek into  what you missed. These talented teens and young adults blew Me away.

I have  a few more  videos  from the event and will be continuing to  upload them to youtube at http://www.tinyurl.com/sapphiresyoutube.com

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I’m So Excited To Post Our First FEATURE Interview with Talented Author, Journalist and Narrator Tia L. Lincoln

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Tia Lincoln, An Accomplished Child of Baltimore

Tia Lincoln, An Accomplished Child of Baltimore

My love of reading and writing goes back further than I can remember. There’s nothing I enjoy more than curling up in a corner and getting lost in someone’s story. Now I have the opportunity to actually interview and talk to writers who impress Me and I’m so excited. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming writer that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………..

I read a book by this talented author, Tia L. Lincoln about a year and a half ago and was so touched by the story I reached out to her to tell her how it had affected me. She actually responded and was so humble and graceful. She told Me however that the story I read, “Junkie: A True Baltimore Story” was her sisters life story and suggested I read ” Child of Baltimore” which represented her life. I did and became even more enraptured with her writing. I then discovered that besides a rough Baltimore upbringing we had another thing in common, a fascination with true crime. I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to or give you a more in depth view of the talented author Tia L. Lincoln.

Tia Lincolns Books

Tia Lincolns Books

1. For those who aren’t familiar with you and your work can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am an author/writer who writes and publishes strictly true stories. With my publishing company Real Life Productions, I have 5 books out right now entitled: “Child of Baltimore”, “Junkie-A True
Baltimore Story, “The Lady Who Chained Her Baby To The Bed”, “Maryland’s Most Notorious Murders 1990-2008″, and “Until I Get Caught – The True Story of A Serial Rapist in Baltimore”.

2. You seemed to hit your mark with the true crime niche. What was it that encouraged you to start researching and documenting murders?

I’ve been fascinated by the crime of murder ever since I was a child and I’ve been keeping a mental database on murders for years. Growing up in west Baltimore in the early 80’s, I can remember as a child fantasizing about becoming a homicide detective or even a criminal psychologist. It’s the why aspect of a murder that interests me. What drives a person to kill? When my father was murdered in 1995, the only absolute way I could cope with his brutal murder was to get my thoughts out on paper. Who knew that writing about my life and his murder would turn into a career.

3. I hear You have a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, where do you see yourself career wise in 5 years?

So far I just have an Associates Degree in the Science of Criminal Justice but I’m about 55 credits short of my Bachelors. Career wise in 5 years, I will have obtained my Bachelors, mastered Spanish, released at least 3 more books, released the film version of my 5th book, “Until I Get Caught- The True Story Of A Serial Rapist In Baltimore”, and completed courses in victim assistance training as well as an internship with the Innocence Project in Washington D.C.

Author Tia L. Lincolns Appearance on Lifetime Movie Network, Killer Kids

Author Tia L. Lincolns Appearance on Lifetime Movie Network, Killer Kids

The  rest of this interview  can be found above under the FEATURE INTERVIEWS tab or you can just click the following link https://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/feature-interviews/author-tia-l-lincoln-this-child-of-baltimore-has-blossomed-into-one-unstoppable-author-and-business-woman/

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Writers Life….. I’m Learning So Much

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Just Start Writing

                                                   Just Start Writing

So it’s no big secret that I love to write, I’ve been writing longer than I remember, blogging for almost 8 years and  writing for publications for two years  now. I love that  My pen gives Me a  way to express all the things tumbling around in My head and  I never get enough of the fact that people actually enjoy reading it,

It all started with  notebook after notebook full of journals, poetry and half finished stories I’ve started. Up until 2008 or so I had never even finished one of the stories or books I’d started. A short story for My website gained Me a little popularity and  caused Me to write more to appease the few who requested it.

Say It, Someone  Will Listen

                      Say It, Someone Will Listen

The next thing you know I took a  chance and  asked a guy starting  a  brand new magazine if I could write an erotic story for it and he  said sure. My first story published in print was “Facebook Fun” in 86 Blvd and  since then I have  written for each of the subsequent 10 issues and was recently given the honor of interviewing cover model Nyomi Banxxx for them.

My  regular byline in 86  Blvd  was the springboard  for Me  contacting other urban magazines and asking for a chance to write for them. To date My  writing has been featured in 27 issues of print publications and that includes My monthly column in BADD Magazine.  I get a thrill every time a  new magazine or website approaches Me to write for them but it also made Me realize it was time to work on My own project as well. I mean I  love creating content for others but we all know its much better to be on the receiving end of the residual income.

Write. Just Do It

                                                 Write. Just Do It

Yesterday morning I  got my lazy butt to the computer and said it’s time.  Honestly, I’m now a  month behind the deadline I scheduled last year. My first compilation of erotic stories were supposed to be ready by Valentine’s Day but I took a month to rest.  I went through My stories and picked the first twelve I’d like to publish in a book of short stories. I started formatting but it was getting overwhelming so I  took a break. Tomorrow I will be right back at it

writerslife.org

                                        writerslife.org

During this time while I’m focusing  on My writing I’ve been checking out all types  of websites, writing groups etc that can benefit ANY writer, not just a writer of erotic stories. I’ve found  some great articles and websites. One of the websites I’ve fallen in love with is Writers Life. I won’t  bog this blog post down with links but I’ve linked some of the most recent articles I’ve read as well as a *FREE writers toolkit below.

*Writing A Book: Life After The First Draft

*Writing  Prompt Basics: Tips For New Writers

*FREE Writers Toolkit

I will be  sure to add this site to the resource area for writers I have here on this site at https://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/resource-guide/resources-for-poets-writers/

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Do You Have An Inspirational Story To Share – Chicken Soup For The Soul Seeking Stories

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Do  you have a true life inspirational  story to share? Your original true life stories can get you the  opportunity to be published in one of the upcoming “Chicken Soup For The Soul” books.  The  story  has to be  100% true and MUST be  inspirational. Writers who stories that are published will be compensated $200.  To date, the Chicken Soup  For The Soul franchise has sold over 500 MILLION books, don’t miss the opportunity to have your work featured in one.

If they  publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive exclusive contributors’ communique and you will be entitled to buy cases of books  at a discount.

A few of the guidelines for submissions are

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story

1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time in our books, and they find it to be a cathartic and productive experience. We do let you use a pen name for your story if you do not want to use your real name.
5. Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works.
5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
6. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.

Get the  rest of the guidelines and  submission info on their website at http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/story-guidelines

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