Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Cry Me A River

Chapter One: Cry Me A River

Monday, November 28, 2005

Miracles In Every Moment

It's a stormy Monday morning in Chi-town and like many others, the weather affects my mood. So, I was in need of a little inspiration. It was such a blessing when this motivational email came across my inbox. My good friend, author JL King always tells me, "Don't close your eyes, you might miss a miracle" so I post this today with my eyes wide open.

Miracles in every moment

There are miracles in every moment if you'll just take the
time to see them. There is value in every circumstance if
you'll simply make the effort to appreciate it.

Even on the most ordinary and tedious days there are
magnificent and extraordinary treasures to be lived. They
are yours when you open your mind and your heart to the

There is no need to long for some distant bright day on
which everything will be perfect. For you can make this very
day as bright and shining and fulfilling as you choose.

Open your eyes and realize what a miracle it is that you
know you are here. Choose in this very moment to make the
most of your awesome good fortune.

The wind blows, the sun rises, the snow falls and the ocean
relentlessly pounds the shore. Life rolls on with fresh new
possibilities at every turn.

There are miracles in every moment. What a privilege and joy
it is to be a part of life.

Ralph Marston

Thursday, November 24, 2005



I receive a lot of emails but this one touched me so much I wanted to share. I posted her email to me and the I added my response:

I am feeling sorry for myself. I don't have a job for the first time since I was 14. I have many unfinished could be careers, disguised as hobbies for now. The only truly consist thing in my life is my immediate family. I don't keep in touch with my relatives as much as I'd hope to as an adult and which I should have done as a child (they live in South America). I keep in worse touch with people not related to me, especially if there is no regular mandatory event that brings us together.

I will be 26 this New Years Eve.

I had planned to accomplish plenty, much more than I have actually done or even started. I miss every personal deadline I ever made for myself. Some would say that's depression, but I am still generally pleasant to be around and have no qualms about going out when invited and still find a way to have a good time. I am a true all around athlete that can't get motivated to get outside and have no interest in exercising without sports, but can't find teams because for that you have to get out of the house. I have always enjoyed singing and song writing and did not share it with anybody until maybe my upper teens or beyond, and then only with a few people at a time. My parents still haven't heard any of my music.

I think cliches are cliches for a reason. They should be studied. There should be college courses dedicated to them. I should make a short film about cliches, and add that on my list of things I will never finish.

I want to be a singer/song/writer/performer

a television personality

an actress

a director/screenwriter/producer

a novelist/publisher

in that order and throughout my life.

I don't know where to begin in my quest to accomplish these goals and see no hope in the ideas without the funds and/or connections to initiate/complete them.

I feel like others have the one up on me and/or nothing to loose.

I will definitely have regrets in my old age about the things I didn't do.

I definitely need help, the mentor type, the connection type, the money type. I need equipment, resources. I need intervention.

Like so many others, I need to get on the ball. Most peoples aspirations, that I know of, are only half as difficult/unattainable as mine and seeing that they do not get motivated to do them gives me little hope.

I am hopeless and feel lonely and there is nothing that anyone around me, or that I know, can do to cure me or help me in my quest.

Will I give up? Should I give up?

Will I purposely loose everything so that I have nothing to loose? Then will I finally ask strangers for help, tell them my story. See if someone with the resources can/will care?

Knowing that my problems are common bears no relief.

My current dilemma is this. Since the company layoff this November, I have been involuntarily given the opportunity to make a life changing choice.

Do I at this point take a dinky job that pays half was I was making, something close to home, to allow the time to pursue the first of my endeavors. Risk it? Be the starving artist?

Do I work hard everyday to find a career in my current field to keep climbing the corporate ladder, side with my studies. "Safe route?" The route that doesn't allow for much of anything else.

I have always been good at both the sciences and the arts and to be safe I went with the analytical side. Denied my creativity the ability to grow, to learn techniques/style/history.

The sciences have fallen short. I do not use even half of what I learned in college in my

day-to-day work life. I am unsatisfied with my career. I do not have the ability/knowledge to become an Einstein, I am just better than average and would most likely flourish if I decided it so. Mostly due to my work ethic.

But I do, in my opinion, have the ability to make a fantastic career in the arts.

I don't want to sound ungrateful, I have a beautiful life that I appreciate. But this choice has been haunting me since I can remember. I have never been a big risk taker and have geared my life towards self-reliance. I don't generally ask for help nor do I expect it or accept it. This is very hard for me.

To reiterate, I am self pitying.

I do not know why I chose to write this to you Nikki. I just did. If you are interested in listening to a small sample of my music, please reply with an address to send a CD. Regardless, please reply with any advice you may have for me.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

My response:

Be glad you didn't send me a phone number because I just might have called and cussed you out!


First of all I am glad you emailed me. God always places people in our lives and in our paths at EXACTLY the right time. So this is not a coincidental thing.

Second of all, you are beautiful. Not just on the surface, but the goodness of your soul shines through your eyes.

So you wanna know what I think?

In short, my advice is to find your passion and pursue it relentlessly. Easier said than done? Yes but it IS doable. I know it can be done because I did it.

I recognize depression, self pity and lack of motivation because I deal with them daily. But I am now able to push past them and achieve my dreams because I have found my passion. You can do it to. And I will help.

Put the money, connections and mentoring aside. All of that will come once you are on your designated path. I am a radio and television personality, motivational speaker, published author and soon to be filmmaker. Why? Because I am finally doing what I am supposed to be doing. I am still struggling with the financial end of things because all of what I am trying to do takes a lot of money and regardless of my dreams, I still have very real bills that need to be paid and very real children that have to be fed. But I'm still doing it and lo and behold, the money always shows up on time. God is an exceedingly abundant God.

I used to be a fifth grade teacher. I was good at it but it was not my passion. And it was killing me. So I took the leap of faith and stepped firmly onto my designated path. The road has not been easy - and never will be - but the passion that I have for what I am doing allows me to embrace and overcome the struggles.

You have to find your passion. The rest will fall into place.

So sit down, and write down what you want most in life. Meditate on it and feel the joy it brings and then we will come up with a plan of action to get you there.

I dare you to be successful. Gonna take me up on the challenge?


So what say you? Any advice for her? Post it and I will pass it on!

God Bless all of those who are on the path and those still looking for the path. We are walking this journey together.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Cry Me A River

Prologue: Cry Me A River

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Official Jump Off

A Poetic Prelude: http://shadowdancing.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Flippin' the Script

Easier Said Than Done - Cover

OK, after much thought and even more speculation I will be taking the plunge. Tommorrow. No, I'm not going to cut my hair into a sporty bald fade. I won't be picking up and dragging my babies to Japan just because I've discovered I like - no love - Sushi. And I'm certainly not going to pull a Sheryl Swoops move and I wouldn't be talking about her infamous cross-over dribble move or would I? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

None of the above ...

What I'm talking about is answering the question, "What the hell is up withcha girl Essence?"

Now for those of you that are not familiar with Essence, she was the sexy, off-the-chain, backstabbing, manstealing friend of Kingston - the protagonist in my debut novel, Easier Said Than Done. I won't take time to delve into the story, but if you haven't picked up a copy of ESTD than I encourage you to do so. Yes, Now would be a good time. Either visit me on line at www.nikkiwoods.com or you can buy it via www.amazon.com. Pick it up today because I will begin posting her story tomorrow and trust me, it's going to be HOT! So go ahead, purchase Easier Said Than Done. I'll wait.

Play pleasant music and read disclaimer now: (The sex scenes will be a little EXPLICIT. Ok, ALOT explicit! I'm gonna be working out some things. (insert salacious grin)

Back already? Order the book? (enter assumption that you answered with an affirmative.) Good.

So yes, while I will continue to add inspiration to my blog, I will also be throwing chapters fromt the sequel to Easier Said Than Done which is told from Essence's point of view and may be inspirational in another way.

Ummmm, did I mention at least twice that you should buy - Easier Said Than Done today? And I gave you the website so you can order it? I did? (wait patiently until dramatic pause ends.) Ok. Then my job here is done.