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I'm a . . .
Writer, Artist
Website:
http://portentumbooks.tripod.com/
Have You "Freed Your Inner Book" Yet?
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What You Need to Know About Me:
Meditating on other book projects while keeping my sanity. Other than that, I am also a portrait artist and illustrator. I have commissioned works in the past but stepped away for a minute focusing my attention on writing. I am also developing a screenplay, pray for me on that project as I need strength to continue. If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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A portent of things to come...

When I wrote Portentum: Africa Reborn, I wrote it out of an appreciation of heritage and also the fact that there are not many fictional/fantasy/science fiction books out for the Motherland.



The central theme of the book explores many of the issues that are being faced right now in certain countries of Africa. I based events that take place in the book to reflect what is inflicting the country now. Even though the settings in Portentum are ficitious they are loosely mimicked from… Continue

Posted on June 13, 2008 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

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At 12:08pm on August 26, 2010, Author Collective said…
Greetings Fellow Authors,

Join us November 5th thru 7th at the Northland Shopping Mall in Southfield, Michigan for the International Urban Book Festival, Detroit. A great place to sell books and teach young people the importance of reading. We have rented the entire shopping mall to get our message across to the young at risk generation. Reading is essential! Let's all encourage our youth to read at least two books per week. Let's encourage parents to make this a family mandate.

Meet and network with celebrity authors, purchasing agents from schools, libraries and major corporations plus other members of the literary community. We will hold literary workshops, panel discussions, lectures, seminars and classes on self publishing. We have 200 author tables now available, but they are certain to sell out quickly. The cost for the three day weekend is only $225. Author tables are 2' by 4' skirted with two chairs. Out of state attendees may receive discounts on hotel rooms by logging onto our website after September 2, 2010.

This is certain to be a fun filled event. Don't miss it.

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At 10:31am on September 3, 2008, Savaslas Lofton said…
Stopping by to say what's going on my brother.
You have a beautiful family man.
Take it easy,
Savaslas
At 12:15am on August 2, 2008, Daniel Williams said…
2009 ESSENCE Short Fiction Contest Official Rules





Dream of being the next Terry McMillan or E. Lynn Harris? It just might happen. Start by entering our 2009 Essence Short Fiction contest. The winner will be announced at next year's Essence Literary Awards. See rules below.

Write On!


2009 ESSENCE Short Fiction Contest
OFFICIAL RULES

1. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal residents of the United States and Washington, DC 18 years or older at the time of entry that have never had a work of fiction published in a major commercial book, or in a magazine with a circulation of more than 25,000. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.

2. HOW TO ENTER: All stories submitted must be works of original fiction featuring an adult female of African descent as the main character. All contest entries must be typed, double-spaced, with one‹inch margins, on one side of 8 1/2 -by-11 inch paper and not more than ten pages or 2,500 words. The author's name, mail, email address (if available) and daytime telephone number must appear in the top right-hand corner of the first manuscript page. All subsequent pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner and include the author's last name. Submit your entries via postal mail only in care of 2009 ESSENCE SHORT FICTION CONTEST, Essence Magazine, 135 W. 50th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10020. All entries must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2008 and received no later October 7, 2008. Limit one entry per person. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, postage due mail or entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party and has not previously won an award. ESSENCE WILL NOT ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS IN THE FORM OF FAXES OR ELECTRONIC ATTACHMENTS. Entries will not be returned, and the contestant will only be contacted if her or his entry is chosen. Telephone, postal mail, email or fax inquiries will not be accepted and could cause disqualification.

3. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by the editorial staff of ESSENCE and a select panel of publishing experts appointed by ESSENCE based on the following criteria: Originality (25%); Creativity (25%); Use of language (25%); and Appropriateness to contest theme (25%). First, Second and Third place winners and Seven Honorable Mentions will be chosen by the judges. In the event of a tie, an additional tie-breaker judge will determine the Winners from among all such tied entries using the judging criteria above. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winners will be notified by telephone or email on or about January 10, 2009.

4. PRIZES: One First Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of her or his contest entry in a winter 2009 issue of ESSENCE magazine. The submissions of the First, Second and Third Prize Winners as well as those of the Seven Honorable Mentions will be featured on ESSENCE.COM during the first quarter of 2009. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. The prize is nontransferable and is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2009 ESSENCE LITERARY AWARDS.

5. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor's sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any materials submitted as part of Entrant's Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such entry. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant's submitted entry, along with Entrant's name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the entry submitted is original and has never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of his/her prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the official rules, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

6. GOVERNING LAW: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of New York without regard to principals of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits.

7. SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

8. WINNER'S LIST: For name of Winner(s), available after February 15, 2009, log onto www. Essence.com for a period of thirty days.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is ESSENCE Magazine, 135 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020.
At 3:20pm on July 15, 2008, Greta Chapin-McGill said…
That's cool but could you direct me on how to post? My work is on my page if you care to browse
At 2:19pm on July 15, 2008, Greta Chapin-McGill said…
Hi Brent....I would like to add a piece to your group. Maybe I am completely dense but I can't figure it out. Your comment was very timely.
At 10:38pm on July 3, 2008, DD said…
Thanks for the Welcome glad to be here
At 7:30pm on June 24, 2008, Energenie said…
It's fine now. Fixed itself, somehow. I'm in!
At 3:44pm on June 21, 2008, Energenie said…
I've tried several times to join the Critique Castle, so I could post some comments on one of the pieces. But nothing happens when I click on the 'join' icon. Likewise, the link on the comments wall. Any ideas what the problem could be?
At 11:28am on June 18, 2008, Daniel Williams said…
Jarvis’ Dream
By: Daniel Williams

Jarvis Johnson went outside one morning in the spring of 1997. Jarvis read a letter from Indiana University about attending college on a two year scholarship. Jarvis also will play with the Indiana Hoosiers.

Jarvis reported for basketball practice the next day.
"Welcome, Jarvis. Alright, rules for the team. Need to be on time for practice each day and penalty will advance you to be kicked off the team," said the coach.

The starter buzzer went off as the teams started the game. Jarvis shoots the ball in the basket and scored a point.
"Fly ball, fly ball!" yelled the coach.
Soon later, Jarvis made a foul shot.
"Personal foul, number seventeen!" yelled the guard.
The coach called Jarvis.
"Jarvis, remember to make that perfect basket in the hoop, got it?"
"Got it," said Jarvis.
Jarvis shoots the ball in the basket, only seconds in the half left.
In Jarvis' mind he thought.
"Basket, basket got to make that basket a win."
The crowd was cheering.

Indiana Hoosier
3
The crowd went crazy.

Indiana Hoosier
8
"We are losing, coach," worried Jarvis.
Jarvis makes the basket and Indiana Hoosier scored again.

Indiana Hoosier
9
10

The guard threw the ball up in the air from his hand, beginning the fourth half.
Jarvis dribble, dribble, dribble and went down the court, with the ball.

The Indiana Hoosiers took a time out. The points kept going up and up, Indiana Hoosier shined up two points in the fourth half.
Everyone got quiet...Jarvis made the final basket...and the buzzer rings.
Indiana Hoosier won the game.

At the NBA Draft...
"It is a great honor and achievement Jarvis Johnson number two drafted into the Chicago Bulls," said the guy.
Everyone clapped.

"Thank you, thank you---this meant to my father. I thank my father."
Everyone clapped.

During the drive home, Jarvis noticed an empty space. He wanted to fulfill his father's dream opening up a center.
"The Robin Johnson Center," thought Jarvis.

Jarvis went to the city board the next day.
"I saw a space up for rent, can I have it?" asked Jarvis.
"And what street is this space on?" asked the woman.
"The space is on 2610. Vine Street."
"That space cost thousands of dollars, perfect to get now than wait until winter."
"I'll take it."

Jarvis fix the open space.

* Brand new hoops
* Rackets
* Brand new and used basketballs
* A picture of his father {Robin Johnson}

Later that night, Jarvis was featured on the news.

"Tonight, I'm up to the story about a courageous teenage boy named Jarvis Johnson. I'm here by The Robin Johnson Center where teenage boys can come to play basketball. The center uplifts teenage boys for a place after school. I'm here with the owner Jarvis Johnson. Jarvis, who did you, name this place after and why?" asked the woman reporter.

"I named this center after my father. My father taught me that the game of basketball is not created by God; the main creation of basketball is how well you practice every day and consistently being good at it. I want to give these teenage boys a chance to come and play basketball, this center is the only place they can be around other boys without fathers in their lives," said Jarvis.

"And I hope your center expands the biggest organizations of the U.S."

The Robin Johnson Center was luring many teenage boys from the streets, after the summer ended and school began.

Next year, Jarvis will look forward playing in the NBA and moving to Pennsylvania. This story shows how Jarvis' life has promoted, presented, and persevere.
 
 
 

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