Monday, May 25

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To The Brave Trapped in Sorrow
Inspiration

To The Brave Trapped in Sorrow

When your little sister or brother, niece or nephew, daughter or son looks into the mirror what do you think they see?   Instead of guessing, ask.   Do you really know what that beautiful heart endures when he or she goes to school? Do you remember what it felt like to go into grammar school and high school thinking it was your universe? Believing with your whole heart that everyone and everything that came into your world was all you would ever have or know? Never truly realizing that there was more to come beyond the walls of the cafeteria (where you questioned where you would sit), the gymnasium (where you and Billy were picked last), the classroom (where you either never raised your hand for fear of being wrong OR you answered and got teased for being right). No m...
Worthy Warrior
Inspiration

Worthy Warrior

"Too many people undervalue what they are, and overvalue what they are not." *** Today I received an e-mail from a friend of my lovely fan Danielle. (YOU ROCK, BABY!) She told me her best friend was too shy to deliver a message herself, but she eventually convinced her to send it to me. She wanted me to share it and I am so glad that she allowed me the rights to do so. She herself remains unnamed for her privacy, but this is truly something that should be addressed. You are all worthy of so much and as I said vicariously in a previous post, sometimes we just need a reminder or our own significance. ---------------------------------------------------------- Scenario of a Warrior (In Her Own Words): Veronica, you said 'We are all warriors in the army of life, because we all have a ba...
A Quote For You
Fiction

A Quote For You

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming novel Point of Infliction that I wanted to you to read. I am sending it out because I feel this way about you each of you and could not resist sharing it. In between the lines of this novel, you have been my greatest inspiration. Love Always, Veronica  ✌❤  ---------------------------------- “Through all the detrimental things you have endured your heart remains unblemished. Empathy is a fast fading trait, but it remains present in you. Although there is an absence of it today, people need it as much, if not more, as they had in the past. Every thing that concerns you or disappoints you is based off of your immense emotional connection to society, your…human decency. You may be displeased in the world as a whole, but you do not resemble the mass
Anti-Gay Violence
World

Anti-Gay Violence

"The Most Homophobic Place in the World" The legacy of DEAN MORIAH and DWAYNE JONES. On July 21st a group of individuals attacked gender-nonconforming Dwayne Jones. He was shot, stabbed, and left for dead on a road near the party he had earlier attended. He was only 17. On August 23rd another group attacked two men they perceived as gay following a car accident. Five days later, yet another mob repeatedly stabbed and set aflame a man they alleged to be gay, called Dean Moriah. He was 41. All of these hate crimes involving homosexuality occurred in Jamaica. These unlawful acts occur so often it leads one to believe without a doubt that their authorities are doing nothing to end it. Perhaps they truly aren't trying. It is not my place to decided that though. This is simply the kind of
Speaking From My Soul
QT With VND

Speaking From My Soul

Full. To the brim. Overflowing with knowledge. Too connected to chaos, no longer to the soul. Never  unmoving. Always running. Never breathing. Thoughts consuming. No time for healing. Sorrow. Negativity. Collapse. Finally... Breath. - - - - - - - - - - - - In my time away, I've rediscovered the serenity found in a single breath. The way it reconnects your mind and your soul. The sense of calm that devours you. I've missed that. My vision blurred and my energy shifted from positive to negative in an instant. I couldn't fathom my own emotions, so focused on deciphering those of the ones around me. I've been told countless times my greatest strength is my greatest weakness: helping...caring...empathizing. For so long I've dealt with everyone else'
Equal Marriage Ignored By Major Media Outlets
World

Equal Marriage Ignored By Major Media Outlets

Can we talk? I mean really talk? About equal marriage... Guys, the LGBT community has come a very long way and it has taken years to get where we've gotten. Still, people try to hold the LGBTQ family back, and suppress the dynamic steps we've taken as a whole. They also ignore those who actively make changes to support us.  BBC News, Channel 4 News and other media outlets failed to give sufficient coverage of this week’s historic passing of same-sex marriage in Parliament. Needless to say, some of my friends "across the pond" had no idea this even occurred. And I'm talking about my friends who have made it a habit to watch the news and read the newspaper...We are talking hardcopy articles here! I would like for you guys to read this article: here. Benjamin Cohen, founder of Out4Marri
A Moment In Time With JD Photography
QT With VND

A Moment In Time With JD Photography

There is nothing better than starting a journey with an individual you've known for years, watched grow for over a decade, and from time to time quarreled with. Let's face it - we all have those down days, but some friendships/bonds/ties are still unbreakable. Occasionally they waiver, they may seem as if they are fading, but they cannot break. This past week I worked with Jasemine-Denise Photography, a photographer located in the hearty of Chicago. She commutes anywhere you want her to go, including out of state just to get you what you need. What's so incredible about her is: she works and practices nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365/6 days a year! It never stops with her and that is truly phenomenal. If you say "I want m photography to look like such and such" she is the o
A Generation Desensitized
World

A Generation Desensitized

A Generation Desensitized Yesterday afternoon I was trolling through an app on my phone called IFunny. Usually it throws me into an array of flashbacks involving the days of *Nsync, Pokemon, Nano Pets, and Gameboys, but yesterday...none of that happened. Actually, not a single thing I came across had a trace of hilarity. As a matter of fact, that day was a high contrast to the ones before it. It was like...super duper opposite day. No fun stuff, just some random things to upset you. There was plenty I was discouraged about, and yes I know it is a "ya dig" updated by a bunch of young bored adolescents who have nothing better to do. That's all the internet really is. A bunch of people congregating digitally because they have too much free time. By too much I mean so much that these kids
Tomorrow Never Came Is Now Available!
Fiction

Tomorrow Never Came Is Now Available!

I'm so glad this day has arrived. I know it says my book was published yesterday, but it was literally available at 11:59PM. I was asleep! Anyway. This book was fun to write, but did have its stressful points as you'll see when you read it. Some of the topics (sexual assault, hates crimes, etc.) was rough, but I know that the message in it has the strength to hit the right people at any given time. I hope you enjoy it. Love you and talk to you soon. VND ❤   Order Tomorrow Never Came in PAPERBACK // on KINDLE NO GOODBYE IS FOREVER. After the death of her baby brother, 17-year-old Naomi Knight rediscovers happiness in the hearts of her friends and family. Reveling in the love of all whom are dear to her, she fails to notice the chaos spreading around her. When her friend Nat
Notice on Tomorrow Never Came
Fiction

Notice on Tomorrow Never Came

*starts singing Cece Peniston - Finally* No, but seriously. After days of working on this site, filling it with content, and obsessing over every little detail I am finally done. My cousin Jasemine basically made this happen by purchasing the domain. I argued with her for a long time. Relentlessly. The outcome's obvious isn't it? I guess when you have the kind of history we have in the things we do we know what the other one ultimately needs to feel better. Livin' ain't easayyyyy! Anyway I'm all excited. RIDICULOUSLY SO! Sharing this site with you and all that it holds is just....the ultimate for me. There's always more to come, but for now this is what I've got to offer. Books page. Go! Tomorrow Never Came will be available soon! There is also a preview for it on the Book Previews