Monday, February 14, 2005

I'm so happy to hear from one of my favorite authors about doing a blurb for my book. In addition to the galley Hyperion sent her, she also emailed me to see if I had a detailed synopsis. How cool is that?! So, I told her I'd get one together for her this weekend. Here it is Monday morning and I'm still not finished. I should be finished today though. After I get back from my two doctors appointments. So maybe I'll be done this evening and can shoot it to her by email.

During all this madness, I'm using books to relax and re-group. I started reading The Coldest Winter Ever. It's been on my shelf a very long time. Years. Like so many other books I have, I just haven't gotten to them yet. So I started reading it, but I had to stop. I'm not a very big fan of street or urban lit. Now, I must say, Coldest Winter is well written and it's a good storyline. I've browsed some street lit books at the bookstores and usually I'm kinda turned off by the writing. Not the writer, but the writing, or the story. Much in the same way that I usually don't care for stories written from a child's point of view and in a child's voice. So, it's a personal preference thing and not a reflection on the writer. I put Coldest Winter down to go back to another book I was reading, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver. Before I went to sleep last night, I read quite a chunk from it. I finished up the part that's about his reaction after Malcolm X was assassinated and he goes into the changes in the generations of whites and blacks. Very interesting read.

I also went to my women's group meeting yesterday. SHERAH (Sisters helping each other reach a higher height). Founder Shante Davis brought in a speaker to talk to the ladies about HIV/AIDS, and how the number one group of new cases now is African American women. We discussed the issue and how we can protect ourselves. While I thought I was up on the issue, I was pretty surprised that I walked awayy with new information. She also brought a map that broke down the number of HIV & AIDS reported cases by zip codes in the St. Louis area and it was mind blowing. And those were the ones who actually got tested. We know there's so many people who haven't been tested and have no idea they have HIV. I left with information that I will further apply 100%. If anyone hasn't been in a seminar on HIV/AIDS lately, I would highly recommend it. Even if you think you know all there is to know.