So, what have I been up to?

Hello readers.

I am sorry that I haven’t kept up on my blogging.  My bad.  I’ve been really busy and life and poetry got in the way.

 

So what happened?

First, my fifth book a poetry won an award.  I knew nothing about this contest and honestly when I entered, I didn’t think I would win.  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has acknowledge my book ON LIFE as being the best e-book self published by an African-American author in 2017.

I was more than honored.  Words can’t describe how it felt to be on that stage.  I got to shake hands with Congressman John Lewis and I shared the limelight with some of the best young, black authors in the game.

I’ve been doing poetry for a long time.  I take it seriously.  This is the first time some entity other than friend or family has acknowledge my work.   I felt like I got a hand up from the universe; like all my work, and embarrassments, were not in vain.

 

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So now what?  Well, I still have a novel to finish.  But what I want to do is take my winnings and produce a better spoken word CD with my name on it.  Though it is good, and honest, I’m not proud of the first one, and I need to take my time with novel.

So I am working part-time to build on what I have and make this next phase of the dream a reality.  For, the first time in my life, I feel good about who I am, what I’ve done and at peace with the journey I am on.

I will blog more about my progress, and other things and folks as time allows.  Until then, if you have not purchased a copy of ON LIFE, just look for it on my Amazon Author page, or Google me under my full name Jacqueline Nicole Harris.  I even changed the cover to acknowledge the award.  I’m sorry I couldn’t stay for the full BCALA conference.  I wish I could have made more lasting connections.  Still, what a time.  What a time.

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