Flat Twistout using Cantu Coconut Curling cream

Last week I bought the As I am Coconut Co-wash and the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. It was my first time using both products and I was eager to see how they worked out for my hair.

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Right: Working those curls (sort of). My mother asked me: Is that how you are leaving the house? I’m like: Yeah! (LOL)

 

I used the co-wash then air dried a bit.  I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in conditioner diluted with a little water. Then applied a mixture of coconut, avocado and castor oil.  Afterwards I did a flat twist on the sides leaving a little hair out on the top which I twisted in to get some curls.

The Cantu Curly cream has a very nice scent.  I don’t think it gave any extraordinary definition in my curls.  I’ve done flat twists with just the leave in conditioner and got basically the same results. My hair tends to be frizzy and I always seem to end up with more of an afro rather than any real curl definition.

I’ve also noticed that my hair is breaking.  I’m not sure what I am doing that’s causing the breakage. I had alot of little knots on my ends a few weeks ago and I clipped those and I have been moisturizing and detangling only when wet but still I have alot of hair on my fingers when styling.

Any tips on combating breakage? What’s the best way to get some curl definition? I’m still trying to work this one out.

 

In other news:

I voted today!

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Book Review: The Girl with all the Gifts

Title: The Girl With All The Gifts

Author: M.R. Carey

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥½

The title of this book led me to believe that it was a sort of fantasy but then I found it listed under science fiction in the Kindle store. Either way it’s a fitting title.   The title comes from the main character’s, Melanie, favourite story.  Melanie is sort of the golden child.
The author did a very good job of keeping me guessing about Melanie and the other children that are in the school.  Their unusual habits and the detached, almost fearful way the adults dealt with them made me wonder what kind of gifts these children could have.
Melanie thinks daily about why they are in their school and what it could mean for them after school is over.   She tells herself stories and fantasizes alot.  None of the children are aware really of their ‘skills’ and it’s only after one incident in the classroom between Melanie’s favourite teacher and Sergeant and one of the other students that you figure out exactly what makes these children special.  The revelation is scary and it hooks you even more.
The book is short but well written. I couldn’t put it down for too long.  I wanted to find out who or what the children really were and what their purpose was. Then when I did I was eager to know how it was going to play out.  There’s a bit of medical jargon that I didn’t understand a word of but that didn’t take away from the story for me.  The ending was the icing on the cake.
I won’t say more than that.  I’m afraid of giving away too much.  I will say, however, that it is a great book to read. Worth keeping in my library.

Phenomenal Woman

Yesterday I saw on Facebook a post about the death of Maya Angelou.  I was surprised at the news to say the least.  Even knowing she was an elderly lady, 86 years old, it still surprised me.  I’ve heard about Ms Angelou for many years and even though I ‘m not much into poetry I was happy to know there are other black women who write and are inspiration for alot of other young black women.

After reading an article about her life in the NYTimes, it amazed me the things that she had seen and done. Never knew she sung calypso or was a dancer.  Or that she’d been married at least 3 times and lived in Cairo and Ghana.  All these experiences made her the phenomenal woman she was.

Rest In Peace Maya Angelou.

 

 

 

A little pep talk…

Some writing quotes to get me (and you) to keep on writing.

Thought this one was funny since there are so many books dedicated to “how to write a great novel”.

Some days I have to do this.

Some rules to follow if you really need it…

And always remember…

Throw back Thursday II

It seems like I’ve been reminiscing alot lately. Went through some more of my Facebook albums and thought I’d share some more pics. This time from a trip I took to Los Angeles one Christmas.

It rained the entire time I was there (so disappointing) but I still managed to have fun and make a few friends.

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Santa Monica Pier

 

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Chilling at Madame Toussaud’s with JT

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Of course I had to take pic of the Star Wars foot prints at Mann’s Chinese Theater. I was wearing my Star Wars shirt that day.

 

Also spent a day at Sea World in San Diego. I basically touched any animal that allowed me to.

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Hope you enjoy the pics.

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo: Half way point

I wanted to give a quick update on my Camp Nano progress.

The month is just about half way done and I’ve made it to just over 7k of my 30k  word count goal.  Think its safe to say its not going so well.   Honestly, I don’t know what it is but stuff just keeps getting in the way.

But all is not lost.

I still have about two and half weeks left and I am going to be going hard to get closer to that goal.

Wish me luck!

 

Interview with WL Samuel, author of Touching Widows

Book: Touching Widows

W.L. Samuel is an Antiguan author, who gave me a bit of advice as an aspiring author. As a self published author I thought it would be great to interview him for my blog and see what other bits of wisdom he could impart.

Brief summary of Touching Widows
“Why am I here?” Were the first words that entered Bishop’s mind when he finds himself in a cemetery. He discovers why as he is pulled into one tragedy after another from New York to Florida.

Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Fiction

Published: 01/19/2009

1. What inspired you to start writing?
I write for the love of writing. I use to write as a hobby, a short story here and there, a poem here and there. Until one day my wife encouraged me to enter a poetry competition which I won. I guess you can say my eyes opened to what my wife has been telling me all along, that I write well enough to be a published author. It was then I was inspired and dreamed to be successful author.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for the book, Touching Widows?
I honestly have to say divine intervention, because my original idea died as soon as the pen touched the paper.
3. Why base the book in the US and not in Antigua?
The story was based in the U.S for two reasons: 1- that is the territory I was most familiar with. 2- I have knowledge of events taking place in the said location. So, even though Touching Widows is fictional, it is fiction based on reality. Scary but true, things happen in Touching Widows that has happened in real life and is still happening today.
4. Do you share any personal traits with your main character Bishop?
I think we all have multiple personalities, especially writers. I believe Bishop is the angelical side of me.
5. Why did you decide to self publish and why use AuthorHouse? I’m thinking to use Kindle Direct Publishing or BookBaby, they both have a print on demand service.
I decided to self-publish because my wife suggested it. I chose Author House (AH) because I submitted my manuscript to several companies and AH responded in two days and express how excited they were about my book and the fact that it wasn’t redundant. They said the story doesn’t sound like it has been told before and it has movie qualities. The mention of movie hooked me.
6. Do you have any favourite authors and did they in any way influence what you chose to write?
My favorite authors are John Grisham, James Clavell, Mario Puzo, James Patterson, and Tom Clancy. They do not influence what I choose to write.
7. Do you have any other books in the works?
I have Poetry From My Mind To Yours which was published December 2012. I am putting the finishing touch on my new novel and hope to have it published by August.
8. Any advice for an aspiring author like myself?
My advice to you and anyone who wants to be an author is never quit. I have seen negative criticism about best selling authors books so that tells me to let them talk because the numbers of your fans don’t lie. And if you’re at a level where you don’t have fans in the millions, its alright, be patient and keep writing.
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