Who Is Prissy P?


Who is Prissy P?

 

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There are so many misconceptions about BBW (Big, Black, Women). Some say they are lazy, unmotivated, fat, and just disgusting. The term big or fat has been tossed around like a rag doll for years. The ridicule and harsh words may have affected some people’s self-esteem, self-image and way of life. But, it has not affected Prissy P aka Precious Lassiter. This YouTube Sensation, entrepreneur and go-getter has beat the odds and proven to the world that being big does not mean you cannot live your life. Starting her own cosmetics line, Prissy has showed many people that you can continue to be big and beautiful. Prissy gave me the 411 about how she got started and what is coming for her in the future.

Krystol : What made you want to start your own cosmetics line?

Prissy P: I started Prissy Cosmetics because I am big on self-love and confidence. I never wore make-up and when I did it made me feel so different. A little pop of color can make you feel like a new lady!

Krystol: Did you always have an entrepreneur mindset?

Prissy P: Yes. Since I was born, I always acquired leadership skills. I have a younger brother who I was always like the mother of, while our mom was at work. I knew I was born to be a boss.

Krystol: What advice do you have for people who want to start a business?

Prissy P: I say, go for what you feel. Stay true to your passion. Always keep God or your higher power first and keep pushing.

Krystol: If you could do anything differently, what would it be?

Prissy P: Hmm. It would have to have been to stay in school and further my education. However, everything happens for a reason.

Krystol: What is next for Prissy P?

Prissy P: What is next for me is a plus size work out line. I feel this is needed because it is so hard to find. I think we all (big girls) should look cute going to the gym as well. Stay tuned; the best is yet to come!

There you have it! Prissy has spoken. My subscribers and I will continue to follow Prissy’s moves as she continues to murder the internet showing women that you can still be big and be a boss!

 

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Want to buy these looks and more? Go to http://www.loveprissyp.com for great cosmetics and more!

Beauty Picks! Which Would You Wear?

 

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The Waiting Game With Queries


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Happy Wednesday! I hope all is well on you end. As for me, I am learning patience in more ways than one. Let’s see, I will say that my mind is on an overload from querying so many agents. Granted, agents look so many queries everyday, but for some reason I have in my mind that they are supposed to respond to me as soon as I send the e-mail. LOL! This is silly I know. I am learning patience, but it is getting hard.

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I have read and watching many videos on how to pass the time when waiting to hear back from agents. Thus far, I have queried about 60 agents and have gotten 8 rejections. The ball can still be in my court, so I have not given up hope yet. It is still alive. Since I have started this process of traditional publishing, my mind has not been on writing anything but my blogs here and my article for Conscious Talk Magazine ( btw, go subscribe at conscioustalkmag.com). I am still job hunting like crazy so I am trying to stay occupied. How can you when you read books that are NYT’s Best Sellers and know that pieces or a few pages of your works is out there for agents to read and determine if I have a best seller too? So, this is what I have come up with:

  1. Meditation – Relieve some of the anxiety that I am feeling.
  2. Pray – Prayer changes EVERYTHING!
  3. Read – This is a given. You can not be a writer if you are not a reader first. ~ Stephen King
  4. Talk To Writer Friends – I do not have many writer friends that I talk to often so I will have to get some new ones on twitter.
  5. Breathe – This is a given.

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Lately, to pass the time I have been thinking a lot about my life thus now and where I want to be in the next five years both personally and professionally. My goal is to be a New York Time’s Best Seller and continue to write books while I change the world with my words. I will still work a day time job as well ( preferably with writing) or helping in some capacity whether it is through research, etc.

 

Want A Paid Writing Gig?


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My fellow writers! I have a GEM for you! I know how we writers want to make a living writing or at least be appreciated for what we have to bring to the table, right? I came across this online paid magazine by networking right here on wordpress. I started to read other’s blogs and BOOM there it was! Yes, I am talking about this banner right here:

This is totally legit! I even signed a contract and met other writers for the magazine as well. This is a new magazine and I must say that I very excited to accept the position of a columnist! My areas of expertise will be for Bookish News and Reviews, Writer’s Life and Fashion & Beauty sections. I could not be more proud to be a part of a great magazine. If you have more questions please do hesitate to email the editor at EDITOR@CONSCIOUSTALKMAG.COM.

My Thoughts:

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If you look back on my  What’s On Your Writer’s Bucket List?  back in 2013, I stated that I wanted to write for a company. I did not specify what type of company because it could be anything. I have been a contributing writer for a few magazines, but never having my own column(s). This opportunity is so exciting for me. You have no idea. I want all of my writer friends to join in on this venture with me if you are interested and have the time.

I got a job today!


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It is almost Friday! Which means for me, this is my LAST full week being unemployed! You’ve guessed it if you need not understand the title. I was hired today! Yep, I have a full-time job you guys. I must say that I am so excited because this is my first time working in this field. I am excited and nervous. I know you must be wondering, well what will you be doing? I will be teaching at a daycare. I know kids can be a handful at times, but they are just so cute as well.

I am excited to be of the working world again, but then it is time to pay bills. This could be  rewarding or daunting experience, lol. At least you know that things are being paid, but I have to budget and save money. Nonetheless, I am happy. I will continue to write on my blog and post videos on my channel. It is something that i will not doing. I am so excited for my newest venture.

Writing Woes


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Hey readers! It’s Wednesday and that usually is the least favorite day of the week for most. If you are like me, I rather enjoy this day. It is in the middle. If you have writing goals like I do, then it should be a good day. Today, I am focusing on reading, but getting my writing schedule together for tomorrow. I have a story that I need to finish. I had stopped it to complete my latest project, but now I am thinking about the story more and more. What do you do when you can not get a story out of your head? You write!!

Writing Woes

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As a writer we have so much on your minds with life that the woes can bring our writing down. At times we can be so lost in ourselves that our craft suffers. I know I have had my share of woes this year. With trying to find a job and still thinking about my writing, the writing woes has really done a number on me. But, if you focus on the positive, the negative will eliminate itself. Or so it should. Channel the positive energy with your life and your writing. It took me a few years to eliminate negative things and people from my life. At one point, I thought they had to stay because we used to be close or it was being ” nice. Well, not anymore. I am happy with where my life is headed for the most part. The only thing left to do is get an agent so that I can write books for a living full time. It’s almost every writers dream, right?

Life can be much and it also happens. We can not control the things that are going to happen. Meaning, in our lives what we can control is how we react to things and people. The last thing I want is my writing to suffer because of things that are out of my control. Writing woe is not me and it most certainly will be you. Make a schedule and write just a little bit a day. At the end of the day, when you feel that you have no one and life is not perfect, your words are always there to carry you through.

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray


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Wow! This tome here was excellent! Okay, I read this book for the TomeTopple readadathon that is going to be over on August 17th! I read this with a buddy named Kaylee who I met on twitter! She’s a great person and loves books just as much as I do. Any whoo, Libba Bray has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so captivating and the worlds she brings to life makes me want to go there. This tome or big book was over 500 pages and we finished it in just a week. This book is about a girl named Evie O’Neil who has a supernatural gift. She is able to see what others have been through just by touching something that is meaningful to them like a shirt or a pen. She is what you call a Diviner and others are like her in New York City. She lives with her uncle due to getting in trouble. But, as I was reading this book I wanted to know what came next. Libba Bray has really outdone herself with this one. Now, I will not give any spoilers, but I will say that the ending was not favorite, but I still recommend this book. In fact. I am reading the second book in this series right now and it is a tome as well coming in at 618 pages. I know I will fly by it since it is just that good.

Procrastination


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Happy Monday! I know please do not sound so grim. It will not be that bad today. We are all going to have a good day, right? Right! I wanted to touch on procrastination. We all do it and as we do it, we wish that it was not a thing. For any writer it is hard to keep on track sometimes. We may have something going on in our lives where writing seems impossible. I have been there and I know that life happens.

How do we not procrastinate? Well, I have a couple of things that have helped me. Sometimes we have to do things that are out of our norm or things we would usually do. There will be trial and error, but figuring out what works for you.

  • Keeping A Schedule  – This can work many ways. You can keep a calendar and put different things that you write on different days. For example, on Monday, write a blog, Tuesday, write three chapters of a novel, on Wednesday work on journaling. Having a calendar can be beneficial. But, if you are like me, this does not work. It will work for a few days and then that is it.
  • Writing Daily  –  It’s a little similar to keep a schedule, but not really. Writing daily can be for the same project. If you are writing a novel or a screenplay, you may write every day until the project is finished. This can be more of a habit because on the days you do not write, you will feel weird when you have not written anything.
  • Writing Partner  – I have had many writing partners or buddies through out of writing career. They are there to hold you accountable with your writing. Your partner may suggest sprints or even put you on a writing schedule to make sure that you are keeping busy. I have an accountability partner, her name is Jennifer. She is a great friend. We met in a writing group on Facebook and have been rocking out together since. I have read her work and vice versa.
  • Writing Prompts  – I know we have those days when we are not really into our projects. It is okay. We are human and have those days at times. What works best for me is to still write by utilizing a writing prompt. Sometimes I will blog it or write in my writing journal.

These are just a few things that you can do to not procrastinate. Will you follow these examples and never procrastinate again? Of course not. I will not even follow these all the time, but it is nice to do when you are feeling like you are in a writing slump. Let’s talk in the comments, what do you do to not procrastinate?

Book Review: Water For Elephants


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This book review is going to be different from what I used to do here on my blog. My YouTube subscribers and I did a read along with them. We read 50 pages a day until we finished the book. This book was amazing! I never read a book where I got a lesson that was needed for my life right now. The message that I learned was that your gift will always be around you in some way and make room for you. This book is about a guy named Jacob Jankowski who is a soon -to-be veterinarian from Connell University. A tragic event happens that keeps Jake from not achieving his goal, but he still gets to do what he loves. He even finds love for himself! I will give go into anymore detail about this book. You must pick it up for yourself. But, I will say that I absolutely loved this book and I gave it 5 stars!

I highly recommend that everyone reads this book.

My Weekly Wrap Up


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Happy Saturday, folks! I must say that I am a little tired from my week this week. I did miss about two blog posts and I apologize for that. But, here I am. I did not leave you long. This week has been very hectic with doctor appointments, my YouTube channel and my failed writing and the readathon.  Okay, wait. I take that back. The writing and readathon is not failed, but I am not ahead as I wanted to be.

Writing

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My writing is not at a stand still. I have only missed three days. Now, I am not going to be finished in time for NanoWriMo, but I am going to be finished by August 4th. I will be writing all day today ( mostly) so I am excited about that. My book is getting really good and  I can not wait until it is finished and I start the next project. I have been having dreams lately and I think they really are book ideas. My mentor tells me to write when I feel like it and when I want to take a break, to do that too. So, I was taking a break and putting more time into my Youtube channel.

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I recently hit 1000 subscribers and I more than happy! Some opportunities are coming my way because of it and I could not be more excited. My goals are to focus on my channel and get as much content and subscribers as I can. I am really enjoying what I am putting out there. Oh, and to read more and make more reading videos. I do incorporate MukBangs on my channel as well, but mainly it is book related videos.

Life Happens

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My health is not as it’s best. If you have been a long time subscriber and reader than you know that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2015. Since then, I am being tested for cirrhosis due to my diabetes. We ( my doctor and myself) are believing that I just have a fatty liver and that is all. So, what am I doing about it? I am working out AND eating better. My goal is to loose at 30 pounds to start. She wants me to consider getting the gastric sleeve, but I do not know about all of that right now. I am going to try and loose it my way first. If I may ask please just keep me in your prayers, but I am going to do well with this.

No matter what happens in life continue to keep busy and do the things that make you happy!

Author Interview: Ed Duncan, Pigeon-Blood Red


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Hey readers! Meet my writer friend, Ed Duncan! He has a new book out and I wanted you guys to have the SCOOP of how his latest book , ” Pigeon-Blood Red” was all about. Be sure to read up until the end of the interview so you can check out his social media!

Synopsis

For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

 

Pigeon Blood Red at 238 pages, is not particularly long as books go, but Duncan packs a lot of story into those pages. Readers in search of a tight, well written, good guy versus bad guy, crime/action/adventure will find Pigeon Blood Red by Ed E. Duncan, an engrossing story that will keep them involved to the end. And like me, they will find themselves eagerly awaiting the next installment.” Mike Siedschlag

 

Let The Interview Begin…

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  1. What got you started with writing?

I’ve always wanted to write but I postponed jumping in with both feet because I was always too busy with my legal practice.  I probably got the bug at least as early as the eleventh grade in high school when my English teacher wrote on my term paper that my writing was seldom if ever equaled among her students.  That really knocked me off my feet and I never forgot those words, which I filed away in the back of my mind.  Alas, I became a lawyer rather than a writer, but I always read for pleasure and for many years I was a member of a book club.

After I had been in practice of a short time, I purchased from my book club a one volume collection called The Novels of Dashiell Hammett, which included Hammett’s masterpiece, The Maltese Falcon.  I fell in love with the novel and it rekindled my interest in writing,  Still, I didn’t act on my impulse to write fiction until many years later when the idea for Pigeon-Blood Red popped into my mind while I was attending a legal seminar in Honolulu.  I started working on the novel at night and on weekends, but I could never devote enough time to it until I retired a couple of years early in 2012.  Meanwhile, I wrote a legal treatise in 2008 called Ohio Insurance Coverage, and that whetted my appetite to finish Pigeon-Blood Red.

2. As a writer, it’s always good to read.  What kinds of books do you read?  What’s your reading schedule?

One thing I learned after writing Pigeon-Blood Red is that writers have to devote almost as much time to publicizing and promoting their work as they spend on writing.  This includes keeping abreast of and contributing to social media, which can be time-consuming.  Also, there is also the next book to think about and ultimately write (Pigeon-Blood Red is the first in a trilogy).  In short, I don’t have enough time to to devote to reading as I’d like.  That said, I read every installment of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.  I usually bring one of these novels with me on vacation.  I’m an insomniac so I often read to help me fall asleep.  I recently read Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley and A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald, as well as Sun, Sand, Murder and Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed by new author and friend John Keyse-Walker.  I also read nonfiction and literary fiction when I get a chance.  I just read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly and I reread The Stranger by Albert Camus.  I’m currently reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

  1. Your book Pigeon-Blood Red, what gave you the idea for the book?  Is it based on any true events in your life?

As I mentioned, the idea for the book came to me out of nowhere while I was attending a legal seminar in Honolulu.  That was sometime in the mid-90’s, which is an indication of how long it took for me to find the time to finish it.  In my mind’s eye I saw a beautiful woman traveling alone and carrying something valuable that dangerous people were trying to get their hands on, and I saw a lawyer (like me!) coming to her rescue.  Over the years that followed, I filled in details, many of which changed as a result of the many drafts and redrafts.  The title also changed.  It was originally Murder in Paradise. The “something” the woman was carrying became a pigeon-blood red ruby necklace worth millions.  The phrase “pigeon-blood red” was coined centuries ago by Indian gem dealers.  It describes the color of the rarest and most valuable rubies in the world, the same color as the first few drops of blood that trickle from the nostrils of a freshly killed pigeon.

Paul Elliott, one of the two main characters, is a lawyer.  He is a highly idealized version of my younger self.  Everything about him is fictional, however, except for two very small details that aren’t pivotal to the narrative.  At one point, Paul recalls a childhood fight with another boy and at another point he recalls a court case he handled when another lawyer was unable to do so.  Those two events actually happened.

  1. Regarding the writing of this book and future books, what is your writing process?

I write the first draft in long hand (actually I print) on a legal pad.  I then make changes to that draft in long hand.  By the time I’m finished, no one except me could possibly read what I’ve written.  I then transfer that draft to my computer and do several additional drafts on the computer.

  1. I see you studied law.  Do you use any of that knowledge in your writing?  If so, how much of it is involved?

So far I’ve not used any of my legal training in my novels.  The case to which a passing reference is made in Pigeon-Blood Red is fleshed out a little in The Last Straw, the next novel in the trilogy, which I’ve just finished.  It becomes the focal point of an argument between Paul and his girlfriend Evelyn and reveals a little about their respective characters.  Also, in that novel a teen commits a crime for which he may have to stand trial, and there is an issue concerning whether a witness will have to testify at a trial.  However, the legal issues are very basic and didn’t require any legal training to imagine or write.  I’ve consciously avoided writing legal thrillers.  Perhaps in the future I’ll find a way to weave my legal knowledge into one of my plots.

  1. For new writers, it is hard for them to get started with the process.  What advice would you have for them?

First of all, read widely.  Second, do multiple drafts and don’t be discouraged by the first draft.  Even the most polished writers will admit that their first drafts are awful.  If sending queries to agents or publishers, don’t be discouraged by rejections.  Everybody (well, almost everybody) has gotten them.  If self-publishing, hire an editor.  It will be money well spent.  No one can edit himself.  Finally, consider hiring a publicist.  Some people can do what a publicist does on their own but even if they can, the time spent probably could be better spent writing.

  1. What do you want your readers to get out of this book?

I want the readers to identify with the struggles of the main characters and feel that the characters were well drawn.  No matter where they happen to be in the novel, I want readers to look forward to reading the next page.  I want readers not to want the novel to end and I want them to eagerly await the next installment in the trilogy.  In short, I want readers to enjoy the novel immensely.

  1. Do you have a particular place that you like to write at?  What are some writing do’s and don’ts that you are willing to share?

When the muse arrives, I can write almost anywhere, at least until the muse departs.  Generally, though, I write at a table that separates my den from my kitchen.  When I transfer the first drafts to the computer, I write upstairs where my desk, files, and computer are located.

Regarding writing do’s and don’ts, I think each writer has or will develop his or her own, depending upon what is comfortable.  For instance, it is often said that a writer must write something, no matter how much, every day (or at least every weekday) or that he must force himself to write a certain number of words or pages whenever he sits down to write.  I disagree.  I think those kinds of strictures are necessary for some writers but not for all.  Another old saw is that you should write only what you know.  With the advent of the internet, that is much less true today than perhaps it used to be.  I think you should should write what you like to write.  If the subject matter interests you, you will be willing to do the necessary research so that by the time you start writing, you are in fact writing what you know.

  1. For writers who love crime, what do you have in the vault for the future?  Any series?  Standalones?

As mentioned, I just finished The Last Straw, which is the second in the trilogy that began with Pigeon-Blood Red.   I have to decide whether to self-publish it or to try to publish it traditionally.  The third in the trilogy has already been written as a screenplay (unproduced), so I just have to convert it to a novel.  The title of the screenplay is Rico Stays, which I intend to use for the novel.  I don’t currently have a standalone in mind but I am not ruling it out.  Also, it’s possible that I’ll expand the trilogy.

  1. What events are coming up for you? The only event I have coming up is an appearance before the Thrillers and Chillers Book Club at the Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson, Ohio on August 26 at 1:00 p.m.

About The Author:

 Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

Connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.