Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Books Aren't For Everyone

The inevitable was going to happen...I got my first bad review of one of my books...the book...America Under Mind Control. Is it bothering me? Nope. Do you want to know why? Because there's way too many catastrophic events going on in this world to be griping about one bad review.

The reality is, my books aren't for everyone. I won't post the review on here because for one, it'll drive attention to the reviewer and that's surely not my goal. Secondly, it'll make me look like someone who's petty and mad and the reality is, I'm not and I don't care that much.

The reason why I'm writing this is because a lot of people who write don't know how to handle and deal with criticism and bad reviews. For me, it doesn't bother me because I've dealt with plenty of criticisms in my life about who I am and many others things. At the end of the day, we're all growing, human beings trying to better ourselves (or so I hope).

America Under Mind Control was written to get people to think about what's going on in America today. The reviewer said I need to do research and I was paranoid about too many things. To me, research isn't necessary on subject matter that's right in front of our faces. Things that are being done intentionally to try and keep us under control from the decisions we make to the food we eat to the things we buy.

This is the only book so far that when people read it, they're not going to agree with plenty of things I say. That's why I wrote it, to bring more discussion to what's going on in the world today. I'm trying to change the world one book at a time and the more readers that read it, the better it is to have an open forum on the subject matter that I wrote about.

I tackled a lot of topics and if you don't get it, that's perfectly fine. It's a lot to take in all at once and I've already learned that not everyone is going to like my books. For one, I write my books in poetry format and it's about societal issues. So going in, it's not the traditional book and secondly, you don't know what to expect. I like knowing that when a reader gets their hands on my book.

So to all of the writers, authors, bloggers and creators, keep writing. Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Harry Potter series didn't take off right away and those are some of the best selling books of all-time. My goal isn't bestseller status and getting accolades, I do this because I love it, it's my passion and I feel I'm blessed with a talent to impact others.

I want people to feel, emote and express themselves and that one reviewer did that. I could respond on Goodreads where the review is posted but there's no need to. You're not going to be liked by everyone and your talents and abilities aren't going to resonate with everyone.

I love the grind, and I loved getting that review. It only motivates me more and keeps me going. I've dealt with enough rejections in my life from not getting into the high school I wanted, the college I wanted, jobs not hiring me, not making it as a sports broadcaster and many other things. I guess that's what keeps me humble in this whole process. I never get too high and I never get too low, I'm always even and level-headed. I try to stay in the moment and keep striving for greatness.

No matter how far I go in this, I will always be thankful for the readers and the fans that I do have so far. So keep going everyone, life is a journey we must embrace.

Be good and go accomplish those goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Characters I Write About In My Books

When I began writing, I never really thought I was going to write as many books as I have. I surely didn't think I would have this many book ideas that would come to me. But with so many societal issues that are going on, I knew that I could write about characters that would resonate with others. Throughout my reviews, people have felt and emoted through reading about these different characters that I write about.

I choose not to share my reviews on my blogs because you can easily go to my Amazon page or Goodreads page and see them yourself, my goal isn't to be boastful about my reviews that I receive from people.

The Struggles and Growth of a Man

Robert was created out of people that I know and have experienced things living in a bad neighborhood and going through struggles in their lives. Some of his experiences emotionally are things that I've felt and gone through. A lot of the other things I write about were experiences friends have gone through and also seeing bad neighborhoods that I've lived in or have gone through at some point while living in New York City.

I knew that I had to get people drawn into him early on in my first book so it keeps you the reader reading the book. It's a journey through life with Robert and Part 2 (coming in December) will be nothing short of more experiences that he'll experience in his life. This series of books is to open people's eyes to what masculinity is and why society has brainwashed us men into thinking that being mentally, physically and emotionally tough is not what makes a real man.

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun

Gary is a police officer on the force and while we all have this perception of what a police is or should be, I wanted to shine light on the interpersonal thoughts that may go on inside of their minds. I wanted to bring some emotion to this book of how there just might be that one police officer who knows the wrongs that are going on but he/she hasn't figured out a way to make it right without sacrificing their careers.

I needed to bring a perspective that no one has seen in books related to the police and I wanted to write it from a police officer's perspective. There's a lot of emotion that goes into it because Gary has a son that wants to be a police officer too and he has a family who loves and cares about him in so many ways. So there's a sense of what to do, guilt, thinking about other people's families, something that is not done with his superiors within the department and the police commissioner of the city.

So that's my thought process while writing these books. The World We Live In Series, with 19 characters, I'll delve into those characters and my thought process with them in my next blog. The World We Live In Part 3 releases on Friday by the way!

In the meanwhile, please take sometime and look at my books on Amazon and if you like one, you know what to do! My books are on other platforms (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Tolino, 24 Symbols and many more).

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Sacrifices to Success

When you finally make the decision to carve your own path to success, you'll soon realize that you'll have to make sacrifices to get there. You will not know in the beginning what those sacrifices will be but as time goes on, you'll soon figure them out.

You'll learn that you'll have to watch less television to get your work done. You may have to wake up earlier or work late into the night to get things done. You'll have to stop going out every weekend and only go out some weekends to get the work your need to get done.

There will be family events you'll have to miss, birthday parties, maybe even some weddings, especially when you're determined to live the life that you want and impact others. No one ever tells you these things which is why I tell you now what it takes.

Anytime, I have downtime, I'm either thinking, planning, strategizing, writing, marketing or brainstorming. Your drive will keep you going and you won't take many days off. Even when you take time off, you'll feel like you're not getting anything done.

You will be tired all of the time, especially if you have a full-time job while trying to get your own business going yourself. Sleep is something you'll cherish as most of my days are 18 hours on average except on the weekends where I get more rest time. Being an entrepreneur can't be done by everyone. Honestly, I don't hang around too many people who are striving for greatness. I have a few fellow Aquarians like me who are working as arduously as me but beyond that, there aren't many people.

You'll lose motivation daily but you have to think of the bigger goal and why you're doing it. Whether it's to impact people, the world, live comfortably or a combination of all three. It's never going to be easy and I realized that early on. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it and there would be a lot of rich people walking around in the world.

The point is whatever you put into your work, just keep going. Whether you work on things for hours at a time or a few minutes a day, it's getting you closer to your goals (whatever those may be). So be prepared for the sacrifices you'll have to make to get to where you want to be. I know I am, but are you?


Be good everyone and work to accomplish your goals!

Aquarianmind

Friday, August 4, 2017

20 Books by 2020

The biggest goal for me is to publish 20 books by year 2020. GOD willing I live that long, I know that this is something that I WILL accomplish. The biggest thing about doing what you love is to set high goals and standards for yourself. Which is the reason why I don't celebrate many accomplishments that I achieve. There's a bigger goal and a bigger picture for me and there's more than just publishing a book.

I have a vision and I want millions of people to be reading my books and coming away with something after reading it. I don't want to be the author who just publishes books and goes on about my business. The process of writing the book until completion where I release it to the public is exhilarating and really exciting.

When I wake up on Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's, there is this excitement brewing inside of me that I'm going to do what I want to do for the day which is working on my projects. No matter how much I do for the day, there's a sense of fulfillment at the end of those days that I've done the necessary things to get myself to the next step in my writing journey.

With that said, book #6 will be released on September 15th and it's the continuation of The World We Live In Series. This will be Part 3 of 5 in the series and I plan on releasing part 4 and 5 sometime next year back to back and that'll be the ending of the series of those books. There's a reason behind it and sometimes you don't want to drag a series and feel forced into writing content. But, I promise that the last book of the series will be a great ending to all of my 19 characters. If you haven't started reading the books, please do, I promise it'll be worth the read.

You can find my books on Amazon and all other major bookstores. Be good and do what you love. Turn your dreams into reality because eventually, I'm leaving Corporate America myself.

Books on Amazon
Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Challenging Yourself

The biggest part of growth in what you're doing is challenging yourself. To keep from the boredom hitting, it's always good to take up a new challenge. With me, I've always written poems, I have written 5 books in poetry format. Now I've taken the next step to writing screenplays and films. It's one of the biggest challenges I've done in quite some time.

My newfound love and venture as stated in my previous blogs started when I first got back home from my LA trip. Since then, I've been focused on writing different films dealing with societal issues that we face today. I've been working on long films but also short films. That's the new thing in today's television and movie world, the shorter films.

I've written some short films and my newest one is about a young teenager who has multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder). Writing short films, you have to always delve into the subject matter quickly or you'll lose your audience. Plus, you don't have long to get your point across in what message you're trying to tell.

Short films are challenging as they can be from 8-15 pages and depending on what people are looking for, you have to be cognizant of the content and whether you can write it in that page frame. Me challenging myself to write and focus on different areas, it's allowing me to be diverse in my writing and not being fixated on one specific subject area.

So when you're faced with being stagnant or bored in anyway, step outside of your comfort zone and do something different with your passion. You will be surprised at how gifted and talented you are in other subject areas than you thought.

I truly appreciate everyone reading my blogs. You can find me on my social media pages below:

Facebook Page
Amazon Author Page
YouTube Page
Author Profile Page
Twitter Page
Instagram Poetry Page

Be good, follow your dreams and continue to challenge yourselves.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



Friday, June 30, 2017

My Feature In Writer's Life Magazine

Sometimes you never know what opportunities in life will come your way. I was blessed to be featured in Writer's Life Magazine. I was able to connect with the editor of the magazine and was given an opportunity to be in the magazine for the summer edition. The magazine was just realized a week ago and it's one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. 

Granted the magazine isn't huge, the fact that I'm featured in it, it's very fulfilling. The pictures are below and if you want to see a digital or print copy the website is this link here. Writers Life Magazine

I hope you all enjoy reading the magazine!



Be good and follow your goals

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Uncertainty and Writing Struggles

From February 2016 all the way to today, I've been writing so much. The thing is I don't truly feel accomplished. It's probably because most of the world doesn't even know I exist or that I even write. You get to this place of uncertainty wondering if you should continue doing what you love to do. I've finally figured out my purpose in life and now here I am questioning if this is even worth it anymore.

You start to question how much time do I spend trying to get myself out to the world and what's worth spending money on and what isn't. I've spent money on so many things and a lot of my investments have been a waste of time.

With 5 books published, another 3 books written and ready for publication, a screenplay script completed with another one almost done, I should feel accomplished, right? Well...no I don't, even with me recently being published in a magazine for authors. I guess the thing for me is, I don't feel like wasting years of my life to be noticed for my talent and abilities. So maybe I want some notoriety now because the reality is, tomorrow isn't guaranteed and the real truth is we're all going to die eventually, we just don't know when.

People tell you to write because you love it. I do love it but I don't want to be writing the rest of my life while working some Corporate America job that I'm not supposed to be working in at all. Then comes the question of when do I quit and walk away from the stable full-time job I'm bored from with medical benefits that I barely pay into as my job pays more toward it.

These are the conundrums that people face when they have a passion for something but feel stuck in a rut. The main reason for me writing this post is to share my reality and my truths of what I deal with and go through on a regular basis. I've realized that too many of my previous posts were all too positive and uplifting, now it is time to talk about my struggles.

My book sales aren't that high, I can't get an agent to represent me for my screenplay and I'm mentally tired from my job. My writing should be my career and that's what I should be able to focus on every single day of my life. Honestly, I have no motivation to do it most days and it shouldn't be this much of  a struggle. I can't be walking in a dark tunnel forever because that does no justice for me. There needs to be a glimmer of light that shines.

Who knows when I'll take that leap of faith and just not care anymore about stability. Maybe my life needs to be a little crazy before stability settles in with my writing. Maybe I need to just pack my bags and move to Los Angeles like I've been wanting to for so long.

My social media pages are where you can find me:

Instagram Page
Facebook Page
Author Profile Page
Amazon Author Page
YouTube Page

Be good everyone,

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

My Books Aren't For Everyone

The inevitable was going to happen...I got my first bad review of one of my books...the book...America Under Mind Control. Is it bothering m...