Friday, December 15, 2017

Behind The Scenes (Getting To The Ultimate Goal)

The behind the scenes work is the dark tunnel that you walk through. There may seem like there's no sign of light and sometimes you'll see glimpses of light but you're not at the end of the tunnel. You have to remember there's an ultimate goal and you can't stop until you achieve that.

Most people don't care about the behind the scenes work, but want to be there when you've achieved the bigger goal. Be careful with those people because they'll act like they care at the end of the tunnel. They weren't there when you were going through the grind process.

Liking what you post on social media doesn't count as supporting you. If they're reposting what you're posting, buying what you're selling or helping you promote your business/brand, then that's a totally different story (which most won't do at all).

No one understands the work that is done behind the scenes and it's because they're not doing it. When you achieve the ultimate goal, it all becomes easier because you've spent so much time working on your craft and preparing for that moment. Sometimes it's good not to publicize all that you're working on. Sometimes you have to keep quiet until certain things are ready to be released to the world.

I'm trying to bring back poetry and impact millions of people all over the world. There are 7 billion people in this world so anything is possible in today's age. So keep working at whatever you're doing, it takes time and it's an arduous process.

Not one soul knew of me or about me until age 33. I have been writing poetry for 20 years on and off. I've had an interesting relationship with my writing for the longest. Now, I know that this is what I'm meant to do in my life. Once you figure out your purpose in life, you'll work at it tirelessly until you can't no more.

Once you've invested months and years into it, quitting no longer becomes an option. Believe me, I'm just as tired as you, but I've already put a message out to the world that I'm going to publish 20 books by the end of 2020 so I have to live up to my word and live up to my own expectations.

So the behind the scenes work is hard, but appreciate every moment of it and don't stop. Eventually, the results show. I'm almost 2 years into this process and I know that 2018 will be the year where things are going to take off. I'm putting in the work now for it to be the year where everything takes off. I'm doing the work and I will be putting in the investments into it too.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun-Book Reviews

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Hey everyone, here are some book reviews from Reader's Favorite, these were people who selected my book to read and review. I appreciate them taking the time to read my book and I am forever grateful for the talent I'm blessed with to share with the world. This is the hard work and dedication to storytelling and getting my message out to the world about the societal issues that are going on around us.

Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun by Jamell Crouthers is the story of a policeman who is dedicated to his job, but when he realizes that there are dishonorable cops, he wonders if he should take action against them or remain quiet. I say this is a story because the flow of these poems is so good that you cannot help but feel as if you are reading a story in a rhythm. The flow is that good and connected!

The poems are written in free form about a police officer named Gary who has a son named Gary Jr. The poems talk about how a faithful and honorable policeman discovers that his fellow officers are not as honorable as he would like to think. This is where his inner tussle begins - should he take action against these dishonorable policemen or should he just put his head down and go about his work. However, if he decides to do nothing about it, how can he live with this guilt?

I loved the fact that the poems talked about almost taboo subjects in a completely unhesitating way. The poems talk about social dilemmas that have plagued police departments all over the world. From racial discrimination to illegal activities, the poet handles everything with poise and expertise. The poems are eye opening and offer an insight into the mind of a conscientious police officer. He is not talking wrongly about anyone or bashing anyone; he is simply showing a side of a society that we know exists yet we are not ready to really talk about. A brilliant read!

Reviewed By Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite
Institutional racism is portrayed in the most repulsive manner possible in Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun by Jamell Crouthers. Written in the first-person narrative, the police officer had every good intention of living up to his ethical code of honor and protecting his community. However, he finds himself reporting to corrupt leaders and riding alongside cruel partners. Receiving orders to plant evidence, brutally beating informants, pulling over men from targeted neighborhoods – the list is long and painful. The dilemma he faces is whether to go along with the corruption which requires telling lies, or neglecting to mention certain facts in police reports, or exposing his commanders and colleagues, resulting in losing his steady paycheck, medical benefits and pension. These are realistic and pragmatic considerations in today’s world. These internal conflicts build over time, as he struggles with making these difficult decisions. The officer’s soul seems to die, bit by bit.

The style of writing in this book is quite unique. Using a poetic, narrative form, the author tells the story with seemingly small fragments of information. Yet, these phrases and thoughts are truly powerful, describing the police officer’s complicated struggles. Although detailed prose is not a part of this work, the reader can easily imagine the settings and the people in the narrator’s life. Author Jamell Crouthers has written a distinctive, one-of-a-kind book in Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun. The reader will be enlightened, and sometimes sickened, by the sobering events. This book is an unforgettable portrayal of the justice system. 

Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite
Code Blue (An Oath to the Badge and Gun) by Jamell Crouthers is a general poetry book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who are interested in reading stories about police corruption. The story follows a police officer that has been on the force for a couple years and has felt proud of how he has protected and served the community. However, his feelings of pride quickly turn to disgust as he begins to learn that his precinct is corrupt when police bulletins begin ordering police officers to act immorally and illegally against racial minorities, drug dealers, and other bystanders. The officer is faced with the hardest decision of his career. Does he too become corrupt or will he risk it all to do the right thing?

Code Blue (An Oath to the Badge and Gun) by Jamell Crouthers is a well written book with a high level of emotional impact. The author not only touched on many different types of corruption, but he also demonstrated the way that the police officers themselves can feel in such situations. I never realized how the officers could feel if they were being pressured to be corrupt or the amount of peer pressure involved. The style of writing was well chosen as it kept each case focused on the important factors without giving unnecessary details; instead of wasting time with character names, the author just provided the details of each character that were vital to each case. Overall, I walked away from this book feeling emotionally drained and with a new understanding of the ways in which corruption can take hold.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Start of My Podcasts


Start in January 2018, I will be doing podcasts weekly on societal issues and things going on in the world. My first episode will be on January 5th 2018 and they will be weekly episodes on Fridays. The goal is to discuss things more in a forum type of setting and to get people to think about what social issues affect them and how to go about bringing change. I also want to branch out to another audience...audio.

Some people are visual, which is why I have YouTube, but now it's time that I go to the audio aspect and using my voice to reach others. With all of the books that I've published so far, there will be plenty of topics to discuss and it will be a great opportunity for people to hear what I have to say.

I have a good year worth of content planned out and I will be writing more things as time goes on. My podcast will be on Podbean which is a downloadable app you can put on your technological device. My podcasts will also be on Apple iTunes where you can listen to them weekly.

I want to reach everyone with my vision which is to bring fort change in the world with all of the issues that are going on around us. So stay tuned to my first date where I will be publishing my podcast. Please subscribe to my blog where you will get new content weekly and follow me on all of my social media pages.

Don't forget you can subscribe to my blog and get new blog posts sent to your e-mail weekly and you can follow me on my social media pages (on the right side of the website)! Audiobooks coming soon for all of my books!

Be good and accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why I'll Always Have Goals


The #1 reason why I'll always have goals...I can never be complacent. If you haven't read my previous blog about me wanting to publish 20 books by the end of 2020, you should back track and read it. That's a big goal for me and by the end of this year, I will have published seven. In 2018 and 2019, I plan on publishing 5 books each year. By the end of 2019, that'll be 17 books which means that by the summer of 2020, I will have published 20 books.

Yes, that is unprecedented and very rarely is done but let's just say I always have content to share and to be written. Once, I accomplish a goal, I move on. There's no time for me to sit around and goof off. There's no time to celebrate and go out and have fun. There's people I need to reach, an audience to cater to, millions of people that don't even know I exist and that I write.

I'm competitive as hell and I want to win at this. I'm an athlete so those competitive juices kick in, in my mind and then I know I have to get to work. Taking days off is rare and when I do, it's never longer than 2 days. Even when I do that, I feel guilty for doing it and it's because I've been working at this for a while so it's weird to take time off.

I'll always have goals because there's always a new idea or concept for a book or a poem that I can write that'll resonate in someone's mind. My mind never stops chugging away like a well oiled machine. I don't think my mind will ever stop chugging away and if it did, I wouldn't know what to do.

Even though I strive for peace of mind, just maybe my mind needs to be a little chaotic sometimes in order for me to write the content that I do. Maybe your mind works like mine, and that's a great thing, keep plugging away.

You should always have goals and keep striving to get better at whatever you're good at. What you're passionate about should always be your motivation daily. Some days you're not going to have it, that's just part of who we are, but if you have goals to accomplish, you'll always keep going.

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Be good and accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind