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Work Smarter, Not Harder


A quote that was said to me by a former manager while working in retail. It didn't resonate with me right away until I fully thought of the meaning behind it. That's when the light bulb came on and it all made sense to me. Here's how I work smarter and not harder.

For starters, I'm never going to be the guy who works 18 hours a day, that's not reality for me (granted if anyone does it, more power to you). CEOs who run companies or business people who do it, if it makes you happy and you're good sleeping 6 hours a night, do it. That's just not my thing and it never will be.

As a writer, blogger, author, YouTuber, and every other thing you can think of, I spend time on things that are important to me. I stay ahead in my writing so there's always content to be shared. With this blog for an example, I'm always a good 5-6 blogs ahead and I write my content way ahead of time. I only post one blog a week to not overload people with content because eventually, you burn out and you run out of things to say.

While other people probably feel pressure to think of new things to say everyday, I really don't. I'd rather spread out my content over a long period of time than to overload people and then everyone gets tired of me. That's just my thoughts on that so just know that this blog was written weeks ago and you're just seeing it now.

Another example is my books. Most of my books are written months ahead of time and they're edited and proofread (they'll still have a few errors, I'm not perfect) at least 5 months before I publish them. I stay ahead of the curve so I can put my time into other projects (podcasts and recording my own audiobooks which are coming soon).

My blogs don't take long to write because I have a general idea of what I'm going to say and my thoughts just flow. This is how I work smarter and not harder to me. Everyone does things their own way and most people are willing to work 15-18 hours a day to accomplish their goals. I like sleep and resting my mind so I'm fresh and not flustered in what I'm doing.

For me, as a writer, I need sleep and plenty of it. Monday-Wednesday I sleep 6-7 hours on average. Wednesday-Sunday I can get 8-9 hours of sleep which is much needed because of my work schedule. So resting my body and my mind is crucial to my success in my writing journey.

The point is, do what work for you. Prioritize what's important, keep a notepad on your phone or a notebook with what you want to do, what needs to be done and the amount of time you're going to spend on it. That's how you knockout what needs to get done.

I write "to do" lists every week and that's how I'm able to get so much done in such a short amount of time. Believe it or not, I spend more time thinking and brainstorming what I'm going to do. Then I just write everything down and go from there. Monday-Thursday I spend about 2 hours a day doing something that's going to get me closer to where I want to be. Friday-Sunday I work a good 5-6 hours a day just doing things that are going to help me with accomplishing my goals. That's a good 8 hours a  week of quality work.

That consists of writing blogs, recording YouTube videos, engaging on social media, posting excerpts from my books, posting poetry on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, brainstorming and marketing, recording audio books, planning out content for my podcasts, developing my app (coming in the near future) and reading content on how to get better at my craft.

Please remember, do what works for you, not what others tell you. While some of the people I follow and listen to always say how many hours they work, it's something I will never feel comfortable doing and that's totally okay. Anytime spent working toward your goal, you're just one day closer.

My first podcast will be up and running on Friday on January 5th! Stay tuned! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog!

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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2018 Book Publishing Schedule


This is the only place I'm putting this up as not many people will know the full book publishing schedule of 2018. I have recently made some changes to the scheduling as I want to focus on the series of my books and not have readers hanging in the balance.

My goal is to continue to build my readership along with my author brand and the way to do that is to continually pump out great books, good content and keep the series of my books going.

February 28th-2 year anniversary of publishing books
Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Part 2: This book is definitely going to dig in deeper into the controversy of police departments in America. It will be a book that delves into the police force and the main character Gary. Gary has moved onto new cases with higher government organizations. If you haven't read the first book yet, believe me, you should go pick it up!

April 27th
The World In Ruins: I've gone back and forth on whether to release this book for the start of the year and I've made a final decision to publish it. With all that is going on in the world, it was only fitting that I release a book that I hold dear to me. This book will delve deep into the future of the world if we keep going down the destructive path that we are. This took me a few months to write this and it's only because I had to take time to do research, look at what's going on in the world right now what the potential of the world could be in the next 20-30 years.

June 22nd
America Divided: While I have been asked by a few people about writing America Under Mind Control Part 2, it was a consideration but I didn't want to sound repetitive in what I was trying to get across with my message. So with this book, it delves into the current state of America and the issues we are dealing with right now. These are societal issues that are making headlines daily and consistently so it will be a great book to read. You must have an open mind to reading this book, otherwise, it will honestly be just a waste of your time.

September 21st
The Struggles and Growth of a Man 3: Robert will see some personal growth in this book and will become the big brother he has always wanted to be to Michael. There will be a lot that Robert deals with and goes through but trials and tribulations can only make you stronger. The first two books are important to read in order to understand where Robert is in his life and his continued struggles to become the man he wants to be.

December 7th
The World We Live In: A Poetry Book on Societal Issues Part 4: The return of the 19 characters that you've all come to love, cry, and get emotional over. There will be a lot of questions about where most of these characters lives are heading. There will be a few surprises and the possibility of a different format to this book, you'll have to stay tuned and wait until the release.

Don't forget to subscribe to my blog, audiobooks for all of my books are coming soon and my podcasts begin in January 2018! Big things are coming next year! More books, more free content and some travel to book festivals around the country.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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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.

Don't forget to subscribe to my blog, it's on the right side of this blog. You can get my weekly blogs sent straight to your e-mail address.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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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.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe to my blogs here and follow me on my social media websites!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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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

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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.

My audiobook Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun is available on the right side of this website and you can subscribe to this blog by putting in your e-mail. You'll get my blog posts straight to your
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Be good and accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Audiobook Now Available!


It's with great pleasure to tell you, my first audiobook is available for purchase! I narrated my book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun on audio and you can purchase it here on this website! Once you exit here, you will see it on the right side of the website, it's only $3!

I've put a lot of work into making sure it's good quality (it's not perfect) and it's a great way to listen to my book and hear my voice since I wrote the book myself. I decided not to go the route of publishing it on bookstore websites because it's either pay for a narrator (which is hundreds of dollars) or narrate it myself but it has to be perfect in sound (as if I recorded it in a studio) and that isn't feasible.

I was able to buy a good microphone from Amazon which connects to my iPad, I downloaded an app (from the apple store) that allows you to record it and I recorded my whole book. It took a few weeks (as there were some obstacles I had to face) and I was able to get it done.

The journey took a while but it was well worth it and I enjoyed every moment of it. The mess ups, re-recording, making sure I sounded good and pronunciated words correctly and my tone of voice was good, I was able to do it all on my own. I was recording it on another app and then things went bad and I unfortunately had to start over with the current application I'm using on my iPad.

I was able to send all of my audio recordings to my Google Drive (you can also send it to Dropbox and other places) and then I uploaded it to a website named Ganxy that allows you to setup audiobooks, ebooks and products for sale on your website. It's an easy process and they definitely get back to you if you have any questions.

Have a great week everyone, you can subscribe to my blog by typing in your e-mail on the top of the page and get these blog posts sent straight to your e-mail!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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My Work Ethic (And Where I Get It From)



My mom is where I get my work ethic from. Now that I've answered the question, I could end the blog here, right? Well, not necessarily, this is just the beginning of it. My mother always told me that whatever I put energy into, to give 100%. It's all or nothing at all, nothing in between. If it's in between, then you're basically half-assing it and it's pointless to do that.

So whether it was the workplace, friendships or relationships, I was always told to give 100% into it and when I hit a point of where I gave it my all, it was time to move on. In this blog, I'll go into my work ethic from a writing standpoint. The friendships and relationships part I'm quite sure you don't really care about and I get that.

As you all know, I had no idea I would even write one book, let alone six up to this point with many more to go (scary to think about right?). Since I've figured out my purpose in life, which is to write, motivate and inspire others I know that my work ethic is going to get me to where I want to be in life. My biggest goal is to have millions of people reading my books, being impacted by my stories and working to change the world we live in.

My mother is the epitome of my work ethic because she's been with one company for 28 years. I'm quite sure she never thought she would be with a company that long but she knows that it was well worth the journey. My goal is to have her retired before she turns 60 years old, which only makes me work harder all of the time.

My first book was published in February of 2016, by the end of this year, I will be 7 books into my journey. GOD forbid I died tomorrow, there would be 3 books that you would never read. Yes, you heard that correctly, 3 books, that are already written, edited, proofread and ready to go. So just imagine how much time I spend writing daily along with marketing, recording YouTube videos, social media engagement, planning out big projects and also planning to record my own audiobooks.

I work hard at this because it's my passion, I love it. The days where I don't wanna do a damn thing, to the days I wake up and know that it's going to be a real productive day. GOD sees my grind and it's hard and I just want to reap the rewards of my hard work. I invest a lot into myself because I believe in myself and the writing that I do.

So when you ask where I get my work ethic from, it's definitely from my mother. There's the challenge of wanting to get better at my craft every single day. I have my favorite books and poems that I've written but as I continue to write more, I will change my favorites poems for sure. When you have determination to succeed, that's what keeps me going (and a lot more other things).

Never forget where you come from and your life journey, it helps you appreciate things when you get to the mountaintop.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 2 Releases December 15th!


For those who don't know, my first book is the Struggles and Growth of a Man. It's about a young man in his 20s named Robert who has learned a lot about life, daily struggles and trying to mature into the man he wants to be. He's been brainwashed about the world and his role as a man and he's trying to break from that mold.

If you haven't read the first book, you definitely should as it is a journey into the mind of a man, his daily struggles in life and also insight into our thinking. With Part 2 releasing on December 15th, this is the continuation of the series and it is an emotional roller coaster ride for Robert the main character.

The writing of this book was very emotional, impactful and also insightful as you learn more about Robert and how he deals with many adversities in his life. Part 2 delves into things that we all experience in life and you get to learn about Robert the man a lot more in this book.

So if you haven't bought Part 1, please go get it as the eBook is currently 99 cents until the release of Part 2 on December 15th. I want you all to get a chance to read Part 1 as it's a great read and I've received great feedback from readers.

Here's the link on Amazon to go get Part 1. Part 2 is also on pre-order on Amazon and all other major bookstores!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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I Don't Compete With Others, I Compete With Myself


The biggest thing for me is to get better at my craft everyday. Do you know how I do that? By competing with myself. If I sat and worried about what everyone else is doing, I wouldn't have progress. I would not have published all of the books I have so far, I would not have written all of these poems and posted them on social media.

I always say you're only as good as the last accomplishment you achieved. Everyday I accomplish something on this journey of mine. Do I get complacent? Nope. Why? Because I have more to get done, I always have something that needs my attention.

I do everything on my own for the most part, I would say about 90% of it. There are a few things that I need other people to do for me and I pay them for it. Marketing my books, formatting my books, making book covers, doing interviews (I can't interview myself), I'm not good at everything. That's the self-awareness in me (as Gary Vaynerchuk would say).

For me, every poem I write about what I'm thinking, it's to engage and write better than that last poem. Most of my books are series and with each book, I'm looking to get better. I challenge myself daily and I believe in my talent and ability, that's what makes me special and unique.

I write poetry books on societal issues, something that's never been done. When I first started publishing books, I used to read articles on how to market myself. I would read things that said to study the competition, see how other authors got their audience and see how they do things. It's a good thing my mind told me not to do that because I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't listen to my mind and my gut.

See, the type of books I write are totally different than what others are writing. I write stories and formulate them into poetry format. If you ever go on Amazon and read most of my reviews from my books, most people are surprised at how my book was written and they appreciated the hell out of it. That's what keeps me going and keeps me motivated and inspired.

So if you go on a journey to greatness, be mindful that you don't need to compete with others. Everyone's journey is different and what they have done may not work for you. Keep that in mind when you start thinking that you need to do things someone else's way.

Plus when you get to where you're supposed to be, you want to say that you did things your way. Which is the exact reason why I'd rather learn by doing instead of listening to gurus, spending money on classes on content that I can find for free on the internet for the most part.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Most People Can't Go On Your Journey



The one thing that I tell people a lot is that most people can't go on the journey that you're on. Here's why and I'll explain. You have the people who settle for mediocrity and will complain about their lives and not do a thing about it, and then there are the people who want to do better and will work at their craft on a daily basis. It's one or the other, when it comes to your life journey, it's black and white, no grey areas (at least in my eyes).

With that said, most of the people that I know are perfectly fine with their lives and where they are in life. They either have desk jobs working 9-5, go to the gym, watch ratchet television shows with no substance, wait for Friday and then go enjoy their weekends. Those are people who will not understand your goals, your vision and you striving for greatness. Nor will those people necessarily support you either so don't have any expectations from them either. Very few people will support you because they know that they don't have the mental drive to do what you're doing.

Now, the ones who don't support you want to see the end results when the lights are shining on you. They'll sit and watch your journey on social media (whether you choose to post that kind of content) like all of your posts and then when you come out of that dark tunnel and the lights are on you, they'll be the first ones to say they know you. Be careful of those people, always remember, there are very few who truly, "know you" and your journey. Most people know "of you" and will play the role of saying or thinking, they "know you."

You will lose a lot of friends along the way and you'll have family members who won't understand and support your journey either. All I can tell you is to keep going. I say these things because I've experienced it myself and you can only learn from experience.

Whatever your goals are, keep striving for them. When you accomplish one, move onto the next one. Continually set goals for yourself, it's how you stay motivated.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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I Wasted My 20s


The title speaks for itself. I wasted my 20s, on a lot of unnecessary things. That's just my reality when I sit back and reflect on my life and where I am now. No one can help but reflect on what was and what's going on now, the inevitable eventually happens.

You must be wondering how I wasted my 20s so I'll tell you. I went to college and got a degree in mass media communications (television production), and I was fortunate enough to work at some sports media companies. I honestly wanted to be a sports broadcaster but after a few years of chasing that dream, I let go. If you watch YouTube videos of me talking about the NBA, you would understand how much I wanted it.

Then I ventured into refereeing basketball (after 7 years I hung up the whistle) which drained my body and it took a toll on my knees and my back. Plus I lost the love to do it and all of the politics and bullshit that came with it. In between that I worked in retail for 2 big companies that are basically well-known world brands.

I know you're asking, how did I waste my time? Basically, I went down paths in Corporate America trying to, "make it" and I knew in my mind and heart that Corporate America was not for me. Once I master something and there's no longer a challenge, boredom kicks in. 

With my writing, there's always the challenge to get better, write something thought-provoking, even controversial things that'll ruffle a few feathers and make people uncomfortable. For me to have been writing since I was 13 and it took me 20 years to realize that my words can impact and resonate others is a shame.

I also wasted my 20s trying to find love and do what society expects of us, be in a relationship, get married, have kids, etc. So here I am, approaching my mid-30s with a totally different mindset. No marriage, no kids on my mind, just writing and wanting to be where all of the creators are...Los Angeles. 

Do I regret not focusing on my writing, yes and no. Yes because I could've had way more content but I hadn't learned about the realities of the world and how it works until my 30s. In my 20s it was you either got a publishing deal or your book wasn't getting published, now I have the freedom to control every aspect of the process.

I wish I did mentally focus on myself more in my 20s. I was too busy trying to make everyone else happy that I lost myself and my own happiness. So here I am, making up for lost time and publishing books every few months because I don't want to keep my talents and gifts from others.

I post a lot of free content which is my gift back to the world to say thank you for reading my words and appreciating me and my talent. I've owned up to the fact that I wasted my 20s, but I know that in my mind I would not have been able to write the books that I am writing now. 

So in a way, it's good and bad that I wasted my 20s. It's good because eventually I would myself, who I am, what I'm becoming and where my future is going. It's bad because I'm about 10 years behind in my writing which is why I'm making up for lost time now. 

Please sign up to follow my blog on the right side of the website and you can read excerpts from all of my books on Bublish and you can follow me there and get notification when I post something weekly. 

Thanks for reading, be good, accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Building Your Author Brand

It's so crucial and important to grow your author brand and it is something I am still learning and working on daily. I'm still a beginner as an author even though I've published 6 books in such a short amount of time. I am going to share with you websites that I use and also places you can get book reviews at decent prices so you're not spending a ton of money.

As a beginning author, trying to establish your audience all while making sure you're paying all of your necessary bills, I've learned to budget myself. Without further a do, here's the websites I use:

Social Media:
Facebook-creating your own author page to share what you're writing and have been working on is important. You can still share content on your personal page but you want to grow your audience and that's the key.
Instagram-you can use your personal page but I have a page for my poetry where I write about things going on in my life or things on my mind. It's different from what I write about in my books so it's a different perspective of my writing.
Twitter-a lot of authors have this platform as you can follow other authors and see what they write about. It's good to be on here because a lot of people will repost content you post about your writing and your books.
YouTube-you can post videos on what you're working on, any new content you've been working on and grow your audience that way, it's a win win!
Podbean-if you're looking to do podcasts, this is a free website and if you want added features, there are monthly plans you can pay for. I will be starting a podcast on this website in January 2018, I will definitely keep you guys on tabs with what's going on as I will be discussing societal issues and may have some guests on there!

Book Promotion:
Fiverr-this website allows you to find people who can promote your book for you. You can also be featured on other people's websites and blogs and find people who do radio shows. Anything helps to grow your author brand, right?

Book Reviews:
Literary Titan-a good place to get a book review, it does take a few weeks but they also help promote your book after they give you a review.
Bookplex-there are different options to choose from in how many book reviews you want and whether you want a certified book review to be posted on Amazon. Sometimes they run promotions where book reviews are at a lower price so keep a lookout for that.
Reader's Favorite-they accept every genre from any author, they only post 4 and 5 star reviews so if they feel your book is under 4 stars, they will e-mail you. Book promotion is included in your book review depending on what option you choose. There are different price points and you also get an opportunity to be put into a contest for authors which is awesome. I will be using this website soon and will let you know how things go.
Dragon Realm Press-from editing and proofreading to book reviews and marketing, this website offers a variety of different things. Unfortunately, you can choose options and pay upfront on the website, you have to e-mail them and it does take time for responses so choose wisely.

Author Profile:
Bublish-a website where you can post excerpts from your books and give insight into how you wrote your book(s). It's only $10 a month and they have webinars every few weeks to help you in growing your audience and your brand as an author.

Please take the time to checkout my Bublish page where you can get free content and some excerpts from my books. You can follow me on there and get notified when I post something new on there weekly. My Bublish page is my gift to everyone who reads my blogs daily and you can follow me on my social media pages.

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Being an Entrepreneur Is Hard...Very Hard


One of my favorite people to follow, read on and watch his videos is Gary Vaynerchuk. You either like him or you don't, there's nothing in between. He's blunt, he's honest and he curses every few sentences to get his point across but that's just who he is. I watch some of his YouTube videos over and over again just to remind myself of the process I'm going through.

While he's in the business of sports, media and marketing, along with being an author himself, we share one big thing in common...we're both entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur is hard...very hard, and for many reasons. There's this false sense of reality that it's yachts, parties, pretty girls, champagne and living the life. The reality is, it's nowhere near that. It's work...a lot of work...and every single day.

Most people want to be entrepreneurs, run their own businesses and do whatever they want as far as work hours. You don't get breaks, there's always something that has to be done and within a short time frame. Given the fact that I'm an author, writer, blogger and hopeful screenwriter, people assume that I can just write whenever I want, and post content whenever I want. While that holds true, there's also the laziness factor that kicks in when you don't write consistently.

Even though I do write at my own pace and I don't force the issue (because most of my books are already written in my head), I do make sure that I'm consistently writing and challenging myself to the fullest potential that I can be. It's not because I have to, but because I want to. Every. Single. Day. There aren't many breaks for me.

I work a full-time job, plus write short poems, do YouTube videos, post content on social media, write my books, edit and proofread them, record my own audiobooks (which is coming soon) and I put a timeframe on when I want to complete things. It forces me to be diligent, hone my craft and keep my mind stimulated daily.

So I'm meticulously planning things on a regular basis. I'm constantly writing, "to do" lists weekly so I stay consistent in what I'm doing and the reason why I'm doing it. Some weeks I have to invest in things, some weeks I don't. I have to budget things, I have to plan release dates for books, sometimes I have to rearrange the order in how I want to release my books. I have to plan marketing strategies, get book reviews, do book exchanges sometimes and constantly stay afloat with what's going on in the social media space.

It's very time consuming and it drains me mentally, physically and emotionally. There are days I don't want to go to work and I want to just sit home and do things at my own pace. But, that's not how life works (at least for now). Eventually, I will get to a place where I'm just focusing on writing for hours every single day instead of a few days a week.

While I love the grind of this, it's hard and it's challenging. Everyday, I put in bare minimum of an hour into something and some days, I'm going at this process for 5-6 hours a day. No I don't work like Gary Vaynerchuk for 18 hours a day, that would burn me out. He's dedicated to his game and his process and I am dedicated to mine too.

Just know that if you ever decide that you want to be an entrepreneur and control your own destiny, it's a lot of work and every single thing will fall on you. You can enjoy the successes but there will be failures, bad investments and time wasted on projects you didn't need to do.

Along the way, it's all a learning process and you have to be ready for the grind. You have to be ready to be tired, drained, pissed off, angry, mad, happy, sad, depressed, stressed, gleeful and every other emotion and feeling that you can think of. Just embrace the journey, continually make goals and don't celebrate too much when you accomplish things. Also, don't share everything with the world, not everyone wants to see you doing better than them.

Be good, accomplish your goals and remember entrepreneurship is hard...very hard.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Writing A Book From Beginning To Publishing

When I meet people and we discuss the passions we have and what we do, when I tell people I'm a writer and author, the astonished faces that I see are amazing. It's like this surreal feeling that someone is actually speaking to a published author. Then comes the questions of what I write about, how I do it and if I went through a publishing company. Then I tell them I do it all on my own (90% of it, I'm not going to lie) and that I'm a self-published author.

To make things easier on people and just in case anyone comes across my blog and sees this blog post, I'm going to break down the whole process for me from beginning to publishing. I will address marketing and book reviews in another blog.

Brainstorming: This is the most important process to any book that you will write. I have a blue book that I use to write every single idea or concept for a book, my to-do lists along with each chapter for my books. I basically write anything and everything that comes to my mind. Even if it doesn't sound right, right away, eventually there will be a good 2-3 chapters that may not fit into what you're trying to write and the message you're trying to give to the readers.

Every book I've written goes through the brainstorming sessions which can take 1-3 days at a time. A lot of times, it can go longer but once I write down chapters, I will write what will be discussed in that chapter and with characters, there has to be story line development and whether it's going to sound good, it's well written and has substance. Most of this comes natural to me because of the fact that I've been writing for over 20 years and I've been honing my craft for so long. Along with that, I'm always writing shorter poems, screenplays and working on a plethora of other projects.

Book Title: This is harder than what you think. You don't want to have the same book title as others because it'll get lost in the shuffle on book websites. You also want to have a book title that grabs someone's attention and gets them intrigued (I still have issues with this after writing 6 books). You don't want anything boring and it sounds generic either. You want it to appeal to someone who comes across your book right away so don't lose sight of that.

Writing the Book: For some people, this is the hardest part for numerous reasons. People's schedules, lives, kids, family, distractions and plenty of other things. If you have a goal to finish a book by a certain time, stick to it. I talk to people who ask me about the process of publishing a book, I ask them, have you written the book and I get the answer, "not yet." You can't skip the important steps before even getting to the publishing process.

Write consistently, no matter what. It doesn't take me long to write books because I buckle down and get to work. That means I don't go out much, I don't hangout with friends, I don't let many things distract me and I know what my goals are. I hold myself accountable for my own lackadaisical ways and goofing around. If you need someone to keep you on track and pushing you, then do that. Otherwise, you won't finish your book and you'll concoct excuses as to why you can't finish your book or haven't finished it.

Editing/Proofreading: Honestly, I do this myself, it's my book, my content, why wouldn't I do it myself. I do miss things here and there. I haven't read a perfect book in my life. Certain sentences can be worded differently to sound right, sometimes a word gets misspelled, that's just part of it. If your book is formatted correctly and can be read efficiently, then you're good to go.

If you want to pay someone to read over your book, go for it. If anything, get a family member or friend who loves to read to go over your book with you. Basically, find ways to keep your costs down when it comes to things like this, it'll benefit you in the long run if you're a new author.

Formatting: This is the most crucial part of your book, no if's and's or but's about it. Especially for paperbacks which will be your bread and butter. eBooks is important too because you don't want your book to look sloppy and unreadable. While there are plenty of places and websites you can use, I go with Fiverr to get someone to format my books.

I have someone who is amazing at it, he copyrights it all for me, and formats it to where you can see the title of the book on the top and my name on there. Using people who have high ratings, great reviews, you can spend $50-100 dollars instead of hundreds of dollars.

Depending on how long your book is, word count and the sizing you want will determine your price. Oh and don't forget to tip them when you get your masterpiece back!

Book Cover: To answer the question before it's even asked, no you don't have to spend $500 dollars for an extravagant book cover. Once again I use Fiverr and I've found someone who does great work for me. They made my book covers for Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun and America Under Mind Control.

For my other books, I made them myself by using canva.com. It's a website where you can make your own book covers for eBook and paperbacks. It's a great website, but sometimes the options are limited but those are the websites I've used to create book covers.

Synopsis: You want to talk about your book and what it's about but not too much. It makes sense but then it doesn't. If you give too much information about the book, then there's no incentive to buy it. If you give too little, then it's not enticing enough to get someone to buy your book. So there has to be a common ground in what will work and what won't. The good part is you can change it a few times before it officially hits bookstores and is on sale.

Stress the important aspects of the plot and story line and discuss your main character briefly. You have to draw readers into what you're writing about and why. A good 6-8 lines about your book should be sufficient enough to get readers drawn in. If you need help with it, there's nothing wrong with that, always remember that.

Book Publishing: The easiest way to get your books to a bunch of bookstores is to use a website that will give you that opportunity. I use Draft2digital because it allows you to send your books to all of the major book retailers except Amazon. I created an Amazon account separately and used Createspace (owned by Amazon) to create my paperbacks.

Draft2Digital has an easy menu and layout and they guide you step by step on how to get your books out to all readers. You get to choose what bookstores you want to publish them on and it saves you the time from having to create accounts for every bookstore such as Barnes and Noble, Apple, Scribd and many others.

Createspace can be a little meticulous with creating your paperback but there are representatives that are available 24 hours a day to help you with the process of creating your paperback. You're also allowed to order 5 proofs so you can see them before publishing them to Amazon.

Pricing: As a first time author, it's totally up to you with pricing but if you make it too high for eBooks and/or paperbacks, you won't see many sales. If you're an unknown and you want people to take a chance on you, have an audience before your book is published, have a few reviews and have a low price point for the time being.

Sometimes you can drop your price to 0.99 cents and get some sales and if you get reviews for those, that boosts your book on Amazon. Promotions are key and important but that'll be discussed in the next blog.

That's the process with my books and how I do everything. Your journey doesn't have to be the same as mine but there is some good information I provided.

Be good and accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind




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My Success


I've accomplished a lot in my life (so what other people say), which is true in a lot of ways. The crazy thing is those things don't define me at all. I graduated high school, college and worked for some of the biggest companies in this country and the world. I'm not gonna go naming companies because that's not what this blog is about. 

None of those jobs I've had even mattered and the one I have now doesn't matter to me either. I work for the biggest and most well-known hospital in the U.S. and it doesn't phase me. People make a big deal when they see my résumé but it doesn't matter to me. 

See Corporate America doesn't work for me, I don't fit in it and it doesn't fit into my life, my talents and goals. Corporate America to me is monotony, there's no change (maybe in company policies or departmental changes) but in hindsight, it's the same routine every. fucking. day. Waking up at the same time and doing the same routines. Basically being a programmed robot.

My biggest success and accomplishment in my life was writing and publishing my first book. The Struggles and Growth of a Man was the game changer to my life. That's when I realized my purpose in life. It's to inspire, motivate and empower others and to break people out of societal standards and expectations. It's to get people to think about themselves, their lives, the environment they live in and to stop their bad thinking habits.

With every book that followed, to me, that was more success. With every new book idea, that's success. With every small poem I write, that's success. With every person that I reach and get to critically think about life, I've done my job. Some days I write, most I don't. I don't put pressure on myself to do it, which I why I very rarely get writer's block. My words just flow and I'm glad that my words can resonate with others.

Sometimes I lose track of my successes and forget that I'm impacting others. There isn't going to be any defining moment to me that says, "I'm successful." For me, it started the moment I brainstormed my first session on my first book and wrote about a character named Robert that relates to me and a lot of the struggles I deal with as a man in his 30s. Especially in a crazed world where your mind can drift all over the place because of a plethora of distractions daily. 

If I ever become a best selling author or I start getting recognized for my work and what I'm doing, that's when people will start saying that I'm successful. It's funny how life works and how the world manages to program and train your mind to think and define success as awards, accolades, being on a television screen or being heard behind a microphone. 

Everyone has their own definition of success, I've just learned and realized that I don't need a huge house, expensive cars and lavish this to show off to the world. I'm already successful, I just have the bigger goal of having millions of people reading my books and being impacted by my words. I honestly only want to take care of my parents, buy a townhome, drive a Genesis G70 and travel the world.

As mentally draining at this process is, it's worth it. I just would rather be focused on the journey everyday instead of some days. Having a full-time job cuts into a lot of what I'm trying to do and accomplish. But eventually I'll figure out how I can focus on my writing more and less on things that don't matter to me.

Don't let society determine what you think success is. Stay humble in the process and know that most people don't care and they only will when the light is shining on you. Not many will walk with you through the dark tunnel. 

Stay focused and take mental breaks when needed. 

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Be good and go accomplish your goals. 

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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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
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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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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
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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.

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Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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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
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Twitter Page
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Be good, follow your dreams and continue to challenge yourselves.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



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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
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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.

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Be good everyone,

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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The Mind of a Writer/Update On My Writing

One thing about writers, whether you're an author, poet, blogger, screenwriter, your mind is always processing thoughts and ideas. To be honest, we very rarely take breaks (unless it's a necessity such as being burnt out, vacation, family or any other circumstances). For me, it's very hard to take breaks, or should I just say they don't last very long.

You would think that with my next three books that I'm publishing between now and the beginning of next year that I'd take a break from writing. Nope. Not. For. One. Second. I'm still writing and sharing content (feel free to follow me on instagram: www.instagram.com/aquarianmind). Currently I'm posting love poems on there that I've written a few months ago. It was a book but now I've decided to post those for free, it's a different avenue than what I normally write about which is societal issues.

A few weeks ago, I went to Los Angeles for a vacation but also to network and meet people in the business. I met some great people and the one thing that was told to me was to start writing scripts/films. Granted I've seen what scripts look like, I never wrote one and in my mind, "how am I going to write a script?" The reality is I write books in poetry format on societal issues.

So I rode on my 5 hour flight back to the east coast researching scripts, how to write them, learning about the business, how it works and also thinking of what in the world I could write about that would get someone's attention. Let's just say I took it on as a challenge to write a script, develop a storyline and build a few good characters that would be appealing to an audience.

I ended up writing a script on 4 women who are best friends who find a platform of poetry to express the struggles they deal with and go through. It was one of the biggest challenges in my life but when I finished it, it felt exhilarating and I felt so accomplished.

I can surely say it's a whole different realm than writing a book. Writing books, you can write what's on your mind. When writing a script, you're writing what's on your mind but you're also describing every action that's going on and how you want to portray the story. Writing books, you have to create imagery more, with screenwriting, the imagery is there but the actions have to come out. Right now, my script is currently being submitted to a few places to see if it'll be picked up.

When you find your love and passion and you're blessed with a gift and talent, don't waste it, utilize it to the best of your ability. I've now got the itch to develop another script but that won't stop me from writing my books though. You should always keep your options open and available.

My new book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun releases Friday, June 16th. I will also be featured in Writer's Life Magazine: Summer Edition. I'll keep everyone updated with the release date of the magazine. In the meanwhile, here's the link to pre-order my book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pfG9RD

Be good everyone and follow your dreams.


Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



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The One Question I Get Asked As An Author

Recently, I had a long conversation with my dad about my writing, publishing my book and the business. We discussed my recent books I've published, my next one coming in mid-June and he gets engaged about my plans and goals with these books. Then came that one question I knew was eventually coming from my dad. Would I take a book deal from a publishing company. He tossed me a large amount of money scenario and I paused for moment and thought about it.

When I formulated my thoughts I eventually said to my dad I wouldn't and here are the reasons why. For starters, I like being in control of everything that I'm doing (writing, proofreading, book covers, synopsis, marketing, social media, getting book reviews, setting my book prices, doing promotions, etc.). I told my dad it's hard for me to let go of all that I do regarding my goals and my vision.

For me, it's hard to put trust into people who want a piece of the pie. I'm not saying to people who have aspirations to have a book deal to not do it. I'm very fixated on building my author brand and also my brand in general. I don't mind getting input and advice from people, but to be told what to do, that's not something I like dealing with.

I've spent a large percentage of my life being told what to do so for once in my life, I'm in control of my own destiny, I get to do things my way. If it doesn't work, then I can say I tried, didn't succeed, learn from it and then get better at things. Obviously, I'm not good at formatting my books for paperbacks, I'm not good at making great book covers, so I'm willing to pay people money to do those things for me. Some book covers I made myself, some I've paid someone to make it for me. I won't divulge those people but let's just say I get a good deal on my formatting and book covers.

Nothing is worse than walking into a party with a pizza pie and everyone wants a piece a slice. That's how I see the business of book publishing companies. So the big publishing companies will invest into you, but it's only after you've achieved all of the success on your own. Why would I all of a sudden put trust into a publishing company after I've done it all on my own? I'm making 70% doing it on my own, I'll be lucky if I could even get 50% from the head honchos in the book industry.

On top of that, I've planned 4 books to be published this year, I've published one, the next one is coming and the other two are already completed and the 3rd book coming in September, I have a book cover for it. Next year, my goal is to publish 5 books and I will be doing that going forward. So for me, a publishing company will be restricting me from my goals and vision of publishing content every 10-12 weeks.

No, this isn't a bashing post on book publishing companies but the reality is, they're on a significant decline from the outside looking in. People are going the self-publishing route and it's working for a lot of authors. It's just like bookstores aren't lasting as much anymore because the newer generation are reading eBooks more granted paperbacks are still popular but easily accessible on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other bookstore websites. You can easily order a book online and have it at your door within 1-2 days.

Okay, so back to the subject at hand, I can get sidetracked sometimes. I always feel it's good for writers and authors to learn the business, do research, learn how to do things, make mistakes, fall on your butt and then get back up and learn from it. Make a few bad investments (which I've done), make mistakes with your books (my books were 8 x 10 and I had to resize them to 6 x 9).

At the end of the day, I enjoy the grind, I enjoy the process of doing this all on my own. It's more work but I'd rather it be this way than trusting a plethora of other people to do something but it's your vision. The best advice I can give for aspiring authors and writers is to do the work on your own in the beginning. Submitting your work to literary agents and publishing companies is a tedious and arduous process and by the time you spend months trying to get a deal, you could've published your own book.

I'm not about awards and accolades, I don't do this for the likes and popularity. I just want people to read my stories, feel, emote and be impacted by what I'm sharing and take a moment to think about the issues we face in everyday society and how they can make the world a better place.

Remember, my new book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun will be released on June 16th so if you want to preorder my book on the major bookstores, please do so!


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Be good and follow your dreams!


Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
 
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