The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic noir, mystery novel by James M. Cain. First published in 1934, the book became notorious for its graphic sexual and violent scenes, thus becoming banned in Boston. It’s a fast-paced and engaging read which became the bases of several movies and the inspiration for Albert Camus’s novel “The Stranger”. Read my review about the two things I liked and the two I didn’t quite enjoy about The Postman Always Rings Twice.
So I took on a challenge to write a book in 5 days. I started on Monday. Today’s Wednesday and I’m going strong, halfway through the book, exhausted but ecstatic. I felt like sharing some of yesterday’s moments and hope it might inspire you to push harder this week.
If you guys want to follow my journey, add me on Snapchat via the code I’ll post below. Just screenshot the photo and add via Snapcode. I will be sharing moments of the day, tips on what to eat and how to incorporate exercise into your schedule even. And of course, writing advice. Scan code below 👇🏼
You guys are brutal! Ok, I asked my Snapchat (TradesAndAKAs) community to challenge me to finish the book I started today and give me a strict deadline. They gave me 5 days 😱 I’m on it though. Up since 4:30 a.m. Chapter one already done and starting chapter two now 📇💪🏼 But first lunch 🍛 Follow my 5 Day Book Writing Challenge on Snapchat (Username: TradesAndAKAs) 👻
If your not using SnapChat, you should seriously consider as a medium to expand your influence.
It’s crazy how I can take care of most of my responsibilities by using my phone. I blog, network, take care of work and perform business deals and transactions with a few clicks. Naturally, I’m going to need to be able to type faster and save time on deleting words because my brawny fingers hit the wrong letter.
I absolutely love talking to new authors and learning about their journey. Kimberly Michelle Scott is someone I stumbled upon recently and we had a little chat about her new book, The Collection: A Book of Short Stories. Here’s a brief interview with Kimberly.
Q: What is The Collection about?
A: The Collection is a compilation of short stories and flash fiction. The first story, “Ms. Addie’s Place” chronicles the story of Nora, a compelling character with a deep secret, who moves into a boarding house for African American women seeking to better themselves. There she meets Ms. Addie, who runs the house. With a turn of events, her secrets grow, but luckily she has Ms. Addie, who will help her protect her secret at all costs. Below are the premises for some of the other short stories in the book:
Set at a funeral, a young girl struggles to cope with the death of her mother, while contemplating where she will live and how to deal with family members in which she is unfamiliar all while coping with being the black sheep of the family as a striking similarity to her deceased mother.
In the story, “Wide Tooth Comb,” Maggie finds herself in a predicament when she goes to extreme measures to avoid getting her hair combed. The trouble Maggie faces for doing away with her hair comb brings about anxiety that can only be erased by “coming clean” and leaving herself at the mercy of her mother.
Living in the world of underground prostitution and balancing being a high school student is no easy task for the main character in “Kat House.” As she compare her life to her classmates, she draws from only the harsh lifestyle to which she is accustomed. Just when she thinks life could not get any better, she is faced with one last difficulty that just may break her.
Tania resents the fact that her brother basically threw his life away, choosing his girlfriend and a baby over the college and football career that he was destined to have in “Rest in Peace.” More than her brother’s choices, she resents his baby’s mother. While reminiscing about the past, the future of all the characters change one fateful night.
These stories and a host of others will keep you turning pages in The Collection.
Q: What sets it apart from other collections?
A: The Collection is a diverse literary collection in style and content, making it the perfect read for everyone. It has short stories and flash fiction. It has historical fiction, contemporary fiction, horror, and science fiction. However, many of the themes are the same.
Q: How long have you been writing, and what advice would you give other writers?
A: I have been writing since I was about four years old. In Kindergarten, when all the other kids were drawing pictures, I was creating books with words and pictures on my construction paper! I have always loved writing! I would tell other writers to be persistent, follow your heart, and do your research.
About Kimberly Michelle Scott
Kimberly Michelle Scott is an author, poet, and educator from Montgomery, AL. She has written numerous online articles and has several projects in the works. Kimberly has been featured on Chicago’s Poetry Exhale with Pizaaz and was also featured on the Be A Bestseller website. As a previous Yahoo! contributor, she has also done guest blogs. She has received her Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. Her book, NAKED: A Book of Monologues for African American Women was released Spring 2013. “Moments of HerStory,” a book of memoirs, in which she was featured, was an Amazon bestseller and made # 1 on its Hot New Releases list at #1.
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