Review: Summer House With Swimming Pool



This was my first time reading a book by Herman Koch. One of my friends recommended it to me and I enjoyed it. I must say that this book was a VERY good read. I was not expecting a thriller to really be a page turner like it was. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that I am glad that I got to read this book. I’m sorry that it took me a while to post the review,but between work, school and trying to read, it’s a hassle. I really enjoyed this book and will be buying more from this author.  I’m sorry that it’s taking me long to get the reviews up, but this was a good book.

The struggle is real!!!

Hey readers! 


I know it’s been a while, but let me tell you, work has been killing me. So, I got a job as an Account Manager 1, ( basically working in collections). It’s going a little slow thus far. I mean, I’m still in training and managed to collect $40 and then $100 payments. I need to be collecting more, but hey, I’m new to this!  However, I am having a lot of fun and really enjoying myself. I found out yesterday that I will be working in the student loan department ( early stage). I am excited, but nervous at the same time. But, the only thing that I can do is my best. I’m sorry that I haven’t been blogging everyday like I want to, but I get off at 4:45 and if a co-worker doesn’t give me a ride, I take the bus home. By the time I get home, it’s already 6:30. That leaves time for dinner and get ready for work the next day. I have to get up at 5am, just to make it to work about 7:15. Buses run crazy in Delaware, but hey, I gotta do what I gotta do, right? During the first week of training, I had to take 3 tests. If we didn’t pass the first one or all of them, we would be out of a job. Man, I am so NOT a test taker! I was panicking, sweating bullets. But, I passed them with an 88, 93, and a 92. I couldn’t believe it. My training manager was like, ” Girl, I knew you were going to be okay! You have to have faith!” Once she said that I started to feel better. Then it was time to get on the phones. OMG! I was scared shitless, let me tell you. LOL… I was stuttering, not saying the pitch right or anything. I even hung up on a debtor. It was too funny. Now, I’m not nervous on the phones at all, but I still need to learn to have the gift of gab. I’m doing okay taking payments. I mean, I got 2 of them in two weeks. Of course it should be more, but I am a work in progress. Now, I will say that I am a skip tracing beast. Finding information on people and calling them is fun. Okay, enough about my new job, let’s get down to business in the next paragraph.

Am I really writing? 

My Writing Process

I can’t even lie. I signed up for Nano all goung ho and excited and I started to write the day before yesterday. I swear, I was working on a scene and I absolutely loved it! Then, I went to sleep and went to work and so on. So, my goal now ( since I finished my work for my 1st class) is to write on the weekends. I don’t work the weekends at this job. Only 1 saturday a month which isn’t bad at all. I mean I can do that. When I’m not working on the weekends, I will be writing. I MUST get this book finished. Unfortunately , I don’t think Nano is a good fit for me with work. By the time I get home, I don’t want to think about writing anything. But, I did want to blog today. I will calculate my words on Sunday for the week, instead of by the day. For those who work full-time and contribute to Nano, please tell me, how do you do it? What are the tricks to the trade?  I am the most motivated and unmotivated writer you will meet. LOL… In my heart, I want to write, but work makes me so tired, I can’t think about being on the computer at night.


PhD Life…

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School is going great! I have all A’s on everything with only two weeks of class left. But, I finished my work already. I am now just talking to my classmates in the discussion board. I must say that I really surprised myself with my first class in my PhD program getting all A’s on the assignments. I worked ahead as much as I could because I knew that I would be tired from work. My next class start Dec. 1st and it’s a research class. I am VERY nervous. But, I will take it one day at a time. I ordered my books early so that I can study. I will look at them this weekend. I hope it’s not a lot of work in this class, but being as though it’s research, it maybe. Pray for me y’all. I am so determined to do well in school, you have no idea. Plus, I really REALLY, want to achieve all of my dreams in my lifetime. I want to continue to be a writer ( my books, screenplays, TV shows, etc) and be a researcher. I would love to work for March of Dimes or even in a college as a researcher. I love finding solutions to problems. All I have to do is learn to do it at my job with collections! LOL… Practice makes perfect right?  Talk to you guys soon. Love you all! Have a great rest of the week and enjoy your weekend.


I almost forgot, COVER REVEAL!!! 

New Cover


I got a new job!!

Good afternoon, readers! 

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I don’t know if you remember, but I had a job interview for an Account Manager 1 position. Honestly, I thought I tanked. But, nope! I got the call yesterday with the job offer. Talk about exciting! My mind was going through so many things that I was really anxious with excitement. As I hung up the phone, the only thing I could do was thank God. It’s funny, I was just talking with one of my friends about how I wanted a better job making more money and something stable. Well, my prayers were answered overnight. Then, it hit me. I had to call Target to tell them my last day was Saturday. I usually give two weeks notice on jobs, but this one starts on Monday! Yes, this monday coming up, can you believe it? Training is from 8-5 for 3 weeks. I am so thankful for a new opportunity and I pray it all goes well for me.



Being as though I start a new job, I’m still going to do my best with Nano. I figure I will write when I get in from work. I should be home by 7pm every night and write til about 11 or so. Then go to bed and get ready to do it all over again. I know that some if you asked what project I was working on and I have the cover available just for you!!! I have decided to use a pen name for each genre that I write in. Of course, you guys will know it’s me, but I want to attract a new audience. Although I’m an African American woman, I don’t want to put myself in the bubble of an urban fiction writer. I don’t just write urban fiction. I also write thrillers, mystery, erotica and YA. But, I love to write in many different genres. I must say that I am really excited for Nano. I will be working 8-5 and 12-9.  I will make sure that I write when I’m off work.


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School is going great! I have all A’s so far in my class. I look forward to next quarter where I will be going to my residency and taking a research class. I heard the class isn’t that bad, but we shall see. I am going to be reading and studying my behind off. But, I love being a student. Going for my PhD was a great decision that I am glad that I made. I want to do my best! It’s all I can do. Thanks to my readers and supporters of my blog. I appreciate you stopping by and reading my progress.


And now for the cover reveal….

New Cover

What do you think?

Nano in 13 days!!!!!

What up readers? I hope that all is well for you. I have been on a whirlwind lately. But, I have decided to fit time into writing, blogging, as well and school and this job that I don’t like. I maybe out of the job soon, but I have two interview tomorrow and I’m waiting to hear back about another. So, I’m not tripping.

Happy Monday

Anywhoo, can you believe that Nano is in 13 days!! I am going to be signing up again so that I can finish this book that is long over due. I mean, my computer had crashed so I lost everything. But, I now have a game plan. I have saved my book and other files on so many different devices it’s not even funny. I am playing no games this time around. So, how many of you are doing Nano this year? What are your do’s and don’t’s of Nano?

Here are mine:


To get ready I am going to read what I have written so far and make a few notes on what to add. Bring the characters back and do some adjustments. Before my computer crashed, I was in a great group with my cabin mates and we were having a ball. Then my computer crashed and I was just out of it. But, I will get it back. My materials will be my pens, legal folder, and of course my imagination. I will try to write early in the morning before work or in the evenings. But, if i’m out of a job for a while, I will be writing during the day. Shoot, everything will be done during the day, lol. I have yet to win Nano so I REALLY want to do this. Wait until you guys see the cover. I will make a cover reveal blog post one day this week. I’m so excited because there is something different about this cover. You will soon see. Writers get your outlines, notes, desk, coffee, teas, and whatever else you need because come Nov. 1st, it is going down!! We are in this together. If you want to be my writing buddy please add me KDPKrissy. For those who want to join Nano=National Novel Writing Month, simply go to

Oh and I forgot:


Charlie Scott Makes an Impact With “The Impact” Album Review

Charlie Scott

Battling with drug addiction in his past, Charlie Scott turned to music. He says, ” Music is what saved my life.” It was last year when I met Charlie Scott and interviewed him about how he got this far, how he was able to stay clean, and how he started in the music industry. As a young rapper, Charlie Scott has told many stories through his music dealing with love, pain, happiness, and the will to keep living a sober life. His latest album, ” The Impact” which will drop Dec.1st tells Charlie’s stories in more detail. His song, ” Soldier Tribute” is one of my favorites where he talks about his brother who serves in the Army. His lyrics are refreshing, relatable, and will make you think. After listening to it I was blown away not just by his talent, but by his ability to talk about the most private and pivotal situations in his life. I applaud you. Keep doing great things!  You will LOVE this album. If you bought, Lyrical Therapy, wait until you hear The Impact!!

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Charlie Scott, I salute you!

What a day, what a day!

Good evening

Good evening, readers! 

Man, I have had a bad day. I didn’t get the apartment that I applied for because my income for Target didn’t reach the mark and they don’t accept self employment income which would have totally qualified me. Not to mention, they also said my dad wasn’t my landlord. I was saying, ” Uh, yes he is because I live with him now and I pay rent.” I was so annoyed that I actually cried tonight. I went on an interview today and I think it went well. But, time will tell the story! Meanwhile, I will continue to apply for jobs. But, I was so bummed about the apartment. My mother told me not to give up and keep trying. She will be moving with me once I find a place since I’m in school. Have you ever been had bad news ruin your whole day?

What I did after I got the bad news…

After I got the bad news I went on my interview and tried to smile it out. I think I did well and answered the questions to the best of my ability. I mean, all I can do is my best, right? So, when I got out of the interview, it was raining cats and dogs! Man, I had to go to the bus stop. I hauled across the highway to catch the bus. I was so thankful that he waited for me. Usually, they will leave you if you aren’t at the stop. I decided to go to the mall. I know that I should be saving money, but I needed some serious retail therapy. I ordered lunch, went to the bookstore got a book, a laptop dest and my mom the new Keyisha Cole CD for her birthday tomorrow.

New Stuff

I have heard so much about this book.  It’s called, ” Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success” by Steve Harvey. I will see when I start reading it. I’m still working on The Alchemist. I think that I have lost interest, but I want to finish something that I start. I notice that I haven’t been very reliable lately when it comes to finishing things. I just loose interest easily or I’m unable to make an event due to money issues. I need to do better. I will. So, how was your day guys? This is what I had for lunch and dinner today.


This is teriyaki beef and shirt with veggies, rice and sweet plantains. Let me tell you it was SO good!! They truly give you a lot of food. The place is called Suki Hana located in Newark, Delaware. I felt I needed to eat badly because of the day I had. I deserved it, lol. Readers, how was your day? What was the weather like?  My day was somewhat productive, I scheduled another job interview and I networked on Linkedin and I had a meeting with someone in the entertainment industry. Hopefully, I will be having great news soon. Time will tell!

P.S. School is going great. I have all A’s thus far.  Next quarter I’m taking a research class and a residency that’s in National Harbor, MD.

I appreciate my new followers!


Good morning readers! It’s Sunday! I’m off work today, thank God! Well, I got someone to cover my shift. I just needed time to relax and get some things done. Guess what? I achieved one thing yesterday. I wrote an article yesterday that CNN will not approve for the life of me. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I am talking about my friend, an artist who has a new CD coming up. Maybe I’m not suppose to “solicit” his work. But, I worked on it two more times and they still denied it, lol. So, what I will do is a simple Q and A with him. Anyway, what’s been going on with you guys? All of your blog posts are sitting in my email and I am going to read them. I have 4 days off next week, so I will have time. But, I have a 2nd job interview for the job out of state. It’s more money full-time with benefits. I hope I get it. There will be a long commute with catching a train, but I’ll be okay. It’s WAY better than retail and no weekends! Woohoo! So, If I get it, I can focus on school and writing on the weekends. Which brings me to my next topic!


Nanowriomo: Are you doing it next month?

I have every intention to do Nano next month and work hard to really finish. I mean, it will be so cool if I actually finish this book. I know that I won’t be alone. I will have you guys and my cabin mates to help get me through. I can also be your support system as well. It will be challenging with me working this year. Last year I wasn’t working so I was able to write and  be involved more. But, this is something I really want to do, so I will make it happen. How is your writing going now? I actually opened up a screenplay that I was working on and I re-formatted it. What was 22 pages is now 12 pages, lol. I am going to work on that before Nano starts.

Reading: What book has you hooked now?

As for me, I had to put down the Alchemist.


Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great read, but it starts to get dry toward the end. I will still read the book on the bus. I had to read something else that interests me at the time. For the new subscribers I am going to school for my PhD in Psychology. It’s general psychology (teaching) specialization. I’m in my first class which is going great so far! My goals are to be a researcher and teach as well as have a writing career. Hey, Stephen King did it, so why can’t I? It will take a lot of work, but I know that it will all pay off.

This is my current read:

Books I ordered

I’m reading the book on the left. It talks about getting your masters and doctoral degree. I am only reading the PhD portion of the book for now. So far, it is very interesting. I am going to keep working hard and staying ahead as much as I can. Because before I know it, I will have to pick a topic for my dissertation and start writing! Should be easy, right? No way!! I mean, it maybe, but the topic and the research that goes along with it will be torture I’m sure. I can see myself in the library ready to pull my hair out in a couple months. I don’t know how some of my friends take 2 and 3 classes, plus do a residency. Yikes! I have a residency to go to in December and I am just going to take 1 class with the residency. Some people are telling me to take 2 classes plus the residency, but I don’t know. That seems a little steep. What do you think? Oh, I also got this book too!

Dissertation Book

I will read that book in a couple months. I am excited to get to that process. But, I heard it takes 2 years to complete coursework. Yikes!! Shoot me! No, I know that I will do well. To those who are in school as well, I know the struggle! Keep grinding, you will get it done :). Love you all and I will write to you soon! Oh and thanks to ALL of my new subscribers. I’m glad that you are liking the content that I’m providing for you. I will try to write more writing stuff for you. I appreciate the love from all of you.

Change Is Good!

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Good afternoon, readers! I hope all is well with you! There has been a lot going on. I’m still working the retail job and school is going well. I need to study more though, lol. You ever get those days when you are just ” blah?” I have been like that all week. I have the next two days off so I am going to really enjoy it. I may read, try to write and just relax.  Let me tell you, I had a job interview in another state for $13.50 an hour. I did very well in the interview, but now I have to wait for that call back. I felt good and excited about my maybe soon new job. But, then I checked my email while I was on the train and got an two emails about jobs. One was for $17.50 an hour as a Research Assistant, which is great because I want to be a researcher. I really hope that I get the research on. I have yet to go on an interview for it. I know I will be called for it though. I have a great feeling!


So, how have you guys been? Is life getting in the way of your writing? It sure is with mine. I pray for a new job soon, because my writing schedule is just off wack. I’m off the next two days and all I want to do is rest. Writing is not a thought right now, but I must admit that I do miss it. I really haven’t been the same (writing wise) since my computer crashed and lost my entire book. I’m still pissed about it. Granted, I am full of brilliant ideas, but still. How many of you are doing Nano this November? I think I will and finish the book that I had to start over. At least I will try. School will by then start to take a lot out of me I’m sure.  I must say that I am loving school so far. I am ahead, so I have been enjoying the little break time. Tomorrow I will work on some school work. I’m in a group on Facebook with many PhD students and I am so excited to be apart of people who relate to me at this time in my life. To the college students out there, how are you doing in school? Are you having fun or are you over it already? LOL…trust me, I get it!

My reading STILL consists of The Alchemist.


I am dragging my feet with this book because I kind of don’t want it to end. I have about 78 pages left to read. I read on the bus heading to work. For some reason, that just seems to me my reading time. I am going to try and stay off of social media and youtube to get some reading done. I swear, if you guys knew, how many books I have to read. I have to read some for review and everything! I know, I need to get it on it. If I get one of these jobs I have the weekends off and I will do just that, read and relax. I will get some writing in too. As a writer have you ever questioned yourself as a writer, when you decided to take a break? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great weekend everyone!

My Internship Is Over!

Good evening

Good evening, readers! 

I hope that everyone had a good day. I had a great day! I slept most of the day due to the rain here in Delaware. Anyway, my internship with Vast Entertainment is over. I’m kind of bummed. I was the social media intern for three months and I loved every minute of it! One of the films that I was promoting was aired on Lifetime TV. Wow! It was a great experience. But, now that it’s over, it’s time for me to move on. As you know, or to the new subscribers, I’m in school for my PhD. That is going well. It’s my first class and I have been able to work ahead. Woo hoo! It seems easy now, but I know that the classes are going to get harder ad they go on.

Hunting for another job…


This is so tedious and tiresome. I’m ready to scream! Today, I applied for about 30 jobs. I recently paid some things off my credit, so now I can apply for bank jobs, etc. It’s a shame that your credit is checked to get a decent job. But, such is life. Anyway, I applied form some yesterday as well and I made it to the next round of one of the gigs. I had to take a PC basic skills test. Now, this test was easy, BUT, I also have to take one with a staffing agency that I am with as well. It is horrible! I got a 46 on it. LOL…the woman told me to take it again. I’m over it honestly. It was excel ( I hate), word, powerpoint and access. I mean, who even uses access anymore? Plus, it was not recording all of my answers correctly. I remember taking a computer class in college and we had to do excel and access. I don’t know how I passed that class. Just give me word and powerpoint and send me on my way, lol.  I know something better will come along because working at Target is for the birds. You are paid $8 an hour WITH EXPERIENCE and don’t get a raise for a whole year. Then when you get that it’s like 10 cents. Are you serious?? So, yea, you see why I decided to do PR for authors and charge for articles? All I will say is thank God for school money. I am able to save that as a cushion. I’m trying to get better with the spending of my money. All I can do is the best I can until I am able to do better.

My new tablet!!! 


I am starting to love this thing! So far, I am watching my youtube videos on it. I see that I have Evernote, Word, Facebook, Kindle, and more. I think that this is what I will read on from now on, lol. It is great. I’m still not used to the way I type on it yet, but I will get the hang of it. Does anyone have one of these? If so, what do you do with it? I only got it because it was $7 a month and only $168 to pay off. I said, that’s not bad. Plus, I am able to take it with me. Lately, it has been home on my bed, lol. When I get out of work no matter how many hours I work, I am so tired. It’s like the job drains you, lol. I am still grateful. I can see me truly making notes on it for class and stuff.


What have you guys been up to? Who’s writing? What are you writing? What are you reading? Let’s talk!


My reading book still in progress, but I’m almost finished and it’s a great read:


I haven’t written my book or screenplay in over a month!

Good evening, readers! 


Today, I was off work and have been thinking about why I haven’t worked on any of my projects in over a month! I feel so bad. I am unable to focus on them right now due to work. School isn’t so bad, but work is a mess. I’m working crazy unstable hours with the worst pay ever. I know I complain about work a lot, but I am looking for a better job. My body has suffered a lot due to this job. My feet hurt all the time and now are swollen after a shift. Anyway, back to the writing. I think I really haven’t been in the mood to write and that’s okay. But, I want to get back at it. With work, school, doing PR for my 2 clients, and my internship, there is never any time. When I’m off work, I just relax, catch up on some shows or read my book.

What have you guys been up to? 

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Let’s talk about it in the comments. What has been going on with you lately? Are you writing? Reading a good book, do tell. Inquiring minds want to know. To my new subscribers, thank you SO much for subscribing to my blog! I get so excited when I get an email from someone who is following my blog. Writers, do you ever find yourself thinking of new things to write about? I have been thinking about that lately and I swear, my ideas (to me) are starting to suck. LOL… Seriously, I have a movie idea that I started, but I can’t get it right for some reason. Honestly, I think I have shut down because nothing has become of what I have already written. Sure, I won a screenwriting competition, but no producers, directors, or anyone has inquired about it. I have pitched to some people, sent query letters and nothing. Well, at least nothing yet. I hope something changes for the good. I don’t know. What do you think?