Create the environment…

When I was a kid, I used to have the most open heart. I didn’t care who you were or what you did. I just had mad love to give. I remember falling HARD for someone and couldn’t understand for the life of me why I felt so unloved. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I understood what was going on. A few relationships later (family, friends and significant others) I realized what the problem was. Love has to be created. You ever walk into someones home or room and feel the tension? Like as soon as you step through the threshold, your stomach bubbles, you get a headache or your mood turns sour? The atmosphere, or environment, isn’t one that brings peace. It doesn’t bring joy. If you’re anything like me you may start cracking jokes and telling funny stories to get the funk out of the air. You are trying to change the atmosphere to one that is conducive, or favorable, to your inner being. For me, this is what love is. Love is not an emotion or a feeling. It surely isn’t one-sided. I am on my side saying to you “hey I want to care for you, will you accept it?” you then on your side say “yes I will accept it AND care for you so that we can be cared for together.” That is what creates the love. Now you could read this and think I’m absolutely nuts but I bet if you try it out you’ll see what I mean. Remember the lopsided love I tried to create when I was younger? The other party was not or did not want to reciprocate so my willingness to love that person eventually died out. In more recent years, my love for a few has grown by leaps and bounds because I know without any doubt that it is reciprocated. So no matter where we are, our love cloud follows us. We have a spiritual environment that is love. Me and my friends, lover and loved ones reciprocate this great care of one another and therefore have created a love that I can truly say has made life worth living.  -Moriah S.

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You’ve Got What It Takes

It’s been such a long time since I had the inspiration to write an entry. I just released my very first book Brett King (yeaaaaahhhhh nxgga!). It’s the first book in a series entitled The Last of The Real Series. It’s been published through my very own publishing house called Moriah Shands Publishing Company. Yes it is black owned and operated, however, I am looking forward to adding other authors to the family. I don’t care who you are. If you grew up similar to myself, send me a sample of your best work and we can talk. Now back to my most recent accomplishment, Lol. Brett King is an urban book. Some call it Urban Lit, African American or like the rest of us-a good ol’ hood book. The first time I truly believed I would one day be an urban fiction author was when my sister, Chanel, borrowed two books from a friend entitled True To The Game by Teri Woods and The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. Every day that she went to work I would sneak into her room, crawl in her bed and elevate my mind. I was in love. Like the love that you only feel for a soulmate. The writing, the grit, the gutter, the life lessons, the hurt, failures, the sex-we talking about the real, right? I read those books from cover to cover in three days! I couldn’t put them down, man. Then Chanel put me onto the African American section in the library. What? Couldn’t tell me nothing. I would sit on the floor in the aisle and just read different books. I would check out maybe 5 at a time, finish them all within a week and then go back for more. I was challenged in the 10th grade to write a story and was reassured by my teacher that “you’ve got this, so stop being scared of that wonderful gift.” So, I took all that I had studied and wrote the best story I could. To see my teacher and classmates laughing, crying and gushing over my story let me know that I had what it took. You can believe in yourself all day, however, every now and then you need another soul to look into yours and tell you-you’ve got what it takes. I’m not best-seller yet, however, I do believe I have the best hood book being sold. Raunchy and real. Not your average “shoot em up bang-bang” as an old mentor of mines would say, Lol. It’s hood but sprinkled with some sophistication. Over the years I have mellowed out and developed what some like to call a Classy Ratchet personality. I can hold it down in the board room, but will light this whole thing up if need be 🙂 So, that’s what you’re in store for when you decide to read one of Moriah Shands books. To my lovely readers, thank you for taking this journey with me. I have so much in store for you guys. Moriah S.