Chase the dream, not the money

C. Erskine Brown Screenwriter/Novelist

The dream is real. How do I know that? Because it took me three and a half years to write A Cry Among Men – The Novel. A daily obsession that I embraced while taking a two and a half hour driving commute to and from work. I would write before leaving the house at 5:00 am. Notes here, notes there at stop lights. I wrote during the twenty minutes left before work got under way. Lunch. The library or Starbucks before my son’s games and plays. And then some more when I got home. I did it because I owe that kind of sacrifice to God, who gave me the gift, the dream. I owe that kind of sacrifice to my children. How else will they learn? I owe readers my best efforts, and I also owe it to all the dreamers out there like me. With God, it can be done.

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Chase the dream, not the money

The dream is real. How do I know that? Because it took me three and a half years to write A Cry Among Men – The Novel. A daily obsession that I embraced while taking a two and a half hour driving commute to and from work. I would write before leaving the house at 5:00 am. Notes here, notes there at stop lights. I wrote during the twenty minutes left before work got under way. Lunch. The library or Starbucks before my son’s games and plays. And then some more when I got home. I did it because I owe that kind of sacrifice to God, who gave me the gift, the dream. I owe that kind of sacrifice to my children. How else will they learn? I owe readers my best efforts, and I also owe it to all the dreamers out there like me. With God, it can be done.

Acclaimed as the literary world’s most controversial novel of our time, A Cry Among Men, by C. Erskine Brown, is now on Amazon and Kindle.

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The most horrifying story you will ever read about modern day racism.

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I beg your indulgence…

After four years of writing, researching, editing, designing and rereading my debut novel, A Cry Among Men – The Novel more than ten times, I truly felt I had finished. Yet I have discovered this thing called a formating glitch. 

In order to meet the specs of my self-publishing vendor, I need to readjust the PDF page size, fonts and margins. This shouldn’t take too, too long, but the added step is, to say the least, nauseating.

There is good news, though. My cover is ready and waiting. So once that final phase of adjustments are made, here is what eager readers and reviewers around the world will have the opportunity to experience before opening the book. Please join them.

And as always… chase the dream, not the money.

Day 3…

I refuse to rent space in my mind as to how many errors my editor may find. But after five passes of my own plus a software edit… it’s time for a short hiatus.

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Another step closer. Its headed to the editor tomorrow. God is awesome!!!

Dream the dream that God gave you. Pursue the dream that God gave you.

Day 1, 2016

Last night I heard a message in church… what you love is a clue to your assignment. If you don’t do it, God will give it to someone else to do; so don’t waste time.

This was me the first day of the year…

Writing New Years Day 2016

Is a writer ever finished?

This is the year that dreams will come true… Happy New Year!!!

Another Social Media Site

I’m trying my hand at another social media site, Pinterest. That’s now six plus two FB pages… smh… Is this how it is supposed to be for a writer? Have any of you tried Pinterest? How do you use it?

I’m using one board to collage images from my book. Hopefully it will help build mental pictures for readers and generate interest.Take a look.

Today My Son Got A Lesson In Color

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In his innocence, when walking out of Flemington Porsche, I asked my son if there was anything he noticed while inside.

He said, “Nothing.”

But of course he noticed  the $194,750 price tag on the 911 Turbo S.

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After I pointed out to him that none of the sales consultants acknowledged us during our 15 minute visit, he remained oblivious to my point. From his perspective, the salesmen were helping others. But I pointed out, two reps were chatting it up in the corner and didn’t give us so much as a hello.

He smiled, “Oh.”

I smiled in return. “It is the world we live in,” I said. “Don’t focus on race but be aware and prepared for what you will face as a black boy/man.

His innocence is not the result of me not teaching him, it’s his clean unscathed Spirit. Like his father at age 13, he looks for the good in people first.

Maybe it was the way I was dressed.

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Are You A Man or An Ostrich?

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There are no broad strokes that can be applied to racism or the people who commit the heinous acts. Other than what you’ve gleaned from the barrage of news and social media sources – How real has racism been in your life?

I can hear you… Here we go again. When are black people going to let it go? Why do we harp on and give attention to racist idiots?

But I volley back – Why do you insist on shushing the topic?

The New Racism

Nigger, Cracker, Chink, Wop, Kike, Wetback, Dot Head, Jap, Sand Nigger, Mick, White Trash, Hajji… Which have you been called? Or even if under your breath, which have you used?

God led action, real discourse – not idle prayer – heals marriages, redirects unruly children and can heal this country of the lingering ghosts of racism. To fix it, we must walk in discomfort.

A Cry Among Men – The Novel, tells the story of an unsuspecting black investment banker’s brutal encounter with racism at the hands of a white man. The tragic fallout affected his family and everyone else around him.

How passionate should we be about seeing generations of hate destroyed?  Regardless of your ethnicity, racism will someday touch you or someone in your life. But it affects people in different ways. Some internalize, while others become racists themselves.

Whether subtle or brutal, as a reader of this post, how has racism affected you? How did the incident(s) make you feel? What action did you take? How would you support someone who has experienced racism? What can our country do to end racism?

Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand, but the myth serves as a good visual for those who believe avoidance will save their life.

Thank you for reading…