In Love, Strive to Match My Stride…

Happy Mara Prose Monday!!  Yes, they have FINALLY returned.  I apologize to my loyal Prosers, I have neglected you on Mondays for too long.  Sometimes as a writer, you can get so caught up in achieving your writing goals, you forget to cater to your audience.

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If you missed this past Saturday’s Prosey’s Corner episode, you missed out on another stellar show.  Blossom Rogers professed a jaw-dropping testimony and Jeffery L. Miller and Jay Thomas provided excellent dating and relationship advice.

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The conversation we held made me think of my standard response when someone asks me when am I going to settle down again.  I simply say “When I find someone who Matches My Stride.”  I felt today would be a perfect day to clarify that response.

Of course, one of the most important areas where you want someone to Match Your Stride is in your love life.  If you have ever listened to the podcast or read my good friend Andre Blaylock’s blog, you will be familiar with his saying “We Date to Mate.”  Jeffery L. Miller believes there are three main reasons men and women alike, remain in the perpetual state of being single ( you will have to listen to Saturday’s Prosey’s Corner episode to find out what those three items are Prosey’s Corner July 28th).  Lastly, Jay Thomas said we should “Talk More, Date Less” which is also explained further during this past weekend’s show.  I just have to say again, Nicky and I were provided with phenomenal dating advice during our show.

But I digress; back to “Matching My Stride.”  Everyone is striding through this thing we call ‘life’ at one pace or another.  Close your eyes and imagine Arabian horses running together in the wild; is that not a beautiful sight when they match each other’s stride?

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At this stage in my life, it is more important than dating with a purpose; for you can date with intention and still never find the one that matches your stride.  This concept is more than ideals, it is about realistically finding the one equivalent to yourself.

For example, the man for me will have his own goals, dreams, and ambitions.  He will not piggyback off of mine or diminish my shine.  He will be setting his own blaze right alongside me.  We will build together for “our” greater good because there is no “I” in “We.”

Another example, my ideal man must match my stride intellectually.  If you cannot understand my mind or my way of communicating, you will never understand me.  And I am not talking surface level, I am talking about that hidden information you have to purposely seek out.  It is more than a “See Mara, she is a nice lady.”  It is more about What is Mara about?  In my opinion, it is always better when someone attempts to connect on a less superficial level and not force you to dumb yourself down so to speak, to maintain a relationship.

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Matching my stride not only applies to dating, but to all relationships in your circle.  Remember the vision of the running Arabian horses; do you picture the ones who lose their way, become distracted or cannot keep the pace?  First, let me state there is nothing wrong with going in a new direction, it will happen.  For our purposes, the Arabians horses that fail to keep the pace, become easily distracted or simply dart off into a new direction would be the individuals that you leave in your dust in real life.  Your focus is to stride towards your purpose with the least amount of detours you can manage.  You cannot afford to go wandering off after someone who is lost from their own path.  Time is of the essence; meaning the time is now for you to remain true to your path with those who match or compliment your stride.

There are several other instances where one should be cognizant of who and what matches their stride but we will save that for another Mara Prose Monday.

Today, I leave you to ponder what is your path, where should you blaze that path and who all should be allowed to light that fire with you?  Always remember, it must “Match Your Stride.”

Until next time,

Mara Prose

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Prosey’s Corner Special Guests Digital Artist Dwayne Jones & Actor Lane Lovegrove (05-19-18)

It’s Mara Prose Monday!  And now, Mondays will bring our followers the replay of the guests we have on Prosey’s Corner each weekend.  But first, let’s get some basic announcements out of the way.

Mara Prose Announcements

  • Book 1 of the Davenports goes on sale again May 31st.  All purchase links will be posted on social media for your convenience.  *All Pre-Orders should be received well before that date.  If not, please email maraprose@maraprose.blog asap.*
  • June 2018 – Prosey’s Corner will become a bi-weekly broadcast.
  • May-August 2018: Come participate in the Summer of Romance.  Each month in the Mara Prose Virtual Book Club, we will vote on and select 2-3 romances to discuss throughout the month.

Prosey’s Corner May 18th, 2018

If you missed our Saturday morning broadcast, you missed out on two great interviews conducted by Nicky W.  Lucky for you, I have the replay link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/maraprosenetwork/2018/05/19/proseys-corner-sat-may-19th-2018-930am-cst1030am-est

Dwayne Jones – Digital Artist
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Dwayne is a rare combination of discipline, dedication, and self-education in regards to his artistry.  He began his career as a fun past time, practiced in stolen moments of free time from his growing personal training business.   With more and more demands for his digital artwork, Dwayne knew he had another business in the making.  He finds inspiration in his everyday life and spends countless hours perfecting his craft.  His art is unique and he enjoys delaying the gratification of each piece by waiting a few days after a project is completed before releasing it to the public.  The pieces that do make it to the public eye are ones Dwayne wholeheartedly believes in and only ones that prove eye-catching.  This method obviously works since it was one of his designs that initially caught the Art eye of Mara Prose in a Facebook group.

If you have any interest in purchasing his stellar work, please visit his website to submit your request.  Thank you, Dwayne, for being a part of Prosey’s Corner!  We love your talent!

Lane Lovegrove
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IMDb: Actor Lane Lovegrove

Actor Lane Lovegrove is a jack of many trades – but his biggest passion in life is being a father.  This is probably why he gravitates more towards the “Dad” roles and has been able to make a successful acting career.  Residing near Charlotte, North Carolina, Lane began to pursue acting in his mid-thirties.  Once he decided to treat it more as a business opportunity, he began to book several commercials, movies, and tv shows.

Lane has been fortunate enough to work with Channing Tatum, with the cast of Homeland and on the hit tv series Banshee.  When he has spare time, he enjoys mentoring other actors and encouraging them to pursue their goals in the industry.  In the very near future, he plans to start his own blog specifically for fathers.

With an indie film and a new episode on Investigation Discovery, called Silencer, Lane continues to pave his own way towards success.  We enjoyed having Lane on Prosey’s Corner and we cannot wait to have him back on the show very soon.

Until next time,

Mara Prose

Mailing The Davenport Copies This Week!

If you have already placed your order, thank you so much!  The printed book copies will be delivered later this week and we will begin completing all orders this weekend.  I refrained from uploading the book to any other platforms until we finalized the proofs of the physical copies so you will have several new links to purchase from this weekend – to be announced on Saturday’s Prosey Corner episode.  The Journey to Mara Prose (A Book of Poetry) will be released in May 2018!

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Wakanda Forever!

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*Keeping this brief until the movie has been out a little longer.*

I was fortunate to be able to see the “Black Panther” movie the very first opening night.  This movie is so captivating from beginning to end.  It is so much more than simply a superhero movie, it delivers so many messages, ideals and traditions.  It is not only shattering movie records, it is shattering negative stereotypes.  I will not go into a lot of detail about the movie’s premise because I feel everyone needs to see the movie for themselves and form their own opinion.  However, I will discuss the messages I derived from the movie.

First, let me state how proud this movie has made me.  It was refreshing to see our black community depicted in such an elegant and regal manner.  The movie managed to entertain while educating without preaching; and that is a rare achievement.  The overall message to me is about Unity – unity in our community , unity between our black men and women and unity among different races.

There was honestly so much I wanted to say but with the movie being so newly released, I did not know how to say it all without giving spoilers (enough reviews have already done that).  So let me just pay homage by sending a clear message to Hollywood – “All you have to do is look at the opening weekend numbers, and you will clearly see we are starved for my diversity in our movies.”

I will follow up with an additional blog to really dive into this movie after a couple of weeks have passed.

~ Author Mara Prose

Touchstone (A Mara Prose Poem)

Dedicated to my best friend and touchstone, Nicky W., in celebration of not only our friendship but her birthday month.  Thank you for all you do and your willingness to go where I go.

It started with a little girl in tears and it’s been thirty years
A bond was formed that day and remained despite some strays
No matter where we are in life, you are always willing to sacrifice
To go where I go, help when I need and encourage when my heart bleeds

You are the wind beneath my wings
You encourage me to flourish and grow
You keep me grounded and on my flow
You accept all that is me, and help to make life more carefree
You have nursed me through some hard times and celebrated the best of times

Thank you for being you
Thank you for being true
Thank you for being not only my friend
Thank you for being a Godsend
You are truly my sister from another mister

We will be best friends no matter the distance
And our bond will carry on even after our existence
To the woman who has dried many tears, squelched many fears and always sends cheers
Never change, God bless you, thank you and much love to you…my Touchstone!

~Author Mara Prose

The Journey to Mara Prose!

The theme for the upcoming year is all about my journey thus far.  Mara Prose has come a long way since the inception of my brand.  What initially started as a hobby, a past time, a simple way of voicing my opinion; has now grown into an international movement to consistently inspire, empower, encourage and motivate.  I am proudly boasting over 6 thousand followers worldwide and steadily growing every day.

It is that time of year where I need to enlighten all my followers on the future of Mara Prose.

New! Prosey’s Corner – weekly broadcast
Proseys Corner

My new radio show on 4ERadio.com is only getting better and better each week.  As we continue to flourish and gain more sponsors, the time that we broadcast will expand.  We are also planning to add comedic relief to our show in the very near future.  Our show will continue to have special guests who bring a wide variety of topics for discussion.  Please be sure to tune in every Saturday morning 9am CST/10am EST on 4ERadio.com or call the studio line at 323-642-1391.


The Davenports Trilogy

The Davenports Synopsis

Due to unforseen circumstances, we had to push the release date for the first installment to Pre-Sales on February 3, 2018 and official release March 2, 2018.  I picked these two dates in honor of my best friend and baby sister who both have offered a tremendous amount of support and encouragement to the Mara Prose brand over the years.  Book II of the Davenports is tentatively scheduled to be released December 16, 2018.  Stay tuned!

New! The Journey to Mara Prose (An Anthology of Poetry)

I have decided to chronicle my journey to Mara Prose by means of my poetry.  There is nothing I write that is more raw, personal and honest as my poetry.  As I was reading through my poems, I discovered it accurately narrated my struggle towards self awareness, acceptance and my awakening; but most of all the poems encompass the birth of Mara Prose.  You can expect this anthology to be released on May 17th, 2018.

New! Mara Prose Publishing Projects

There is a story in all of us, and I am so proud to announce that more and more people are contacting me to help them find their voice and write their stories.  “Finding Your Voice” has become our new business motto and while we cannot take on all the projects we would like to, we look forward to producing the ones we can.  We have several exciting projects coming up in the new year, so be sure to support our aspiring writers!

New! The Mara Prose Virtual Book Club

Beginning January 2018, I will be holding live chats to discuss our book selections.  These chats will be available on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.  I will definitely have to get used to being in front of the camera a lot more, but I feel it will better engage my book club members.

The Mara Prose You Tube Channel

Is currently in development and not being utilized as a Mara Prose platform.  However, that will change in 2018 and we will release more details on the direction we plan to take with our You Tube videos at a later date.

As always, I want to thank all my Prosers for your support.  I have nothing but love for you and I hope you will continue to follow me on this Journey to Mara Prose.  It is a constant evolution and I promise my brand will always entertain, inspire, empower and motivate!

Until next time,

Author Mara Prose

Welcome to Prosey’s Corner!

This past Saturday, I debuted my new radio broadcast, Prosey’s Corner; sponsored by 4E Media Group and The United States of Her, headed by Valerie Denise Jones and Phillip Anthony aka Phelo the Great. I want to send a HUGE THANKS to both Valerie and Phillip for giving me this phenomenal opportunity.

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It was a great learning experience, and we should only become more adept at conducting the broadcast every Saturday from this point forward.  This new platform will catapult Mara Prose Publishing into an industry I had not originally envisioned.

IMG_2897Of course, I had to bring along my literary agent, Mara Prose manager and jack of all trades Nicky W. aka best friend since 5th grade as my co-host.  There is nothing better than having someone who you love and trust along for the ride.  I need to send a huge THANK YOU her way for fearlessly jumping right in with me and for all her support!

 

My first guest was none other than Nate Campbell, a boxing legend: His legacy began at the age of  24-year; a warehouse worker at Winn-Dixie, father of three, shadowboxes during his breaks and is encouraged by his co-workers to try boxing. He then goes on to win world titles and, over the course of a ten year career, appear on every major TV boxing outlet and coined The Galaxxy Warrior.

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If you recall, Nate was kind enough to allow me to have my first network experience on his show Experience the Galaxxy with Nate Campbell.  And I was very honored that he agreed to be my first guest on such a short notice.

We discussed why the black community suffers through mental illnesses in silence.  . African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than non-Hispanic Whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Services. Yet young adult African Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are less likely to seek mental health services than their White counterparts, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. (Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/wellness-empowerment/black-folks-and-mental-health-610#ixzz4xhK5uQHW)

You can listen to our first broadcast via 4E Radio.  Please keep in mind this was our very first time hosting our own radio show and we have identified many areas of improvements.  I encourage my Prosers to please stick with us and support us as we grow and bring you the best of the best in special guests, hot topics and all the inspiration and empowerment you can stand!

Until next time,

Author Mara Prose

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