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
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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

Mara Prose Monday: Finding your inner strength in the midst of chaos…

First and foremost, let’s say a prayer in remembrance of 9/11, for Houston flood victims and for Miami.

Mara Prose Announcements:

Please be sure to tune into the Roku Channel: The Book Trailer Channel (Twitter @TBTC_TV ‏) to view my book trailer on your big screen!  See my first reaction to it below:


New Projects in Development:

  • Mara Prose App – the book will also be sold from here in addition to my website.  I am still deciding what else I want to do with the app, so stay tuned.
  • New Writing Projects – I will be ghostwriting a cookbook, a memoir and I also have a new memoir-ish book I am 9 chapters into while continuing to work on Book 2 of the The Davenports.
  • Mara Prose You Tube Channel youtube.com/c/AuthorMaraProse – is now LIVE with only videos of my book trailers at the moment but will soon include 5 – 15 minute segments of me discussing various topics.

Topic for Today: Finding your inner strength in the midst of chaos

Adversity builds strength and character.  Who you really are as a person will reveal itself in the midst of chaos, tragedy and loss.  The catastrophic hurricanes that have hit Houston and Miami have definitely tested the limits of everyone’s stress thresholds.  It was a blessing to see so many coming together to help each other through the storms.  It restored some of my faith in humanity.

So how do you find your inner strength in the midst of chaos?  First, you must identify your touchstone and it must be worth fighting for at all costs.  During the worst times of my life, it is my children who keep me fighting – in particular my son who never allows me to give up.  If I see worry on his face about me, it gives me the swift kick in the ass I need to get myself in gear and keep forging ahead.  Thank you Xavier Floyd for being your momma’s touchstone.
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These storms are much like the storms we all go through in life.  It is up to you to persevere.

Until next time, stay safe, love thy neighbor and never lose your inner strength.

~ Author Mara Prose

Thursday Thoughts: Wobbegong (A Mara Prose Poem)

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You are motionless in your emotions
You give no chase, you only entice
Your duality camouflages who you really are
You prey on the weak and diminish the strong
Your attack is not expected, your victim is left severely wounded
And although you are slow to pounce
You can devour a soul in a fraction of a second
Your third eye is not wisdom, it is deceit
You are a bottom dwelling succubus
Your bite is often unprovoked
Your ambush is renowned and your victims are many
You will suck your lover’s heart dry and go on to the next
The lover will be left exhausted, jaded and in extreme pain
Oh Wobbegong, why do you feed on the weak and strong alike?
Mend your heart, nourish your soul, find a true passion
You feel empty because you are empty
Your sole purpose is to consume but you are never fulfilled
Oh Wobbegong, sorry to say you will never rise to the top
Your place is designated to the bottom
You cannot ride the backs of others
So go back to your corner and hide
Because Wobbegong, you are nothing but a bottom
dwelling leech waiting for your next casualty

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~ Author Mara Prose

Friday Frankness: If I Was Who I Am Today…

I have been thinking back to who I was and who I have become.  If I was who I am today, a lot of people would never have been in my life.  There is a lot of nonsense I would not have entertained.  There are a lot of decisions that would have been made differently.  There are a lot of relationships that would have never existed.  My path would have been entirely different.

There are people who did not deserve my kindness.  There are people who did not deserve my tolerance.  There are people who did not deserve my love, and there are people who didn’t deserve my trust.

However, there were also good individuals who did not deserve my wrath.  There are those who did not deserve my callous treatment of their feelings.  And there are others who did not deserve my false friendship towards them; still others who did not deserve my neglect.  There are many people I pushed away, that I probably shouldn’t have.  But if I am honest with myself, I don’t miss them.

I do not like to regret things.  Everything that has happened to me up to this point, had to happen so I could become who I am today.  If I regret these things, that would equate to me regretting who I have become.  I have no regrets because I am who I am.  All the things that have taken place in my life and the decisions I made were decisions that I felt were in my best interest at the time.  They were not always the right decisions to make but I made them and I have wholeheartedly accepted the good and bad outcomes.

I feel like my life is just beginning.  I have an entire new lease on life; a life that better suits my personality.  It probably doesn’t make sense to the masses, but it makes sense to me.  I wake up everyday renewed, refresh and eager for what the day will bring.  There were many, many years that was not the case.  So if I was who I am today, I may not have arrived at this place of serenity.  And that would have been a tragedy.

~ Mara Prose

 

 

Thursday Thoughts: I can’t, I don’t, I won’t (A Mara Prose Poem)…

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I could heal you, but I won’t
I could fight for you, but I don’t
I could make you love me, but I can’t
Mostly because it’s unnecessary work, so save your rants

Your insecurities are not my responsibility
Your emotional baggage will not be my testimony
I don’t have time to force you to trust
It is just plain and simply a must

We’ve all been through ups and downs
It’s all about how you turn it around
Stop being afraid to open your heart
Just find someone that sets themselves apart

I hear that you don’t want to be hurt
But it’s not really something you can avert
Stop punishing the world for the jerks
Just be cautious and find the one that works

I can’t fix you if you are broken
I don’t need to mend you if you are torn
If you need a savior, I won’t be the one
It is not my job to fix you, I will simply say I’m done

See me when you are whole
Hit me up when you are bold
Let me know when you are ready
And then maybe I can promise something steady
Until then I can’t, I don’t and I won’t

~ Mara Prose

Friday Frankness: When Someone Shows You Who They Are, PLEASE BELIEVE IT!

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I cannot tell you how many people I have come across who always ignore the signs of someone’s true nature.  Then they have the audacity to be shocked when things blow up, all because they never accepted who that person really was to begin with.

Why do we think we can change people?  Why do we try to bend people to our will?  It is a very selfish mentality that often results in nothing but heartache, frustration and resentment.  There is a huge difference between expecting someone to compromise out of love and expecting that person to compromise who they are, what they stand for and where they want to be in life just to please you.

I have been on the receiving end of this selfish behavior in the past, present and probably will be again in the future.  I decided recently to always reveal my truth, explain who I am and what you can expect from me.  Do you know I still encountered someone who felt they could change me into the person they wanted me to be to serve the deficiencies in their own pathetic life?

Folks, this is not how the hell it works, ok?  You are responsible for addressing and healing from your past, your hurts, your disappointments and any other crap that life has thrown your way.  It is not someone else’s job to come in and save you from yourself.  Self sufficiency is key!!  When in a relationship, it is not two halves make a whole.  Stop believing in that nonsense.  It is two wholes make a union!  That applies to any relationship for that matter – family, friends, husbands and wives etc.

I am sick and tired of broken people tearing and breaking down others.  I am sick of people trying to plot, scheme and exert ulterior motives in order to get someone to fill the void they need to address in their own lives.  I am especially sick of the fools who come into my life, take what I say with a grain of salt and then get their feelings hurt when they find out I was being completely transparent.

Please stop this stupidity!  I cannot tell you how freaking annoying, disgusting and utterly immature it really is.  Remember the infamous words of Maya Angelou – “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

~ Mara Prose

Thursday Motivation: Enjoy the Journey

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Yesterday as I was heading home from work, it suddenly came to me to post the following on Facebook:

All I want to say to everyone is please just enjoy the journey! Stop overthinking, stop trying to label everything, stop trying to understand everything and just learn to coast! It will all come together eventually and even if it doesn’t, something else will come along to distract you and start a whole new journey ~ Author Mara Prose

There have been some things happening lately that are creating constant changes in my life.  I decided that I was not going to allow the instability to drive me crazy as I have in the past.  I realize I am in the process of a rapid evolution and I have to embrace the continuous need to re-shift, ride out the storms and celebrate this process of refinement.

All of us are going through one thing or another.  We tend to allow situations, people and circumstances to drag us down into despair, worry and fear.  That is why I posted the message above.  It is just life.  We can’t control or change the highs and lows of life.  So just ride out the waves and enjoy the journey.

~ Mara Prose