Ughh! I am so jealous of Anna Todd now. She basically wrote After on her phone as a hobby and it has been viewed more than a billion times on Wattpad (I’d never heard of it), a free social reading and writing app. She has since been signed to Gallery Books which is a part of Simon and Schuster!
The four-part series is also set to be made into a film by Paramount Pictures! Did Anna hit the jackpot or what?
Not only that, the story of After is fan fiction influenced by Anna’s love of Harry Styles from One Direction. I used to write fan fiction about Michael Jackson all the time as a teenager. Back then the internet was not as influential as it is now. I wish I had saved those stories. Damn.
Some people have all the luck!
Congrats, Anna :)
The first book in the series is thick with more than 500 pages. The story revolves around Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart.
Needless to say, I’ll be passing this book on to my soon to be 13-year-old daughter. It’s more her speed and I’m sure she’ll love it.
This past weekend I was informed that my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, was being plagiarized along with close to 40 other books (some bestsellers) on Amazon by someone named, Jay Cute.
His or her “business” has been shut down thanks to all the complaints, including mine, but I have a hard time selling my own books these days so I wasn’t worried about him or her making a profit. It was actually flattering on some demented level.
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I had the pleasure of seeing Chris Tucker live at the beautiful FOX Theatre in Detroit last night. He was hilarious! Had tons of material and was entertaining as hell. The show, surprisingly, was not a sell out but if you weren’t in attendance you really missed out.
His was the second live stand up that I’ve seen at the FOX Theatre. The first was Martin Lawrence and he didn’t put on a good show at all. He even threw in some old ass jokes for the road. Just lazy.
This was not my first time seeing Chris Tucker live. Back when I was a youngster (and so was Chris) I saw him perform at a local club here in Flint. The show was cancelled during his performance because he got into a fight with a girl who was heckling him in the audience. I remember that left a bad taste in my mouth for him and his comedy over the years but somehow by the time the first Rush Hour came out he was back in my good graces.
I still can’t believe he fought a woman, tho. To be young, crazy, high and dumb…
And, quite frankly you’re missing out. There are more than a few bangin’ tracks on the CD and it’s much much better than the “Michael” project that was released a few years back. I am actually pleasantly surprised that I am so into this project. I didn’t expect to like it so much. My favorites are Loving You, Blue Gangsta and Love Never Felt So Good (the version without Justin Timberlake).
In my opinion, the most important thing is that the Michael Jackson legacy stays alive much like that of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Most of his fans are happily enjoying this “new” music. When Michael died a part of me died. Hearing new music is making me smile and that is something that I don’t do often enough. I feel happy! Michael lifts my spirits!
I was going to write what I’m sure would have been a long drawn out blog about what I think about the fan division on this project, but there always seems to be someone better at expressing my opinion. Besides, I don’t have the energy to waste.
Please read the statement below from a Michael Jackson fan that runs a Facebook group called All Mike Everything and then feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
My Loves, I want to thank each and every one of you first and foremost for being as wonderful as you have been this past year and a half! Your love, support, input, and kindness is what has kept me going and I genuinely appreciate every kind comment, contribution to this page through art and shares, and beautiful compliment you have shared!
I have, however, decided to stop posting new things for an indefinite period of time. There are several reasons for this decision, but the one I feel I must be honest and open about is the fact that for me personally, there has just been too much in-fighting within the MJ fan base. We all have different lives, different opinions, different levels of devotion, and different ways of enjoying Michael, and I find it very ironic that some of the fans of a man who was so totally AGAINST being pigeon-holed and boxed into one way of thinking and creating would be so determined to do just that to his memory. The reason Michael Jackson became what he has become to so many different people is because he was a genius at FLUIDITY…. He could adjust himself to just about any situation. He was a person who could understand where others were coming from… even if he didn’t come from that place himself.
We are who we are. Everyone’s opinion of who MJ was, what he did, and how he did it was formed based on who we already were when we first discovered him. If you are a middle-aged white woman from the Midwest, your interpretation of MJ is bound to be completely different from a 16-year-old Black boy from Harlem, New York’s. There will be some things you can agree on, but other things the two of you can’t understand. Neither one is wrong… they are just different. A more spiritually-minded fan may have an entirely different interpretation of what Michael was than a person who is not very spiritually-centered, but loves dance. The same goes for this current issue of whether buying his new music is “right” or “wrong”. Depending on how your mind works, what you have been through, and your view of the world in general is, you can go either way on this subject. Whatever you decide doesn’t make you any less of a fan than the next person. If you love and respect Michael, and if he and his music has made ANY type of impact on your life, you ARE a fan. There is no bad or good fan. There is no “fan type” that is above any other. If you love him because you think he was the most gorgeous man ever, you are just as entitled to the label as a person who thinks he was a living, breathing saint. He displayed as much sensuality as he did goodness and both of those attributes were part of the same man.
We tend to want to break him up into the pieces that fit our agendas, fit our understanding of things, and fit what we are trying to say. Then we want to just toss the rest of who he was away if it doesn’t serve our purposes, or fit our pretty picture. Much like religious people do with Jesus and other faith-based figures. He WAS a Black man who didn’t see race before character, yet he did love and have pride in his ancestry. He WAS a man who had an abiding faith in God and a pure, angelic spirit, yet he got angry and used 4 letter words sometimes… none of these things made the others any less true. We are all multifaceted. I have no problem understanding that MJ was too. I can’t understand why it has become so political to be a fan of a man who just went with the direction his heart and his Creator led him in and just lived. He did what he believed in without chastising and frowning-upon every single person he met that didn’t happen to subscribe to his beliefs. I see so much of this and I am becoming disillusioned. More than anything, being a fan should bring you joy, and I can’t let these issues stop that for me. I hope you can understand. I don’t know if I’m alone in my thinking, and I am not accusing anyone of anything in particular. This is just my observation.
This issue isn’t the only factor in my decision, Loves. As I said earlier, there are a few. This is the only one that directly involved the MJ Fan-Family, though, and I think it was only fair to share it with you. I have done my very best to be fair, respectful, and kind. I have tried to teach a few things as well as be open to learning. I sincerely hope I have done that for the majority of you. Much L.O.V.E. to every one of you…. until we “Michael” again.
I am sharing this article because I am so tired of people I know saying being gay is a choice and wondering how children can know their own sexuality when they have not really experienced life. I knew when I was a kid that I liked boys, especially Michael Jackson :) If you are gay and living life as if you are a straight person, that is a choice. Sometimes it’s good to close the Bible and give other books, research and facts a chance.
Scientists have found evidence to support the existence of a male genome which may influence homosexuality.
Dr Michael Bailey, from Northwestern University, studied 400 sets of twins to determine if some men are genetically inclined to be gay.
The study identified two areas on the male genome which appear to be linked to sexuality.
Bailey said: “Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.”
Researchers took blood from 409 homosexual brothers and heterosexual members of their family. It is known that siblings share around 50 per cent of their DNA, but it is possible they have a chance of sharing genes associated with sexual orientation.
While the findings revealed genetics accounted for around 30% to 40% of a man’s sexuality, the rest was based on social and environmental factors.
Read full story at - Gay Gene Discovery Suggests Sexual Orientation Not a Choice.
Recently a young man asked me what it was like to share the stage with MJ. Being onstage with MJ was a ride in a whirlwind. The entire band, singers and dancers accepted the challenge of bringin’ it in the same way Michael brought it. We weren’t stopping till the train pulled all the way into the station. Michael hit it hard, so hard, too hard! Every single night out he would hammer down the show like he was trying to bust up a mountain. It was always: “This is my last show.” Most of us say it, but that’s the way he did it. He danced hard. He sang hard. He always struck me like an artist just getting in the business and trying to make a name for himself; like he had something to prove. We tried to slay it as well. We rode Tyrannosaurus Rex into the mouth of a volcano. We surfed the lava, the board melting under our feet.
Whatever MJ did we followed him. If he stopped, we hit the brakes. If he kept going, we fired it off. All the way up. All the way down. Talk about a high. Woooo!
After each show it felt like I’d ridden a comet to the moon. Can’t even describe it to you. My first world tour. MJ’s first solo tour. We were out to conquer the universe.
via Dorian Holley.
In the book, Remember The Time – A True Intimate Look At Michael Jackson Through “Letters To Michael”, Theresa Gonsalves gives us private details of her relationship with Michael Jackson that started when they were both sixteen years old. I read this book in a little over 2 hours, not only because I could not put it down, but it is a relatively short book with less than 100 pages.
Theresa gives us just enough to wet our nosy and kinky whistles by sharing details of the first time she and Michael Jackson made love in the 70’s, during the era he was filming The Wiz, and another encounter they had years later during the 80’s in his car. Unfortunately, she doesn’t go on and on about how big he is or how good he was or what he likes sexually because there are some things a woman has to keep to herself.
It’s my understanding that there is a sect of Michael Jackson fans (I call them Type A fans) that are against this book because Theresa is sharing private details of Michael’s sex life and now that he’s no longer with us he can’t defend himself, as if there’s anything to defend himself from in this case. All I have to say is that you are jealous. Every Michael Jackson fan that has ever fantasized about him sexually will be jealous after reading this book, but that doesn’t negate the reality of the situation.
As a fan, I appreciate that Theresa decided to share parts of her life with Michael Jackson with us. It’s exciting and fun to learn these type of things about him. It also gives us more pieces to the puzzle of his life. Michael Jackson had many of you fooled or perhaps the media had you convinced that he was homosexual, a pedophile or asexual. I never bought into that mess. I always knew that “angelic” persona was just part of his public image and I also knew that Michael was getting some…from many women. Look at him dance! Hello!
What I get from this book is that Michael wasn’t whorish and he didn’t like groupies. He was sensitive. He wanted to get to know a woman, build a relationship and then and only then did sex become an option.
The biggest issue in Michael Jackson’s love life was his father, Joseph Jackson, he was the biggest cock blocker on the planet (when he was around) and he also negatively affected Theresa’s relationship with Michael…and he even put his hands on her. Yes, honey! Using fear and manipulation I believe Joseph kept Michael from building close and long term relationships with many woman. By the time he became old enough, strong enough and dependent enough he was too huge of an enigma to find and keep true love.
Theresa also lets us know that she is indeed the woman who inspired Billie Jean and not for the reason you may think, that it was easy as hell to get access to Michael Jackson before he became The Michael Jackson and that Michael’s relationship with Elizabeth Taylor is not at all what it was presented to be in the media, which shocked the hell outta me. I love this book! I wish I could get all in Theresa’s business and hear more details of their relationship, but I’m sure she’s taking that to the grave.
If you’re a Michael Jackson fan that wants to learn a side of him that we never hear about, this book should be on your shelf, no question. You will love it! I hope more women who were in Michael’s life start to talk ;)
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