Think First


By Michelle Romaine

Wanna kill yourself?

Imagine this. You come home from school one day. You’ve had yet another horrible day. You’re just ready to give up; so you go to your room, close the door and take out that suicide note you’ve written and rewritten over and over and over. You also take out those razor blades, and cut for the very last time.

Grabbing that bottle of pills and take them all. Laying down, holding the letter to your chest, you close your eyes for the very last time. A few hours later, your little brother knocks on your door to come tell you dinners ready. You don’t answer, so he walks in. All he sees is you laying on your bed, so he thinks you’re asleep. He tells your mom this.

Your mom goes to your room to wake you up. She notices something is odd. She grabs the paper in your hand and reads it. Sobbing, she tries to wake you up. She’s screaming your name. Your brother, so confused, runs to go tell Dad that “Mommy is crying and sissy won’t wake up.”. Your dad runs to your room, looks at your mom; crying and holding the letter to her chest – sitting next to your lifeless body. It hits him what’s going on, and he screams. He screams and throws something at the wall, falling to his knees. He starts to cry as your mom crawls over to him; sitting there holding each other as they cry.

There is an announcement the next day at school. The principal tells everyone about your suicide. It takes a few seconds for it to sink in, and once it does everyone goes silent. Your classmates begin blaming themselves. Your teachers begin to think they were too hard on you. Those mean popular girls, they think of all the things they’ve said to you.

That boy that used to tease you and call you names, he can’t help but hate himself for never telling you how beautiful you really are. Your ex boyfriend, the one that you told everything too and broke up with you.. He can’t handle it, breaks down and starts crying and runs out of the school. Your friends? They’re sobbing too, wondering how they couldn’t see that anything was wrong and wishing they could have helped you before it was too late.

Your best friend? She’s in shock. She can’t believe it. She knew what you were going through, but she never thought it would get that bad… Bad enough for you to end it. She can’t cry, she can’t feel anything. She stands up, walks out of the classroom, and just sinks to the floor. Shaking, screaming, but no tears coming out.

A few days later, at your funeral. The whole town comes to say goodbye. Everyone that knew you, that girl with the bright smile and bubbly personality. The one that was always there for them, a shoulder to cry on. Lots of people talk about all the good memories they had with you, there were a lot. Everyone’s crying, your little brother still doesn’t know you killed yourself, he’s too young.

Your parents just said you died. It hurts him, a lot. You were his big sister, you were supposed to always be there for him. Your best friend, she stays strong through the entire service, but as soon as they start lowering your casket into the ground, she just loses it. She cries and cries and doesn’t stop for days.

It’s two years later. Your teachers all quit their job. Those mean girls have eating disorders now. That boy that used to tease you cuts himself. Your ex boyfriend doesn’t know how to love anymore and just sleeps around with girls. Your friends all go into depression.

Your best friend? She tried to kill herself. She didn’t succeed like you did, but she tried…your brother? He finally found out the truth about your death. He self harms, he cries at night, he does exactly what you did for years leading up to your suicide.

Your parents? Their marriage fell apart. Your dad became a workaholic to distract himself from your death. Your mom got diagnosed with depression and just lays in bed all day.

People care. You may not think so, but they do. Your choices don’t just effect you. They effect everyone. Don’t end your life, you have so much to live for.

If you know someone who is going through depression, don’t ignore the warning signs. Seek as much help as you can for them.

Michelle Romaine is a Sophomore student and freelance writer from Amarillo, Tx

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The Inhumane Treatment of Animals

By Humble Jenkins

Edited by Ahmad Jenkins

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Me and Humble, Writing Elite’s newest Author

For all the animals out there, I feel sorry. Especially the number that die by the day, not to mention those that die senselessly. If we were to take a guess, it could be said that almost 50% of all animals that are domestically raised – not to mention those raised for food – are abused or killed inhumanely.

We need these animals to help us, such as, service animals that aid the elderly; and others in need, that we use for food, and other products. Some people would say things like, “They are just food, they have no feelings, or choice.”; however there are also other people who do care about the way animals are treated – even those that are raised for food – regardless of the fact that the way they are treated is sad, and often times cruel.

I think that the first type of people, those who care little about the inhumane treatment of animals are greedy; perhaps even heartless. They may not be thinking of the value of life. I say we should kill less animals, so that more of them can of service to people in other ways.

After all, this is how I would feel if I were a cow or other animal.

The Art of Love

Love is often times a misused emotion, mistaken for a variety of intentions. However, True love is an art, and for those brave enough to study it; there are limitless rewards.
Love is often times a misused emotion, mistaken for a variety of intentions. However, True love is an art, and for those brave enough to study it; there are limitless rewards.

I remember when I first met her at my sister in law’s (at that my brother and her weren’t married) birthday party. I fell for her the moment I saw her. For most of us love happens in that way, it can strike without warning, and if nurtured last a lifetime.

 

“Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.”
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

How true that is, in a Pew Research survey conducted in 2013 cited 88% of Americans as listing ‘love’ as the most important reason to marry.

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The next question, which is pretty obvious, is how do we develop the art of love? Sometimes the concept of love is misunderstood and used for the wrong reason. It can be a blurry line between lust and what it’s actually intended to be.

 

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From my own experience, I would have to say a person will never truly learn the art unless they are willing to sacrifice. People have the innate need to establish close personal relationships. However, this isn’t always easy. It’s harder to stay in a relationship than to start one. This is where looking at love as an art form rather than just a feeling comes in.

Not to mention that men and women communicate in almost polar opposite ways to have a truly loving relationship requires a more serious approach .

Some basics on the Art of Love

While I’m in no way trying to make myself out to be a relationship expert, personal experience can always be a helpful thing. In doing a little research I found some very interesting facts on how all of us can have happy and enjoyable relationships, marriages and even friendships.

 

1. It takes two… 

In my own path to learning the art of love I to learn to be more communicative about my emotions. Sometimes men can seem rather cold to the women in our lives, and this can translate (unfortunately) to being distant.

  • Do little things, like writing letters; poetry; loving texts, and other things that let him/ her know you are thinking about them.
  • Saying I love you never goes out of style, and giving reasons why enhances the meaning :).

2. Redefine intimacy.

It’s unfortunate that intimacy has come to be equated with just sex sometimes. Intimacy is so much more than just the physical side. In my experience the complaint, ‘that all men want is sex’ while not always true can be a serious blow to a relationship.

  • There’s nothing better than basking in silence cuddled up with that special someone.
  • Hold his/her hand absent-mindlessly, don’t worry he/she won’t mind.

3. Be willing to learn from each other.

There is so much spouses can learn from each other, and it’s important to see each other as if you are looking into a mirror. Learn from the reflection how you can be a better person. When you feel upset, rather than blame your partner and point fingers, remain awake to what has yet to be healed in yourself.

I’m sure all of you have some good ideas to share, and we would love to hear them.

 

Rethinking our purpose on Writing Elite

It’s been awhile since the last post, and I hope all my readers haven’t given up on us. This blog was created for not only for creating great, well researched web content and articles, but also pass on the beauty of great literature for both other writers as well as fans of reading.

Freelancing although is a very competitive field, not something that you can just start and expect to be successful at over night. So, I decided to raise the bar on myself, and this blog. While I’ve always had a passion for writing, and consider myself a fairly decent writer — I have several fans amongst my family and friends– I have noticed where my writing hasn’t been of the superior quality editors and readers crave.

The next level for Writing Elite.

So you may be wondering what I’m talking about. I’ve recently been attending college to start on a rewarding journey in education; along with that I get the opportunity to refine the craft of writing which we all are fans of.

Not that being a writer requires a degree, unless a person is aspiring to work in a more technical field. I’ve also managed to secure other employment (it’s as a stock clerk, but I have fun coworkers 🙂 ) What I’ve been able to take away from these past 2 academic quarters of college has helped me to not only find a passion worth writing about, but also write better.

With that said, the focus and frequency of posts here at Writing Elite is going to change a little, get a little more organized and refined. With my busy schedule I undoubtedly have to get more organized, but would also like to give other prospective writers the opportunity to get ahead on their freelance writing efforts. In a way it’s my way of giving back for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had pursuing my dream of being a writer.

Submission guidelines

So for all those aspiring writers out there looking to build your portfolio here’s your opportunity. While at the moment this is a voluntary writing opportunity, you also get to have your voice heard and further develop your writing skills. There will be paid  opportunities as the blog develops.

So here is what I’m looking for:

  • Writers that have a good command of written English communication, you have to be able to write decently and willing to grow.
  • Enjoy looking researching topics (reputable sources, please don’t tell me Google is your only place to look things up).
  • Be able to pitch story ideas as well as work alongside other writers in teams to develop story ideas.
  • No degree required, but if you have one great!
  • Show initiative in helping me create the best platform for aspiring writers, businesses looking for great writers, and of course our fans, gotta ‘please the mob that is Rome.’.

 

Now with all that said, if your interested send an email to Ahmad Jenkins: ahmadj11@hotmail.com

Tell me a little bit about yourself, your background as a writer, and what you expect to bring to this site, as well as what you can do to improve it (Feel free to look around the site, and tell me what can be done differently).

I look forward to hearing from you

 

The Comeback of Reading Rainbow.

As a long time fan of the Reading Rainbow television program, I can honestly say I’m elated that is starting to make a comeback in a new area, the classroom. Currently the Reading Rainbow team has raised a considerable amount of money to bring  what made the show popular to classrooms.  the fostering of a love of reading, and its importance.
Through rallying support from fan conventions, art contests, as well as pledging, over 6 million dollars has been raised.

The Age of Digital Reading

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Reading and writing has changed so quickly! With so many different ways to access literature online, the digital screen has replaced paper books.

In a 2010 biannual report from Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and the Harrison Group, a leading marketing and strategic research consulting firm, reports that children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%). Also, half of children age 9-17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.
Overall, about half of parents (49%) feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun – an increase from 2010 when 36% of parents were dissatisfied with time their child spent reading.

For Reading Rainbow fans young and old this means that there will be more ways for parents as well as children to access to the love of reading that made the show popular. What are some of your thoughts? In what ways will the comeback of Reading Rainbow bring to children’s reading habits?

 

Humble’s Climb

This short story is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Young Warriors”. I wanted to to write a series of short stories to begin to introduce the characters and their background. 

 

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All her training had finally come to this moment, for Humble this would be her most challenging test so far in her training. Since she could remember Humble and her siblings; Tegina, Chad, and Donte have trained in Ninjitsu under the instruction of their father Mr. Mohammed.  Mr. Mohammed was careful to pick tests that were not only challenging and fun for them, but also tested them in something they feared, or saw as an obstacle. Humble’s oldest siblings Tegina and Chad had earlier completed thier first tests.

They both passed with flying colors, Tegina’s test was that she had to go on a three-day quest to fulfill a set of tasks known only to her and Mr. Muhammed. She returned exhausted, but had the biggest smile on her face. Chad’s challenge was just as exhausting, it consisted of one of the most extreme obstacle courses the children had ever seen; complete with rotating platforms, a small pond he had to swim, booby traps, and a small make shift fort to infiltrate without rousing the guards (Humble, Tegina, Donte, and Mr. Muhammed).

Humble’s test was no less difficult, and now she stood there staring at one of the most difficult challenges she had ever faced as a young ninja. There wasn’t much Humble feared, what few things she did she kept to herself. This however was different, she had to climb a 12 foot wall. Padded ‘logs’ were set up to swing across the length of the wall designed to knock the unwary climber off. On top of that 2 feet from the top blocks within the wall were set up to extend alternatively, creating platforms that appeared and disappeared. Letting out a breath, Humble adjusted her hijab and mentally prepared herself for the climb.

“Are you ready?” Mr. Muhammed asked. Humble turned to her father, and before she could say anything he gave the signal for her to begin her test that would challenge her and everything she had so far learned. As she began, Humble kept in mind what her father taught her about climbing. “It’s not a race, take your time… every step, hand hold and foot placement has a purpose…”. She was also careful not to look down. Before she knew it she had reached the halfway mark, and could see.

A log swung close to her nearly knocking her off, Humble struggled to regain her composure and nearly got knocked off a second time by a second had she not pressed her small lithe body against the wall. Humble stopped short of the extending blocks, ” How am i going to get past these?” She thought briefly. She soon came up with a remedy, she had watched her mother play Super Mario Bros. so many times, and from that she had an awesome idea. She could time the extending blocks and use them as platforms to jump from to the other. ” Why not? It’s worth a try.”

Humble continued to climb until she was close to the first block, and after taking a deep breath launched herself to it, and scrabbling on top. She had mere seconds to jump to the next, and wasted no time in keeping time to keep from tumbling off. Before she realized it Humble was near the top, and pulled herself to the top. Standing up to get a full view of her accomplishment, she almost lost her balance from the dizzying height. At the base of the wall she could see her sister, brothers and father looking up at her. Chad, Tegina, and Donte (her youngest brother) were clapping and cheering for her. This was Humble’s proudest moment. She had conquered something she had been training to achieve for so long, and felt like dancing… of course she didn’t for fear of falling.

 

 

Taking my writing (not so) seriously.

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 By Ahmad Jenkins

While I love being a writer there are times where I do tend to take myself far too seriously. Of course I’m not saying this profession is easy, actually it can be very demanding. The more devoted, and the more you love every aspect of your job; the more demands you find yourself trying to fulfill.

When I first started to embark upon becoming a writer I really had no idea as to the reality of a writers daily habits in order to be truly successful, something I’m still working to get down myself. I’ve also made many ‘newbie’ mistakes, the first was signing up and attempting to work with content mills. I soon learned that while content mills provide plenty of work  for those who are in need of it, which is good for those who are willing to deal with the literally writing for pennies, and dealing with ridiculously short deadlines which leave very little time for properly researching and writing quality material.

Needless to say I kicked the Content mill bug fairly quickly.  As many other writers I’ve interacted with have also commented, you’ll find work; but you seldom are given the opportunity to put your best into the projects you take on.

I’ve learned to take my writing ‘not so’ serious.  In other words while some people may find it better to produce quantities of content for pennies, Quality is always better. I’m not saying don’t worry about deadlines, rather not allowing them to take life out of the work that we do as writers.

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