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SomeThing New

Hello, guys,

It’s been a long, long while, hasn’t it?

Well, we brought the story to an end, once again, on Who Killed Dana Bala? and now, we should be all set for something else… at least, that’s the way it should be.

With that expected order of things in mind, I am announcing the beginning of something new. I, in fact, consider that we got lucky with the timing of this something new. It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time and from a more appropriate source.

A new story, that is the something new. And not my story, that too is another something new. We haven’t been opportune thus far to read stories from other writers, but it is going to happen now. A new story just walked into my inbox and I have been given the express go ahead to share it here on lifeandspices.com.

Story is titled: Ricochet Of Cataclysm.

Yeah, I know, big words… lol. But that’s the title and it is a story written by one of our very own: Esther Ugbaja, aka Exceptionalstar. Esther is professionally an ophthalmic nurse but on the side, when she is able, she’s also a Fiction Writer. So, we will be reading her story here on LS starting this evening… and I hope we do enjoy the story and give her visible support via comments as we go.

All right, I know many are going to ask: what about One More Time… And Forever and Ndubuisi? Well, those are presently still unavailable and I am, at the moment, unwilling to resume work on them. I’m looking at a lot of things and a lot of those things need to be put in place and required changes need to be made. When everything is all set, I will announce a resumption date and we will go from there.

In the interim, let us enjoy Ricochet of Cataclysm and keep a date with whatever else would be going on here.

Thank you as always and y’all have a success-filled day.

Cheers.

Still messed up schedule

I was just going to continue being absent with no explanations until when I can fully return. But it makes me feel irresponsible if I don’t offer excuses, and explanations, especially when I can.

First, I do want to apologise that things are not yet back on schedule here on the blog. I’d wanted them to be by last week, or at the latest, this week. But I discovered I needed to round off a personal project, actually two personal projects, before getting back to full-time blogging.

I am editing, still editing, an old story that I want published for paid reading and I had hoped that by now it would be out and sales ongoing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t meet my own deadline. No surprise there, right? But it does surprise and embarrass me when that happens.

So, because I have lapsed, and terribly so, behind schedule on the publishing of this story, I’ve decided, and really since last week, to take all the time I need off to edit carefully and publish before returning to the blog. I also have a pending edit for a friend of mine which I should have finished by now and so, will get through it before I get back here. Therefore, there are two works to be edited and then published before the possibility of a return would be considered.

This is truly important, very much so, because I sustain this blog via my earnings from sales of my eBooks. This blog is not yet self-sufficient and won’t survive if I don’t write, edit and publish. So, I need to do this.

I’m not going to pretend to give a time frame and then fail on it. Not this time. There are too many constraints, too many unforeseen circumstances, arising from varied angles, so it’s going to be one step at a time. Also, after I’m done publishing, I will take the time to completely write all remaining chapters of One More Time… And Forever before I begin posting. I consider this as only fair as I have over-delayed the story already. There would be no point coming back and making you guys go through a weekly posting after waiting so long. Best if it’s a daily post after my return. It will make up for my absence and make things more interesting for you.

So, I ask that we all stay calm and be patient, things will soon revert to its normal course. Hopefully.

Once More Ready

We only get things done when we get ourselves prepared, in every way, to do them.

Good morning, fam. It’s been a long away-time, and its been worth it. I did not think to take some time off, it just happened and now, I am grateful it did. When one’s been lying on one spot too long, there is a desperate need to move, even if it’s just to shuffle one foot. And when you blink and still cannot see clearly, you will need to look for something to wipe your eyes clean with.

Change is good.

Change of scenery. Change of mind set. Change of attitude. Change of heart. Whatever the change, and the best ones are those we make happen within us, change is good.

I am happy to say that I am back. I have been since Saturday actually but needed to get my home in a semblance of working order again. I also needed to put myself in working mode. Things will not swing back to normal magically. We will need another week for that to begin to happen. But I am back and I am fully ready to get back to work.

Let me repeat that: I am back and I am fully ready to get back to work  😀

I wanted, and needed, to repeat that because it is such a positive affirmation and one I am so proud of. Maybe some of you noticed, or maybe no one did except if I told them, but I have not been writing. I have not been writing at all for publishing, and this state of mind where I am unable to write has been existing since June 2016. I think I may have mentioned this in the past. I only force myself to write here and simply because I can’t quite let the blog go. I barely managed to complete writing and publishing Midnight Dance and Kiss By Moonlight but since then, I’ve been unable to write anything else.

Story-lines just keep building, covers are designed and re-designed by me, but I could not write.

It wasn’t writers’ block. I don’t believe in writers’ block. It was just a state of inertia, a kind of depression, that rendered me non-functional. But not only could I not write, whatever I was writing, or struggling to write, didn’t come out right. Midnight Dance and Kiss By Moonlight are big-time evidences, and so are One More Time… And Forever and Ndubuisi… at least, until the last couple of episodes for One More Time… And Forever.

I was dispirited and in a horrible state of melancholy and it showed in the manner I wrote stories, the tone I used, the lack of life and lustre of plot and characters. I noticed but could do nothing about it. I was just helpless. Downhearted and helpless to lift myself up.

And on my birthday, I had a breakdown. Just… broke down. So… I travelled home… to mama. Lol. I went to my mother and to mys sisters and just bared my heart open and somehow, that small healing process started.

It’s still a work in progress and it will be a long long time but I am stronger and even more, I am willing to work on getting stronger and getting better every day. And career wise, as per my writing, I am working on that big time. I am studying writing styles, studying the styles of the masters and mistresses of the art, looking into where I went wrong and what went wrong, working to get back my style, to build a new style and to let that style express itself.

Bottom-line, I am re-establishing myself as a Fiction Writer, a Genre Fiction Write, and above all, a Romance Writer extraordinaire  😉

So, I am back and fully ready to work. But I am not over doing it. I am not going to put myself under pressure or permit anyone to put me under any pressure. It is going to be one step at a time, one story at a time, one chapter at a time and one scene at a time. No pressure, no hassle. Only great stories and a good life.

Hopefully, by next week, every story will go back to its slotted schedule and personal work will begin. And while we are looking forward to that, I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who felicitated with me during my birthday and also thank all who checked privately on me while I was AWOL. I also would like to thank all who remained a part of this blog and particularly those who took the time to share their thoughts via comments on whatever posts were made. May God bless you all.

So, it’s welcome back to lifeandspices.com where we try to spice up the life we’ve got and make it more enjoyable  😀

Welcome to a new beginning

Happy New Month.

It’s a new day, a new month and a new beginning as we begin the second half of 2017.

There is so much to be thankful for when we think about it. There are many reasons to be grateful, to be happy and to rejoice… and celebrate.

This is a fresh beginning. We have had the first six months of 2017 and now, we are blessed with the chance to experience and live the second six months of 2017. It is not going halfway through the year. It is opening a new leaf on the year. It is not merely a continuation of an old year. But a fresh start, a new beginning, of same year.

I am grateful for many things. And I want to use this time to thank everyone of you who rejoiced with me during my birthday. Thank you for being there for me and for rejoicing with me.

I also want to thank you, every one of you, for being here on lifeandspices.com. Thank you for being a part of this writer-readers-and-friends e-family. It is my sincerest wish that we continue to be here and as one family, we continue to abide in mutual love, respect and acceptance of one another… if not in understanding.

May this second half of 2017 be the very best and most blessed part of the year for you and yours.

May every single day of this new part of the year be a chance to do something new, something better and something unique.

May you be the best of you in this best part of 2017. Every new day, beginning today, be the best you can be.

For birthday celebrants, may you have reasons to celebrate and to rejoice every single day of this month… and for the rest of the year.

Have a blast… this new part of 2017 ❤❤❤

Blog Announcement

Hello everyone,

I want to offer my sincerest apologies for being absent on the blog. I was on the road on Friday, which coincidentally was my birthday, so couldn’t function. I didn’t take my laptop with me, so I have only my mobile phone to work with. Where I am, there’s minimal availability of electricity, they function only on generating sets powered only a couple of times a week
And worse, there is a shortage of network.
So posts like NDUBUISI and ONE MORE TIME… AND FOREVER are going to suffer regular lateness until I get back to PH first week of July.
WHO KILLED DANA BALA? won’t be on at all because the story is on my laptop which I didn’t take along with me.
I am therefore asking that we all bear with each other this week and next and take posts the way we see them.
Thank you and Cheers.

Last Post at 39

Una know wetin wan go down tomorrow, abi?

TM about to hit 40!

That kinda shit is not easy mehn.

Abeg make I take style remind una something. I don put am for Facebook, dis one na for una. I for don do this post since morning but PHED dey show demself as usual. Mtcheew!

Anyway, e never late. I still be 39 today. So, back to reminder. Una know sai when dem born Jesus, three wise men go visit am, abi? Dem no go empty handed o… DEM CARRY GIFT.

God pikin o. Na im papa get heaven and earth, still dem carry gift. Abeg, forget all dat theology and religious meaning wey surround those gifts: Gold, frankincense and myrrh = MONEY. Simple!

Na money Dem carry go see am for im birthday.

Money… No be flower. Money… no be birthday card. Abeg, I no be oyibo. I no get time to dey smell nonsense smell. Save your birthday card. I no get space to pack junk. Na better money dem carry better money come give am.

Tomorrow… Or you even fit start this night sef. I dep available 24/7. Send me mail. Or hit me up on WhatsApp. Ask me for my account number. Surprise me with happy birthday alert tomorrow. I like dat kain surprise.

To be 40 no be moin-moin. E get age wey dem dey celebrate. 40 join am. Tap into my blessing of long life. Sow into my life dat Baba God might multiply your seed. Be generous. I repeat: be generous.

Abeg no talk sai we no be friends. Sai na only LS connect me and you. Those 3 wise men no know Jesus before dem start their journey. Na stranger im be to dem. But me and you we don dey gbadu together for LS here since tikpe-tipke. Our relationship don tey. You go fit know everybody finish for this world. As we know, don reach. And if I hear your bank alert, we knowing each other beta. Na so.

If you no fit send money, buy recharge card. My number dey here, just scroll down. You go see my MTN WhatsApp number. Send pins o. I no beg anybody for transfer. You no know whether Na only #100 I dey use for a month, so no do pass yasef. MTN recharge pins only. Again: BE GENEROUS. God loves a cheerful giver… and so does TM.

If money and recharge card hard for you. Enter okadabooks, you go see my author’s tab, buy ALL my books there. If you don buy dem before, delete dem and buy dem again. No be only one time you dey buy Gucci. You read am before no mean sai you no fit read am again. And if you no wan read again, just buy dem again. I no send!

In case you wan wish me happy birthday tomorrow, abeg cram the following words:

Elegant
Beautiful
Pretty
Gorgeous
Brilliant
Extraordinary Writer
Number 1
The best of the bests
TM rocks jor

I no wan hear: “You’re cute.” I no be doll baby. “You might be chubby but…” Mba. But me no but. Achorum. Na my 40th birthday, I no want don’t-be-silly compliments. Tell me sweet things. If you no mean, still talk am, I go manage am like dat.

Ehen!

Remember: To show God sai im love am, Solomon kill 1000 nama; the people of Isreal give all their costly jewelleries; Mary Magdalene clean Jesus leg with expensive perfume and the 3 wise men carry expensive gifts come.

Love no be for mouth. And you no need to know me before you love me. I be your neighbour and Jesus don tell you to love your neighbour as yourself. No even worry your head sai me and you no dey practice same religion. Love no get barrier. The 3 wise men Na star gazers, no be jews o, still dem carry expensive gifts come give Jesus.

Tomorrow is the D-day. I wan to dey hear kpankam, kpankam, kpankam… #bankalert

Abeg, no lazy tell me happy birthday in advance for this post. I no dey like that kain nonsense. Come tomorrow come talk am. I go do Fabulous 40 post with pishures. Ehen!

Oya, make I go wait for una for my inbox and WhatsApp

#last day @ 39

Welcome to June

 is here. Hurray!!!

Welcome to the best month of the year. May you enjoy the very best of 2017.

To all, birthday celebrants and everyone, happy new month and a blessed each day of this amazing month.

Keep smiling, keep laughing, knowing you can always count on God and on every special person around you.

Have a blast this month

 

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It’s late again and I’m annoyed this time because it is really getting out of hand. But it will happen… and surely  😉

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