Excerpt from Drama University

I sat there for a moment after opening my room door to the outside commons area, I heard voices yelling, the distant chitter-chatter of people talking below, laughing, yelling and music. Students getting reacquainted, slamming doors from the floor above us and the clanking of people walking down the loud metal staircases at the end of each corridor. I sighed to myself and knew this would be much different than living at home with my parents in our quiet four-bedroom house where our relatively quiet neighborhood was.

At that point, I decidedly I liked the noise for the moment.

This was a whole new exciting world and I was going to try and take in every bit of it. I was hoping also If hung around outside, I was bound to run into someone I knew. I was hoping possibly X, who I still hadn’t heard from yet.

Stepping outside it was like another little city, in its own city. In the middle of the three dorms under large florescent floodlights on the concrete court there were guys outside playing basketball. There were people with their suite doors open standing in the doorway on the phone and people downstairs sitting at an old wooden picnic table in the courtyard by the residential life office where I had picked up the keys to my room this morning.

Although I couldn’t reach Xavier, maybe I could probably scope him out or if I saw Mark, his best friend, I’d ask him. I wasn’t sure what Hall or room he was in yet.

I leaned over the iron railing in front of my suite door and inhaled the fresh air.

I felt a new-ness.

This was going to be different. But wow, me Melody Ann Thomas, in College, at last.

This was crazy!

I wondered what classes would be like? Would I make friends? Would it be like one of favorite sitcoms growing up, like an old re-run of “A Different World?”

My eyes wondered over toward the stair case and just then I saw a slim, tall light skinned guy walking by, with a crew of about three other guys and the tall, light skinned one and I locked eyes for a moment.

My problem always was, I knew how to spot ‘em out, but I was too shy to actually start a conversation. Even if they would come to me first. Xavier was an exception though. But he was different. I don’t know what my deal was with him. Maybe it was the way he spoke to me as if I were the only girl in the world.  Xavier was quiet, but cocky and a charmer at the same time. He tried to act like he didn’t know it, but he did. I think it’s those huge dimples that showed up when he smiled that got girls all googly eyed. Xavier was 6ft. tall, almond shaped dark brown eyes, slim, chocolate brown complexion, and always kept a clean fade.

“Mmmmhmm”, I hummed softly under my breath. He had to have been a basketball player or something, he was well over 6ft. He walked by and I glanced his direction, trying to not be so obvious. He looked back and gave a half smile. Just then, I thought about Xavier. I reach down in my pocket to check my phone, I pulled it out halfway. The screen was empty, no missed calls.

When I looked down over the balcony again I spotted a familiar face that was walking toward the housing office. “Keey-anna”, I yelled. She looked up and spotted my face and I started smiling. She waved a little wave and she held up one finger with her free hand. The other was holding her phone up to her ear.

I had known Natasha Langston since high school she was one of the popular girls. A cheerleader and on the dance team. She stayed fresh all the time. Kept her hair done and nails done and had the hottest wardrobe at our school. Natasha was always cool with me though because she wasn’t like the other popular girls who acted like they were snobs or better than you. Natasha was the real cool laid back type. If she knew you no matter what she would speak to you in front of anyone. She wasn’t stuck up or viciously mean like a lot of the other popular  chicks at our school.

I was relieved to see a familiar face. Even though we weren’t the best of friends at least I’d have someone else on campus I knew.

Natasha came back out of the residential life office a couple of minutes later and came up stairs. She still had the phone glued to her ear, I figured she was talking to her boo the way she was still holding the phone. As she approached she hung up. “Hey girl”, she said with the same enthusiastic smile she wore most times. I smiled back as she reach for a hug like we were old friends who hadn’t seen each other in years. “Oh, my god I didn’t know you were going here too”, she exclaimed. “Yeah, I got accepted like last fall”, I said. “Me too”, she said. “How did I not know that you was going here too”? I thought that you had said you were going to stay home and go to UMKC, didn’t you get that track scholarship? “Yeah, but I had to get out of the city”, she said. “I was tired of seeing the same people all the time. Half our graduating class is staying at home.” “I know the feeling. I didn’t want to stay at home either,” I said.

“Do you know anyone else going here this semester?”, she said. “Yeah you know Xavier is up here with me, but other than him and his little Arrington crew, I don’t know anyone else”, I said. “For real?”, Natasha sound super surprised.

“Ah, so you up here with your boo huh?

I remember y’all been together for a minute right,” she said reminiscently shaking her finger at me. “That’s so cute!” She paused for a minute.

I stood there and smiled.

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So Far In 2017


I think just about everyone agreed that 2016 was a pretty crappy year.

Everyone was looking forward to a fresh start on December 31st, 2016. So, here we are at the last day of January 2017.

You know what?

Aside from a couple of things, 2017 has been OK thus far for me.

Not only have I started writing and blogging again. I have two different Etsy stores now open for business (Miss Nikki’s Hair Accessories and Dear Alice Company) and also a little Ebay store selling miscellaneous goods. I just have my hands super full right now but am having such a fun time doing it!

For New Edition fans, the highlight of our year was The New Edition Story that came on BET last week, which was a three-part series. I know personally, I had been waiting to see this since I had seen the previews during the BET awards last Summer and I was not to say the least disappointed.

That’s enough about me for now though.

Locally here in Kansas City we lost our star pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Yordano Ventura. Sadly January 22nd in an accident in his home country in the Dominican Republic. I had started watching our home team the Royals on TV because we started doing really good in 2014 and went to World Series. Even though we didn’t win that year we went again in 2015 and actually won. I thought he was just so cute and so talented. I was pregnant last Summer and wasn’t able to go see any games and was looking forward to going this Spring. It was sad that he lost his life at such a young age. He was only 25. It messed with me for a few days because people say life is short. But wow!

But what’s going on politically right now is just crazy. I mean this new president (he’s not mine but you know what I’m saying) has only been in office for all of 12 days and look at all that is going down hill.

So all in all 2017 has been OK for me. How about you?


Letting The Blogging Beast Take Over


I used to be fairly good at this.

Coming up with topics to write about was nothing. I stopped blogging almost a year ago due to intimidation. I felt like I had somehow lost my way. Back in 2007, blogging seemed so new to a lot of people. It was a little bitty baby just growing and learning to walk. Now, it seems it’s become a big overgrown hairy beast. I had been blogging for almost 7 years with very little following on my blog. I had so many people tell me they read my blog, but it was seeming like no one really followed it. I began to get frustrated. I admit I started to try to fit in. I started trying to do what everyone else was doing because that was what you were “supposed” to do apparently. Wrong!

I’m quirky, I’m odd and pretty much just all around different. I never really was too good of a dresser. Let’s be honest, I really like fashion but I’m not a fashion blogger. I’m not going to take pictures of myself in different outfits everyday. That may have worked when I had to go to the office everyday, but now that I’m a stay at home mom…well you’d be getting pictures of me in t-shits, leggings or sweatpants.

I also discovered I’m not a makeup guru. Sure, I wear make up when I go out of the house but I need all you make guru’s out there with these YouTube channels to help me do that. How can I help someone else when I need the help?

Am I a branding guru, social media specialist, mom blogger, consultant or expert? The answer is probably slightly all of the above and none of the above.

I tell you what I am though. Someone who just loves writing, sharing and connecting with others. When you try to be something your not, it’s always going to come off as un-genuine and fraudulent and no one wants that. Plus, I don’t do fake very well.

So on from that confusion, I am just going to be me.

-Nicole Alicia



3 Good Reasons Why You Should Hire A Freelance Writer


So you have set out to find the perfect writer, but your budget is stretched to it’s furthest limit already. Hiring one more person, maybe doesn’t seem like what you need right now. You need someone to write a blog post from time to time or give your website content a fresh crisp sound.

Instead of trusting your businesses reputation to your sister’s boyfriend, who wrote that article back in high school, why not hire a professional. Not everyone is great at grammar, spelling or writing creative content. You might not even know where to begin with the creation process. For a business, the content you have on your web page is very important and freelance writer can help.

There are so many reasons but the most common and real reasons, Here are the  3 Good Reasons Why You Should Hire A Freelance Writer:

  1. Money-The beauty of freelancers is that you don’t have to pay them a salary. They can be someone you use once or a freelance writer can be someone you can build a relationship with. Someone who can become familiar with your business and knows how to portray it in the best light possible through words.
  2. Time-Let’s be honest you don’t have the time to create quality content. As an entrepreneur, you have your plate full. Delegate! Let someone else do the heavy lifting for you.
  3. Writing Just Isn’t My Thing-You’ve had this great idea for a blog post or article that’s been floating around in your head for sometime now. But, you hate writing and frankly don’t do it very well.

If any of these sound half way familiar to you, you may definitely benefit from hiring a freelance writer and hiring one soon.

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