Observations of life by author and poet Charles L. Chatmon
How can I put this?
2022 is going to be a year of transition, I hope. Nothing is going to stay the same or at least I hope not. Storm Over South Central is done and I'm moving on to another title which I will share with you soon. As of now, I'm in good health, my regular job is a joy to go to every day I'm called, there's a lot of positivity happening in my life right now and I hope it stays there!
With that being said, I have to make changes to this blog, website, you name it. Nothing is going to stay the same for much longer.Â How much longer? I guess we'll find out, won't we?
The past three years beginning in 2018 was the start of the most difficult times in my life, most ofÂ which you've read here. My father's passing, my stroke and the pandemic could have torn a person inside out, but I am sincerely thankful to have made it through this far.
The Lord has everything to do with my progress which has been a success in that I released my latest book, Storm Over South Central but it's much deeper than that. I feel as if my life at this late stage is experiencing my own Great Reset (conspiracy theorists know what that means). The way I used to think, act and speak have changed for the better I hope. I am also enjoying each day I live now instead of worrying about future events that may never happen, or 'wild imaginations' that may never come true.
Isn't this what the first day of a brand new year is about? Resolutions if we stick to them, establish a new way for us to think, act and socialize with our fellow human beings. They may also signal a change in health, thoughts and lifestyle just to name a few. Personally, I feel my own experiences of the past three years helped me to become a better person, a better man. Not perfect, but doing what I can to be consistent in my words and deeds each day.
This will take time as I'm already seeing the results I've made thus far. Whatever your challenges are, I hope and pray 2022 will bring you the best in health, wealth, and happiness.
This is an important day in my life. It's the day when my first book The Depths of My Soul was released to the public. It took a year to see it edited, formatted and published. When I held a copy of the book in my hands later that night at a coffee shop, it was a feeling I never wanted to leave. It was the best feeling in the world.
Before I start, I would like to say that none of this would not be possible without The Lord allowing me to have the opportunity in sending people my way to make this day and the result a reality. I want to thank Him so much for helping me achieve my dream.
Before that moment, my publisher held a book signing inside her bookstore. Family, friends and neighbors were in attendance to watch and hear me recite poems from The Depths for an hour. Once the applause was over, I wound up signing (and selling!) forty six books that day! If only it were that easy in real life.......
Last month, I wrote and published my latest book Storm Over South Central which I enjoy so much, but today it's all about The Depths. I've encountered a lot of good folks and fellow authors along the way, but I've also encountered folks who I should not have wasted time with, but that's life. All I will say is that I'm very happy and proud to wear this name of author for twenty years. Returning to that moment at the coffee shop. I sat alone that night among a crowd of people who didn't even know me. I didn't feel alone, having accomplished this feat. What mattered to me the most is that I achieved my dream, I wrote a book. I was so happy and so proud to have that book in my hands. My parents were extremely happy that day. I wasn't the only one proud that day. To see the faces of my mother and father of pride their son wrote a book made them happy. That's one of the reasons I love to write. Their joy is my motivation.
I want to say to all of you who are planning to write a book not in the near future but a mythical 'someday', don't wait. Use this time now to sit down and work on your story, poem, non-fiction account, etc. Just sit down and write. We're all waiting for you. I am waiting for you. It is such a great feeling to hold that book in your hands and see the places you'll go, the celebrities you meet, the times well spent networking with other authors.
In closing, this day is a special day for me. It's a day I could look up and finally say, "I'm an author." There no other words of joy to say here, so this is all I have to say.
Hello True Believers,
Yes! Yes! Yes! This week is the week Storm Over South Central, my latest book, is out. I'm so glad and very appreciative of all the support you folks have shown over the years. So, now that it's out, what is in this book I wrote?
Check it out:
The Storm has been unleashed, which means it's time to share what's inside the much-anticipated anthology by author Charles L. Chatmon. (#StormOverSC)
POEMS: He returns with conscious poetry such as "Role Reversal", "The Story of Shontell" and more verses from the heart.
The Party â It started out as a farewell celebration for a friend. It ends up a tragic farewell for those involved. Find out what lives were forever changed in The Party.
Donât Judge a Bum By - One man has a plan of revenge against the women who wronged him, but a homeless person endangers the plot and shares a few interesting details of his own life.
Storm Over South Central - An ominous cloud surrounds the controversial location of South Central Los Angeles. Why has it materialized in that community? What will it bring that will impact the lives of those living within it forever?
Father's Day - A young boy plans to see his father for the first time since his disappearance. What he discovers will touch his heart - and yours.
The AlbatrossÂ - A widower mourning the death of his wife must make a decision whether to give away or keep a special gift she left for him. Will the widower retain this gift or give it away to relieve himself of his grief?
A Town Called Heaven - Short piece focusing on a small town with big intentions. Do the citizens actually mean well or will their dream end up in smoke?
Sin is In - Another short piece about a new soft drink which captures the imagination and the minds of a public willing to support it. They'll find out not everything sweet is good for you.
Last Night at The Club -Â A homeless man is mysteriously transported to late 1920's South Los Angeles. Who is the lovely songstress appearing in a local club? Who is the gangster out to make trouble? How does all this end? Read the story and find out for yourself!
Chatmon, a refreshing voice in the world of modern poetry and author of The Depths of My Soul & The Voices of South Central returns with engaging short stories and thought provoking poems.
Read Storm over South Central and discover the thoughts he writes about in this volume filled with verses and tales of despair, stories of hope. It will also reveal a lot about American society - its strengths, its flaws and its people. This is a literary journey you will enjoy taking.
Storm over South Central from Adrolite Press.
Guess that's all I have left to say. The rest you can see for yourself on my Amazon Page. You can buy your copies of Storm there.
Talk with you soon!
It's late here in the City of Angels on the South side. It is peaceful, calm, no hints of any of the troubles you folks may have read in the past. There are no gunshots, no helicopters flying over, and as far as I know, no 'drama' in the neighborhood. We're doing quite well here.
I'm sitting here watching videos of folks losing their minds. You know, the users with a message to share, or warning for all of us to heed. Whatever the reason, no doubt you're sure to find a point of view you like in a video with a serious topic.
Maybe it's because of my journalist roots that I desire to take a look at 'both sides', but what if one point of view has slipped into desperation mode due to the fear of a world changing rapidly around the traditionalists? The believers in an ideology, a strong belief the world they live in and have taken advantage of will never change? What happens if all of a sudden, it has and there's no way to control the narrative? Convince the shrinking pool of followers that your way of life, your rights, your liberty is a stake - and for what?
What if this is a moment in time where the bill is due? The crimes of generations great and small are finally exposed out of the shadows which they were hidden for so long? What if....this is meant to happen? Protest all you want, rant against a 'rigged' system as much as you desire, but what if this sudden change in ideological thought, this shift towards a generation that reflects people who look more like the author of this missive than what we're used to seeing? A white, Anglo male-dominated society. Why this is happening, I do not know nor am I worried. If we believe that The Creator who sees all things, hears all things and is above all is still in control, perhaps what we're seeing right now in our society is for our benefit to learn from and maybe change our hearts before it is too late?
Then again, this maybe is to see which of us will never change our hearts, just because.
Whatever the reason, this is a good time to look at the important things in life. Your loved ones and the people who hold a special place in our lives. Maybe we should pick up that phone, send them an email and just tell them how much they matter to us. We may never get a second or third chance if we lose that opportunity.
Just to be sure, let's all look at our shared humanity - away from politics, away from 'wild imaginations' and just communicate with each other like we were created to do. Life is much too short as we have seen time and time again. Now is the time to make each second of our lives count.
So ends my thoughts on this late night in South Los Angeles in the midst of a quiet neighborhood. Take care.