“Through gardening, I established the patience to write!” ~ Zangba Thomson
A successful farmer and an established author have a lot of great things in common. Both of them have—what I would call a planter's state of mind. The farmer plants seeds into the ground and the author writes (nowadays types) words onto paper. While in the ground, the farmer nurtures his or her seeds for months until they see the first signs of growth; and on a computer, the author nurtures his or her story for months—to a point where it’s ready for publication. Both careers demand a certain amount of patience. But before the planted seeds sprouted into plants—bearing fruits, and before the story idea blossomed into a New York Times Best Selling Novel—patience was applied.
But how did the farmer and the author obtain patience? I can’t really answer for them, but I can tell you exactly where I developed my patience—right inside my flower garden. Yes! Through gardening, I established the patience to write. You see maintaining a beautiful garden is extremely tedious, especially when you have to get rid of weeds and other unwanted plants, which seem to grow on more occasions than I would like. Before, I used to get really agitated—plucking unwanted plants out of the ground, but now I do my gardening chores joyously.
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” — Gertrude Jekyll
Gardening has taught me how to do diligent research on—what types of seeds to plant? How and when to plant them? And most importantly, which soil to plant them in, and subconsciously over time—gardening trained me how to observe things in their proper perspective in order to obtain information. So, in layman’s terms—I became a good background researcher and editor, which were necessary skills needed for me to complete Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper, which deal mainly in the genres of Urban Fantasy/Street Lit/Religion & Spirituality.
But before writing Three Black Boys—I did a deep background research on black fever disease. What exactly was it? How was it transmitted? Was it fatal? My findings were overwhelming—I found out that black fever disease is one of the world’s most neglected diseases and the second-largest parasitic killer in the world (after malaria). Also, black fever infects more than 12 million people worldwide and kills as many as 200,000 people every year—according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With this knowledge, I figured if I write a story about black fever disease, mixed with the three black boys’ story, and nurture it like I would do seeds in my flower garden, in due time—the world would come to know black fever disease for what it is—a pandemic disease that needs to be eradicated!
So, using my gardening skills, I nurtured Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper for years until I started seeing the stories within the story sprouting above the page and coming to life. It felt as if I was mentally giving birth—not to a human baby, but to another form of creation—a book. The daily chores of structuring and rearranging sentences or finding the right words to write—reminded me of plucking weeds out of my flower garden, which by the way, is a great routine for any author—or anyone who wants to get better at editing.
“No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.” — Booker T. Washington
In conclusion, I want to end this motivational guest blog with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” And I want to thank—Let’s Get BOOKED— for hosting this wonderful event, and also I want to give thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions—for organizing this magnificent “Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour” for Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper. (PEACE) and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation.
Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper
by Zangba Thomson
Teenagers spring into dangerous action to obtain financial aid for a woman who has only a month to live. The setting is Queens, N.Y., home to Babita Harris, an Indian immigrant plagued with the deadly black fever disease. With a couple of months to live, Babita only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant. But with no health insurance, the chance of a surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash. Barnes, her only son, along with his two friends, Demus and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Although their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms will experience more than they have ever experienced before.
“Our front door is always open if you change your mind,” says Ojal.
“I know, Mama,” replies Babita, before laying the bluebird chime down on the table. “I think I will take this last opportunity to go outside and revisit the new addition to the back yard.”
The blue bird chime shakes without any assistance and Babita is startled.
“Better hurry up before the clouds begin to cry,” says Ojal with a smile.
Babita nods her head in agreement and makes her way into the back yard. There she sees a beautiful garden with assorted color roses. Out the corner of her eye, she spots a red rose positioned behind several thorny bushes. With caution, she reaches for the delicate flower, not knowing a parasitic sandfly is traveling unnoticed in her direction. The sandfly bites Babita’s outstretched arm. “Ouch!” she grimaces softly, and quickly retracts her hand back to her bosom. Immediately, she notices a small swelling forming on her arm, and in no time, blood oozes from her tiny wound. A strong wind blows and many dandelions fly in her direction. Lightning strikes, thunder roars its ugly voice, and light rain begins to fall. Babita, afraid of her hair getting wet, quickly retreats into her parents’ home.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Zangba Thomson is the Creative Director at BME LLC, the author of Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper, co-author of Do Right Do Good (a self-help guide book towards vision fulfillment and entrepreneurship), a recording artist, and New York Life Coach Examiner. Zangba balances his career and family time on the scale of hard work and dedication, and his main areas of focus include his real life experiences, metaphysics, and spirituality. Zangba's work reinforces the basic idea that goals are fulfilled when right decisions are made. Please visit his website at www.zangbathomson.com.
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