Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Kicking Off My First Year Birthday Week!

What better way to kick off my Sisterlock Birthday week than to spend it with two other beautiful DFW Sisterlockers, Gigi and Diane during a E. Lynn Harris book signing!

The Sister between Gigi and I is Monica "Dr. Moe" Anderson, the author of "When a Sistah's Fed Up," which was recently added to Essence Magazine best seller list. She too was featured during the E. Lynn Harris book signing and I was really impressed with her inviting spirit and the subject matter of the book, sounds like some fun fantasy drama to read during my evening commute from work!

While I'm not a huge fan of E. Lynn Harris, I do believe he is a gifted writer and wanted to add one of his novels to my book collection. I purchased "I Say a Little Prayer" and especially attended the signing in support of the the "GRITS" club members who actually organized the New York trip scheduled for next month. Wow! How time has passed, it's almost here and I can't wait to meet many of the sisters from our Sisterlock community.

My new short look was inspired by Calla's hair style on a model on pages 32 & 33 of the Sisterlock Journal. Calla used the medium orange smooth rods w/mousse and I rolled my locks with Motions foaming wrap lotion on about 30 small gray smooth rods for tighter curls. After they dried (which did not take long) I twisted five rows going back, bobby pinned each row down and fluffed out the curls. I love the look!!!

This Texas heat is already in the high 90's and we've had a couple of 100 degree days...ugh, and summer is not officially here yet, can we ever get a season of Spring before going right in to the Summer HEAT!!! Not in Texas!!! Ok, I said all that to say..I'm sporting shorter do's for now because of the Texas heat and surprisingly I've gotten many compliments from the African American community. I appreciate the compliments because it opens dialogue about "natural hair," and that alone is enough motivation for me to wear my hair up for the entire summer.

Back to E Lynn Harris, I must be upfront in my experience with this author. I purchased my book and got in line to have it signed. When I asked if he would take a picture as over 40 other people did, he said "sure" in an almost rude kind of way.

Now, I'm sure Mr. Harris was tired but you would think that if one is on a book tour they would expect to take pitures, sign books and have small talk with people that are buying their material. Then, as soon the picture was taken he immediately walked right off...not even a "thank you" for supporting my book. Can you believe it? The affair was only two hours and it's disappointing to me how some people handle success, especially when I'm spending my hard earned money!

I've always supported Black Images Bookstore and I've met many other authors that were much more successful, gosh even Terry McMcMillan was friendlier. After that kind of treatment I almost asked for a refund but I decided to take the high road.

I guess you are wondering why I included the picture on my blog?? It's "only" because I took two pictures and this one shows a clearer picture of my hair style. Hummm... looking at that smile on his face almost made me think I was dreaming all of this up!! Posted by Picasa


coco_btrfly said...

Indeed, that IS the way to kick off your SL Anniversary week! I'm amazed at the transition you and your hair have gone through and am inspired! You all look wonderful!


Tra said...

I am so glad you posted about the evening. I am also not a big fan of E. Lynn Harris but agree he is talented. It is a shame that he behaved that way. However I may go pick up "When A Sister's Fed Up" since the author was pleasnat (hehehe).

Your hair is looking great and I like the style on you.

Goodnapps said...

Happy Anniversay Miss LaChanda! Can't wait to see you in NY.

KDL said...

Wow, I've always been a fan of Harris' work, but this makes too many times that I've heard similar stories. I'm glad you took the high road.

Happy 1 year anniversary! Your hair is looking wonderful these days...and just think the best is yet to come.

Take care,

Sister-in-Locks said...

Happy happy birthday. I visited Gigi today and she told me how beautiful your do was. I am glad I have only read one of his (E. Lynn Harris') books. 3 weeks and counting until the Big Apple.

Sister-in-Locks said...

I meant Happy happy Anniversary. Sorry. I didn't mean to age you.

Detra said...

Love the short style on you! Look at Gigi with her loc soc, work it gurl. Glad you shared your experience with E. Lynn Harris, I too am not a fan of him as an author and your experience aint helping me become one! You are looking great as usual and Happy 1yr Sisterlock Birthday!

funmi said...

The new short style looks really good. Your locks look wonderful no matter how you wear them. Happy Anniversary!!

Valenciajaz said...

Happy Lockaversary! I'm a long way from a year but still enjoyin' the journey. I used to read E Lynn's stuff back in the day but had to cut it loose cuz it had me lookin at every brotha out of the corner of my eye. The devil is a lie cuz the Lord God reigns and all brotha aren't on the DL as his books will lead the mind to believe.

Leighann said...

Happy Anniversary! Good for you for taking the high road. Don't worry. Karma is a *&^%$. Mr. Harris may learn the hard way, if you're not nice to folks on the way up, they won't be nice on the way down. And yes, that style looks great on you!