Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air; or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off; so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label?
The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, getting out of them, and the effect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being.
Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!
23rd ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS
Entry Title: Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!!
Author: Shirley Harris-Slaughter
Judge Number: 57
Entry Category: Life Stories
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 4
I liked the way author Harris-Slaughter comes swiftly to the reason that brought her to write this book: to show how her health deteriorated as a young adult and onwards and what she did about it.
While Chapter 1 begins with sensible observations that can be found in any number of self-help healing books, several paragraphs in, the author explains her own early stress factors, starting with an unhealthy first marriage. This is a great hook. I cannot think of a more effective way of underlining how trauma can lead to illness. She demonstrates why every person is responsible for his or her own well-being. The nearest and dearest to us will not understand: the author’s mother did not understand. I like her observation about doctors at the end of the second chapter, for I have come to the same conclusion. I have to admit I loved this book precisely because it resonates so much with my life.
The author has charm to her approach. The reader may feel as if she is in the room, chatting, and full of interesting anecdotes.
Harris-Slaughter writes with a fresh and genuine voice. This is the kind of book that will be welcomed as a gift by anyone who has suffered with confusing symptoms over the years for which doctors have offered little help…
*“Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.”
I didn’t win an award but its nice having my worked critiqued from a respected organization.
RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITERS SOUL Published by 4WillsPublishing 2014
Two of my stories can be found under two categories…
Childhood Memories: A Walk down Memory Lane
Love and Relationships: Go After What You Want
During my graduate studies I prepared an Applied Research Project to address the deplorable condition of our train station, in Downtown Detroit, MI. It was certified and accepted by the faculty of Cleary University in August 1993. I was able to galvanize the entire community around this issue which was videotaped and featured on broadcast news. I utilized college interns and the city of Detroit to find some answers in order to provide a template for saving this historic station. Here is the Title…
“THE IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH TO RESTORING THE MICHIGAN CENTRAL DEPOT”
This report is on file with the university and is not confidential.