The year was 1997, I was 24 years old and had recently moved to Atlanta Georgia. A friend asked about my dating life. Single at the time, I said well I prefer to date someone really old, like around 35.
We are still laughing about that conversation to this day.
Throughout the years as I have grown, learned lifes lessons, aged a bit, a few aches and pains here and there, I have a new level of appreciation for aging gracefully. It's not someting that you ever wonder about until you actually have to. Birthdays have always been very special to me. The planning of the birthday dinners, the gathering of close friends and family, the laughter and good cheer. It simply makes me happier and happier as the years continue to go by.
I am officially a member of the 50 club! A half a century old. Wow! Does it feel different? No, it feels just the same as it did when I said the final goodbye to my 40's. I feel as young as I did all of those years ago when I proclaimed that anyone past the age of 35 was archaeic and old enough for me to date. Thankful for my evolution.
This birthday was special. A milestone if you will. A coming of age and a firm grasp on what life is all about and what matters to me. Finally, I feel as though I have arrived into that magical space. And this arrival didn't magically happen when the clock struck midnight, this has been in the making for some time. There is no turning back. Full steam ahead and open to whatever this next chapter has in store for me. I wanted an intimate gathering with those I hold close to my heart and that's exactly what I got. The cake planning took on a life of it's own and it's safe to say I completely fell in love with it. It was as important as my outfit choice for the evening. Simply beautiful.
Thankful to God for another year of blessings. His grace and mercy that continues to keep me and cover me is never taken for granted.
This... is 50!
He's your favorite new author and I can certainly see why. Writer of Urban Fiction and Urban Fantasy with a sprinkle of erotica for your reading pleasure. What I love most about authors who aren't afraid to write Erotica is the ability to release boundaries and allow the fantasies to take flight. When Synx is not writing, he is hosting his new podcast show, 'You're on The Mic W/Synx'. Show some love for this talented and amazing author and find out what makes him tick!
◆ How are you doing on this amazing day?
Just thankful, it has been rough the last few weeks.
◆ You are an author, writer, & the host of ‘You’re on the Mic w/Synx’ Podcast. Tell me more about your writing journey, your podcast, and how you got started.
I started out writing back in elementary school. I even won a young authors contest one year. But of course, like most, by middle school I discovered reading books and writing wasn’t the coolest thing if you wanted to be in the in crowd. Like so many, I gave into peer pressure, and like that the nerd in me was dead.
In 2019 one of my friends posted that they had just written a poetry book and was selling it on Amazon. I was astonished and if we weren’t really friends the conversation could have come off as condescending in how I was asking how he was able to do it. He explained the self-publishing process to me with Amazon and just like that the fire was reignited. Prior to that moment, I wrote small things here and there as a stress reliever or something to spark the mood with my wife, but nothing serious. After that conversation, I started writing my first book, which was a collection of erotic short stories, till this day I hate the book because it lacked everything a good book needed to have, from the structure of it to the format. But after that, things got better especially after I discovered the importance of having an editor.
◆ As a writer I have found that my creativity comes from everything around me. What inspires you to create the characters in your books?
Music and life are my biggest muses. My book Power Circle: Family, Friends & Killas was based on the song Power Circle by Rick Ross and MMG. If I'm writing something that is more on the erotic side, I'm listening to R&B. Listening to music causes my mind to create a movie in my head then I try my best to translate that movie to paper.
◆ Black fantasy and urban fiction with a sprinkle of erotica. The world of erotica is often looked at with shrugged shoulders, however, it is one of the biggest sellers in books today. What do you like most about writing fantasy and erotica?
I love fantasy because it literally has no limits to what you can do. If you want to write about a stripper who was murdered and came back to life with the powers of a phoenix, you can do it, and no one can say anything about it. Lol, as for erotica who doesn’t love sex? I try not to overdo it in my books, but sex is such a real part of life that if you try and omit it, you take a part of realism away from the story in my opinion. I could be wrong though lol.
I like things. In abundance, not too much, just enough to make my space feel like a nice warm hug.
Not sure when the obsession started, that is, the need to have balance in the form of sculptures, pictures hung throughout the house in a museum-type vibe, and an endless amount of trinkets. Treasured gifts from friends cause those creases in an upward motion on the side of my face. Also known as a smile. Sentimental items that I treasure and tuck away and pull out when I need to be reminded. Mainly gifts that I have given myself.
Remember that balance I spoke of? Well, there you have it. If I waited for all the things I loved from others I might be waiting a while, and I am somewhat particular in my design approach. I'm a fan of treating myself, so I do it from time to time.
As I walk through my home I am in awe at how much I have accumulated. Never a need to ask why because I already know. In as much of a visual sense, space has become a feeling for me. I crave the energy of a room as much as I crave the sunlight. It's a definite necessity at this point, so I ensure that I am never denied of that need. I have accepted the fact that I am the collector of things.
My niece spent the weekend with me. We laughed, a lot, ate very well, visited a couple of antique stores, and had so much fun. If you like things as much as I do, you know what walking into an antique store feels like! And here comes that balance again. Amazing how that keeps inserting itself where needed.
It's early for some on this amazingly beautiful Sunday morning. The sun is shining and there is a breeze that feels like it was meant for the weekend. I stepped outside to pick fresh vegetables, chatted with a neighbor, and stepped back inside to sit for a moment. My mind is in full observation mode. What can I add to this space here or remove, I wonder? Never clutter, always purposely positioned so I have no worries there. For now, I will just enjoy it. Not some of it, not a portion to be saved for later, but all of it.
I should mention that at any given moment an urge will hit and off to a store I go, to gather nails for hanging a new picture, or a plant to go in that space that feels somewhat empty. Hey, the universe didn't create all of these great things if they weren't meant to be enjoyed.
The Fountain of Youth, described as 'A mythical spring that is said to restore the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters.'
Where is this magical fountain and is it possible to bottle up enough of its mystery and power to last a lifetime? Will one drink be enough or will it wear off after a period of time? I believe without a shadow of a doubt if this fountain truly existed the curiosity from within would prompt one to embark upon a a mission to find it and jump right in. You know, just to see what happens.
As daydreamy as that sounds, it really makes you think.
With so many changes all around us, what reason would we have to believe that our minds and bodies are exempt from it all? We cautiously step through life making our way through the ups and downs, the opinions of others and becoming more conscious as time goes on, yet we tip-toe through aging as if we are somehow going to dodge Father Time. Coming to a realization that the pressures of the world are a reality and no longer something our parents were saying to frighten us.
Let's take a step backwards to the days when you felt as if time was forever on your side. When you truly believed you were invincible and there was nothing that could stop you from doing whatever you desired. Days that turned into weeks, that gracefully became months, that flowed into years filled with no worries of aging. No covering of grey hairs. No calorie counting or carb control. No fear of the unknown and no reason not to believe that these moments of youth would not last forever.
So it begins, the never-ending chase to restore what we once were. Society and social media play a huge part in the way we respond to and handle change. It is never strange hearing a person say how they want to look and feel, it's the process in which we take to achieve it. Drastic measures, enhanced appearances and flawed notions just to feel better about one's self and fit into a box that most definitely isn't one sized fits all. I do it, you do it, who says it's right, wrong, or indifferent. Perhaps it's just the course of life and we are simply going through the motions while attempting to age gracefully.
From a visual perspective, the majority of us are aware of what makes us feel alive. The style in which we choose to wear our hair. The types of clothes we buy, the jewelry we adore and the way we feel when we see the reflection in the mirror. There is not one single being who has to be you, except you. As a die-hard believer in doing what makes you happy, I support change. I encourage healthy growth in finding the essence of what makes you tick. Not your partner, or the love of your life, just you. It's likely no surprise that I am a huge supporter in fairytales and anything mythical in nature.
So, if by any chance you want to take this journey in finding a certain magical fountain, count me in. I buy amazing road trip snacks, and I don't mind taking a late night dip or two. Whatever it takes to tighten up a few things here and there.
Remember, you are as young as you feel and believe you are in your dreams.
It takes a certain drive and determination to be great at what you do. Gifted and talented on levels we can’t begin to imagine, Erick Walls plays his hand at all things music and he delivers a striking beat that we want to hear over and over again. A multi-instrumentalist, Grammy award-winning, Emmy nominated songwriter, producer, and powerhouse in the grand world of music, he got his start at a very early age playing in his father’s church. With faith as his foundation, he has taken his childhood passions and dreams and turned them into his reality. Erick has a musical resume that runs deep working with some of the most powerful names in the industry. As a founding member of the international recording Alt-Rock duo, Black Waat3r, Erick shows us his true love for everything that is the creation and art of music. To love music is to know it has the power to create something very magical, a combination of beautiful melodies meeting for the first time to deliver lasting memories. It’s easy to strive for something, however, when you truly want it there is nothing that will keep you from achieving it! Without further adieu, pull up a chair, get cozy and dive into this open and amazing conversation with a true MVP in the music world.
Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina you developed a taste for music at an early age by playing in your father’s church. As a multi-instrumentalist, you are an MVP in many aspects. Talented on the guitar, bass, drums, and piano you can switch gears without skipping a beat. Would you credit the time spent playing in the church as what shaped you musically, and what is your fondest memory from that time in your life?
My early musical education came from being around my late father, George Walls, who was a gospel singer, recording artist, and preacher. All my earliest memories are of watching him release and going with him to the studio, church, and everywhere else.
I vividly remember being very young and realizing how special being surrounded by music was!
My fondest memory of that time was performing on stage with him and his group when I was around six years old. I actually have it on Beta video tape somewhere in the archives.
The life of a musician seems to move quite fast at times and your resume truly tells a story in itself. Having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. From Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, The Black-Eyed Peas, Shirley Caesar, Rihanna, Usher, and the list really does go on and on. How do you remain grounded and focused working with such an eclectic array of talented musicians?
My faith foundation is my absolute anchor. Navigating the music business is tough and has many challenges. My understanding is that God allows us to be in possession of our gifts, we don’t own them. We’re simply vessels. Good stewardship over the gifts yield returns and sustainment. The Bible states “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 KJV, and basically knowing that allows for me to feel like I belong in every room I might find myself in.
Music is always and forever a vibe. A connection that is both personal, and memorable. With poetic and infectious energy, Susan Carol is entering the music scene smoking hot. She has a voice that makes you sit up and pay attention to truly immerse yourself into the experience of her sultry and captivating voice. Raised singing in her family’s church choir, music was and still is a huge part of her life. Changing the game one freestyle at a time, you will fall into her care-free and classically perfect Neo-soul trance. Come along, because this is a ride you surely don’t want to miss.
I believe that music is one of the truest forms of love and expression. Tell us a bit about your background and how your musical journey began?
My dad was a pastor so I was raised singing in my family’s church. My whole family was musically inclined in some way, so music always played a huge part in my life. The REAL musical journey or artistry that you guys see today, started in 2010 when I went away to college. I really found my voice and writing style in those years. That’s when I decided to start
performing and releasing music, essentially becoming Susan Carol - The Artist.
Your freestyle sessions are addictive. I am certain I watched nearly all of them. You are giving classic, care-free, Neo-soul with a slightly raspy and sultry voice and it’s insanely infectious. How does it feel when you are completely uninhibited and in your zone of creativity?
Thank you so much, I love that you love what I do! I love it! – When I’m in that creative space, I feel an extraordinary amount of liberation. That’s when I’m the most vulnerable and real. In that space, I can truly express my feelings without judgment and transform them into something beautiful to give to the world.
Uvalde Texas, a small town with a population of a little over 15,000 and predominantly Hispanic is located in the South Texas region approximately 50 miles east of the United States-Mexico border and sits at the crossroads of the nation's two longest highways, U.S. 83 and U.S. 90. These highways go from Canada to Mexico and Florida to California. Honey from Uvalde hives was well known across the country and Uvalde was named the honey capital. A small town of citizens who dream big and take pride in their community. 
For most, routines are part of the norm. Hit the snooze on the alarm just enough times so you aren't late starting the chores of the morning. Crawl out of bed, wake the kids, make breakfast, get them off to school and start your day to accomplish all the things you need to before it's time to pick up the kids from school or meet them at the bus stop. Hearing their voices, feeling the warmth of their hugs and the coolness of their wet kisses on your cheek is at times the only things you need to make everything right in the world.
How does one go about preparing themselves to pick up the pieces after such a horrible tragedy? Why does the same nightmare keep happening all over again and how do we begin to fix this problem?
You've found your perfect home. The location is ideal for many reasons. Close to family, a 20-minute commute to the office which isn't that bad considering the rise in gas prices, and you are close to shopping which is your favorite past-time! The price could have been better, but you truly got a great bargain so complaining will do you no good, and besides, no one is gonna listen anyway. The only thing left to do is start packing to prepare for your grand adventure.
If only it were that easy! In most stories there is often a 'but' somewhere just waiting to jump out and yell, surprise! If 'caption this' was an option it would most certainly be UGH!
Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting adventures. It's a blank canvas for new beginnings, crafty ideas, and a heaping pile of DIY projects that are brewing in your mind. As you begin to visualize your space, both inside and outside of your home, there will be many ideas. Some will allow you to add just the right amount of appeal, however, they might not be too friendly for the budget you have set aside. Other ideas look nice but you aren't quite sold on what you are seeing. Trust me, if you have to look at it more than 5 times to convince yourself this is the one, you won't be happy with the end result. So, back to the drawing board you go in hopes of finding the perfect solution that will not only be easy on the eyes, but allow you to remain inside the boundaries of your budget, and a project that is well within the possibilities of doing it yourself.
Late nights and early mornings. There is something about the anticipation that keeps me awake. Reminiscent of that little kid who was invited to the birthday party and picked out their outfit weeks prior because they were so excited. Keeps me wondering and eager to embrace the inevitable. That is, greeting of friends, familiar places, and the smells of what I used to call home.
It's been a while since I have traveled. I grew fearful of what society told me to be afraid of and in the midst of that I stopped living, just a bit. Being at this altitude there is a certain freedom that comes along with it. A certain frame of mind and an escape into my imagination. That is a wondrous place to be. If you know me, then you know.
Life has shown me so many things. While I travel from one side of the world to another I miss the new place I call home already, but I cannot wait to embrace the familiar memories. The best friend, the dog who truly loves me and the energy that I will soak up like a sponge in a never ending stream.
I realize that I have missed this. All of it. Well, this is just the beginning. I'm flying high and enjoying this journey and taking all of you along with me.
So...pack your bags and let's go!
I decided to join along in protecting my mental health today and especially every Friday! Holding my middle finger up high for any of the BS that we all might encounter from time to time! Take notes, this is major!
Fuck it Friday is in full effect with no apologies, so let's go!!!
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman