Most of you who come to this blog are not WordPress bloggers. You come from internet searches or other social media sites. It’s not as easy to like a post or leave a comment unless you register. Those who find an article from a search don’t see future posts and can’t follow the main reason for this blog, which is Jamie Cummings. Nor can you find out about the progress of the book I’m writing, which is tell all on the Prison Industrial Complex and how it has impacted Jamie’s life.
If you found this blog through a search on an issue concerning prisons you can follow this blog by email when you click on the link you will find at the bottom of the site below the post.
You will also find links there that will take you offsite for articles on issues concerning juvenile incarceration and the elderly in prison, plus more. There are also links to previous postings, searching by category, other blogs I follow, and also the last ten posts on my other blog http://watchandwhirl.com, which is mishmosh of other writings that wouldn’t work on a prison blog.
I will soon be posting edited chapters and new chapters for the book I’m writing, “Inside the Forbidden Outside”. I have found that writing a book, (and rewriting a book) takes a lot of time, so it better be a labor of love! I was quite sick for three months this year and it put me behind my target date.
I’d like feedback on the chapters you read. I need readers who can give me constructive criticism. After this, the chapters will go to an editor and the process of publishing will begin. That process could take up to a year depending on rewrites.
I want to include some of the music I’ve written that you can find on individual posts of some of Jamie’s letters, or you can find a list of all of them at the link below, our at the top of the site in the white area where pages (not posts) are listed.
If you would like to receive info about the book OR you would like to be a reader and give me your 10 cents worth, (inflation), then fill out the contact form below. Don’t forget to put youwant to be a reader so I don’t just put you on the email list for info. Those that help me with the book will get a free copy when it comes out, e-book or hard copy. Your preference. (I’ll even autograph it! Lol. Ya gotta think big!)
I chose to write this book because it has been a desire for many years to write a book. I wrote half a book about fifteen years ago and stopped. Nothing gets done when you quit halfway. I think many people have that same dream but somehow it doesn’t happen. Life gets in the way. But this time, after hundreds of letters from Jamie, I realized his story needed to be told and no one else was going to do it. So first I started this blog. But unless you go back to the beginning of the blog you don’t understand the story. So the book needs to be written.
If – no, when – because it’s important to visualize your success or it will never happen. You have to have faith in your dream. So when the book is successful, Jamie will have money to help get an attorney or have money to help him get his life together. 50% of all profit from the book goes to him. It is his story. It is many of his words. It is his pain and his heart. When he gets out of prison the book can continue to be used to speak to kids, schools and communities. It will give him a tool to work with. One of his ideas is to start a YouTube channel where he can talk about issues. Young people use YouTube. It is a good way to reach out.
A second book is planned which will be about integrating back into society after prison, and what an ex-inmate has to do to survive in an environment where most people won’t want him living next them.
Any negative experience has a positive side. There is always something that can be learned and you can use that to encourage someone else who may be going through something similar. It doesn’t negate the pain and anger you experienced, but you can make a better cause for your life by being a better influence on other people. That makes you a winner instead of a loser.
Jamie is the father of one of my grandsons. Knowing he has a son has been his main reason for living. The success of his life will impact his son’s life. He was born after Jamie was incarcerated. His son will be 17 when he gets out, if he does all his time. Since Texas doesn’t like to parole black men, that will likely happen without the effort of a good parole attorney. It could be his chance for parole. That takes money.
Jamie jr. has a good mom. My daughter has worked hard to care for him and teach him right from wrong. He and his siblings are a close family. Someday, he will finally get his father back.
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