I interrupt my regularly scheduled silly and flirty blog, for a real talk moment!
While I am confident that I can write on anything that I choose to, ultimately I choose what I write about.
Either people read it, comment, like it or don’t. That’s pretty simple and that is true of any writer/author/poet/musician/etc.
Katina appreciates the many people who have shown their support for Inakat Publishing as a whole, individually and as a group. With that said, I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions.
1. Inakat Publishing advocates whatever the hell Katina feels like. It’s a fact, so here’s a good time to get over it. While the owner wholeheartedly acknowledges that there are millions of writers and subjects that she finds distasteful, if not flat-out ignorant, she accepts that such is life. The company has a firm policy on how matters of such natures are dealt with. The writers here just doesn’t bother to read or participate in anything that isn’t conducive to its goal. While that is an extremely radical approach, it is the policy.
2. While sensitive issues such as politics, interracial lovers, sexual freedom, racism, religion, sex trafficking and other hot topics may be found within some of the products available from the company. It is the policy of the owner to refrain from personally endorsing ANY particular group or ideology. In case this policy is unclear to anyone:
A #Retweet or#Share on #Social Media is not necessarily a personal endorsement of any business, individual, or its practices.
It is the policy of the company to engage, respond, and promote those that do the same for Inakat Publishing in a positive manner. With the intention to increase business for the company, which is the Industry Standard, and common sense and courtesy.
3. Inakat Publishing does not sell or buy reviews for its company,from or for other artists, at this time. If a review is posted, it is the freely given opinion of the writer. While paid endorsement are a part of the industry, it is the policy at this level of the game, not to indulge.
4. For all the many things that are said, done, and forced upon new writers and artists in a negative manner, Inakat, the writer, would like to encourage you to continue in the path of your walk. Please do not give up because we, members of society and the world need diversity in the arts. While everyone will not share your views, opinions, or applaud your thoughts, you are still important.
4. Inakat Publishing does NOT indulge, condone, or engage in ANY of the following practices.
A.) Spamming, harassing, reporting the links of, or any attempt at Cyber-bullying of any artist or company.
B.) Sell or otherwise distribute email addresses. If you signed up for a particular reason for any product or subscription, your information will be used solely for that purpose.
C.) Create fake profiles to endorse or harass other internet users, companies, or their websites.
D.) Use randomly generated email addresses or phone numbers in any effort to discourage, harass, or harm any particular individual or group.
E.)Deliberately block material from legitimate artists.
These practices are considered to be acts of desperation from those that do indulge, as far as this company is concerned. It is tired, weak, lame, a waste of time, and not in the best interest of anyone.
Words of encouragement:
As an artist, I have had my work stolen and paraphrased almost in its entirety by other artists, under the guise of help. I have been spammed, lied on, lied to, and otherwise harassed. I’ve had my work blocked or removed from a site without reason. I have also submitted work that was for sale, given away for free without my permission or compensation. Hell, honestly without even an apology. Yet, I still write. I have been referred to as slut buckets, harlots, whores, bitches, tramps, thief, and other hosts of names meant to discourage. However, I continue to write.
I have had my personal residence trashed, my car stolen among other things that were way more precious to me as a woman and mother, received many threatening text messages, had my email and other accounts hacked, but still I write. I have been accused of things I’ve never done, and wouldn’t do, but still I write. I have seen the predatory nature of humans up close. Life at its ugliest, under the misguided impression that somehow it would change or convert me, into something, as an artist that I never wished to be. Still, I write.
Why, because this is my goal and my dream. I never thought it would be easy or that I would be a bestselling artist overnight. In my lifetime, I have worked myself to exhaustion for the benefit of others, again for not so much as a simple thank you or fair pay. I have seen the face of raving and dog-like greed from people who I used to think very highly of. I have watched people who I cared deeply for spend more time projecting their self-esteem issues on others than working on them. It is only logical that I would proceed on my journey, regardless.
Even if I have to go it alone. There is no relationship worth my self-esteem. If misery is the price of love, then hate me, cause I ain’t paying. When not trying my best is the cost of the respect of a few, charge it to that “in their dream” card, not mine. Anyone that doesn’t want to see you succeed, has issues and there is no way to take someone else s self-hate or insecurities personally.
If the time ever comes for me to tell my personal story, then I will. No one can tell it or write it like me. It is one of the kind of tragic, cut throat betrayal, and backstabbing that can only be labeled as pure fiction. In the meantime, I will continue to write, record, and create. I will go forward toward my goals. I am not the little train that thought I could, I am the woman who does. I am of the distinct philosophy that crabs in a barrel is not something I hope to be, but something to steam, crack, dip in clarified butter, and eat.
I try to be appreciative of the support that I receive from my peers, readers, and fans. I take haters and negativity with a grain of salt. I evaluate the source, intent, and whether it is criticism that can help me improve or just random bullshit. I act according to my comfort and go back to work. That is my advice, to you, the new artist, the new author, the hopeful.
Don’t give in to the temptation to exchange your passion for your work for anything else. That is the value of your work. Your blood, sweat and tears. Your frustrations, your confusions, and yep even those moments of self-doubt. Do your best and expect great things to happen for you and to you. If all it takes is some adversity to derail you, then it is time to question your passion and commitment TO you, not FROM others. A setback is really an opportunity for a better comeback, use it.
I have had many unexpected things that were good come my way. I have had people give me an encouraging smile, nod, thumbs up, or shout out. To those people, I say thanks. You have no idea whether I was on the verge of tears, suicide, or jumping on flight to Milan without a care in the world. Just the same, you took a moment that you will never get back, from your life, to encourage someone who you don’t even know. I can’t thank you enough.
While it’s wonderful for others to cheer for you and show support, try to be humble and gracious about it. Others may not always wish you well, but remember that you are selling a product, your passion has its own sentimental value to you. Have a plan and work your plan.
No one journey is the same. I try to keep my heels, head and standards as high as possible. Although, I been told I should “get off my high horse” several times. My response is always the same “Why would I do that instead of hoping that you get up on yours and we ride together?” That is usually enough to convince them that I am in fact as nutty as loon and they quit talking to me. Which is fine.
I don’t buy snake oil, prayer cloths, or believe that I can buy a seat in heaven or a touch from God for the low price of $19.95. IF someone is motivated by a story, poem, recording, or me as a person that is a plus. At the end of day, I’m not a role model, motivational speaker, healer, or out to win or destroy souls.
I am an entertainer.
I am a lover of the arts.
I am a chemist and experimenter.
I am poetry in motion.
I am an artist.
I wasn’t sure that I could write or learn to write one book. I rarely look back. Today when I did, it was ten books, four singles, one CD soon to be release, my ringtone, and a branded company later. I can’t help but be okay with every single failure, mistake, and sacrifice. It has been worth it. It may not say anything to the next person about my worth, but it speaks volume to me and for me. It says that I thought I was worth the effort. I didn’t melt under the heat and steam. I run off my self-esteem.
How I feel about me is something that NO ONE can take way, break, shake, steal, or change. It showed me faith in myself. Faith that even I never knew that I had. It reminds me why others have faith in me. It is a reason to cherish and honor the fact, to the best of my ability.
My prayer is that I remain humble and passionate about creating and producing. Should any artist or young woman look to me or my life for inspiration, take this with you.
“You can be whatever it is you want to be. Work hard and if that doesn’t work, then work harder. Think that you can, believe that you can, and go do it.”
I am not totally unfazed by some of the nonsense. I’m a human. It doesn’t make me stronger, it only reminds me of how stupid and pitiful some people lives are. I’m happy that despite it all, I’ve managed to keep my head up and keep it moving!
I wish most of you well, and will see you next blog. In the event that one someone I both admire and respect reads this, I won’t tell any hater to kiss my ass. However, if it’s somehow in your heart and soul that I implied or meant it anyway….take it for what’s its worth.
Yes, I will be back to doing what I do. If you don’t like it, I can totally understand. What I don’t understand is why visit a site or engage an author that you don’t like. Nevertheless, its your life so waste it however you feel. Got to go back and finish this dance and drink. Life is to live, and I’m on one, mine.
ALL for 1 entertainment…love ya
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