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Brian Hanington is the Greatest!

26 Jan
Brian Hanington

Brian Hanington, President of Stiff Sentences

While conducting research for my writing trainings, I found a white paper titled, “Ending the Writing Crisis: The Corporate Perspective”, written by Brian Hanington, President of Stiff Sentences Inc. I reached out to Brian for advice and he gave me 20 minutes of his time, which was a great blessing.

I was concerned he wouldn’t respond because I was some random person trying to pick his brain. Brian was very friendly with a giving spirit. He gave me excellent advice even though, as he pointed out, I am his competition. On a small scale. However, there are great opportunities to partner; and I’m looking forward to them.





Many Thanks to Ronald T. Kellogg, Author of “The Psychology of Writing”

20 Jan
Ronald Kellogg

Ronald Kellogg, Professor of Psychology


One day I was thinking about why some people don’t like to write. I know everyone won’t love it as much as I do, but still, I was curious. So, I decided to do a search on the psychology of writing. Lo and behold, there was actually a book, “The Psychology of Writing” by Ronald T. Kellogg, Professor of Psychology at St. Louis University.

I went to the library to check it out, but I couldn’t bring it home with me because it was a reference book. And they only had one copy. Then, I went to Amazon and learned that the prices ranged from $45 to $125. Geez, I just wanted to borrow it for my research! So, I did the next best thing. I found Mr. Kellogg, whom I had never met before, and made a big request.

The subject of my message read: “You don’t know me but I have a huge request.” I told him about the one book at the library and the prices at Amazon, and then I asked him for a copy of his book. He said yes with the stipulation that I put it in general circulation at the Chicago Public Library. DEAL!

So, today, I would like to thank Mr. Kellogg for the copy of my book, “The Psychology of Writing”, which was received today.



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Where’s the Regard for John Johnson & the Empire He Created?

13 Jan

Johnson Publishing Company

Update 1/13/12: I received word from Crystal Howard, the Director of Communications at Johnson Publishing Company, that the company has not been sold. But, the building has been, which was the primary focus of this post. I apologize if there was any confusion about the sale of the company vs. the sale of the building. Here is an article reporting the sale of Johnson Products Headquarters to Columbia College.

Ok, I was tryna hold my peace, but I can’t.

Last year, we got word that Johnson Publishing Company was being sold to Columbia College Chicago. To learn that the first and possibly the ONLY black-owned building in the downtown quarters was disappearing before our eyes was heartbreaking. Let’s look at the irony of this situation.

John Johnson was very strategic and visionary in his business dealings as noted in his book, “Succeeding Against the Odds: The Autobiography of a Great American Businessman”. He was calculating in his decision making and actions, which means he researched and prepared for each and every encounter and meeting. It took years of HARD work for Johnson to earn everything he had personally and professionally. How, then, was it so easy for his empire to crumble as a result of poor decision making and other business snafus?

I don’t know the entire story, but I do know that Mr. Johnson is flipping in his grave, a few times. The Crain’s Chicago article said that Johnson Publishing has “one of the largest corporate collections of African-American art.” They also reported, “No word on whether Johnson Publishing will sell the originals or any of the company’s original artwork (though I hear a few pieces will stay with Columbia at the old building).”

That’s horrible! Where is the regard and respect for the work ethic, rewards and legacy of John Johnson?

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Happy 2012!!

1 Jan

Happy 2012

Happy 2012! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I missed you all, and have been going through blogging withdrawals, but my hiatus was a big huge blessing. I gained clarity into what I should be doing with all my ventures. And I finally figured out how to position the brand of Marcie. Allow me a share just a bit.

  • Marcie Writes will soon be self-hosted.
  • I got rid of my Write Design Company and Shorty Twitter accounts. Follow me @Marcie_Hill
  • I’m going to share literary observations and celebrations, and will to try to make them as fun as possible. Your cooperation will be needed to make that happen.
  • I’m going to try my hand at humor writing and YOU will be the judges.
  • Expect more interviews with authors, writers and other literary geniuses.
  • AND, I forgot to mention that 80s Music is also one of my topics. I don’t know if I mentioned that I heart House Music. You will be seeing more.

That’s my vision for Marcie Writes.  Tuesday will still be our regular posting day; all other days will be extra. What would you like to see?



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Many Thanks to People Who Helped Me Move Forward in 2011

31 Dec

Thanks for thinking of me

I had to come out of my hiatus early to thank everyone whose support, encouragement and bullying (in a loving way) helped me move forward in my endeavors this year. I know some people will be missed; charge it to my mind and not my heart.

Of course, I have to give big huge shouts out to my mother and little sister who listen to ALL my ideas and provide input. But here are a listing of other people who helped me progress in my endeavors. This is not in any particular order.

  • Dequiana Brooks
  • Demond Fagan
  • Sylvia Wynn
  • Tasha Clopton-Stubbs
  • Tasha Powell
  • Art Donegan
  • Hurley Green
  • Dennis Johnson
  • My friends ~aka~ My Emotional Lifelines – Sam Wilder, Jennifer Fields, Joy Shields, Kim Brown
  • Brian Hanington
  • Clara Freeman
  • Dante Hamilton
  • Vernessa Taylor
  • Wildred Brown
  • Michael Henry
  • Carl West
  • Zondra Hughes
  • My Roller Skating Buddies who support me in skill and my roller skating book especially Frank Powell and DJ Toni Sampram
  • Danny Barrera
  • E.J. Basette
  • Alderman Howard Brookins
  • Anthony Gantt
  • Abbie Miles
  • A.G. – Regected Riter
  • Dave Jenkins
  • Lester McCarroll
  • Kenneth Worthington
  • Paul Scott
  • Scott Winterroth
  • Aminah Hanan
  • Toure Muhammad
  • All my new Twitter friends

I could NEVER say thank you enough for people caring on any level. But I do appreciate everyone who supported me in 2011, and I wish you a wonderfully blessed 2012.


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See You Next Year!!!

1 Dec

My blogging hiatus officially begins today. I will be working on my other ventures, though. Also, I won’t be responding to comments. Just know I appreciate you and will respond upon my return. If you need to reach me, my information is on my contact form.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Peace & Blessings,


Happy Holidays

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My Hiatus Begins Tomorrow

30 Nov


I will be taking a break from blogging from ALL my sites during the month of December. Well, as much as I can, anyway. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be working. I will still be working on my blogging trainings (Next one scheduled on December 6, 2011), writing projects and client work. But I do need time to plan.

A few things I’m working on include:

  1. Working on the brand of Marcie. Almost done…
  2. Planning a “10 Years of Shorty” celebration. I started my newsletter in 2002 and made it a blog in 2010. Now, it’s time to celebrate – and get paid!
  3. Compiling ALL my roller skating research and deciding what to do next. Don’t forget to share your story on Real Skate Stories.
  4. Developing a manageable plan to work my business, submit queries to magazines, and manage my blogs.

The only times you will hear from me on THIS blog is when

  1. I request support for contests and competitions – mine or other people’s;
  2. I send holiday wishes;
  3. A class or other opportunity with a December deadline becomes available;
  4. Something SO EXCITING happens that it just has to be shared.

I think that’s it for now. I will do one more blog post tomorrow as a reminder. Otherwise, I will catch you all in 2012.