Monday, August 14, 2006

Author Intro: Dee S. White

Dee S. White:

A strong black woman, Dee has realized forgiveness is essential to achieve the peace she has sought all her life. She has come to terms with the angst of her birth and realizes even her name has purpose in God's eyes. She's real enough to admit that some of her limitations in life were self-induced. She's not ashamed to admit she's not perfect, and at times may need to be lovingly reminded that "It's not about you!" But she prays she will always surround herself with people who will hold her accountable to the need to have and show compassion.

Age is Just a Number

MEET DIVINE: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. Divine’s experiences are the basis for the book I call Age Is Just a Number, a lens through which to view the world of online dating, via articles on the blogosphere, relationships, reviews and recommendations of online dating sites and a serial memoir.

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LaShaunda said...

Thanks Dee for your intro. Why did you choose to write about internet dating?

Many blessings to you and your writing career?

D.S. White said...

Hi Lashaunda,

First of all, thanks for affording me the opportunity to introduce myself to your readership.

With regards to my choice to write about Internet dating. Actually I think it chose me instead of the other way around.

I began simply listing my thoughts and experiences in a notebook. Not with the intention to write a blook, but just to keep track of who was who with all the alias' and websites I belonged too. (A sistah was not entering the field in a half-hearted manner...LOL)

Then I discovered blogging and realized that made it even easier with its ability to date archive automatically and I was in heaven.

After many stops and starts, I began to realize that I was enjoying this blogging thing and began creating blogs like a maniac.

Throughout my creative endeavors, with the use of my stats I realized that although AIJAN's blog was created after my main blog, it's visits and readership was growing like wildfire.

Maybe it was because I pushed the envelope a bit more with that blog than my main blog, or maybe because the content was aimed at the mid-twenties to late thirties demographic who've all had time to do the dating tango--whatever the reason, I realized that the readership included males as well as females and I was tickled pink!

So when (a self-publishing priting service) sponsored a contest called The Lulu Blooker Prize where blooks (books based on a blog) could be entered to win a prize AIJAN emerged as the number one choice for conversion.

Unfortunately, it didn't win the prize, but via word of mouth arund the blogosphere and via the link from the lulublooker prize blog it gained quite a bit of traffic and recognition.

As to the core reasoning for continuing with numerous revisions which has resulted in Self-Help book and Volume 1 of a serial memoir?

I believe the following paragraphs excerpted from my introduction says it most clearly:

Since the year 2003, I’ve logged much time online—chatting, emailing and IMing. In that time, I’ve probably spoken with over three hundred people, male and female, and I’ve realized something:

I’ve realized that there are many Divines in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and financial brackets, drawn together by a commonality, a deep-seated loneliness or hunger for something—and by the generally accepted idea that the solution is in finding a mate.

This recounting, although entertaining, is intended to acknowledge that such a need exists, affirm the validity of that need, share the pain, caution the na├»ve, and pose the question that maybe … just maybe … the accepted solution ought to be an ongoing relationship with God.

This blook is the first installment of the Serial Memoir: is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating.

Welcome to my world!


Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Dee,
I loved your intro. So positive, so affirming...Can't say that I've ever done the online dating thing, but I do think your blook would be an interesting read. I, too, am published under Much success to you on all of your literary endeavors.

Love & Peace,

Gwyneth Bolton said...

Hi Dee,

Sounds like a wonderful and timely project! Best of luck to you.


D.S. White said...

Hey Vanessa,

Your name seems familiar, are you a member of BlackExpression2005 or am I getting you mixed up with someone else?

Either way, thanks for the encouragement and I wish you just as much success and more!


D.S. White said...

Hi Gwyneth,

I appreciate your well wishes and I'll be the first to send a shoutout when folks start purchasing... LOL.

D.S. White said...

Oh and I forgot to mention--just to make things interesting (or confuse the heck outta everyone) AIJAN now has a new look and price tag.

You can read all about it here.


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