Song Lyric Sunday: “The Truth” – India Arie #songlyricsunday

The prompt for this week’s #SongLyricSunday Challenge at “This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time” is:


I could easily have picked this song for the “02/04/2018 – “Truth”” prompt but instead I’m picking Indie Arie’s “The Truth” for today’s participation.

Not only does her music always have an earthy texture to it, her lyrics always have meaning.

And she is definitely right when she sings, “Ain’t no substitute for the truth, either it is or it isn’t“.

Pretty simple message, wouldn’t you say?

That’s the way I feel
And I always will
There ain’t no substitute for the truth
Either it is or it isn’t, ’cause he is the truth
You see the truth it needs no proof
Either it is or it isn’t, ’cause he is the truth
And you know the truth by the way it feels
And if I am a reflection of him
Then I must be fly

(partial lyrics)

Songwriters: Andrew Ramsey / Shannon Sanders / India Arie

The Truth lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme Reveal for 2/18/18: “Earth”

Earth” is the theme for tomorrow’s #Song Lyric Sunday.

Some obvious choices come to mind for me but I always prefer to post music/artists some have never heard about.  Hmmm…I know exactly what I will post.

What about you? What song will you be posting for the Song Lyric Challenge?

The “Reblog” button is not working so I’m sharing this via “Press This”. Please participate directly on the link below. Comments will be disabled on this post!

M xoxo

Source: Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 2/18/18 | This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

“Double Agent” #race #blackhistorymonth

Last week, a #SongLyricSunday participant posted an Amanda Marshall song, reminding me of how much I loved her music back in the day. Her music was perfect for “cruising down the highway” on long road trips.

Of course, this made me pull out my old cassette. Where did this great Canadian voice disappear to?

Sunday Morning After“, “Birmingham” and “Colleen (I Saw Him First)” were my favorites but I’ve always loved the lyrics of the song below, “Double Agent”.

This song is about the insensitive things people say about certain ethnic groups when they don’t realize that YOU are part and parcel of that group – you just don’t look like it.

You can’t always judge a book by its cover, can you?

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.
©2018 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

“Keep On Walkin…” – #lyricalfictionfriday #fiction

This was adapted for the Lyrical Fiction Friday Challenge

Ich liebe dich! 95/365

Photo credit: Skley via / CC BY-ND

Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t it...He’s lips are moving so you know he’s lying…

Just as I was about to get sucked into the vortex of Matt’s sad puppy dog eyes and Juan’s teary eyed look, it all hit me like a ton of bricks.

No. He’s just talking in circles with his tongue again…

I wasn’t obliged to make a decision about giving Matt a second chance, on the spot and under such pressure. I just needed to do what was best – for me.

“I’ll think about it.”

Matt’s eyes grew large and Juan kicked me under the table as if to change my mind.

“You…you’ll think about it?”

“Yes …because you might have been right about not getting too serious.”

“I’m not following you Lily…” Matt was clearly confused. “What are you saying?”

“I love you,” I said and saw his face light up, “But I need time. I need to make sure that you are the right man for me and to do that, I need to see who else is out there for the next while. While I do that, you can do the same.”

The words tumbling from my lips didn’t feel like they were coming from me. But they were. An awkward silence veiled the table. Matt was looking at me like I’d grown a third eye.

Not being able to take the drama anymore, Juan hastily wrapped the rest of his brownies in a napkin, muttered something about needing to be somewhere and disappeared from the pastry shop.

“Just before we met at that party, I’d posted a profile on Match but then, I took it down after our third date. But I’m thinking about giving the online thing a chance… at least for the next few months.”

Matt shook his head and clenched his hands. He was visibly upset.

“Months? Come on babe, are you honestly going to do that me? Is this your way of punishing me?”

“No, not at all. I need to be sure about what and who I want in my future. I need to protect myself.”

“From me?”

I didn’t answer. We stared at each other for a few moments before he gave me a frustrated yet determined look.

“I won’t accept that…I just won’t.”

“You don’t have a choice Matt.”

That’s when another flash of worry crossed his face.

“But what about my sister’s wedding this weekend? You’re just going to bail? What am I supposed to tell Mariah and the rest of my family?”

I had completely forgotten that Mariah, Matt’s sister had specifically invited me to hang out as she and her bridesmaids got dressed.


“Please Lily, don’t do this now. You have to go. After the wedding, we can talk again about all of this, okay?”

On one hand, I didn’t want to disappoint and distract Mariah with our lover’s drama. But on the other hand, I needed to draw a line in the sand with Matt.

The wheels in my brain churned, turned and burned…


“Fine. I’ll go but we won’t be going as a couple Matt. And there is nothing to rediscuss after the wedding…”

“Whatever you say Lily.”

From the way Matt’s lips curled into a small smile and his eyes twinkled at his tiny victory, I somehow knew I would regret it.

Matt stood up and shoved his hands into his pockets.

“Mariah will be getting ready at my folks place so I’ll pick you up and give you a ride there.”


“No, I said that…” I was soon talking to empty air because Matt vanished before I could finish my sentence.

Yeah, I’m going to regret saying yes to this mess…Why didn’t I just tell him to keep on walking?

Continuation next week: “6:00 AM”.

All Rights Reserved©2016 Marquessa Matthews. Adapted for 2018.

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Lyrical Fiction Friday Reveal: “Circles With Your Tongue” #lyricalfictionfriday

Today’s lyric prompt is:

“I know you lie…’cause your lips are movin’…talking circles with your tongue…”

For the rules, click on the lyric above. 

Be inspired and write!

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

All Rights Reserved ©2018 Marquessa Matthews

I’m partnering with the following lovely blogger-writers who are promoting my Lyrical Fiction Friday Challenge as I cross-promote their respective challenges:

Be sure to check out their blogs, have some fun by participating strong and making a few new friends!



“I’ve Never Been with a Black Girl” #writerwednesday #black #swirling #race #blackhistorymonth

He was very pretty to look at and I was hoping there were brains to back up that face…

Christina Lu love cute heart holding hands


At a local café, somewhere near the end of a first lunch date

This piece is not meant to discourage “swirling” (interracial dating). I am “pro-swirl” and always in favor of all women choosing to be with someone who loves, respects and treats them well, regardless of race. Content of character above the color of someone’s skin is what is important.


“I’ve never been with a Black girl before.”

I wasn’t surprised that “swirling” was new for him. The popularity of characters like Olivia and Fitz on shows like “Scandal” seemed to have opened up a new world of dating doors for Black women.

“Well, there’s a first time for everything,” I said.

I decided to assume that his use of “been” really meant “dated”, otherwise he would have been getting way ahead of himself. He was very pretty to look at and I hoped he had brains to back up that face.

“Wait until I tell my friends!”


He sounded like some five year old who couldn’t wait to show off a new toy at “Show and Tell”.

The glee and tone of his words wreaked of a man eager to earn his “Black belt”.

Any hope I possibly had about brains and brawn flew straight out the window.

Needless to say, there was no second coffee date.

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Originally posted September 24, 2015

“How To Do The A to Z Challenge” #WisdomWednesday #bloghop @Shalz75 @slimexpectation

This post was written for #WednesdayWisdom with Shalzmojo and SlimExpectations

When Shalini and Zainab asked me to contribute to their #WisdomWednesday blog hop related to the A to Z Challenge that takes place every April, I was more than happy to comply.

I’m not sure what new tips I can give you but I can definitely tell you about my experience.

April 2018 will be my third time participating in the A to Z Challenge and my experiences so far have only been positive. Not only have I always made new writer friends and discovered fantastic new blogs, A to Z helped me produce pieces of fiction of which I am proud. I have since taken down most of my first year’s participation (fiction based on song titles) but my last year’s project, a 26 installment fiction piece called “Living To Die“, is what I am planning on publishing as a novella this year. If you are interested in reading what I posted last year, you can find it by clicking here.

If you plan on participating in the A to Z Challenge this year, I have a few pieces of advice for you to successfully win the Challenge.

Start Early – Though I chose a theme last year and had a general idea of what kind of fiction I wanted to write, I was a “pantser” from 22h00 to 23h59 every night, six days a week with no outline. My only rule was to keep up with the daily alphabet and not fall behind. But writing that intensively made me exhausted by the end of April and I didn’t have the pleasure of reading as many other blogs as I would have liked.

Don’t let this happen to you. Plan ahead and pre-write most of your posts otherwise you will miss out on great reading. Not only do I plan on drafting mine in March, I am thinking about having an Instagram component to it too.

Choose a Theme that Resonates with You – A theme is not mandatory but if you have one, your writing will likely be more focused and inspired.

  • Do you love baking and would love an excuse to post recipes according to the alphabet?
  • Maybe you are a film fanatic and want to share your favorite A to Z movies with readers?
  • And one of my favorites, maybe you are a guerilla gardener who has 26 gardening hacks to share?

Last year, my theme was based on words associated with Hawaii and every post I wrote was linked to it – “malasadas”, “na”au“… My theme kept me on track to my end game (“zori”) and I wasn’t distracted by any other ideas.

Experiment – Take a risk and write outside the box. Write something you normally wouldn’t write. I did and my last project worked out better than I could have hoped. It’s only 26 posts, right? What do you have to lose?

Choose a Theme that Resonates with Others: When others officially “reveal” their theme near the end of March, you’ll get a taste of the blogs you could follow for the month of April and maybe even after the official challenge is over. And if you want others to read your posts, your theme needs to resonate with them too. My trip to Hawaii and all the beautiful pictures I had taken was the reason why I chose that location as a theme. It was only afterwards that I realized that “Hawaii” would attract readers who:

  • enjoy travel;
  • had traveled to Hawaii;
  • wanted to go to Hawaii; and
  • those who enjoy fiction.

On my end, I followed lots of themes that revolved around fiction, travel and the indie writing process.

Write Short Posts – I DID NOT FOLLOW THE RULE of writing short posts. And yes, I did receive a few “complaints/constructive criticism” telling me that my posts should have been shorter…that I would get more “hits” and “reads” if my posts were shorter. It was a very valid point BUT getting as many readers as I could was not my main objective. The audience I focused on where those interested in the ongoing journey of Kate. When I write, I write in “scenes”, end a story where it feels natural but at a point that you will be seduced to come back to for more…So if your goal is to get as many readers as possible, yes, you should consider creating short posts. But if your posts touch your reader, they will come back, regardless of the length of your post.

Make a List – As you read through other participant blogs, you will quickly realize that you will need a system to keep track of the ones you fall in love with. Some use a simple Word document, others create a feed in their browser. I am an Evernote freak so every time I encountered a blog that I wanted to follow for the entire challenge I added it to my Evernote “A to Z List”.

Those are some of my tips. Hopefully they are helpful to you.

I strongly encourage you to take part – it has always been a great way to produce. Feel free to drop me a line during the A to Z!

Good luck!

M xoxo