Breaking Bread

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

It’s the middle of August 2015. I’m in my mid-50’s and I’m still on my ‘walkabout’, still learning and growing. Recently, I’d graduated from college and received an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Mental Health Studies – Substance Abuse Counseling.

As I explore and venture deeper into this counseling field, I hope that this college degree and my academic accolades, such as making the Dean’s List three times, won’t be the very thing that will swell my head and, ironically, separate me from the very people whom I’d intended to help. I hope that I won’t become the administrator or the executive behind the fancy oak desk who had never step foot into a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen.

Some of my best conversations have been with “street people” and the homeless. And there’s no better feeling in this world when you’re able to break bread and get to know another human being at a soup kitchen. It would be an outright shame if my fancy college degree actually kept from those who are still finding their way and climbing.

Now that I’m equipped with this college degree, maybe it will open some doors that were once closed to me…and just maybe, I’ll find my way in and prop the door open for those afflicted with an addiction, those in need, and those breaking bread at the soup kitchen. – Randolph Randy Camp

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You Define Yourself!

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DON’T LET OTHERS DEFINE YOU…YOU DEFINE YOURSELF!

DON’T GIVE UP! KEEP WRITING! If you’re a writer in your heart of hearts, then write ’til your fingers are numb. There have been times when I’d felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on my writing dreams, but even after stuffing all of my writing materials underneath my bed and deep into my closet, only two days later there I was digging it all back out again. Even after scanning through your pile of rejection letters, you must (and you will) find the inner strength to fight discouragement. Take your rejection letter and turn it over to use the backside as scrap paper and keep writing. If you’re a screenwriter, you must envision the audience watching your movie as you’re currently writing it. If you’re a novelist, you must envision your readers physically holding and reading your book as you are presently writing your first draft. – Randolph Randy Camp

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A Better World Through Books…Used Books

Global Event: Free Book Saturday

Global Event: Free Book Saturday

 Putting a smile on a book lover’s face is priceless. There are way too many people who would love to read a new book but simply can’t afford one, and that’s where you come in. Your used books would have a huge impact on someone else’s life. So, please join me once again for FREE BOOK SATURDAY  (#freebooksaturday) to help brighten somebody’s world. And if you have any photos, please post and share them. – Randolph Randy Camp

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29 Dimes: A Love Story – Book Trailer

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WHY YOU WAS BORN

Randolph Randy Camp working on a new song.

Randolph Randy Camp working on a new song.

WHY YOU WAS BORN…
As I’m about to pack up and head back home, I can’t seem to get this 17 year old girl out of my mind who’d approached me at the book signing earlier today. She had dyed her hair with yellow and purple streaks similar to ‘Teki’, one of my characters in my latest novel, and she walked up to me slowly with an acoustic guitar strapped around her shoulders.
Unlike the others in line, this young lady didn’t have one of my books in her hand for me to sign, instead she politely asked, “Mr. Camp, can I sing you a song?” I nodded ‘sure’ and she started strumming her six-string. She blew me away as she sung “Vehicles”, a song I’d written for ‘Teki’, which was featured in the novel ’29 Dimes’.
A small crowd had gathered around her as she filled the air with her beautiful voice and played the guitar. Needless to say, it was a special moment. After she’d finished the song, we had a moment to chat, and that’s when she told me that she never knew what she wanted to do with her life until about a year ago when she read ’29 Dimes’ and started identifying with the character ‘Teki’. She went on to tell me that she now is destined to write and hopefully record her own songs.
I told her that she has a God-given talent, and then I reminded her of the old adage, “There are two important dates in your life, the day you was born and the day you discover why you was born.” – Randolph Randy Camp

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False Dandelions – Book Trailer

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A Writer’s Ego

Local Author Display, Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, June 2015

Local Author Display, Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, June 2015

When I first walked pass this ‘Local Author’ display I tried my best to stay the somewhat quiet, humble person that I am (or thought I was)…and then I smiled a big country smile, took a few steps back and snapped a picture. I think it’s great when libraries support their local writers, especially those writers who are without the backing of big-time publishing houses. Honestly, I was taken by surprise when I saw my book FALSE DANDELIONS displayed on the top shelf. – Randolph Randy Camp

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