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My Date With 18 Sociology Professors

My Date With 18 Sociology Professors

About two months ago I invited a small group of Sociology professors to read though the rough draft of my upcoming book to give me feedback. It was so amazing being able to see how their brains worked.

This group of educated men and women was the boost I needed when it seems as if I had run right smack into a concrete wall named writer’s block. This grand meeting was 3 months in the making, lasted for 2 day, and has given me a lifetime of memories and a new outlook on life.

This blog may seem like random thoughts, but just follow me. Outside of what I learned this was a great was to get great input on my book.

I mailed out invitations to 30 professors within a 1 hour drive from the venue I had rented. I explained in the invitation that no monetary compensation would be given, but breakfast and lunch would be served each day. I received 18 RSVPs. On the first day after the welcome, a short presentation on HIV was given by a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) from the local health department. After the DIS spoke I had scheduled three HIV positive individuals to speak to the professors. I chose three people with different upbringings and from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  There was a restroom break before the 2nd HIV positive speaker. After the final speaker I scheduled an in-room lunch break. Lunch was served buffet style and smooth jazz was played in the background.

After lunch I spoke to the professors about my upcoming book explained to them that the invitation stated that each day would be from 8am-4pm. However, day one would actually end in the room at 1:30 and the rest of the day would be for reading.

I then gave each professor a copy of my book and each signed confidentiality stating they would not copy the book, talk about the book, etc… I gave each of them red ink pens and told them to write questions or thoughts in the books.  I then explained to the professors that they could stay in the room until 4pm or take the book home and read it. I then let them know that day 2 would start at 10am, but they could come into the room at 8am for fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, and orange juice.

Most of the professors had finished the book before returning. Three finished the book in the room the second morning. At 10am the professors took a small break and then returned to ask me questions. At noon a lunch was given with John Coltrane playing in the background.

Now this is where it gets interesting. At 1pm, I asked the professors to act as if they were in a book club and I would give the questions. This is where I got to see how the minds of Sociologist really work. They would break into discussions and theoretical arguments that would have drained the thinking power of an average person. I am so glad I have it all on video.

At the end of this great gathering, one of the professors asked if he could add my book (once completed) to the “suggested” reading of his school’s sociology department. I said yes.

That is a great way to get feedback on your book.

Upcoming dates to remember:

Twitter Chat Days – 4/25/14, 5/26/14, and 6/26/14.

Book release date – 6/27/14

 

Name of book: The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

@CameronDeFaux

CameronDeFaux@gmail.com

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Blinded by the…

Blinded by the…

It is said that you never hear the real story. I have heard that over 90% of all the media is owned by 6 corporations. This means that if those 6 corporations don’t want you to know something then they won’t tell you. At what age do kids learn the truth about Santa and Easter Bunny?

HIV? What’s the real truth? Does it really matter now? The fact is that over 1.1 million people in the US have HIV right now.  The fact is that in 2013 only about 25% of those infected with HIV had medical insurance.

Fact, everyone who has HIV is listed in a national database. Everyone with HIV is also listed in state/local database. These names are all sent to the CDC. Money is given to areas of the country where HIV is more prevalent. That only makes sense: Send the money where it is needed.

I’m sorry if this blog seems like a bunch of random thoughts, but the HIV problem in the US has gotten out of control. Over 1.1 million people have HIV and the US government spends over $80 billion a year on HIV as a whole, meaning education, salaries, grants, outreach, care, and medicine. That’s over $72,000 per infected individual per year.

And why is the medicine so damn much? The average monthly cost is over $1200 a month. You can read more about the medicines in a previous blog.

Upcoming dates to remember

4/25/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

5/26/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

6/26/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

6/27/14 – Book release The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

If anyone would like to contact me feel free to e-mail me at CameronDeFaux@gmail.com

#HIV #AIDS #PleasantIsland #book

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Please forgive me; I know it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I have been working mighty hard.

Please forgive me; I know it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I have been working mighty hard.

I would like to give you a breakdown of my upcoming schedule and some calendar dates I would like for you to mark. Then I would like to introduce to you some of those who have are featured in my upcoming book.

4/25 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

5/26 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

6/26 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

New blogs will be written at least every two weeks. If anyone has a direct question they would like to ask me feel free to e-mail me directly at CameronDeFaux@gmail.com.

Now what you are here for:

Meet Calvrick – A journalist who has five close friends that have been diagnosed with HIV.

Meet Earnest & Eugene – Co-owners of a car dealership who buys cars from those diagnosed with HIV.

Meet Yasmin – A realestate investor who buys homes from those who are HIV positive. After she buys the homes she lets the former owner stay there rent free for  up yo six months.

Meet Stephen – An HIV positive former State Food Stamp Worker who wants to work at a greenhouse.

Meet Matt – A moose hunter who caught HIV while having an affair with him boss’s wife.

Meet Kyle – An HIV positive man who inherited a newsletter with his roommate Adam.

Meet Dawn – Who after being infected fell in such a depression that she almost lost custody of her kids.

Meet Brain – A Disease Intervention Specialist who informs individuals that they are a contact to an HIV case.

Those and many more tell their story in my upcoming book The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US.

Release date 6/27/14, which is also National HIV Testing Day

#PleasantIsland #HIV

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The Book is Almost Here

The time is almost here. Anticipation is building. It’s like ants in my pants. I have worked so hard, researched so much. Interviewed so many people. Wrote. Proofed. Edited. Proofed. Wrote some more. Gathered more info and replayed the whole sequence again.

The date: June 27, 2014.

Why that date? That is National AIDS Testing Day.

With the fact that an Executive Order was signed stating that all US citizens must get an HIV test, this should make people wonder why. There have always been national HIV/AIDS days. National AIDS Testing Day is 6/27/14. National AIDS Awareness Day is 12/1/14. Why should there be a law to get people tested? What is the next step after that? Ponder that for a second.

I have come to the realization that many people will not like the topic discussed in my upcoming book. The topic may be too controversial. It may not be for anyone under 18 years old to read. However, there are over 2200 people in the US under the age of 18 with HIV. They may want to know what the plans are for those individuals who are infected with HIV. Again, why must an Executive Order be passed to force Americans to get tested for HIV?

My upcoming book will give you the answer. It will prepare those with HIV of what’s to come. There is a plan to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the US. And the plan starts with making sure everyone is tested first.

The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

#PleasantIsland #HIV #AIDS

@CameronDeFaux

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MAD

It seems that many are upset that I am writing a book showing what the end result is going to be in the US with the HIV epidemic. The medical community knows there is an epidemic. Those infected knows that there is an epidemic. The media does not talk about HIV anymore so no one outside of the above mentioned really cares.

On July 15, 2013, an Executive Order was signed that stated all citizens of the United States must get an HIV test. How many people knew about that. If you didn’t know and don’t get tested, then what are the consequences? Can you claim ignorance? While the US was caught up in a case about the Zimmerman case, the White House snuck this by the American people.

Question: Why does the government want every American tested? What is going to happen once all of the people are tested? What is going to happen to the people? Well, that’s where my book comes in. The cost of insurance is already going up with the start of the Affordable Care Act. Now once all Americans are tested and many new HIV cases are found, who is going to cover their meds, which average over $1200 a month.

If you have been keeping up with my post you will see that the name of my book had changed a few tomes. The main title is The Story Within. The subtitle at this point is A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US. The projected release date is June 27, 2014, which is also National HIV Testing Day.

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Hiring Startup Businesses/ No Good Help

Good help is hard to find. My book is coming together quite well. I have two people working on two different covers for me. The plan is to release the book with 2 separate covers. The person/company who I hired first has known since May about the idea of what I wanted for the cover. Since then, said person/company has missed 3 deadlines to show me drafts, rough drafts at that.

The second person/freelancer has known for about 6 weeks. This person/freelancer has messaged me at least once a week about the artwork they have been hired to do. They are working hard and keeping deadlines.

Back to the first person/company. Why did I hire them? They are trying to start a graphic arts business. They are a friend of a friend.  Their family have had a few bumps in the road and it’s said person’s fault. But me being me, I wanted to help. But instead of just handing over a few crisp new Benjamin’s, I figured I could get some cover art work and all would be fine. Well, no that didn’t work out.  Said person pawned the laptop that my “cover” was on. After getting the laptop back, started playing video games on the laptop and who knows what else. The laptop later crashed. O was told that he needed to get the software from his cousin and put the software on his wife’s computer to get my “cover” and then finish the work. That was 2 weeks ago. He then went to the library to work on the artwork.

I plan on firing said person/company. If you are going to start a business, please do not do it (in the word of football coaches) half-ass. If you get fired from your first real paying gig, what are you going to do when future gigs come your way. This is sad. If you have an at-home business, work the business. If you have a computer/laptop/tablet for your business, only use it for business. Don’t even play solitaire on it. Work and work only. Now, I have to find someone who can make me a second cover because I was trying to be goodhearted and help a startup company that doesn’t even have a name. I plan on selling many copies of my upcoming book, and this would have been great advertising for said person/company.

Check out my upcoming book:

The Story Within: The Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

Or

The Story Within: The Extreme Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

The editor hasn’t decided which subtitle we are using.

email  – CameronDeFaux@gmail.com

Twitter @CameronDeFaux

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Database

I wonder how many people would have safer sex if they knew that every time they caught an STD their name went into a state and federal database forever. Yes, forever a person’s name stays in a secured database labeled with codes that only a handful of people in each state can decipher. What if the people with HIV knew that there was database for them as well?

What if the databases got hacked?

Coming summer 2014:

The Story Within: The Extreme Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

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