When you find people who believe in you, hold on to them!
That's how I feel about my experience with Measina Treasures of Samoa. It's an important platform for Samoans worldwide because of their tireless efforts to promote culture, and their talent for connecting people across the globe.
I am an American born self-taught writer meaning that I did not major in writing courses when I went to college. Instead, I took a less creative path by pursuing studies in Mathematics, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and the Law. While that may have made me an interesting person, it is not the traditional path of an accomplished writer.
Freelance writers can relate in my challenges to self-promote and achieve sales.
My true calling is to become an attorney, and I've taken steps to achieve this goal. I graduated from law school, and I'm preparing for the bar exam.
However, I'm also multi-talented and multi-interested. In my free time, I like to write creative stories.
Measina made my life easier by stepping in to list and promote my original "Law School Comic Book 1L." They have a world wide reach which saves me effort from having to network as hard without them. The benefit for Measina is that they get paid when I get paid. (There are no listing fees.) And we have made sales!! Woot Woot!
In addition, Measina has their own YouTube channel in which they share educational, cultural, and entertaining videos. They even interviewed me to assist in promoting my book!
Visit our video to hear from the Measina founder, and from me about the inspiration and creative process that went into my book.
My name is Ruby, and I've been an artist all my life.
I've also always been ambitious and earnest. Despite the discouragement of others who didn't think I had what it took to become an attorney, I applied to law school.
You can imagine the tears of joy that streamed down my face as I received an acceptance letter to an ABA-approved law school in California.
I've since graduated from this law school. But I have a lot of stories and lessons that I want to pass onto the next generation of dreamers and students. Read about my law student funny experiences and insight in "Law School Comic Book 1L."
Click below to visit the Law School Comic Book series website:
Click below to buy your own copy:
Sales completed 2019. No more sales.
Move Out Sale!
If you're in San Diego, please check out my VarageSale. Used books and dvds for sale :)
Some inspirational, comedy, business, math, law books.
Some comedy, classic, drama, horror, schlock dvds.
Thanks for visiting my art blog. I decided to co-host a movie podcast that reviews favorite and interesting films.
So far, it's been fun. The hardest part about making podcasts is the editing process. I think the editing is more difficult than the recording and even marketing. Having said that, I'm really enjoying the opportunity to talk about movies and possibly connect with other movie enthusiasts.
Our first two episodes cover Schlocky Films.
Click on this link to listen to our show:
First, I'll say this book is for adults only.
Second, it's a very unique story about a character who reminds me of billionaire Elon Musk. It's a fantasy James Bond thriller about a Zillionaire who has more problems than money. In trying to save the world, he ends up in the funniest and weirdest situations.
If you have time this weekend, check it out. It's a quick read!
I woke up early for some reason <3 I think it's because Valentine's is one of my favorite days of the year. It's an opportunity to give and receive candy gifts. People just seem happier as well.
So I started off my day with Barry White's song, "You're the First, The Last, My Everything."
It's a great song to wake up to. Just wanted to share :)
I found Thred Up when I was researching a website that could pay me for my gently used clothing. Initially, I wanted to host a garage sale, but I live in an apartment complex and that would be too much trouble. Then I revisited ebay, but it appears that the sellers are required to pay taxes on their sales which is also too much trouble. My mission was to empty my closet and make a couple of dollars as well.
Then I found Thred Up which offers to pay contributors so long as they meet the checklist of acceptable items. This seems like the best route for my spring cleaning :)
Beware! They do not take just any old items. Visit their website to read about what items they will likely pay you for.
Law School Comic Book coming soon :) Ever heard of one?
I'm a new law school graduate, and my law student friends said they'd never heard of a law school comic book before. Hope I stumbled across a lucrative project. That'd be helpful in repaying these crippling student loans. Sheesh.
If you'd like to check out my law school comic book, then please PRE-ORDER as soon as you can. In the month of March 2018, I'll send you an Electronic Copy of the book. In the book, you'll read about my humorous observations of law school, from the perspective of an islander and first-generation law student, insight into peopling, and trade secrets on how to survive law school.
Click on the link below to pre-order:
Below is a teaser/preview of my upcoming comic book:
My sister friend Asena was so kind to invite me to participate in the KOAU program. In Tongan, the word "koau" is said in response to when your name is called. Very powerful!
STEP (Saturday Tongan Education Program) at Pomona College hosted this wonderful Pacific Islander educational program on May 7, 2017.
Unfortunately, I was not be able to attend. But they were so awesome to include my educational biography:
Ruby Fanaika Fa’agau
My calling came early in life when I was a teen. I noticed in my American social studies class that Polynesians were absent in the American narrative, and absent in politics and law. I felt an imprint in my heart to pursue a career in law. But I did not have the environment or mentors to instruct me on a direct path into law school. Nevertheless, I thank God for my Tongan mother who always saw my potential. She was my only cheerleader for a very long time.
Part of my journey has been coming to terms with the Polynesian dynamic of intuition. We have an inner knowing that has allowed us to survive tsunamis, take care of our families and village, voyage across waters, and host big celebrations wherever we go. But growing up in the diaspora, I had to reacquaint myself with this strength. It was my intuition that pulled me forward when others did not believe in me, and it has been my intuition that has guided me into law school and now through it. As I get ready to graduate, I have many cheerleaders who are excited to celebrate this next chapter with me. If they knew how far I’ve come, then they would understand why I feel blessed.
And they took time to discuss my children story, "Maka and the Impossible", with the kids. (See photo below)
I'm so grateful for these wonderful connections. I met Asena through my law school classmate and friend, Olavo. The world proved to be even smaller when Asena and I discovered we were actually related. Tokousos for life <3
I In my previous life (prior to law school), I had a very creative period where I self-published 2 children's stories, and completed 2 collections of paintings.
My first collection of paintings called, The Escapist Art Collection, was inspired by my dead end job in an office. After college, I needed to pay bills and took the first job that came along. It just so happened that I met amazing friends many of who were artistic as well. These artsy friends encouraged me to express myself through art and writing. So I did :)
The second collection of paintings called, The Smiles Collection, was inspired by my challenge to myself. To take the focus away from landscapes and windows, and turn the focus on faces. So I decided to focus on smiles in particular many of which made me happy just creating.
Wanna take a look? Check them all out on my painting blog page:
Just a few below: