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I Miss You

I Miss You

So many things have happened in the months since my last post on here. I won’t even attempt to summarize all of that. Just letting you know that I’m coming back, y’all. I haven’t nailed down exactly how I will use this space, but I miss it and I want to utilize my own dang ol’ platform again. Sometimes I have stuff to say that I can’t or won’t get published in the publications on my client roster. So, I’m gonna come back all shiny and new soon. My to-do list for this week includes figuring out exactly what I want to do with this space and creating a feasible editorial calendar.

Stay tuned…

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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Creativity, Writerly Things

 

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Artist’s Way 3: Week 1

Artist’s Way 3: Week 1

 

"Meow."

“Meow.”

Technically, this will be my fourth time doing the Artist’s Way process, but it’s the third time I’m documenting it on this blog, so we’ll go with three. Follow this (successful) attempt at the Artist’s Way process by searching for the hashtag #AW3. My last attempt was last year and I made it to Week 8 before I quit. I don’t even remember precisely what happened, but I’m sure a bunch of life stuff got in the way and I just ended up tossing the process out of the window. But now I’m back! And I just completed week one! I’ll be here every Monday for the this 12-week process giving a run down of my experience with the process. Heeeeeere we go…

Week 1 is all about recovering a sense of safety as an artist. Sometimes (okay, a lot of times) we do not express creativity because on some level, we are afraid of exposing a vulnerability. Sometimes art is very personal and it stings to have prying eyes and critical thoughts lurking around the most fragile bits of yourself. I’m currently getting back on the book-writing horse, so this is right up my alley.

The  margins of The Artist’s Way are peppered with inspirational quotes and my favorite one from the Week One reading is by Joseph Chilton Pearce.  He said “To live a creative life, we must lose the fear of being wrong.” Just touched my soul. Indeed. It’s scary to not only share your work with others, but to even get to the point of expressing your creativity to yourself. We have so many excuses as to why we “can’t” do creative things that make us happy. No time, no energy, blah, blah, blah.  We do have time. We just have to carve it out. I’ve found that the early morning is the best time for me because it allows me to start my day with purpose and if I left it for the end of the day it would never get done. I would always find something more “important” to do.

For this week’s Artist Date (a weekly solo, creative adventure as described in the book), I went to the kitty cat section of the local pet store and hung out with the felines. Cats are great. I own a 12-year-old cat and cats in those little cages like that have to get creative to keep themselves from utter boredom. It was great to be around all those super duper cutie pies and all of  their stinky awesomeness.

In addition to doing Morning Pages  (three pages of free-write) everyday and an Artist Date every week, I’ll also be doing two to three of the recommended tasks each week. I won’t always go into great detail with those because I want you to pick up the book and do your own stuff and also because some of this process is just for me. I’m sharing the journey because I hope it will inspire others to take the leap and give it shot too, but I don’t feel compelled to share every single part of it. So, suffice to say that I completed three tasks and I’m feeling good about this go-round.

If you are looking to delve a little more deeply into your creative side, I highly recommend that you join me on this journey. Welcome!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Creativity, Writerly Things

 

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Writing Prompt: Describe Being a Writer

Writing Prompt: Describe Being a Writer

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Writer’s Relief posted the above picture on Facebook with the following caption: “Describe being a ‪#‎writer‬ without using the words ‘writer,’ ‘write,’ or ‘words.’ ‪#‎writingprompt‬ ‪#‎writinglife‬.” I’m always down for a good writing prompt, so I decided to share my (short) response here.

A somber-looking stranger on the train. The bewitching pre-dawn hours while alone at my desk. A long-abandoned building with “beautiful bones”  observed during a walk in the neighborhood. Any and all of these things could be the catalyst for my muse to alight upon my shoulder and whisper into my ear.  My mind starts churning, thoughts fill my head beyond capacity and I must (no, I really must) transfer those thoughts to page or screen. Sometimes those penned or keyboarded thoughts make it to a wider audience than my own two eyes.  In some bizarre corner of the universe, a company or a person will pay me for the privilege of baring my soul/art/modestly dressed thoughts to the masses.  It is then that my strokes and clicks are subject to the whims of a fickle public.

It’s a blessing and a curse.  Like Badu said, “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit.”  All good though. I’m always flabbergasted that anyone is interested in anything I have to say, much less pay for it. I’m grateful.

 
 

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Harlem Renaissance Part ???

A picture I took in West Harlem last year.

Recently, I posted a link on Facebook to a New York Magazine article that ranks New York’s top 50 most livable neighborhoods.  Harlem–my beautiful, lovely, charming, eclectic Harlem–is ranked dead last.  I love NYMag to itty bitty pieces, but they were all types of wrong for that one. One of my FB friends (a cousin actually) suggested that I use the power of one to begin a new Harlem Renaissance. A contemporary cadre of Zoras, Langstons, Alains, Jeans and others?

Hmmmm…

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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Reading, Writerly Things

 

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The Work

So, as may of you know, I’m working on the draft of my first novel.  Last night, I went to a writer’s workshop for alum of my university (Go Blue!) and it went pretty well. The other people there were all screenwriters, but I’m told the usual crew is a little more diverse work-wise. The workshop meets once a month. I’m not sure when I’ll share my novel draft (it’s almost done!), but I plan to use the workshop mainly for short story drafts. I want to enter short story competitions on a regular basis and I think this might be a good way to tighten them up.

It was also nice to bounce around the basic premise of my novel. I told them more than my husband knows at this point. Ha! I’m looking forward to the next workshop and I plan to have a complete short story draft in hand for that one.

Oh and this week has been awesome! Being a freelance writer can be very frustrating at times, but sometimes it’s just great. I can’t really complain about the fact that people pay me to talk to interesting people and attend cool events. 😉

Anywho, I feel pretty good about this whole writing thing at the moment.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Creativity, Writerly Things

 

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My Crack = To-Do Lists

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I don’t get the shakes or anything when I don’t have a to-do list, but I do get a lot less done. The act of writing down my tasks for the day makes me more likely to actually do them. It’s not just a matter of remembering either. I know all the stuff I have to do everyday in order to make my weekly goals (I’m such a dork!), but for some reason, I find it very difficult to manage my time well if I don’t have my to-do list sitting in front of me on a piece of paper. My mind wanders, I can’t focus and it takes me longer to do stuff. Oh and if I didn’t get in a good meditation that morning, forget about it!

All of that is just to say that I didn’t make a to-do list this morning! Plus, yesterday was a tough day for me as far as writing. I write every single day, but sometimes it is truly a Herculean task to get these fingers tapping on the keyboard.

Tonight, I’m doing my to-do list for tomorrow and it’s going to be a friggin’ awesome day.

And so it is.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Writerly Things

 

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