Quiet Time

I was so happy to find Dai Niem Xu Thien Vien Satipatthana Meditation Center in Leesburg Florida. The center is closed but the grounds are open. I took my time and walked around and took photos. This space is so peaceful and quiet. I was able to clear my mind and refocus myself. I wasContinue reading “Quiet Time”

Me Writing

I am noticing, as I continue on this journey of writing my memoir, that writing is my state of mind. I also notice that I take a lot of notes. But, it dawned on me the other day that notes are no good if I don’t read them. If I don’t use them. What I’mContinue reading “Me Writing”

Writers Tidbits

Read the screenplay alongside Netflix For film nerds and screenwriters: you can stream your favorite films through Netflix with the screenplay, side by side, in sync. It works as a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox. You’ll see when dialogue is improvised, what scenes are omitted, or when certain actions get emphasized. Try ScreenplaySubs. February isContinue reading “Writers Tidbits”

Local 1549

An excerpt from my upcoming memoir: “It took a year for me to campaign for Shop Steward. During my campaigning process I received great support from the membership. Once I was elected as Shop Steward I attended monthly union meetings. I shared valuable information throughout the membership. As I got more involved in the unionContinue reading “Local 1549”

New York City

This is a photo I took in 2012 on top of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. I was preparing to retire in 2013 and I wanted a photo of the city. The large green patch in the middle of the photo is Central Park. This is where I would ride my bike from Harlem New York.Continue reading “New York City”

The Word

Amanda S. C. Gorman is an American poet and activist. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. YouContinue reading “The Word”

Podcasts & Ted Talks

I’m checking out a few podcasts and Ted Talks for motivation, inspiration, guidance and insight. Here are just a few: What Should I Read Next? A podcast for readers hosted by Anne Bogel and author of Don’t Overthink It and I’d Rather Be Reading. Every week on What Should I Read Next, Anne talks aboutContinue reading “Podcasts & Ted Talks”

Inspiration

There are times I just need to find some inspiration to keep me going, to keep writing. I decided to take time out and watch the Soul movie by Disney. Besides this movie being fantastically made with exceptional actors and awesome jazz (I play the soundtrack on Spotify), the movie was just what I needed.Continue reading “Inspiration”

Idea-to-Outline

I’ve taken the necessary steps to get a coach. I made an appointment with KN Literary Arts (http://knliterary.com) for a free fifteen minute consultation. I am signing a contract for coaching on “Idea-to-Outline.” The outline is the roadmap to writing my memoir and I need guidance in this area. I’m still moving forward with workingContinue reading “Idea-to-Outline”

Book Proposal

Here I am on the threshold of writing my book proposal. With the guidance of Hay House CEO Reid Tracy and KN Literary Arts founder Kelly Notaras (http://www.knliterary.com) through the Hay House Writer’s Community. I am reading through the steps right now. I am trying my best not to get overwhelmed by this process. TheContinue reading “Book Proposal”