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”

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”

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”

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”

Getting Comfortable

I’m getting comfortable with my writing routine. Poets & Writers http://www.pw.org Here you can get a weekly dose of writing prompts and recommended books on writing. Poetry Prompt In the introduction to an issue of Ploughshares edited by the late poet Jean Valentine, who died in December, she says: “My dreams were very important to me rightContinue reading “Getting Comfortable”

Music & Writing

I was reading Austin Kleon’s newsletter (austinkleon.com) and in it he had an article by Valentina DiLiscia https://hyperallergic.com/author/valentina-di-liscia writing how Curator Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi hopes to rouse a new generation of writers with “Chez Baldwin,” a 32-hour-long Spotify (www.spotify.com) playlist based on Baldwin’s vinyl record collection. What a collection he had! I’m still working way throughContinue reading “Music & Writing”

Poem by Wendy Cope

HE TELLS HER He tells her that the earth is flat —He knows the facts, and that is that.In altercations fierce and longShe tries her best to prove him wrong.But he has learned to argue well.He calls her arguments unsoundAnd often asks her not to yell.She cannot win. He stands his ground. The planet goesContinue reading “Poem by Wendy Cope”

Octavia Butler

Recently I read an article about author Octavia Butler and where she grew up. The digital article was interactive. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the article and cannot give credit to the woman who wrote it. But, I appreciate the writer taking the time to research and compile the article. I now have a renew interestContinue reading “Octavia Butler”