Hi everyone. I’m just going to talk today a little bit about the importance of keeping a journal if you want to be a writer. The reason I say that is I think it’s through journaling that I really found my voice as a writer, and I think that’s reflected in modern times on blogs, people blog to find their voices, so that’s my speculation anyway. People are just more open about sharing stuff now online than back in the days when I kept a journal and it was meant to be for me. Although I did as part of a class keep a journal, which is why I’m, I’m suggesting doing it. It’s kind of like, okay, I learned from doing it and you can learn from doing it too. But I think the reason I wanted to talk about this also, I had the opportunity to basically do an informational interview with two students at the University of Maryland.
So Glad We Can All Agree on This!
That photo represents me in 2010 and 2011, obsessively checking my Amazon rank and blogging incessantly and with the intention of sharing my experiences as an indie author.
As I have stated here and elsewhere, I’ve spent the past few years losing money. I can’t begin to make enough to cover book production and other expenses, let alone live on what I make from selling fiction, at this point.
Labor Day Poem
dive for dreams
by. e.e. cummings
dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)
It’s Hard to Be the Domino
Here are some words to live by:
1. Did you mean it?
2. Can you defend it?
3. Did you say it with love?”
Here are some quotes:
“In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell”
“When the world expects us to be silent, we choose to yell because getting uncomfortable can only guarantee our comfort.”
“People in systems count on our silence to keep us exactly where we are.”
“Fear has a very concrete power of keeping us from doing and saying the things that are our purpose.”
“In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to Yell!”
“comfort is overrated”
“Bridges that aren’t based on truth will collapse.”
“Being yourself can be a revolutionary act.”
“I’m a professional troublemaker.”
But some dominos fall … then just lie there. 🙂
Being a domino is HARD. Being a domino with dystonia is
even fucking harder.
Listening to this speech isn’t enough, is it? That’s why I’m sharing it.
“I’m not going to let fear rule my life.”
And she’s only thirty? So young! Brava!