Hello! This blog has definitely been radio silent for a number of reasons. I’ve missed this space on the web and it’s definitely time for us to catch up and talk about WHERE I’VE BEEN?! and touch on goals and other things that’s been going on.
— Sidenote: This should be another Currently post, but eventually, I want to turn that into a Coffee Date series… would have done it this time, but didn’t have a good enough picture of coffee to use for the blog art…ha!
One of the reasons I’ve been absent from this blog was because I was exhausting my writing time in other places. May, June and July saw a ton of freelance writing from me, which I am super grateful for, and when I wasn’t doing that, I was editing my manuscript I wrote for NaNoWriMo this year. This last round of edits for my manuscript was especially draining (getting to that in a second) and although I LOVE that story and the fact that my manuscript is pretty polished, it definitely slowed my reading and writing down for a little while.
Speaking of writing, I just wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to the writer community. I connected with this group on Twitter, and it’s one of the ways that I found out about MadCap Retreats, Pitching contests, information on agents and a bunch of other writer related things. More importantly, they just get it. July was an especially draining month to be a person of color. It’s really, really hard to hear about another unarmed Black person getting shot by the police and to have to hear people disregard it or make excuses for it. I’m against unnecessary violence, obviously, and those in uniform are not exempt. As these different stories broke, with Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I was temporarily unmotivated. I had writers block and couldn’t make the words flow, and I dreaded being around people who would treat these shootings as nothing.
The writer community is very diverse, and earlier last month, I witnessed writers of all races, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds stand up for what was right. As someone who has worked in a hostile environment soaked with racism before, this was espeically overwhelming. It made me realize that, since my story IS about a Black Man, around the same ages as Alton and Philando, that is an important one to tell. I believe that, through reading, we can learn about people different from us in an organic way and understand them, and understanding (and faith) are the conquerors of fear. Since fear (and hate) are the reasons that Alton and Philando were murdered, I want to do my part in helping to stomp out that fear with my little book.
Another thing that really made me proud to be a part of the writers community is how everyone, from authors to agents to editors, banned together to the defense of Camryn Garrett, as she was badgered by a lady who hated her article on the #blacklivesmatter movement. She said some cruel, racist stuff to Camryn, and the writer community had her back, which was amazing. It made me realize that, no matter how much the media or hateful people try to divide us by race or whatever else, that really good people will always shine through.
I could talk about this subject for so long, as I have so many thoughts to share about racism and the effects of racism on our society, but this post would be years long! I’m a very optimistic person and I know that I sound like I’m on my soapbox, but I can’t stay silent about something that directly effects my community.I just want to say thank you to all who are helping to fight the good fight against it– whether that is by praying (yes, prayer works!), protesting, organizing, writing, etc etc etc. Your work does not go unnoticed <3
Okay, onto the goals! Since I haven’t blogged since April/May, my goal list has been through the roof. I wanted to share the goals that I’ve conquered since then, and what I want to accomplish this month.
Goals accomplished from April-July: – Since I haven’t written a post in a while, I wanted to include a few pictures with the things I’ve done and accomplished from April-July!
THE BEYONCE CONCERT. OMG AND IT WAS EVERY BIT OF AMAZING AND CRAZY. The concert was actually outside in the middle of a crazy thunderstorm and had to be delayed temporarily as it was lightning. Afterwards, she came out and performed as the rain poured down on her. (I talked about it in detail in this video. short version: Bey is fantastic)
Speaking of Beyonce, I wrote one of my favorite article ever, about Lemonade, which you can read here.
I watched my little brother graduate high school! The same high school my mom and I graduated from. *tears*
Went to the Eye Doc and got these cute new glasses!
Participated in #DVPit!
I reached 3K on my Booktube Channel!
Attended the Naturally Crowned Carolina Pageant— I received 2nd Runner Up in this Pageant 3 years ago!
Spent time with my sorority sisters and welcomed new members to our sisterhood!!!
Went to Charlotte with my boyfriend, my best friend and her boyfriend for a weekend!
Spent sooo much time with my 5 month old cousin. He’s a blessing and a bundle of joy!!
Revised and polished my manuscript!
The very last thing I did in July was attend the midnight release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was reading Harry Potter since I was 8 years old, so as an avid bookworm and a 24 year old, I jumped at the chance to put on my Gryffindor Quidditch shirt and wait in line! I vlogged the experience and it’ll be up on this channel sometime this week.
Goals for August: –Since I was running around for a lot of June and July, I want to keep it simple this month.
Read 5 books
NAIL this interview (I can’t say anything about this yet, but prayer warriors– please keep me in your prayers for this!)
Celebrate Grandma’s birthday
Celebrate Mommy’s Birthday
Celebrate boyfriend and my 7th year anniversary (I know, right?!)
Have some me-time (July was super busy, and looking at my calendar I realized I haven’t had a moment to just lay around and relax. I’m an introvert, so this is something that I NEED to function.)
Whew! If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re the real MVP. Tell me some of your goals in the comments, I’d love to hear them. Also, although I don’t plan to be absent from the blog for several months again, I do want you to know where else you can hear from me: Twitter, Instagram, Bookstagram, YouTube, Tumblr and for my freelance work, Contently! <3