That photo of me with my arms stretched out is old. Like, 7 years old. But it well represents how I’m feeling right now. Singing from the highest mountaintop (which in NC isn’t all that high). Breathing a sigh of relief, for the time being, anyhow. Today I finished the first major draft of my book. And it’s by pure coincidence that I began writing … Continue reading Draft #1 COMPLETE!!
On September 8, 2019, I started walking all the streets in my hometown, Carrboro, North Carolina. Why? My reason was two-fold: To see every nook of my community of 10 years. To meet folks I’d otherwise never meet and retell part of their story. I had a few rules: All walks start and finish from my house. Use the Town of Carrboro trash pickup map … Continue reading All the Streets in Carrboro
Two birds make a regular appearance at the feeder just outside my front window. Cardinals. The large, red male abruptly lands, then precariously stands atop the dangling cage as he leans beyond his feet to manage a bit from the diminishing suet. He hollers endlessly, chirping as as he swings from the chain, his weight shifting, his footing anything but steady. He pecks at the … Continue reading Togetherness
Back in late February, I left my home in Carrboro, NC and drove cross country to Portland, OR. I temporarily settled in the Rose City and am working a long-term, on-site consulting contract with one of my premier clients. Upon arrival, I tried to incorporate book-writing into my daily schedule. But unlike writers who work their manuscript into a busy life, I shelved my work-in-progress … Continue reading Book Status And More
On (My) Writing Write a narrative that shows and gives language to how change might look. Reckon with complicity. Ask, “How am I aligning myself with power?” Note: Sometimes I need to leave the country in order to fully see home. Don’t be swayed by the perceived danger associated with showing emotion. On (My) Reasons For Writing How do I consider the efficacy of … Continue reading (My) Writing
Last week I attended the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) conference held this year in Portland, Oregon. I attended my share of classes and panels, readings and social events. For the first time I felt like I was part of the writing community, and not an imposter. This post sums up my notes and thoughts from the overall experience. Which, turns out, aligned well with … Continue reading Body Thoughts
Right now I am working a long-term consulting gig in Portland, Oregon while doing a little juggling act with my book writing. The overall book project is about 75% complete! But just like the walk, I am focused on the process more than the product. As luck would have it, a month ago I had coffee with a publisher who “wants to see more.” Since … Continue reading My Walk Across America Book Status!
…but then I learned my two business pages and one artist page will also be deleted if I deactivate my personal page. And then I also considered the amazing support from tons of folks who used Facebook to track my walk and the progress of my book. And then I thought of my mom, and how much she enjoys following her five kids on the … Continue reading I Planned to Delete My Facebook Account…
[BOOK EXCERPT] Beyond Los Angeles, on the outskirts of the valley, California could be Mexico. And less than 200 years ago, it was. While passing through Los Angeles, into and through the San Bernardino Valley, I liked to imagine what all this built up sprawl looked like before we made it what it is today. Before we claimed it as our own, took credit for … Continue reading Are We Still Breathing?
Last week my Facebook account got hacked. I learned about it when my brother texted me with a screenshot of a request he received, seemingly from me, with a simple message that said, “hello.” Turns out a bunch of other people got the same message. Many of whom saw my familiar profile photo an engaged “me” in conversation. It was not, however, me with whom … Continue reading Leaving Las Facebook