If you know me, you know that I love journals.
I love journals.
No, I really love journals.
If there were a contest between Idris Elba and a journal, Idris better move out of the way because the journal is going to win.
So imagine how I felt when I saw my fellow artist Millispeaks had created a dope journal that allows the writers to ask questions of themselves, their experiences and really get to core of who they are.
I spent 31 days in The Sun Looks Good On You journal. I was prompted with questions that made me sit and ponder my dreams, my goals, my mistakes and my accomplishments. It was a relief to answer those questions on paper. I think that we underestimate the power of writing our feelings and reflections down. Writing is a release of stress, but it is also a declaration of vision.
Now, the self-love journal (that I have just started working on) is sitting in my purse ready to be written in. I am ready to dig into my realities and reflect on my journal with self-love.
Millispeaks's journal had me thinking about my vision for my life and how I am actually going to get there. If you have ever met Millispeaks, you will see that she is a woman of vision, passion and faith. She keeps God first and pursues her dreams with such zeal. She is truly an inspiration.
I invite you to check out her journals here and check out her work here.
The past February and March have been full and beautiful. While I am grateful to be a writer, I've also had the opportunity to perform. I figure if there has to be a "voice" to my work it may as well be mine (sometimes). Here's what's been happening.
February 20, 2019
I performed my poem "I like You" at the Houston House of Blues for the Raw Artists Showcase. I was nervous and I totally made up the other half of the poem, but I got through the performance.
Also, one of my favorite bloggers, Pretty Little Blerd, wrote a review of my performance and the event.
Thank you to everyone who supported.
February 13, 2019
I was invited to be a featured artist at FuenteCo's Bad Love Open Mic along with incredible artists Reyes Ramirez and John Pluecker. I recited poetry-monologue titled "To All the Boys I've Lost Before".
It was a beautiful night with wonderful friends and a great audience. I love working with FuenteCo!
March 9th, 2019
In celebration of my birthday, I wrote the first 35 pages of a new play that I have been wanting to work on. It's called 3000 Years and it's a Black Sci-fi play. I had a table reading of it followed by a feedback session. Thank you for the amazing actors who took the time to read the roles.
CAST: (R-L) Ajuah Powell, Elisabeth Swim, Cedric Oglesby, and Jorge Luis Galan.
Much love to my teacher and fellow playwright Ms. Smith, Denise O'Neal of Fade to Black and Nick (and his lovely girlfriend Marjorie) and Sofia from the writers group for all of the thoughtful and great feedback. Also to the actors for lending their voices to my work and letting me here it out loud.
I admit I felt very vulnerable putting my work out there at such a new stage, but this year is all about stepping out of the comfort zone, being vulnerable and expecting great things to happen. I have a lot of research to do.
Well, that's all for now. As always, thank you for your continued support of my writing and growth.