Friday, December 5, 2008

Writing The Mind Alive

I just finished this very interesting book on a method called Proprioceptive Writing. I learned about it while flipping the through the latest Kripalu catalog looking for possible workshops to attend. One of the upcoming workshops, coming up next week in fact, is being lead by Linda Trichter Metcalf, the creator of the method. Basically, it is an easy to learn writing technique that can be used by writers and non-writers alike as a tool for self-discovery, allowing you, through 25-minute sessions called Writes, to delve deep into whatever issue comes up for you at that time.

You start by putting on some Baroque music (the type of music is very important) and lighting a candle just as the music begins. Taking a few pages of unlined paper (also important), you begin to write whatever comes to mind. At a certain point you ask yourself the Proprioceptive Question (What do I mean by ___?) and your off!

I don't want to give away too much, you've got to read the book yourself, which is well worth doing. You can also learn more by visiting the website.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


My presence here has been sporadic, kind of like my life lately, but I wanted to post about a writers' seminar I'll be attending on September 6. It's called Write His Answer, a Christian writers' seminar lead by Marlene Bagnull. It's being hosted by my church writers' group, Mountain Christian Church Writers. Ms. Bagnull conducts her seminars all over the country. At the website you can see when the next one will be in your area. I'm looking forward to it and hoping it will jumpstart my writing. I have an idea for a series of Christian picture books I'd like to get working on. I'll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime I bought a beautiful leather journal to write in every day (or as close to that as I can get). I never was interested in journaling before but I now think it's important to get down my thoughts during this next transition of my life which seems more significant than any I've experienced. There's a wisdom about life that seemingly came from nowhere. But I know it's come from what I've learned of life so far--what I've learned and was willing to let change me in a positive way. I have an awareness of my actions and state of mind that's new, exciting, raw...and scary. I'm eager to know what the future holds but willing to be patient and allow things to emerge in the their own (God's own) time and fashion. I'm smiling to myself as I write this revelling in this freshly discovered sense of inner calm and peace in the midst of a life that's in turmoil right now for various reasons. But there are few of us whose lives are not in some state of flux. It's how we handle it that makes the difference and determines what kind of people we will be. Ciao for now!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Black Writers Reunion & Conference


I'm writing from the 2008 Black Writers Reunion & Conference in warm and sunny Tampa, FL where I'll be conducting my workshop, So You Want to Write for Children. There are a lot of wonderful people here, from aspiring writers to the well published, technical writers, motivational speakers, agents--any kind of writing or anything related to writing and writers is here. I suggest if you haven't had a chance to check it you sign up at the website (http://www.blackwriters.org) for updates so you won't miss the next one which I understand will be in Las Vegas, NV.
Ciao for now!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

If at First You Don't Succeed...

...try sending your story out to another publisher, which is what I did last week. I'm proud of myself for sending it back out in a reasonable amount of time. It usually takes me months to send a story out again (my picture is in the dictionary under procrastination). So, fingers, arms, legs, toes, eyes crossed, and hands folded in prayer. I know this is a good story; it just needs to find the right home.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Rejection

Well, my publisher rejected my latest story. On the bright side, he said he liked it but he didn't think it was strong enough to compete in today's highly competitive pb market. The fact that he liked it gives me hope. Needless to say I'm not giving up but will just send it on to someone else. As we used to say, "One monkey don't stop no show." Keep checking for the post that says "Accepted", coming soon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

5 Things About Me


I've been tagged by my friend at Rediscover Raw Food to tell 5 things about me that no one (or hardly anyone) knows and I am rising to the challenge. I just hope I can think of 5 things that are worth sharing.

1. I was born in Derby, England . My parents are from Antigua and were married in England when my father went there to attend school in textile design. I was a first anniversary present.

2. In high school I played the trumpet. I was in the All-City Band in NY and played all over the city ending the season at Carnegie Hall. (What a rush!)

3. I'm an armchair traveler who intends to one day travel to all the places I've dreamt about. (First stop: Provence)
















4. I'm a big jazz fan, especially Miles.

5. When I grow up, I want to be a children's librarian. (Exciting, I know.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Very First School Visit

I had my very first school visit last night at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Aberdeen, MD. I made the connection through someone in my church writer's group. It was their reading night. I had a wonderful time and was only sorry I couldn't spend more time with the kids (I did two sessions that were only about 20 minutes each). I was also sorry that I didn't get to take any pictures--gotta remember a camera next time. I got an enthusiastic response and my writing friend (KC) said they may ask me back. Woo Hoo! This may finally be the beginning of the school visit career I've been procrastinating about for 3 years.

After the visit, KC and I went to Denny's for "breakfast" and a critique session for a wonderful story she's written about a child grieving the death of her father. It is beautifully written with some lovely poetic passages that evoke sadness but also hope. It deserves a good home. We're looking for the right one now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy Belated New Year!


I noticed that my last post was last year so it's only fitting that I wish you all Happy New Year...even if it is March.

The writing wasn't going as I'd planned which explains why I've been silent the last three months. But, good news! I finally submitted a story to my publisher that I believe they'll like and want to pay me for. What made me finally take the plunge after all this time? Well, I joined a critique group at my church. At last a live critique group! Until now all my critiques have been online. (Hey, I'm not complaining. I got my first book published that way.) I stumbled onto this group through a member of my bible study. At a recent meeting I read my story and got some good feedback. So I polished the ms up one more time and sent that baby out yesterday. Now, I'm trying to decide which of the many stories I have in various stages of completion I should work on next. It's a delightful quandary.