Cicely Tyson

Currently I’m reading Cicely Tyson’s memoir ” Just As I Am.” When I got home I sat and ran my fingers over the cover of the book. The front cover photo is so striking! The font, the colors beige and purple, very fitting. When I opened the book there was a photo of Cicely andContinue reading “Cicely Tyson”

Machu Picchu

I worked for twenty-eight years at a government job in New York City. I kept a photo on my desktop of Machu Picchu. I kept telling myself that one day I’m going to go there and stand on the mountain. When I retired in 2013 I booked a trip through Grand European Travel (http://www.getours.com) toContinue reading “Machu Picchu”

Sales Sell Sheet

Canva I’ve finally signed up for a free account with Canva http://www.canva.com. This platform allows me to design my book cover. I’m also working on a Sales Sell Sheet. Below is information I got from EverGreenAuthors blog (http://www.evergreenauthors.com): 3 Simple Rules for Creating a Sell Sheet for Your Book: The only “rules” you need toContinue reading “Sales Sell Sheet”

Quiet Time

I was so happy to find Dai Niem Xu Thien Vien Satipatthana Meditation Center in Leesburg Florida. The center is closed but the grounds are open. I took my time and walked around and took photos. This space is so peaceful and quiet. I was able to clear my mind and refocus myself. I wasContinue reading “Quiet Time”

Inspiration

There are times I just need to find some inspiration to keep me going, to keep writing. I decided to take time out and watch the Soul movie by Disney. Besides this movie being fantastically made with exceptional actors and awesome jazz (I play the soundtrack on Spotify), the movie was just what I needed.Continue reading “Inspiration”

Idea-to-Outline

I’ve taken the necessary steps to get a coach. I made an appointment with KN Literary Arts (http://knliterary.com) for a free fifteen minute consultation. I am signing a contract for coaching on “Idea-to-Outline.” The outline is the roadmap to writing my memoir and I need guidance in this area. I’m still moving forward with workingContinue reading “Idea-to-Outline”

Book Proposal

Here I am on the threshold of writing my book proposal. With the guidance of Hay House CEO Reid Tracy and KN Literary Arts founder Kelly Notaras (http://www.knliterary.com) through the Hay House Writer’s Community. I am reading through the steps right now. I am trying my best not to get overwhelmed by this process. TheContinue reading “Book Proposal”

Getting Comfortable

I’m getting comfortable with my writing routine. Poets & Writers http://www.pw.org Here you can get a weekly dose of writing prompts and recommended books on writing. Poetry Prompt In the introduction to an issue of Ploughshares edited by the late poet Jean Valentine, who died in December, she says: “My dreams were very important to me rightContinue reading “Getting Comfortable”

My Sources of Inspiration

I’m starting off 2021 with what worked for me in 2020. I found books, workshops and podcasts that stirred me inside and kept me motivated to write. Books I read in 2020:Limitless by Jim Kwik (http://www.jimkwik.com)‍The Book You Were Born To Write by Kelly Notaras (http://www.knliterary.com)It’s About Damn Time by Arlan Hamilton (http://www.backstagecapital.com) Those who inspiredContinue reading “My Sources of Inspiration”

Music & Writing

I was reading Austin Kleon’s newsletter (austinkleon.com) and in it he had an article by Valentina DiLiscia https://hyperallergic.com/author/valentina-di-liscia writing how Curator Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi hopes to rouse a new generation of writers with “Chez Baldwin,” a 32-hour-long Spotify (www.spotify.com) playlist based on Baldwin’s vinyl record collection. What a collection he had! I’m still working way throughContinue reading “Music & Writing”