I keep a list of things that motivate me. One of them is inspiring others past their fears and doubts. Having just finished the final drafts to a play and working on a new novel, I needed lots of motivation! In March, I decided to have guest writers in celebration of Women’s History Month. I had guest blog spots for writers to contribute stories about or for women. I called it She Chronicles and it was a huge success to me!
How did I measure the success? With the majority of my invites being accepted and the writers meeting their deadlines! I reached out to writers I admire and follow on WordPress, Facebook, Google+ and from my personal life. The stories ranged from historical recognition, domestic abuse, family dedications, sexual abuse to stories of continued strive. The writers would submit their blogs with concluding words such as, “I hope people like it…”, “Tell me what you think first…” I must admit, EVERY story touched me. From insecurities to doubts to fearlessness to promise, I could relate to what was being said from the contributors. The two things that also resonated with me were, only one man accepted the offer and no Caucasian women accepted.
I’ll use the word fear. Because it was a doubt of this not being the right arena. Why? I’m not one to beat around the bush so… 1) because I am African American and 2) because I am a woman. This presents the exact reason behind dedicating a month with the intent to honor women. As far as the Caucasian women not responding in a positive light, we are more alike than different. Let’s continue to create our own narrative to entail how our communications should be aligned for motherhood, the work place, how we are represented in the arts and most importantly how we are remembered in history or should I say, HERstory.
If you haven’t had time to read the blogs from March, grab a cup of coffee put on your favorite house coat, and enjoy She Chronicles 2015.