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bend but not break

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Happy Sunday good people! Here are some words reminding you to be flexible in the face of possible obstacles this week. MAKE IT A GREAT ONE!

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All is well.  In my life of literature and living that is.  I’ve had an incredible year thus far with working on a television show, writing and acting. Very exciting!


Now we are in the fall already… I have mixed emotions about that.  Summer is my favorite time of year. Or honestly, it may be that I enjoy the daylight savings time frame.  But with winter I have to be mindful of my moods. I lose energy, I lose ambition and drive. I’ve never identified it as depression but it could be.

So like always, I am working on my favorite project to date! (I say that for all of them ūüôā  This one started as a new collection of short stories but it may be considered a novel. You know how things take a life of their own once you begin them? That is what this project did and I am so excited to share it with the world.

I look forward to reconnecting with my blog world friends. It’s been awhile! Stay tuned and I’ll be hanging around your pages as well.

love, nskies

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She Chronicles celebrates the feminine narrative¬†through¬†showcasing Her unique vernacular in literary contributions. ¬†‚ÄúWomen writing about other women responsibly.‚ÄĚ

with no interruptions

I’m not there yet but
maybe one day.
I’m talking about the pink ribbons and all.

For right now,
I’m going to allow
myself to feel what I feel.

A part of the reason a lot of folks didn’t know…
I didn’t want my thoughts to be interrupted anymore than what they already had been.
I didn’t want your love to inform my experience.
If it taught a lesson I wanted to learn. If it hurt I wanted to cry.

I wanted silence.

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See, my moon is in Cancer and my sun is in Leo
so when I go in my shell it’s with roaring determination

and some days I couldn’t sit
cause the infusions made my chest feel
like heavy clouds were moving through them
and some days I couldn’t stand

cause the neuropathy numbed my toes

and I didn’t know they wouldn’t bend
until I tried to walk one day / and fell.

and some days I would just
close my eyes
cause my nervous system was so jacked up
my eyes twitched until
I had a piercing headache.

I wanted silence.

Continue reading with no interruptions

to the open doors

Many people who say they want their work, writings, critiqued really don’t. ¬†They just want to include your stamp of approval on it. ¬†They want to include you in their circle of same friends, same crowds and same stages where they receive recycled applause. ¬†Unfortunately this will keep them exactly where they are, using their art as a part time hobby and working someone else’s dream full time.

The only thing safe in this game is your vision. ¬†What you ultimately want your work to be regarded as or categorized as. ¬†The voice or narrative you want to represent is the only thing you can control. But that is the opportunity with most writers. ¬†They don’t know who/why they are writing. ¬†It’s as if everyone is falling into the “I write for therapy” “I do this for me” reasonings. ¬†I don’t believe that. ¬†In fact, you will have a hard time trying to convince me of this. ¬†What I do believe is that due to a lack of reading and developing of worth or value for oneself a lot of writers cannot express why this art form has become so tangibly easy for them.

Before I could perform on stage or even write my own work, it was required that I read and memorize the literary greats that had come before me. ¬†I had to memorize and know the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, etc BEFORE I was allowed to share my own work. ¬†These were my dues so to speak. ¬†I am finding that nowadays writers are simply encouraged to write and express. ¬†“Write what you feel and then get on stage and kill it!” There is no base, no foundation. ¬†Just quickly constructed brick walls and rubber windows. ¬†Then artists stand hostage inside defending everything they write or perform.

Specifically poets often ask me how to be a full time artist. ¬†I always ask them to identify another poet who is working FT in their craft. ¬†Some of the usual responses¬†are Saul Williams and Nikki Giovanni. ¬†Well, Saul lives in Europe and makes an incredibly living from his music and Giovanni is an educator and speaker in addition to poet. ¬†So I ask them to give me someone else they could contact to be a mentor for their poetry career that ONLY does poetry. ¬†I am still waiting on responses from the majority of them. ¬†See, this art thing is medicinal. ¬†It is not an individual thing. ¬†If your mantra is, “I do this for me” you’re on a paved road, a safe path with lots of company and acceptance. ¬†Not the wild road to discovery with silent strange faces and a million “no” responses. With that being said, poetry cannot be isolated. ¬†Poetry is the word. ¬†Poetry is the color of the sound. ¬†Poetry is the taste of the wind. Poetry is an integral part of the seven sciences connecting to “it all”. ¬†This understanding is how FT artists sustain.

I don’t know any FT artists who at some point do not incorporate education into their lifestyle as a workshop facilitator or speaker. ¬†But what are they talking about? ¬†They are talking about that base and foundation from which they developed their art from. ¬†They are protecting the vision, establishing the livelihood of their narrative. ¬†They are doing something most poets/writers cannot do these days.

So what are you saying? ¬†I’m saying, you need to read twice as much as you write. ¬†You need to study. ¬†You need to know your art form and the cause behind it better than anyone else. ¬†You must let go of the criticism that will come with your art and be more concerned with the status of the people holding together the foundation. ¬†With that knowledge will bring a security and confidence that will open doors and opportunities to you as a writer/poet.