The Next Big Thing

Hello, World!

It’s been a year since I visited these pages. A lot has been going on, as it will in life. One of the things that’s happened is that I made a huge decision. Not YUUUUGE, but, you know, really fucking big.

I’ve decided to write a book.

There, I’ve said it. It’s a scary thing to say out loud, because then you have people checking on your progress (which may be nonexistent), and you’ve created expectations that there will eventually be a completed manuscript to show for all of your time & effort. One of my mottos is to have no expectations so that you can’t be disappointed, and I’d advise that frame of mind for this lil project of mine.

However, I need to be held accountable for this, or it will probably never reach completed status.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to write, specific things I want to say or ways I want to say them, but have yet to actually put anything to paper. Or word processor. I’ve taken a handful of classes on HOW to write a book, but it still seems a daunting task. Today, I bought software that will hopefully keep me writing, and keep those writings organized in a cohesive format, to eventually be tied together with a pretty bow.

I don’t think I’m going to post my writings here, but write about the process of writing, as a first-time attempted writer who has no idea what she’s embarking on. Hopefully, someone out there in the etherwebz will find that interesting subject matter.

So, the journey begins.


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the semicolon project

“A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. ”

I don’t talk about my struggles with depression too often anymore, mostly because I’m tired of talking about it. I talked about it for 20+ years until I made it thru to the other side, and I’m grateful I survived. I keep telling myself I really need to write about it, but until I can do that, I’ll keep sharing words that explain it pretty well. HPWRITESBLOGS describes it very eloquently.


FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Ahhhh, good times.  Thank you Nu Shooz:

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#COFFEEJAMS: Nite and Day

Recalling radio programming from the late 80’s (at least at the Washington, DC based station I listened to growing up), I was overjoyed to discover that the local “oldies” station features the “Quiet Storm” every night starting at 8 pm.

Awwwwww yeahhhhh….

Note:  I googled “Quiet Storm” to find a featured image for this post, and it’s actually defined on Wikipedia: “Quiet storm is a radio format, musical style, and subgenre of R&B, featuring soulful slow jams, pioneered in the mid-1970s by then-station-intern Melvin Lindsey at WHUR-FM, in Washington, D.C.”

Awwwwww yeahhhhh….

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#COFFEEJAMS: Bounce Rock Skate Roll

OK, this is definitely a throwback, but it’s Thursday, so #TBT and #COFFEEJAM all in one post!

C’mon, roller skates and disco, mixed up with the stereotypical image of SoCal life…how can you go wrong?? No wonder I wanted to move out here when I was young!

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