Tomorrow, I’ll be featured as an Emerging Writer at the 2016 Decatur Book Festival. I’m super excited, nervous, scattered-brained, confident and all that other stuff. If you’re in the Atlanta area, come out tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 1:50 pm to get a little passion-fy for the soul! Follow me on YouTube as I vlog my way through this adventure. A new video is up!
When you love what you do, you don’t do work you just do you. And when you do you, there is no sequence or order to make your passion successful, you just go until it is. Sure, you’re motions might seem similar to others but your footprint is unlike anything that anyone has seen before.
As a long-time writer, but new self-published author, I love when my words hit just right. You know, when the words are so syncopated that it feels like you just took your first breathe all over again. Like your heart was restarted from an impending death just to read those words together. But those moments sometime seem to come slower than I want.
Since publishing my book, I’ve been moving, in search of that next step. So maybe I should just keep promoting. Oh no, I have to keep socializing and networking to build a following. What, but I’ve got to get these next books out that I’ve already started. But wait, when the hell can I do all this with a full family and still a full-time, attention-keeping job? I’ve gotten so lost trying to keep up with writing Joneses — caught up in searching for a formula for success in a world full of amazing authors. I’ve reviewed writer’s guides/guilds, industry articles and author testimonials, seeking to figure out this life-altering “formula”. This mysterious equation that has made good writers great and the okay authors amazing.
But to be honest with you, there is no fucking equation. I believe it comes down to just this; greatness is unimaginable and immeasurable so there is nothing you have to do but be your greatest you.
Stop trying to figure things out and start being who you were made to be. So I’m letting this post start this engine back up, ready to pouring out those pieces that I’ve held back or tried to work around in order to stay in line with others. Let you, the person who took a moment to read this, learn something new about a starving but dedicated artist, not just a writer.
I’m going to give you the best me. It will be raw at times, but honest to who I’ve grown to be as a black woman living in the United States of American — through the tragedies and triumphs that I’ve seen, listen to and studied.
Please continue with me on this journey and thanks for reading my rant — a needed personal rant — that has let the words start pouring again from my soul.
Fuck a formula!
I want to thank all my readers for stopping by and taking time out your day to read my words. I am ecstatic to share with you that my first book, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories, is now available!
And now it’s available on Createspace, Amazon, Amazon Kindle and Lulu (if you want to read it in your iBooks library). If you want an autographed, personalize copy just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so excited about this moment and I plan to live in it as long as I can. I hope that this piece makes you feel something whether it’s excitement, enticement, passion, anger, frustration or any emotion.
Thank you for coming with me on this journey, and there is so much more to come…
With passion, DNC
I need to take a moment to say how THANKFUL and APPRECIATIVE I am for everyone’s support on my literary journey. The outpouring of love and positivity that I have received thus far is mind blowing for me. So here is a quick low down on what has happened in the past 48 hours:
- Yesterday evening, I released my book title, Untraditional, and it’s released date for February 2016
- Also yesterday evening I launched my Facebook Fan page
- Since the launch of my fan page, I have received 125 likes
- Since my post yesterday, I’ve have new followers to my blog…that I don’t know (I feel like that woman on the GoDaddy commercial), and viewers coming in from around the world
- AND my posts have been retweeted and favored by those I do and don’t know on Twitter
For some, this may not mean anything and may even seem minuscule in comparison to others, but for me it means EVERYTHING. Sometimes you just have to stop and thank not only God but the people who are there supporting you. So to you all…
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!
P.S. Next week I share my first excerpt so don’t forget to click the follow button below and stay tuned!
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