Due to my upcoming project, I may not be blogging for a week or two, so I’ve put together a post about my entire experience at Life Journeys Writer's Guild (LJWG) “Nuts & Bolts” as a holdover. I hope you enjoy and remember to keep going! Your day is today :-)
Saturday, January 20, 2018 was a good day. It was a day of firsts and stepping out of my comfort zone. LJWG’s “Nuts & Bolts” Season Opener was later that afternoon, and I wanted to be ready. Not only was I attending the workshop, but the LJWG selected my work for a performance.
I remember on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 when the group founder Yvonne called me. She asked for my permission to have actors coming “From the Page to the Stage” do a dramatic reading done of my book Zoya, and I told her I was fine with that. She told me I was the first person she called, and there would be two more authors selected. I felt appreciative, honored, and most of all thankful.
Fast forward to Saturday, I was trying to prepare myself while also listening to my mom’s motherly advice. It never fails that when I have an event she always texted me the day of with things I should do for the event. This time she recommended I go to the MAC counter and contact some people who had bought my book in the past that lived in the area, so they could come to my event. I was a bit hesitant, but I decided to go through with what she said. I know my mom means well, and it’s just always been a matter of taking her advice and doing it in a way that makes me comfortable.
The young lady at MAC was very nice. She gave me a match foundation, where she put foundation on my face that matched my skin tone, and I learned she’s an avid reader. She expressed an interest in my book, and I was able to give her my business card. Then, I went to Ulta for some simple beauty products (i.e. lip gloss and make up remover).
I faced my fears and let some people know about my event. I have this thing where I get uncomfortable, asking people to come to my events when it’s short notice. I always feel like I’m inconveniencing the person. I believe it’s because I’m a creature of habit, and it takes a lot for me to be spontaneous. Still, I stepped out of my comfort zone, and let people know about my event, giving them the decision about whether they could make it. It felt good.
My brother and my dad came to support me at the event, which was unexpected. I enjoyed their company, and my brother and I won at both the raffle and grammar quiz contest at the event. Not to mention, the food was good, too. After the guest speakers, Deputy Editor Sarah from the Southern Maryland Independent (pictured above) and a videographer, I was finally ready for the main event.
Actresses Sonia and Denise (pictured above) did a phenomenal job re-enacting a scene from my book Zoya. They did a cold reading, and at the end they gave advice to authors on how they can improve their work with feedback and re-enactment. I attached the video below.
Overall, I had a good time. At the end, all the LJWG members, including me, did a toast to a productive new year. I thank God for the opportunity, and I won’t stop now.
Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.