I may have mentioned Jennifer Lawrence in the past on my blog. One of my peers jokes that I’m obsessed with her. I’ve only seen two of her movies, but I’m in awe of her success. We’re the same age. Yet, she’s one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood!
I could wonder what she has that I don’t, but that’s a waste of time. Plus, I know better. I'm not her, and I couldn't be her if I tried. I don’t think it’s healthy to compare yourself to someone else, especially if you don’t know what that person did to get to that point. All you can do is work on yourself.
What I try to do is admire others and think of things I can do to improve my work. For example, I admire author group Alexa Riley’s social media presence, and I try to emulate it. Looking at their page, helped me change mine. Also, I look at what my fellow authors have done, and use their examples. The point to leave with is find someone or something that inspires you and keep working toward your goals.
"It'll be an adventure," says Lara Croft, the lead in the "Tomb Raider" reboot. Meanwhile, I'm just rolling my eyes. Checking out the movie seems like the right thing to do, but I'm having second thoughts. The more I read about the movie, the less impressed I am. I was going to see the movie under the pretense that Lara Croft was a strong character, who was about to kick-butt. Also, I was going to watch the movie to reminisce about when my dad took my brother and me to see "Tomb Raider" and its sequel years ago (back in the early 2000s, sheesh). I was looking forward to the trip down memory lane until I realized that Lara Croft's character is a woman living in the shadows of her male counterpart, her father.
It's 2018, but I didn't realize it was a thing to have female characters sent in a "daddy direction" or isolated where they must "out-man the men" in order to be worthy. Now that I'm aware, the trend seems so apparent in Hollywood. It reminds me of the Bechdel Test that I mentioned on my blog. Hollywood still has work to do. I'm at least happy that Tomb Raider's Alicia Vikander acknowledges the deficit of female actors in Hollywood in an interview here.
I think when creating a piece of work (i.e. film, music, writing), we should be considerate of our audience. Also, it's good to get feedback from others before presenting your final product. Going forward, I always try to make a point to make my work pass the Bechdel Test for when it's adapted to film, which I believe it will be. My first book WTW failed to meet those standards, but my second book Zoya and third book Savannah have women that interact. A piece of work doesn't have to pass the Bechdel Test, but I prefer mine does.
So, as "Tomb Raider" prepares to come to theaters this Friday, I think I'll pass. Maybe I'll consider checking out "Red Sparrow", starring Jennifer Lawrence.
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Janie Starks is that chick. Janie is from author Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. In the novel, Janie did what she wanted and lived unapologetically. Of course, she didn’t start out that way, but the way her story, end is superb. Not to mention, I love the symbolism of the pear tree that Zora Neale Hurston depicted. Janie Starks is my favorite female character in literature. I can only hope that my character Savannah and others in my Stone Sister Series can influence other some day.
Ntozake Shange is one of those authors where I may not remember exactly what she said, but I remember how it made me feel. The first book I read of hers was either For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf or Liliane. If I recall, the main character Liliane talked to a therapist throughout the story about her life. Then, I remembered watching Tyler Perry’s adaptation of For Colored Girls at Bowie State University. (The book was better). Not to mention Ntozake Shange’s personal journey of self-discovery is amazing. If you haven’t read her work, please do. For those who have read her books, what’s your favorite?
Although I don’t care for the DC/Marvel Universe, I make exceptions. Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” is one of them. She’s the lead super hero in the self-titled show, and her methods are a bit unconventional. Some may say she’s a bit rough around the edges, but you can tell that she really cares about people. I feel like she’s relatable. Based on the premise of Jessica Jones, I gave my character Savannah, in my upcoming book, some of those characteristics. Have you ever watched a show and wanted to create something similar? I think it’s cool when art can imitate life.
I think Jessica Jones is fierce, and I’m so glad the new season is available on Netflix. I wasn’t expecting the show anytime soon, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was back. The actors are all good, and it’s the only Marvel show I can tolerate. If you haven’t seen the show, then check it out. Fun fact: Each episode of "Jessica Jones" Season 2 was directed by a woman.
Have you ever liked someone’s work, but you know nothing about them? That’s how I feel about actor Leonardo DiCaprio, but I also feel the same way about R&B artist Kehlani. I think her music sounds good and heartfelt, but I don’t know much about her. Even though, it’s been a year since I bought her album “SweetSexySavage”, which inspired my Stone Sister Series, Kehlani’s persona escapes me. I know her story, but I still feel like I need to get to know who she is.
The only way I found out about Kehlani was through my friend Krystin. She calls Kehlani “Baelani”, which I guess is a thing for all Kehlani’s hardcore fans. Kehlani isn’t my favorite artist, but she gets honorable mention. She’s a great performer. I saw her live thanks to my friend and her music got me through my writing. While I wrote my book Savannah, I channeled the “Savage” portion of Kehlani’s album. “Personal”, “Do U Dirty”, and “Gangsta” were my top three on the CD. (Yes, people still buy CDs). “SweetSexySavage” was great, so I’m looking forward to her next project.
Listening to music as I write keeps me going, so I recommend you do the same. If you haven’t heard of Kehlani, I posted one of her buzz singles below.
Now that February is done :’-( it’s time to get into March, Women’s History Month! This month reminds me of my time as a Gender & Women’s Studies (GWST) minor at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I took a class about women’s representation in media and I really enjoyed it. The class was diverse, and the teacher made it fun.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m going to highlight different women and fictitious female characters in all my blogs. If you all have someone in mind, let me know by leaving a comment. That person just might show up on my list.
So, kicking off Women’s History Month, I challenge you to look up the term “womanism”. It was coined by Alice Walker, and I think the concept is interesting. To learn more about womanism and its origin, click here.
If you visited my blog today, you’re ahead of the game. One, lucky reader will receive a free, signed copy of my book Savannah available March 30, 2018. There are two ways to be entered into the giveaway. 1) Like my business page facebook.com/FieldDayPress and/or 2) follow me on Twitter, twitter.com/Roxanne_writes. If you have already liked my page or followed me on Twitter, you’ve automatically been entered into the contest. For everyone else, go like my page and/or follow me on Twitter! I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12PM EST.
Like my page Field Day Press on facebook.com/FieldDayPress and/or follow me on twitter.com/Roxanne_writes. There will be a random drawing for a winner on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12PM EST. I will mail your copy when available March 30, 2018.
Summary for Savannah is available here.
Hopefully, that winner will be you!
It's Sunday, the start of a new week. Some notable things going on today include the Daytona 500 and my mom's birthday. Happy birthday, mom! Also, I think I'm done with my break.
Since February is almost over, I decided to get back online. For a moment, I felt like I disappeared from the earth. I was relaxing and enjoying my free time from writing. I feel refreshed and excited to blog again.
I promise that I'll make up for the time I wasn't online. I'll probably be posting and blogging so much that you all will get sick of it. Lol! I can't help it. I have so many ideas going through my head, but I've learned to just take it one step at a time. I hope you all are ready because I am ;-)
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I just thought I'd let you all know that I'm still here. Overall, February is a chill month for me. Typically, the week of my birthday and the week after are times when I take a break. I'm trying to get better at letting you all know when I take breaks from my website, so bear with me. I will continue to keep you all up-to-date and bring new content. I promise I have some good stuff going on behind-the-scenes.
I think it's good to relax. Last week was extremely busy for me, so it was nice to just pause. I reflected on my birthday, friends, family, etc. I recommend that if you have a second to just step back and relax, please do it. I feel as if our minds are on "go" mode, but it's okay to be still. So, this week, I want you to "press pause", and I plan to do the same. Have a good week, everyone!
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