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 ;-)
Sources, Artwork PaperGumBoots
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!
Sources, Artwork PaperGumBoots
February is my favorite month. It features Black History Month, Valentine's Day, and my birthday. Right now, I'm just basking in the February glow. As my birthday approaches, I feel inspired.
Last year around this time, I was meeting with my editor, or as I like to call her, my book coach Jessica Tilles. Her company TWASolutions was putting the finishing touches on my first book Woman in The Wall. Now, I’m getting ready to unveil my third book, which will be out this March. Overall, I’m pleased, but I know I still have work to do. So, here’s my question. How do you seek inspiration? Below, I’ll discuss how I’ve sought inspiration in hopes that it can help you find your muse!
My inspiration comes from trying new things for my business. I strive to do better as a self-published author by exploring different business strategies. For example, last year I wasn’t blogging as much, but now I am. I feel like as an author, blogging and writing go together, so I’ve learned to embrace the process. You all give me feedback about my content, which inspires me to keep going. Plus, I enjoy connecting with you all online :-)
As we progress into the year, I hope you can find things to inspire you. I know I try different kinds of media (i.e. TV, literature, etc.) to gain a new perspective. Whatever you decide to do, I advise you do it with a purpose. I think change can be a good thing, and I challenge you to try something different.
Sometimes, I have to make sure I’m taking my own advice, so I’m going to take the challenge, too. I plan to try new things this year (without breaking my wallet in the process). It may not be easy, but I promise it will be worth it. Like Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Don’t be afraid to shake things up!
Saturday, January 27, 2018 was my first volunteer event for the new year, and I'm so glad I did it. Seeing all those kids' smiling faces was worth it. I think it's important to volunteer and/or give back. Presenting my work was fun, but this event was about the kids. Here's my recap below.
Last weekend, I attended the Vision Board Workshop in Namjemoy, Maryland sponsored by Beyond The Classroom (BTC) Inc. We had a full house of 30 kids! Some were even as young as four-years-old. They seemed excited to be there, and BTC's founder Lisa Ambers did a raffle for prizes (i.e. fast food, Starbucks, and Sky Zone) that the kids enjoyed. They all participated.
Lisa made every child present their board. Some of the kids were shy, whereas others loved being in the spotlight. Lisa explained that the kids should be proud of their work, so each of them talked about three things on their board. They were a good group.
I had the pleasure of sharing a table with a nine-year-old, who was so sweet. Her vision board is the one in blue, and she even added a few items to my green vision board pictured above. When it came time to present, I thought she did great. You can't see it in the picture, but she actually filled out her vision board front and back. She was really creative and so were the rest of the kids.
My presentation was simple. One thing I'm learning to do as I present is use acronyms to make it easier for the audience to remember. Because I was presenting to little kids, I chose to use the acronym ABC. A for "Act on your goal", B for "Be persistent", and C for "Celebrate". I briefly broke down each point in two minutes, and I think I managed to keep their attention. Whew!
As the event went on, other presenters arrived. I got to discuss my product with them, but this wasn't a vendor event. I was just glad to volunteer. The event went well, and I hope to work with BTC in the future.
To find out more about Beyond The Classroom Inc., visit their website here.
Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.