A lot happened this year! [Read more…] about New Site, Who Dis?
It’s my birthday weekend!
After a few back to back years of fairly big celebrations, I am taking the weekend to just relax. It has been a pretty rough first half of 2017–shockingly rough, I’d say–but my exits have turned to entrances [to paraphrase my new job’s slogan]. [Read more…] about The Button
I have a cold that just won’t let up, but I’m grateful that it’s happening now. I’d hate to get sick right before my trip.
My school is year-round, and we began a new session last week. I told my students “Listen, all we have to do is get to April 14. Because April 15, ima be on that plane, heard?” Several of them were excited for me, and one wanted to know how much it cost me. I was hesitant to tell him because I didn’t want it to seem like I was bragging. But I thought about it, and I felt he needed to know so he could make his own plans some day!
I told him flights to London were expensive, and I wasn’t eager to pay that much, but I really wanted to go. I then explained that it was much cheaper to stay in an Airbnb than a hotel, and some people his age might opt to stay in a hostel.
After I explained the cost, he definitely felt it might be attainable for him. If not London, then maybe someplace closer.
A few things happened to me a few weeks ago that led to a shift in my writing priorities. First, I began reading Eric Braeden’s book I’ll Be Damned. Second, I saw the Maya Angelou edition of American Masters. I was deeply moved by the later, and it became crystal clear to me that Maya’s life was changed by the writing of her life.
I’ve never been an elegant writer, at least it doesn’t feel like it on my end. So I’m not saying that I can write something that will ever get a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize. But I think I finally realized that there is meaning in my life thus far. I used to think I could never write my autobiography because I wasn’t old enough or that it wasn’t interesting enough or that I wouldn’t be able to be objective or introspective enough.
Then I realized that perhaps the reason I couldn’t move forward in writing about my vampire gang or about Adrian Collins was because I hadn’t yet paused to take stock of my own life yet.
And truly, it’s the perfect time to do so. I am teaching students who are old enough to be my grown children. Had I had a child at 19, that child would be 18 by now. Hell, I could be a grandfather! So in seeing these students navigate their own lives, I feel somewhat fulfilled, even satisfied, that this is the time to investigate what has been and what could have been, so that my next level of being is even better than the first. It was a transformative experience for Maya Angelou and I am hoping for the same thing for me.
Mind you, I am not trying to be the grandfather of any movements. I am just trying to be a writer and a teacher.
It has been quite a long time since my last update. Please forgive me, people.
I became a writing teacher a few months ago and it has been one of the best decisions I could have made for myself as a novelist. For me, this feels like the ultimate act of service as a writer. I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing students who have enjoyed our readings and take their development as writers very seriously. [Read more…] about In This Lifestyle…
I confessed today to a dear friend that I don’t think I can write unless things are “just right” personally. And right now, they are not. [Read more…] about Just Right
Pictured above: Me and my buddy Doug in Philadelphia.
A lot has happened since I last wrote.
But first of all, hey! How y’all doing? That’s good.
My life has been busy, eventful, and largely fulfilled.
In January, I made my first vision board. We actually did them as part of the rush activities for my chapter of Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity – both members and prospective members did them. On my board was several things, and I’m happy to say that by the mid-point of 2015, many of the things on my vision board have manifest.
First and foremost, I have broken through much of my depression and anxiety. Not cured–never cured, perhaps–but less sad and less anxious. Definitely grateful for that.
I got two part-time jobs. One is as Outreach Manager for the DC Recovery Community Alliance, where I am doing communications and development work like I am accustomed to. The other is a temporary assignment at the Life Skills Center of DC, where I will be doing operations and other things over the next few months.
I’m also still doing photography! I had a gig a few weekends ago and another in a few weeks.
I have some much-needed leisure travel planned for the fall! In fact, counting some fraternal travel, I may very well be in three different states in less than seven days! More on that in a future entry.
Speaking of fraternalism, I got a national committee appointment in Alpha Phi Omega. I am the Alumni Relations Chairman, which means I help Alumni Associations in the fraternity, among other policy issues.
And perhaps most excitingly I was elected National President of Gamma Xi Phi! Our National Convention was in Philadelphia in mid-June and although it was a lot of work, it was also very fun.
I’m not dating anyone, but I’m committing myself to going out more so that I can actually meet new people in the flesh from time to time. We’ll see how that works.
And as far as the writing goes, I suppose it’s official — I’m on hiatus. I would surely like to continue work on Blood of a Dark Nation or Yours in the Bond, but the truth is a lot of other things are more important than that to me right now, not the least of which is living life and pursuing happiness. I am always going to be a writer and I will complete my projects. But perhaps not in 2015. Maybe when I get more settled into my new positions.
I do appreciate all of your support and your patience! Please stay in touch with me via social media–I’d love to hear from you.