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Writing 101 – Day Fifteen

Today’s Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown’s annual fair. That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your worldview. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force.

How does that make you feel?

Every time I go to Underground Bookstore for a book signing, I always have such a wonderful time. I meet readers just like me who fell in love with characters that appeared to come to life in our imaginations. I always manage to connect with other writers and find more encouragement than I could ever imagine. These book signings have allowed me to be connected to a host of noteworthy writers through a great online book club called Building Relationships Around Books. Underground is a community bookstore and it reminds me of The Shop Around the Corner from the movie “You’ve Got Mail”. If a Fox Books store showed up and tried to take over Underground, I’d be really upset. Underground is about the community. It brings events to the store that are centered around the people who live there. I don’t believe an entity like a corporate bookstore would be able to bring the same energy to the neighborhood. I am sure they have tried to come in. I like that it’s a gathering place for the people. The corporation would be all about the bottom dollar. It wouldn’t feel like the neighborhood and it would suck balls. It’s unfortunate that the people have few places to go as it is. Making this one disappear would cut off an artery of the heart of the community.

Writing 101 – Day Fourteen

Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.

I open the book and on page 29 “irrational” flashed at me. I googled it and clicked image. A picture of Jack Nicholson from The Shining in his role as writer Jack Torrence with his face poked through the butchered door. The first thing that popped was REDRUM.

I think when you have opinions that differ from mainstream and you don’t wish to conform you’re labelled as irrational. I have been irrational a time or two. If there weren’t irrational people in this world, it wouldn’t continue to rotate on its axis. It’s just the way it is. Irrational people make the world go round. Differences make us delicious. I find it quite interesting when I wear my hair wild and free that I get different reactions versus me wearing my hair pulled back in a ponytail or bun. My hair becomes a topic for discussion. The main topic becomes: “why don’t I straighten it?” My answer every time is no and why should I have to conform to your definition of beauty. There I go again being irrational. I am comfortable with the way my hair grows from my scalp. I have been told that I am being confrontational because it’s so dramatic, it shocks. Really?! My genetics and biology is shocking and confrontational. And of course, my melanin is as well so I might as well continue to shock the world right. I mean I cannot hide my melanin can I? It’s there for everyone to see. Just like my hair.

The need to assimilate caused my father to force me to conform in junior high. I continued that conformity for sixteen years. I always hated it but I didn’t how to go about making a change. I debated with myself for a couple more years and then say fuck it and grew my hair out of the relaxer. I waited until it grew out to a length I thought would be okay to cut. The rest is history. I felt authentic after the cut and I still do. I don’t have to hide or pretend to be something I am not. I love being me.

Are you willing to be irrational for what you believe in? Are you being authentic? If not, you should try it.