And the (writing) beat goes on…


You know what I’ve been going through for the past few months, but what do I have coming up in the next couple of months? 

Right now, I’m working on an essay about The Walking Dead‘s Michonne. I have enjoyed going back through a few select episodes and reliving her journey from a quiet, isolated warrior to Rick’s voice of reason and the backbone of our favorite group of survivors. I have been a regular contributor for The Learned Fangirl throughout the year and I enjoy every working with the amazing editors.

Of course, I always have something related to Doctor Who up my sleeves. I’ll be a guest on a podcast this month and we are going to cover a verrryyyyy interesting Bill Potts episode. Can you guess which one? 

Orion’s Chains is still my priority and I’m hoping to have some Stranger Things pieces on the way too! I’m slowing down a bit as the year closes and making sure my emotional health comes before anything else. 

I hope the rest of your week is grand 💕

-Tai Gooden

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My Latest, Greatest Hits on the Web and NEKOCON!!!

Happy Fall y’all! I’m a terrible blog owner!

But….it’s because I have been so darn busy. I have had a couple of really cool pieces hit the web. Check out a sample of what I have been up to lately:

*Geek and Sundry: The Webcomics That Are Changing the World

*HelloGiggles: Shondaland is BACK! Here’s Everything That Happened Last Season and What’s Next

I also had my first piece post on Upworthy! For those who aren’t familiar with the website, they post all things positive going on around the world. Of course, as soon as I found out they had a freelance writer’s program, I immediately made it my business to get an article on their page. I wanted to find something that met all of their criteria for an excellent story: surprising, meaningful, visual, and shareable.

I tried a couple of ideas and got hit with REJECTION. Ouch. But, I finally found THE story that I knew would be a home run. While scouring the web, I found an interesting article about a group called Stone Flowers. Based in London, the group is comprised of refugees from all around the world. These people have suffered unimaginable pain and persecution, yet they found their way to this unique music therapy group. They write songs about their experiences and record them in their native language!

Check out this special story here and share it with all of your friends. I don’t know about you, but I love a powerful story!

Next up….a pretty cool piece I recently wrapped up for Paste Magazine! ANDDD…..

I’m going to be a PANELIST AT NEKOCON!! Nekocon is an anime convention that takes place in Hampton, VA. The talented and fabulous Jamie Broadnax from BlackGirlNerds has invited me to come out and do a panel with her about social media. So, if you are in or near the area, come check me out!!! I’ll be the Black chick with the Afro rocking something Doctor Who-ish (yes, even at an anime con).

And remember…I am a freelance writer FOR HIRE. So, for any serious inquiries, HIT ME UP and let’s talk bidness 🙂

-Tai Gooden

Finding the Lessons in Frustrating Moments

The past couple of weeks have been frustrating. Last week, the area I live in experienced about 7 inches of snow. To my lovely Northern folks, this amount is a joke. But, for a Southern city, it quickly turns into a headache, especially if you have children. As you all know, I have a job outside of my freelance career in an industry that RARELY shuts its doors. Both of my girls’ schools closed for the ENTIRE week and I was irritated as I scrambled to find childcare and avoid burning unnecessary vacation time. Oh, the joys of not having a wide selection of trusted family/friends around for these crazy situations!

But, as I sat at my freelance workstation and watched my kids play and giggle, I thought about how things will be different when I make my transition to freelance writing. I decided to channel my frustration with juggling motherhood and work as motivation to keep striving toward my freelance writing goals. I also decided to take the opportunity to take a step back from my busy life with two careers and simply enjoy the unexpected time with my kids.

We all face unexpected bumps in the road. Frustrating events blindside us and we find ourselves groaning and complaining over something we cannot control. Instead of allowing our frustration to control us, we need to take a step back from the situation and find purpose in the moment. When we make a conscious effort to channel our energy toward our purpose, we will be happier and more productive.

Don’t let the storms rattle you! Stay strong and take it as a sign from the universe to grind harder 🙂

If you are having problems staying motivated, then check out  my article about ways to stay motivated EVERY DAY!

-Tai Gooden

 

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A New Home!

**To see my previous website, Love Poetry. Love Music, Love Life!!, click here

Welcome to taigooden.com! Thank you for taking the time to come and browse my NEW website!

I finally have an official home to call my own! I previously did all of my personal blogging via Blogger. Check out the provided link to see my past posts.

Who am I?

I am a freelance writer who has written for Pynk Magazine and BlackLoveForum. I also enjoy blogging about music, love, parenting,spirituality and social issues.

In April 2014, I published my first poetry book, Amour Rising. 

I want to continue to extend my reach as a writer and poet. One day, you will see me in national publications 🙂