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 💕
I have been around or at home for the past few weeks, so this weekend I packed up my car and took my daughters to go see my dad in North Carolina. This time of year is always difficult for my father. Today is his mother’s birthday and although it has been over 20 years since she passed away, he still feels the magnitude of her loss as he celebrates her life. Our family is also still reeling over the loss of my Uncle Alonzo this past June. My dad has several siblings, but they had an extremely close bond and his death has changed him in ways that words cannot properly describe. There is a spark missing from his eyes and a tinge of sadness that permeates through his laughter and smile. Uncle Alonzo meant so much to him and to all of us and I’m sure we will never be the same. I’m dedicating my book Orion’s Chains to him and fashioning a character in his honor.
I spent most of last night and this morning talking and laughing with my dad about love, life, friendship, creativity, music, and so much more. I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear his words of wisdom and encouragement. And, he was uplifted by my children as they told him knock knock jokes and giggled at the dinner table. He recently lost his beloved dog Tommy and he admitted to feeling lonely as he came to an empty home after work. His afternoons would be spent with his dog as he waited for my stepmom to get home. It was the last thing he needed to happen at this crucial point in his life and I was glad to bring him a slice of happiness during a turbulent time.
I honestly didn’t think my presence could be beneficial to anyone at this moment. I’ve been caught in my own emotional storm as I battle my own mind and feelings of inadequacy. But, I have found a renewed sense of purpose and a burst of creativity and determination through spending just one day with my Dad.
This week, take a moment to pick up the phone and call or go and see someone that you love. It’s amazing how one great conversation can give you the boost you need to walk into this week with confidence.
Love to all of ya and I’ll see you on Wednesday 💕
This week has gone by fast. I’ve been working on my novel Orion’s Chains and I have officially mapped out my entire story. I am doing bios for each of my major characters and doing some research to bring a little fact into my fictional world. Orion’s story takes place in the future and on another planet so I have the creative license to make my own rules and societal structures.
If you have kept up with my posts, then you’ll know that I’ve been reading The Four Agreements. I admittedly haven’t gotten too far in the book, but the first chapter has been an eye opening experience. The author discusses how we are domesticated like animals from the time we are born and taught to accept and respond to the dreams and truths laid out in our worlds before we were born. We are indoctrinated into these “truths” and we quickly learn that when we go against the grain we will be punished in some way. I’m assuming that the book will help to break some of those chains (pun intended) and help guide me toward spiritual freedom. I think Orion’s Chains will take a lot of cues from The Four Agreements.
As I work on my book and another project, I have been putting together playlists to correlate with my writing moods. I plan to share them here when they have filled out properly, but right now I’ll tell you a few albums that are inspiring me right now:
- Sabrina Claudio: Sabrina is a new artist and she just released her first full length album. About Time is a soothing R&B experience and Sabrina’s voice is addictive.
- Solange: A Seat at the Table is the album of my life. It feels like Solange took every thrilling, heartbreaking, frustrating, and liberating moment of my life and wrapped all 30 years into a musical masterpiece. If I ever meet her, I’ll make sure I thank her for feeding my soul.
- Sango: I guess I have a think for S names. Sango released North in 2013 but I just discovered it this year via a Twitter pal. I can play the whole album without skipping a track and it helps me get into a futuristic mindset for my book.
- Stranger Things Soundtrack: Aaahhhh the 80s. I love volume one of this soundtrack. It’s synth heavy, haunting and brilliant.
What are you listening to this week? Let me know 💕