Where To Start

I don’t really know where to start. My sister lives in prison. Most writers would agree that one word goes after another.

Never have I created something to impress another person. To connect maybe, because I believe that we find our true selves when we connect with other humans. Even if that means seeing past the US vs. THEM viewpoint that modern media perpetuates. We can find common ground right? Most people like puppies and ice cream. Don’t they?

When I create, I want to write so intensely and so beautifully that I can walk away and come back in later days and remark something witty like: “Damn bitch! You suhlayed that shit!”

Impressing myself has always been the salient goal.

They say that writing is a craft and therefore can be judged as such. This is why it pleases me to look back and see the many iterations of my work improving over time. It means I’m learning something.

Don’t use “That” it’s a reflection of lazy writing. Run through your entire work and scan for the very word. It often shows up when your writing is not specific enough. Your words paint an unfocused picture. That’s what Lemon, my writing teacher would say.

I will hesitantly mention Barron my other writing teacher because he’s a pasty bitch. Barely worthy of a whisper really.

“Don’t try to write like a writer,” Michael says as he’s reviewing my latest story over a foamy cinnamon latte. We’re at The Royal Ground in Berkeley and the rain dusts the air in a light mist. His coy smile paired with that svelte leather ninja biker jacket only enhances his beauty.

Want more than that? He’s a damned good writer and a kind soul. His wife his beautiful too. She has this whimsical air to her as if she just floats into the room on a cloud of her own making.

His Book is Here: The R Word

I read it when Josh drove me to Portland with Akbar sassing up the backseat with glitter, high-heels, and a six pack of PBR. Back then Danny wanted to kill me for going on that trip. Another turbulent moment in an already strained relationship.

Someone very wise once said to me: “If you’re giving your all and it’s not enough you’re giving it to wrong person.”

Sometimes you give what you have, you give your best, you give all of yourself and it still doesn’t work. You can walk away knowing that you did the best you could and hopefully you gained a lesson from it.

Perhaps looking back, you realize that whatever the [thing, relationship, moment, job, project] was, you note fondness as you reflect upon your best.

Writer 👨‍💻 Sorcerer 🔮 Coach 🌷 “I AM the manager.” 🏳️‍🌈 Husband. Dog Dad. 🏔Opinions = mine.

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Writer 👨‍💻 Sorcerer 🔮 Coach 🌷 “I AM the manager.” 🏳️‍🌈 Husband. Dog Dad. 🏔Opinions = mine.

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