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“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” ― Frida Kahlo

Too Busy…




Perhaps the most vital things for the writer to describe, Baldwin argues, are the habitual ways in which we imprison ourselves and relinquish our own freedom.


“Something that irritates you and won’t let you go. That’s the anguish of it. Do this book, or die. You have to go through that. Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”

James Baldwin


Posing | Spotlight on Emily Sernaker


Emily Sernaker’s “A Woman Is Apologizing” appeared earlier this week on the Ms. Blog. Here’s another stunning poem she wrote for the Los Angeles Times:

*Shared from Ms. Magazine

The Process | #WonderingOnWednesday‬

Sometimes we ‘show are own ass’ without any provoking. It’s in those moments I worry: ‘what they think I am is what I’m showing them in this moment’.

This is easy to do when I become too comfortable with what I am praying (convicting/proclaiming/training) for. I don’t need others’ distractions because I can draw into myself as if sliding off a seat – mechanical and intentional.

I want to trust the process.



#ShortnChic | Smart and (Silent)


“A smart woman may not (always) know what she’s doing or why but she (most likely) knows exactly what’s playing out and going on.”


Chances | Destiny is a Matter of Choice


“It is as though this newest generation of conservative voters desire the right to express their true feelings, free of any filter and free of any consequence. I too harbor a similar sentiment regarding censorship and self-expression, as I am an artist. I cherish my ability to express myself freely, yet remain totally aware that for every action, there will be a reaction.”

– Miss Azealia A Banks.

*Open apology letter to Sarah Palin following Miss Banks exercising her first amendment right upon jumping the gun on a satire post Mrs. Palin quoted to have stated on ‘coloured people’.


Introspection | #SoulSunday


*Artwork by Amy Judd


When someone is strong it is easy to forget they may have been gifted with the burden of things done differently (we call them tough times… it is to hear their old cry silently – slenderly, calling out for me).

*We’ve all had some disappointing things happen that shape our view on things. And yet we strut on. I don’t feel so alone. I have no need to be selfish.

I am, though, a captive to introspection.


Tell me | Something personal

“The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice.” – Bavee


Emotions | Advice to Writers


One Must Be Poisoned by Emotion

I think that to write well and convincingly, one must be somewhat poisoned by emotion. Dislike, displeasure, resentment, fault-finding, imagination, passionate remonstrance, a sense of injustice—they all make fine fuel.



Sound advice | Seth Godin


“When creativity becomes a profession…

It often stops being creative.

Ad agencies are some of the most conservative organizations you’ll encounter. They’ve been so trained by fearful clients, they censor themselves regularly.

Successful authors are pushed by concerned publishers to become more true to their genres.

And the movie industry… well, it’s an industry first.


This is why so many bestsellers are surprise bestsellers. In the words of William Goldman, no one knows anything. But, even though they don’t know, the industrial protocol demands that they act like they do. Shareholders hesitate to give bonuses to CEOs who say, “I don’t know, let’s try it.”

If you want to be creative, truly creative, it might pay to avoid a job with the word ‘creative’ in it.”





Throwback to Catch-up | A Designer’s Truth


God is a Designer



Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”