Before this happened to us, I used to write all kinds of things. It is very rare that a day goes by that I don’t write. I in fact get teased that ‘ a writer writes, always . ‘
As a writer, I write what I know. I hardly ever write something that is fiction because I have too much non-fiction to tell. After this happened to us, I stopped writing poetry, memoirs of love, and anything else colorful.
I really miss writing about something other than my broken heart so a few moths ago, I started working on some pieces of writing that make my spirit feel light and luminous. I wanted to share this intimate side of me with my niece and give her an idea of the creative soul that I am at heart.
Below are the writing projects I have decided to work on over the next year. These five subjects should keep me very busy and I’m excited to see them when they are all complete!
Follow me along the journey ‘ In The Mind Of A Writer ‘ ….
” Behind Closed Doors ” – Because of the turmoil in our lives, certain things were happening in our home.
We behaved in certain ways, the everyday noise became different, the mood began to darken.
You never know what is going on in people’s lives because you don’t get to see inside their homes to see
what is going on.
You never know what people are going through or what they are trying to survive.
I want to travel around, choosing the front door of a home that calls out to me, take a photo, and
proceed to knock on the door and find out the story of what is going on inside.
You never know who has a story to tell. Maybe they have had something happen that they are trying to escape
or forget or rejoice, celebrate, etcetera, and never had a voice to tell it.
I have a way with people and this is a project I will take on with serious heart because I have been mentally
working on it for years and would love to see it come to life ….
” What Happens When The Lights Go Down” – When the day turns to night, everything seems to change.
In the night, in the dark.
I have been privileged the access to a world that most have not.
In the streets of the biggest cities; places like San Francisco, Oakland, and Las Vegas, there is a whole different
operating world at night. Homelessness, drugs, fights, robberies, people living and surviving under bridges and
underpasses; some of the world wakes up when the rest of the world goes to sleep ….
I’ve been given a key to that nighttime world through my bloodline and my street bond and it makes for
great pieces of writing and reading ….
” Around the World ” – I have been all over. A missionary, vacations, family reunions, 40 hour road trips to
Mexico, by ship, by plane, I have always gone somewhere. I have seen nighttime cliff divers, life in mud huts
near the Amazon Rain Forest, The Inca Ruins, underground Raves in the Biggest Little City in the World,
went horseback riding in the water in the Bahamas ….
I’ve had the best meals and experienced once-in-a-lifetime memories both near and far.
The people I meet are as unique as the places I meet them in and that excitement is what has made me
a giddy world traveler.
I would love to write about where to go, what to do, and how to go about doing it. I put together
great itineraries on a budget and know how to get around with barely a map.
” What Parts Of Your Innocence Do You Wish You Had Back ” – There is a part of oneself that
exists before all the ‘ugly’ happens to us in life. What part of your innocence or childhood do you miss?
Do you miss cuddling in bed with your mom for your bedtime stories?
Do you wish you still believed in fairies that live in a magical garden?
Do you wish you didn’t live in a world of constant fear and social media overload?
What part of yourself do you wish you could get back?
” Love and Liaisons ” – Some love is meant to endure a lifetime; behind the white picket
fence, everything cliché is happening beyond those gates.
The husband, the wife, the kids, the dog (or cat), 9-5 jobs and filled with football
practices and laundry baskets.
Some relationships are just the opposite.
Secretly meeting in hotel rooms, fulfilling fantasies, no attachments; you crave the carefree, the mystery.
Whether it is a lifetime, or over one night, they are both very profound in the experience ….