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010 – Cornell Thomas | A Positive Light

 

In this episode, I chat with author and motivational speaker Cornell Thomas about the power of positivity and creating his upcoming television show On Purpose, focused on helping people in need all over the world.

Follow Cornell! —> Instagram: @cornellthomas34 | Twitter: @CornellThomas | Facebook: bit.ly/2OWhYRN Web: bit.ly/2OXORO5

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I’se an Author Now!

It’s official!  I’m a self-published author!  Today I FINALLY published my poetry book.  I say finally because I’ve been wanting to do this for years, but I let procrastination win.  Well, I’M winning now!

I learned a lot from my self-publishing experience.  The main thing I learned is to never give up when a task seems too difficult.  Since my book is self-published, I had to do everything myself such as design the book cover and format the book text.  Luckily, I’m a DIY kind of girl.  Still, I had a tough time putting everything together because I don’t know how to work Photoshop well.  I stayed up until 4:00am a couple of nights trying to figure things out.  I felt like giving up and using the consulting services provided by CreateSpace.  But, my pocketbook was like, uh no ma’am.  So, I stuck to it and made Photoshop by b*tch.  The next book will be a breeze!

I am truly proud of myself for putting my creation out into the world.  It feels damn good.  I didn’t have to ask for anybody’s permission or wait around for a traditional publisher’s approval.  Who has time for that?  I made it happen NOW.

Musings of a Wordy Girl will be released on May 1st via Amazon.  It’s a journey through my dreams, thoughts, and observations where I touch on topics such as love, politics, and family.

Yaaaayyyy me!

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NaNoWriMo-ish

November 1st marks the start of NaNoWriMo.  For those who aren’t familiar, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  According to the NaNoWriMo website, it’s “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.”  Participants have a 30 day deadline to write a 50,000 word novel.

I wanted to participate this year, but I don’t have the time because I’m currently working on a pilot script and, as of yesterday, a poetry book of haiku poems.  I want to have a draft of the script finished before the new year.  That’s right around the corner, so there’s no time for my damn procrastinating.

So, I figured I’ll join my fellow writers in spirit during NaNoWriMo by working on my projects everyday during the month of November.  Knowing there’s thousands of other writers writing their little hearts out will give me inspiration and energy to write everyday.

There’s a daily writing goal of 1,667 words.  However, if you don’t hit that goal, you can catch up the next day or whenever, but the point is to hit the daily mark so you don’t get behind.  I won’t be writing that many words a day.  My goal is simply to get SOMETHING written everyday.  I’ll be keeping track of my thoughts about the process daily in my journal dedicated to my writing projects and I’ll be giving weekly updates on my progress on this blog, so stay tuned!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  What are you working on?

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A Gift Deferred

When I was a kid, I thought I would be a lawyer.  Not that I really knew what that meant at the time.  I was around five years old when some adult told me lawyers make a lot of money, so that’s what I should be.  That’s the worse thing that could have been said to me.  If only that person would have talked to me about following my passion…

As a kid, I had a natural attraction to words and stories.  I loved books and made good grades in English class without much effort.  My favorite school activities were book fairs and weekly trips to the library.  However, being a writer wasn’t something I thought about.

During my teenager years, I started writing short stories, poems and song lyrics, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties when I started having a serious desire to be a writer.  I wanted to write novels like Zora Neale Hurston, Terri McMillian, and Jackie Collins.  Still, I did nothing about it. I continued to write short stories, poems, and song lyrics for my own pleasure, but I never really shared them with anybody; just a couple of friends.

It wasn’t until I had to declare a major in college when I finally knew that I wanted to be a professional writer.  It was an indirect decision though.  I was a music connoisseur and wanted to work in the music business as an Artist and Repertoire representative.  I know.  I was all over the place.  Anyway, at the time there was no such thing as majoring in the business side of music.  Schools only offered music degrees to musicians or people who wanted to teach music.  So, I picked the closest thing to the music business: Radio, Television and Film.

In one of the classes, we had to learn how to write television commercials.  I quickly got the hang of it.  That was all it took.  The screenwriting bug bit me.  I spent years learning the craft.  The journey has been long due to a nasty habit of procrastination, but I’m finally at the stage where I’m ready to cross into the professional arena.  I think I would have arrived at this stage when I was younger had I received encouragement as a child.  I’m not blaming anyone.  Back then, being a writer wasn’t thought of as a viable career.  Still, a little direction would have been golden.  Good thing it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

The next time I find myself with the opportunity to encourage a young person about their future, I’ll make it a point to let them know it’s okay to go for the gold as long as it involves their passion.