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Discovering Lilith

My reading has slacked off terribly. I’m an avid reader who fell off the wagon. How did this happen? I blame TV and social media. Really, I blame myself because nobody forced me to engage in those things. Well, I’m over ruling myself and returning to my reading habits. The first book up is Lilith’s Brood by the late great Octavia Butler. Lilith’s Brood is a trilogy in one volume: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.

I’m embarrassed to admit that Lilith’s Brood is my first dive into Octavia Butler. Her books have been on my To Be Read List for years. For whatever reason, I just never got around to reading them. Years ago, I bought Lilith’s Brood with every intention of reading it, but that never happened. I bought the book at a used bookstore, brought it home, and put in on my bookshelf without even cracking it open. I wasn’t ready for it and it wasn’t ready for me. Until now.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having a yearning to read Octavia, but still never did it. It was after I heard an amazing podcast episode by GirlTrek called GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp. The podcast is a 21 day look into black female history. On the 21st day they showcased Octavia. At the end of the podcast, I finally cracked open Lilith’s Brood. Guess what I found. It was signed by Octavia. All these years I had this book and never knew it was autographed. I flipped out! How amazing is that?!!

Three pages in and I was captivated already. The main character was experiencing these “awakenings.” I immediately wanted to know what they were. I’m only on chapter two, so I still don’t know much about the story yet. According to the book cover, Lilith’s Brood is about a woman mourning the death of her family when war destroys the Earth. She is awakened centuries later by unearthly beings. Together, they must work together to restore the planet. This book feels very timely with the COVID-19 virus running rampant through the world right now. Funny how I pick this book up now . . .

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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.

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009 – Ivy Box | The 365 Go Get H.E.R.S. Guide

In this episode, I chat with Ivy Box author of The 365 Go Get H.E.R.S. Guide and former cast member of BET’s College Hill Interns. Ivy shares business tips for women and men, and reveals what it’s like to be on a reality show.

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007 – Queen Sugar S3 E306 | Delicate and Strangely Made

In this episode, I recap and review Queen Sugar S3 E306 | Delicate and Strangely Made. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: @wordygirlent Check out my blog at https://bit.ly/2tyzP8u

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006 – Queen Sugar S3 E305 | A Little Lower Than Angels


In this episode, I recap and review Queen Sugar S3 E305 | A Little Lower Than Angels.

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Writing Process | Story Development

Why do I always pick writing projects that are so challenging? I must like torturing myself. I’m a masochist. Yeah. That’s it. Don’t get me wrong. I love the story development process. It’s just a big beast to tackle. For me, it’s the hardest part of screenwriting and the most time consuming. I’d rather get down to crafting the script and rewriting. Those are the areas where I get to play!

My current screenplay is a one-hour pilot which I’m having a tough time getting it off the ground because the characters, world, and subject matter are complicated. My main character is an attorney who deals with racial discrimination cases. I have no clue as to how the legal system works, so I have to do a lot of research, which includes Googling law websites like FindLaw, watching mock trials on YouTube, and studying TV shows like The Good Wife. I’m trying to get my research done as fast as possible because I don’t want to get lost in research when I could be spending that precious time writing. However, I need to know the basics of the legal system to ensure that the story makes sense.

Initially, I designed my storyline to center around a different case each week, but then I decided to stretch the pilot storyline throughout the entire series, which required everything to be re-worked in a major way. Sigh… . This isn’t going to be easy. I have to figure out how to do it and keep it interesting. So, I’ve been studying two TV shows that do this successfully: House of Cards and American Crime. I’ve already watched each episode of House of Cards a million times, but now I’m re-watching and taking notes on the steps Frank Underwood takes to reach his goal of being the president of the United States, the obstacles he faces, and how he gets around them.

It’s been challenging to craft my story, but I’m up for the challenge.

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In My Write Mind | Kicking Worry’s Ass

98% of the time I don’t worry about things. Worry is such a useless, toxic emotion. When I catch myself drifting into that 2% area, I quickly mutter, “I ain’t gon’ worry about it.” And it works. Usually. If worry wins the battle, I surrender and let it run its course because clearly, there must be some kind of lesson I need to learn, right? Okay, bring it.

There’s only two things I worry about: my finances and my health. That’s when Worry sends her goons Hypocondria and Money Problems to do her dirty work.

Hypochondria sometimes gets the best of me. It’s triggered by a little ache or pain whereby I swear I have some fatal illness such as cancer or an autoimmune disease. The ache or pain usually goes away on its on in a couple of days or my doctor checks me out and says, “There’s nothing wrong with you.” Thanks doc, but don’t think I didn’t see that micro eye roll. I quickly forget all about my demise. Superwoman is back baby!

Now, Money Problems? That heffa doesn’t fight fair. One slip up and your ass is out on the street rubbing a growling stomach. Money Problems may have won battles in the past, but not this time. Listen, I’m about to let y’all all up in my business right now: I had a past due light bill and the services were scheduled for shut off the next day. Hey, times are tough these days. Anyway, I was worried because I didn’t have enough money to pay the bill in full. I asked someone if they could loan me the money, but they weren’t able to help me.

Money Problems had me pinned down and the countdown commenced. I went limp and accepted defeat. Being plunged into darkness wouldn’t be so bad would it? I mean, before the invention of electricity people got by just fine with candles. I could rough it. *Giving myself a serious side eye* Girl bye. You freaked out that time when the electricity went out for a day on account of the local power plant catching fire.

I got pissed and decided to fight back. I wasn’t about to let Worry and her thug Money Problems get the best of me. What could I do though? Maybe the power company would let me have an extension. But, they wouldn’t be open until the next day. That meant I would be Worry and Money Problems’ bitch for another day. Oh hell no! I refused to spend another minute messing around with those two. So, I logged into the power company’s website to see if I could request an extension immediately. Sure enough, I could.

Ha! In your face, Money Problems! I won the war. Now, throw me my damn parade.