So a new homie Sarah Crawford invited me to participate in this. You can see her contribution over here. Okay let’s go.
1. What are you currently working on?
I am mostly in the process of figuring out how to do my freelance stuff and do my fictions and not completely freak out. One of the things I’m having trouble with is writing some really heavy shit (See here) and remaining engaged but not getting pulled into bullshit or lingering on it. Because I write about hard shit from a very personal in my feelings perspective, dealing with the hate mail and the rage directed at me that turns racialized very quickly has just been kind of overwhelming.
I did have a bit of a melt down and felt shut down about shit for a minute.
And then I remembered I have shit to do. I have an essay to fix up (it is going to be good wait till y’all see it) I have articles about self care to write. I have stories to finish.
So that’s pretty much what I’m doing these days.
I feel like I am slowly figuring out how to do more of the writing things while working the day job and keeping myself somewhat emotionally level.
Shit is hard as fuck.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t really do one genre. I think what makes my work different is that it is written by me. I write about a lot of the same stuff other folks do but it is from my heart and that’s a special place.
3. Why do you write what you write?
Most of the time everything I write starts out for my own amusement. Sometimes I want to play with an idea or method, other times I want to see if I can make something work. Most of all they are the stories I want to read. I think that writing advice came from On Writing but I can’t remember. It has stuck with me and I’ve run with it sometimes to the detriment of my career but that’s okay.
Also sometimes I just want to help other people. I want to be of service and the type of person who writes stuff I needed to see when I was a kidlet.
And sometimes I just have to. I don’t know why but I have to.
4. How does your individual writing process work?
Normally (especially right now due to technological issues) I am writing by hand and at the day job. I do my dayjob shit and have either a word doc or zoho docs open and scribble catch as catch can.
If life was easier/simpler I would be writing regularly at night between say 11 PM and maybe 3 AM.
But life is not fair so I write like a mother fucker every chance I get.
A few random thoughts here at the end.
I really am happy and grateful that I am working through this stuff. For a hot minute I wanted to rage quit freelancing and non fiction all together.
I think what really set me on the edge of saying fuck it was the very instant and hard realization just how hard some people will work to shut down a Black woman. I am not famous, I don’t make a lot of money doing this but I do know that my work matters.
I know that I’ve hit some real tender nerves.
People are so invested in their totally not racistness that they will follow me around the internet telling me how wrong I am any time I open my mouth. I could literally say on twitter or facebook that wiping your ass is awesome and someone would ride into one of my inboxes saying shit like NO NIGGER I WILL NEVER WIPE MY ASS.
It is beyond trolling to the point that some people have taken my words so personally, they believe it is personal between them and me.
I am working hard to return to my state of grace where I write what the fuck I want and give ZERO fucks.
I’m working on it.
I hope I get back to the sweet spot.