Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Memories About Writing

Today is such a slow day. I am sitting at my desk trying to get some things done, but I am constantly drawn to my blog and writing. **smile** So, I am writing this just to satisfy my urge. Also, I am thinking of my deadline for submitting a poem/poetry to a journal or magazine. My goal is by the end of July. I haven't been published in over 6 years. My first published article (outside of college) was for local newspaper, The Washington Informer on a piece about a local Jazz club here in DC, HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues. I interviewed local Jazz great and historian, Nap Turner for that piece. I was so proud of that article! As a matter of fact, I recently thanked the paper's owner, Denise Rolark Barnes for publishing that for me. She didn't remember, but that was cool. It was my first time being paid to write.

Well, I'm going to stop here to prevent myself from rambling. Do something constructive with your day and pray. This goes for you whether you are religious, spiritual, or other. If you are an atheist or agnostic just keep hope alive. Peace~

14 comments:

Ananda said...

hey brothalove. i bet that article was awesome. may your creative muses inspire you to write what you need when you need it. and thanks for the reminder about praying. we can never do that enough.
may you, your family, and all of us be happy, peaceful, free from suffering, and filled with loving kindness. may we all be love, love light, and live as the Spirit of life. amen. peace, ananda

Stephen Bess said...

ananda-
Thank you for that prayer. I pray the same for you and yours.

faith said...

Stephen, I agree, there can never be enough prayers! (Or reminders to pray) If any of you would, please pray for my Pops. He is not doing so hot, and they cannot find out what is wrong with him... I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks! Have a wonderful day and all keep posative and so wonderful!

the prisoner's wife said...

bless,

i feel you. i am not drawn to work & i know i should be writing. i didn't get an MFA to just sit and be a worker bee. thanks for reminding me to start editing my manuscript & get my butt in gear!

ps--good luck on the submissions. i know they can be very daunting.

Michael J. West said...

I'd love to read that Informer article...

Stephen Bess said...

faith-
Yes, I will send a prayer out for your father and family. Take care and stay positive as well.

pwife-
We all need that push sometimes, huh? I'm sure that I will be reading your published work one day in the near future.

mjwest-
I still have the typed draft of it before publication, but I don't have the published article anymore. I have an article that was published with our company newsletter recently and old college articles. Maybe I can get it from the Informer archive?

faith said...

Thank you Stephen! I appreciate it! Have a great day! :)

Professor Zero said...

writing is a good way of meditating...

Stephen Bess said...

faith-
my pleasure. :)

profzero-
I'll make an effort to meditate more. :)

NML said...

I will stop worrying and I could do with a spot of meditation myself :-)

Stunuh Jay said...

Congratulations on being published. After receiving my first and last rejection letter I called it quits closed shop and am happier since. If I can's even accept myself I don't think I want to send out for rejection!!!
My prayer today was quite hilarious... I prayed the phone to be quiet... and it was! Took a lovely nap in the warm and toasty sun... mid afternoon too! I'll probably pay for it tomorrow.
have a lovely day!!

MsPlacedAmbition said...

this made me smile
had a very boy-ish/young man-ish
and beautiful quality
to it

thanks for stopping by

i'll be checking in

Stephen Bess said...

stunuh-
lol! How much sun do you need? :)Me? I'm getting ready for whatever comes with getting published.

ambition-
Thanks for returning the comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post. I was just flowing with the thoughts. :)

barbie said...

If you do indeed get it together by the end of July... well hot dammedy dam!

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