My other passion is writing.  Okay that’s obvious from this little blog that I’ve been keeping for over a year now.  In college, my concentration was poetry. As with many other writers, I had doubts about my talent. How would I earn a living doing this? What company would hire a poet? What if I “hit it big” (a joke in writing circles) and ended up on Oprah?

Well, several companies hired me and kept me on the payroll for several years. Being able to communicate clearly and in proper English is an employable skill.  I finally managed to merge the passion with my other interest–health care–when I became a consultant in January.

But that’s not the only writing I do. As mentioned before, I write fan fiction. What’s that? It’s taking established characters and expanding on the story lines presented on television, books, or movies.  There’s a whole history out there–“google it”–as the kids say.

So, when I have a story in mind, or working it out on the page, music plays an important part of how I get unblocked. Here’s a sampling of what songs get me through certain types of scenes:

Action:

DMX – “Up In Here”/Party

Ma$E/PDiddy – “Breathe, Stretch, Shake”

L.L.CoolJ – “Momma Said Knock You Out”

Fugees – “Ready or Not”

Talib Kwali – “Get By”

Philosphical/Inspirational:

MaryMary – “Walking”, “Thank You” (w/Kirk Franklin)

Kirk Franklin – “Looking for You”, “September”

Aretha Franklin – Just about anything by the Queen of Soul works.

Romance:

Lionel Richie – “Do It To Me”,  “Hello”,  “I Call it Love”

Alicia Keys – “Falling”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, “A Woman’s Worth”

D’Angelo – “Crusin'”

Music also helps me when beading, or sketching out ideas before I hit the beads.  I also like classical music, Mom’s “old school” calypso, original gospel. The only type of music I have yet to adopt is country. Don’t ask me why. There are some individual songs I enjoy (“Life is a Highway”-Rascal Flatts, “I Feel Like a Woman”-S Twain), but just can’t seem to dig the genre as a whole.

Maybe one day I’ll find a twang. 😀

Y’all know how to find the videos–You Tube. And that  I-tunes thing to buy the music. (I do not own a High-Pod, High-Phone, High-Pad, or other I-thingy or a Crackberry. I use Pandora for music streaming.)

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I jump into the shower as soon as possible then in pajamas. Have to wear "business" attire and by the time I get off the subway & bus, I feel grimy. Nothing says "happy" like warm fuzzy flannel.

The sparrow is the creature I identify with most. Cheerful, lively and never turns down a good meal. My mom occassionally feeds a group that gathers in our back yard. Last year we were fortunate to witness a family set up a nest and bring some new sparrows into the world.

There are quite a few things that stand out over the years:

Rowdy students jumping in through the back window to avoid paying the HALF fare. That was when buses were old, rickety and had back windows that opened from the outside.

The man who entered the E train in his wheelchair, ranted ,"This city sucks! This state sucks! This country sucks! The whole world’s goin’ to hell! I’m tired dammit!" Then lit up a cigarette. Full out smoking in a subway car. On top of his horrid b.o.  The conductor, brave soul, held the train at Fifth Avenue, marched into the car, told him to put out the cigarette.
"Whatcha gonna do bitch?"
She grabbed his chair and wheeled him out onto the platform. Walked into the nearby conductor’s spot, shut the train doors.

The woman who boarded the bus with two kids and 3 suitcases. She yelled at the kids, "Stop askin me about Auntie Jo! Bitch just threw us out!"

I spent New Year’s day throwing salt and shopping online. The salt was for the driveway. We had some snow New Year’s Eve, but fortunately not much. Salt is a good thing.  Someone gave me a department store gift certificate for Christmas, so I ordered a new jacket and a few trinkets.  The best thing done was re-organizing my studio. I bought myself a heavy duty organizer from "Home Despot". You have no idea what you’ve got until you clean. I found jewelry pieces presumed lost months ago.  Then I cleaned up my networking page. It’s back to a more professional tone. 

Whether my space stays organized remains to be seen. I usually have more than one project going at a time.  But it does look good.