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Who is my audience?

Before I get into this week’s topic, I wanted to let you guys knows, I have a reading scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at the Mon Arts Center (MAC) from 7pm-9pm. It’s part of the monthly Morgantown Poets program. I’ll read for the part of the and then the second bit will be an open


I’ve pon …and hopefully someone is listening.

So she has me thinking again.

Denitra Letrice over at Thoughts from the Blue Notebook asked the question, “Who are you talking to?”

I’ve pondered this question for some time. We chatted even chatted about this a couple weeks ago at the #writestuff TweetChat.

So, I have a few different answers. Granted, I’ve created the “ideal” buyer of my book. This is a marketing technique to describe that buyer from what she looks like, to education, what she does, etc. The person whom would most likely feel a connection to my poetry collection, “The Shaping of an ‘Angry’ Black Woman.” (Spoiler alert: She’s not necessarily Black.)

However, I’m not just a poet. I’m a feature writer at LeftyPop. I write guest posts at other blogs. And I even have the short story that I’m sharing on here nowadays. Let’s not even delve into the books that are just itching to be written.

So who am I writing to?

I’ve realized that he or she is not just one particular type or gender, because that would be too damn easy. I’ll use “she” here just as a way for continuity’s sake.

She is a person who is a little bit of a cynical, but somewhere in her black heart she still hopes for a better way, a better day, a better…

She does not give up. She has neither time nor inclination to just stop. She has shit to do people.

She wants to be informed and entertained. She likes her news a little on the snarky side and she likes her fiction a little dark maybe even with a hint of romance. Not that Nicholas Sparks type of business. Her gag reflex is too strong for that.

She’s probably liberal, she’s probably concerned about our world and where we’re headed.

She probably thinks too much and feels all too aware of what’s going on around her.

She has been hurt, she’s been bruised, she’s been beaten, but she’s not broken. She’s still here, a middle finger in one hand and a flask in another. (Now, that flask may have orange juice in is. She just likes the flask. Don’t judge.)

This is the person I’m writing to. Someone who is like me, because before I give it to you guys, it has to pass my, “Is this crap?” test.

So if you haven’t done it, check out Denitra, and get into. Be a creative collaborator with us.

Who do you write for? Who’s your audience? Let me know in the comments.

Aloha y’all!


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Being thankful and such again TToT #30

How did I end up writing again for this Top 10 list? I dunno, maybe a bit of guilt, perhaps? …for being a “hardass” editor.

No that can’t be it.

We shall never speak of it again.


 This week wasn’t earth-shatteringly awesome, but it wasn’t bad either.

Next Monday is The Mathemagician’s birthday! So his Mom sent him delicious snacks and since I live here and he thinks I’m cute, I had some too. So many snackies, so little time.

One of my good blogging buddies MJM came over and graced my blog with his presence. I don’t know if you know him, but if you don’t, you should. He’s friggin’ hilarious.

Also, I made a new vlog, thereby fulfilling the last promise that I had made for 2013. Upward and onward! When I post this it should be done and I’ll add it here. If it’s not edited and up…well then you have permission to tell me to get on it!

I joined a 40 day yoga/meditation challenge. Ok, you can stop giggling now. I have to get better with my mobility. My knee was giving me fits the last couple weeks–like I’ve got a doctor’s visit plan for this type of fits. I think it’s mainly lack of exercising. I figure yoga should do some good.

My wrists haven’t been in nearly as much pain, however, they still remind me who’s the boss and I’m spending less time on social media so I can write before they poop out at night.

 I’m writing more! Yay!

I’m soon going to have a proof of my poetry collection in my eager hands. Yay!

 Before I went to sleep the other night, I made a two page list of things that I’ll be doing next week during my work hours once The Mathemagician has returned to school/work. I shall be busy.

 Lazed about all week, eating the last of the bad food in the house before starting this new challenge. There may be a vlog about it in the future…

 None of my family was effected by the fracking chemical spill in West Virginia, but some friends were. Chemicals were spilled and now the water is highly toxic in eight counties in southern WV. Gov. Tomblin has declared a state of emergency. It’s horrifying and frightening, but what I’ve found wonderful is the people who are coming together and helping each other. That’s the true Mountaineer spirit and I hope people are safe and have drinking water during this terrible time.

Sorry (not sorry) to end it with some realness, but this is what’s on my mind. When you parcel it out, there’s always something to be thankful. This week, I’m just thankful that I have running water that won’t potentially burn my skin or make me vomit-that I can take a shower. Feeling thankful for the basics.

Aloha y’all!


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