Can I be not-so-nice for a moment? I sort of feel like I’m kind and friendly and helpful here in the blogosphere. ‘Least I try to be. And I love my online family.
But out there, in the real world? I get some of the most inane questions about writing and the writing process. Sometimes, it makes me want to smack someone. Or at least write a blog post about it. But I don’t. ‘Cause I don’t want people to think I’m not kind and friendly and helpful.
This is all going somewhere. I promise.
So right now, I’m under the hair dryer. (Got my hair cut again. Why is it that when I get a short haircut, I start chopping and chopping for weeks until I’m satisfied? What’s up with that?)
Anyway. I had no intentions on posting today. (Remember the good old days? Back in early 2009 when I posted every single day–and gained seven pounds in the process?)
So. I’m under the dryer. I’m tweeting, I’m surfing the ‘Net, I’m editing guest blogs. I’m shilling for Yummy’s. I’m researching a story.
Y’know. The usual.
And I come across this blog. The writer’s name is Niobia Bryant. It seems as if she also writes under a pen name, Meesha Mink.
She writes what some call Street Lit. I just peeped what I could from the few pages Amazon would let me read.
And I liked it.
Then, ’cause I’m nosy like that, I googled Niobia. She’s from Jersey! (Stand up!) Not just from Jersey. But from Newark. (What!) She has an awesome story on making it in the writing game.
Then, I checked her bio. Guess who publishes her stuff: Touchstone/Fireside! We’re gonna be book label mates! (That is, if I ever get edits back on my novel. Sulay! Call a sister. Sob!)
Ordinarily, I would just make a mental note of Niobia’s name and info. And then try to reach out to her just to say hello.
But the reason for this blog post is an article I read on Niobia’s blog.
Have you ever read something–a book, an essay, a blog post. And you were just stunned at how the writer was all up in your head? Thinking your thoughts?
Well dear readers, I urge you to check out Niobia Bryant’s blog. If you’re a writer, (or trying to be or used to be), can you relate to anything on this list? If you’re in a different profession and these things still apply to you, I’d love to know that too.
And if anyone is familiar with Ms. Bryant’s work, let me know. Is her writing as fearless and brash as this blog post?
*Note: Nothing on that blog applies to my dear readers. The next to last paragraph on her post applies to me and you all as well. But as far as random folks? Niobia nails it.
Let me know what you think…
I’d love to hear from you.