I was nominated to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour by Rose Tran, with whom I attended high school. I thank you for inviting me to take part in this reflective process, which could not have come at a better time. Better yet, thank you for helping keep me be rooted in why I have been writing, the impact I’ve been able to have and inspiration for the future. Cheers!
I’ve been asked to answer the following questions:
1) What are you working on?
I moved to a new city and truly started a new chapter in my life, which feels more so like starting a new book in the series that is my life. I’ve taken the last two months to reflect on who I am. Whenever we uproot our lives without having a support system, we feel lost. However, it’s a great chance to live without all the previous expectations. Currently, I’m simply enjoying life with jotting down new ideas on how to direct A Touch of Bold going forward. I’d love to talk about day-to-day life more while still staying authentic to my experiences. Next week being the first week of September, I’m committed to getting back to A Touch of Bold!
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t think we have a lot of gay, black males talking about their life in terms of what they’re experiencing in dating, friendship, family and career. There is a vulnerability to my storytelling, but I never want to come off as the victim or hero in any situation. I simply like being self-aware and learning from situations. My blog posts reflect someone who is constantly analyzing situations, expressive and willing to take chances. I’m simply being me, almost as if I were talking with good friends about the latest happenings.
3) Why do you write what you do?
When I started blogging it was a chance to document lessons I knew I was going to encounter, but didn’t know what they would be. That developed into recounting experiences and situations, and what my takeaways were.
This ultimately developed into an understanding amongst my friends and I that I naturally have this bold perspective and willingness to take action for the reward, and a lot of people don’t share that same quality by nature. Especially as people may have read with my dating life, I just like throwing myself into a situation or person I’m interested in for the possibility of what may happen. People really responded to that concept, so it fuels me sharing these experiences.
I want to keep that moving forward but also dive more into the day-to-day details.
4) How does your writing process work?
My work truly is inspired by my life, experiences and surroundings. Sometimes I can immediately whip out a blog post, because I’m really feeling the emotions surrounding it, whether it’s sadness, excitement or anxiety….maybe anger. Sometimes I have a topic, and I’ll write the post, but it’s not quite there yet. A few days later I have the a touch of bold aspect I need to bring the story full circle, and other times the story just never makes it to the published world.
I write while I feel the inspiration.
I was hard pressed at first to pick three people to take part in this process. I’m not guaranteed they will take part, and one is VERY ambitious, but let’s be A Touch of Bold!
I nominate the below to complete the above four questions and nominate three people:
Ryan O’Connell writes for Thought Catalog. Ryan isn’t one of the new kids on the block, but one of original gangsters of vulnerable, emotional Thought Catalog that speaks to your heart. I will be tweeting him from @ATouchofBold to hopefully take part and answer the above four questions. Answer them wherever you want.
My lovely Monica Flores! Monica and I went to high school together, and she is finishing her last year of college. She is a kindred spirit in many ways. This gave us a chance a to get back in touch with each other, especially since she is an up and coming PR girl! Floresmo.wordpress.com