Back in the Saddle…Again

So, I haven’t done much writing the last few years. But I still love writing and want to continue to write. I’ve been busy as I am sure you have been as well. I have been progressing in my journey and working to achieve my goals.

When I first started this blog I had mentioned I really didn’t know what I was going to write about – I just wanted to write. In time, I found my voice and perhaps one could argue my niche. I met a lot of cool people and immensely talented writers who both challenged and inspired me. I found it therapeutic to write. As a community, we shared, we learned, and we grew. I found so many interesting blogs. I learned about new perspectives, cultures, and ideas. Some writings made me laugh and some made me cry. Some challenged my perspective. I have missed writing and I have missed the community.

 

I still have writing goals. A lot of my goals were very simple –  just to write and to grow and I want to continue that. I don’t know who is out there. Writing for me was never about catering to an audience. It was always about helping me grow personally and to find my voice both literally and figuratively. So, if you are out there, then welcome back as I can’t wait to reconnect. If you are new, then welcome! I can’t wait to interact.

I really don’t know what is waiting for me on the other side. Since I started this blog, I feel like attitudes have changed greatly. Everyone seems angry about everything all the time. Social media has given everyone a voice – for better or for worse. We can all definitely agree changes are needed. There is always room for improvement. But I don’t want to be angry and I don’t want to argue. I have spent so much of my life arguing and it is emotionally and mentally exhausting. I promised myself that the second half of my life wouldn’t be spent feeling angry, miserable, and stressed out. Life is too short. We never know when that flame is going to be extinguished from our candle. I enjoy discussing and banter but I am not sure if that is still a possibility – logic seems to be out the window these days. I guess time will tell.

It is hard for me to believe it has been almost six years since I started this blog! Six years! At times, I have felt like I had a lot to say and at other times not so much. But I always knew this medium was waiting for me here and I loved it. I loved knowing I could express myself in a manner that was positive and would help me to move through how I felt.

If we haven’t spoken in a while, I hope your journey is going well and you have been to navigate the peaks and valleys.

I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you.

 

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Summer Sabbatical Over

The summer is nearly over and so is my writing sabbatical. I didn’t really plan to take a sabbatical but it kind of worked out that way.

It has been pretty busy here around the last four months. There have been a lot of life changes but for the most part positive and definitely needed. For the first time in a long time, I am really excited about the prospects and direction my life is heading. If you have followed my story, the last five to six years have brought along a lot of changes and it took quite a bit of work to get myself to where I wanted to be in my life personally and professionally. But with some hard work, perseverance, tough choices, accountability, and new direction, I am getting closer each day to where I want to be.

Allow me to recap:

April – I finished up work on the One Act Festival I participated in with Stage Door Productions. One Acts are short plays that are about ten to fifteen minutes in length. I directed one and acted in another. It was a lot of fun. What else…oh yeah, I announced I was leaving my job to take another position in northwest Virginia.

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Clowning around at rehearsal

May – I left my job and began my new position. This required me to undergo four weeks of training as well as a commute of about 1 hour and 15 minutes each way as I started to look for a new home.

June – I passed my training which was a requirement to be able to have the job. No pass = no job. We had to take a four hour test concerning the applications of the job and to score at least 80%. I scored 92% so I was on my way. And, I purchased a home! This also required me to move from my apartment. Moving is no fun but in this case it sure was worth it! After five years, I am a homeowner again and I am so excited! I love working around the house and in the yard!

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What a monumental day for me to open the door to my new home for the first time!

July and August – I continued to acclimate to my new surroundings both personally and professionally! Projects around the house to make it my own keep me super busy! I bought a 2013 4wd Dodge Ram to be able to work on the house and deal with the snow (I live in the mountains)! I’m also writing a murder mystery play for a friend which I am hoping I can get published!

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This guy and I are having so much fun together!

Unfortunately, in late August, we lost my paternal grandmother. It is sad to lose her but we are proud to honor her life, legacy, and memory. She lived to be 94.5 years old and we remember her through the legacy she has left through her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

September – Time to get back to writing!

So there has been a lot to celebrate and it has all been the result of hard work and a willingness to want to grow and change. I feel very proud. I earned it. There were tough times but I persevered and I grew. I feel stronger now and I feel like I am where I need to be as a person. I keep in mind that as tough as some of those experiences were, I needed to experience them to be able to have the courage to admit I had some issues to address that I needed to improve on.

The rewards are sweet because of the work.

Hope your summer was good and you are well. I am looking forward to reading your work and interacting with everyone again. Thanks for your patience and as always, thanks for being a part of my community.

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9th Annual One Act Festival Plays Announced and Auditions!

I am pleased to announce I will be directing my second play! Check it out!

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1 Act Festival logoThe plays for the 9th Annual One Act Festival have been announced! Congratulations to all the playwrights who had their work selected! There were many amazing submissions to choose from this year!

Auditions will be Thursday, February 18 at 7pm and Saturday, February 20 at 2pm at the Kitt Creative Studios located at 810 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401.

The selections are as follows:

Counting on Love

Written by Rod McFadden

Directed by Sheila Clark

Synopsis:

At the end of what seems to be a perfect blind date, VINCENT’s date, SOPHIA, reveals that she has a very specific formula for finding Mr. Right. For Vincent to win his dream girl, his romantic sensibilities must triumph over Sophia’s mathematics and logic. Where does true love start? In the head, or in the heart?

Characters:

VINCENT: 29 years old, magazine writer
SOPHIA: 27 years old, NYU post-graduate, mathematics


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A to Z and Everything in Between

I had originally reblogged this post to my site from another site I had posted it to but wanted to give it a fresh post.

An answer held inside,

Buried deep within my heart,

Cradled away from all to see,

Desperate to believe who I can trust,

Everyone turns away,

Further I feel each day,

Got to find the reason,

Have I left it slip away?

I need to find the solution,

Journey away from the division,

Killing away the negativity,

Longing for serenity,

Making the steps,

Not sure why I’m afraid,

Only my feelings,

Put into play,

Quitting will equal nothing,

Running away stumps growth,

So changes must me made,

To find the answers,

Under what rock do they lay?

Very little left to say,

Xenomorphic to my self,

Your life is your own,

Zoetic positive attitude is the key to life.

Note quite Count...there are actually 26 letters in the alphabet and I used everyone of them!

Note quite Count…there are actually 26 letters in the alphabet and I used everyone of them!