Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Very First Blog

This is my very first blog, and I am nervous and excited all at the same time. I am travelling on this journey of creative writing and am FINALLY putting myself out there to get my voice heard. About 15 years ago, my very good friend went with me to the Black EXPO in Washington, DC and she encouraged me to approach a young woman to ask her about getting my work out there. I was told, "Well, I had to do it all by myself, so that's all I can say." I walked away with so much discouragement, and I stopped writing soon after that. I couldn't believe how mean a person could be, but I remembered the "crab" theory of life. All the crabs are trying to get to the top of the pot to get out and will pull and drag down the others so they can keep it moving, so to speak.

In 2007, I visited my fiance and his family in Bermuda, and while he went to work, I sat outside with the view of the Atlantic Ocean, and gave birth to my present manuscript. It is 2 years in the making, and it is really taking off now. I am so excited, even after being shot down after all this time. My experience yesterday at the Capital Book Fest just confirmed it all for me. And when I got in my car to drive home afterwards, I was so emotionally overwhelmed that I cried tears of joy. It just sat right in my spirit. I met authors Donna Hill, Tinesha Davis, Ananda Leeke, publicist Ella Curry, author/publisher Jessica Tilles. These women are awesome, and they embraced me and shared with me so much to help me put my time in and get my voice out there. Thanks Ananda for telling me to blog! And thank you, Nathan, for believing in me and keeping me motivated and encouraged.

And now, I must write.


  1. Brava! Sister friend - walk in your purpose - walk in your purpose. As I find out about workshops in the area - I will let you know. Marita Golden's I Want to Write But... is excellent!

  2. Alright, Mrs karen you have your first fan/follower. I am sitting at the edge of my seat waiting for the next post. I'm patiently waiting to work that book table.

  3. Welcome to the blogosphere sistalove writer Karen.

  4. Babe you can do anything you put your mind to, you've shown that to me at every twist and turn since we've been together. Go ahead and do what you do GURL, lol, you know you have my love and support.

  5. I'm so happy you've liberated your muse! You go girl.



  6. Go probably were the only one who loved Ms. Gutman's class...I can just remember her making us read Beowolf and she absolutely loved but my love for reading is at its greatest now. Can't wait to see more!