Saturday, December 10, 2011
Anyone who knows me knows that I am what most would call a cerebral being. I spend a lot of time lost in my thoughts, opting to stay to myself instead of engaging in conversation. Don't take that to mean that I'm incapable of such...just my preference most of the time. I don't have a problem being this way. It allows me time to sort through my many complexities.
Today, I got lost in those complexities. Ended up being a semi-productive day for me.
I had every intention of waking up today and OD'ing on blogs and I fulfilled just that. Yesterday, I discovered two new blogs and writers that I can definitely see myself growing to admire. I think these discoveries are essential for me, especially in my young journalism career. I need as much insight and *e-mentoring* as possible.
I'm sure you all have heard of writers or poets that have so much talent that they make you want to throw away whatever mediocre chicken scratch you've scribbled in a notepad. Yea, they, along with a few others, make me want to do that. It's the effortless way in which they string words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs that makes me want to just....ugghhh. It's almost disgusting how good they are.
Sorry. In my excitement I haven't even mentioned the names of these wonderful women. The first blog I stumbled upon yesterday at work was Riva Flowz. This young lady is the one who makes me want to toss out everything I've ever written (or at least hide it from the public) and start all over. And to know that she's only a year older than me got me amped up. She writes beautifully and about a lot of the things I feel but can't put into the words the way I want.
The other lady is clearly a vet in this journalism game, having written pieces for Essence, Vibe, Clutch, as well as many other publications. I found her while checking out Riva's twitter timeline.
Both of these writers had the same affect on me as that of Demetria Lucas (you already know how I feel about her) upon first read. I know none of them personally but I feel like I do after reading. I want to have that same affect on my readers. I love how personable they are, taking time from their hectic lives to interact with admirers via social networks like Twitter (I'm @neosolrkstr btw).
Discoveries like these make my heart smile and I'm glad that I found these two writers when I did. Anticipating what I can learn from them either directly or indirectly.