Updates September 19-23

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Last week, I was good.  Outside of the writing, life went more left than was expected. I may elaborate on that later.  But the writing went well.  The current scene I am working on has not been completed yet, but I got clarity about it that I haven’t had in a long time.  What really helped was the read-aloud feature in Microsoft Word.  In previous entries, I was promoting the virtues of the Speechify app.  For the time being, I am still using it on other online articles.  But didn’t see how to attach it to Word.   No worries, Microsoft has done it for me.  It is not Speechify, but it is good enough.  The strange thing is that I have a Read Aloud app, already but I haven’t used it in a while.  It was used most of the time during NaNoWriMo.  There is no reason why I stopped using it except for getting tired of uploading files. Microsoft Word read-aloud feature has convenience built in.  If I need to make a correction, I can do it quickly and have the voice read the revised sentence again.

Also, the Medium app on the phone has a read-aloud feature.  I didn’t notice it before. I have been traveling a lot this week and that feature came in handy.  I get nauseous attempting to read on the bus or train.  It is odd because it didn’t start until I was 27 years old.  This was also the reason I started to invest so much in audiobooks.

In writing news, as stated above, there is a new sense of direction.  Along with that clearness, research was added.  My main character’s life is on the line and will be irrevocably changed afterward.  She is tasked with finding three artifacts lost to the supernatural world.  These McGuffins are the catalyst of the story, a cup, a dagger, and a pendant. Very small items are lost in a vault buried with other things for millennia.  Possession of one artifact can give a being near cosmic phenomenal power. Or at least that was the original plan.  The uses of these items are subject to change. The key thing is that they are wanted by the powerful. But difficult for them to find.  They need special eyes, hence my main character.  This scene is supposed to convey this and establish the relationship with the characters. Wish me luck. 

In reading news, there is not much to report. As stated before, catching up on Medium articles.  Many of the articles are about how people of color navigate their lives in hostile environments.  They were put on my reading list, and I am going through them.  Other articles are on how to make money, freelance writing, or writing on Medium and other platforms.  There is poetry, short stories in every genre, and reviews of everything.  There are even articles written in other languages.  I am listening to them because I am looking for my niche.  Once a month for the last two months I post an essay on Medium.  It is like this update, but with a monthly perspective at least that is the goal. At the end of the year, there will be an evaluation of this endeavor.  Medium offers notoriety and money and I can’t say no to those things.  It is time to put up or shut up. 

The live-action Little Mermaid trailer came out, featuring Halle Bailey as Ariel.  The haters came out in droves, I am annoyed to see some of them were Black People.  I was 14 years old when Little Mermaid debuted in 1989.  I was a child of Caribbean heritage; I was happy that Sebastian the crab had a West Indian accent.  It was a bad accent but at the time I didn’t care and none of the children in my family did either.  We sang under the sea and kiss the girl with relish.  The recent trailer was reminiscent of the animated trailer, and I am very good with that too.   Halle Bailey is a beautiful woman, and she has a great voice.  There should be no complaints.

It would be great if there was an original mermaid story featuring Black people. Quiet as it is kept, there are several stories in bookstores and on library shelves right now. Black creators have been writing fantasy for years.

I am writing this to state that Disney live-action movies don’t do as well as their animated counterparts.  The only one I think did exceptionally well was Alice in Wonderland.  It garnered a sequel.  If this movie does not perform well at the box office, is this going to give haters license to puff up their chests and blame the Black actress?  I refuse to use the ‘w’ word.  I have been that way my whole life.  I am tired of diluted words that have lost their meaning in my community.  But those are thoughts for another essay.  This paragraph ends with me standing with live-action Ariel. 

That is all for now.  I hope these words find you all doing well.  Remember to be kind to all, even when they don’t deserve it.


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