kYmberly Keeton; Confessions of a Writer…

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( I need no picture for what I want to do right now. I just want to write. I think that is my purpose of being in Dallas, Texas this summer. I have not written freestyle in a long time. I have not been on a microphone in a long time. I think it is time to express myself in as many ways as possible. Today, I met life, again. It was trivial, but I got it. Sometimes you just have to chill out. I have never been the type of person who just relaxes.

I thought I lost it today. I thought it was funny that I was just chilling. I finally  finished a book that has been bugging me for a minute, and started another one.  Kindred, by Octavia Butler, the latest selection I am reading is giving me a push to re-learn my history all over again. I am comfortable in my own skin as a writer in my thirties, black, and a woman. I love that I have a foundation. I understand it, and I ain’t pushing it away. I want to mold it. I see that Ms. Butler had her own unique style–by knowing the styles of others.

Life has a way of always bringing me back to what I know is true and real. I am anticipating this journey that has embarked in my life during a time when people do not believe in dreams anymore. I still believe in them. I still think and know that what is for you–it will come to pass. Whatever message you are ordained to deliver on this earth—it will happen.

I am still learning.

I am still writing.

Only three ideas have been written in my new book of poetry, My Harlem…is in the South, for the first/second round of this summer. We still have one more to go through. I have dealt with so many situations and personalities. I did not want to write them all down. The experience was the gift. There are many decisions that you ultimately have to make in your thirties that will put things into play for the rest of your life-my answer from it all. I think this sets you up for success as an artist.

I have come to understand the importance of being logical and creative as an artist. In order for the process to be complete finances, logistics, and resources have to be on point. That means that you have to know what you really want in life for it manifest. There are certain steps that you have to take in order to be independent. I have seen a lot this year. I have gone through a lot this year. It will continue in that order too. I get that at 34.

I turn thirty-five in September. I am ready for it. I have realized that you have to continue to be excited by life and what it brings. Regardless of how it feels, when it comes, it is the experience, and your reaction to it that matters. This is what I meant by my mantra this summer of: No Drama, No Stress. –I want more from myself. I want to be the best that I can be. I believe that is possible.

I feel anew right now as I type. I am blessed that I was able to work, see, hear, and touch some new things this summer during my stay in Dallas, Texas. This is my confession as a writer.

Staff Writer; kYmberly Keeton

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