Day 1: Treasure Hoard

I accepted a blog challenge. The  challenge was announced by Write Tribe Festival of Words. Here’s the challenge.

Treasure. To be concrete, what I treasure is the money in the bank. I hold it close memorizing the numbers and hoping to protect it from scammers.  It’s hard earned money and it’s treasure I need. I share that treasure because I’m obligated to. Most of all, I share it because I know there are those I’m connected to that need my treasure. I admit, I’m reluctant when I have to give it up, but it always gives me an unexpected gladness.

Then there’s my heart. I treasure my connections to my faith, my family, and my friends. I hope to guard them like the dragon in Beowulf’s epic poem. Conflict is inevitable. Danger is persistent, misfortune is abundant, and the edge of death is forever sharp. So the real treasure is what I’d give my life for. So what I really treasure is love. The one thing money can’t buy.

 

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Is it too late to learn?

Never!

If there’s life in the body, there is no “too late” to learn. I asked myself this once when I got out of college. I’m sure many shared the same thing, “Got a degree but can’t find the job to use it.” The career bust is a stagnant breath minx staunching the moisture of success on pricks of its tongue. We must deal with it. Despite the clouds, we pray for the bright silver lining. We hope for the trickle of rain against the soil of our aspirations.

To give up is the acceptance of wasteland. Like the Earth, the mind requires us to till and plant the seeds of knowledge.

Whenever I complete story or chapter, I take a small break from writing and turn my attention to building skills. Sites like Youtube host many tutorial videos on how to use the different computing software, cooking tips, etc.

Nothing captured my attention. I was used to storytelling. I knew there was another way to do it. So, I thought about my video game hobby. And one of the ways I could tell a story was through video editing and video effects. I recorded video game footage then edited them into a montage.

I started watching tutorials on Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere. The information was overwhelming. The pits of my stomach turned. Regret reminded of all the times I could’ve engaged in something practical.

I worked through it using my video game hobby to keep my mind submerged into learning until I was familiar with the basics of After Effects and Premiere. Once I understood the Adobe Suite, I began using more advanced maneuvers.

I encourage anyone who seeks to learn a new skill, instrument, etc. to venture into the world of information to learn whatever supplements your career or life purpose.

How to have a Good College Experience

If you haven’t moved already, you’re a few days away before you enter into the best experience of your life: college.

For some of you, this will be the longest time you’ve been away from home. Some feelings of sadness and excitement will meld together.

I’m here to give you some pointers on how to enjoy your collegiate years.

1. Make Friends

Being away from home can bring home sickness. It’s essential that you mingle with everyone. That includes roommates, neighbors, and classmates. Once you connect with people, you’ll forget about your home sickness.

2. Establish Boundaries

As you mingle, you will want to set some boundaries on who come to your room. Ladies, don’t invite guys to your room or visit his room right away. Establish trust first.

The second is food. Raiding your roommate’s food stash is one of the rudest things you can do in college. Ask and you shall receive… Sometimes.

3. Social and Collegiate Balance

There’s no question about it. Hanging out with people who enjoy the same things you do is a blast. And time flies when you’re having fun. The semester will fly by before you know it, so it’s important to focus on what your money is paying for.

Have a time where you party and have a time where you study.

4. Getting a Job

If you can handle a part-time job while in college, go for it. You’d be surprised how much money you’ll make in a year. That’ll give some relief to parents that may send you money and it prepares you for the real world.

Landing part-time job in your field of study is gold. The transition after college will definitely help your career pursuit.

5. Learn Career Skills in College

This applies to all colleges students. Take advantage of your college resources and learn skills outside of your field of study. Some students can double major or pick up a minor.

If that’s not an option, get involved with student clubs, volunteering, or inquire professors about the industry you want to enter.

Be an intern as well. It’s effective on a resume. Employers do consider you more if you intern with them.

6. Collaborate ideas with Other Students

As your social circle gets bigger, use this time to collaborate creative ideas with your friends and fellow students. Entities like Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, etc. is home to free promotion and expression of creativity. Who knows what it might turn into.

7. Find the Fun in Course Work

Homework, reading, and papers feel like a chore sometimes. The “chore” feeling can damage the quality of your hard work. You’ll be trying hard to get course work done rather than working on whether it’s done correctly. Lack of clarity can keep you away from A’s. No A’s hurts your GPA.

Did I forget something? Or do you have a question? Comment your questions and tips below, and I’ll answer as honest as possible.

Where passions are kept

Every now and then I’d get these little sparks that ignite furious wildfires in my mind reminding me of my initial passions of my current life choices. 

All I got is smoke. I got a feeling that what I strive for is behind the smoke. I’m trying to get to it before it turns to ash or rendered invaluable by unrelenting sut.

There’s no water in sight. No dust to calm the inferno just an inability to control it. So, I let it burn. I could see it better if it weren’t for the smoke. It has no where to go. A dome contains it choking the air it needs to breathe. 

It wants to be free, and I want to release it. Its exposed in increments like a chef teasing his culinary potential. Its witnesses only see smoke. 

Despite it’s stagnant life, I feel pressure building against the will of the dome. The walls are solid, sustainable yet unwanted. It seeks to reshape the flame and control how it burns.

The pressure builds. I’m waiting on the chance to fuel its ambition and when it does, I’ll be there to watch its light spread. 

Remembering Charlie Murphy

I don’t explore interest in comedy through Black Board very much, but I’m an ethusiast of comedy. And it is with deep regret that I announce that legendary comedy writer and stand-up comedian, Charlie Murphy, has passed away.

News officials reported that Charlie Murphy, 57, passed after losing his battle against Leukemia. 

Charlie Murphy is the older brother of Eddie Murphy. But he’s mostly known for his writing, comedic acting, and narration on the infamous Chappelle Show. 

Personally speaking, Charlie Murphy is what many writers and comedians aspire to be. I looked up to him, followed his journey.

Charlie Murphy, thank you for paving the road for us. You will be missed. 

Pocket Full of Ideas, Stopped at Writer’s Block

Writer’s face a great deal of challenges. You’ve read how jobs and bills can get in the way. Sometimes, the worst enemy of an author, is well, the author. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had ideas about a chapter or short story binging around my brain. As soon as I get in front of a computer, I just go blank.

I was psyched about finishing a particular chapter today. All of sudden, I just flat-lined. I was totally lost between one scene and the next. I leaned toward writing a outline, but I didn’t want to ruin the spontaneity. Now there’s the wall, the Writer’s Block. No expenses paid, blocked by the subconscious.

Where should I go from here? I have a few other ideas to explore. I wonder…

Which way should I go?

Can’t Find a Niche for a Blog

I admit, the reason my blog goes weeks without an update is because I have no idea what to post. The initial focus for my WordPress Blog, Black Board, was to talk about my freelance writing career and self-publishing news.

Like any other working adult, I find it difficult to dedicate my time to my blog when there’s so much to do. What takes up most of my time is three social media accounts, two jobs, freelancing, a gaming hobby, and procrastinating.

Now, there’s a blog. The endless possibilities are almost overwhelming. A decision has to be made. For me, that decision was to talk about a self-publishing journey. The challenges of self-publishing are worth documenting.

Looking ahead, I have no clue what the next blog post is going to be. Anything that’s absolutely awesome is placed on the idea shelf for a self-publishing endeavor. So, I guess I playing this blog and niche thing by ear, or in this case, by brainstorm.

What good are FAQs and How-To blog posts? They don’t necessarily teach a person how to manage their blog.

But in the event that someone is searching for answers on what their blog content theme should be, I suppose you could post whatever comes to mind until you find something that sticks. Be sure it’s something you like rather than something that gets a click. You could run into blog that feels more like a chore.

What are your thoughts on blog niche? I’m short on answers and abundant in frustration. Comment if you have insight.