TGIF!

Image by Denise Chan (Unsplash 2015)

Happy Friday!

I feel like this week TRIED it and lost! LOL 😆

I’m glad tho because we all have so much to offer ourselves, and each other. Being able to look into the center of a struggle or problem and pull ourselves to the other side is absolutely INCREDIBLE!

This week reminded me to rest, reach out, listen, and reimagine what could be.

Yeah, this week tried it & LOST! ✊🏾

Time to fall into the joys of the weekend! Sending you all #Rest #Peace #Support and #Healing🙏🏾

Upcoming Events:

BLF Press presents Krystal A. Smith in conversation with DeMisty D.Bellinger. April 10th 6pm to 7:30pm EDT Register here

Weekly Wrap Up! 2-5-21

It feels special to make it all the way to the end of the week with minimal hiccups! I am grateful! I was present and deliberate this week. I like that I can acknowledge that.

(Image by Amador Loureiro (Unsplash) Desktop calendar with uplifting message that reads: “Life is short. Do stuff that matters.” )

I did have to let a few folks know I wasn’t the one to mess with, play with, or involve in their pettiness! That felt good too. I got a rush! LOL! Don’t start nun, won’t be nun, okay.

Writing is coming in spurts. I did start a new piece Monday and reviewed a draft for a writing buddy. #Community #AmWriting

Good snacks were within reach all week. Tasty-good, mostly; some healthy-good. I hit my water goals too! 🍟

The Nerd/mail junky in me got excited every time my phone pinged with an email. It was me, y’all. I sent myself several email reminders throughout the week! 🙂

I got to bed early 3 nights this week. I know that made a difference. Sleep is my friend! Halleloo! 🛌

Galleys for This is Not About Love are on the way! #BLFPress #PoetryCollection #Yaaas

Oof! Google photos got me with a memory from a couple years ago. A picture of me in the sun smiling, flirting with the camera. It held my attention because I recognized in the photo I was falling in love then. The glow, the smile, the light in my eyes. I was radiant. It dawned on me I haven’t seen that woman in a while. I think I will again though. ❤

Issue 2 of my lit journal Inkwell Black came out this week to great success. Check it out here.

I hope you’ve had a good week as well. Enjoy your weekend. Do something you enjoy. Show yourself all the love.

February! This is the New(ish) Year!

Hey hey Wordsmiths
I used January as a test run of sorts. I wasn’t sure about anything coming into 2021. But I’m here rocking it and doing the best I can. I’m ready to start the year for real for real now.

February has good stuff in store. First off Happy Black History Month! Your Black is beautiful, worthy, and so loved! Know that! Believe it! Remind yourself as often as you need to. You are LOVED 🥰
And speaking of love can you feel it crackling all around? I can! Valentine’s Day especially is going to be different this year for many reasons. Hopefully you’re being careful and not gathering in swarms but still manage to get the affection you need. I am channeling all the LOVE my way! Friendship love, writing community love, and yes, romantic love too. Shoot, I need my ankles massaged like the next woman ☺️ lol

I’ve got lots of projects in the works this year to both use my creativity and to keep from spiraling. I’m going to keep things up-to-date so we all know what’s going on!

Here’s to the newish year and all things joy (cos we absolutely deserve joy)! Stay warm and healthy and be kind to yourselves.

To The Moon & Back

Have you ever searched for something on amazon and found something waaaaaay better than what you were looking for? I was looking on the site yesterday and found a real gem. I’m not sure why this showed up in my query, but it’s awesome. Take a look.

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It’s some sort of sticker (for $10). Cool, right? But that’s not the only thing. I dug a little deeper and found the mother load, jackpot of all things I Love Krystal to the Moon and Back.

Totes, shirts, hoodies, mugs, you name it. Y’all should probably get in on this. Who knows how long it’s gonna last. Clearly this is a gift that keeps on giving. So why not treat yo’self. Show all that love for the Krystal in your life. 🙂 Two the Moon and Back on Amazon.com

 

What I’m Thankful For

It’s Thanksgiving week and I have so much to be thankful for. I try to practice appreciation, gratitude, and thankfulness everyday, but November really brings it out in folks and heightens my awareness too.

I’m thankful for you, dear readers. You have invested time and energy into me, my work, my newsletters, and my stories. This means the world to me. Thank you!

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I’m thankful for friends and family who give warm hugs, make me laugh, and remind me of the important things in life. You keep me strong and centered. You make sure I know how much I am loved and that I feel that love everyday.

I’m thankful for ghosts (…not the spooky kind) who show me where I have made mistakes and how I do not have to repeat those mistakes.

Lastly, I’m thankful for self. I have somehow managed, with all my clumsiness, anxiety, and depression, to keep on keepin’ on.

What are you thankful for? Feel free to share in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving.

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower The Opera

This weekend I went to see Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower The Opera created, written, and composed by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon .

The opera was auditory magic. Absolutely incredible.

 

It’s based on the 1993 Butler novel Parable of the Sower set in the 2020s where the society is collapsing because of a number of issues like climate change, greed, and inequality. At the center of the story is Lauren Oya Olamina who, with her ability to feel what others feel and sense, grows up in a “gated community”, but finds herself outgrowing the beliefs she’s been taught. When her community is destroyed she takes her new beliefs and sets out to rebuild.

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The Opera follows the novel closely and if you’ve not read it in a while or have never read it, you may find yourself a little lost during the performance. But the two acts capture the ideas of community and humanity with such intensity and emotion that anyone can enjoy the messages without knowing the text.

 

The music is lively and moving. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen or heard a story told so beautifully. Transitioning from near gospel to folk-blues to rock the music challenges the audience to listen deeply and even participate. I was singing and tapping my feet right along despite not knowing the words. I can’t wait for the music to be available. I highly recommend going to see this show if you can.

 

 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love seeing people get dressed up and, even though I don’t like to be scared, I can allow a little spooky for this day.

Halloween reminds me of being a kid. When else can you get free stranger candy and be applauded for being a little dressed up weirdo?

I remember once I was Woody Woodpecker.  My costume came with the plastic mask that barely had the nose and mouth holes cut out.  Almost suffocated. It was great!

In middle school my friend Cindy invited me to a Halloween party with a fun house. I most definitely put my hand in brains or something damn near identical. Amazing.

And I will never forget singing Witches Brew in music class. This song is so silly and I love it to this day. It might also explain why I’m not that great of a cook.

I’m dressing up… If I can get my act together. I still haven’t fully realized what I’m going to be as of this morning. I’m feeling nostalgic for sure, but I just have too many different ideas. Straying from my usual witch get-up has been harder than I thought.

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The first pumpkin I ever carved. 2009

Are you in the Halloween spirit? Leave a note in the comments describing your costume and I’ll try to guess who/what you’re dressing up as.