Mandatory Soul Sister Meeting Agenda: We All Can’t Be Snow White

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The story for my book was feeling tired and irrelevant, causing any writing to feel like a chore. I began to fear that I would lose interest in this writing project even though my love for it hadn’t waivered. I was feeling desperate. So I called a mandatory Soul Sister meeting to get some inspiration and hopefully not only breathe but resuscitate a plot – any plot.

Official Minutes of
Mandatory Soul Sister Meeting

Present: Amber, Heather, Jasmine, Lisa and Lorlinda.

Lorlinda opened the meeting: “Sisters I have gathered you here today because I need your help. You see, even though all of you are incredibly talented and interesting, the story has gotten boring. It’s dry. You’re holding back on me. . .”

Heather interrupted: “Boring? Holding back? I let you write about the SWAT team that came to my house.”

Lorlinda countered: “Yeah, but that was the result of wrong information, and you ended up offering them bottled water. I’m sorry Heather, that’s not a story; it’s a side note. Now listen up everyone, I understand each of you are worried about your image but we’ve got a book to write. We all can’t be Snow White; at least not all the time. We need a little witchiness, if that’s a word. Otherwise, there’s no drama. No drama, no story. As an actress Amber, you understand this; don’t you?”

Amber replied: “I only understand that an actor can’t be too careful about the role she plays. Otherwise, she’ll never get the part of Snow White.”

Lorlinda continued: “Okay. Let’s try this another way. At the beginning of this project Lisa was good enough to give me cart blanche with her character.”

Lisa admitted: “Yeah, but I didn’t expect you to take me up on it.”

Jasmine interjected: “I have a question. In the scene where my band is playing at the garden party, did somebody really call me a one hit wonder or are you making that up?”

Lorlinda complained: “See, this is exactly what I mean. We can’t be so sensitive. It’s fiction, everybody. Now, I’m going to ask each of you to be more interesting. You’re entertainers – entertain me.”

Heather proclaimed: “You want entertainment? We can give you entertainment.”

Jasmine confessed: “We were holding back because it was you we didn’t want to embarrass.”

Amber declared: “Prepare to have your mind blown.”

Lisa snickered: “The question is can you handle it?”

Lorlinda praised: “That’s my Soul Sisters. Now go out there and blow my mind.”

Motion to Blow Lorlinda’s Mind was unanimously approved.

Meeting adjourned in time for Happy Hour.

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Is It Okay If I Pat My Cat?

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There’s a fine line between self-discipline and being tyrannical when you’re your own boss. At least it is for me.

You see, I was the kid in class who asked for a hall pass to the bathroom and never came back. I had good intentions of returning but there was always something that distracted me.

Little did I know that this is how I would live my life; starting things only to take a break and get distracted by something new, never to return.

Knowing that I’m a squirmy kid that isn’t good at her word, I try to finish projects before taking a break. I tried to explain this to my cat but he didn’t understand.

His reply is always, “How can you do something like write a book without taking a break? It can’t be done.”

Or can it?

The answer came to me while listening to an author speak at an event. He said playing was all part of the writing process. He said that fun and games were a series of actions that would help stimulate bringing pen to paper.

In other words patting my cat wasn’t leaving my book project, it was part of it.

This was music to my ears and my kitty’s ears too.

I immediately went home and fired the tyrant whose been supervising my writing, and replaced her with a more fun loving friend.

But that tyrant still pops her head in when I’m not paying attention. I know she’s there when writing becomes a chore and I’m asking for a hall pass to get away.

Unfortunately, keeping the tyrant in check is also part of the writing process.

The next time she comes around I think I will pat my cat to annoy her.

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