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#3amblackpoetry in July, Day 3: Applying the Courage Balm and Accepting Submissions

Is it possible to be a writer who wants to have her words read while also being a person whose soul and self-worth occasionally wither until sunbeams hit again? There are many creators around the world who will confess to existing in both poles – needy yet shy, attention-seeking yet hermit-adjacent. In fact, it is likely for this reason that historians and anthropologists find and showcase what becomes famous written and artistic work of others after finding them in journals and private archives. I, too, know this challenge. I want an audience or readership, I’ve told myself since childhood, but is this piece of writing worth sharing? Is this body of produced work worth anyone’s attention? Would it be better to just discard it all or start all over?

Questioning your virtues, values and contributions is normal, in general, but as a writer it is dangerous. Perfectionism and peculiar preoccupations when working interrupts creativity, dampens individual progress, and slows growth that emerges from repetition and a track record of completion. How I’ve come to deal with self-doubt and oscillating amounts of courage is by creating digital spaces where I upload and, from time to time, share my work.

Yes, I consider myself a digital storyteller, which means that now, when showcasing my creativity, I often include video, visual and audio elements alongside my writing. But to be clear: forcing myself to post work and building a “library of me” means I have become my own, personal archivist, and that means that very little that gets written or produced stays hidden or private. Some might call this a portfolio, and maybe it is, but to me, it is far less intentional.

Yes, in my most confident and productive times, I frequently curate, assemble collections, and share works through online and physical exhibitions, live and digital performances, and through juried contests reviewed by teams of professionals. But even in my darkest hours, and even if there’s an internal storm wrought with thundering doubts, I remove the emotions, dig through “recent” pieces, and post my writing. Does that mean that I forgo editing my work? Well, as a matter of fact, the process of transferring my writing from one format or medium to another is the exact step-by-step that also helps me proofread, and, if I daresay, find peace, though not necessarily perfection, in my work.

At this point, if self-doubt rears its head, like an old muscle injury that comes and goes, posting my work and building a personal archive is the balm or bandage that keeps me moving forward.

Do you have a personal archive or “library of me” housing your work? Have you built a strategy for overcoming self-doubt as a creative? Feel free to share your process, AND/OR if you want to, feel free to submit work you might want to see this month during our #3amblackpoetry in July series. Although there is no guarantee, I do promise that every submission makes submitting easier, so if you haven’t yet, try it with us!

Sunshine and laughter,

Reza Rites
Educator – Writer – Artist – Cultural Savant
And Publisher/Editor of 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK

Beach. Daze.

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Fitting in some joy this summer.

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We are all. Trying. To thrive. Or at least survive. Or at least take five.

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Hi friends, sales are officially closed for the two #3amblackpoetry mini-collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” But the adventures continue, like they did today when I shared my poem “Braiding the Isolation” – and an a cappella rendition of Erykah Badu’s Pick Your Afro Daddy – as a guest/pop-up performer during my cousin’s keynote address, which was presented to a group of current students attending his alma mater, Wheeler School in Providence. Thanks for inviting me to help shape the minds (curls and hairlines) of a group of young people @miguelitoviejito!

Stay tuned for more “art, essays and poems,” and to hear about the #wear3amblack online boutique – coming soon. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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“I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” &
“Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song”
9 Hours Left to Purchase

10 dollars or more via Paypal:
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Hi friends, we are about nine hours away from sales closing for the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” Find the Paypal link below or on Facebook, IG and Twitter using @3amblack.

My hope is for each reader to find a piece that embodies a moment they needed to revisit, or a mantra they didn’t know they needed. Donations of 10 dollars or more will be thanked with copies of “Lovely” while donations of 50 or more will be thanked with Lovely AND “Siren Song.”

Sales for the two mini-collections end at 11:59pm EST tonight, November 30, 2021, with the links expiring on January 1, 2022. Yes, these two bodies of work have been offered for a limited time-only, and the window to purchase closes tonight. Final purchases made today will be thanked with extra prizes, in addition to the poetry collections.

Thanks to all who have your purchased, shared, and/or left reviews. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

Paypal/Purchase Link:
https://bit.ly/3jUfcOY

More about the poetry collection, media links and samples of poems, and additional details about the campaign: www.venussings.com and www.ambitiousblackfeminist.com.

P.S. Want to donate via Venmo or Cashapp? Direct message me, and I’ll send the links.

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