Freelance writer and CEO of Punt On Point Media, with a Masters in Communication and Directing for Film & TV. Marketing strategy & branding

Hello Artist, welcome to the second week of finding your mojo, your inspiration, your passion for your thing again. Last week’s insight was about changing what media you’re consuming to replace it with the kind of thing you want to do more of. How’d it go? Mine was rocky. Mid-week turned into a horror show. I didn’t fair well after that.

Let’s pick up the pieces.

When I talk about inspiration, I’m not talking an inspiring sunset or movie or book. Those are great and helpful, but if you haven’t created the space within for inspiration to take root then those things fall on arid ground and never last for more than a moment. I’m talking about creating a fountain of inspiration within that you can tap into regularly. …


Last week, New York Times bestselling author, and one half of YouTube’s beloved Vlog Brothers, Hank Green, uploaded a video called, “How To Change What You Want.” In it he talks about how the media we consume shapes what we want and what we value. As a writer and artist I consume a lot of media, but have never thought about what it might be doing to my output. 2020 brought so much confusion, I found myself completely stymied for most of it and ended up watching a lot of political YouTube. It shaped the direction of my content for my YouTube channel. While I’ve enjoyed making videos about social and political issues, I must find a way back to my first love, creative writing. Hank’s video helped me see a way forward. If you’re an artist, even if you’re not, I hope you’ll head on over to YouTube and subscribe for this new series, “Hello Artist,” on getting and staying inspired in 2021. …


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President-elect Joe Biden announced, last week that he would not pursue criminal charges against Trump or any in his administration. Instead, he favors moving on in the interest of uniting the country. His statement read: “America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation.”

Moving on, which carries an implicit suggestion of forgiveness, derived from the Latin word “perdonare,” which means “to give completely, without reservation.” …


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Dear Patriot,

Yes, I’m talking to you, the one who voted for decency, kindness and progress when you cast your vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The one who values the Constitution and hopes one day to see its promises fulfilled for every person regardless of color or economic status. Republicans have, for far too long, claimed “Real American” status and all the rights that come with it. Which is to say, that unless you vote like they do, look like them and believe what they believe, you’re not only not an American, your voice, your vote is fraudulent.

Enraging, isn’t it? That’s why you’re doom scrolling and watching hour after hour of whatever news source or comedian keeps you abreast of each new tantrum from the Crybaby-In-Chief. This was always coming. President Reality Show Ratings telegraphed it in 2016. He’d accept the election results if he won, but not if he didn’t. Throughout his reign he praised white supremacists and jailed children and infants in kennels not fit for dogs. He was always going to do whatever it is he’s doing right now — not release federal transition funds to the incoming administration, claim he won, pretend he won, act as if he’s about to weaponize our own military forces against us. OK, that last one surprised me, I’ll give you that. It’s terrifying. It really is. But he’s not going to succeed. …


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I dare you to make this bed right now.

At the writing of this, 140,000 new cases of COVID-19 occur each day in the U.S. This is my story.

I’m tired. I don’t want to. Do it anyway. Who’s with me? Let’s make the bed. There, it’s done. Now what? Iron a shirt? Take a shower? Make some tea? God, anything but sit down to write. Every morning it’s a tug-of-war and by nightfall, well, depends on the day, or the week. Sometimes I’ve strung together many words, some of which might even be useful. However, these days, it pains me to admit, I’m simply not doing enough of it. What’s enough? Enough to make a living, which is how I’ve been making my living for the better part of a decade. …


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The spectre of the whiteness looms large over the characters in ‘Lovecraft Country.’

“Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past. Therefore, we need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge (light) about each other, we will stop condemning each other and a United front will be brought about.”

— -Malcom X

When I first decided to write about HBO’s Lovecraft Country, I made a choice not to analyze the black characters’s motivations or experiences. Show writer Shannon Houston and Ashley C. Ford do this exceptionally well in their podcast, Lovecraft Country Radio, while also placing it in the wider context of the black experience. …


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There must doubtless be an unhappy influence on the manners of our people produced by the existence of slavery among us. The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal.

—Thomas Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781,Query XVIII

Thomas Jefferson understood that slavery turned both master and slave into beasts, yet boisterously participated in it himself. There’s something insidiously more dangerous in this kind of master than the one who believes he’s more of a man for owning slaves. …


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Dear reader, I must apologize. In my initial posting of this piece I hadn’t read enough of Lovecraft Country the book to speak, well, intelligently. I was so sure I was right that I didn’t want to take the time. Isn’t that something? It made me realize just how easy a trap that sense of “rightness” is and how it insidiously winds itself around otherwise good intentions. What follows is a more thorough reading of both the source material and its adaptation.

Lovecraft Country, episode seven I Am, aired Sunday night and it was…disappointing. We learned that Christina is, as I suspected, keeping the bodies of William and Dell in her basement, artificially circulating their blood. William died, as Christina said, from a gunshot wound to the back. …


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Spoilers ahead! At the writing of this, five episodes have aired and the fifth one, Strange Case, ended with Christina cracking out of William’s skin to reveal, to Ruby, that she is William, begging the question, who is or was William? Is Christina keeping the bodies of real William and Dell, the dead white woman Ruby’s been wearing, in the basement to maintain her and Ruby’s connection to them?

I CANNOT wait until Sunday, so in the meantime let’s look more closely at Ruby and Christina/William, because the ways in which the show explores human sexuality, power and race is why I love it so much. …


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8am, long after sunrise, no filter on this lens, no color correction. This is the color of the sky as it burns.

I’m fragile, not a force. I ask myself, what would happen if I wrote something every day? And then I don’t. Sometimes I do. Most of the time I don’t. I was someone who wanted to make my living as a writer. I’ve done so, at different times. Not this year. Something strange happened this year. Aside from everything else, now the skies are burning.

As I write this the sky is a pale yellow, an improvement over the amber of weeks past. It’s oppressive, and terrifying. Up North their world is burning. Over 100 fires in California alone. I find it paralyzing. It’s like waiting for your own death. In a way we’re all waiting for death, but this is different. This is, well, it’s like watching it come. The sky is yellow, the air is hot and dry with the scent of burning wood. I’ve lived through many fire seasons out here, but this is apocalyptic. This isn’t what is happening to others, this is ash falling from the skies and blood red moons. …

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