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I don’t know about you, but a lot of my conversations go something like this:

“A writer?!

So you’ve written books?

No books?!

Poems then?

No poems?!!

What is it that you do?”

Here’s my attempt at explaining what I do/am doing now. (This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Writing for others

For the last 21 years, the umbrella company I work for has offered communication solutions to millions of people. With 9 SaaS agencies and a huge focus on communication, you’d be surprised to hear I’m the first writer they ever hired!
ATM: enjoying the honor, learning curve, independence, and structure.

I’m also helping the National Alliance of Mental Illness SFV with newsletters and various email campaigns, as well as web copy. Oh, articles too. Mental health is extremely important to me. I’m delighted to use my writing crafts to bring as much awareness and clarity to such complex/delicate/sensitive issues. Plus, I just fucking love newsletters.

Writing for myself

Like many other writers, I’m on a neverending quest to find a journaling routine that works for me (for more than 3 months). Like many other writers, I have yet to find it.

A few days ago, the CEO of the company I work for asked me why I hadn’t published anything on Medium. Figuring he was talking about work, I started explaining more about our (CMS) weapon of choice and how Medium’s on the back, back, back burner for now. He said: “I’m talking about your Medium. You haven’t written on there since September.” Came here for the monthly evaluation, not to be called out like this, but okay.

Look, I’m never not writing. Between pitching, busy editors, the ability to have numerous articles sitting pretty in drafts (someone create limited quantity drafts, please), writing for others full time, it may look like I don’t write. But I’m writing. Always. Sometimes the words need to marinate in all the creative juices, tenderize, take it all in.

You can see everything I’ve written for The Inner Dolphin here

Meditating

According to my meditation app, I’ve meditated for 1256 days as we speak. Well, as I type and you read, as our existences intertwine even just for a second by the beauty of language.

Poems aren’t my niche, but for me, all communication is (or can be) beautiful. Words are magic, and being in the position to play with them all day is a responsibility I don’t take lightly, or for granted.

Beauty, virtue, and love, are easier to spot when you’re on the lookout for them. Simply put, meditation made me recognize a good thing when I see it. It changed my life in more ways than one.

Learning about Schizophrenia

Yep, I’m taking a course on it. Its representation in the media, in 2020 nonetheless, baffles me. Movies like Joker, Split, and the like, are wildly inaccurate and harmful. We learned a lot about the disorder in school (I did study psychology, however I only read minds on Kindle), but no harm in relearning.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to, books I’m reading and movies/shows I’m watching.

Keep up with The Inner Dolphin here, or here

That first here isn’t missing a link.

Updated February 7th, 2020.