Here’s a letter from an unlikely collaborator (insert big dopey smile) who has been pushing me to work on my most challenging project yet. It’s been over two years. I don’t know what you’re working on, but I hope you find someone who inspires you to keep going.
I’m Onicia’s Ol’ Uncle Hank. This is my story of collaborating with Oni:
At only our second meeting, I asked Oni what she did…exactly. She told me she tells stories; her stories or she helps other people tell their stories. The mediums varied widely: stand-up, books, movies, sit-coms, screenplays, articles, blogs, or podcasts… but in essence, she’s in the storytelling business. Heck, want to tell a story at your wedding? Then hire her as your wedding planner…that’s a fine medium too. How cool! So, of course, I tell her I’ve always had an idea for a book. While she remained polite, I knew she was thinking, “If I had a nickel for every knucklehead…” Two days later I received an email with the opening line: “So, you want to write a book. Then I’m going to hold you accountable. Let’s start with…”
One year (and an 87 thread email) later, my book was born and weighed in at 41,311 words. No Oni…no book. It’s that simple. Here’s the kicker: she never pushed me, she only pulled me. When was the last time you saw a team of horses pushing a wagon? And so it was with me. That meant I had to hang on, to stay hitched. I did and doing so got my story told. Thanks, Oni. Hang on my friends!
That’s all I gotta say today.
5 Ways To Make Your U.S. College Experience Richer (The Daily Herald)
Moving to another country is challenging. Demanding school schedules and cold weather are sure to make Caribbean students homesick. Here are five ways to make off-campus life more fulfilling while earning a degree in the U.S.
Counting on Kendra
As promised, Maya Montrell and I are publishing pages of our original half-hour pilot as we write them. Here’s the treatment for Counting on Kendra. It includes the logline, synopsis, and team bios.
JBF: Cut-throat Playground Entrepreneurs (The Daily Herald)
I never really won anything cool or was the most popular person. One year some colorful plastic strings called Scoubidou appeared on the playground. The clouds parted in my hater heart and I could feel the glow of this wholesome activity radiating through my body.
Winnifred Jong’s “Tokens on Call” is a Masterclass in Woke Storytelling
You know a series is great when you feel the same or more excitement when watching it a second time around. I had to wait about two years, but Tokens was worth the wait. Winnifred Jong’s Tokens is a masterclass in woke storytelling.
This section is always a challenge to curate. I try to limit it to 10 items. Anyways, here are some cool things I stumbled across.
LOVED. (David “D.V!BE” Hernandez / YouTube)
This 8-track album features 8 short films about self-love and body positivity. Also, David has major hustle.
Today I passed out flyers to strangers at UIC promoting my concert. It was the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Like “Hey, come see me pour out my soul. I hope you like it.”
— David Hernandez (@DVibe_125) August 28, 2019
BlogJob (Amy Belk and erica dreisbach / YouTube)
Andy is 30-year-old writer in Chicago with a fancy MFA and 10 years of writers’ block but today she’s got a job interview to be a blogger!
Tiny Tip Tuesday: Be Kind To Yourself (Kellye Howard / YouTube)
How we talk and deal with ourselves is engrained in us from a very young age. Because of this, we will have to correct our actions over and over again. Patience is the key but KINDNESS is the lock.
This week, we discuss an important abortion case in El Salvador that could be a precursor for where the US is headed, warnings about Autism Speaks, and the public shaming of Mia Khalifa. Grab a drink and join us!
Success is a Long Game (Kerry-Ann / CarryOnFriends)
Success is a long game that requires you to show up regularly and consistently over time. How do you sustain playing this long game? Create a vision, purpose, mission framework Build…
TLC in Chicago, Still ‘CrazySexyCool’ After All These Years (Laurie Fanelli / Rebellious Magazine)
I’m so mad I missed this concert. TLC is one of my fave bands ever. Thankfully Laurie was on the scene.
Glass Man (Candice Lola)
The man made of glass decided to go home. He had been traveling for quite some time before he realized that he was lonely and that a hollow pain had begun to radiate from his stomach. He walked with the pain for a long time.
Free From You (Devin Whitlock/ Pour One Out)
I didn’t wish my mother a Happy Mother’s Day this year. I have only started speaking to her again after 15 years.
Created on St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. Onicia Muller is a Caribbean comedian and freelance writer who enjoys hanging with creative minds. Support the arts by buying me ice cream or telling your Twitter homies.