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I get it, the whole work from home thing is new. You were used to going into the office, luxuriously obscured by cubicle walls; (unless you are one of the unfortunate ones suffering in an open concept office). But times have changed and will continue to change as we adjust to a new “normal” of working due to Covid-19.

I’ve been working in video for 5 years and working from home even longer. In particular, I both scripted webinars and marketing videos while I coached professionals how to best appear on camera. Before I became an independent contractor, I had…


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There were three chocolate chips in the whole cookie bag. Maybe that’s too old a phrase, but the meaning remains the same — there aren’t many people of color in the publishing world. When I was hired to work for a New Age publisher, I assumed it would be different. Being a heart-centered love-promoting place they would be able to transcend color lines, wouldn’t they? I couldn’t have been more wrong. On my first day of work, a fellow black woman came into the break room eagerly saying hello. I figured it was because she was friendly and maybe high…


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When you make the decision to go from being a writer to an author, you’ve now opened a business AND businesses cost money. The cost of building a business isn’t just for brick and mortar companies; upfront costs are also part of your personal empire as an author. So that means seeking traditional publishing for your first book requires dolla dolla bills before you’re a recognizable name in these streets. Let me explain.

Many aspiring authors spend a lot of time in la-la land talking about how no one should ever be charged for their writing. Yet, if you watch…


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There’s so much talk about writing fast among writers, yet I’ve never been able to figure out why it’s romanticized. When I worked for a publishing house, they demanded speed. In fact, to keep my position I had to crank out thousands of words a day for various reasons. What I noticed over time was the quality of my words weakened. To the untrained eye this may not have been true, but to long time writers, they would’ve seen it.

My words became repetitive, formulaic, and a way of just getting by. This wasn’t done on purpose, but instead to…


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Like so many things in life, there are gurus of writing who we, as writers, look up to (think Murakami). That’s why one of the top questions they are asked on a book tour or in a podcast interview is: what is your writing routine? After all, they’ve achieved the success we want and therefore we need to drink up every wise word they say.

It’s not their fault we’ve idolized them, however if we take what they say in the moments following that request as doctrine, the fault becomes ours. …


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I’ve been around the block for some time, formerly working for a well known New Age book publisher. What I was told constantly, once people learned I worked for a publishing house, is that they had a book in them, and they are destined to be an author. The truth is, there are a ton of stories and new authors waiting to be seen, but there are significantly fewer who do what it takes to complete the book writing process.

I know, the act of writing sounds easy enough, but it’s quite challenging. Life is distracting and frankly there’s nothing…


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1. Setting up your walls can be the greatest expression of true love for self. To place edges into the invisibility between you and another that (if you could hear) would sound an awful lot like Gandalf the Grey’s “You shall not pass.” It’s your greatest gift to call out your “enough.” And as an empath, it’s also your God given right to sit in a corner crying afterward.

2. “You’re ready already.” Is the truest truth that hailed out of my mouth today. It came from a place of knowingness, not just for who I spoke it to, but…


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White Privilege is a set of words that creates dividing lines. It harbors tension and conjures defensiveness at even its mention. As the racially tense climate of the USA matches July’s scorching heat, this phrase came under heavy debate in my home.

My husband (born and raised in Croatia) looked at me intensely with his hazel eyes across our quaint living room asking “what is white privilege? I don’t experience that, and I don’t think it’s real.” My brown skin pulsated in a kind of confused anger. His pale skin glaring back at me in innocence and intrigue.

Our dialogue…


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It’s not you. He with four missing front teeth, pulling a cart behind in clothes layered beyond the heat.

“Hey! You remind me of Angela Davis!” He yelled fifteen steps to the right. Looking up I see the silver of your hair, worn clean in places from life’s woes.

“Yeah, I met her at a rally in Louisiana. She was coming right at me, it was my chance. Then those two people jumped in front, they had books of hers to sign. I was empty-handed.”

The high sun beating down on the concrete where you stood. Sleeves to a…


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I wouldn’t run through it. I’d stare at the plain white on white, brass knob with a keyhole I might be able to peep through.

I’d stand at the kitchen door, looking at the faux wood planks leading to its ominous-ity and blink a few times at the brightness of the window on its side.

I would shield my heart with two brown hands, crossed over in defiance of the messages of my soul

Hanging in my night clothes at noon, laptop resting on the countertop nearby with windows set on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.

Designing my future through clipart…

Tia Meredith

Writer. Storyteller. Indie Publisher. Writing Coach. Probably writing in a floor-length kimono. www.tiameredith.com & www.creativeteapress.com

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