Today I set a fifteen-minute timer and let my mind loose on an unwritten scene. A release from the minutia of revision, I’d like to set more time aside for this, a chance to let the characters develop organically through dialogue and action. If you’ve been following me you’ll know I have set up a few rewards for completing aspects of my novel. I’ve made it a fair way through character and location descriptions.
Recently I read another lesson from Me and White Supremacy. Slow progress is better than no progress? This chapter looks at white fragility and how it compounds racism. Dr. Robin DiAngelo defines this as:
A state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Leesa Renee Hall has shared an infographic on her site which depicts the standard script of what happens when a Person of Colour (POC) or Indigenous Person shares their experience with racism. All too often traumatic experiences are disregard or worse not believed.
I’ve also started reading Black and British by David Olusoga. An accompaniment to the BBC series I watched a few years which explored the presence of Black British communities way before the Windrush generation. It’s recently been re-released on BBC 2 and the full series is available on Iplayer. I highly recommend the audiobook read by Kobna Holbrook Smith. His voice is a soothing balm against some of the horrors the book depicts. One of the most intriguing finds featured is The Ivory Bangle Lady, A wealthy woman from Roman York who was of North African descent
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted. I’m not really sure where my mood is. Right now I’m just trying to keep to a routine and keep healthy, both physically and mentally. I want to continue posting as It helps bring clarity and perspective but I will only do so if it is safe and healthy.
Today I wrote 920 words