It’s time for another edition of Currently!
With this feature, I share with you what I’m currently into in hopes that you’ll find something that inspires you.
So let’s review what I’m currently watching, reading, writing, planning, and loving.
Watching: The Undoing.
Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, this psychological thriller mini-series had me hooked after the first episode. The show stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Fraser, a successful therapist whose life starts to unravel when her husband is accused of murder.
Reading: Girl, Gurl, Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic by Kenya Hunt
In this collection of essays, award-winning writer Kenya Hunt explores what it means to be a Black woman and a global citizen in today’s ever-changing world. As a Black American woman from the South who has lived in London for the last decade, Hunt has a unique perspective on culture, womanhood, and race.
Throughout the book, Hunt uses her personal experiences to shed light on far-reaching issues — inspiring a writer like me to do the same. For example, as shares her own stories about miscarriages and motherhood, she also highlights the poor maternal health outcomes Black women face in both the United States and the United Kingdom – regardless of education or income.
The essays explore the meaning of #BlackGirlMagic and what it means to be “woke.” The book even examines the depth of the word “girl” — both the root word of the love language between Black women, regardless of age, and a word abused by those who perpetuate stereotypes of Black women as one “neck-rolling monolith.”
Girl, Gurl, Grrrl demonstrates how the lives of Black women are as beautiful as they are complicated.
Writing: A LOT.
This month I’ve been working on stories for HerMoney, Good Grit magazine, SistersLetter, StyleBlueprint, Birmingham Times, and Babypalooza. Whew!
Planning: The relaunch of See Jane Freelance.
This weekend, I’m relaunching my freelance journalism e-course See Jane Freelance. I’m kicking off the launch on Sunday, November 15 at 6 p.m. CT with a free webinar — So You Think You Can Freelance. I hope to see you there.
Loving: The Freelance Life!
I’ve been a full-time freelancer for about a year and a half now and I still love it! Yes, I have been a full-time writer before but that first time around I was a staff writer for a weekly newspaper. And though I loved that job nothing compares to being about to write full-time on my own terms. I get to set my own hours and off days and — best of all — I get to choose what stories I write.
What are you currently watching, reading, writing, planning, and loving?