My Top 12 Stories of 2020

1. Short Story

This may be my favorite work of fiction I’ve written this year. The title is intentionally vague. I want readers to step into the main characters shoes and walk along with her. It could definitely use some love. If you read it, I’d love to know what you think in the comments section.

2. Psychology/Ideas

I’ve found a place where I can ponder life and discuss ideas with other readers and writers. That has been such a gift in 2020. This article reflects on how the global pandemic may be a push of the human species towards the greater good.

3. Lyric Essay

Kelly Eden gave me the knowledge of a form of writing this year — the lyric essay — and it touched my soul deeply. I’ve written two — intentionally — so far, and I’m sure more will come in 2021. This piece focuses on the experience of writing my memoir — which is still in progress.

4. Creative Nonfiction + Nature

This was my first piece of creative nonfiction written for the platform. I’d tried a couple of gardening tutorials and they’d done very poorly. I was tickled at the response I got (and continue to receive) on this personal essay about family, nature, and intuition.

5. Writing + Inspiration

I’d been writing on the platform for about six months and I was floundering. Hard. I wanted to be successful like the top writers. And, I wanted it six months ago. I was discouraged, disgruntled, and sick of trying to play it by the rules. So, I wrote a pep talk to writers — and myself. It has resonated with many since its publication debut. I am honored to be a cheerleader for using our authentic, unique voices. When we do this, our stories are so much more compelling.

6. Humor + Writing

In 2020, I discovered I can write humor and satire! My jokes tend to fall flat and be poorly executed when I’m in person joking. Give me a keyboard and I can be cheeky, witty, smart, and funny. Yes, please!

7. History + Tulsa Race Massacre

This is the most difficult article I’ve written for the platform. It required lots of research and being open to changing my own point of view when given new information. 2021 marks the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. There will be media attention on Tulsa. There’s a likelihood that the victory part of the story will be left out. Carlos Moreno is making great efforts to see this part of the story is told.

8. Poetry

I wrote a ton of poetry this year. One of my breakthrough poetry moments was when I sat down and put pen to paper to create a submission for Suntonu Bhadra’s publication, Paper Poetry. I was later asked by a writing friend to choose a poem to read for a podcast he is working on that will feature poets reading against different musical scores. It has been really fun working with Scott Muhlestein on this project. I’m looking forward to hearing it and promoting it in 2021.

9. Music

Turns out I really enjoy writing about TV, Movies, and Music. One of my favorite pieces is a compilation of three womxn rockers who I adore.

10. Book Review

I found Anangsha Alammyan Books Are Our Superpower and thought to myself, here’s incentive to get reading again. Thank you, Anangsha, for bringing me back to reading physical books, turning the pages with my hands. The following review has resonated with readers. Some reader question my assessment while others don’t. My assertion here is pretty strong. I enjoyed Westover’s book and highly recommend it. I also hope to see her writing — and growing — more in the future.

11. Relationships + Self-Love

This is when I broke through my wall of self-consciousness in writing. And, it felt amazing.

12. Mental Health

I live with anxiety, depression, and OCD. I wasn’t diagnosed with OCD until after the age of 40, which is quite unusual. Mental Health and Self-care is close to my heart. You’ll find my writing on these subjects mainly in Invisible Illness and Age of Empathy.

Memoirist-in-progress. Writer down to my bone marrow. Meaningful connections are my happy place. (affiliate link).