Death By Deadline?

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Death By Deadline?

“Death By Deadline” features award-winning writer from Barbados, Cher Corbin.  Look out for her book “Silvered Mirrors” soon.

“Big Rock Tales” is a strip about “living in a writing whirl” created by Barbadian writer Sandra Sealy.
Sandra writes, blogs, teaches creative writing and is Shakirah Bourne’s “Lit Mom” (yeah nepotism BIG TIME!).
Visit her blog Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps – offering tools, resources and more for writers of the Caribbean and beyond.

Senseisha-nalism

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Senseisha-nalism

“Big Rock Tales” is a strip about “living in a writing whirl” created by Barbadian writer Sandra Sealy. Sandra writes, blogs, teaches creative writing and is Shakirah Bourne’s “Lit Mom” (yeah nepotism BIG TIME!).
Visit her blog Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps – offering tools, resources and more for writers of the Caribbean and beyond. http://www.seawoman.wordpress.com

World Book Day at Days Book Store

Yesterday, March 7th,  I was invited to read a story (thank you Arts Etc!) for World Book Day. Confused? That’s because March 7th is UK World Book Day and April 23rd is US World Book Day.  Which world is it? The UK or American world? Anyway, I won’t complain about getting to celebrate books twice.

Days Book Store

Days Book Store, located in Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados celebrated World Book Day by staging an in-store open day event, where children read from their favourite story books, and then local authors read excerpts from their stories, and discussed our writing journey and the importance of reading. This event was not only free to the public, but had live internet stream, and was broadcasted on Starcom’s VOB 92.9.

Before I go any further I want to state how impressed I am with Days Book Store for their continuous support of local writers, and their efforts to develop future readers. It is so hard to find local and Caribbean books in most bookstores – many titles are found at the back of the store on ONE obscure shelf, but I guarantee that you can always find at least one local title in the display window at Days Book Store. Thank you Karen Austin, Keith Austin and the rest of the Days Bookstore team. We appreciate all that you’re doing.

Since the event was being broadcast live on radio, I had edited out all of the cuss words from the piece I was reading called Four Angry Men; a story about four old men in a rum shop talking about women, cricket and politics. You can imagine how much editing I had to do.

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Driven To Write: 10 Ways To Earn Money Writing

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Sandra Sealy

Late one evening on the way from Pic-o-De-Crop Finals (the national calypsonian contest in Barbados during the summer Crop Over Festival) my niece was teasing me about how I should stop driving and take the bus. I’m notorious for my horrible night vision. In reply I jested, ‘No, you have it wrong. I need to make enough money to hire a chauffeur.”

Instead of laughter, there ensued a serious discussion about how hard it is to make a living as an artist. No argument there, but what made me pause was: “What you really need is a full time job.”

I felt my ears burning. “Wait! So what do you think I’m doing?” I screamed in my head.

What I said in an even voice was, “Not necessary. That’s okay.”

I continued with, “There are artists, writers specifically, who are doing their thing quite successfully.”

My niece countered, “But aren’t a lot of them doing other things to make money?”

“Yes, but that’s by choice; they don’t have to.”

Hmmm…

Then after a bit more time defending my case, I realized I shouldn’t really blame her. You see, like many looking on, her vision is too narrow. Besides, I was not the best example of “success” – if you measured it in dollars and cents, that is.

But then again, what is life without balance? Do I always write with $$ as the goal? Most emphatically not. Do I want the frenetic soul wrenching burden of being yoked to someone else’s schedule and whims as an employee? Or even doing something day after day for which I have no passion? (Please understand that not only do I have great respect for people that do this, there were times I had to do it myself. It takes tremendous fortitude.) Been there, done that and posed by the life-sized cutout character.

However, I must confess many times instead of producing regularly and being much more organized, I coast. (or get lost in a game or catch up on Facebook or watch a movie or take a nap or read). Inconsistency will not yield the money that I could be making. So, I made a renewed commitment to earn more income from my writing. After my pledge, I made a list of areas – some which I’ve started on already – that are sure to expand my writing:

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Sandra Sealy – Pen Pal

Sandra Sealy aka “Seawoman” is the Creator of Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps.

Click HERE to watch her recent interview on Youtube.  

**Compliments Russell Watson of R-Studio  and Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Literary Arts Cultural Officer of the National Cultural Foundation

Sandra Sealy – Profile

Click HERE to read about her upcoming VLOG “Writing In Sand”. 

Fondly referred to in his “Bird Rising” (Words Need Love Too-House of Nehesi Publishers) by Kamau Brathwaite as “Princess of Chichén Itzá”, Sandra Sealy is aperformance poet, business communications consultant, blogger and multi-award-winning writer of poetry, short stories, children’s stories, plays. She possesses a wealth of experience in cultural administration and freelance writing/editing. She describes herself as “a Canadian-Barbadian raised writer clutching an English birth certificate”.

Her background in public relations and marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more.Sandra’s work has been widely anthologised internationally. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.comCaribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados).

“Aunty Sandra’s” work with children lead to her being the first Poetry Editor (Adults and Kids) with the online Caribbean children’s literature magazine Anansesemcreated by Summer Edward.

Among her publishing credits are the travel writing/exclusive coverage of the concert of Grammy-winning soul artist Lauren Hill in Trinidad for the Nation Newspaper; exclusive coverage (and public relations co-ordination) of theglamorous society wedding of Barbados business magnate Ralph “Bizzy” Williams and his bride Shelly.

Her dèbut spoken-word CD single “Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single” (Butterfly Creative Productions/ Kolaiah Studios 2003) which was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com, became an award-winning music video directed by Dr. Gladstone Yearwood.

NEW: You can listen to Sandra’s 2-track music set produced by Kolaiah Studios byCLICKING HERE! The  second track “See Jazz” (click the link to LISTEN!), will be also on her upcoming album.

She actively maintains Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps (award-winning website dedicated to assisting international writers); Seawoman’s Caribbean Blogspot (writing blog); and the popular Facebook group Caribbean Writers.

Read her candid interview with Caribbean Literary Salon.

Please feel free to contact Sandra or see her Writing Credits here or at Contently.com for more details. Follow her on Linked In.

Memberships

**Caribbean Writers on Facebook (Creator)

**VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective (Member/2nd Co-ordinator)

**Good READS (Member) goodreads.com/seawomanBDS

**The International Travel Writers Alliance (Member)

**Barbados Copyright Agency (B-COPY) – (former Director/Board Secretary) – bcopy246[at]gmail.com

**Freelance Writing Organization International

**E-Drum

**SheWrites Member

**Timbooktu.com

**Visit Caribbean Literary Salon