Souls Stirring on Display

by Makasha Dorsey on July 17, 2014

Good morning. I’m in a pretty good mood. Today is opening night for the 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show, and I have a piece on display at City Arts Factory. This is my first art show in more than 20 years.

souls stirring

The 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show is a multi-media art show featuring all female artists.

OPENING NIGHT • JULY 17TH 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Art will hang until August 16TH 2014
City Arts Factory
29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Free Admission • Over 200 Works of Art
Cocktails By Donation

Makasha Dorsey’s Entry

Title: Souls Stirring | Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Board | Price: $650

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What’s My Writing Process?

by Makasha Dorsey on June 26, 2014

I was honored and slightly petrified when Shonell Bacon, my favorite editor and awesome-writer-friend, asked me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She challenges me each month over at www.snaps100words.com so I acquiesced and accepted this challenge, too.

So, here goes…

MyWritingProcess

What are you working on?

Before I retreat into the Data Den of All that is Awesome—my writing cave that lies somewhere between my right and left ear while I’m sitting in my home office—I spend most of my day writing public relations plans, media pitches and various copy for my clients.

Right now I’m working with Kamica Hampton, a Houston-based luxury real estate agent, to compile an ebook that walks women through the process of home-buying. It’s jam packed with useful information and, best of all, she is giving the book away for free!

Creatively, I have several irons in the fire …

  • First Family Secrets (The Church House Series, Book 1) – after much procrastination I decided to re-release my first book. I uploaded it to CreateSpace earlier today.
  • Good, Before & After He Finds You: A Lesson in Perpetual Personal Branding – 3 years ago I facilitated a workshop for women who eventually wanted to become wives. My perspective is that all women are wives—just waiting to be found by the right husband. If you don’t believe me see Proverbs 18:22. Anyway, I’m in the process of finalizing a self-help book based on the workshop. You can get the gist of the contents here.
  • The Boy in the Chicken Coop – It’s not a children’s story. I guess it is somewhere between a short psychological thriller and a twisted romance. Kinda creepy, huh? 

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I’m not sure that I fit neatly into any genre. While all of my work is inspired by my relationship with God, personal experiences and day-to-day observations, I don’t hold some of the constraints adhered to by many Christian authors.

Life is messy. My work is my perspective and solution to life’s messiness.

Why do you write what you do?

There is no other choice for me. If I didn’t write I’d have to live with all of the voices in my head.

I write because words have helped me get through so many of life’s challenges. Writing started as a way for me to face the sexual abuse I suffered from the time I was 3 years old until I was seven. Then it progressed into a platform where I could encourage, educate and uplift others.

Now, writing is like breathing for me. No matter what I write I experience a sort of nirvana.

How does your writing process work?

When I’m inspired I write. Believe it or not, I write daily for work and for my sanity.

I keep a journal with me to jot down ideas as they come. When the journal is full, I file it. On the days where I lack inspiration, I revisit those journals to help me write.

As far as the actual process of writing, I usually writing a 3-5 pages synopsis first. Then, I use that synopsis to do an 8 point story arc. From there, I write each chapter. Typically, my first draft of a full length novel is about 45-55k words. By the time I re-write, I’m at 100k words. During my self-edit I get rid of information until I hit about 85k words. Of course, I send it out to an editor then.

Up Next …

I’m excited about the women participating on next week. Keleigh and Jamesina  are contributors to The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books). The other one is LaShaunda Hoffman, the creator of Shades of Romance Magazine (SORMAG).

Keleigh Crigler Hadley loves making things up and calling it fiction. [website] [Twitter][Pinterest][Instagram]

Jamesina Greene is a Published Author; Minister; Mother and Writer who is dedicating her life to positively impacting and empowering the lives of others. [Facebook][Twitter]

LaShaunda Hoffman is a booklover who shows it by promoting books via SORMAG. [website][Twitter][Facebook]

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Beauty Queen | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words #Inspiredby Maya Angelou

June 9, 2014

It’s that time of the month again. My 1000-word short Beauty Queen is now live over at Snaps1000Words.com. I had originally intended to write a sweet love short for June. However, when Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most precious literary voices of our time, passed, our editor challenged us to write something inspired by […]

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Seeking Test Readers for First Family Secrets by Makasha Dorsey

May 22, 2014

I’m finally taking my own advice and re-releasing my first book, The Church House. Because the book was initially intended to be a part of a series, I changed the name to First Family Secrets. Right now I’m looking for test readers, twenty of them as a matter of fact. If you complete the form, […]

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10 Ways to Be a Better Father & Husband

May 22, 2014

This guest post is courtesy of Dr. Tredell Dorsey, my husband. Today I was sitting at work thinking of how I can be a better father and husband. I have to find the balance of being a great father and husband, but how? It seems that when you give more to one you lack with […]

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Longing After You | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words

May 12, 2014

It is that time of the month again. And, I decided to write about love and longing from a man’s perspective. You know, how a woman can drive a man CRAZY. Yeah, I wrote that in all caps. Alright, here’s part of it but you’ve gotta go on over the Snaps1000Words to read the rest. […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow by Lisa Sparrow | @lisasparrow41

May 9, 2014

Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the […]

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Z is for Zero | #atozchallenge #autism

April 30, 2014

Zero is a pesky little number. Left alone it equates to nothing. But, placed at the end of a number it increases value. Life is a little like the number zero. Besides the love of your family, you enter the world with nothing. Eventually, you acquire knowledge, education and physical resources—life experience. Throughout life we […]

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Y is for Yes Ma’am | #atozchallenge #autism #manners

April 29, 2014

I know a lot of people don’t teach their children to say “yes/no ma’am/sir” because of personal and regional reasons. I get that. I’m Southern and I was taught to say those words as a means of respect so I used them as a means to discuss manners. This post will probably make a few […]

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X is for X-Ray | #atozchallenge #autism

April 28, 2014

Because of folklore and pop culture, skeletons evoke feelings of fear into us. I’m not sure if the emotion relies on our innate fear of death, or our fear of the supernatural. Either way I struggled with my decision to use the image below. In medicine, x-ray technology is used to find abnormalities and broken […]

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