"Speak Up" by Kyle Thompson
anecdotes, writing about writing

Finding (My) Voice

This isn’t about writing style like you might think, or about carving out my own identity in the literary landscape. This is about actual voice and how I’m trying to change it. I’ve always been soft-spoken. You’d think by now I’d be used to being talked over, interrupted, and not allowed to finish a thought. But just like the role…

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The 2016 Memory Jar Project

Contents: “Rock the Arts” pin “Gamer Pride” pin Florence + the Machine concert headline GaymerX pass w/ name and preferred pronoun Ticket stubs for Bonnie Raitt concert, Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Rose Cousins concert Invitation to surprise party celebrating friend’s parents’ 30th anniversary Business card from my favorite used bookstore, Finding Forrester’s Books Express pass for Universal Studios Key card…

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The 2015 Memory Jar Project

Contents: Sun Trolley ticket Ticket for a parking garage at Arts and Science Museum, Fort Lauderdale “Positive power pills” from Customer Service Appreciation week Raffle tickets for new car I didn’t win from Nativity Catholic School jamboree The moon I filled with colored sand from the same jamboree “Kiss me, you fool!” message from my sister (I guess it’s her…

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Tarot & Talismans

The king tides are upon us and the moon has become very prominent. South Florida is flooding worse than anticipated and people are trapped in their houses. It seems as if my hexes have been working after all. I had started reading up on the tarot, but I got distracted by other books, such as A Little Life by Hanya…

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Oh the Periphery

It seems I’ve gone months without writing and this may be the first time I don’t feel guilty about it. Writing used to be my primary mode of communication, but now, I am learning to vocalize and interact using this alien contraption that is my body. I have a voice and I can’t keep quiet like I used to. Most…

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