The Google Calendar alert pinged me fifteen minutes before 9:30AM:

“7 Great Ideas for Your Next Story: How to Beat Writer’s Block and…is in 15 minutes.” I kept working as the time ticked closer to 9:30. Then at 9:25, I took a self-allotted bathroom break, turned on my iPad, and entered the Zoom session. We were live.

Jolie A. Doggett, senior platform editor at Medium, led the unknown number of attendees through various activities to warm up our thinking caps and put our writing fingers to work. …

And it was paralyzing to share it with everyone.

The German countryside emulsified into a blur as my train sped past giant trees and burblings streams. The glow of my laptop flooded my face as I added a new poem to what would be my first book, My Heart of Rice: A Poetic Filipino American Experience. I pulled moments, senses, and thoughts from my memories and onto the keyboard. My fingers flew— writing has always been second nature to me. I was never hesitant in the pages I can complete given an hour, or in this case, the several hours…

Ashley Lanuza

reflections on life, society, and meaning in my 20s. My Heart of Rice (author), New Degree Press (editor), Growing with Fronds (podcaster), Living (human).

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