Hi guys, its the JO in JoMarkCreative. And I’ve been reading again…
1. What are you currently reading?
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. I’ve followed her show of the same title for years now and it speaks to me. Granted I am not a girl but I’ve got the awkward black thing in spades. This was the summer of memoirs for me and it was fun since it had been several years since I’d read one.
Issa’s words are so captivating and still retain that hilarious insights we know and love her for regarding social norms, race, dating and technology. Her life story up to this point and captured so well in her book has filled me with a renewed sense of love for my own family history and dynamics, my own skin and my dreams. Above all of that is how important is it is to realize that I matter and am impacting someone somewhere, just hopefully for the better.
I admit I didn’t expect some of her stories about love and fitting in to be so intense sometimes… emotionally I mean. Nothing too harrowing, but the way she describes certain upsets, setbacks and episodes of alienation stamped on my brain, burned right into the feels. There are plenty of laughs but there is great levity in her stories and you realize, whether you’ve lived life in a similar way, Issa is a normal person who was trying to find her way just like us and that’s very refreshing.
I picked this one up from the public library and now I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf. Issa, you’ve done it again!
2. What did you recently finish reading?
Independent Ed by Edward Burns, and after that I finally… finally read Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez. Both of these film-themed autobiographies told remarkable stories a lot like Isssa’s about personal drive, feeling lost, triumph, creativity, success, failure and most important of all: carving out your own niche in life and sticking to your guns.My favorite thing about Ed’s book was how his awesome cop father supported him no matter what and inspired him to continue to make his personal indie flicks his way, for $20,000 or less and using whatever he had at his disposal. That’s love! And as you can guess, their story reminded me of my relationship with my own dad.
Robert’s book stood out since it is a diary of his production days filming, editing and releasing his indie feature film debut,
El Mariachi back in 1993 for $7,000. There are so many stories in this book, he chronicles this Cinderella story so well and its such a treat when reading to be able to go on the ride with him and his family, from inception to the BIG TIME. Its also super cool how he and Ed both follow the same philosophy they just have different names for it, but they both use what is closest to them, craft a movie around it and go for it, all out. And they get results because they try, and if it doesn’t work then they movie on to the next idea; what they generally call guerrilla style movie making. To my fellow movie makers, I urge you to get these two books and get inspired, then get busy!
3. What do you think you are going to read next?
This new book, The Labyrinth Wall, the 1st book in the Obsidian series by Emilyann Girdner was shared with Dad and I recently online. The story follows Araina in a magical fantasy world where a strange man with powers of his on enters he home, the Labyrinth and changes her life forever. I’m a sucker for stories like this too, that plus a chance to read the work of a fellow indie writer is exciting!
I’ve only read two eBooks in my life so this will mark the third. I’m cool with them, they’re fun, but I’m still a sucker for good old fashioned physical copies, preferably paperback. As Dad and I forge new professional relationships through our own novel, we are gifted with new opportunities to touch other people and enjoy their work, even give back so I look forward to starting this book and leaving real life behind; Issa, Ed, and Robert were chill reads though.
See you next time!
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