Aja Hannah blogs the unique, thoughtful, and broad-ranging Diaries of a Mixed (Up) Kid: “a work of creative non-fiction in the first-person about the struggle of mixed kids growing up in a still divided nation. We confront the problem of emotional and psychological taunting as well as the mental mindsets that stem from such abuse. Other posts include the developing thoughts on faith, love and sex, and fitting in.”
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Why do I write? Should I say something existential? I write, therefore I am. Or artistic? I have the desire in me that must be fed. I cannot help, but to write. Or realistic? It could one day make money and it’s the only thing I’m good at.
I realize that I ended on a preposition, and that these are also all truths. The reason I write on race and other issues is that I actually believe in these things. I want change and not the presidential kind either. This change is for awareness and equality. It is not abstract. It is not for everyone. It is undeniably truthful and passionate, disheartening and hopeful. It isn’t always happy or easy or fun to write either.
I write because I believe, because I want. (I also write because I am a poor public speaker). Where I write. Oppression and derision; walking upstream in the waters of free speech, not drowned out by a hard downstream current of pop life, media frenzies, and political squabbles. So I should write in my happy place…
About my happy place: I do have one. My fiance set me up with a desk in a room dedicated to writing. Still, most nights I end up on the couch, writing through the sound of smut television shows and complaining about distractions. Woe is me.
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