On the way, I went to a writer’s conference, the Festival of Faith and Writing, in Grand Rapids, MI, where I met other writers and listened to influential poets and novelists, such Kwami Alexander, Nikki Grimes, and Edwidge Danticat. I left the conference inspired, not only for writing but for ideas of racial unity and reconciliation.
Having been stressed out for the past three months, I soaked in the experience of being able to unwind and simplify the days.
It didn’t all go as planned (http://www.michaeljoelgreen.com/detours-stories-from-the-road-and-a-plug-for-cooters-garage-altus-ok/ ) But when is life ever predictable?
I arrived in Nashville and have been here since, a month and a half.
I spend my days in coffee shops, taking long walks with notepad in hand, hiking at Percy Warner Park, and most importantly, hanging out with my family.
I have been able to serve those living on the streets through the Bridge ministry ( https://www.bridgeministry.org ). I also just finished a novel, CONCEALMENT 48, a story of survival, set in the future, and am now working on a memoir.
This week, I fly back to L.A. to record the audiobook for CONCEALMENT 48. Two of my best friends and I have started a company, Run Diesel Productions. Our purpose is to be a leader in audio storytelling,
Sometimes I wish for more stability, that my life was more settled. But I also fear complacency. Being stuck in ruts. And comfort zones. One thing’s for sure. Life has never been rote. And for this, I say a prayer of thanks.