“A writer’s notebook is not a diary. Writers react. Writers need a place to record these reactions. That’s what a writer’s notebook is for. It gives you a place to write down what makes you angry or sad or amazed, to write down what you noticed and don’t want to forget. A writer’s notebook gives you a place to live like a writer.” - Ralph Fletcher
Them: "You should write a book!"
Me: "You already read my essays and other posts on my blog. Why does it need to be in a book? I've considered a book but it is not a particular goal at the moment and I don't want to explain why that is, but I can assure you that structural inequality is a factor."
Them: "You should teach at a college!"
Me: "Are you hiring? Because I cannot hire myself and stick myself on a campus; I am sure they would call security."
Them: "You should be on MSNBC!"
Me: "Did I state that I want to be on television? Or is that *your* dream? Can people just tweet MSNBC and demand to appear there and then pop up on a show?"
Them: "You should do public speaking at events that Whites approve of, like TED or TEDx."
Me: "Did I state that I want to do public speaking? I mean, in multiple posts I made my goals and audience clear for Gradient Lair, I am unclear about the ambiguity."
Them: "Well how do you expect your message to get out there then?"
Me: "Out to whom? The thousands who share it daily, the hundreds of thousands who view it every month? Who else, since my primary target are other Black women? Do you mean 'out there' to Whites so that you can finally view my work as valid once it has their blessing?"
Them: "But...don't you want to be seen, to be famous for your work?"
Them: "Well, if not here for fame and mainstream approval, will you do this project for me for free? I mean you don't care about money either then, right?"
Me: "Um, exploitation of labor is OPPRESSION and CAPITALISM, the things you supposedly also hate."
Them: "Then what's the point if it's not for fame?"
Me: "When you learn the answer to this question, then you'll know everything."