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Nana

My grandmother, Lena Faye Bridges Cockrell, or Nana as I called her, was the most influential adult in my formative years. She and I were close, possessing an altogether uncanny understanding of one another. She taught me to make biscuits from scratch when I was six, how to use a typewriter when I was nine, and gave me safe haven when I came out as gay at sixteen. She made time to attend my theater performances, bought me school clothes every year and always professed her belief in me. To others, her opinions were intractable, her pursuit of perfection was inflexible, and her judgments were implacable. To me, her love was unmistakable.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, my grandmother passed away at age 87. It was also her birthday. Last year I shared two short Nana-inspired writings to honor her memory. On the recent anniversary of her birth and crossing over, I’d like to share another:

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Letting Go of What Others Think About You

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This summer I found a way to love my family without needing their acceptance.

A year ago this week, my grandmother died on her birthday. In the weeks following her funeral, I had recurring moments in which I heard her voice, telling me to reach out to my relatives on my father’s side of the family. “I’m gone,” she said, “but you have people who love you and want to see you. Let them.” I heard her words, but I didn’t act on them.

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Coffee, Biscuits & A Yellow Pickup Truck

Nana

My grandmother, Lena Faye Bridges Cockrell, or Nana as I called her, was the most important and influential adult in my formative years. She and I became quite close, possessing an altogether uncanny understanding of one another. She taught me to make biscuits from scratch when I was six, how to use a typewriter when I was nine, and gave me safe haven when I came out as gay at sixteen. She made time to attend my theater performances, bought me school clothes every year and consistently professed her belief in me. To others, her opinions were intractable, her pursuit of perfection was inflexible, and her judgments were implacable. To me, her love was unmistakable.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, my grandmother passed away at age 87. It was also her birthday. Below I have shared two Nana-inspired writings to honor her memory.

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Simon Spurrier’s Narrative “Legacy”

X-Men Legacy #4

The world is made up of stories. Or is that stories make up the world? Either way, in our comics, novels, television shows and movies, we are all inundated with narrative. Many folks enjoy their stories with cliffhangers, tantalizing moments of peril in which they are suspended until the next installment. Others enjoy complete done-in-one stories in which all the plots and character moments are resolved in a tidy fashion. Which is more satisfying? Is there some crossover to be had with both approaches?

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Are You Writing Your Story? Ray Bradbury Has Some Ideas For You

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“There is only one kind of story in the world. Your story.” ~Ray Bradbury

In his book, Zen in the Art of Writing, acclaimed author Ray Bradbury shares his insight on how to be a better writer. In short, he posits that success in writing depends on how well one examines their own life. He shares anecdotes about how he activated his authorial process as a beginning writer:

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