Speak to me. #NaBloPoMo.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Feminist Thought, Personal Narrative, Sexual Violence
Yesterday I touched on the risk of remaining silent. I have more thoughts on the topic, but I wanted to broach the other end of the continuum – speaking up. In this case, I don’t mean speaking out, per se, but rather truth-telling to yourself. And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. ~Audre Lorde Silence into Language As a narrative inquirer, I investigate stories. I wonder what we can uncover when we treat stories as data; when we mine them and make sense of them. I encourage women to tell and delve into their own stories, to engage in deep reflection about the gems they unearth during this work. This…
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The Risky Business of Silence #NaBloPoMo.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Feminist Thought, Personal Narrative, Sexual Violence
I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That speaking profits me, beyond any other effect. ~Audre Lorde For years I’ve carried a story untold. Two decades. Thank goddess I finally realized the untelling was its own telling; my silence its own story. Like an ill-trained architect, my silence designed a life that might not have been. And I suppose it had my permission – my silence was consent. But as of late I have been telling the story, rereading it and writing a new ending…building a brand new life. Silence wasn’t a strategy. Not a conscious one, in any event. I didn’t know I…
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To an epic March. #NaBloPoMo.

30 Day Blog Challenge
I am risk-averse. I generally play it safe. But I woke up this morning, overjoyed, excited, and inspired to tweet this: March is about to be so. damn. EPIC! Yes. — nicole denise (@ndcollier) March 1, 2013 It’s because I’m on planes every week, logging hundreds of miles in rental cars, memorizing favorite dishes in restaurants, and yet rather than wait for all of that to slow down, I’m writing anyway. It’s because somewhere amidst my hectic lifestyle, I have to pack up my apartment in paradise, and return to my roots. Something I hadn’t planned to do… possibly ever. It’s because the last day of March marks the first day of a new life. And I can’t wait! I’m not sure who this risk-taker is or where she’s been…
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Writing Round Up

Writer's Craft
So an interesting thing happened. I wrote every day in August to build a writing habit. Even though it was difficult, and some days I composed opening lines with a begrudging heart, it seems the habit part stuck. It's the 6th of September. Purposely, I have not made any attempt to write each day, but my silence has been instructive. I miss writing. I won't promise daily posts, although I do plan to hang around this space a bit more regularly. Hope you will, too. ~ Trying something new this month, thanks to a suggestion from Joshunda. In case you missed them, here were the top five posts from August: How do you persevere in challenging times? That's the heart of sustaining faith. Giving yourself permission to take up space…
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