ABOUT DOUBTS & DESIRES
Hi. My name is Linjen and I have been writing since I was a little girl. I still have more than a handful of diaries in a dusty box down in our basement, where I poured my heart out. I sometimes flip through those pages and ask myself if I could ever write like that again? Fearless. Honest. Those pages were an outlet, an escape for me. What I didn’t realize then was that I was nurturing a love, an obsession for an art that would one day become my identity. I still remember my 5th-grade teacher’s face and what she said when I wrote my first short story, “You wrote this?” I understood that she was happy with what I had written, but it wasn’t until several years ago that I understood that her content came from her learning about my honesty. She learned something about me that day. Something I strive to continue to learn about myself. Through writing is where I find my most pure self. I write this to you, my one-day constant reader, in hopes that we both learn about who I am ever evolving into. I hope that is someone I can make you proud of…maybe even just as proud as that 5th-grade teacher.
My writing has always been heavily influenced by my own painful experiences. I had a fascination for human emotion, though I did at times write about the beauty of my childhood.
And now, I suppose like many artists do, I have fallen in love with another form of art, Photography. I’m still learning, but I’m constantly inspired by my favorite muse, my son.
In my early 30s, my world fell to pieces. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and having just moved to New York, I felt alone and very angry at life. I stopped writing.
A year and a half later, I met a kind-hearted trader. He helped me pick up the pieces, and I began to grow in endless ways. I found myself again. I married this kind-hearted man and returned to my writing. It is because of him that I created a blog.
So now I’m a Mami, wife, and still an artist at heart. Always an artist. But still learning to balance it all. I think one day I’ll get it right.
I live in New York City with my tribe; my loving four-year-old son, Ishaan Abraham, and my biggest critic, my husband Tapas. This is a journal of the moments I live. So here I am. With proverbial pen to paper, musing about all my doubts & desires.
I idolize everything NYC.
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Hi, my name is Josie. I have been entrusted the great honor of co-authoring this blog. I strive to participate in an exercise in honesty, love, beauty…truth.
Here’s my rant; I will make it brief. These days we are writing more. More tweets and status updates, but we are also losing the interiority of our selves. Writing that provides the space for thoughtful reflection is a dying art form. I love being a part of this endeavor, as it promotes such contemplation.
Who I am — the resume me: I am a lecturer at the University of Miami and an adjunct for Florida International University. I have a Ph.D. in English literature. I focus on composition, Caribbean and Latino literature and culture. I feel privileged to teach and absolutely love that my ‘office’ is a classroom. I am a wife, a mother, and a friend.
Thank you, Linjen and thank you, constant reader for participating in the contemplation of the self. Maybe we all learn a little bit of who we are, what we are doing here and why our souls have crossed paths today.
*Thank you Stephen King for giving us the phrase, constant reader.
***Featured in Miami New Times (June 2016)
***Featured in Latino Rebels (May 2016)
***Featured in A Child Grows in Brooklyn (March 2016)
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***“Bending Bone China: Juana Valdes’ Politics of the Skin.” Miradas: Revista digital de historia del arte y la cultura Ibérica e Iberoamericana. 2 (2015) <http://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/miradas/article/view/22432>. Web.
***“To Dream, to Be: Chaviano’s The Island of Eternal Love and Mythical Postmemory.” Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana [A Dispersed People: Social and Cultural Dimensions of the Cuban Diaspora]. Edited by Jorge Duany, Valencia, Spain: Ediciones Aduana Vieja, 2014. Print.
***“Flags that Wave with Love: Juana Valdes’ Te Amo Project.” ARC Magazine. Features (December 2013) < http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/12/flags-that-wave-with-love-juana-valdes-te-amo-project/>. Web.
***“Bodies Scared Sacred at the Crossroads: Vodou Loa Erzulie in Mayra Montero’s The Red of His Shadow and Ana-Maurine Lara’s Erzulie’s Skirt.” Hispanet Journal. 6 (March 2013) < http://www.hispanetjournal.com/Volume6.html>. Web.
***“Tuning in to the Role of Music in The Dragon Can’t Dance and The Harder They Come,” in Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Culture. Edited by Dorsía Smith, Tatiana Tagirova, and Suzanna Engman, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. Print.
***Many moons ago in Reader’s Digest Selecciones