This week I was recalling the recent discovery of a Mayan Warrior Queen in Guatemala named Lady Ka’bel. I am fascinated that thousands of years later she has emerged to tell her story through Mayan hieroglyphics and sculpture.
During her time, she was the supreme ruler of the region with more power than even her hubby. I wanted to share that nugget of Pre-Columbian history to encourage you to reign supreme over your own creativity. On Friday, December 21 we close out the Mayan era of 13 Bak’tun. I’m excited for us collectively and individually to shift into a new era of creativity and transformation because we are mujeres de tinta y papel amate; urban scribes tapping into our higher selves and telling stories in primera voz.
According to poet Francisco X. Alarcon the “Nahuatl calendar corresponds to the date “Four Flower” (Nahui Xochitl). In the Nahuatl tradition this new era is identified as the “Flower Sun” (Xochitonatiuh).” We all have stories to tell and it’s just a matter of digging deep and listening to our inner writing warrior queen to get our stories on the page. As we enter this new cycle, I’m looking forward to reading and hearing your stories in whatever medium they appear. Lastly, below are some quick tips to kick start your writing endeavors. Feliz Flower Sun!
Ten tips in celebration of the Flower Sun:
- Prioritize your writing or risk becoming your own creative apocalypse
- Writer’s block? Shake it off and keep writing.
- Get out of your own way and own your story
- Take responsibility for your writing life
- Participate in writing meet ups or create your own
- Take creative risk and get out of your comfort zone
- Read things that nurture your creative spirit
- Support a reading series or start your own reading series
- Encourage other writers to write
- Ask yourself, “How am I walking in this world as a writer?”
Stay tuned for Proyecto Latina writing meet ups in the New Year.