Introducing March TBR Blogger,
My name is Claudia Akyeampong, just wanted to introduce myself before I start blogging. Let’s see, a little about me. I am…no longer 29, let’s just leave it at that. It’s still too soon. Currently, I live in Brooklyn, NY. I graduated with my MFA in English and can’t wait till all that money spent is pays off, so I can pay off these loans. I’m just saying. There should be some kind of warranty. Like if you don’t get a job in the field you went to school for, you don’t have to pay back anything. I can get down with this. Anyway, in the meantime I’m still writing keeping my head above water, making my way while I can…more on that later, as in two paragraphs away. Yes, I’ve been in NY for the past 5 years but I was born and raised in Madison, WI. Midwest! Before you ask…yes, there are Africans in WI and yes, our cheese is the BIZNESS!
My focus in school has been poetry but I’ve also done some article writing for magazine publications in my hometown, here in NY and in the UK. In addition to writing, I am also an artist. I draw, paint, make African masks and I design jewelry. Beads, leather, fabric and metal…if it can hang from my ear, I will rock it. I just love being creative and I try to incorporate that into everything I do.
Okay, so I graduated during the recession and had the pleasure of being laid off with the rest of the masses. It’s been rough and still looking for my way. It is stressFULL! I’ve found that the stress has definitely affected me as a writer. The ways in which I would express myself have been tapped out by things that worry me. So here I am…at writer’s block. I think every writer has that period when nothing sounds right and you just come up blank. Blogging, has helped me maintain that creative writing passion within me and helped me vent like no one’s business. I hope you all enjoy my posts. Feel free to offer advice, EMPLOYMENT (just kidding…but not really) and chocolate. I will always accept the chocolates! This intro was long. Be warned, I can ramble like nobody’s business. Looking forward to hearing from you.