Too Easy to Imagine This

Parable of the Sower by [Butler, Octavia E.]It took a friend of mind’s book to introduce me to Octavia E. Butler. Don’t get me wrong, I had heard of the author, but had yet to pick up a copy of her book. As a beta reader for my friend’s soon to be published book, I asked who was his greatest influence and he proudly responded that Octavia was. Now I know why! I just finished Parable of the Sower, the first in the Parable series. This work was both captivating and frightening. Her writing and descriptions were so crisp, so alive that you could feel our country sinking into the chaotic world that existed in this book. It was an intense, yet perfect mirror of the dark side of humanity. I know it’s a book that’s been out there for a while, but I think everyone should read it. Maybe it will scare us all into a more harmonious world.

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

Out of the Fog of 2016 and into the Clear Light of 2017

 

DON’T GET ME  wrong, I have much to celebrate and to which to be grateful in the year of 2016. But, for most of it, I experienced a feeling of being stuck. I wasn’t moving forward, at least not in the physical sense. As I look back, I realize that the feeling of standing still was merely a time of reflection and a time to put myself on the right track or should I say WRITE track. So here I come 2017, word by word, manuscript by manuscript, blog by blog, and more. Each word I write means I am on the WRITE journey. Where it takes me no longer matters. What matters is WRITE now and what I am going to do with NOW. What are you going to do with 2017?

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S only a few days from a new year. This one went by like a strike of lightning. So many things happened, good and bad. So many are no longer with us and so many have joined us here on our pale blue marble. As usual, I am looking forward to the new year. I believe 2017 holds a lot of new promises that will reveal themselves. One of them is the third installment of The Sperling Chronicles. It’s in the editor’s hands finally. I am so excited about that. Hope you are, too!

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

It’s National Bologna Day

I maby-diderots-dreamsy be telling my age, but I remember the taste of a good bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread slathered with mayonnaise after playing hard all morning. Later, I was introduced to fried bologna and cheese when I could reach the stove and cook my own. It always hit the right spot. As I grew up, I became too sophisticated for a ‘bolognie’ sandwich. It’s funny, just thinking of that old staple made me think of hot summers days, sweat pouring down my little face, sometimes covered in mud from making mud pies, and open scars on my knees and legs because I was always falling because I would not stop running. I’d be skinny as I was then if I could move at the rate I moved then.

My grandmother’s voice is still in ears saying, “Sit down. Be quiet. Stop being so fast.” I could have easily driven her to drink, but she didn’t. She eventually taught me to be still long enough, just long enough, to grow up pretty well and not too fast. Even though I miss those days, I wouldn’t exchange anything for my now, especially for a bologna sandwich. I find myself eating one of those every five to ten years and each time I do, I wonder what used to make them taste so good when I was a child. Then I realize my taste buds were definitely undeveloped and my exposure to other foods were limited. But, for those of you who still eat bologna or have fond memories of eating it, Happy National Bologna Day! Oh, and if you have never experienced. Do try to eat it at least once!

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

When We First Held Hands

2013-06-27_10-48-17_515-1It had been a long day and I had a slight headache. That week had been a little crazy work-wise, family-wise, and life-wise. As usual, my nights were sleep-deprived, so on this day I decided to take an Advil PM. I have no idea how long I had drifted off into a deep snooze when my daughter knocked on my bedroom door. Her water had broken. She had already called the doctor’s office and had been instructed to present at the hospital. Talking about being startled awake and talk about shaking the effect of a sleep-inducer in less than a second, we were on our way to the hospital.

As a mother, I tried to act calmer than I really was. My daughter needed my support and no stress, at least, no added stress. Who says giving childbirth is not a stressful event? We had already gone through the trial run of this impending moment during a childbirth orientation, so we knew the drill. We followed it to the letter. All we had to now was wait, at least, that was all I had to do as we sat in her private birthing room and I finally drifted off a little on the sofa.

It wasn’t until the next morning, that our little wild child decided to make his entrance into the world. Late that morning, I had watched in inexplicable awe as he entered into the world. As he was being cleaned and weighed, other nurses took care for my daughter. I reached for him during this process and he grabbed the little finger on my right hand. I was surprised by the grip. It was tight and he wasn’t letting go. When that little boy, only a few-minutes old did that, he took my heart and ran away with it faster than a lightning bolt can travel across the sky and strike. He struck me with even greater force.

I loved my babies even before they were born and I loved him, too, as soon as I knew he was coming. But, this was a love I had never ever experienced before. It was almost surprisingly physical and as this brand new love took hold I realized something. I am a grandma. It was then I knew why my grandparents always made me feel so special. Maybe it is the realization that another generation has succeeded us, or maybe because we get to experience our children from a different perspective, it’s an amazing feeling. It that envelops your entire being. Perhaps, the reason for that is we are not the ones stressing through childbirth, through the now worrying of upkeep, and the responsibility of parenting. I don’t know what it is or how to define it, but I do know this. When I meet or talk to other grandparents, there is that same level of awe in our eyes, in our hearts, and in our voices when we talk about our grandbabies. All I know for sure is when that little tiny hand grabbed hold of the first thing he’d ever held onto in his life, it was my little finger and I can still feel it.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

WELCOME

1WELCOME to simplydilsa, the official site for author of The Sperling ChroniclesDilsa Saunders Bailey!

Dilsa is a hybrid introvert and extrovert who loves to write as much as she loves to talk. She enjoys the solitude of writing and spending time with her characters. But, she also relishes the time spent with others listening to their fascinating real life stories. Maybe it’s because she makes up stories to entertain you that she believes that truth will always be stranger than fiction, but imagination will always be stranger than truth.

Visit simplydilsa often to read her stories about Living Life One Story at a Time or to see what the characters from The Sperling Chronicles are doing.

Pitch in and share your stories, too. Guest storytellers are always welcomed.

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It’s About Time

readingHave you ever wanted something to work and it just wasn’t happening? Or, maybe you just didn’t want it badly enough? Some people would say the law of attraction knew it, so it kept it at bay because I was thinking and doing all the wrong things. I can’t argue with that. All I know is that I have always wanted to be a writer, just a writer. Forget everything else. I just wanted to capture my thoughts, my imagination, and my grandiose ideas on paper or a digital screen. You see, I am a little crazy. I have this love of seeing my words appear letter after letter in front of my eyes. This action literally makes my heart pound joyfully.

What happened? I looked up one day and realized I had written thousands of documents, but none with any real joy. Why? Because I have been a paper-pushing, document writing, email-driven human for over twenty years buried in corporate geek-speak. And, what has it done to my writing psyche? Let’s see how this sounds to you. “I really can’t wait to show my grandson all of these policies and procedures his grandma has written one day. Better yet, all of those carefully worded revisions in sets of Medical Staff Bylaws that were older than me. Oh, joy. He’s going to be so impressed.” Okay, okay. I give. I really don’t talk that way. Or, maybe I do.

I can’t complain because those formally written words provided a good life for me and I am still available to write some more (just in case you are a prospective client or employer checking me out on the web). However, from this moment on, most of my writing, re-writing, revising, copyediting, editing and watching what appears on digital screens, on paper, in books, in scripts, in movies, and on television will be done for fun.

Therefore, this blog is dedicated to enjoying and living life one story at a time. What’s your story today? What is it that you want badly enough to just grab it and run?

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka “simplydilsa” is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called “The Sperling Chronicles” and a self-help book called “A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor.”

aka "simplydilsa"