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9pm Curfew

How it started: It’s New Year’s Day and I’ve been thinking for a few days that I need to do something to help me focus this month. I want to finish reading my first draft and start working out how I’ll write the second one, ready to hand to my publisher by the end of […]

Honour & Trust

Creative Mornings recently asked, “What’s something you know now, but wished you’d realised sooner?” and the world answered. I realised that I’d have to break some of my closest relationships to have deep and significant breakthrough in my creative practice. You will experience grief, heartache, doubt, and anxiety when you (re)set your boundaries. But you […]

Access Granted

I’d like to talk about applying for grants that pay us to develop our stories. I’d also like to be frank about money because I feel that’s the one thing people don’t, won’t and refuse to talk about enough. I’ll focus on two grants that I received in 2018 and 2019.  They’re government-funded and the amounts are […]

Canon Eyes

Late last year, I remember reading about Carlo Acutis, a teenage computer programmer who was beatified by the Pope in 2020. Outlets like the BBC and The New York Times wrote that 15-year-old Carlo was one step away from being the first millennial saint. A saint. Reflecting on his sweet life story and legacy made […]

Same Same

“Sorry for your loss.” “Thank you.” Someone coughs while the congregation settles down.  I walk up to the mic and tap it gently. “Thank you all for coming. I…it means a lot to me. Wow, this is so hard. When we first got together, it wasn’t quite love at first sight. It took a lot […]

About Face

Don’t you hate it when someone asks what book you’re reading and you go totally blank? *crickets* Your mind goes into overdrive. Oh c’mon! You’re a writer! Why can’t you remember what’s on your bedside table? Are you even reading? If you’re like me, yeah of course you’re reading. Lots of things. All the time. You […]

Iceberg, let us 2021

A few weeks ago, during my usual quiet writing time, I had the image of an iceberg come to me when I started thinking about the stories I am working on. I know the iceberg image is a cliché, so often used to talk about the things that are visible on the surface compared to […]

So you call yourself a writer?

So, you call yourself a writer, huh? Where’ve you been published? Can we watch your films? What’s on your IMDB profile? Oh… you’ve self-published… on your blog? Oh, you’re just, sort of starting out? Oh, so are you even a real writer? Ignore all that. You are a writer. You love words. You find them […]

How Jealous Do You Get?

Hmmmm…depends on so much! I share some pretty candid examples of my pettiness, fear of scarcity and jealousy in my creative fields. Some things I’m not proud of, but gosh talk about learning! 😳 In this crazy season, I’m confronting these uncomfy feelings that’ve blocked me, so I can create and collaborate from a deeper […]

Anger and My Artist Ways

Hi, I’m Taku and I’m a recovering people-pleaser. I’ve spent so much of my life scared of saying and hearing NO. In the last few months with coronavirus and the black lives matters protests…I’ve been forced to deal with an emotion that I’ve been afraid of dealing with: ANGER. In this video I share how […]

Filmmaker Scottnes Smith on Imposter Syndrome

Scottnes Smith shared SO much wisdom on #impostersyndrome, I can’t even write a proper caption right now. 😩🙌🏾✨ Thank you . Global. African. Excellence. Watch live on Instagram View this post on Instagram He shared SO much wisdom, I can’t even write a proper caption right now. 😩🙌🏾✨ Thank you @scottneslsmith! Global. African. Excellence. #africanexcellence […]