While perusing the aisles of Barnes & Noble this past weekend, I was intrigued by ALL the Black History books they were promoting. I stopped to read many of the titles and felt a little jolt. I got the feeling that my roller skating book should be on that stand next year; the main attraction on top of the display.
For this to happen, I will need your prayers for favor, focus, direction and divine connections. A little assistance with researching, interviewing and transcribing would help, too. 🙂 Can I count on your support?
Gloria Robinson - Writer's Digest 2011 Magazine Writing Winner
Gloria Robinson is one of my roller skating buddies who submitted a story for the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition last year, and only received a nice thank you letter for her entry. She submitted the same story this year and placed #68. And, she was the only person from Illinois who placed within the top 100. Read about her experience and link to her story below. Yay Gloria!!!
In May of 2009, I wrote a piece, which I called Parenting for a Change. I entered my story in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition, the Magazine Feature Article category. Unfortunately, I did not win; I received a nice letter, thanking me for entering the competition. Though I was disappointed, I decided I would enter the same article in the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. This time, I received Honorable Mention for my article. My entry was among the top 100, out of 1,000 participants; I was number 68.
On December 16, 2011, the names of the top 100 entrants appeared on The Writer’s Digest Website. My article will not get printed in Writer’s Digest magazine, but I will continue my efforts to get it printed in a major magazine.
I encourage my fellow writers to continue to write until something happens—then continue to write until something else happens. It is very important to stay positive, and celebrate with the winners so that your winning spirit directs you to your prize.
My special thanks to you, Marcie, for sharing your triumphs and dreams with me; as I celebrate with you, I embrace your positive energy–which is sure to propel me forward.
Gloria D. Robinson
I am pleased to announce that my roller skating site, Real Skate Stories, is up and running.
This is not the most exciting roller skating site you will find online. However, it is one of the most interesting – well to me. While all of the other sites provide information and share memories, I am collecting people’s roller skating stories and memories. Allow me to elaborate.
After returning to roller skating in 2008, I started researching roller skating in Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago and found very little information. Even the The National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska didn’t have much on either topic. I smelled opportunity.
Long story short, to make this opportunity work, I’m going to need the stories, images and anything else people are willing to share. Although my focus is on Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago right now, stories are welcomed from people all over the world. There is one caveat: I am only interested in the stories of people who used quad skates, not inline or ice skates. If you don’t know what quads are, check out the image above. Ok, those are old, but you get the picture.
And it doesn’t matter how well of a skater you were/are (or not). If you skated, your story will help me. Wow, I can’t wait to learn of other people’s roller skating memories. Visit Real Skate Stories to share your story now or share the link with others.
I have finally completed Real Skate Stories, my roller skating site, and would like your feedback on it.It has not been launched yet because I have not received authorizations to use all of the images just yet.
I set up the site to collect stories of roller skaters who skate on quad skates – not ice skates or roller blades – for my project.
I wanted to give people options on ways to share their stories: typing or video recording their responses as comments.
Here is the feedback I need:
- Is the header image overpowering? I wanted it to reflect all types of skating, but is it too much?
- Is the site easy to navigate? I want to make it clear that your stories are important and you can contact me.
- Did you find any spelling or grammar errors? I need an additional set of eyes.
- Would an image be more impactful on the About page.
- Any suggestions or recommendations?
After visiting Real Skate Stories, please leave your comments below. Thank you for your support.
Just wanted to let you know that my roller skating site is not ready :(. Not because of my slacking…this time. I’m waiting for approval to use someone’s image. Hopefully, they’ll respond soon.
Marcie’s note: This post is more for accountability than sharing my progress.
I am ashamed to say that I have been procrastinating on completing my roller skating site for months EVEN THOUGH I need the information I am requesting from people on the site for my book. Shame on me. It should have been done by August 31, 2011. However, I am pleased to announce that it will launch on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
I do have a couple posts on there, but the design and technical stuff are anti-Marcie and it all needs to come together so I can make at least a decent debut. I’ll add bells and whistles later. I’m going to work those glitches and make it happen.
If there is no word from me on Tuesday, you have my blessings to bombard me with messages of how much of a slacker by leaving comments below.
Thank you for your support.
In fact, Black people were first allowed to roller skate indoors at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago’s Bronzeville community on December 8, 1938 thanks to Jimmie Davis, the manager of The Savoy at that time.
I don’t have the newspaper articles back this up because the microfilm machines were down at the Vivian Harsh Research Collection center at Carter G. Woodson Library. I will share as soon as I am able to get copies.
Image: Jazz Age Chicago