WTF is A Drunken Insomniac Writer?

Well first off, welcome to my newly revamped site… Enjoy!

I guess this is the section where I should give you a little background info.

Well… to almost quote Will Smith, “North Philadelphia born and raised. On the block is where I spent most of my days…” You see what I did there?  If you are familiar with Fresh Prince of Bel-air you would get it. Anyway, yeah back to me. 

Someone once asked me:

What the Hell was I thinking when I coined the name,
DRUNKEN INSOMNIAC WRITER?

My Reply: (in my most sophisticated voice)

I drink an adequate amount of alcohol & get an inadequate amount of sleep! (Oh plus I write blogs, books & stuff!)

Now here goes the plug part. I’m a Philly native business woman and mom to an awesome teenager.

I am a freelance writer and published author of horror, suspense and most notably, erotic thriller.  I wrote my first full story that spanned across several spiral-bound notebooks around the age of 13 and published my 1st book, the Virus Within in 2008.  I’ve written everything from songs, poems and essays as well as a ghost-writing gig under my belt.  I recently became a proud member of the Horror Writer’s Association, which was the proudest moment of my life, second to publishing my 1st book eventually I followed that up with a membership to the International Blogger Association.  My childhood inspirations range from Stephen King, Terry McMillian, Anne Rice, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Wes Craven, Spike Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, Oprah, Stan Lee & Toni Morrison just to name a few.  

Although I chose to publish and write under my fav genre of horror, my first love I guess would be blogging. It’s my outlet and creative source of all other things that run amuck in my brain.

I got into blogging sometime when chat rooms started becoming relics and Myspace birthed what we would now know as social media. I stayed up countless nights writing, wired somehow despite sipping on any alcoholic beverage of choice. While I am not an alcoholic, the saying that drunken people have sober thoughts was an understatement. It would later inspire my blog handle.

I began sharing my stories, poems and tidbits to complete strangers as well as taking in their stories as well. It was a world I felt I was born to be a part of and where I finally felt that I belonged. I challenged others, critiqued things, provided advice but more or less bitched about people and stuff. I could be my non-compliant self in my otherwise complaint world. It was easy to relay a part of myself that I normally wouldn’t in real life mostly because I felt weird about it.

I wasn’t just some single mom from the hood… I was someone with a voice.

I didn’t reveal much of myself too many people. Not even my best friend I’ve known since birth knew every weird secret crawling inside of my head.  Things like my sexuality to my varying tastes in movies and music. And so I created the Drunken Insomniac Writer. It was my way of coming out of the proverbial closet.

Blogging gave me a platform to complain, vent and everything else in between.  More importantly if gave me a way of separating both my liberal and conservative views.  Early on however, my love for writing was nearly squandered by the fact I had dyslexia. Mistaken for illiteracy or perhaps laziness, I remember having a teacher tell me I would never be as smart as other kids. Her ignorance challenged my hard-headedness and thus I was determined to prove her wrong. I read books with or without pictures as well wrote little poems and stories from a very young age.

It was then that I decided to not be a victim of my “limitations”.

I guess I was so fucking afraid of what others would think about me.  It was here behind a screen that I felt safer displaying the varying versions of myself. I was normally R.S. Lewis or Rose in the real world but online when I had something controversial or vulgar to say, I hid behind the Insomniac. As the Insomniac Writer, I don’t know how or why… it was easier to write how I felt than it was to say what was on my mind. I guess for so long I lived with another person inside of my head without a filter on. Sometimes even my alter-ego had another alter-ego.

It was just like in the comics, superheroes and villains often hiding in plain sight behind opposing & mild-mannered versions of themselves. Speaking of comics, I personally admired Wonder Woman the most because of her strength, sex appeal, fearlessness, and overall tough!

She protects the innocent and advises her male counterparts of the Justice League….she is bold! However, her alter-ego Diana Prince was a completely different individual. How I relate is because I am a pretty much a good girl on the surface, I pay taxes, vote and work a regular office job… I am a mother, author, business professional, conservative, philanthropist, socialite, caregiver, daughter…just to name a few!

But then there is the Insomniac Writer: blogger, pole-dancer, activist, feminist, gamer, liberal, an introvert behind a PC with a whole lot of un-PC things to say and share. My views on everything were almost always in contrast with the version of myself that everyone knew. But now the two finally came together to mix it up.  I even coined the phrase, Fucktivity as a means of describing the nonsense I deal with. Sophistication meets Bad Ass!

Just like fuckin’ Wonder Woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am pretty much a free-spirit individual and I hate the idea of being boxed in a certain category. Being from a certain neighborhood, race, creed, gender or orientation does not mean that you should have to conform to their traditional “roles”… which is why I am the a girl from the same ‘hood as comedian, Kevin Hart & rapper, Gillie with the same grit yet I could not be anymore different than my fellow alums. It is why I took the time to finally evolve my blog with that of my career as an author.

In addition, in whatever spare time I have, I instruct Zumba or Twerkout classes, I play video games and consider myself an avid movie lover (especially horror).  I think the job I held at a local movie theatre when I a teenager solidified that.  Another thing about me is my vast random taste in music. I love everything from classical to R&B & from Latin rhythm to pop (especially 80s & 90s pop) to rap to rock & heavy metal. 

Eventually, I decided that the days of keeping apart two very different sides of me were over. And so all of my personalities became one.

Another way to describe…

Ever been so tired but you’re up anyway in front of a PC, on your tablet or phone? Maybe it’s the retro pen and paper or the updated webcam…whatever it is, the drive/need/ADDiction to express, educate and entertain is so powerful that it supersedes the most common of all needs…SLEEP! That my friends is a DRUNKEN INSOMNIAC… Whether you are drunk on your ass or punch-drunk tired is a go either way.

I am a DRUNKEN INSOMNIAC WRITER…

Enjoy!

(a fav line of mine from a song)

Take a look at me cause I could not care at all. Do or die You’ll never make me. Cause the world will never take… my heart. You can try, you’ll never break me. We want it all, I’m gonna play… this part. I won’t explain or say i’m sorry. I’m unashamed, I’m gonna show my scar. Give a cheer, for All the broken. Listen here, because it’s who we are…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Welcome To The Black Parade~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My Chemical Romance

That being said, if you are still reading this much thus far, I thank you and hope you enjoy my page.

Sincerely,
R.S. Lewis