Showing posts from November, 2013

Why Admitting I Need My Husband Was So Hard For Me

Hey err'buddy! An article I wrote on marriage is up on Black and Married With Kids

Check it out here.

For those of you that followed my work at We of Hue, it is spin off of a piece I wrote titled, Raising a Single Mom a few years ago. If you enjoy it, please comment and share it with your friends!  If you don't, tell no one and keep it to yourself :-).  Thus far, the feedback has been amazing! I have read every comment and feel empowered knowing so many of you share my struggle!

Love and Light,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eatin' the day away with the husband, tiny humans and extended family.  So grateful that I am warm, fed and surrounded by love.  I hope you and yours have a wonderful, wonderful day!
Love and Light,

Black Artist Manifesto

“You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.”
James A. Baldwin
I don’t know if I can pinpoint a day I decided to do what I love.It was more of a collection of days.A collection of events.It was a collection of circumstances that removed the price tag from my life.Love, loss, my penchant for natural hair… whatever it was, I changed. As I basked beneath the ambient light of my dull, gray cubicle and watched as the heavy arms of the clock made its painstaking journey from nine to five o’clock… somewhere between wishing the day away and forcing my heart to care about what my mind did, I realized what I was doing wasn’t working.I couldn’t survive off the promise of happiness at the end of my journey.I needed to be happy now.
For me, this commitment meant a torch lit path to the journey of a writer.A writer since I was six, words have always been my shit.…

There is no spoon.

It’s such a strange life we writers lead. For the past few weeks, I have been working hard refining Yellow Belt.  Yellow Belt is the next story in the Dani’s Belts series which follows my protagonist, Dani, as she struggles to survive the zombie apocalypse. It is unlike anything I have ever written.  My writing is usually very literary and heavily grounded in reality (for better or worse). Oddly, however, out of all the many, many characters I have created (written and those that dwell in my head), Dani is probably the most like me.  She appreciates a good shoe, loves hard but not always wisely, perpetually underestimates herself, and when it’s all said and done, is happiest hiding under a blanket next to someone she loves.  The creativity lies in placing someone like that in the extraordinary situation of the zombie apocalypse.  Something I have, thankfully, never lived through.Recently, someone on Twitter asked me why I titled the first story, White Belt.  This fall, I enrolled my s…

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Love and Light,

7 Signs I'm Overtired (Ode to My Sleep Deprivation)

1. The sun is far too bright.

2. I randomly pump myself up to stay awake.

3. I find myself waking up when I didn't know I was asleep. 4.  I overreact to any sign of conflict.

5. Everything is funny. 

6. And yet, everything is sad. 7. I almost never make it to the bed.

Raise your hand if you're taking a nap this weekend!!! Oh yea. I'm doing it big, folks. 

Love and Light,

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Readers

A week ago today, I took my first big step into the world of a published author by self-publishing my short story, White Belt.  I sought to prove three things to myself:

I could meet a deadline.I could write horror without peeing in my panties or writing "just kidding" at the end of every sentence.I could find an audience.
BOOM on that first one!

#2 also gets a big fat check of success.  I LOVED writing White Belt. So much so, I am turning it into a series.  My protagonist, Dani tripped into my fraidy-cat heart with her clunky shoes and horrible taste in men and I fell in love.  I am rooting for her and I can't wait to see where her journey takes her.

#3 is still in progress.  Over the past week, I have found a ton of people on GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter, and the good old fashioned world wide web.  Crazy Zombie lovers like me.  A whole seedy world of the Black and Nerdy.  New Adult authors who write to escape.  Local bloggers looking to find and su…