The Game

Hey Writer…

I have a couple of questions for you:

When you are a writer, which do you focus on: the art of writing or the publishing game?

What I am finding is that sometimes you may have to do some things you aren’t interested in, to get what you want done.

The Game.

What’s hot in literary circles right now?
Is that what you’re writing?
If not, what are you willing to write what is?
Do you have a platform?
Will people purchase your story?

These questions are real to the writer, but they are not really about the art.

I just had a conversation with an up and coming area writer D. Watkins and he made me really begin to reevaluate where I stand in this business – because at the end of the day, that is what it is! He challenged me with doing whatever it takes, to do what I want to do eventually.

He asked me a question I want to ask you, Writer:

Are you willing to write whatever will get you in the door?

Well, are you?

Let me know.

Happy writing,


The Monday Minute {Life in Critique}

This weekend I attended another CCW {Charm City Writers} critique meeting and to my abject horror – I submitted part of a chapter from As Luck Would Have It © that had not even been edited! OH THE HORROR! The formatting was off completely and the entire chapter was mostly dialogue!

Well. At least they loved the dialog! LOL!

I need to add more narrative and insight into the main character’s voice in this chapter so I am going to work on that ASAP.

In other news, one of my cohort was picked up by an agent! She sent out the rest of her book last week and is on needles and pins waiting to hear back from her new agent…

I thought that was a reason for celebration, but she was more afraid than anything else, poor girl! I understand, but I know that if God is going to take me to a place, He is going to see me through to the completion of the goal!

I realized this week in the meeting that I am in great company with the writers we have assembled in our group; one writes memoirs – Barbara, one writes paranormal – Roslyn, one writes dystopian – Andy, another writes teen – Val, another writes straight fiction – Faith, and I write women’s fiction, and three of the six have been published by a major house or is on their way to being so!

I say the odds are in my favor!

I have to get to my revising and redrafting so…

Talk to you soon!

I’ve Been Redeemed!

They let me back in y’all!

I wasn’t banned or told to kick rocks, play in traffic or any of those other mean things people say when they don’t want you around…lol

I just contacted the coordinator and told her what I would do and I did it!


The only thing is, I have to get back into reading other’s work and not writing my own. It’s an effort that is well rewarded because you get to see other writer’s styles and the different genres that are being presented…

It’s an exercise in practice as well as exposure, so it’s a WIN-WIN.

I always like a good WIN-WIN like Steven Covey always says – Seek win-win in all interdependent relationships and critiquing and being critiqued is just that: interdependent.



I’m back online….

I’m back to writing 3 times per week on my novel The Wayward Wife…

I’m back to writing poetry and I’ve written a short story to my new beau about our imagined honeymoon abroad… (SPICY!)

I guess its safe to say that I am back on track!

Writing… Not


So the plan was to work summer school, coast financially and finish two books this summer. What ended up happening was that I got this really cool fellowship with Teach for America to follow a principal and be mentored on how the process works. I worked for pennies and during that whole the process, I also took three PDs to further prepare myself for Common Core implementation (and to prepare my pockets for a raise ^_^), one of which certified me as the Data Team Leader in my school!

Needless to say, writing didn’t happen over the last 6 weeks!

Shoot! Not much happened at all over the past 6 weeks, except work and presentations! SMH! I have to say, this was the most productive summer I have had since I started teaching! (It’s been 9 years!) Which is good and good… But just not good for having fun! LOL!

I am going to have to buckle down and schedule in the time to write with alarms and everything in order to hit my new scheduled finish date for one book. Yes, one; I am ambitious… but not crazy! Well… Not that crazy! LOL!

I am also going to have to make sure that I heed the alarm when it goes off! LOL!