Life Before Death

On cold and rainy days, I get a little emotional. Today, being a blustery, blizzard-like, white-out snow day in New York City, I’m even more sappy, I guess. These are the days when the creative juices flow a little freer and it seems fitting to share the fruit borne in other days like this. Life…

Ten People That Could Rewrite History

Novelists have the unique ability to take an ordinary event and make it into something else entirely. Tell them your life story and they can rewrite it so you are a hero or a villain, depending on how they feel about you. Life experiences make great backstory for novel sub-plots so if you tell a novelist a…

The Roanoke Girls

Remember that crazy country and western song, I’m my own grandpa…? The lyrics offered a comedic look at the family dynamics created when a man marries an older woman, who also happens to be the mother of his father’s young wife. By ignoring the “step” prefixes, the singer realizes that since he is step father to his father’s…

Why I Blog

Seth Godin has one of the most popular blogs on the internet and he posts everyday. Here’s why he does it and it’s the same reason why I do it, if I could’ve articulated it just so. Even if no one read it, I would blog everyday. I think everyone should do so and here’s the…

Human Acts

On May 18, 1980, university students in Gwangju, South Korea began a protest against the new Chun Doo-hwan government, accusing the leader of having staged a coup, and registering their disapproval of his tactics. In response, the government declared Martial Law and soldiers opened fire on crowds of students as well as on the civilians who came…

Own It

Remember the professional clothes that women wore to work in the 1980s? They were tailored suits with shoulder pads that made them look like they were heading for a career in the NFL. That was just one of the many attempts us women have made to disguise our femininity so we could be seen as part…

DiverseAThon 2017 Completed

Last week, I participated in a reading challenge where the focus was to read books written by authors from diverse social groups and featuring characters that identified with the same marginal/minority group. I had a lot of books to choose from and during the week, I visited the library and picked up even more qualifying…

Untaming The Shrew

I’m immersed in the world I am creating  on my computer so it takes a moment to realize he is looking at me, to even notice him standing in the corner, but when I look up and my eyes meet his for the briefest of moments, I let my lids flicker quickly. It won’t do…

Hometown Christmas

Hometown Christmas Painted small town, the old man in the hardware store knows my daddy’s name so he asks, same color like last year, but the heavy tin can, blue and white stripes, Berger 303, already on the counter. Whitewashed trees, same color as the bare verandah, Fresh coats cover tiny handprints, Memories made, children…

New Favorite Authors in 2016

2016 isn’t over but everyone seems to be ready to do year-end wrap-ups and so on. I don’t want to rush December. One, because I’ve been enjoying this year and am so not ready for it to be over and two because I still have a lot of goals I am chasing this month so…

Wallflower Blooming

What The Book Is About Val and Gwen are cousins and best friends. Val has her own PR firm and Gwen is about to run for mayor. Although they both know what can happen when you work with family, Val decides to represent her cousin’s campaign although she knows it can shake her steady business….

Happy Birthday Song

It’s his birthday today. Fifteen years ago today, for the first time, I bought him a birthday card. It was yellow. Bright yellow, with a blue bird on front, eyes wide and beak open, peacock proud but with the plumage of a jay. I imagined that little blue bird could sing the melody that filled…