Under Where 8: The College Scientist

Her: The College Scientist CLICK HERE TO START READING AT CHAPTER 1 The only thing Junior and I have in common is that we were both born in Jamaica. What happened next is as different as if we were then catapulted to two different planets. Auntie Daph, Daddy’s oldest sister, she filed for all of…

Under Where 3

2017 Outside the hospital is a reed-thin man wearing a porkpie hat atop a wild afro and a sagging, black trench coat, weights tugging at the pockets. He’s playing a saxophone badly, his feet tapping a percussion accompaniment I’ve never heard before and that’s not required now but it’s La Vie En Rose and I…

Writers on Writing

Writing is one of the few pursuits in which there is much advice but still so little of it that’s relevant. By the time a fledgling writer gets a book deal, gets published and becomes famous enough to be interviewed, the industry has changed so much that the advice they could offer is outdated. Every…

Free Book

I’ve been thinking about sharing my current NaNoWriMo novel project on here. What do you think? I would release it as I write it, a few hundred words at a time. That means you’d have to come everyday to read it. If you’re interested, I’ll do it. If you’re not, I won’t. There are about…

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…

Timeless

Here is a part of my heart. By that, I mean, this is a poem I wrote today that I will share with you here even though right now, it’s just a  scribble, a first draft that I might never have gone back to edit, and instead might be more inclined to keep in my…

Storyboards

If you’ve been watching the last few videos I posted on my YouTube channel, you know I have been reading The Decameron and making little storyboards to share my reading experience. Yesterday, I posted 2 more videos for Day 5 and Day 6 of #Decamorama Click below to watch Day 5 and Day 6… and then…

The Drink

As a writer, there are many online resources that I visit when I am looking for some inspiration or advice, or to see what writing prompts other people are contemplating. One such site is the Poets and Writers online magazine where today, they recommended writing an essay suggesting an official drink for your state or…

1000 with no plans to stop 

I just got this notification that I’ve published 1000 posts on my blog.  Thanks for the part you play in my continuing this project I started a few years ago. If you’ve been around since the beginning or if you just found my page today, thanks for reading and validating me sharing my thoughts with…

4 Seasons of Living

It is a certainty that as the world turns, the seasons change but how do we change to take advantage of them? Do we sit around in one season and pine for the other, more favorable period to roll around? Or do we harness the advantages that are available to us in this one? Winter…

On Writing

I am a writer means I have written something before, something you might recognize, or not, might have read, or not. My business card professes that as my vocation. My title, if I had an office, might even have an embossed nameplate that said Writer under my name. I am a writer. Often, you can…

Fooling The Killers

I’ve been reading a lot of poetry recently and loved this writer’s attitude to finding his childhood friend, or not. The poet, Taha Muhammad Ali, is from Palestine, a little part of the world where the people have endured many wars and their lives and relationships have settled into some acceptance of uncertainty. This poem was written…