Monthly Archives: July 2013

Construction: The Art of Writing (and Rewriting)

On the desk before me sits 200 crisp pages from FedEx Office. I have done several drafts of Tattered Butterfly Wings. Now, I am prepared to do the real work. Over the next few days, I’ll go back and examine … Continue reading

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Dreams and Disillusion

This morning while I was looking underneath my bed, I discovered a journal from nine years ago. Back then, I was having vibrant and very vivid dreams. Whenever I woke from those dreams, I would write them down in my … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story Behind the Poem

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.” –Anne Lamott Since I published my anthology, “Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood,”  one of the … Continue reading

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Next Steps

For those who have been reading my blog lately, you know that I am in the post-editing stage with my novel Tattered Butterfly Wings. I’ve been sending out query letters to agents and researching publishing houses.  Well, I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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What a Black Mother Knows Writing this poem took almost as much labor to complete as raising my two sons has taken. It’s really difficult to express the frustration I feel as a mother trying to raise my sons to … Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Rejection Letter

(Ah, notice how there is no introduction. No, hey you. No, Dear Author. This could be the letter that is mailed en masse to all authors who have submitted query letters.) Thank you so much for sharing your work with … Continue reading

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Dream Big This is a performance of one of my poems by my children. My son came up with the concept of having other people read the lines. Toward the end, I cried. I feel the pain of that final … Continue reading

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My Black King This is one of  several poems that I have recorded and uploaded to Sound Cloud. Please listen and let me know what you think.  I include a short description on the Sound Cloud Web site that makes … Continue reading

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Are You Writing High-Concept Fiction?

Huh? High-concept fiction. What is that?  I’m glad you asked. Before I bought the July/August edition of Writer’s Digest, I didn’t know what it meant either. But I will happily share it with you here because that’s just how much … Continue reading

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