I signed! I have an agent! There will be more details in another post, but for now, please enjoy this wonderful announcement from the Transatlantic Literary Agency!
There has been a mighty kerfluffle. Founder Brenda Drake announced that there would be an entry fee for PitchWars on April 2nd (I guess? She has since returned to a no-fee policy). And, people had feelings. I’m one of those people. This post is about my experience as a 2017 mentee. I’m sharing because the … Continue reading PitchWars & Consistent Feminism
I don’t like talking about race. I’ve always wanted to be seen for what I am: an individual, just a person. I have never wanted to be defined by my exterior. But, for most of my life, the outside world has constantly and consistently reduced me to my exterior in just about every interaction. I … Continue reading Black Girl
The importance of failure in the writer's life. "It is possible to make use of failure, and forget it." http://ow.ly/4n71a7
How to ruin your relationship with a depressed person in four easy steps. Step 1: Ask them if they have tried not being depressed. This is by far the stupidest thing you can do. A person suffering from depression has already tried this, probably for months or even years before they share their struggle with … Continue reading 4 Steps to ruin a relationship with a depressed person
Time to pay it forward. 2018 was a major year for me. Ten years after penning the first words of my first novel, I finally signed with a literary agency! It took months for me to accept that my dream had come true and to give myself permission to believe that I was a … Continue reading Binders Mentorship Program
This blog's hiatus has been brought to you by Major Life Changes and Impostor Syndrome.
We tend, especially we women, to focus on the negative so much that we forget our personal successes. There could be a number of reasons why, but that's not the focus today. I've been beating myself up particularly viciously for not being more consistent here, and in my personal goals (working on my novels, physical … Continue reading Remembering our successes
Ask three people about Angela Davis, and you’ll probably get four or five different descriptions. Feminist? Communist? Criminal? Scholar? Vice Presidential Candidate? If nothing else, she's a #blaxit superstar. Her escape and the wisdom she brought back had a powerful impact on societal discourse in the United States. Born black and female in Birmingham, … Continue reading Angela’s Story
"...once women begin thinking about sexual pleasure, things get particularly terrifying. It begins with sexual parity and ends… where? What will women want after orgasmic equality? Equal opportunity? Equal pay? Equality, full stop? (Answer: All of the above.)" Sarah MacLean's article in Bustle, "Bashing Romance Novels is Just Another Form of Slut-Shaming" gave me life. … Continue reading Good Sex for Girl Power
This popped up in my inbox this morning and I stopped what I was doing to read it immediately. I strongly suggest you do the same for personal inspiration and the opportunity to support some own voices: Best Writing from Black Writers in 2016. https://medium.com/@bridgetmarie/the-best-writing-from-black-writers-in-2016-7d77325d41b0#.zi1xz2faf