One Solitary Life

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” James Baldwin A [...]

Monthly Meter: November

Not much to see here folks.  But this is what it is.  The writerly life is not all moody coffee shops, snaps, and moleskins.  fellowship/publication submissions: 2 fellowship/publication acceptances: 0  fellowship/publication rejections: 2  books: Aww, you know the story.  Bleh.  Secret Shame: If I talked to other people like I talk to myself sometimes, I would [...]

How Life Leaves Us (Final Girl series, cont’d).

So fiction is part of this Final Girl series. Full disclosure: I stopped trusting my fiction after a too-long stint in middle and high school with novellas about girls named Raisin.  Yes, those stories happened.  Of course, the day may come when I side eye this the same way. But for now, here goes... --d [...]

Monthly Meter (July, September, & August editions)

I am ridiculously behind on posting my stats. So for all 10 of you who keep track of my publication oohs and oh-ohs, here they are: July fellowship/publication submissions: 0 fellowship/publication acceptances: 1 fellowship/publication rejections: 3 books: Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde Secret Shame: I am in a love/hate relationship with Sleep. Mantra of the [...]

Monthly Meter for December

fellowship/publication submissions: 4  fellowship/publication acceptances: 0 fellowship/publication rejections: 2  books:  I'm a writer--I don't read.  Apparently. Secret Shame: See above. Mantra of the Moment: Don't wait for opportunity, make opportunity.

Start Here

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White (1952) I had to read this novel as a kid and of course, we watched the movie on the big projector in the school gym as the capstone to the unit.  Those were the good old days.  If you've never read the young adult novel, it's worth your afternoon.   [...]

A Found Poem…

...that I have no business sharing because it's new and should not be out in this cool air.  Just building up its immune system is what I would tell the elders and well-meaners if they asked, "Do you really think she's ready?  Shouldn't you wait?"  But they probably wouldn't ask.  They would just hiss at [...]

Monthly Meter: November

fellowship/publication submissions: 3  fellowship/publication acceptances: 0 fellowship/publication rejections: 5 (+1 we don't like the rest of this s*?@ but we think we're kinda feeling this one piece.  Let us check it out a li'l longer. Yeah, it's a new kind of rejection for me too--or is it an acceptance?  I'm going with acceptance, like a  [...]

Top Ten (so far)

Ten months: Done. Two more left: cool. ________________ My top ten for the first ten months of this year. 1.  The Lion King (finally), Fela!, and Aida (my first opera). 2.  publishing (more in a year than I have in the previous 2 years combined) 3.  Kindred by Octavia Butler & The Four Agreements by [...]