Monthly Archives: February 2012


Writing Wednesday – the invisible brick wall and the confidence suck

Writing Wednesday – the invisible brick wall and the confidence suck

Today’s post will probably be short, mostly because I didn’t feel like writing it or posting it, but I SHOULD, so I am. I have hit an enormous invisible brick wall in my writing. The story isn’t even writing itself in my head right now. I hit this story head on and went at it hardcore for a few weeks, and then burnt myself (and my friends, I think) out on the story. I did some writing but not enough shutting up and now I’m pretty sure people are sick of hearing about this book I am writing. And have stopped writing. I haven’t written in over a week and I don’t really feel a pull toward it. I am tired (a lot) and what I really want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix videos or TV shows. At this rate, the book will be done around 2015, if ever. I know, these words are ridiculous and as soon as I have emoted about my frustration, I’ll feel a strange urge to open up the WIP and write. Until then, I just have to document that I went back and read the first 5 1/2 chapters and learned that they kind of suck. I mean, I sort of knew that when I wrote them because I did that on purpose. My mantra was to just get it out on paper so I can edit it into something brilliant. Then I went back and read it and I am depressed about how bad it seems. When I did NaNo a few years ago, I blazed right through that story. I hit 50K words in just a couple of weeks. I think I’ve hit 30K on this story and I just… MEH. I know. I know. Just dig in and keep going and don’t give up and it’s supposed to suck. Writing is editing, right? And okay it doesn’t suck, but I am seeing what I’ll need to do […]



Writing Wednesday- On Writing & Tools of the Trade

Writing Wednesday- On Writing & Tools of the Trade

Hi, friends! I have a tiny update on the progress of the book and I want to talk about the tools we writers use to stay on task and write our writes. On Writing Writing last week was a bit lackluster, but I made up for it on Sunday with about 4,000 words. Monday night I didn’t write and yesterday I got in about 1,500 words over the course of the day, including one session of 1K1H (one K one hour, where we commit to writing 1,000 words or one hour, which ever comes first). I am up to 27,000 words and have reached nearly the end of chapter 5, when the pot is just beginning to stir on the scandal that is beginning to tear my friends apart. This is the point where I really like the story and can’t seem to get the words out of my head fast enough. It’s a great feeling. Tools of the Trade Last night, as I was using my iPhone to record myself reading a portion of chapter 5, I started to think about all the nifty gadgets I use to make this writing thing possible. There’s:



Monday Morning Warm-up: What Moves You?

Monday Morning Warm-up: What Moves You?

Today’s Monday Morning Warm-Up: What has moved you lately? Obviously, the big news of the weekend was the loss of  Whitney Houston. My greatest memories of childhood are weaved together with songs from Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson… other stars too, but since we were a religious family, only a few “secular” artists were allowed to be played. Those two stand out the most. I was thinking this morning that artists like Whitney and Michael are the product of parents who grew up in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, a time when we as black people were fighting for equal rights, equal footing on common ground. There was the Civil Rights Movement and the era of black artists punching through prejudice and status quo just to be able to perform in white clubs, to go in the front and not the back and to be treated with dignity and respect. The artists of yesteryear learned hard work, sacrifice and dedication at their parent’s knee. They saw things that we of this generation (I’m a Xer, some are Y, some are Millenial) have had the blessing of changing times to not be exposed to, for the most part. Sure, there is still racism and prejudice, backward thinking and the oft-muttered N-word from some members of unpolite society, but for the most part, I have always lived in a world where I can get on a bus and sit where I want. I go to my job where I work with white people and I eat dinner at nice restaurants with a wide variety of cultured people– Caucasian, Hispanic, Indian. I’ve never had a racial slur hurled at me. I’ve never known what it is like to be hungry.  I have never not been able to work because of the color of my skin. In discussing Ms. Houston’s passing with a friend, we talked about how she has a four year old, and who will she remember as a lifelong favorite? Michael Jackson and Whitney […]



You know you’ll never love that way again…

… didn’t we almost have it all? I opted not to do a Sunday Snip today, not only because of the recent news of the death of Whitney Houston, but because I just couldn’t dip through all of my work to pick something. I’ve reached that point where I am anxious to have something new from MYSELF to read. Anyway, in deference and honor to one of my favorite favorite favorite music artists, I’d like to pay tribute to Ms Houston on my blog today. My favorite song from her was ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All‘. On more than one occasion, I have been at a stoplight, belting this song out at full volume. It’s a good thing the song was at full volume, too because I cannot sing a lick. Couldn’t carry a tune across the street in a bucket, as my mother says. I love this song because of the lyrics. It’s obvious that there was a great, great love, but she isn’t downtrodden and she doesn’t have a f— love attitude. She recognizes an incredible feeling, at an incredible time and gives love it’s due. “Didn’t we have the best of times? When love was fresh and new? Couldn’t we reach inside and find the world of me and you? We’ll never lose it again, ’cause once you know what love is, you’ll never let it end.” I want that kind of love. Rest in Peace, Whitney. Love you and miss you already. (video after the jump) 




Happy Friday! Friday Reads, On Writing, Creating a Vision Statement

Happy Friday! Friday Reads, On Writing, Creating a Vision Statement

Happy Friday!  It hasn’t been as rough a week at day job, but I’m always happy to see Friday come around. How about you? On Writing This week, while it hasn’t been rough, has been busy with lots of guests in town and a few late nights at work. I only made it to the library one night this week. Last night when I’d finally decided I was going to push everything out of the way and get in some writing, my mother sent me a text about getting her set up with some more audio books on her iPod. She is a machinist at an airplane manufacturer and listening to books helps her day go faster. By the time I got her going, it was after 9:30, but I’d committed to writing, so I spent about a half hour doing some light editing and then adding more words. I ended up with almost 500 new words, so the effort was worth it! Last night I wrote a fight between two characters that used to be lovers. I love doing that. :)  I’m just under 17,800 words. Making great progress. This weekend, I am looking forward to a full day of writing and doing some more chapter by chapter planning. I try to do 2- 3 chapters at a time, drilling down to the details. On Reading-Friday Reads My reading has suffered greatly with all of this writing, but that is why I spent most of January with my head buried in a book. I am ahead on my GoodReads challenge for the year, which should give me some breathing room for a few months. Still, I finished Terry McMillan‘s Getting to Happy audiobook and enjoyed it. It was nice and long and distracting from the daily drive.  I started Jennifer Weiner‘s Then Came You today. Audiobooks are totally saving my sanity and my ‘Read’ count at Goodreads. I just don’t have the hours upon hours I used to have to sit and read […]



Writing Wednesdays: That “All Is Lost” Moment + Progress!

Writing Wednesdays: That “All Is Lost” Moment + Progress!

It’s Wednesday! We’ve made it to mid-week and we’re still here and kicking! Congratulations! Today, for Writing Wednesday, I will update (in generalities) on how writing my novel is going, but first I wanted to encourage my readers to please check out a meaningful, applicable post at StevenPressfield.com. It’s all about that “All Is Lost” moment, when the shiny, brilliant glow of writing something new wears off and you read back on the (possibly) hundred or so pages you’ve written, declare it crap and want to hurl yourself off of a cliff, because you suck and you’ll never be a good writer, and other such temper-tantrum utterings. Not that I know what that’s like, or anything. In fact, I’d venture to say that the All Is Lost moment is where I have stopped in the past. It’s where I give up, because why would I waste my time writing a bad book that will go nowhere and not be sold and I’ll be embarrassed to bring it up? You know why? BECAUSE. That’s the only reason we need. When it’s finished, it might still be garbage, as the subject of Steve’s post claims. But it will be finished, and so will my novel. It will be the single most important thing I’ve completed in my writing career and even if it goes nowhere, I can say I did it. And then do it again. On Writing Writing is going really, really well. Mind you, today is day 8, so I’m still pretty shiny and brilliant. I have a loose plot structure and an end point in mind, and I am going a few chapters at a time, drilling down to the minutiae and what I want to cover, what has to happen now in order for certain things to occur later on. I’m a little shocked at how one of my characters came out. I had a hard time forming her, because some of her behaviors don’t paint a pretty picture of her. However, when […]




Sunday Snip: You’ve Got Mail

Sunday Snip: You’ve Got Mail

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Snip! Once a week I pick something I’ve written and highlight a particular story or section that makes me smile when I read it. Today’s snip is from one of the first stories I ever posted for the fiction archive. Most of my stories are about one character and his romantic adventures. This story was inspired by the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle You’ve Got Mail in which two mortal enemies in real life are friends online and don’t know it. In my story, a celebrity and a random person connect via a typo and neither really knows the other person very well. This scene occurs after he spills the beans about who he really is, many months after they’ve started talking. This story is entitled You’ve Got Mail and you can read it in it’s entirety here:



Friday Reads & Writing Progress!

Friday Reads & Writing Progress!

Happy Friday, everyone! No one, and I mean NO ONE could be happier that it is Friday than I. NO ONE I SAY! It’s been a long, trying couple of weeks week for me at day job and I’m just really happy that I get a few days to myself. I have plans to read and write, eat good food and laugh with my girlfriends. Let’s get this party started! But first… let’s talk about what we’re reading! Yay. Friday Reads: Week of January 30 This week, I blew through Betty White’s fifth book, Here We Go Again. It was a wonderful trip through the beginning of television, told with Betty’s self depricating and cherished humorous voice. I really had no idea she had such a robust career in radio and TV… and I’ll tell you what– back in the day that it was LIVE, those folks worked hard! Five and a half hours a day each week, on air, live. I can’t even believe it! I wish she’d told more Golden Girls stories and I wish the end of GG wasn’t all on Bea’s shoulders. Estelle also had some issues with her dementia, not able to remember lines, etc. I hardly believe one pony stopped that show, but… she refuses to dish dirt so I guess we’ll never know. I started listening to Getting to Happy by Terri McMillan but I’m not far enough along to give it any kind of opinion. I never read Waiting to Exhale, but I’ll let this one stand on it’s own two feet. I’m also re-reading, by way of audiobook, Lisa Genova’s Still Alice. I really enjoyed this the first time around, but since one of the characters in my novel has Alzheimer’s Disease, reading it has brought up all of the questions I need to ask about him and his condition, his mannerisms and habits and behaviors and also how his daughter relates to him, both before and after the disease. Besides that, […]