Monthly Archives: May 2014

Have Courage Not to ‘Man Up’

Gender exclusive language–its use in speaking and writing–was deeply frowned upon at my college. From the moment I stepped into any classroom at Emory University-across disciplines and departments–gender exclusive language was announced as a no-no. Before college, I was wholly ignorant that the use of “man/men” for the collective was a social norm that I […]

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Mr. Short-Term Memory

There was a sketch on SNL years ago, “Mr. Short-Term Memory, starring Tom Hanks, I think. The main character possessed only a short term memory. Anything past a few minutes of information vanished. A typical conversation between the character and his doctor might go something like this: Doctor: “Good Morning, Mr. Smith. The surgery went […]

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Who’s Your Baby Daddy?: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin What do you when you discover your baby daddy is the Prince of Darkness? This is not Rosemary Woodhouse’s quandary at the beginning of Ira Levin’s novel. There is a sense that Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse live in a glass house. They–mostly Rosemary–look out onto the world with the wide-eyed wonder of little […]

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Constantly Checking Activity? I am done! Well…almost…trying!

Since publishing my book, I daily–multiple times–check my paperback and ebook sales. I also check my listing on Amazon and Goodreads for reviews and ratings. In addition to that, I have this blog, my Twitter, Tumblr, and 2 Facebook accounts, which I check for activity. I used to be a fanfiction writer. During those days, […]

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Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill

Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill In 18th century England, Molly Walsh is dairy maid accused of stealing milk from the lord of the manor. Molly is not the culprit. The obstinate cow she milks each morning kicks over the frothy pail most mornings. The harsh lord turns 17 year old Molly over to the authorities to face […]

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Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson Age Range: 5 – 8 years Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3 (suggested, but a great picture book well into 5th grade) Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Puffin Ada Ruth struggles with the sadness brought on by her mother’s departure to Chicago where jobs are rumored to be available for black women. Times are […]

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On Mothering and Parenthood

Mothering is unwieldy, well at least for me. I am the mother of one teenage girl child. I think I need a pink slip. Helicopter parenting worked in elementary school and to a lesser extent in middle school. As her will grows and she becomes more and more like she is, I am getting more […]

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Book Review: Fledging by Octavia E. Butler

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler Grand Central Publishing: a division of Hachette Book Group, 2005 He raised a hand to stop me, then dropped the hand to his side. “What are you then?” he whispered. And I said the only thing I could: “I don’t know.” I drew back, held his face between my hands, liking […]

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My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

My heart was filled with joy and gladness when the insanely talented writer, magician, and monster conjurer Chrishaun Keller, invited me to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Batting my eyelashes and bowing in deference, I said, “Me? You want me to join the tour?” I quickly agreed–before she changed her mind–eager to be in such good […]

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Open Call: Get On Board The Blog Tour

Dear Bloggerly/Writerly Friends, Are you looking for free, fun, and adventurous ways to advertise a currently or upcoming published work or blog? If so, please join the “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. This is how it works: 1. Write a blog post that answers the following four questions: What am I working on? How does […]

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