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Conversation Partners

About 4 years ago, I began writing fanfiction for the ABC drama Scandal. This became my writing sandbox, the place I could explore plot, characterization, dialogue, and words. One highly addictive aspect of this practice was receiving reader reviews. The lauds, the praises, and petitions to update were okay, but I loved it most when a […]

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Beta Reader: Open for Service

Do you need a beta reader? If you are, I am the one. If you are a newish writer, don’t try to go it alone. Words are magical such that when they ooze out of you and on to the page, they change and morph. I’m not merely speaking of the banal job of editing, […]

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Diary of a Disconnected Black Girl

Fana is disconnected. She has few friends. It seems she only writes in her diary when things are going wrong. Could a month hiatus from journal writing mean she has connected with someone? May 2, 2015 I miss college. There, I wrote it. I didn’t know I missed it until I logged on to stupid […]

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Treasures from the Dump

“Granny, please. Please let me go with you to the dump? I won’t tell Charlie, Wink, and Tater when they get back from the store. I promise. Please, please, please!” Tamarind said, her face contorted as if she were in pain. Both of her hands were clasped together palm to palm with fingers intertwined. Tamarind […]

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Don’t Talk Just Write

What I’m about to write is antithetical to the existence of this post, but… When I was penning my first book, I routinely tweeted my progress, angst, tips, etc. about anything writing or publishing related. The popular hashtag #amwriting and to a lesser extent #amediting or #indie (among others) would usually garner the most retweets […]

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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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