15 Jane Austen Adaptations You Need In Your Life

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2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In the past few weeks there have been celebrations, including the reveal of a ten pound note featuring a portrait of Austen. She was only 41 when she passed, but in that time she managed to write seven novels, along with many more short stories found […]

#BlackGirlMagic in Publishing

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First off, there is so much #blackgirlmagic happening in publishing write now. Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Dhonielle Clayton. It is beautiful to finally see more black women making it in publishing. In theaters now is Everything, Everything, a YA romance based off of a book written by a wonderful black woman, Nicola Yoon. I get so […]

Poem: Oh, Black Woman

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I haven’t written poetry in years, but something about the ever present #resist if our lives has me needing to express myself. Given the subject, it would have fit in February, but there is never a wrong time to celebrate the beauty of black women. Oh, Black Woman Oh, black woman How you carry us […]

January Check-In

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85k90: 13,406 out of 29,278 GYWO: 13,406 out of 16,986   Projects- Star of Xianu: 2,685 out of 40,000 (42,737 out of 80,000 total) Court Square: 8,973 words (45 out of 90 pages) Short story: 2,141 words Blog posts: 757 words   To date: 85k90: 13,406 out of 85,000 GYWO: 13,406 out of 200,000   Thoughts: I […]

No Writer Is An Island

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Well that is a bastardization of the old saying, but it rings true. A writer has to really actively try hard to be alone. Even if they are removed from traditional publishings, there are still editors, cover designers, beta readers, and the all important reader, among others, that are with you along the journey. For […]

Dinner For Two

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From the moment her foot descended into the water, the bath water and bubbles turned from a cheerful, bright white to a soft, comforting pink. The hot water was the perfect thing to relax Bethany after her long day. It was rare that she had such a physically active day and now her body just […]

Drowning

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As time begins to run out, I wonder if I have any chance of survival. I can feel the stinging numbness run its fingers up my legs. I start kicking my legs harder, but treading the water all this time has just made me tired and the kicking is making the stinging hurt even more. […]