Frustrated in 2022

Today is Martin Luther King's birthday, and just as he had a dream, I too have a dream to see Amachi's Hope on the shelf of my local bookstore! Most of our goals are attainable if we are willing to work hard for them. But from time to time, we grow frustrated with how...

Happy Holidayz?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Looks like I'm on a roll! Check out my second piece, published with RVA's Life in 10 Minutes Project! I'm ending the year on an accomplished note! 🙂 https://www.lifein10minutes.com/your-10/2021/12/29/happyholidayz Enjoy and Blessings for the New...

Just Do It Already!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! I know that Monday was to be my last post of the year, but I had to share this! No I haven't received "THE CALL" yet. But one thing that can cheer a writer up while waiting for a "Yay or Nay", is seeing their words published in a local online...

I’m Still Open at the Close!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! It's December already, and we are weeks from Christmas and a New Year! It's hard to find the right words to describe these past two years—with all the downs and ups. But each year, I start with the same wishes: Health and Strength for me and mine...

A Writer’s Sigh of Relief… For Now

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Happy Monday!  I cannot believe it's November already! The madness that was DVPit has passed and I got one "Like" from an agent, which I am more than happy with! I cannot imagine the insane amount of people who pitched their...

Pitching and Stress: Two sides, same coin

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! There are different forms of stress. There's your everyday stress (work, family, etc.), and then there's your 'writerly' stress. You know, it's the anxiety we intentionally put ourselves through by asking someone to take a chance on our work....

Switching Genres: Yay or Nay?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Last week, I found myself dealing with a writerly conundrum. It continues to be quite frustrating as it affects my chosen genre and whether I should change it. For many years, Amachi’s Hope has been written and promoted for the Young Adult...

“Writing a book is so easy!”

Happy Fall Y'all! Now that we are in a new season, I cannot help but think of all the time we've put into developing our craft. So, when I hear or read someone saying that "Writing a book is easy," I roll my eyes. They have yet to experience the hours, days, months,...

Happy ‘Procrasti-Labor’ Day!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Not only is today Labor Day (Thanks to all our hard-working folks out there!), but surprisingly enough, it’s also Fight Procrastination Day! LOL! Whose idea was it to create a holiday against procrastination on the same day when we’re not...

Writers: How do you deal with rejection?

You send a query. You wait a few days or sometimes weeks. An email pops up. Your heart speeds up with excitement. You take a breath, release it and click on the mouse. Then your heart plummets. Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! In life, we face rejection in all its forms: " Sorry...

“The moon is round.” Now what?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! I came across a quote that said, "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov Details are essential in just about everything we do. They can make a difference between passing or failing a final...

A Writer’s Boundaries

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Ya know. There are so many boundaries out there and each have been or are made to protect a person, place or thing from what may be perceived as a threat. But what about the boundaries that new writers put up when we courageously step out into...

Writers: Create what you want to read!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." – Albus Dumbledore  (J. K. Rowling) "You've got to make your worlds. You've got to write yourself in." (Octavia...

When something old becomes something new!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! After too many years to count, the fam and I are on vacation! We plan to hit up Universal and visit folks we haven't seen in a long time. Those “folks” included my aunt (it has been over 20 years!) and it was lovely! That reunion reminded me how...

Writers: What are your favorite literary gifts?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! There are so many sites that offer fantastic gifts for your love of everything literary. But one of the best places to find awesome literary gifts is a massive comic-book convention! In 2018, the fam and I were at the infamous NYC Comic-Con....

Memories of writers past

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As we recognize the true purpose of today's holiday, we cannot help but remember all those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. But today, I have also thought of writers who have passed but left their mark for generations to...

Images that inspire me as a writer

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Even when we're passionate about writing, there are times when we need an extra push—something or someone to keep us going. Having images that inspire is a great way to stay positive and keep your goals in sight. Here are some of the images I...

Getting Rid of Characters

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! I remember a scene from the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. A villain named Peter Pettigrew killed student Cedric Diggory in front of Harry. Cedric’s spirit asked that Harry not leave his body behind with Voldemort and Pettigrew. When...

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