Quiet Before the Storm

Whether you are a full-time writer or write only at night when the tides are no longer restless, the moon is at its apex, and your house is finally quiet, sometimes you need to step back from your craft to do it real justice. You may need a moment of calm before the...

My First Rejection of the Year

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! I hope COVID did not stop you from spreading the love to your family and friends. Yesterday was equally pleasant and disappointing for me. Just as I was about to get engrossed in another HBO Max series, an email...

Writers: What’s your MC’s favorite food?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As a child, Amachi’s favorite food was spicy amala (Àmàlà). For those of you who are currently scratching your heads, amala is a local Nigerian food native to Amachi’s people who are Yoruba. It’s a dish made out of yam (àmàlà isu), cassava flour...

My Experience with DVCon!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! This past weekend I attended DVCon, (a significant extension of #DVPit which is an annual pitching event on Twitter, directed at un-agented, marginalized writers and illustrators). This two-day virtual writers conference (no pitching btw)...

Writers: What are you reading this week?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! One of my goals for this year is to finally tackle the long list of books I wish to read. Diving into the world of a fellow writer is a great way to keep your mind and imagination active—not to mention the calming effect it has on you as you...

What makes a writer “normal”?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Imagine how painfully dull it would be if everyone's stories read the same. If every story started with "Once upon a time" and ended with, "and they lived happily ever after." There was a time when going outside the norm as a writer was frowned...

Finally! My First Submission Request!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! If the past two weeks are any indication, 2021 may be another difficult year. But at least my very first day started with a bang—I received my first submission request from a literary agent!  AHH! I don’t know what made me do it. I had no...

Writers: What’s the difference between a goal and a resolution?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Happy New Year, writerly creatives! I quietly tiptoed out of the Year That Should Not Be Named, with the least amount of fanfare possible. I'm grateful for my health and strength (as well as those of my family and friends), and I'm looking...

Writers: Should you Query in December?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As you may already know, I began querying Amachi’s Hope again this year. I did not approach it in a gun-ho manner (hitting up a bunch of agencies at one time), but only two that I discovered during pitch competitions on Twitter this Fall. Though...

The Writer’s Abracadabra

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Abracadabra, or “Avra Kehdabra,” is a well-known term. One cannot hear it without relating it to some form of magical connotation or being transported to childhood memories of Mary Poppins, Aladdin and The King of Thieves, non-fiction books on...

Writers: We’ve Made it Through

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! This has been one hell of a year. We’ve had more loss than gain, more sadness than happiness, and yet I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all managed (in different capacities) to endure. As we approach this out of the ordinary holiday season—one...

Writers: Age Is But a Number

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Last week I was gifted with a fire drill in my office building. My co-workers and I traversed over twenty-one flights of stairs, and I knew that I would suffer for it later.  My knees were Jello afterward, and for days I was in anguish. My...

Writers: It’s a New Day!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Millions of people in our country and I are still riding the wave of euphoria from Saturday's election results. It was groundbreaking in so many ways—between the record number of votes (in-person and mail-in) and the states that...

Writers: Viva la Democracia!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Viva la Democracia—Long Live Democracy! I came across this term today, and I thought it was so fitting since Election Day is on Tuesday and all that! This past weekend was extra special. My oldest had two significant milestones: He celebrated his...

Writers: Are you PITCHING today?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Today was the #DVpit event on Twitter, and for the first time in, I don't know how long, I put my hat in the ring! For those of you who are not familiar, the term "pitch" has nothing to do with baseball. In this instance, pitching is when you...

Scene: Lovecraft Country

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! The Cthulhu (Khlûl′-hloo). I've seen t-shirts, memes, masks of all kinds for years regarding this creature. But besides being grossed out by the sight of it, I had no interest in knowing its origins until it was brought to life in the...

A Writer’s Transformation

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Fall is now in full swing. We are enjoying brisk walks, visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards, wearing our favorite cozy sweaters, and dipping that piece of buttered cornbread into a piping hot bowl of chili. We have made it through to the...

Does Music Insight Creativity or Distract from the Process?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Yesterday, I signed into my computer and brought up YouTube on my monitor. The songs I listen to started to play, and I 'vibed' to them as I edited my manuscript. Some people find music distracting while working, but I find...

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