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...

What is your mission as a writer?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As writers, we all have a mission. We hope that readers will walk away with something special after reading our words.  Perhaps, they will understand a message we're trying to convey, share in our beliefs or enjoy the story because it was...

My New Fix: The Nevers and The Irregulars

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! You already know how much I love sci-fi and fantasy. After The Magicians ended (still w- the tissues and tears), I looked for some new shows to sink my teeth into (besides the usual Star Trek Discovery flavor). So, imagine my joy when not only...

Friendship in Literature

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! This weekend I safely celebrated my birthday. Aside from the regular shenanigans with my direct family (just 4 of us), I spent the day with a dear friend who I've known since seventh grade. On the way home, the idea of friendships in literature...

Martial Arts and Writing

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Just over eight years ago, my family and I joined a Taekwondo dojang. At first, we signed our children up for entertainment and discipline (cuz my youngest was driving me to drink!), and then my husband and I were pressured into joining, LOL! Our...

Writers: Where are your characters from?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Today I thought I'd write about where the characters of Amachi's Hope reside. In most stories, either we create worlds of our own, develop worlds influenced by the environment around us, or combine both. In my case, Amachi and her kin exist in...

Spring, Springs a Writer’s Inspiration

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Finally, Spring has sprung, and I could not be happier! It's all about new beginnings and new energy! Over the weekend, I looked out my window and saw the bulbs on my tree begin to bud (ignoring the fact that they will become my nemesis in a few...

How do you know that a literary agent is LEGIT?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! During pitch competitions, writers are exposed to a bevy of editors and literary agents. Most of the agencies/agents may be familiar names, but if someone requests a partial or full manuscript from you, it is always good to vet an agent, editor,...

Writers: How do we gain followers for a blog?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! I'm still relatively new to the "Promoting via social media game." I restarted my blog about a year ago.  My wish was to develop a following for my book and to make connections with other writers. To date, I must say the result has been...

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