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...

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...

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