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Dec.02.2012
Generally, the end of the year is a nail-biting time for authors. During November and December, magazines, literary publications and major newspapers begin to roll out lists of best/notable books of the year. Of course, as a writer, you pray and hope that your book will be on at least one of those...
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Aug.01.2012
  I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I've posted!!!   I can't say that I've been busy - I think preoccupied is a better word. I have a lot of changes happening in my life. I want to say some are good and some are not so good - but I don't think that would be an accurate...
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Jul.06.2012
A few days ago, I received an email totting Karen Q. Miller's newest novel: An Angry As Black Woman..           To be honest, the title didn't grab me..in fact, it screamed "Ghetto-Lit" - which is a genre I am not a fan of. But because Karen's name was on the cover,...
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Jun.15.2012
Last year I was thrilled to have been nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. It was one of the highlights of my literary career.   But there was one thing that did put a damper on the experience - the literary portion of the show was not aired on national television. It was "just" streamed live...
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May.03.2012
  I had someone very well respected in publishing take a look at my self-published novel: My Name is Butterfly.   The person gave her honest review of the story and some of what she said I've heard from other people in the industry who have read my previous books as well as every day...
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Apr.03.2012
I will start by saying that as of late - I only check the mailbox after I see the mail spilling out of it. Why? Well it's a habit that develops overtime when the postman stops bringing checks and only delivers bills, final notices and clothing catalogues that you are no longer able to purchase from...
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Mar.27.2012
Hey Ya'll... This is kind of a footnote to my previous post: An Angry Black Writer Speaks Out! I just wanted to give you all an example of one of my days. I hope that other authors will share some of there's. I think our readers need to hear/read about the reality of our - as Kola Boof...
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Mar.25.2012
Steps up to mike, removes mike, taps mike… Testing one, two, three… Can the people in the back hear me? "Okay, here I go.. So this thing that I’m about to talk about has been weighing quite heavily on my heart, mind and spirit for a sometime now.  I want to school some of you out there about...
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Dec.22.2011
Yesterday, I spent the day on the couch, in the dark, dwelling on what is not going right in my life and what if anything my future holds.  I was beyond blue.. Besides my financial situation, what weighs heaviest on my heart is this writing life. A life that I did not choose - it chose me. If...
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Dec.08.2011
Ten years ago, I was blessed enough to follow up the success of my debut novel: Sugar with my sophomore novel: The Warmest December. The book was well received by the pubic and critics alike. My publisher was happy with it - so much so that they nominated it for a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It...
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Sep.14.2011
  "Fifty years later and Bryant’s Grocery store was still standing, vacant and ghostly - it had survived high winds and treacherous storms, clinging stubbornly to a life that no longer wanted it. It slouched there, plastered with advertisements and riddled with racial epithets, bible verses...
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Aug.31.2011
So I went to see The Help a few weeks ago. You know that movie based on the book of the same name – which by the way has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for two years.   Now, for the record, I did not (could not bring myself) to read the book. And not because it was written by a...
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Apr.05.2011
Early this year, I announced here that I had been invited to attend the El Gouna Writer's Residency, in Egypt. I was very excited. And then of course the revolution happened and I thought - 'Oh well, maybe some other time then.' But things turned around, quite quickly and I took that as a sign...
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Mar.08.2011
I've had a few rough days..you know those days when you question your very existence and purpose? A little over a week ago, I wrapped up a creative writing workshop I was teaching at Medgar Evers College. The title of the workshop was: Writing from your Spiritual Center. I made it clear to the...
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Feb.28.2011
Audre Lorde said, "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." It is this quote that always comes to mind when I think of my life as an American of African decent. I am quite sure that similar words were on the mind of...
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