Thursday, September 25, 2014

Write Funnier? Read It Out Loud First. Ha.

I love book reading events. Go to them whenever I have a chance. Some are lively. Some are informative.

But I found this writing tip online at The Blackboard, which I plan to use for myself. For fun/funny writing, read it out loud!

Monday, September 22, 2014

We'll Miss J. California Cooper

J. California Cooper, one of my all-time favorite writers, died over the weekend.

I love all of her short stories and novels. I've written about her numerous times during the course of keeping this blog.  Here are links to those previous posts on J. California Cooper.

$100 And Nothing

J. California Cooper

Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime 

Life is Short, Wide, and Can Tease You

Life is Short But Wide


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Whitney Houston Movie. My Life as an Extra.

I had one of the most fun experiences this week. I worked as an extra on the Whitney Houston movie that Angela Bassett is directing for Lifetime TV. I was an "excited fan" at a Whitney Houston concert. :-)

Long days. Long periods of waiting. But LOADS of fun!

I think you'll all be amazed and surprised at how good the movie will be, how great Deborah Cox as the "Voice of Whitney" is, and how amazing Yaya DaCosta is as Whitney Houston.

Still on Cloud 9!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

LitFest Pasadena. Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Hey L.A. and Pasadena book lovers. Come to LitFest Pasadena on Saturday, May 17, 2014, starting at 5 pm at Vroman's Bookstore.

From there, we'll crawl to the Pasadena Playhouse for a wonderful event featuring the cast of the Zora Neale Hurston play. From there, we'll crawl to various bars, restaurants, galleries for readings, panels, etc... Should end around 8:30 or so this evening.

I'm on a panel called L.A. Stories at Monopole Wine starting at 6:25 pm.

Picture an "art walk" event, but for books. Picture an evening of booze and books! :-)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We Have a Cover. And an Amazon Page.

Looks like we have a cover and an Amazon page for my new novel, Play It Forward, coming in January 2015 on Bold Strokes Books. Exciting.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cover Art. Play It Forward.

Which cover? You'll have to find out when Play it Forward comes out in January 2015.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Scandal. Beyonce. Toni. Junot. Epic.

So all the folks I know are doing their social media thing about Scandal winter finale, Beyonce sneak release cd on itunes, and the epic Toni Morrison/Junot Diaz conversation on race, writing, and representation.

I'm with you all.

In 20 years, on 12/13/33, we'll talk about "Remember that day when the Scandal winter finale, Beyonce snuck that new album out, and Toni and Junot talked race?"

Absolutely EPIC!