Dear Reader,

It’s finally here.

You’ve probably noticed the radio silence on this site. There’s a reason for that. A great, awesome, wonderful reason for that.

I’ve been putting together the AfroLatina Writer’s Retreat. What is that? Well, I won the Owl of Minerva Award that allowed me to put this together.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Putting it together. And it’s a small retreat. Six wonderful women.

Man, it’s been hard work. From putting out the information to reading the apps, to choosing (which was so ridiculously difficult) to picking a date, a venue, and even putting a menu together, this was not an easy thing to do.

Oh, yeah. I also teach English composition courses during the day. I am current swimming in essays and midterms.

And somehow, I was able to write a new scene for the Jennie Manning book. More on that later.

I did have some help and it’s been great. But now, it’s here. Like in a matter of hours I’ll be sitting among talented playwrights, documentarians, poets, and fiction writers. We’ll talk shop and talk existance. These kind folks will be on a plane today because they are coming to an event I put together.

No pressure, bruh. Seriously.

I’ve thought about how this could go one of two ways. It could be amazing and the start of something beautiful and wonderful and inspiring. Or it could be the worst mistake of my life. Everyone will also think so and be angry because they spent the money to be here. I’m really hoping it’s the former.

What is keeping me grounded is quite simple, this is about writing and art and community. It’s not about the logistics which are important, yes, but not as important as the opportunity to do something I’ve never done before in the name of something I love.

So, now, it’s time to be in the moment. Now it is the time to do something great. Here’s to a great weekend. Catch you on the flipside.