What does 4th of July actually mean?

Dear Reader, This Fourth of July is a difficult one to reconcile. I suspect that it is for most people. Everyday we have to redefine what it means to be an American, what the ideals are and what we stand or sit for. Everyday we are tested and not every day we pass. It’s been … Continue reading What does 4th of July actually mean?

Why I always buy my friends’ books

Dear Reader,  My friends D.E.E.P and Lupe Mendez are releasing their books within the next couple of weeks!  It’s an exciting time in my friend circle. So many of my friends are writers and so watching them go through the publishing process is fun, exciting, and also filled with lessons for when I go through … Continue reading Why I always buy my friends’ books

#AWP19 Bound: Ready for the madness

Note: YIKES! I was going through my drafts and realized I wrote this before AWP and didn’t post it! So here is my pre-AWP post. I’m drafting a new post and I promise that one will be up in a more timely fashion.    Dear Reader,  I’m writing from the silent morning of my home. … Continue reading #AWP19 Bound: Ready for the madness

The Nostalgia of Place

Dear Reader,  A couple of months back, I had the pleasure of listening to Marlon James read from his latest book “Black Leopard, Red Wolf“. Before his visit to Houston, I read the New Yorker article on him. The VERY long New Yorker article that just was so…LONG. OMG! What do people write mini-novels as … Continue reading The Nostalgia of Place

Meeting your heroes: How not to fan girl when you meet Walter Mosley.

Dear Reader, I didn't read Devil in a Blue Dress until grad school but the first line still grabs me. "I was surprised to see a white man walk in to Joppy's bar." Good Lord, are you allowed to write that? See, up until then I understood the tenants of fiction to be that you … Continue reading Meeting your heroes: How not to fan girl when you meet Walter Mosley.

Dear Goodreads: You’re missing out but I’m here to help.

Dear Goodreads, Usually I address the readers of this blog. In fact, that's the name of it, Dear Reader. But for this topic, I'm addressing you because, well, you need some help. So this week you have proclaimed it Mystery and Thriller Week. YES! We all could use more thrills in our lives. And as … Continue reading Dear Goodreads: You’re missing out but I’m here to help.

Death or a reclaiming: Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead

Dear Reader, It's National Poetry Month! This is an awesome month when we can read poetry, appreciate it, and learn from it. Well, actually, every month is poetry month in my world. So, I was actually reading two collection before poetry month and just finished one them in time for the celebrations. Danez Smith's collection, … Continue reading Death or a reclaiming: Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead

Slow, quiet – Haruki Murakami’s ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Dear Reader, It's been weeks since I've read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. It took that long to digest it completely. In fact, this book took me two tries. I tried reading this in 2015 but wasn't ready. Glad I was ready now. See, this was a quiet book. It … Continue reading Slow, quiet – Haruki Murakami’s ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Fault vs Responsibility: Creating your story of forgiveness

https://www.facebook.com/Ashton/videos/10154941131162820/?hc_ref=ARStNXiZprb-GjCpBC9k7ouYnBLoWBURNkvNBbhsbQV_3vBrHruOOgQyT0GJxO4IIfE   Dear Reader, Sometimes when you search for answers the universe provides them. Hell, sometimes when you're not searching for answers the universe provides. Basically, the universe is so awesome it deposits and cashes in life's receipts. That happened today when a friend of mine posted this video. Will Smith, actor, producer, and life … Continue reading Fault vs Responsibility: Creating your story of forgiveness

Watching black bodies move

Dear Reader, There is a saying that has circulated around social media and public discourse -- representation matters. And it does. Seeing yourself reflected back at you is affirming. It tells you, shows you, that you are not alone and that you are okay. After the turbulent 2017, I needed to see that. I needed a … Continue reading Watching black bodies move