My 2020 word of the year is…

Dear Reader, Today is the first day of 2020. Welcome to the new year and the new decade! Just like in past years, I work at the end of the previous year to discover what I want to work on for the next year. I use a guiding word for the incoming new year to … Continue reading My 2020 word of the year is…

What I am truly thankful for. You'd be surprised.

Dear Reader, I've thought about what I'd write in this blog post for several days. I was hesitant to write it. I didn't want to come off as insincere and trendy. Heaven forbid that a blogger and podcaster do something trendy! I didn't want to be #thankful or #grateful. But I am. All those hashtags. … Continue reading What I am truly thankful for. You'd be surprised.

Looking forward in gratitude

Earlier this month, I was lamenting the ending of this amazing summer. But looking back at my Instagram feed, I'm changing my tune for a bit. I am not lamenting the end of this summer, I am celebrating that it happened and that I grew as a result.

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.