Where’s the best place to find story ideas?

EDITOR’S NOTE: AS I GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF MOVING, A COUPLE OF MY EXPERT (RE: SMARTY PANTS) FRIENDS — EXPERTS IN WRITING, MARKETING, PUBLISHING, AND SOCIAL MEDIA — ARE PITCHING IN UNTIL I GET BACK. ENJOY THEIR WISDOM AND VISIT THEIR SITES, WHICH ARE LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR POST. Whether it's the … Continue reading Where’s the best place to find story ideas?

What is SXSW doing for Latinos this year?

My first assignment for NBCNews.com was a great one -- write about what SXSW is doing to attract more Latinos to the festival. Gotta say, one of my favorite freelance assignments so far.So, what are they doing for Latinos this year? Lots with lots more planned in the future.  The festival, essentially, put all their Latino … Continue reading What is SXSW doing for Latinos this year?

PUBLISHED: Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

As usual, I'm really bad at telling people when stuff like this happens. You would think as a communicator, I'd be better. My Twitter and Facebook followers got a good dose of this yesterday, though. And of course those on the email newsletter list were among the first to know.  Huffington Post's Latino Voices published … Continue reading PUBLISHED: Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

On Assignment: Publishing in a new world

Recently on my Facebook page, I asked my Facebook followers what's the way to go -- traditional, small press, or self-publishing? It's been a question I've asked myself for a long, long time as I get closer toward finishing the revision of my novel. Could it be too early to ask that question of myself? … Continue reading On Assignment: Publishing in a new world

On Assignment: Publishing Day!

  One of the most rewarding things for a writer is to be published. I love it when things are published because it's the fruit of your labor finally for all to see. It's also a time of nervous second guessing. Did I write what I meant to write? Did it make sense? Are people … Continue reading On Assignment: Publishing Day!

On Assignment: Eduardo Santiago

This assignment is making me nervous. During grad school, I had the pleasure of reading Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago. I was in a crucial part of my novel. I had a question to answer and I didn't know what came next. It was not a writing block since I don't believe in … Continue reading On Assignment: Eduardo Santiago

On Assignment: What is an American?

One of the assignments I'm working on now is attempting to answer the following: What is an American? Actually, it trying to answer it in a round about way. As you know there are some assignments I can't completely tell you about because I don't want another taking it before it's published. But this one … Continue reading On Assignment: What is an American?

Everyone has a story. Tell it.

Eva Piper will be the first person to tell you that she isn't a writer. She will say that she's simply telling her story, one of overcoming challenges and holding fast to faith. The story has inspired people through their own dark times, a goal Eva says she's always had for her book. I had … Continue reading Everyone has a story. Tell it.

On Assignment: How I made Ramen Noodles sexy

I wasn't quiet sure if I knew what I was doing. When I pitched the sexy Ramen Noodle story, I thought this would be a fun assignment. But when I had to do some research and put together a recipe, well that was interesting. Putting together my own recipe wasn't a requirement but how was … Continue reading On Assignment: How I made Ramen Noodles sexy

On Assignment: Eva Piper

  I love talking to fellow writers. It's really a joy to talk to shop, it's probably the nerd in me. So when I saw on my Twitter account that Eva Piper would be making a stop in Shreveport, I obviously wanted to interview her. She's the author of A Walk Through the Dark: How … Continue reading On Assignment: Eva Piper