Writing about mental illness

Dear Reader, My memoir is kicking into high(er) gear since AWP a couple of weeks ago. I'm trying new things and relooking at things in a new light. I can say that it's opening up nicely. And by nicely, I mean that I'm tackling some writing and craft things I've been avoiding. Frankly, I didn't … Continue reading Writing about mental illness

#AWP19 Bound: Ready for the madness

Dear Reader,  I’m writing from the silent morning of my home. My suitcase is packed. My cute travel tote is ready and I have one comfortable clothes. I’m ready for travel, as ready as one can be.  Today, I’m traveling to #AWP19 or how regular non hashtag-y folks know it, Association of Writers and Writing … Continue reading #AWP19 Bound: Ready for the madness

Shame. What is it good for?

Dear Reader,  How powerful is shame? How powerful is the feeling that overcomes you when something you thought you handled has bubbled to the surface to remind you that, perhaps, you weren't okay with it to begin with?This week, for the first time in a very long time, I have felt shame. I didn't recognize … Continue reading Shame. What is it good for?

Did you try your best last year?

Dear Reader,  I recently received an email from a great person. Laura Simms is a life and career coach and just an all around interesting person.  As part of her mailing list, we get her wonderful insights. Her last email discussed a question her father asked her when she was a child.  Did you do … Continue reading Did you try your best last year?

Cancer can’t write. Sometimes, you just shouldn’t write.

  Dear Reader, Forgiving one self for not pursuing one’s dreams is more difficult than you would imagine. Here I am about to write, yet again, that I haven’t written a word since a significant amount of time. I do this sometimes when I am utterly disgusted with myself. That’s when I usually have a … Continue reading Cancer can’t write. Sometimes, you just shouldn’t write.

The “million little things” they see: The other victims of suicide

Dear Reader, I’ve recently become a fan of the t.v, show “A Million Little Things”.  If you love the how “This is Us”, this is clearly another shade of that show. And it is clearly one network’s attempt to get some of those ratings. The television one hour drama in general has been my favorite … Continue reading The “million little things” they see: The other victims of suicide

Are you a writer of color? Come join me at The Colony this weekend!

Dear Reader, This weekend, I’m teaching a generative fiction workshop and a blogging for writers workshop at The Colony Summit at the downtown library this Saturday. The Colony is an opportunity for writers of color in Houston to get together and support one another in their art journey. I’m so honored to be helping my … Continue reading Are you a writer of color? Come join me at The Colony this weekend!

Prepping my blogging class

Dear Reader, I'm currently in the library, trying my best to prep my blogging class but... I'm at a standstill. Not that I don't know where to start because I do. It's not that I don't know what to say because I do. It's just.. Man, I know a lot about this subject. Even as … Continue reading Prepping my blogging class

Dreaming of my mountain, gasping for air

Dear Reader, Today, of all days, I am dreaming of my mountain. The one near Taos, New Mexico that I have escaped to for a week the past two years. It's about this mountain I want to write about tonight. See, this was the last time I wrote. The last time this year I felt … Continue reading Dreaming of my mountain, gasping for air