Are we there yet?

Roads May Get Us There, but Streets Are the Platforms for Building Wealth I may not be a transportation expert, but I know what a road is. Or at least I thought I did. As a supporter of Strong Towns and an "activator" in Activate Selma NC, sparking change in Selma, North Carolina, I eagerly... Continue Reading →

My first podcast interview

My new book is out and I loved taking the plunge for my first podcast / YouTube interview with Jen Lowry! It was easy! No it wasn't! Jen made it LOOK easy. What you didn't see was the time I invested behind the scenes to ensure I made the most out of the opportunity she... Continue Reading →

Birthing a book

Done, done, done. I've released my book, A Heart for Selma, 12 Stories of Activate Selma NC. It was soooooo like giving birth, complete with two Artist’s Way writers supporting me on Zoom like a midwife and doula during the past few months, reminding me to breathe in peace, breathe out fears (thank you, Angie... Continue Reading →

Dollar Store Tiara

I walked the dog early today And forgot I was wearing my dollar store tiara Plastic, missing a pink paste jewel A handy hairband while mixing breakfast biscuits. Mainly it inspires me like a writing prompt To banish the censor at my desk, to follow my muse And let creativity tumble out onto morning pages... Continue Reading →

Believing Mirrors

Do you have a trusted group of other writers who read your work and give you honest advice? I am fortunate to have one in Selma, North Carolina. We meet monthly in the back room of Coffee on Raiford, initially cloaked behind the sign, "Ladies Book Club," which endeared barista Zena Hamilton-Rose to us forever.... Continue Reading →

Coffee brings community

Time to re-emerge from my blog post hiatus, and just in time for a good cup of coffee! In the past six months since I last posted I’ve been working on two longer manuscript projects. And just this week I learned that my poem, “Colored,” and a prose piece, “Sheet Cake,” earned honorable mentions in... Continue Reading →

Making art in isolation

I always said, as a joke, I wanted to buy one of those old cottage motels and call it the “Write Your Damn Novel Motel.” No Internet, no TV, no refrigerator or coffee maker. Just a bed, a desk, and your damn butt-in-the-chair.  You get one prison-grade white towel with a green stripe down it,... Continue Reading →

Keep a journal

Writers spend a great deal of time in self-isolation. The dark joke is our daily routine already seems like quarantine. I don’t mean to make light of COVID-19. My daughter is a senior medical technologist in Virginia working on the front lines of testing. My small part is keeping myself parked in rural North Carolina... Continue Reading →

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