In Her Words

Historian and writer Eric Jackson asked me to read a poem or selection from the Harlem Renaissance for his Black History Month presentation at the Town of Selma Parks & Rec's Soul Food Fest on Feb. 24 from 11 am - 2 pm at the Harrison Alumni Center, 605 W Noble Street in Selma, North... Continue Reading →

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Shredding papers

  Brrr. I am penned in by snow, ice and brutal cold in rural eastern North Carolina, so my winter-bound tasks, besides writing, are two things: 1) death cleaning and 2) tax prep. Death cleaning is the current popular term for “don’t leave a mess for your children.” That means organizing, simplifying and downsizing. In... Continue Reading →

The Eyes Have It

This holiday I received an early gift: New vision. My eye doctor, who writes science fiction, had been urging me to get cataract surgery for three years. I delayed. These eyes are my main tools as a writer, I told him. I don’t mess with them. Just the thought of someone cutting into my eyeballs... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s National Novel Writing Month 2017 and while I am a year-round writer, there is an electricity in the foggy mornings and moonlit evenings, knowing that for 30 days, laptops are humming overtime everywhere at the same time with new creative projects. Here are four ways I stay in the race to complete 50,000 words... Continue Reading →

Journal Writers, Start Your Pens

As promised, I launched a new blog design with this post! Turning the page to a new month is an excellent time to begin writing in a journal, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Just grab a $3 composition book from the back-to-school discount bin and start! If you need a few suggestions, here are... Continue Reading →

Watch this space!

The editor-in-chief of Southern Writers Magazine, Susan Reichert, sent me the welcome news that my story Inflatable Untethered Holiday, had placed in the top ten finalists in the magazine’s 2017 National Short Story contest. Finalists, as well as winners, would be published in a special short story issue. Wahoo! Another of my Manassas, Virginia stories had finally... Continue Reading →

Needle Song

  The crafts room in the Center for Active Living is sun-bright. Ladies circle ’round the table Opening tackle boxes of needles, thread spools, Tubes of multicolored, multi-shaped beads. Pulling stoppers, they spill out tiny Sparkling piles onto foam squares. A few skitter to the floor. I squint to guide the bees-waxed thread Through a... Continue Reading →

Virtual Camping for Writers

I live in a rural area in North Carolina; networking with writers involves driving to the next two larger towns or even the next county. So, for the month of July, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo, a virtual writing community that encourages writing 50,000 words in 31 days. The venture is sponsored by the same folks... Continue Reading →

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