#writerWednesday ~ The Little Mermaid turns 26!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid turned 26 yesterday, and it remains as one of my favorite Disney films to watch, mostly for the music. The story itself is cool, but I loved singing along with Ariel and company growing up. Under the Sea is catchy as hell—I dare you not to tap your toe or shimmy a little in your seat while it’s playing.

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#musicMonday ~ Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Brooklyn Zoo


Sharing this because ODB’s birthday had passed about a couple of days ago. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to listen to this, or anything else that had curse words or sexual language in it so you can call me a late bloomer when it came to Wu-Tang. As I get more comfortable in my creative self, I appreciate OBD a little more as an artist. Shame we won’t get to see what he could have created had he survived. Rest well Russell Jones.

#musicMonday ~ Michael Jackson

I know, I know. Halloween has passed, but strangely this song was on my mind today so I wanted to share the video. I’ll also admit that when I was a kid, this video used to scare the shit outta me and I couldn’t watch it. Now, I’m ok (I think).

In keeping with my (newly) Monday tradition, I’ve finished reading a book and am starting a new one. So by this Wednesday, I’ll put up a review and my thoughts on Grey, and I’m starting to read The Narrow Road to the Deep North. I hope to have that review up in a couple of weeks, if I like it past the first 2 chapters.

Have a great week guys!

#WriterWednesday ~ Emotions


Happy Writer Wednesday, Movember and NaNoWriMo!

I was going to talk about my feelings on Grey, 50 Shades of Grey as told by Christian. I’d gotten it from the library a few days ago and had recently finished it. I wanted to talk about my take on it, but instead this post will be about writing and emotions. Grey will be the next topic of discussion.

I found myself doing something last night that I’ve been trying to break when writing—surfing the internet. About 2 months ago, I’d gotten into the habit of turning off my wifi signal on my laptop while I’m writing. It cuts down on the temptation to “take a break” and check out Pinterest, Twitter or some random article on Wikipedia.

(And we all know how deep those holes go!)

But the story I’m currently writing is a murder mystery and I’d wanted to check something before writing it (I was trying, but failing, to not edit before/while writing). My initial search led me down the hole and I found myself looking up cold cases in my state. It was heartbreaking. In their final moments, I’m sure these people were terrified—especially if they knew their attacker; their bodies discarded like trash. Some couldn’t be identified, and their families don’t even know. My heart broke for these strangers I’d never met.

It also led me to search for information on my family. Over a decade ago, a member of my family was murdered, and it was disheartening that a simple Google search couldn’t provide any information. It was covered in the newspaper—I remember reading the article at the time. Without going into great detail, I’m not sure if my family member’s case was solved or not because the witness recanted.

I felt sad, and then angry. I wanted to do something—find a clue, pour through the case file, see that thing that the other cops had missed, solving the case once and for all. (Maybe I should have been a detective.) What I did was channel all of that into my main character, who is a cop working on a cold case. The clarity, the connection that gave way to that “Ah ha!” moment, was the kick I’d needed.

It continues to amaze me how writing will stir up emotions and thoughts you either locked away, or didn’t even realize you had. This person’s death was so long ago, and though I no longer cry on their anniversary, it’s still with me. It moves with me along the path of this story and it just lets me know one thing—this was the story I was meant to write.

Vulnerability is something people tend to avoid. It makes them open for pain, criticism, and humiliation. But for artists—especially writers—it’s what our craft demands. It offers genuineness, something that can send a story all over the place when it’s faked, thus losing your audience. So here’s my call to action (CTA) for my readers—whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo (nanowrimo.org), or simply writing on your own, use whatever emotion that comes up while you’re writing. It might be joy, pain, rage, or numbness. Don’t fight it; whatever it is, it will help you along your path.

All the best in your writing endeavors!

The 2016 Philadelphia Writing Workshop: April 9, 2016


Attention my fellow writers on the East Coast…

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Writing Workshop:

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.17.43 PMThe staff behind the organization and instruction of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop are excited to announce The Philadelphia Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writers conference in Philadelphia on April 9, 2016.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (100 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Philadelphia Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the [hotel venue TBA]. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing…

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#throwbackThursday: Bobby Brown

In honor of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, Halloween and it being #tbt, here’s one I really enjoyed growing up. I haven’t heard this song in so long.

I’m back from Nijicon and getting back into the groove of things (upcoming holidays) with work, so I’ll be back with a proper update tomorrow (hopefully!).