This is a map I drew for The Riven Isles where Tinderbox takes place. I know tacky isn't it? I'm going to be tweaking it using Corel Paint Shop Pro 2020 and a dozen YouTube Videos.
We've all heard it. Genre writers, in various forms or another. "Why don't you write something serious?" "Why don't you write a real book?" "Fantasy (science-fiction, horror, romance...) isn't real writing." Even with all the genre fiction being made into movies and TV out there, you still have people asking these questions. Recently, The Neverending … Continue reading Mini-Musing 8/27/21
I believe it's wonderful how there are so many production companies being created with the sole purpose of bringing BIPOC works to TV, movies and streaming services. Most recently, the production company Higher Ground, owned and operated by the fabulous Barack and Michelle Obama, are bringing Blackout to Netflix. Published by Quill Tree Books, an … Continue reading Musing 8/22/21 ~ MORE BLACK FANTASY, PLEASE!
I have some personal news that I needed to keep to myself for a bit. Big Brother and I just spent a marvelous week in Ocean City, MD. More accurately, in Bethany Beach, DE in a beautiful beach house. You may ask, "But wait, why did you wait until after to tell us?" That's easy. … Continue reading My Ocean City Retreat! Thanks to Little Pink Houses of Hope!
It's been quite a fight since I started this journey back when I was a girl of 14 years old. I suffered disappointments and setbacks. Sometimes I wanted to quit, but you know what...? IT WAS WORTH IT! You may have seen on my social media accounts, the news I have been waiting for, for … Continue reading Offer of Publication: Tinderbox!
Still waiting, but this is common for us writers. I’m not saying anything new. It’s tough, frustrating, but you keep at it. It’s the same for artists–I’m looking at YOU, Robin Brantley. But we keep going because we love what we do. Even when we want to quit. Even when we say we’re going to … Continue reading Musing 03/19/21 – Diverse Writers: Still a Long Way to Go.
I'm also glad 2020 is over. I laughed earlier today until I had to go to a doctor's appointment to get set up for my radiation treatments. Before, I hadn't for several days. I am angry and tired. I need an outlet. I know I shouldn't say certain things online, but I must get these … Continue reading Mini-Musing 02/24/21 ~ I’m Tired
Is the industry dying? Are people just not reading anymore? Are we fighting an uphill battle? Never start your work with questions. But I’m sure my fellow writing peeps have noticed YA Imprints are being dropped and jobs go with these decisions. I feel bad about it all. I was listening to a recent episode … Continue reading Did COVID-19 Kill the Publishing Star?
https://twitter.com/AuthorWASimpson/status/1275070792204615681 Sometimes I wonder if it's all worth it. I must be out of my mind because the answer is always yes. Even with everything that's going on in the industry right now. There's a new hashtag on the block #PublishingPaidMe. Created by fantasy author LL McKinney, it invites authors of color to reveal the … Continue reading Musing 06/22/20 – #PublishingPaidMe
I had the immense pleasure of attending the SFWA 2020 Nebulas Video Conference. Check my Twitter feed for everything I took part in. This panel however got me thinking. How does one decide identity? I asked in the panel chat but there were hundreds of people there so it didn't surprise me that they didn't … Continue reading Musing 05/31/20 The “Who and Where I Am: Rooting Writing in Identity and Place” Panel
After many days of headaches and worries, my 9 to 5 finally allowed us to Work From Home (WFH). Don't get me wrong, I'm still worried, but not as as much. I worried about my Big Brother, who had Type 2. I'm calmer now and having to stay in. Since our governor just dropped the … Continue reading The Publishing Industry and COVID19