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Temporary Blog Hiatus – Coming Soon. Why? So I can Work Harder and Smarter!

Hello fellow bloggers and Happy Monday to you!

In order to finish up The Novel I’ve been dropping hints about, I need to prioritize and reschedule a few things.

  1. I won’t be posting new content on here much — if at all.
  2. I will most likely reblog your posts. I’m a reblogging superstar! 🙂

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And last, but not least, I plan on adding new content by late May.

Just this morning, I finished submitting an application for an artist grant. I hope to share more information about that at a later date.

One of my goals is to continue researching agents, publishers, and small press magazine markets in order to publish more and more of my work.

Being a mommy, wifey, and full-time teacher doesn’t leave me with enough quality time to write as much as I’d like.

Last week, I was able to write 1,073 words total. 😦 That’s all. For the whole bleeping week.

And that’s just not enough words.

Regarding submissions, I was able to submit three stories this month to a couple of markets. A lot of them don’t accept simultaneous submissions and that’s fine. It’s just that the turnaround time is tight.

Starting today, I want to write at least 1500 words a day (of The Novel) and find a home for at least two of my short stories. I’ve been reading 5000 Words Per Hour in little chunks and I may have to settle for 5000 words per day instead.

By April, I want to double that amount and finally finish the first draft of The Novel. 🙂

So, ta ta for now! 🙂


It’s See you Later”. Lol. 🙂



Quotes to Write By – Day 26 . . . with a Freebie!

 In a previous post, I discussed Octavia Butler’s thoughts on inspiration vs habit. Habit is worth cultivating. Inspiration when it comes to writing will do little for the writer. Writing every day or as much as one can is a best practice.

Initially, I planned on continuing the Quotes to Write By series for 60 days. However, I may have to take a small hiatus by day 30 in order to focus on writing a dark fantasy with sword and sorcery elements, which means I will excuse myself from all social media to make that first draft come much faster.

So, in honor of habit I share two quotes.

One from Clarence Kelland. The quote is hilarious and this dude was dedicated to sadism. 😉 And another from Ursula Le Guin.

Quote #26






Quotes to Write By – Day 21

I’ve been writing for a while and each day I realize that there’s so much more I need to learn. I remember over a decade ago when my most favorite professor, Dr. Byrd told me that I had a unique writing voice. He pointed out to me that I needed to hold onto it, to finesse it, and to be true to it.

I felt conflicted. And a little confused. I also felt a great weight of fear. I didn’t know exactly what my writing voice was. It’s not uncommon to be so close to something and not fully see it. I was too close to the mirror and had to step away in order to reflect on sound and taste of My Voice.

I was also afraid that My Voice wasn’t good enough. I’m glad that he was my teacher because he inspired me to write more and criticize myself less. That period of time in my life was what I needed. My second oldest brother had died; I was a teen mom raising a little boy due to unfortunate circumstances. I needed nurturing soil to bloom. I needed sunshine.

The season of rain and pruning came later and I was able to find glory and beauty those bitter-sweet moments. The following quote encompasses the power of a writer’s voice and why it’s important that we find it, feed it, and cultivate it.



Quote #21

“A writer’s voice is not character alone, it is not style alone; it is far more. A writer’s voice like the stroke of an artist’s brush — is the thumbprint of her whole person — her idea, wit, humor, passions, rhythms.”

Patricia Lee Gauch

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Quotes to Write By – Day 19

Earlier today I attended the critique group that I belong to. I also pushed myself to write the first three chapters of Moondust, an upper middle-grade novel that is one serving size of Nightmare-on-Elm-Street-horror, a tablespoon of Wan and Whannell’s Saw, a generous sprinkling of middle school drama, and two dashes of dream god fantasy.

A visually mathematical representation of my creation:

nightmareonelmstreet+saw+drama+dreamgod= Moondust!

Now, it’s 11:31 pm. I wanted to go to bed, but I promised myself that I would share another “quote to write by”.

So, here it is:

Quote #19

“Don’t let a single day go by without writing. Even if it’s garbage, if garbage is all you can write, write it. Garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.”




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Quotes to Write By – Day 18

Last Saturday, I attended my critique group, Pinellas Writers, with a mission:

To read and get valuable feedback on a picture book that I wanted to submit to a major publishing house. Ironically, as I read the manuscript I couldn’t stop shaking or sweating. I held the podium until my fingers ached and grew slick with perspiration. It’s ironic because I’m a reading teacher and I spend hours day after day reading to my students, engaging them in discussions, and so much more.


But reading in front of a group of my own peers — some who are much better with the craft of writing than I — and my legs become wet noodles.

One of the protocols for our critique group is for speaking writers to read their work for five minutes. After the five minutes is up, writers may critique the work by giving positive and/or negative feedback. For longer stories, this process doesn’t always work the way I like it. I need more time. My readers need more time to tear apart my work, looking for beauty where it can be salvaged and revealing the rotten parts that need to be ripped out.


Hilarious. I’d say nothing if I were you. Just nod and smile. Or, er, uh . . . maybe not. There’s no telling what sets this guy off.

And I need more time to pick their brain as to what needs to be done to make the writing better. I’ll share more on this in a later post. I’m very visual and need specific feedback, so I came prepared with copies of the manuscript to help with this. I invited writers to jot down their comments on the manuscript. I received all but one back. Fellow writer said he needed more time. Lol. I hope that he enjoyed what I wrote so much that he wanted to keep it a little longer. 🙂


But I digress. Moving on.

As writers, it’s important that we listen to our words aloud. Do you have to join a critique group to do this? Of course not. Reading and/or recording your work and playing it back is beneficial too. The following quote provides some answers as to why this practice is priceless:

Quote #18

“Writing isn’t just on the page; it’s voices in the reader’s head. Read what you write out loud to someone — anyone — and you will catch all kinds of things.”

Donna Jo Napoli


Quotes to Write By – Day 14

The following quote comes from Daniel Quinn, cultural critic and former publisher of educational text.


Daniel Quinn


I regret that I didn’t use more of what “I know” when I first started writing. I regret not realizing how important these succulent bits and pieces were. I regret not realizing sooner that just because what I knew and cared about or found amusing and worth reading matter even though my experiences weren’t being requested by publishers or agents.


For instance, I regret not using:

  • My mother’s interesting stories about growing up in Jamaica.
  • My father’s intriguing tales about growing up in Haiti.
  • My grandmother’s hilarious stories about growing up in Cuba before her family moved to Jamaica, followed by New Jersey, and then finally settling in Florida.

Until now. I have moved on from regret. Now, that these stories have marinated in my mind, I draw upon them, and utilize their beauty — sometimes bitter, sometimes fragile and broken — in my poetry, short stories, picture books, novels, and song lyrics.

Quote #14

“Most beginning writers — and I was the same — are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they’ve never tasted themselves. How can you make a great — or even an adequate — bouillabaisse if you’ve never had any? If you don’t really understand why people read mysteries — or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever — then there’s no way in the world you’re going to write one that anyone wants to publish. This is the meaning of the well-known expression “Write what you know.”

Daniel Quinn

Quotes to Write By – Day 13 . . . with a BONUS!

I have two quotes today from two different authors: Daniel José Older and Ray Bradbury.

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From a superficial perspective, it appears that these men don’t have much in common. However, both Older and

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Bradbury are exceptionally talented writers. Yes, are. Even though Ray Bradbury has died, his stories are still read and discussed today. For example, Fahrenheit 451 was one of the first-ever dystopian novels! Bradbury was also a screenwriter and he worked in many different genres: fantasy, science-fiction, horror, mystery. Likewise, Older is not only a talented writer that writes in different genres. He is also a composer and an editor. I first learned about him over a year ago when I saw a copy of his fantasy novel, Shadowshaperat my local library.


Sierra, the protagonist, in all of her glory!

I had to read the book. Needed to. I don’t recall ever reading a book that spotlighted an Afro-Latina as the lead! (Review will be coming soon). Older is an expert at stringing words together without too much flowery description. The dialogue and setting is realistic. The characters are relatable!

I aspire to be like the authors Bradbury and Older by writing more and dabbling in different genres and medians to stretch, tighten, and polish my author’s voice. Why? Because I’ve got to be better than I was the day before. After all, readers of all ages and colors are relying on writers for more “honest literature”! 🙂 There’s much work to do.


Quote #13

“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”

Ray Bradbury


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