On meeting Angie Thomas

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, at our local SCBWI LA/MS JambaLAya conference. As you can see, I was fangirling a little bit, and I hadn’t even read her book yet! I still regret not making intelligent conversation at the signing or later, […]

My essay in Hypertext Magazine!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hypertext Magazine offers its Love Bites issue. And my roundabout love story Renovations is part of the fun! This essay is actually many years old. I wrote its first incarnation as part of my creative nonfiction workshop in the University of New Orleans’s MFA program back in 2004. As […]

One door closes…

…and another pops right open. After my first rejection of the year, I received my first acceptance! Hypertext Magazine accepted my essay “Renovations” for publication in (I think) a Valentine’s-themed issue. Not sure if it’s an online issue or print. Either way, YAY! More info as I know it. And a reminder: Keep writing, keep […]

First rejection of the year

Celebrate rejection, right? It means we’re trying. via GIPHY TRYING, not crying. No, really, it was actually a positive rejection (writer friends, you know what I mean). The magazine had rejected one of my two poems right away, but the other one they held onto…for 6 months. As a poetry editor, I know that sometimes […]

Sixfold contest results are in!

The results are in! I participated in one of Sixfold’s reader-voted writing contests, and I found it a fascinating experience. Unlike most contests, each entry is judged by other entrants in three rounds of voting. After I submitted my batch of poems, I received an email telling me when voting began. Then I was able […]