Our prayers are with the congregants of Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC and with the families of those who were massacred there this morning. After each occurrence where a […]
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Memorial Day, Owen Freeman War kills people and destroys human creation; but as though mocking war’s devastation, flowers inevitably bloom through its ruins.…
In June of 1965, while canvassing for black voters in Charleston, SC, Sherie met Happiness Dingle. The day she found Happiness she also met Mrs. Gadsden, who didn’t know the […]
No, there was not a session that discussed slavery and social media together. But these topics came in two separate sessions after Jackie Boor’s panel on The Presidents: Their Homes […]
One thing I know is I need to consider “coincidences” as part of my writing process. Each time I’ve felt lost, like I’ve strayed from what I’m “supposed” to be doing with the book, I get a reminder. An event at the Maui Writers Retreat and Conference alerted me to the fact that I don’t “control” where the book goes.
As I mentioned earlier, an agent told me that my subject matter was passé. Then two of the guest speakers (writers both) told me my title, Rising to the Occasion was boring. I’d paid for this abuse! Their comment reminded me I was entering territory I knew nothing about and I’d better be open to new ideas about the book.
And then it happened. I was waiting in line at a book signing.