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New book “COVETED” launches Sept. 23

New book “COVETED” launches Sept. 23

Coveted So, you guys know I like to try different things. That’s really the only reason I write books at all: every new one is a challenge to see if I can do it. The Duchess of Rochester was a huge challenge for me because I was trying to write a story that included so many elements of a book I have loved since childhood. Coveted was an entirely different challenge… and this one almost broke me! First of all…

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Here comes another one…

Here comes another one…

This is the book I’m working on now. Don’t have a release date for you yet, but here’s the blurb and the cover! Zeni Everly is an African American woman obsessed with Victorian novels. The romantic happy endings gave her comfort during a difficult childhood, and now, as a PhD candidate, Zeni is advancing new interpretations of her beloved novels. Her adviser, the handsome and stern Dr. Allen Braithwaite won’t approve her topic—he doubts her theories about women of color…

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#5WordMovieReviews!

#5WordMovieReviews!

  A part of my continuing film education is to catch as many different kinds of movies as I can. Netflix makes this even easier these days (one of my favorite evening past times is to “Netflix and chill”.  But I still venture out to the theater at least three times a month, especially for those big summer movies that aren’t the same months later on TV.  And in these “dog days” where serious thought feels as sluggish and muggy…

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Learning About the Money, Honey

Learning About the Money, Honey

I love school and I almost always have. I say “almost” because I really struggled in law school, largely because I knew I didn’t want to be a lawyer and I couldn’t make myself care about the material….but that’s another blog. For most of my life, I’ve been happiest in a classroom or with a new area to study, challenging myself to learn something new. For example, when I wanted to learn screenwriting, I happily signed up for all kinds…

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Vacations for Better Creations

Vacations for Better Creations

Everyone needs pockets of downtime to recharge, whether it’s an hour or a week-long vacation (3-4 if you are a joyful European! Lol). But for us creative types, I challenge the idea of binging on mindless relaxation. For me, a break from the norm can be restorative and productive in equal measure. My family and I just got back from the beach. It was amazing. We swam, drank margaritas, watched movies, and I actually read not one but TWO novels…

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Three Female-Driven Shows You’ve Got to Catch

Three Female-Driven Shows You’ve Got to Catch

This blog is a little different. Because I aspire to write film and TV, I try to keep up with new offerings in both those media. (Okay, so it’s also an excuse to watch more television and justifies my MoviePass subscription!) This week, I want to tell you about three new shows I’ve started watching that indicate the #MeToo movement has hit the TV landscape hard—and we can expect to see more female-driven content in the months and years to…

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Taking Feedback Like a Champ

Taking Feedback Like a Champ

Many screenwriters identify as introverts and enjoy the initial phase of solitude while they flesh out this new idea, this new world, on paper. But bringing a script to the screen, whether it’s film or television, flips to the other extreme where playing well with others is essential. As a ghostwriter, I have had many experiences with taking input from clients as I tried to craft their story in ways that served their goals and desires. I’ve had experiences where…

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Revising The Revisionist

Revising The Revisionist

I absolutely hate writing first drafts. No matter how much practice I seem to get, I grind my teeth and slug through the mud of my own inability to convey the wonderful images in my head. Those blank pages are where I meet my weakness. They are the place where I know that I suck. It’s all wrong, but I need to get something down on paper. Fortunately for me, however, I love rewriting. There’s real joy in editing– in…

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Creating a Sustainable Writers Group

Creating a Sustainable Writers Group

A year and a half ago, a female screenwriter friend and I met for lunch. As we checked in on each others’ progress on creative projects, we found ourselves wishing for additional support. Both of us were well passed the “beginner” stage of learning the craft and industry ropes. We wanted to learn from other writers, and put DC talent more firmly on the entertainment radar. But how? We walked away from the meeting with the idea for a small…

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Five Things Every Screenwriter Should Know Before Becoming a Filmmaker

Five Things Every Screenwriter Should Know Before Becoming a Filmmaker

About a year ago, I got woke. Not woke in the sense of the prevailing social consciousness—though, as an African American woman, my awakening plays its own role in the larger social political narrative. But in this case, I’m talking about film and the realization that I was wasting my time submitting my screenplay The Revisionist to pitchfests and contests. I was hoping that somebody would transform it into a movie. Instead, in a flash of insight, I realized that…

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