Book Trailer love: RAISING DION

When the book trailer for the new comic RAISING DION (written by Dennis Liu, illustrated by Jason Piperberg) rolled down my timeline I damn near lost my mind.


At first I didn’t even realize I was watching a comic trailer. I figured it was for an upcoming television series or a movie. But I was hooked! A Black single mother raising a superpowered son with nothing but her wits, strength, and love to protect him (which is, ultimately, everything). Sign me allll the way up!


Enough from me. Just watch. Read the first issue here. And join me in tossing some well-deserved coins at their continued efforts.

Notes from #MWW15


This weekend I’m in Muncie, Indiana attending Midwest Writers Workshop! Although it’s the 42nd annual gathering, I’m a first-timer and super excited!


Thanks to generous sponsors, I’m attending on a scholarship. Yesterday included an amazing intensive with Christa Desir (my crush has grown immensely), being awed by my squad of super-talented YA/NA writers, motivational advice, lots of hugs, and tasty free chicken wings.

We just wrapped up the agent Q&A panel (TONS of good info to unpack there). Now it’s off to re-caffeinate, learn how to edit and revise when you’re SO sick of your book, and practice for this afternoon’s agent pitch session. (EEP.)


RSW Update Four


Ready. Set. Write! is a summer long writing challenge hosted by Erin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Katy Upperman where we write, revise, plot and cheer each other on.

 How I did on last week’s goals

  • Write fiction for at least 1 hour per day. I did so-so with this one. Life was like “The hell you say!”
  • Do something active 3x. Thank goodness for living room dance parties. :D
  • Drink more water. Much improved!

My goals for this week

  • Finish beta reading. I owe people thoughts on pages. Y’all are super talented.
  • Prep for Midwest Writers Workshop. It’s almost time!
  • Keep up with physical activity. Gotta work on that mind-body connection.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

There’s very little I hate more than seeing people I love upset and not being able to do a damn thing about it.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Organization. Sometimes it’s so hard dealing with emotional and physical clutter (yes, I’m just now getting completely unpacked in my new-ish apartment. Don’t judge me.)

Something I love about my WiP.

It’s totally surprising me!