Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
I'm back people!
I know it's been a long time. I didn't plan to stay gone that long, but this thing called LIFE got in the way. I have some good news!
Chapter two of Sweat is DONE!
Thanks for being patient. I had to make sure it was done right. Chapter two is 24 pages long and it's all about my R&B superstar, Mollica Bakunda. Chapter three is partially done as well. I promise future chapters won't take this long.
I will release Chapter two either Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night. It depends on when my "test audience" gets back to me with their feedback. At that point, I will upload it to Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Gumroad. It should be available to you the very next day. Don't worry, I will make a post with links to all three sites.
Without giving away too much, keep this song in your head...
There is a hardcore bump and grind scene in chapter two and this song^^^ plays a major role in that scene.
For those of you planning to purchase chapter two through Gumroad, I suggest you go out and purchase a $10.00 prepaid debit card or something similar. Why? Because I'm not sure if the site is secure. I've been staring at it for the last two days. Based on what I know about fraud and banking, I wouldn't stick my debit card information in it. The website may be perfectly fine...I'm just skeptical. So, go get yourself a prepaid debit card before using Gumroad to make your purchase.
Diary of A Black Lesbian is hitting the airwaves...sort of!
I've decided to create a 2 hour weekly Sunday night blogtalkradio show called Diary of A Black Lesbian Radio. We're going to talk about everything from sex, relationships and ex-girlfriends. You, my devoted listeners, will have the opportunity to call into my show and add your 2 cents to the conversation. Isn't that exciting? If you think this blog is FIRE you haven't seen anything yet!
I was encouraged to create a radio show by a new woman in my life. Apparently, I have a good platform for a radio show. I don't know how this squeaky southern accent of mine will go over on radio, but we shall see! Maybe radio is the new frontier for me. Who knows....maybe this will lead to a bigger opportunity.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I am taking some time off from blogging to focus my attention on Sweat. I haven't been focused as much as I would like because I have so much on my mind. Something has to change if I want to continue riding this wave of success with Sweat. So, I have decided to devote every waking hour to Sweat. I won't be posting any blogs while I'm spinning out the remainder of chapter two. When I return to this blog chapter two will be complete and for sale.
I am also applying for a daytime television writing fellowship (I think that's the right word) for CBS daytime (i.e., The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful).
Apparently, CBS is looking for talented writers from diverse backgrounds (i.e., minorities). Well, you can't get anymore diverse than me. I'm black. I'm gay. I'm a woman. Plus, I know more about The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful than anyone I know. These two soaps have been apart of my life since I was 5 years old. I plan to knock my entry application out of the park.
CBS is requesting a writing sample. Years ago I wrote the screenplay for the book that got me out of poverty...
|The bestseller that emerged from my 19 year old brain.|
It has sat on my computer ever since.
I'm going to rewrite the script (have to whitewash it...for the white folks who will likely be the people evaluating the content), give it a new title and use it as a writing sample.
The script is good. It is one of my best. The imaginary and screen direction is on point. Most importantly of all it screams DRAMA. It screams SOAP OPERA. I think this, combined with my diverse background, will make me a competitive candidate for the fellowship.
Anyway, I'm on hiatus until further notice. If you want to chat or just say hello shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Today I went to the natural hair salon and got my hair twisted. I'm trying to lock my hair. I've tried several times, but I've never been able to make it pass the third month. I swear this time will be different. I have marked the date on my calendar. In a month I will return to the salon and have my hair re-twisted.
I don't make it to hair salons very often, but when I do I usually enjoy my visit. Salons and barbershops are great places to meet black folks. They are great places to get a glimpse of what's going on in the black community. They are good places to see and hear the souls of black folks.
At the salon I met a middle aged black woman who began telling me about her job at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Atlanta. I know the hotel very well because I used to attend career fairs there when I was a student at Spelman College. It's probably one of the biggest and grandest hotels in Atlanta.
Well anyway this woman began telling me about all the things she has witnessed while working as a security guard at the hotel. She told me stories about the hotel's employees having sex with each other in the rooms of the hotel. She told me about people getting drunk at the bar and getting upset when the bar closes. She told me stories about customers asking her for condoms and employees hustling condoms to customers. She told me stories about people being stuck in the hotel for three days during Atlanta's snow storm. < This last statement turned on the light bulb!
I'm so happy I ran across this woman because she gave me the back story for the lesbian romantic comedy I have in my head. I'm going to write a script (or maybe a novella) about a hotel manager who finds herself snowed in at a hotel with a cast of characters who are in town for a lesbian convention. In the process of managing the hotel she falls in love with one of the guest.
YES! This could work!
Maybe I should go to the hair salon more often!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A few weeks ago I decided to let Chocolate go. I stopped pursing her. I stopped texting and calling. I moved the hell on with my life after she blew me off. I began focusing my attention on other things like Sweat. Well, apparently this doesn't sit well with Chocolate. She's mad at me for not texting, calling and pursing her anymore.
I don't know what to do with this woman.
When I was barking around her leg like a lovesick puppy she wouldn't give me the time of day. In fact, she told me she was seeing someone. Now that I'm not checking for her anymore she wants to throw a damn tantrum. I think she believes I'm dating someone else. I'm perfectly happy to let her go on believing someone else is in the picture. Maybe then she'll stop playing the fucking games.
I don't have the patience anymore. I will be 29 years old in a few months. I'm ready for love, marriage and kids. I don't have time to sit around playing with this woman. I'm about ready to tell her this...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I'm on my computer right now working on chapter two of Sweat. I know people are anxious for chapter two and it's coming, but it will probably be another week or two before I release it. I move slow as hell, but I want to make sure chapter two is as perfect as chapter one. Chapter two is longer than chapter one. There are more characters to introduce and more background information to give.
Thanks for being patient.
While you're waiting for chapter two of Sweat, I have decided to give away book one of Souls of Men for free. I wrote Souls of Men well over two years ago under the pen name Vanessa Pope. This was book one of what was supposed to be a series. Unfortunately, I never finished Souls of Men. After completing book one I put it to the side and forgot about it. It didn't help that it didn't sell well on Amazon Kindle.
Souls of Men is an epic fantasy that takes place the day black women, those who are racially, ethnically, and culturally black, disappear off the face of the planet. The story follows several different black men who now find themselves living in a world without black women.
Souls of Men is probably the most thought-provoking story I have ever written. It examines sexism, racism, internalized racism, colorism, elitism, classism and just about every other ism. I was forced to dig really deep into human emotion to write Souls of Men. Just about every single black male in Souls of Men is based on a REAL black man either from black history or the media.
Needless to say, I think I did a good job writing it. Unfortunately, I was one of the few people who thought so. Like I said, Souls of Men didn't sell well. Sells from Souls of Men thought me something: People value "fluff" more than thought-provoking fiction. Any and all fluff written by me turns into gold. I make thousands of dollars from writing fluff. On the other hand, my more thought-provoking fiction is ignored!
Anyway, if you want to pick up a copy of Souls of Men (book one) click this LINK and follow these instructions...
- Click the green "I want this!" button.
- Bypass the credit card box and go down to the "Name a fair price" section. Enter 0 in this box. The credit box should disappear.
- Enter your email in the email box that appears.
- Click "Get."
- Check your email in about 5 minutes. Click the link in the email and download the PDF for Souls of Men.
Feel free to email me your thoughts on Souls of Men or comment below this post. One day I might finish the story.
Monday, March 17, 2014
I need and want more in my life...
I have an idea in my head for a romantic comedy loosely based on the brief love triangle I experienced with Yellow Bone and Chocolate (if you can even call it a love triangle). The plot I have in my head is funny, quirky, entertaining and something the world has never seen. In my head, it is a combination of the films Hav Plenty...
And Love Jones...
Except my film will be about black lesbians.
I'm going to sit down and write the script, but I wonder if I'm just wasting my time thinking about a film. I would love to write and produce a film. It's always been my dream to write for television and film. However, I don't have the funds to finance a film completely on my own.
If I am planning to produce a film I will need some investors or donations. From what I've read, it takes about 250K to make a quality indie film with good sound, lighting, professional (or semi-professional) actors, editing, etc. While I can imagine putting up part of that money, I certainly cannot afford all of it. So, my black lesbian romantic comedy will probably sit on a shelf until I find myself more successful in life....