Saturday, March 22, 2014

Taking Some Time Off...


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: lezintellect@gmail.com.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Trip To The Natural Hair Salon


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

Why Do Women Do This Kind Of Shit...


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...

Monday, March 17, 2014

I Need & Want More...


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....


Saturday, March 15, 2014

My New Computer


Yesterday I purchased a new computer... 

It is an Apple imac desktop. 

I love my new computer! It is fast and it has everything I want in a computer. I owned a Macbook when I was in college and it was the best computer I've ever owned (I've owned 5 of them...including this imac). 

Truthfully, there is no other computer on the market that comes close to Apple's computer. They are the Mercedes Benz of computers...smooth, beautiful, and fast.

I'm typing this blog on my new computer. Hopefully, this expensive piece of hardware will help me turn out more lesbian fiction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sweat: Mollica Bakunda


Sweat is a success! 

I've been receiving fan mail from people who picked up chapter one on Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle and it is so exciting! I'm very pleased that most of my reviews have been favorable. I'm fully aware that everyone will NOT like Sweat. Everyone will not like details about the characters. Everyone will not like Sweat because everyone doesn't like me. 

It's a good thing that I'm not trying to please everyone!

Sweat is my baby! People who like it will continue to support it. People who don't like it will ignore it. Shit, that's life. I'm not going to write my stories the way you (in general) want me to write them. Sweat is FICTION. Sweat is FLUFF (albeit good fluff). Most importantly of all Sweat is a SOAP OPERA. 

To my knowledge, I am the FIRST black lesbian (and probably the first lesbian period) to pioneer a written serial about lesbians...specifically BLACK lesbians. I plan to write Sweat for years and years. Who knows? Maybe it will end up on HBO or Showtime.

It's not going to read like a Toni Morrison novel. It's not intended to read like a Toni Morrison novel. If you are expecting that type of thought-provoking fiction from Sweat keep it moving. This ain't that type of party. 

Sweat is intended to be "guilty pleasure" entertainment. It is intended to be fun, lively, drama filled, soapy, entertainment. Next...

Chapter two of Sweat is coming. I'm still working on it. Some of you might be pissed off, but I have to rewrite chapter two...again. Why? Because I want to introduce another character. 

For as long as I can remember I've been interested in creating a character who is a black lesbian and a huge R&B superstar. I'm a big fan of old school R&B and soul (as some of you know). I always wanted to create a beautiful soulful black lesbian who can sing her ass off.

In my head this character is reminiscent of Whitney Houston at the height of her success...


I loved everything about this woman as a young girl. She was my FIRST crush. She had it all...looks, beauty, and the best damn voice in the world. She is the only celebrity I have cried over. I tried my eyes out when she died (R.I.P).

Anyway, I always said I would create a character based on Whitney Houston with more than a hint of Anita Baker as well...


My R&B superstar is Mollica Bakunda (pronounced Moe-lee-ca)

Mollica was born in Rwanda. Her family moved to America in 1992, which was two years before the genocide took place in Rwanda. They left to escape what was happening to people like them (Tutsis...they were being massacred by Hutus). The family settled in New York, but moved to Toronto shortly after arriving in the west. Mollica arrives in the states when Whitney Houston is at the height of her success. To say Whitney had a life changing impact on Mollica is an understatement. Without giving away too much about Mollica and the role she plays in Sweat...I'll say Olivia was right...Odessa wasn't exactly a nun while living in New York.

As you can see, I've combined my current interest in Rwanda with my fiction. This happens alot in my fiction. I love mixing fiction with historical events and facts. I believe it was fate that I became interested in Rwanda. My interest in the country helped me imagine the character that has been buried in the back of my mind for years. She didn't have a name or a background, but thanks to my interest in all things Rwanda she now has all of the above. Cheers!

I'm so excited. 

Stay tuned..

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rwanda...


I am in love with this country and its people. I'm even in love with the Gorillas. I can't leave right now because of my grandma's health, but when I get an opportunity I am going to Rwanda!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Shoemaker & Rwanda


I've been thinking about what type of business I want to start. I have decided to make shoes...specifically tennis shoes.

Why shoes? 

We need shoes. We will always need shoes. Black people...American blacks...spend more money on tennis shoes than any other group. Yet, we do not own the tennis shoe companies we have helped make rich. My goal is to change all that. I am going to create a line of tennis shoes specifically targeting BLACK people.

I like shoes. I think I can create some impressive tennis shoes. I have good taste. I needed a business that I'm passionate about...tennis shoes is one of those things. I also wanted a business that produces a PRODUCT...not a service.

I plan to start my business right here in Atlanta, Georgia. I plan to design and build my business right here in Atlanta, Georgia. However, I am hoping to manufacturer my shoes in Rwanda. I know it sounds like a pipe dream right now but I think it's logical and realistic.

Americans (both black and white) have been outsourcing manufacturing jobs since WWII. Most of those jobs are located in ASIAN countries. Many will argue that these people are be exploited because they make somewhere in the range of $2.00 an hour. Call it corporate greed, but that's the way things are right now. 

Instead of manufacturing my shoes in China or Italy I plan to do it in Rwanda. I figure if I'm going to outsource at least do it with people who look something like me. The thought of helping to grow a country's economy is inspiring. I have no desire to help the Chinese grow richer while there is a continent of people who look like me who would love the opportunity to make a decent wage. I have no intention of exploiting the people of Rwanda. I plan to pay them a good liveable wage. I plan to employee a SMALL group of people to start. If the business takes off I will add to my staff.

Why Rwanda?

I am impressed with Rwanda and the people of that country. I have read everything I can about various countries in Africa. However, none have touch me as much as Rwanda. I have learned everything I can about the history of the country and the turnaround currently happening with the people, the economy and the leaders of the country. I also like the landscape, real estate, and scenery in the country. I can see myself owning a home there and living there periodically throughout the year. It might even become my base of operation and my home. The only thing that might stop me from doing business and living in Rwanda is the threat of another civil war. 

I don't know if anyone from Rwanda reads my blog, but I would like to know what will happen if the Hutus decide to overthrow the country? I assume the threat still looms considering the Hutus are now the refugees that the Tutsis once were. This scares the shit out of me. I don't want to be caught in the middle of a war between black people, who have been bamboozled into seeing each other as the enemy instead of the WHITES (i.e., the Germans and the Belgians) who colonized them and turned them against each other. 

These people got it twisted. They are fighting the wrong people. Instead of killing 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus they should have been over in Germany and Belgium killing those motherfuckers! 

Stop the ethnic wars and recognize your REAL enemy. These white folks don't see you as Tutsis and Hutus. They look at you and see BLACK people period. 

Anyway, now that I've decide on the type of business I want to start I am working to educate myself on the craft of shoemaking and design. Next, I will look into a business plan and raising money. Wish me luck on my new venture.

On and if you're interested in learning more about Rwanda I suggest this EXCELLENT book...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Grandma...


Yesterday, grandma was moved to hospice where she is expected to die any day now. It is no longer a matter of six months. It is any day now. 

According to her doctors, she is suffering from kidney failure, her heart is weak, she has gangrene on her feet (and I just about passed the fuck out when I saw her feet...I swear to God I am going to look into suing that gawdamn nursing home where she was living), and her dementia is getting worse by the day. 

I've being crying off and on for days. 

It's hard to watch someone you love suffer. The doctor told us to make her last days comfortable. She seems happy in hospice. They are keeping the gangrene on her feet dry to keep it from spreading to the rest of her body.

I keep waking up and thinking today could be her last. The thought brings tears to my eyes.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sweat: Chapter Two Is Coming...


Chapter two of Sweat is in the works. 

People keeping asking, "Where is chapter two?" 

I am working on it. 

I don't want to rush through Sweat. I pay a great deal of attention to characters and detail in my stories. So, I rewrite chapters over and over again before I am happy. 

Please be patient with me.

Also, I have a dying grandparent, who had two heart attacks TODAY. I have some shit on my mind. I'm trying not to sink into depression. Therefore, I have been working on Sweat while spending my days in the hospital with my grandmother. 

Believe me...if you thought chapter one was good you haven't seen nothing yet. It will be worth the wait.

I have decided to grant another wish... 

I will offer ALL chapters of Sweat on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. I got your emails....wish granted. I will still offer Sweat through Gumroad as well...for those of you who wish to continue downloading a PDF to your computer.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sweat: Chapter One Survey....


If you read chapter one of Sweat please take my one question survey....

I value your opinion...good or bad...I want to hear what you have to say. The survey is anonymous. So, you can speak your mind freely. You don't have to worry about hurting my feelings. 

If you didn't like it cool....tell me WHY you didn't like it. 

If you liked it great...tell me WHY/WHAT you liked.

I am looking for detailed opinions of chapter one. If you just want to say, "It was really good" go ahead and bypass this survey. Nothing personal...but that doesn't give me any insight into public opinion. I want to know specifically what you liked, disliked, can't get enough of, etc. Give me details! 

You can take my one question survey by clicking this link.
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