Turned Off in the Best Way

This past Saturday I made the decision to turn my phone off for several hours in order to get things done.

It was effective and refreshing.

At 9am Saturday morning I quickly scrolled through my apps and email then simply turned my phone off.

I turned on some music and got to work on tasks that needed my attention. I sat down to read. I played and snuggled my animals. I took a nap.

And yes, I did reach for my phone (less than I thought I would) throughout that time I was “disconnected” but I managed to regroup and refocus.

I stayed off the gadget until about 5pm. It was really nice. I think this is definitely something I need to do more often and I absolutely understand why people step away from social media and take breaks. It’s good for us.

What are some of the ways you “disconnect” or “step away” from time to time?

Finding Strange and Simple Joy in Krystal A. Smith’s “Two Moons” — Gather the Magic: sources on Activism and survival

Two Moons: Stories (2018) by Krystal A. Smith is the simplest joy you can give yourself, especially if you are Black and a lover of speculative work. A few years ago, it was rare to find a gem such as this. You had to hunt for it. But now, especially with more focus on the work […]

Finding Strange and Simple Joy in Krystal A. Smith’s “Two Moons” — Gather the Magic: sources on Activism and survival

Beyond Motivation

Yesterday a fellow writer asked me how I get motivated and stay motivated to write. It’s great to feel motivation and inspiration. But motivation is unreliable. I can’t wait for it, I can’t fake it when it’s not there. Writing is writing. Put the words out onto the page or screen then revise, revise, revise! Having a writing practice is key to success. Whether you write 10 minutes a day, one day a week, everyday, whatever, develop a practice that works for you. Honor that practice. Let no one and no thing separate you from that.

Join me Tuesdays and Thursdays for virtual write-in at 7pm-8pm EST or set your own write-in and use the hashtag #writenight


Greensboro Bound Literary Festival 2018 May 18th-20th

This week over 70 authors will descend upon Greensboro for readings, signings, and lively conversation with readers.

I’m excited to attend not only as a fan of several authors presenting, but also as an author on a panel. I’ll be sharing time with Ray Morrison, Steve Cushman, and Steve Mitchell at Preyer Hall, Greensboro History Museum, May 19, 4:30 pm to talk about contemporary Short Stories, read from our work, and sign a few books.

Of all the events taking place this weekend I know I’m most excited for Nikki Giovanni (A Good Cry, 2017), Fred Chappell (I Am One of You Forever, 1985), Leesa Cross-Smith (Whiskey & Ribbons, 2018), and Greensboro Bound After Hours. There will be music, performances, and of course books.

For a full list of events browse the Greensboro Bound site.

Opening reception takes place at Weatherspoon Art Gallery, UNCG, May 17, 6:00 pm

I hope to see you there!

Review

Happy Thursday! I’m celebrating Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) with a new review at the Black Lesbian Literary Collective website.

Love Conjure/Blues by Sharon Bridgforth is performance, prose, and poetry. You can read my full review here.

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ICYMI: #TwoMoonsChat

This past Wednesday I did a thing. My first twitter chat. Lauren Cherelle of Resolute Publishing and Black Lesbian Literary Collective (BLLC) was kind enough to host and she asked me some great questions.

I know not everyone has twitter and that’s okay. I still wanted to share what transpired during the chat. So below you’ll find the tweets mapped out in order as the questions were asked. It’s almost like being there. There are two things that you should know before you begin: 1.) Question 4 is no where to be found on twitter. 🙂 🙂 I swear I have searched, hashtag queried, and scrolled all up and down twitter. Based on my answer that somehow survived, the question had something to do with why all my protagonists in Two Moons were woman. 2.) Question 8 and answer have also gone AWOL. And I don’t remember what the question was at all. LOL

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*Question 4 is missing

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*Question and Answer 8 no where to be found 🙂

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I enjoyed talking Two Moons and writing and answering questions It’s nice too having one-on-one with another writer. Thanks, Lauren. And Thanks to Michelle for asking a question and interacting with us (and for reading the book <3).

To The Moon & Back

Have you ever searched for something on amazon and found something waaaaaay better than what you were looking for? I was looking on the site yesterday and found a real gem. I’m not sure why this showed up in my query, but it’s awesome. Take a look.

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It’s some sort of sticker (for $10). Cool, right? But that’s not the only thing. I dug a little deeper and found the mother load, jackpot of all things I Love Krystal to the Moon and Back.

Totes, shirts, hoodies, mugs, you name it. Y’all should probably get in on this. Who knows how long it’s gonna last. Clearly this is a gift that keeps on giving. So why not treat yo’self. Show all that love for the Krystal in your life. 🙂 Two the Moon and Back on Amazon.com

 

National Poetry Month

Did everyone make it through April Fools’ Day? I’m not a big fan of being got, so I’m glad no one tried it with me.

Other than being an acceptable time to trick folks April is National Poetry Month #NaPoMo

Here’s my first poem for the month. A haiku:

 

Your eyes are the sun

Warming my core so deeply

Gaze upon me, look

 

 

 

Have a great day! Happy National Poetry Month

March Did That

I have to say March has really shown out for me this year. It’s been so exciting and challenging, and motivating. I’m still (in my mind) celebrating the launch of my first ever collection of short stories. Two Moons hit shelves March 20th and the reception so far has been a good one.

We held the book launch the same week at the Raleigh LGBT Center and I had a blast. Sure there was cake and bubbly to share, but for me the real fun was reading my stories out loud, discussing the who, what, why of those stories, and engaging with those of you who came. When I say I can’t wait to do it again, I really, really mean it. Thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday. You made my launch incredible.

Next up I’ll be at North Carolina Writer’s Network Conference (NCWN) in Greensboro, NC on  April 21st.  I’ll be manning the booth for publisher BLF Press. Come say hi and buy some books.

Speaking of books, if you haven’t already, you can still get signed copies of Two Moons from BLF Press. Click here to go straight to the bookstore. If you have your copy already, please write a review and post it on Goodreads. Reviews make things happen for books. It can be a short sentence or two, what you enjoyed and why. Every review helps get this book in the hands of new readers. Thank you!

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