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Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Con Your Way to Success"

Okay, I’m not proposing that you do anything illegal here. What I’m proposing is that if you’re an author or an unpublished writer you should consider attending writer’s conferences or cons as us authors like to call them as a path to success.  Cons provide a wealth of information that writers find very useful: how to start a novel, how to plot story lines, how to develop strong characters, how to promote and market through social media and the list goes on.  It gives you a platform to be visible as a panelist to “strut” your stuff, to act as a moderator – showing that you can manage the authors and the audience and if you’re not quite comfortable doing either, you can always be a volunteer. Regardless, it affords you the opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with like-minded individuals and who knows you may run into your “writing” hero.

When I decided to become serious about my writing, I quickly joined the Maryland Writers’ Association and was eager to attend my first con. I remember it was on a brisk Saturday morning in spring and I dragged a couple members of my writer’s critique group along with me.  We were the first ones to arrive. After receiving my “goodie” bag of freebies, I started going through the list of workshops and one in particular caught my eye. It was being taught by Leslie Esdaile Banks aka “L.A. Banks.” She was so engaging as a speaker sharing how she got started writing and that we should consider writing a “business.” Unfortunately, a few months later, she succumbed to cancer. However, I was glad I was in her presence at this con. Since then I’ve attended the Eastern Shore Writers Conference twice and was a panelist at the Love is Murder conference in Chicago earlier this year.

Fast forward a few months later and I’ve taken on a new role as the Author Panel Coordinator for the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, September 13 – 15, 2013 at the Hunt Valley Inn. This con will bring together readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and steam punk. My job is to communicate with all registered authors and ensure that they are placed on the panels of their choices so that they can “strut” their stuff. This is not an easy task as most of the authors would like to be placed on the “hot” panels such as “New Writers Talk About their First Novel,” “What Makes a Hero,” “Men Writing the Softer Side/Women the Rough Stuff,” etc. So, the juggling begins when all the choices come rolling in.

With all of these moving pieces, I’m thankful that I’m very organized in coordinating and putting things together. Overall, it’s a very exciting process and I look forward to meeting, mixing and mingling with all the authors and fans when they all come to con their way to success!      

Friday, August 30, 2013

"Interview with Cyrus Webb"

On Monday, August 26, 2013 I had an interview with Cyrus Webb, host of Conversations LIVE.
Conversations LIVE! is an interactive way for those in entertainment and the arts to come together to discuss whatever unites them in life.

I had a great time talking about my novel, Gotta Let It Go and the writing process. You can catch the podcast of my interview here: http://tobtr.com/s/5327787.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Praise for "The Butler"

This past week I checked out Lee Daniels; "The Butler" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written script and the juxtaposition of the civil rights movement involving the son while the father was in the White House as a butler and occasional ear to the various presidents was very well done.

The characters were very well fleshed out and the butlers, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lenny Kravitz and especially Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines did an excellent job in portraying their roles realistically. It was good to see Forest in this role because he has that quiet quality that the role called for and that subtle anger when it did. At the end of the day, this was a man who came from nothing, made something of himself and loved his family fiercely...well, except for the strained relationship he had with this son. But, as his eyes opened up as to what was going on around him, he made things right between the two of them.

Oprah, well what can I say...except she played the heck out of her role as Gloria Gaines. Recovering alcoholic, a chain smoker with Terrence Howard as her "lover"...yum, this role was juicy. Not to mention some of the lines she delivered, "Get outta this house and take that bitch with you..."Everything you are and everything you have is because of that butler" - classic!

So, if you haven't seen "The Butler" what are you waiting for. Here's a clip from the movie - enjoy!

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Art, Wine & Design"

It's always great to support a worthy cause. On Thursday, August 1, 2013 I attended the Art, Wine & Design event presented by Sherry Burton Ways of Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC and Sharon Burton of The Artinista Art Advisory. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Unity Health Care Foundation to enhance the literary skills for youths ages 2-14 who visit the health centers in medically underserved communities in Washington, D.C.

The event was held at the Room and Board Furnishings located at 1840 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. When I walked into this venue, I was instantly drawn to the modern furniture and the accessories on display - very chic! Needless to say this venue was perfect for the event as all of us mingled throughout the store especially on the rooftop as it was a pleasant evening. I met some of the artists and others who supported the event and enjoyed what Shawn Yancey of Washington, DC's Fox-5 News had to say about her art display - very nice pieces

Check some pictures from the event!