I spent two months of my summer entangled and confused in an endless jungle of a fantastically exotic city.
Glass and cement twisted into a permanent tango, childish handwriting in chalk emblazoned across uneven sidewalks, slowly scrubbed away by the scuttling feet of the masses, and the roar of traffic buried in the rumble of
Continue reading Guest Post: A-merica, our home and native land… by Garreth Chan
As a child, I had terrible asthma. I spent hours every evening breathing fumes out of a noisy machine called a “nebulizer,” and most days I required puffs from my collection of inhalers—the blue one made me shaky, but the gray one tasted gross. My mom used to mix a supplement called “Oxy-G” (supposed to
Continue reading Guest Post: You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are by J. B. Howard
Life within itself is a fantastic voyage. And during this journey of our lives, more often than not we can unexpectedly find ourselves hurled into un-chartered territory, especially where emotions are concerned.
Perhaps the fact that we can’t ‘see’ our emotions makes them hard to understand or control. For example, if we have a laceration
Continue reading Guest Post: Fantastic Voyage: The Phenomenon of Human Emotion – Part II by Dr. Jodi De Luca
In the old days (think Centennial by James Michener), I was afraid of nothing and no one. I flew hot air balloons, jumped out of airplanes, was kicked awake by the police while sleeping on a pier in Monte Carlo, and slept on the floor of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam with my head on my
Continue reading Guest Post: Pull That Trigger (and I Don’t Mean Guns) by Tobi Alfier
With every word I write, I try to sidestep a landmine. Avoid disaster.
Writing my first novel, I was hoping to find some blueprint on how to vividly dissect and then construct the complex and celebrated distinctions of black women.
Yeah, so that doesn’t exist.
Therefore, I’m left to navigate the boundaries and stereotypes of
Continue reading The Fierce and Fragile Journey of Sidestepping Landmines by Catherine Adel West
So your manuscript is finished. If you’re anything like me and knew you were a writer from an early age, it was probably your dream to publish your novel (or book of poetry or collection of short stories). After years of schooling, failures (publishing as Melville said, most of your work to the flames) you
Continue reading Guest Post: Traditional publishing versus self-publishing: my experience by David Haight