Act One: Elements of Story

The latest WINE AND WRITING WISDOM video is now available and it’s one you don’t want to miss. We continue the discussion on the importance of recognizing and applying structural elements into our writing. We explore the set up, the inciting incident and the doorway of no return. If you enjoy the video, leave me […]

Imaginarium 2018

I’ve got great news! If you’ve never heard of the Imaginarium Convention, stop and Google now! This conference, held annually in Louisville KY, may be the literary world’s best kept secret. Fans, writers and filmmakers of Sci-Fi, Fantasy are in heaven but it’s not just limited to this genre. I found my niche as a […]

A to Z Challenge: Zenith Rising

Zenith Rising The police retreated from the church, leaving the parishioners free to leave on their own. Nobody moved. The moment was fragile, timeless, as if movement would shatter everything they’d ever known. Detective Mendoza escorted Ms. Earline out to his car, assisting her into the front seat. His head and shoulders were stooped as […]

A to Z Challenge: Yellowed Yams

Yellowed Yams “Please tell them, Ms. Earline,” Delilah continued to sob, her hand rested on Izzy’s boot but she was no longer trying to hold him to her. Her face was turned into the floor, as if she did not want to face the consequences of her words. “Take your hands off that boy.” Ms. […]

A to Z Challenge: X-mas N July

X-mas N July “I’m probably going straight to hell for this, ‘specially with all these holy-rolling Christians running around but I need a little Christmas In July.” Mama Lou said, “Xavier, what are you going on about?” “Oh, a little Midori, Hpnotiq, Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao with a splash of orange juice and lemonade. Um-mm, […]

A to Z Challenge: Waylaid Watermelon

Waylaid Watermelon The heavy oak doors that marked the front of the church slammed inward, followed by a rush of booted feet. MPD cops as well as Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed the vestibule. Mama Lou and Ethel Mae watched from the doorway as Detective Giancarlo Mendoza directed them to cover the exits. No one […]

A to Z Challenge: Velvety Smooth Red Velvet Cake

Velvety Smooth Red Velvet Cake Deacon Perry said, “Come on, Charlotte. You’re going to make yourself sick.” He escorted her to one of the folding chairs and then turned back to the group.  “It’s true. Pastor Griffin did leak the video. I went to him first, asking to offer some type of protection for Charlotte, […]

A to Z Challenge: Under the Upside Down Cake

Under the Upside Down Cake Mama Lou stepped over to the tray of tea and cake and started slicing the upside down cake. Kieran, Delilah and Izzy continued to throw accusations back and forth, verbal darts aimed and tossed, none hitting the mark. She forced a styrofoam plate into Izzy’s hands and said, “This is […]

A to Z Challenge: Tawanda’s Tea

Tawanda’s Tea The click-clack of rapidly approaching heels filled the silence that followed Izzy’s challenge. Tawanda stood in the doorway, a smile of concentration marked her face as she tried to balance the heavy tray. “I know it’s hot as all Hades out there today, but as my grandma used to say, there is nothing […]