Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Beckyville Chronicles: Warring for My Dreams in New Orleans

Am I the only one whose dreams are accompanied by a soundtrack?

Usually when I imagine myself tackling some major mission, I have an anthem playing in my head. The scenes unfold in my mind, in all their Technicolor glory, as if they are being shot by an imaginary director, and at the end of the “film,” I emerge victorious as the scene fades to black.

I need to get out (of my head) more. I know. Continue reading


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The Beckyville Chronicles: Down and out in New Orleans

It’s funny how quickly your life can change. The second weekend in July, the day after I received a shipment of my debut short story collection Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage, my bestie and I found … Continue reading


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The Beckyville Chronicles: In Search of Family

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery …” – Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and … Continue reading


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My First Interview for Escape from Beckyville

I was recently interviewed by Theresa Sanchez of the Sunday Journal on radio station WYLD 98.5 in New Orleans. We chatted about my cross-country book tour for Escape from Beckyville, black women and speculative fiction and wise great-grandmothers. Take a … Continue reading

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My Cousin, the Witch

My cousin, Ranae, has a pentagram tattooed above her left breast. For some, the five-pointed star conjures up images of black-robed figures drinking blood and performing human sacrifice.

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