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Titles, Cover Art and Random Wonderful Things…

November 23, 2009

So. My novel, out in July, was originally titled No Tea For The Fever.

And that title was scrapped by the publishers. Too literary. (Ouch!)

I submitted two more titles. The answers were no. And no.

I chewed my nails, rocked back and forth in a little ball and tried not to cry.

And finally. My editor broke the news to me.

My novel would be called…


What We Can All Learn From XYZPublicist

November 18, 2009


Each month, I edit a relationship column for a national, women’s lifestyle publication. Sometimes I write the column myself. If I’m extremely swamped, I assign the story out to another freelance writer.

It’s one of my many hustles. And I like that I have to think like an editor. It helps me when I’m trying to pitch articles to other editors.

In my line of work as an editor, I deal with publicists, usually for authors who have written books about relationship issues or therapists, professors and other folks who are experts in relationship stuff.

There are many times that I find myself staring at a deadline and I have all my interviews completed for a story–but I haven’t found a relationship expert to interview. So I’m scrambling like mad, emailing folks to try and secure someone for my column.

(I’m getting to a point here.)

It would make sense to prepare for this in advance and line up interviews with several authors, professors and therapists.

But I don’t do that. I scramble at deadline time. Most editors do.

So. November 4th, I get an email.


Kinky Curly: Day Three. An update.

November 10, 2009
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her hair was flat when she woke up. I fluffed it with a dot of mousse. That's it. Headband. Out the door.

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Team Zahara!

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I still feel weird having Tog's hair "out." But boy do I love walking out of the house without wrestling with her hair.

Writing 101: Five Books You Need In Your Life

November 10, 2009


It’s often said that good writers are good readers.

In the early days of my career, I read everything I could get my hands on. I subscribed to over twenty different magazines and spent what little money I had in Barnes and Noble every weekend.

I don’t read nearly as much as I should anymore.

But I do carry many of the lessons from a few of my favorite  books in writing.

If you’re new to writing. Or just need to reinvigorate. Cop these joints. Today.


The Endorsement: Kinky Curly Hair Products

November 9, 2009


Fact: If my mom had Kinky Curly hair products back in 1975, she would have never permed my hair. Or my sister’s hair.

Fact: If more Black women knew about Kinky Curly hair products, lye-based hair care products would take a beating.

So. My stylist, the lovely Lynn at Shades Hair Studio in Livingston, has a special mix that’s made on site that she uses in my TWA. Occasionally, she tries out other products she hears about and she put me on to Kinky Curly. Told me it would be good for my hair in between appointments and good for Tog’s hair too.

I blogged about how my original experience with Kinky Curly on Tog’s hair was a catastrophe. Then, I tried again and had success with two strand twists that lasted for a full week. Yes!

But I still wanted the option of just letting Tog’s hair go free. Like Will’s son Jaden. Someone commented on my blog:

Hi There,

The Jaden fro may be doable yet. I was reviewing how to’s for Kinky Curly last night ( there are several on YouTube)…apparently (after applying the Knot Today detangler) you have to have the hair very wet (keep it wet with a spray bottle if it begins to dry) while applying the custard gel. Section the hair and stroke the custard on in small amounts. Arrange the curls gently and leave them alone until dry (otherwise the word is you get frizz). The finished product will be sticky or hard if you apply too much…and OH, no hair dryers-they ruin the effect of the gel! (just a diffuser at the most). Try it again and let us know how it worked out.

Lisa – October 15, 2009 at 2:53 am e

I went to sleep Saturday night with a mission. Tog would wear her hair out. And it would still make sense. And she would not cry.

Anyone with a nappy-headed child knows that this is a mission impossible.