Humans We Are

I ran into an old friend the other day at a local Taco place. I ❤️ tacos, especially the breakfast kind. Anyway, she and I volunteered a lot at our kids school when they were young. We were always volunteering, to sell sodas at the game, and there were a lot of games in which …read more

In the Weeds Chapter ONE

Chapter One Mid-August, 2017  “That’s him?” “Him who,” Nakia asked, staring into her third drink, relaxed for the first time in a long time. She and her younger sister Kirby, were hanging out tonight at this club, here to pick up a man, was the plan. Well it was more Kirby’s plan for her. She …read more

Where is OCAAT Book Two?

So, Book Two of OCAAT will probably be released next year, 2018. Why so long you ask? The answer is because OCAAT Book One was really difficult for me to write. I’ve probably written it at least six or seven times, so many different versions of it, as I tried to figure out how to …read more

OCAAT-The start of Chapter 4

  Chapter 4 Saturday morning The corner of Hardwood Street and Pecan Avenue was the closest Sydney could get to Graham’s neighborhood by bus. Hardwood Street ran perpendicular to Pecan Avenue, which was the street that was mostly a hill that led directly to the gates that led directly into the subdivisions that was the …read more

OCAAT Chapter 3

Chapter 3 September, two weeks later Woodland Hills High School, known unofficially as The Hills, neighborhood school to the kids of the super affluent, filled to the gills with Asians and Indians from India—not the Native American kind that’d gotten stuck on those reservations; no, this was the escuela for parents who knew the American …read more

No one will read your books.

I love this piece written by Richard Ridley, an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor. It helps to calm the jitters that comes with creating stories. “No one will read your books. That’s what you should tell yourself every time you sit down to write. I don’t think that’s true. In fact, I have every …read more

Love is,

This except is from the start of the Movie Love Actually. It reminds me. Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It …read more

Human, is what we are.

I’m so looking forward to the time when we give up Race as a thing in this country. Hard concept to wrap our heads around, cause we’ve been living it for so long, accepting it as truth for so long, but it’s Not. True. And it never was. There are differences in eye color, hair …read more

OCAAT Chapter 1

Chapter 1 July 2007 It was too early in the a.m. for his phone to be ringing, but it was, waking him from some serious slumber. Darius reached for it, knocking it off the nightstand in the process and onto the floor. “Fuck,” he said, leaning over his bed, using his hand to search around …read more

OCAAT, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Two weeks later Friday evening found Sydney back in her spot, sitting in the front porch swing, feet up in the chair, legs stretched out in front of her. She was relaxing this evening, had the entire house to herself, alone and free to do whatever she wanted, which for now was watching …read more