The Edge of Discomfort

Hi everyone! I’m back from the other side of another deadline. I swear there’s some kind of gravitational pull between when I signed up on the posting schedule around here and when my books are due. Life works in mysterious ways. I’m also back with another sports training metaphor. Y’all ready? Okay, good. Let’s go. When you train— and literally this is any kind of athletic pursuit— what you’re often going for is finding a […]

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Cultivating Confidence

I often say that I have confidence for days. I shoot all my shots. I walk like I know where I’m going even if I don’t (which, sometimes, leads to a dead end haha but that’s a story for another day). I’m a queer, Black woman working in a very white homogenous industry. I’ve been burnt out multiple tomes. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. I’ve had a billion reasons to give up, to not […]

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Defining Disciplined: When You Realize You’re Doing It Wrong

I’m trying little mug, I really am. Photo via Pexels “You’re so disciplined.” People say this to me a lot, and it’s not entirely surprising. In my group of friends, both in the bookish world and not, I’m known for not sleeping, writing in cafes half the week, and being the first one at my coworking space, hunched over my laptop before the lights are even turned on. I’m your writer friend that’s on Google […]

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Good Problems Take Time

It’s funny, writing these posts. They keep coinciding with my deadlines. I’ve just turned in my first round of edits to my editor. Which, let me tell you, always feels like such a win. There’s something about that first draft—about looking at a manuscript so filled with problems that you stare at and try desperately to find solutions— that can be so heartbreaking and demoralizing at the same time. I wrote this? That slithering voice […]

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Launching a Book is the Starting Line (Not the Finish Line)

Greetings people of the internet! I’m back on the other side of launching my second book! Woo hoo! I did it, right? I can chill out, relax. Maybe take a nice long bubble bath. [cue the laughter from other published authors] The truth is, launching a book is the start line not the finish line. I know that’s a hard thing to hear. So much work— so much y’all— goes into before launching a book. First there’s […]

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