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Literary Woes

I am struggling to continue writing my second novel and I've hit a rough spot.  I've written and written and then I just suddenly stopped.  I don't know how to begin again.  Now, that's not to say that I haven't written a lot already.  I have about 200 pages from my first writing.  I was so inspired to write this new book after receiving favorable personal reviews from friends and family on Facebook who read my first novel, "Masculine Strength."  I literally wrote nonstop for three weeks.…


Added by Telemachus on July 10, 2016 at 1:13am — 1 Comment

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!

October 2014 is Black Speculative Fiction Month, so tell everyone.  Visit your favorite online book site or visit a local bookstore in your neighborhood. Read some of the great Black authors. Purchase books by emerging Speculative Fiction authors -- there are many writers who…


Added by Stafford Battle on October 4, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month 2013

During October 2013, I will be celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month in several ways.

1) I will work on my new novel  every day for at least 30 minutes or more.

2) I will visit several Afrocentric blogs and leave a constructive comment.

3) I will connect more with my fellow…


Added by Stafford Battle on September 27, 2013 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Are You in Competition with other Authors?

I had a fellow Author come by my table at an Authors showcase recently; he said I came by to check out the competition.


I was dumb founded by this because I was sure our books were probably not about the same topic, and even if they were our perspectives would surely be different!


I do not compete with other Authors at all. I write books solely to help and entertain people, not for the money and definitely not for the competition. I am curious what other…


Added by Matt Drayton on August 5, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Soulful Hors D'Ouevres for the Next Offline Black Author Showcase

I just received the menu for the next event on October 18th, 2013 to be held at the University of the District of Columbia and it is off the chain! Forget the Mediterranean fare we had back in 2009, new caterer Chrissy & Company is bringing the soul back…


Added by Diane on July 27, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments


What would Dr. King do if he were alive today now that his "signature" accomplishment (Section 4 of The Voting Rights Act of 1965) which he fought and “died” for has been struck down by the Supreme Court? What would Dr. King think about the civil rights leaders of today? America (not just Black…


Added by Eric M. Deadwiley on June 26, 2013 at 5:11am — No Comments

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Added by Diane on July 10, 2013 at 4:45am — No Comments

An Accompanying Poem for my Favorite Painting by S. Ross Browne

It took me a year to finally catch up with the artist that created 'The Huntress''. A year and a half ago there was no facebook page or fancy website. I tried in vain to contact galleries that listed him, with no response. Now, the multi-talented S. Ross Browne is becoming well known for this and many other offerings.…


Added by Diane on June 27, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Free Preview of Books From BEA 2013

Publisher's Marketplace announced the trade edition of BUZZ BOOKS 2013 FALL/WINTER is available for download.

Start reading exclusive pre-publication excerpts right now from 40 top fall and winter titles, including many featured on…


Added by Diane on May 13, 2013 at 10:21pm — 1 Comment


In homage to Yvette Cade*

And here I stand.

Quiet whispers silenced

by the desire

to see you as my truth.

messages went unheeded

while I danced to your music.

Problems, warning signs ignored

because the you that I adored

remained my fantasy.

Staying because of what I wanted it to be

not because of what it is.

Embarrassed to admit I might be wrong

Stubbornly believing I could make wrong right

I chose to stay and…


Added by E. Joyce Moore on April 18, 2013 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Revolutionary Me

Marcus, Malcolm, Mumia, and Huey planted the seed,

for Revolutionary Me.

Being beat by the police at 17,

was the conception of Revolutionary Me.

The unwarranted harassment and checks for id,

strengthened the embryo of Revolutionary Me.

If there were no PG County police,

there might not have been the…


Added by Dominick Quarles on April 25, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

EBook Freebie Time - Sci Fi Space Opera

Locus Origin The Never Born by Christian Matari

“When society is ruled from behind the scenes by massive corporate conglomerates that control powerful…


Added by Diane on April 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"OLD FRIEND, NEW SEASON" (a little Flash Fiction)


And so, I’m thinking…I know this is not happening! But, that’s not quite true because in actuality, I do know its happening. As a matter of fact, it’s happening in my face—right now. Maybe I could pretend to faint like the folks on TV and get out of it that way. Or maybe I should just be…

Added by Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress on August 21, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Bound by Time

At all times I am yours,

for all time you are mines.

The potent glue that seals us;

we are bound by time.

Lost in the moments,

the seconds fly by,

But the memories that exist

are endless, if only in our minds.

Husbands chained to their wives

gladly awaiting death to depart.

Parents attached to their children,

invisible strings tug at their hearts.

But our love is not held

together by vows or by…


Added by Lena Williamson on March 8, 2011 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Deaf Ear



I know you heard me

walking around here

saying the samething

for the last past five days!

You act like you don't hear me

when I'm talking all softly to you,

now that I'm yelling,

you seem amazed!

Then you start screamming and shouting,

calling me all kind'ah names,

before you start crying!



Don't do that ma, please..



Added by Terrod Arrington on January 9, 2011 at 11:55pm — No Comments

"Would Dr. King be Disappointed?"




Would Dr. King be Disappointed?

By Eric M. Deadwiley

January 17, 2011


What would Dr. King say if he were resurrected today? I truly believe that he would be disappointed by the corruption, greed and inertia of the civil rights organizations today. Dr. King and other civil rights leaders fought tirelessly for blacks to have fair access to jobs, education and the freedom whites enjoyed.  In the…


Added by Eric M. Deadwiley on January 17, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

The United States of Africa

I am continuing my online fiction serial called: The United States of Africa. I recently added Episode 7: Anansi's Ladder. The story is set in a futuristic Africa where an American saves the life of the President of Africa from evil doers who seek to stop Africans as they build a stairway to the stars.

You can follow the online story at:

African American writers have a…


Added by Stafford Battle on December 14, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Just Venting- Did I Step on Your Toes?

Did I step on your toes when I said you needed to swallow some wisdom and spit out your ignorance?

Did I step on your toes when I said let the experiences of others be the drink after the meal?…

Added by Nanette Buchanan on November 10, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Life Of An Ethnic Writer

Okay everyone... what am I blogging about today? Good question!

Well, how to play nice even when you're not feeling very nice. Sometimes, we are put in situations that require us to step above the non-sense circling in our minds. The nitpicking - finger pointing drama that we fall into more times than not. If you are able to set aside the jumble that crowds good reason than you will be ale to enjoy alot more events.

Well, IDK...

When majority over rules…


Added by Cee Brooks on November 11, 2010 at 12:31pm — No Comments

I'm Gone

I’m Gone

By Nate Spears

Warm and hydrated

As I

Twist and turn my own bottle cap


Release the air;

Just Excitement

Packed inside,

No Co2

Refreshing it is;

To quench your thirst,

With achievement;

I drink from success

In doubts,

I’m not believing;


Past trends

Brings ends

Ended by strokes;

I won’t strike out,

Or collapse

From your heat

Or your smoke



As I take…


Added by Nate Spears on November 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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