Shadowshaper – This is not a review, not really.

If you haven’t heard of¬†Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older then I clearly haven’t been doing my job as an advocate. It’s a YA novel that features an Afro-Latina protagonist from Brooklyn, who finds her self, her magic and her light with the help of her curiosity, reasoning and amazingly delightful group of friends and family…

International Women’s Day – Book Edition

I’m recovering from pneumonia but I couldn’t let the opportunity to share some of my favorite books by some amazing women. Some of these books I’ve discussed or reviewed on the blog but all of them are invaluable to me and my experience as woman and a lover of literature. 1. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi…

Do our writers owe us a happy ending?

The past few years brought the rise of trilogies and long series; with that came a new level of fandom that I never expected for readers and writers alike. Since these writers (example JK Rowling, Charlaine Harris and George R.R. Martin) are part of this social media / instant gratification age they’ve succumbed to all…

Writing through the Blues

So if you’re on twitter you know the phrase “tweet through it”; that kind of sums up what I’m trying to do with this blog. I have this problem with consistency when the negative feelings about myself and my writing creep in. 2013 was such a tough year for my family and I and I…

The Goddess Chronicle – Natsuo Kirino

I’ve been a fan of Natsuo Kirino for some time; my first run in with her was with Out. A fellow voracious reader recommended her when I said that there were no female mystery writers. I read Out, twice, back to back and then moved on to Grotesque and The Real World. I was mesmerized…

The deceptive nature of Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

I found the Delta of Venus in the Bargain bin at Barnes and Noble on one of my almost daily visits. It was a steal at $5.96 and I endeavored to read it as soon as I was done with my current read, which was The Doors of Perception. I couldn’t start it after because,…

Con-fuse

I need to know. Who are you? Where did you come from? Stop. Remember me? Remind me Console me Hurt me Play Anoint me Dethrone me Who am I? Who are we? When are we going home?