Monday, March 14, 2005

NAACP IMAGE AWARD IN L. A. - I'm going to be on the red carpet!

I'm going to be strutting down the red carpet! I'm going to be strutting down the red carpet!

I'm nominated for a 2005 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction, but there's really not much of a chance I'll win. I'm up against Eric Jerome Dickey, Aaron MacGruder, Alice Walker and Bishop T. D. Jakes. Shoot . . . I'm really and honestly honored just to be nominated! Look at the company I'm in.

Wow! I've known about this for more than a month now, but I finally - finally! - know what I'm going to wear on the red carpet. I've decided on a lightly beaded red satin dress. Cheryl Ann Wadlington, a well-known fashion consultant here in Philadelphia, went shopping with me for my accessories. Boy, did Cheryl hook me up! I would never DARE buy what she had me buy if I had went shopping on my own. Three inch stilletto heels (I normally wear no heel at all), and a beautiful silk shawl with gradations from deep red to shocking pink. Wow . . . me wearing shocking pink! No necklace, but we bought pink tear drop earrings, and a red/pink flower for my hair. I have shoulder-length dreadlocks, but Cheryl instructed me to wear me to my hair up for the event. Since I have absolutely no fashion sense, I'm following her advice as if it were the gospel. Can I share something rather embarrassing? Here I am almost 47-years-old and I didn't even know I've been wearing the wrong bra size until I went shopping with Cheryl. All this time I thought I was a C cup . . . come to find out I'm a D. I couldn't believe it! Not only are my boobs more comfortable, but I look better in my dress. Thank God for Cheryl Wadlington!

Oooh, I'm going to look good on the red carpet!

My beautiful daughter, Camille (she's 17-years-old) is my escort for the evening, and an author friend of mine, Daaimah S. Poole, is coming along for support as well as Meosha Coleman, a writer whose first book will be published sometime next year.

I know we're going to have a ball.

I'm going to be on the red carpet!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Another Day, Another Chapter - and other ramblings

I wonder, I wonder, how the hell am I going to get my book done in time to meet my deadline?

I'm usually a pretty fast writer, but I've had some health issues as of late that has really prevented from me to write as much as I do usually. I did get a new chapter done today, and that was good.

When I decided to write a sequel to Satin Doll I thought it would be easy since I was so familiar with the characters. I think the opposite has been true, though. I wrote Satin Doll six years ago, and it's sometime arduous writing the sequel because I have to make sure everything is consistent with the first book . . . you know what I mean? And I have to imagine my characters as six years older, and have to take into account the six years of changes they've gone through and the maturity they've achieved because of it. I may not list all the changes in the book, but I have to know what they are so I know how it would have affected how the characters would act or react today.

The Philadelphia media is really wonderful to writers, and that's not always the case in major cities. I was thinking about this because I was listening to a WHAT-AM radio show just now -- on that I was recently on. Dave Warner and Albert Butler show. They're two young guys, but really sharp. Especially Albert Butler. He seems to know a little about everything, and is simply a joy to talk to. Dave put me on the show so I could talk about my nomination for the NAACP Image Award. But Dave and Albert aren't the only media sweeties here in Philly. Loraine Ballard-Morril over at WDAS-FM has always been supportive and given me airtime whenever I have a new book to promote. Thera Martin Connally, also at WHAT has been the same. And I've been able to get on local cable shows and local television news programming, too. Great way to promote books!

I'm one of those authors who love to do book clubs, and I did a very unsual one the other day . . . called the "Free Your Mind Book Club." What makes it unusual is that it's an all male book club at a local detention center. It was wonderful that inmates enjoyed "Ida B." so much that the organizer (a prison administrator) ordered 25 more copies to be given to inmates at another detention center, and also 25 copies of Satin Doll for yet another. Loooks like I do well with inmates

I still don't know what dress I'm going to wear to the NAACP Image Award, and time is running short for me to decide. I leave on the 17th. Time is REALLY growing short. I need to get on the ball if I want to look smashing on the red carpet.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Here I Am - Blogging For The First Time!

I've been thinking about doing this for awhile now, and since I couldn't sleep I figured, 'what the hell,' and went ahead and did it today.

I'm a writer, so that's what I do when I can't sleep -- write.

I already have a website, so I'm not going to write about my books -- if you want to find out about them, please go to my website at

This blog will be used as kind of a public diary. No steamy scenes are happening in my life, so you won't find any posted here. But for instance, I am writing a new book, so I'll likely write about the trials and tribulations of writing a book and sending it off to my editor at Time Warner by my May 31st deadline. (Not likely I'll make it, but we'll see.)

I'll also log my arguments with my editor at Time-Warner, Beth DeGuzman, after I submit my manuscript and she sends me her suggestions for revisions. Beth is a sweet and easy-going person so there shouldn't be many arguments, but having already written four books I know there will be some.

I'll add my thoughts about what's going on in the world . . . This ridiculous Iraq/Afghanistan War, euthanasia, crime, racism, politics (how the hell did we let Bush get re-elected!), sports, etc.

I'm going to do my best to write a little something-something here every day . . . if only to keep myself focused by seeing in writing what the hell is going in this crazed mind of mine.

So this is my first post . . . but it won't be my last!