Fetish or Personal Trend? How Itaewon Class Restored My Flagging K-Drama Spirits

Recently I asked myself a weird question: fetish or personal trend? I’m referring to my current rather singular taste in Asian talent – for talent read men. I’ve been hyper focused on consuming South Korean media for over a year now, but over the past few months the bloom was fading from the rose rather … Continue reading Fetish or Personal Trend? How Itaewon Class Restored My Flagging K-Drama Spirits

Why I used the N word in my latest erotic paranormal romance novel.

PINK_Demon_FinalHey y’all. I don’t want you to be surprised when you buy this latest offering in my Demon Series and see some tough language – the n word specifically.

The word has evolved considerably, been essentially taken back by black people, which I’ve always found extraordinary. But it’s still emotionally charged, full of shitty historical context and wrathful feelings most black and white folks would gladly leave by the wayside forever. But its modern iteration is still perfect for this particular book.

My heroine Steele explains it briefly in the book, asking our hero Miles to look up the word niggardly in the dictionary.

The word doesn’t appear often in the book, and when it does it’s in very natural conversational situations. I know people these days tend to go from 0 to 100 for even the slightest offense. It’s doubtful this blog will allay that sort of response completely if folks are determined to go down that road. But at least this little preface is here for those who care to look, read and understand. Continue reading “Why I used the N word in my latest erotic paranormal romance novel.”

.@Adele, fabulous; The importance of a good old, ordinary brown. #romance #music #interracial

So, Adele released “Hello,” her first single in three years, and it’s stunning. She’s back. That voice we know and love is just as fabulous as it always was, and her tale of love and loss is as relatable as ever. I had no idea her love interest in the video was a black man … Continue reading .@Adele, fabulous; The importance of a good old, ordinary brown. #romance #music #interracial

.@amandlastenberg is my new young adult hero. #race #bias

Remember the little girl who played the young Zoe Saldana in Columbiana? She’s kind of a gangster, y’all. Smart, conscious, eloquent, and not afraid to speak her mind. Color me impressed. No pun intended – but I’ll take it. LOL Take that Kylie Jenner. Note, I’m bashing her lame-o response to Amandla Stenberg’s comments, not her … Continue reading .@amandlastenberg is my new young adult hero. #race #bias

Toni: I do not think I could have stayed here, in the world, if I did not have a way of thinking…which is what #writing is 4 me #romance

“I came at it as not a writer but a reader, and such a story didn’t exist. Every little homely, black girl was a joke, or didn’t exist in literature, and I was eager to read about a story where racism really hurts, and can destroy you…” Continue reading Toni: I do not think I could have stayed here, in the world, if I did not have a way of thinking…which is what #writing is 4 me #romance

New year, new opps to go big and to fuck up #writing #erotic #romance #Ineffable #showdonttell

So it’s day two of 2015. We’ve all made our new years’ resolutions, whether you wrote ’em down or just noodled ’em out while recovering from that dance ’til your dizzy NYE party – yup that was me. Had a fuckin’ blast. I’ve got the usuals: exercise more, eat better, write every single day, no … Continue reading New year, new opps to go big and to fuck up #writing #erotic #romance #Ineffable #showdonttell

Jax: The Perfect Excuse Not To Write #writing #erotic #romance #CharlieHunnam

Sometimes it happens. I get completely off track. Sucked into something so compelling it both inspires my work and keeps me from it. Right now that something is Sons of Anarchy and Charlie Hunnam. I knew of him first for turning down the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. I’d never seen his … Continue reading Jax: The Perfect Excuse Not To Write #writing #erotic #romance #CharlieHunnam

Three Reasons to Like Justin Theroux That Have Nothing To Do With You Know Who And Everything To Do With #Writing @Ellemagazine

I’ve always liked Justin Theroux as an actor, but I had no idea he was an accomplished writer until I read a profile of the actor in a recent issue of Elle. Now I like him as a writer because you know, being one myself, we are often partial to one another. So without further ado, three reasons to like Justin Theroux that have nothing to do with his famous girlfriend, who shall remain nameless out of sympathy for him constantly being attached to her and cheated of his separate identity like he had no career or life before her. Yes *gasp* I know that sentence was way too long.JustinT

One, he can successfully write funny. According to the Elle piece: Theroux cowrote 2008’s action comedyTropic Thunder, which made $188 million worldwide and earned Robert Downey Jr. an Oscar nomination. He also wrote 2010’s Iron Man 2, which took in $624 million, and cowrote Tom Cruise’s 2012 big-budget hair-metal spoof, Rock of Ages. I can’t vouch for Tropic Thunder or Rock of Ages. I refuse to see the first because Robert D’s in blackface, and I rebuke that bullshit on principle. I haven’t seen the latter because bad hair and that kind of rock music make me want to throw myself headfirst into an Erykah Badu CD. Continue reading “Three Reasons to Like Justin Theroux That Have Nothing To Do With You Know Who And Everything To Do With #Writing @Ellemagazine”