what no one tells you about being an indie author

Have you ever heard a published author asked what advice they would give to aspiring writers? The answers are usually the same and may include things like "read all you can," "finish your manuscript," "do NaNoWriMo," etc. Being an aspiring writer is not the same thing as being an aspiring publisher of your own work.…

mango street / a poem

mango street.    The pink-tiled bathrooms and velvet robes have been traded in for patched-up aprons and flour-dusted hands.  Where names were once stitched into lilac silk,  the phases of the moon are inked across collar-bones.  The wives drink wine from mason jars, prune their ferns and poplars.  The children sing to the sidewalk songs…

Keepers of the Crown Excerpt

Before, Now, and After   “I had brothers once,” I say. My voice is an echo of the ancients. A mourn. A scoff. “But...I betrayed them.” I shift inward when the darkness folds itself around me. The darkness I’ve summoned for myself. “My brothers...their wings were more...magnificent. The first brother’s were fashioned of gold, but the weight was nothing…