I hope that the start of the new year is bringing you hope and inspiration to do the things you've always wanted to do. Although it seems that the world is a dumpster fire right now, we can still find joy in our families, friends, and community. In 2018, I shook off even more of… Continue reading Writin’ is Fightin’
My short piece, "Why Did My Story Get Rejected?," was originally published on the BLLC Review. Rejection is hard, and let’s face it, as writers, we’ve all been there. We’ve worked tirelessly on a new story, only to be rejected from what we thought was a the perfect medium for the piece. Why? Well, no… Continue reading Why Did My Story Get Rejected?
This is a cross-post of a blog I wrote for The BLLC Review. So, there comes a time in every writer’s life when she sits down in front of a computer screen or pulls out her pen and pad and nothing happens. Nothing. No matter how long she sits there, the words just won’t come.… Continue reading Stephanie Andrea Allen on Writer’s Block and What to Do When the Words Won’t Come
Hey y'all! My friend and colleague Amanda Lynch D'Agostino invited me to be a guest on her podcast, Inside 254, and we chatted about Black lesbian literature, the difference between Black women and WOC, and other cool stuff. Want to hear it? Here you go! Click the image to listen to the podcast on Podbean.… Continue reading Expert Extra!
This week, I found out that BLF Press's first title, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, was named a 2016 Forward INDIES finalist for LGBT Adult Fiction. I am thrilled about this, and want to share an updated version of the essay I wrote last year for Women and Words about how the… Continue reading #9 Serendipity, or the Evolution of an Anthology
I'm tired. Like many of you, I'm tired of waking up to new reports of inanity by 45 and his cronies, and wondering how much more we will suffer before it is all over. I'm exhausted with worry for my immigrant, queer, and Muslim friends. Day before yesterday, I was on a flight from Atlanta… Continue reading #7 On (Not) Writing Last Week
Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I met with my writing group. I had no idea how much I’d missed them. The last time I’d seen them was in November, and then only briefly. I’d been in Montreal at a conference, and only popped in to the video conference for a minute or… Continue reading #4 Living My Best Writing Life, Workshop Edition
A few days ago, I sent off two stories to beta readers for feedback. I am alternately thrilled and terrified. I'm glad to have completed the stories, but frightened of the feedback I may or may not get. How many of you use beta readers? Are you members of writing groups? I'm currently looking for… Continue reading Asking for Feedback