Why the Name “Crystal”?

Why did I Chose the Name “Crystal”? I don’t remember spending a lot of time choosing my main character’s name when I started writing. “Crystal” was a perfect fit even before I finished the first chapter. I had no idea how I wanted to develop it because my original goal was a 5,000-word story. By READ MORE

The Suffolk Literary Festival and PoetFest

A lot has happened in the last few months, but I’m going to keep them separate. April 21, 2018 – I attended the Suffolk Literary Festival at Paul D. Camp Community College. It was my first time attending a book festival as an author. I sat with Suffolk Writes, met other authors, and participated in READ MORE

Opportunity Knocking at Your Door

Does it? Does it, really? You have to have heard something about the idea of opportunity knocking at your door. It’s something along the line of opportunity knocking on your door to present you with the job, money, breakthrough (insert requested item) that you’ve been waiting to receive. Scratch that. You probably weren’t looking for READ MORE

Domestic Abuse Is an Issue

G.R.O.W. Foundation held an event last night at the Venue called “We Need to Talk.” Several organizations and individuals sponsored, assisted, and/or spoke to bring more awareness to the problem of domestic violence. Abuse is not limited to broken bones. Many times, because we can’t immediately “see” the damage (ex. bruises), we assume that it’s READ MORE

Walking Forward

I made a decision at the end of last year coming into this year. It wasn’t a “New Year’s resolution.” I do an evaluation of what’s going on with myself every time tax time comes along because I have to figure out my income and expenses. Determining how much I need to earn and if READ MORE

Heart of Crystal (Book One Chapter One)

Chapter 1 Crystal stretched across her bed, reached for a pillow to hug, and thought about her talk with Mario. What just happened? Last week, she was telling him how she’d embarrass him in a spades game if they ever played each other. Today, she was mentally burning his image into her brain and replaying READ MORE

True Life Poet

What is a “true life poet”? You would think that this would be a simple question, right? For some reason, every time I hear this question, I pause. It seems like it would be easy to describe, yet it seems like I’m not descriptive enough. I can’t tell you the first time I used it. READ MORE