Thought of in 2016 and pursued in 2017, this story is more of a sweet romance set in a small shop owned by an older couple.
The protagonists are pets-turned-humans who can barely speak English, let alone help run a bakery. But their willingness and desire to please their “human” couple makes them excellent apprentices and people for the job. If only they can figure out how to express their feelings for each other just as easily!
In 2018, I scrapped the first draft of the story and completely changed it around. Yeah, I know. But, the second conflict adaptation has made the story stronger and more relatable for you all.
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This story came to me while listening to The Script’s album Science & Faith. It’s an erotica set in a weekly-pay hotel in a rundown side of town.
A former soldier decides to spend the last of his days, as he intends them to be, playing Russian Roulette during his drunken manias. Those habits start to become a problem when he starts a fiery fling with his neighbor who wants to know him as a person. Battling nightmares, alcoholism, and suicidal tendencies–let alone a concerned “friend” of sorts–Tyler drowns out the world with sweat and booze until a different kind of bomb blows him from his personal trenches.
Despite my obsession with the story, it took me an entire year to actually start writing the story. When I did, it all came pouring out after many dreams that pieced it together.
When not working on Humaning, I’m working on this. So, I’m in hopes of finishing the draft and publishing in the next few years.
Concept cover created in 2019; this is NOT a cover release.
After having my first child, I started to see my mental struggles in a new light that made a deep connection with the nature around me.
I delve into the symptoms of those battles when fighting mental illness of any kind. Each represented by landscapes and weather, I supplement with important information for others to understand and support their suffering loved ones.
Considering I’m fighting daily, the poems bled from my soul like a fresh wound once I started. It took me months to organize and finish, but it finally happened. The first book I ever published, I carry the most pride in this one and what I think it can offer the world.
Now you can buy it as a paperback or ebook.
As I started writing Naturally Abnormal, I reflected on the fact that I’m not only identified by my mental state. There is more to me on the inside and outside. Considering that, I began to write another line of poems.
More of a memoir-style, the poems about my ethnicity are common experiences to the average Black American (not African American, mind you. That is different considering African immigration!) Capturing these past and present memories, I look inside at a pride and shame of being something I can’t control. Nevertheless, the book does inspire the same in those who read it–in my opinion, at least.
You’ll be able to judge for yourself soon, as it is coming out in May 2020!
In 2019, I joined a poetry challenge for the Halloween season. 31 days, a poem a day. I had my work cut out for me and had never been challenged like so. Not only was I having a write a quality poem each day, I had to write in a genre I loved, but never wrote before. My friends encouraged me and I’m so glad they did.
31+ poems later, I had learned new dynamics in poetry and really immersed myself in the form that October. I completed the challenge and had yet another opportunity to reach out to the public about mental awareness in a new way.
With a word related to traditional horror or thriller themes each day, I twisted the idea of insanity to match! Yeah, I know! It was so fun and I feel like it really took the idea great places for people to relate to that feeling of madness when they just can’t control the things that are off in their life.