#NiaDiaries Vol. 7: 25th Birthday Self-Reflection

As a kid, I was obsessed with the glow up. I fantasized about that one magical day where I would wake up and be hotter, smarter, more talented, and more confident in a night. It is what I’d like to call: The Manny Santos Effect. Who is Manny Santos?  Manny Santos is a fictional character from one of my favorite childhood television shows: Degrassi: The Next Generation. One of its most...

Bleaker House by Nell Stevens | Book Review

Bleaker House, written by Nell Stevens, is about a writer who wins a fellowship to research and write a book anywhere in the world, all-expenses-paid. She chooses to spend her fellowship in one of the most desolate parts of the world: Bleaker Island, a snowy penguin-filled island off the coast of Argentina. As a writer who is currently working on a book while social distancing, I felt like this...

My August Writing Goals | 2020

My August writing goals center around the resurgence of Project BAN, a novel I began working on during NaNoWriMo 2017. I rediscovered it last May and wrote the majority of Project BAN’s first draft from mid-May to mid-June. After finishing Project BAN’s first draft, I decided I would wait until August-ish to start crafting a second draft. Since August is just around the corner, let's chat...

My Black Love Story Playlist | Camp NaNoWriMo

My Camp NaNoWriMo project, Project Dewey, is inspired by Black romantic comedies like Brown Sugar, Love Jones, and the recently released The Photograph. Along with each movie's plot and characters, one of the most memorable parts of each movie is its respective soundtracks. One of my wildest author dreams is getting one of my books adapted into a movie -- so I had to create my own black love...

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020: What Am I Writing?

For Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020, I thought I was going to take it easy after writing Project BAN and write a novella or maybe some short stories. But, alas, my imagination smacked me in the face with a brand spanking' new idea for a full-length novel: Project Dewey. Project Dewey is a new adult contemporary romance novel. The story is fun, Black AF, and hilarious. Below, you will find the details...