On P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and why I love science fiction
/ March 31, 2014 2 COMMENTS

  A buddy of mine refers to it as the “misfit heritage”. Probably as good a description as I’ve ever heard. This goes back to my childhood days when I figured being ‘black enough’ was something to be concerned about. But only because I was too young and inexperienced in just about everything to know…

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There’s writers, and then there’s Detroit writers
/ March 28, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Been in Detroit 21 years. Looking back, it’s been like I’ve lived at least three lives here, maybe more. When I moved here from Fort Lauderdale in January of 1993 to join the editorial page staff of the Detroit Free Press (going from 70 degrees to 7),  I was the outsider looking in and deciding…

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Writing is a lonely business, and what to do about it
/ March 22, 2014 0 COMMENTS

One of the hardest things about being a writer is the amount of time said writer has to spend all alone – except for those ever-present voices banging around in his head. You set aside time to write every day – or at least a specified number of days per week – and that is…

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Love hurts. Writing hurts more
/ March 8, 2014 0 COMMENTS

  Help Mr. Wizard. I don’t wanna be a writer anymore. I guess I keep wondering how many more lessons are there for me to learn, right? I made the decision decades ago to become a full-time professional writer, but I think it’s safe to say it’s only been in the past year or so that…

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Fire and Wanda adds new twist to African American fiction
/ March 7, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Well, it’s done. And it only took me a little over 20 years to add what I hope will be a unique addition to that genre known as African American fiction. I first started writing Fire and Wanda more than 20 years ago, way back in the Stone Age before I even owned a computer…

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