WIPjoy #26

26. Protagonist – How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Nerissa: My birthday is at the end of January, so usually I’m in school. Still, there have been plenty of years when my parents took me out of school for the week so we could go someplace warm. Sometimes it depended on where Dad…

WIPjoy #2

2. Tell us about YOU. Well, it’s all right here on this page under the “About” tab, but here’s a recap: I’m an only child. Grew up in Texas but with my extended family and roots in Southern Louisiana. Went to the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied media, screenwriting, and Classics. Also…

Miss Magnolia

The other night at dinner my kids began to ask me questions that started with, “Back in your day…” As in: “Back in your day did they have cars?” Since I felt like saying, “WTF, you guys, how old do you think I am?” was probably poor parenting, I answered in the voice of an…

Moving Forward

Remember that it’s okay to be wrong and make mistakes. In writing and in life. We live in a society where we think we must be perfect and feel like we’re being judged constantly. Maybe we are. BUT. As Methos once said, “We’re none of us perfect, MacLeod.” Expecting ourselves—or anyone else*—to be perfect is…

Random Thing

Sometimes—particularly during the summer—people will speak to me in Spanish. Then they’ll see the blank look on my face and say, “You’re not Hispanic?” I’m not. I’m Creole. I have skin that gets dark as toast when I’ve been out in the sun, and being in California, Latina is usually the first assumption. I told…