UPDATE: Why Yes, I’m Still Writing, Thanks for Asking

Yesterday was #BookLoversDay and so I decided to participate by posting the above photo to Instagram. As of today it’s gotten about 96 likes, which isn’t any spectacular but pretty good for me. In any case, one of my friends posted this comment: “Who’s that dude on the bottom?”

Yep, clustered in with such literary luminaries as Toni Morrison, Paulo Coelho, Elizabeth Strout, and Ralph Ellison is a little-known author named Jay Fingers. Continue reading “UPDATE: Why Yes, I’m Still Writing, Thanks for Asking”

My Knowledge is No Longer Free

OK, I’m gonna break it down so that it may forever and consistently be broke.

I like helping people out. I like giving advice, when asked for it. I like sharing what I have learned.

What I do not like is when people come to me and ask me to do the work and/or research for them … for free.

I also do not like when friends give my info to random peeps — even if I know these random peeps — and offer my services and know-how before asking me if it’s OK. Shit’s annoying.

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I Know What My Next Novel is Going to Be

And it’s not going to be Hollywood Whisper … aka Truffle Butter.

For a while I’d been toying with an idea I’ve titled Side Chick. I admit, the plot’s not that innovative: A family man becomes involved with an unhinged woman, shit hits the fan, terror ensues.

And it’s also a story that firmly fits within the genre of “hood fiction” — my first take on hood fiction, Orange Mound, has quickly and recently become a readers’ favorite, and since I’m interested in writing tales that are commercially viable, I’m thinking another trip to the well can’t hurt.

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Issa Screenplay: I Finally Finished My #ZD30Script

So earlier this week I finally did it: I finished Roommates, the screenplay I’d pledged to finish for the Zero Draft Thirty script challenge.

Even though it took an additional 18 days to do so.

Hey, things happen. Life, death, the day job, laziness, alcohol, sex, procrastination — they all contributed to the delay in the screenplay’s completion. But eventually, I prevailed. I hunkered down, sat in front of my MacBook Air, and banged out those final pages. It’s my eighth completed screenplay. And y’know something?

I think I’ve got a winner.

So what now?

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