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The Ultimate Yes Yes with Author Tamika Newhouse March 11, 2009

Filed under: Author Interviews,chicklitgurrl — Shon @ 7:53 am

The Ultimate Yes Yes with Author Tamika Newhouse

About The Ultimate No No:

Are you a woman who has been hurt by a man and wonder what it would be like if you could give him a dose of his own medicine?

Well, the characters in The Ultimate No, No give you the opportunity to live vicariously through their lives and the events that transpired during The Scam Nitrah a teacher is drawn between her friends and a man named Troyon, when her friends ask her to do the unthinkable. That’s get revenge on a man through his heart. Things go as planned until Troyon and Nitrah find themselves infatuated with each other. What happens to this relationship that was doomed from the beginning when the lies, sex, and deceit come to the surface?

On the other hand there’s Dahlia, Nitrah’s best friends and the master mind behind the plan to break Troyon’s heart. Her secrets will come back to haunt her as her world comes crashing down. She thinks this is the perfect plan to hurt the man who broke her heart, but then again she could be right. Find out what happens when the person Dahlia keeps close eyes on turns out to be her worst enemy and it want be who you think it is.
In this romantic tale you will witness a sisterly bond, a passion to be loved, and the yearn to be with the one you love. Learn what The Ultimate No No is when it comes to love.


CLG: What are three adjectives that best describe THE ULTIMATE NO NO?
TN: Love, revenge, deceit

CLG: What are three adjectives that best describe YOU?
TN: Day Dreamer, enthusiastic, determined

CLG: Do you have a standard process to your writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
TN: I first have to know the concept and storyline that I want, and I usually have the timeline of the story the same day. I usual plot but abandon most of that when I start writing because I usual go another way with the stories.

Check out the rest of Tamika Newhouse’s interview @ ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING!

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Advertisements’s Kristin Johnson on Writing across Media March 9, 2009

Filed under: All the Blog's a Page,Author Interviews — Shon @ 8:12 am

For the month of March, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is going to the big screen…and center stage as we talk to screenwriters and playwrights!

I’m excited to have writer of all trades Kristin Johnson @ AtBaP! This week, she writes about writing across the media and her project, Dotcomers! If you are a writer interested in screenwriting…or in any creative writing, you owe it to yourself to read the entire feature @ AtBaP!

About Dotcomers

Teenage waitress Honey Dee battles the greedy, slick, corrupt businessman Dubious Diction, who owns her hometown of Greedville. She creates Dotcomers Café, the main setting for the series, and inspires the cast of quirky eccentric characters to resist Dubious.

“Dotcomers” is a creative blend of today’s edgy, satirical cartoons and yesterday’s zany, classic toons; that means its appeal is…we can almost hear Yogi Bear saying this…broader than the average cartoon!

Dotcomers explores the culture of social-networking entrepreneurs who don’t wait around for a bailout to solve their problems. They fight the old corrupt system, represented by greedy Dubious Diction, which is open to excess. Although they are quirky and they clash on more than one occasion, Dotcomers represent the best of the Internet culture, and Honey Dee, founder of the Dotcomers Cafe, is a female role model who uses her mind and common sense to make a difference in the world.

For the month of March, I asked my featured panelists SEVERAL QUESTIONS. When answering the question, What similarities, things no matter the medium, are important for a good story to be told, Johnson stated, “The commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Bore Thy Audience” is still valid no matter what the medium. I don’t mean that you have to have nonstop violence or sex, since many people, myself included, find *those* boring.

You have to care about the characters. “WALL-E” connected with audiences because, even though many people (including my movie buff friends) found the notion of a fat, childlike future population and a destroyed Earth depressing, you still cared about that cute robot. “Slumdog Millionaire” had depressing elements such as cutting out street kids’ eyes to make them more sympathetic and earn more begging money for the gang lords, but in an economy that gives us nothing but bad news, we love the idea that people can improve their circumstances. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” suspends disbelief and gives us a great love story.

Similarly, Richard LaGravenese made people care as much about the romance in the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” as people did in the book. The images were visual poetry.”Gone With The Wind” was so powerful as a book that people forgot the changes of their world and experienced the changes of the Old South, and they immediately cast Clark Gable as Rhett Butler. The movie did justice to the book because it captured the essence of Scarlett and Rhett and Tara without getting bogged down in details. How many people find it impossible to forget the image of Scarlett in shadow?

And two words: Harry Potter. Take an orphaned kid who turns out to be a wizard, and finds just as much trouble in his new life as in the old, but with more joy and a sense of purpose, give him a monumental challenge and a fascinating world to play in, and the result is gold.

You have to touch your audience. Make them laugh, make them think, shift them from their reality.”

To read the rest of Kristin Johnson’s wonderful comments about writing across the media, head to All the Blog’s a Page!

And while there, check out John W. Bosley, writer/producer/director of AMNESIA, as he talks about screenwriting!

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TNC Seeks Stories, Commentaries, & Excerpts for Its Spring 2009 Issue March 7, 2009

Filed under: TNC — Shon @ 12:09 pm

The Nubian Chronicles Magazine ( is currently seeking submissions for its SPRING 2009 issue, slated to be released on Monday, May 4, 2009.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 20, 2009.

DO YOU HAVE gripping stories, thought-provoking essays, engaging articles and commentaries you want the public to read?  If so, then you definitely want to consider submitting to TNC’s column:  NUBIAN belles-lettres.

N b-l is our column dedicated to short fiction, essays, articles, and commentaries written by African American writers.

ALSO – if you have a book that’s due out and you’d like to get a little promo for it, you may submit excerpts to your book along with other information for TNC to publish!

If you are submitting short fiction, essays, articles, and/or commentaries, please submit the following:
1)  work to be published (within the e-mail)
2)  contact information (e-mail, website, myspace)
3)  picture of you (if you would like)
4)  one- to two-sentence teaser of your work

If you are submitting an excerpt of a published work, please submit the following:
1)  excerpt of your work
2)  contact information (e-mail, website, myspace)
3)  picture of you (if you would like)
4)  book cover image (in .jpg or .gif file)
5)  purchase link

@ TNC, we know that writers have their own individual literary flows, and for that reason, we do not limit writers as to types of work they can submit to us; however, we do not do PORN- or HATE-related material. If you wish to submit erotica, that is fine.

Submissions should be no longer than 2,500 words.


Again, the deadline for TNC’s SPRING 2009 issue is Monday, April 20, 2009.

E-mail ALL WORK to either or

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I talk about POV @ APOOO Books! March 2, 2009

Filed under: The Write Life for You — Shon @ 12:54 pm

This month, I continue my “The Write Life for You” series @ APOOO Books with a talk on Point of View.

What is POV? What are types of POV? Which are effective for “what” stories? Can you mix POVs in a story?

I talk about all these things in the article — check it out, and leave a comment! Let me know you stopped by.

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Writer, Director, Producer John W. Bosley on Writing, Movies, & Amnesia

Filed under: All the Blog's a Page — Shon @ 10:43 am

For the month of March, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is going to the big screen…and center stage as we talk to screenwriters and playwrights!

First up is writer, director, and producer John W. Bosley, who talks to us about writing and his movie, The Allan Carter Saga Part I: amnesia!

About The Allan Carter Saga Part I: amnesia

Allan Carter wakes up with amnesia .  Only one thought drives him forward: “I have to find my family!”  He finds himself being shot at, hiding in caves and secret tunnels, and being chased through the forest while constantly searching for the truth.  What kind of world did he wake up to?  And, what really happened to his family?

In answering the question, What similarities, things no matter the medium, are important for a good story to be told, Bosley stated, “An “inciting incident” which poses a question like: damsel in distress, will the hero save her? Then a conclusion to the question which in that case is either a yes or no. There also needs to be a depth to the relationships and it needs to deal with some of the universal questions that people deal with around the world. There are so many deep questions people have. A good story should dig into the souls of the audience and awaken some feelings they have about the issues.”

To read the rest of John W. Bosley’s thoughts on scriptwriting and movies, head to All the Blog’s a Page!

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Want to Talk about & Write Screenplays? March 1, 2009

Filed under: Book to Screenplay — Shon @ 8:32 pm

Ever thought about turning your novel into a screenplay?  Have a great idea for an original screenplay?

Then come hang out @ Book to Screenplay @ Yahoogroups.

For authors who are interested in creating and marketing screenplays of their books. All scriptwriters at all levels are welcome to join our discussions.

It is our goal to explore all aspects of screenwriting, from the first glimmer of an idea to your march across the stage accepting that Academy Award!

With Script Frenzy starting April 1st, this is a GREAT time to get an idea developed for the month of writing!


Author Donald Peebles, Jr. Talks Street/Urban Fic @ AtBaP February 28, 2009

Filed under: All the Blog's a Page,Author Interviews — Shon @ 11:14 pm

For the month of February, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is taking it to the streets – urban and street fiction, that is.

We have a special addition to our February round-up features: Donald Peebles, Jr., author of Hidden Fires!

For February, I asked the following set of questions:

**What does urban/street fiction mean to you? Is there a distinction between urban and street?
**Of all the genres present, what drew you to write urban/street fiction?
**What has been – if any – some of the positive and negative comments you have received from readers?
**In the branch of Black literature, what do you think urban/street fiction brings to the table?

In answering the question, In the branch of Black literature, what do you think urban/street fiction brings to the table, Peebles stated, “I think urban/street fiction brings to the table into the branch of Black literature a more realistic lens into the Black experience. Blacks are people who have different experiences, cultural expressions, and histories. Urban/street fiction is just another sum of the whole of Black literature. It brings forth the perspectives of the working-class, pimps, madams, prostitutes, addicts, pushers, dealers. hustlers, kingpins, czars, gangstas, homothugs, lesbian AGs (Aggressors), swingers, sexual freaks, nymphomanics, stick-up kids, and other klnds of people whose testimonies are not told by the upper-and-middle-class Black Bourgeoisie, the BAPS, the Buppies, and the Black Bohemians who feel that Blacks still need to write books which will be accepted by the mainstream in order to be on the New York Times bestseller list.”

To read the rest of Donald Peebles, Jr.’s thoughts on street/urban fiction, head to All the Blog’s a Page!

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