We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."
- Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Turns 82 Years Old

Toni morrison

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Happy birthday to the most inspirational writer of our generation!

Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Ohio in 1931.

If I had to pick one book to save, it would be one of her novels.

Toni Morrison Novels

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit."
- Khalil Gibran (Poet and painter)

Love—love—love—

For those of you who know me, know that my life has always revolved around love stories. All the books that I read and write involve some sort of romantic relationship. No matter what other idea I originally have in my head, romance seems to find it’s way in. In high school, I was known as the girl with the smutty romance novels I stole from my parents’ bedroom — mom’s side of the bed, of course! Being young, I didn’t focus on the trashy parts of the novels — that was too embarrassing. I instead loved reading the progression of relationships and the distinct moment in the story when I recognized love existing between the two characters (even through all the conflicts).

 

Valentine’s Day gives me the opportunity to celebrate my favorite thing in the world, even those years when I was a skeptic. But I’d come to realize that celebrating love is not limited to marriage, dating, and romance, it’s about anyone or anything you care about:

    • Family
    • Friends
    • Pets
    • Stories
    • Ideas
    • Art
    • Religion

Celebrate what/who you love, even if you’re single. The Beatles had it right when they sang, “All you need is love…”

I felt loved this afternoon when my wonderful boyfriend stopped over during his lunch break just to see me! He led me to believe that he hated Valentine’s Day because it was “just a stupid Hallmark holiday.”

And then he went all out…

Heart in Rose

Vday gifts

Fiction is the truth inside the lie."
- Stephen King

Celebrating Local Writers

Black Coffee Fiction

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About a year ago,  I joined a local writing group thanks to my fiction professor, Nikki, who introduced me to two fabulous writers at the downtown Copper Rock. A combination of Nikki’s guidance in class and Wade and Colleen’s feedback at the writing group helped build the confidence I needed to send my first story. And for all of their help, I am very thankful!

Now I am happy to share that Wade’s story Daniel’s Keep has been published in this month’s Encounters magazine. He is a wonderful writer and deserves to finally celebrate all of his hard work!

Encounters

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WadeColleen, and (a new addition) Bettyann write stories once a week for their blog Black Coffee Fiction. These weekly story deadlines help keep their writing mojo afloat. But more importantly, it has inspired Wade and Colleen to self-publish their best pieces, which can be purchased from Amazon.com. This includes Colleen’s “trashy” (her word, not mine!) romance novel, “Yesterday’s Secrets, Tomorrow’s Promises.”

Check out their sites, purchase a copy of their work to support local arts, and enjoy their stories over a black cup of joe!

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
- Anaïs Nin