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Updated: 2012-02-17T02:03:53+00:00

 



How--and Why--To Be Fabulous During A Recession

2008-12-03T10:23:00-08:00

Let's face it a recession is a downer: whether you're Bill Gates or Joe The Plumber, the world has changed.But being fabulous doesn't have to be a casualty....I've always thought of how I would retain fabulosity in the wake of dire economic straits. Here are some of my revelations:1. Why be homeless in a cold climate? Personally, I would pan handle enough money for a one-way ticket to The South of France. After all, it is off-season there now, duh! The French Riviera - New York City? No competition!2. Then if I had dollars/euro left I would buy (even second-hand) a good looking set of luggage, which would allow me to sit in the lobby of some of the best hotels in the World, such as Hotel du Paris, or Hotel Negresco, at least for a moment or two, before being escorted out by a surly Frenchmen. Good luggage, loans you instant credibility; note that the instant can be quick.3. Forget scrapping and begging for marginal food scraps from God Knows Where, I'd go to some of the best restaurants on The Riviera and put in a plaintive order, while patrons are on the way in to dine! It would go something like this, "Dear kind sir, I haven't had a five star meal in quite a while, and - I know this may be an imposition - but if you have an extra order on your way out - I'll be here waiting."Then give the Puppy Dog eyes. Though the Puppy-Dog-eye part may not work as well for men (though in some cases it may work even better!), you are still sure to eat better than you fellow homeless stalking the bus stations. After all, what is the best they could hope for: a stale bologna sandwich? The horror!Joking aside, I view a recession as a time for all of us to reappraise our lives, and lifestyles, and decide what is really important. My vote still goes to good food, a beautiful environment and NEVER being cold!Labels: fabulous, recession, south of france, travelhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



A New Day

2008-12-03T10:19:00-08:00

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Within the last six months, I've moved back to my hometown, Hotlanta, I've worked on President-elect Obama's Finance Committe in NY, NJ and ATL, seen the country - and quite possibly - the world, avoid unmitigated disaster in the form of John McCain, Sarah Palin and Joe The 'Friggin' Pumber...Whew!

Thankfully, I've also seen our great nation rise to a higher ground rather than sink to the lowest common denominator, as has been our sullied tradition of late.

Now that it is a new day, I am renewing my challenge to expect and demand the best from myself and to contribute to our society in whatever ways I can with my gifts.

I'd love to hear from some of you about what this historic election means to you and just how you plan to internalize its resounding message of hope.

Yes we did - now we must!

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How (and why) to be Fabulous during a recession

2008-11-18T13:10:00-08:00

Let's face it a recession is a downer, whether you're Bill Gates or Joe The Plumber, the world has changed, but being fabulous doesn't have to be a casualty.Because, as a novelist, I have a vivid imagination, I've always thought of how I would retain fabulosity in the wake of dire economic straits. Here are some of my revelations:1. Why be homeless in a cold climate? Personally, I would pan handle enough money for a one-way ticket to The South of France. After all, it is off-season there now, duh! The French Riviera - New York City? No competition!2. Then if I had dollars/euro left I would buy (even second-hand) a good looking set of luggage, which would allow me to sit in the lobby of some of the best hotels in the World, such as Hotel du Paris, or Hotel Negresco, at least for a moment or two, before being escorted out by a surly Frenchmen. Good luggage, loans you instant credibility; note that the instant can be quick.3. Forget scrapping and begging for marginal food scraps from God Knows Where, I'd go to some of the best restaurants on The Riviera and put in a plaintive order, while patrons are on the way in to dine! It would go something like this, "Dear kind sir, I haven't had a five star meal in quite a while, and - I know this may be an imposition - but if you have an extra order on your way out - I'll be here waiting." Then give the Puppy Dog eyes. Though the Puppy-Dog-eye part may not work as well for men (though in some cases it may work even better!), you are still sure to eat better than you fellow homeless stalking the bus stations. After all, what is the best they could hope for: a stale bologna sandwich? The horror!Joking aside, I view a recession as a time for all of us to reappraise our lives, and lifestyles, and decide what is really important. My vote still goes to good food, a beautiful environment and NEVER being cold!http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



A New Day

2008-11-13T09:52:00-08:00

Within the last six months, I've moved back to my hometown, Hotlanta, I've worked on President-elect Obama's Finance Committe in NY, NJ and ATL, seen the country - and quite possibly - the world, avoid unmitigated disaster in the form of John McCain, Sarah Palin and Joe The 'Friggin' Pumber...Whew! Thankfully, I've also seen our great nation rise to a higher ground rather than sink to the lowest common denominator, as has been our sullied tradition of late.

Now that it is a new day, I am renewing my challenged to expect and demand the best from myself and to contribute to our society in whatever ways I can with my gifts. I'd love to hear from some of you about what this historic election means to you and just how you plan to internalize its  resounding message of hope.

Yes we did - now we must!
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She's Ba-a-a-ack !!!

2007-10-11T15:24:00-07:00

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Hi Everyone:

I know it has been a minute since my last official post here but it is with good reason: rounds of national promotion for my novel, "Gold Diggers", completion of treatments for the associated Film and TV properties and yes, a well-deserved break in between!

Happily, this signals my return to the blogosphere.....refreshed, revitalized, and excited about the plethora of important topics that are currently affecting African American lifestyle and culture. You can rest assured that my goals have not changed: to provide a voice that resonates from an informed and insightful perspective on these (and other) relevant topics of the day.

So, sit back, relax, and pour a glass of your favorite whatever....it's on! In the words of that old famous Negro spiritual from the '80's....."let's get this party started right, let's get this party started, quick-ly."

Peace,
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Party like a Rock Star!!

2007-05-04T10:39:00-07:00

More and more, hanging out in The City That Never Sleeps, I find the experience can be summed up in a few choice words: predictable, sometimes even trite, and heaven forbid... BORING (yawn)!Many venues in New York have become a sad replication of one another---sterile rooms with no imagination or atmosphere, populated by fashion victims who'd much rather sell their souls for a glimpse of Paris Hilton . As an enthusiastic traveler, I'm attracted to places that have an international feel, dashed with proportionate amounts of culture and sex appeal. In fact, some of the most chic, sophisticated and exciting lounges/clubs I've recently found were overseas in Cape Town, Durban, Paris and Dakar. If you're looking for a similar outpost in New York, I've found a place that fits the bill, and getting there doesn't require an international plane ticket.Azza, an elegant Moroccan-themed restaurant and club, is the epitome of hip urban grandeur and cool. Jdamal, one of the owners, is a design and hospitality genius-- and he doesn't miss a trick when it comes to creating a full-fledged experience for his patrons. Built on two levels, upstairs, you'll find a world-class white table cloth Moroccan restaurant. After dinner, you're little more than a few steps away from descending into a sexy lounge/club that reeks with international flavor. Both are done with panache and attention to detail that should satisfy the most discriminating of tastes.Azza is located at 137 East 55th Street, between Lexington and 3rd,in Manhattan.... but remember: tell only your chicest friends - no wannabees allowed!http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Rap The Vote

2007-04-20T04:36:00-07:00

On Tuesday of this week, I was so excited, as my new novel, Gold Diggers, was released in book stores around the country! Though I'm sent a quantity of books by the publisher, it has always been my tradition, when one of my novels comes out, to run to the bookstore and purchase a copy. In many respects, I view my 'superstition' as a personal vote; a vote which goes towards determining how much in blance the risk/reward quotients are surrounding my next book release.This is an important concept as we begin the important debate within and outside of the African American community about rap music and whether or not their lyrics are acceptable. While this battle will be fought on many fields, the one that matters most is at the cash register. If women, or men, whether black or white, old or young, are opposed to these artists, the answer is to raise awareness of their impact and encourage those who don't agree with the message to not vote for the messenger.Similarly, if there is an artist (or author) who's work you feel deserves to be seen or heard, and helps broaden the limited perceptions that are painted of our culture, again, I ask that you vote. Don't pass a book that you love to everyone in your office to read, or buy the bootleg version of your favorite singer's CD! Vote, by buying at retail, and encourage others to do the same, otherwise it could be your last opportunity. We have to vote, and determine the content that best represents us rather than letting high-level executives in music (and I'm not talking about the African American label heads, but those that sit on the boards of the parent companies) and publishing, who often have limited, if any idea of who we are, to feed us a constant diet of drivel that they believe represents us.While we've won the right to vote for elected officials that share our values, I believe we must exercise that same right by buying material from artists we believe also represent our values.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Ground Hogs And The Winter That Will Never End

2007-04-12T07:25:00-07:00

Is it just me or does this winter feel like a really bad guest: it arrives on time, doesn't say when he's leaving, and lingers on, and on, and on... It gets under my skin in such a bad way that the mere sight of grey skies, and my winter coat is enough to bring about a big sigh, right before my mood plummettes. (Yesterday's torrential rain did not help.....)There, apparently, is a medical reason for the blues that some of us feel after a long winter. Vitamin D, which we get from the sun, stimulates the production of seratonin (the happy drug that your brain manufactures), and without it, some people fight depression. I am probably more susceptible than most, because I HATE cold weather. Also, since I'm a writer and work from my home office, I tend to hibernate all winter....like a bear, I won't come out until the spring thaw, or I'm forced to travel. This actually works for me since I have my groceries delivered from Fresh Direct (great service!), and my dry cleaning cleaning dropped off, so I can literally stay 'snug as a bug in a rug' for weeks at a time. On the few sunny (though chilly) days we've had this spring in the New York area, I've tentatively ventured outside my cave for a quick walk and to feel the sun on my face. It makes a world of difference! But, just as I was getting ready to shed my winter blues (and clothes) I heard snow is in the forecast.....in mid-April!!I don't remember the results of this year's Ground Hog Day forecast, but my guess is the vermin must have come out of his hole and seen a big ugly monster rather than his shadow, thus permenantly retreating back underground. This is my suggestion: I think that Al Roker (or someone, besides me) should drop a stick of dynamite into his hole and then sit back and wait for the sun to shine!!http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



End Imus' Vile Reign of Racism and Hatred

2007-04-09T06:48:00-07:00

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As a black woman, when I heard Imus' ignorant, hateful comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, it hurt me to my core. His characterizations of this accomplished and proud group of young women as 'nappy headed ho's' was just a
word-smithed substitute for simply calling them a bunch of 'niggers.' But the wire-socket coiffed radio host knew that he didn't stand a chance of getting away with that racially-charged word, so he got creative, and edited himself, until arriving at equally vile statements.

In my opinion, we should further assist him in his creative editing efforts and completely unplug his mike! Imus The Ignorant, should be fired immediately, before having another chance to poison more minds with the racist hatred he spews, or worse, to tarnish the dreams of a group of young women who have more class, and strength of character than he could ever imagine.(image)



Fashion Or Folly? The Answer Is 'Clear'

2007-04-07T07:50:00-07:00

I'll admit: I love clothes, shoes, and bags as much as the next style-conscious girl, but I draw the line when it comes to the highway robbery that many designers conspire to when coming up with the next 'Must-Have Item." Frankly, I am insulted that they've recently all gotten together and decided that we 'insecure women' should now pay up to $1,100 dollars for a clear, see-through bag!! Do you know how much plastic costs? Pennies, certainly not hundreds of dollars! Not only is this idea financially ludicrous, but it's also unsafe! Do you really want every Tom, Dick and Burglar to see your cell phone, Ipod and wallet? Aside from being a hazard to your health and well-being, it's also idiotic. There is nothing attractive about carrying a purse that allows the world to see every scrap of tissue, stray tube of lipstick, or personal feminine product that usually lies scattered about the bottom of every woman's bag. Some (guess who?) may say the answer is for you to now go out and buy cute, small pouches to put everything in BEFORE you put them in your purse. This not only makes more money for the designers (because they know any female ditzy enough to fall for this is also going to insist that the containers be logo-identifiable), but it's a stupid and colossal waste of time, effort and energy to sort things into smaller bags before you then put them into your 'real' handbag.I think the better idea, is to ignore these unrealistic, out-of-touch 'designers,' and keep your MONEY right where it belongs on this one--in your pockets.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Who You Calling A Gold Digger?!?

2007-04-01T13:11:00-07:00

The label 'Gold Digger' incites almost as much negative imagery and emotion as the n-word. It instantly conjures up images of barely-clad hoochies stalking any man with bank. But let's be real here, these women are merely Gold Diggers-in-training! The real Gold Diggers are often diamond-laden, high-society doyennes who have been reared from the cradle to attract and marry men with money. Quite a few much-lauded famous names would make Anna Nicole Smith look like a saint.For the record, let's define what a Gold Digger is (your opinion here is welcomed and encouraged - please post). My book ("Gold Digger: The Novel" - in stores April 17th), describes a Gold Digger as any person - male or female - who actively pursues a mate based primarily, or singularly, on the zeros in his or her bank account. Believe me, the list is loooooong.In some situations, Gold Digging is a family business, women are raised and encouraged to use, and abuse there ass-ets to woo a man away from his cash. I recently heard a story about a father who raised his four daughters to snare rich celebrities. In this case, a wedding ring wasn't necessary, the document that was just as valuable to these Gold Diggers (and countless others) was a birth certificate!Given that, does it baffle you as much as it does me to hear about the professional athlete who is sued for paternity (often not for the first time) by a one-night stand? Doesn't he know what a condom is? Or more importantly, doesn't he realize that his sperm is liquid gold, and therefore should be carefully protected from the clutches of a Gold Digger?Perhaps, not, but in any case he should take up council with some of his brethren who pay dearly every month for a few moments of pleasurehttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



"Gold Diggers"-- Advance Chapter Two

2007-03-20T10:20:00-07:00

Read below to meet some of the characters who are featured in "Gold Diggers"....Their profiles will give you a hint of the scandalous undertakings that take place in the book:When Chris entered a room--particularly of women--a hush usually followed. He was tall, powerfully built, and though he was not necessarily handsome, his money made him appear very sexy; paper like his melted hearts and panties alike. All eyes followed him as he approached Reese, who beamed like a Cheshire cat.The other wives envied her, not just because her man was the star, but because he was faithful...at least as far as the busy NBA grapevine was concerned. One thing was certain: If a player was fooling around,everyone knew it; the grapevine usually took root in bed, and thus, spread from pillow to pillow."Hey, baby." He leaned his six-five frame over to kiss her lips. After more than three years of marriage and a baby, he seemed to still be in love with her."Great game." She remained seated but flashed him a smile, or at least one for the cameras, which were flashing right back."Can I get something for you?""I'll have another glass of champagne. Paul Georg, please." It was all she drank."I'll be back."After he left Reese felt her cell phone vibrate and checked the caller ID. It was Paulette, who'd just flown in from L.A. "I'm downstairs," she shouted. One of the morons at the door, who doesn't have enough sense to know who I am, won't let me up. You have to come down to get me."Reese wanted to tell her that it wasn't because he didn't know who she was that she couldn't get in, but because she was at least fifteen pounds overweight and her weave need tightening up. In other words, she didn't look like a VIP. For a publicist she could be awfully dense, but then again, who knew exactly what Paulette saw when she looked at her own image in the mirror? "I'll be right down," Reese said. She got up and pushed her way through the thickening crowd to reach her friend.*************************************************************************************By the time she returned to the VVVIP Room with Paulette, some of the groupies had managed to cajole, beg, or barter blow jobs to gain access to the inner sanctum, and had gathered near the bar, scoping their targets.Reese watched as their eyes took in every inch of Chris's body. Many didn't refrain from licking their lips.Reese despised groupies. They hunted her man and the other players like prey in the jungle, trying any and everything to bag one--if not for keeps, many would be just as happy with a souvenir, in the form of a baby that could be taken all the way to the bank. She rolled her eyes at the group of them.Just then, one girl loaded up and moved in for the kill. She was formidable, with a long silky weave, a full rack of breasts and a butt that made Beyonce's look like a starter kit. She slunk over to Chris as he approached the bar. Chris was no fool; he turned his back on her."Those gold diggers will stop at nothing," Samantha hissed. She had good reason to; her doggish husband was one of the biggest whores in the NBA. Rumour had it that he had three outside children, and the baby mama drama to go with them, and brought cases of venereal disease home to his wife the way some men brought flowers. many of the wives, like Samantha, were tortured but well-dressed souls, who would sooner cut off a limb than part with the social status of being a player's wife.Reese didn't have that problem, since she was convinced that she was as much of a celebrity as her husband. the only thing necessary about Chris was his money."Those hussies are the worst," Paulette hissed, rolling her eyes. She was oblivious to the sharp irony of her remarks. As a realist, Paulette was well aware of her o[...]



Women, Wine And Song: The Chocolate Block

2007-03-16T10:41:00-07:00

I must confess that I love tasting good wine, and although I am far from a connoisseur,I can discern what suits my palette rather easily. The Chocolate Block is near the top of my current list in satisfying urges for a wonderful glass of vino.It is smooth,complex,and distinctive, with just a hint of pepper on the edge. Did anyone ever say 'that the characteristics of good men and good wines are often very much alike'? If not, I am hereby claiming this as my own. If you are in need of a more elaborate description focused solely on the wine, please read this appraisal from Jancis Robinson, wine-expert, at jancisrobinson.com:"It is made, yet again I’m afraid, by the talented Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof (see a previous eulogy of his Porcupine Ridge Syrah and RSVP – Australia and against the rest of the world for comments on his top-of-the-range Syrah. The Chocolate Block 2003 Western Cape has been crafted to occupy the yawning price gap between these two. It’s a blend of just about everything Kent could get his hands on that was up to his exacting standards: Grenache from an old block in Citrusdal (not fancy wine country); Cabernet from Malmesbury; and Syrah, Cinsault and a hint of Viognier from Wellington. They were all fermented separately and then malolactic fermentation was left to happen spontaneously in used French oak casks, ex Boekenhoutskloof Syrah presumably. They were left on lees for 15 months before being blended, all with Master Marc’s Rhône Valley-informed touch. It’s called chocolate because it’s supposed to taste sweet and rich. I thought it tasted much less sweet than hundreds of other New World reds – but it is certainly rich in a Rhône cocktail sort of way – more Châteauneuf than Côte Rôtie. This wine is very nearly 15 per cent so has to be sipped gingerly, but the pH is not quite as worryingly high as that of the Porcupine Ridge 2003." It is available in the US at selected importers. Happy Sipping!http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



"Gold Diggers" --Advance Chapter One

2007-03-15T20:31:00-07:00

There was a soft beep on Paulette’s line, indicating that another call was waiting. “Hold on a minute.” Paulette pressed the flash button after scanning the LCD to identify the waiting caller.“Hey, baby,” she purred after switching calls.“Do you miss me?” “Of course I do,” he answered. At the very least there were certainly parts of her that he did miss. “I miss you, too,” she crooned back at him. “And so does your wife.” A sly smile crept across her face as she dropped this bombshell.“My wife?” Maximillian’s deep, sexy bedroom voice quickly scaled an octave higher.Lauren’s on the other line,” Paulette announced offhandedly. She managed to keep the coyness from her voice, realizing he wouldn’t find the situation nearly as amusing as she did.“What does she want?” And why did she call you?” Panic flashed a shade of red over his high-yellow complexion like high tide washing up at sunset.“Let’s just say she called to tell me something I already know.”“What’s that?”“That you’re having an affair.”She barely stifled a giggle. The irony of the situation was rich as whipped cream; her lover’s wife (and her cousin!) was calling in the middle of the night for sympathy, when his wet spot on her sheets had barely begun to dry...........TO BE CONTINUED APRIL 17, 2007 AT A BOOK STORE NEAR YOU!http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Sex, Money and Men On The Prowl

2007-03-15T20:24:00-07:00

It's funny how men always say they're trying to avoid 'gold diggin' women like the plague but when the smoke clears and the dust settles, many of the same guys end up with women who are rollin' them in fifteen other ways. Damn, is the sex really that good?Now, I will never criticize anyone for seeking what's best for them, but in doing so,if you're going to choose a mate who rolls you, find one who knows how to 'represent' at the same time. Now, Anna Nicole Smith may have been the poster child for modern 'gold diggers' but she was good at what she did and it clear she understood the importance of 'representin' to the fullest.' She may have been swayed by a number of vices but she was definitely clear on the value she delivered to every man within her crosshairs.Fellas, if you're going to be picky....then, be picky with a purpose.Don't be picky and end up with something on your arm that overshadows what you claim you were trying to avoid in the first place. Have your game on lock...or at the very least, locked away, where the peanut gallery can't call you on it! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



March Madness and The NBA

2007-03-01T07:58:00-08:00

I am casual fan of most sports including basketball. That said, is it me or has March Madness completely overshadowed the NBA in terms of popularity and hype? Everyone I run into is buzzing about office pools, match-ups and colleges I've never even heard of who are in the mix.This is a direct by-product of most professional basketball teams sleepwalking their way through two-thirds of the season. While this may be good for the preservation of the athlete, it does not sit well with the fan base.The NBA may have the brightest stars in the basketball constellation in LeBron, Kobe and Yao but when it comes to joy of the sport and pure in-game excitement, the college fellas simply can't be beat.It will be interesting to see how David Stern and the suits address this moving forward. It is one of the many challenges--including how to grow a huge base of passive female fans--the NBA will face in moving towards its next millennium, IMHO.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



White Women Who Are Addicted To Black Men

2007-02-26T19:34:00-08:00

One thing you'll discover when you read my book, "Gold Diggers: A Novel", is that they come in all sizes,shapes, IQ levels, classes and color. Moreover, it's gotten to the point with many of them that romance and relationship, be damned, it's all about what this looks like on the surface! I believe sisters everywhere will agree that this often the case with the subject of today's article: White Women Who Are Addicted To Black Men.Now, the interesting thing about this phenomenon is that it plays right into the myth of the woman who presents herself as the opportunity to 'take a bite of the forbidden fruit'.You know how it is in most contact sports,'the best defense is a great offense'.To say they understand the intricacies of the 'run and shoot' every bit as well as Peyton Manning is an understatement.Of course, all is fair in love, war and hooking up. We've got a shortage of men that is very real that makes this subject particularly alarming. Is this a solvable problem? What are your thoughts? http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Could This Be The Result Of YouTube?

2007-02-16T11:02:00-08:00

According to the Bible, 'On the 7th day God rested'.....Personally, I've tried it, but Sunday's inevitably cause me to develop a case ripe for Grey's Anatomy called 'Restless Brain Syndrome.' Typical symptoms include: an inability to NOT focus on everything that did (and didn't) go wrong over the previous six days, a weird feeling the climate-change clock is ticking, general nausea, constipation and a dull, unrelenting headache. I know, I sound like a candidate for a YouTube transplant.If you possess three or more of these nagging symptoms, call your doctor, for you ,too, could suffer from RBS, which has many root causes. On my intended day of rest, a vast quandary of tentacled, life-like forces converge like one into the recesses of my brain causing RBS. My restless mind also conjures up many medieval cures that my doctor might employ on my behalf; everything from mind-numbing drugs to frontal lobotomies (and, oh, how I hate needles...)So I've devised my very own blog antidote for the dreaded Restless Brain Syndrome: doses of humor and good entertainment,topped off with a glass of red wine every night( with room for two on Sunday!). Since red wine has been attributed to women having a healthier heart, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, it is no wonder that it also cures my bouts of RBM. Likewise,with Bush,Iran,MySpace,Politics and Brit, I'm inclined to also believe that it is an anti-aging substance, which clears acne, combats arthritis and erodes any para-menopausal symptoms.As I type this, I am enjoying SXSW and a wonderful Cabernet sauvingnon. As the medicinal effects take hold,my thoughts are drifting more and more towards fashion,style and the things I really like and less towards life's nagging concerns. But, not to worry.........tomorrow I'll pick up my causes and happily discuss those aspects of my life that make it worth living - except, that is, on Sunday.....when I'll rest and question whether YouTube had anything to do with this right before my second glass.Cheers,Traciehttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]



Meta Cafe Magic: Greetings From Tracie Howard

2007-02-07T08:23:00-08:00

Hi, I'm Tracie Howard and I welcome each and every one of you to my blog!As a writer, journalist and avid fan of literature, I can't believe the world of blogging hasn't been more a part of my life prior to now. The good thing is that I've discovered how much I love it! With that, I promise I'll have much to say on what I hope will be a very regular basis.For those of you who don't know my biography,the short version is that I'm an author who is about to release her sixth published work, "Gold Diggers: A Novel", on April 17th. For the record, this is my third solo book ("Why Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "Never Kiss and Tell" precede it),and I dare say, my best, based on early feedback. Among my other varied interests,are travel, fashion, art and African American culture,all of which I plan to comment on regularly using this forum.You can be sure I'll use my blog as a backdrop from which to include excerpts and exclusive sneak previews of "Gold Diggers" here for all of you! I also look forward to delving into the thought processes and helpful hints I've picked up in the hopes it may be useful in understanding the development of my story lines,characters or even your own individual writing styles.All in all, "Musings" will be a special place where insights, experiences and observations I've encountered will hopefully, motivate, inspire and, sometimes even, challenge you. I promise, this won't be a one-way conversation. In fact, I pledge on every bottle of The Chocolate Block (stay with me for details on this in another post---it is a 'must have' accessory from South Africa to help satisfy your craving for good wine) that I will listen to you, read your rantings--and, hopefully, some ravings--and reply posthaste.Again, I look forward to sharing this journey with each one of you! Please, feel free to comment and exchange your ideas as you see fit. Also, I'd be most appreciative if you would take the time to pass my link on to any other Windows, Mac mobile users and websites you think might enjoy/benefit from it. I look forward to hearing from you!Peace and Love,Traciehttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/yAMV/ [...]