Lady DT
02 February 2016 @ 07:49 am
Latest blog post is up in which I talk about writing black heroines in historical romance.
Lady DT
26 January 2016 @ 11:51 am
I had an idea for a more substantive blog article (notice I said article, not post haha). This one I hope will help people that have trouble visualizing like me. The title is How to Make Your Learning Style Working for Your Writing Practice. I should have it up this evening and definitely by the midnight hours lol.

Lady DT
26 January 2016 @ 02:14 am
Woo second blog post in two days. I really like this one if I do say so myself. :P
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Lady DT
25 January 2016 @ 01:24 am
I'm keeping the basic story intact, but I'm revising names and all that. I didn't like the old names. They didn't flow well and I think I've grown a slight bit more in my character names.

Daniyel Everart ---> Maxian le Renaulf
Jean Michel Everart ------> Gerard le Renaulf
Elisabetta de Loacharno --------> Romanda de la Marietti
Lucille Everart-------> Cahlette le Renaulf

There is another supporting character who is entirely new. She's currently going by the name Dora but again I used my old naming method for her.

Also trying to think of a new name for the continent there are on. Right now in my notes, I am calling it Kentrole. I like it because it kinda sounds like control *Janet Jackson voice*
Lady DT
24 December 2015 @ 09:40 pm
A little motivational wallpaper that I whipped up.

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Lady DT
28 May 2015 @ 01:41 pm
Maya Angelou on writing poems.

Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, "I'd like to write about that." Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem. source
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So I've never been the biggest fan of the military. As a teenager I was against the war in Iraq, but I never really thought too much about the military. A guy I was crushing on was planning on going in and me being all Bella-like was prepared to be a military wife. So no at that point I didn't really have anything against going into the military.

But the events of the past few years plus my self learning into how black Americans are treated in this country have really made me gain more of an opinion on this topic. I was reading a post on FB about a black woman that supposedly committed suicide while enlisted. But it all the clues didn't add up. She may or may not have been murdered. But the military, the people she was basically giving her life for closed the case. They agreed with the coroner.

Now some you may know that my boyfriend has been planning to enlist in the National Guard. When he told me I was afraid. I didn't want him to go because I didn't want to lose him. At that point I wasn't necessarily thinking about the fact that he would be a black man in the military. But as I got home and processed it more I started to ruminate. You would have to be under the deepest rock in the sea to not notice at how many black people are being killed in America. It's not just black men though they are more visible. I don't understand why as a black person you would enlist in a army to defend a country that does not care about you. I just don't. I'm sure we as black people feel patriotic just like everyone else. But for me that does not extend to my life on the line for a country that would spit on my grave. Just no.

One of my LJ friends asked me to post the story I sent to my boyfriend. It's a very short story but it seems up what I wrote above in a fictional way.

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Lady DT
31 December 2014 @ 11:59 pm
Write about 355 words starting today (October 17, 2014) to finish your goal of 70,000 words for Chloe's Book.
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Lady DT
13 October 2014 @ 11:06 pm
Naming characters is one of my favorite things ever. Like ever.
Lady DT
01 September 2014 @ 02:09 am
Hey guys I just posted a little short story on my writing blog. You can find it here.

Oh and a small poem (Like I write anything else): Here
Lady DT
11 February 2014 @ 09:15 pm
Shirley walked through the castle. She had always been fascinated with old English castles. It had started when she was a girl and her father gave her a book on them. Since then she’d long cherished a dream to come to England and tour them and now here she was.

“Oh look at him he’s wearing tights!”

She turned and saw two little boys kicking at a young man. Though the man winced he didn’t move.

“Where are their parents?” She muttered to herself.

“You look like a fairy!” One of them shouted.

She found herself walking towards them of her own accord. She reached forward and took them both by the ears.

“Ow hey!”

“It’s not nice to kick others,” she said to one.

“Get off me you old bag!”

She turned them loose. They grimaced at her but left anyway.

She turned to the man.

“Thank you,” he said softly.

She smiled. “You look like you needed some help.”

“Well they instructed me not to interact with the customers.”

She chuckled. “I’m sure they’ll be happy to hear that you obeyed their orders.”

He looked at quizzically.

“I’m joking ignore me. I have a weird sense of humor.”

He smiled hesitantly.

“So what can you tell me about this place Henry?”

His eyes lightened up. “You know who I am?”

“Why good King Hal of course.”

He laughed. “Finally someone gets it right. I’ve had people ask me if I’m Arthur.”

She rolled her eyes. “Plebeians.”

“Well,” he said. “St. James was finished in 1536. It turned out not to be so lucky for two of Henry’s children but it seemed to have worked out well for Elizabeth.”

She looked around at the red brick walls. The place was magnificent.

“It’s really gorgeous.”

“Would you like to look around?”

She smiled showing the dimples in her cheek. “If you’ll show me around Hal.”

He grinned. “Gladly.”

*The guy is named Mark but Shirley hasn't asked him his name yet and she's the narrator so...
**Takes place in the early 2000s
***Shirley is about fifty or so
Lady DT
03 January 2014 @ 06:33 am
Ok on the Lord and the Duchess. I am eliminating chapters from the side characters and instead focusing on Elisabetta (the Duchess), Daniyel (the Lord), and Jean Michele (the Duke) as the main story is really about them and the rest of the stuff I had in my outline was subplot. That story can wait and right now it's all a mash and I'm like 15K and 50 pages in and she's just about to arrive to the fucking place. So basically I'm gonna start over.

Right now I'm shooting for the book to hit 70-80K maybe? I have to break down the wordcount into little goals or otherwise that number seems impossibly big to me. It's like how I read. If it's a big book break it down. 100 pgs one hr. 100 more the next. I find I work better that way.

I wrote a sestina but it makes no damn sense but I think the form is better this time around than the one I did on Matilide and Stefano. But it makes no sense so I will be working on it. I need to look through my past drafts for the month of December and then work on them. Ay!
Lady DT
24 December 2013 @ 05:52 pm

The video is weird but I really like the song. This band came up on my Sky Ferreria station on Spotify.

I finally have a plot for the Euphie story. At least more of a plot than I had before.

And a plot for the clock-punkish story starring Elizabeth Tudor.
Lady DT
17 December 2013 @ 12:32 pm
I was looking over publishers and what not (MOTIVATION AY!) and I found this article:

And like it decreased and there aren't that many books focusing on females and even less focusing on transgender and intersex and of course they didn't say anything about bisexuals and it's like...shit man!
Lady DT
12 September 2013 @ 08:23 pm
I started writing on the novella for the first time in a week. I had a scene to follow the first one of chapter seventeen but after I got half through it I couldn't decided what to write next and I'm stumped at the moment. The chapter focuses on Bernadette and her thoughts about her situation with Jean Michele. I've literally just stopped.

I practiced decimals and multiplication today. See I get how to multiply but I get tripped on multiplying two digits. Like I could remember some of it but I get confused easily with it.

The French is coming along. I'm practicing with memerise which is really helpful. It's interactive and it has a lot of repetition which helps me retain more information.

Yesterday night I started reading the introductory textbook on Sociology I bought. This one is much more informative than the Spark Notes 101 book and it has suggested reading and websites at the end of each chapter.

I'm still reading Still Brave. The article that I finished reading this afternoon talked about womanism and the differences between it and black feminism. I didn't realize how different yet alike they are. I mean I call myself a black feminist instead of a womanist but it's not because of the differences are what they stand for but how it sounds. I mean if I say I'm a feminist in normal everyday life someone is more likely to know what I mean (And get negative connotations I admit) than if I say I'm a womanist. It's just a lot attached to both identifiers and I need to look into them more.

I have been replaying Iggy's Change Your Life. And you know I was thinking after I made my attraction post that I should probably have added Iggy under the sexual category because I am highly sexually attracted to her. So that might be an addition.

Tomorrow is my birthday (The song 22 no longer applies :P). I haven't decided if I'm going to go out but my mom made dressing today and I was like whaaat? She was like I wanted you to have a good meal and hey I'm not complaining.

Until next time my dears or after 12 when I make my usual birthday post.
Lady DT
04 August 2013 @ 08:43 am
Hey you guys.

I forgot to write about this a few days ago, but I subscribed to the online companion to the Writer's Market book. You know that thick ass book with a list of publishers? Yeah that one. I had an old one, but it wasn't divided into genres, but the online portion can be sorted like that. I've found a few prospective publishers and I'm saving them to my folder. Possibly an agent too if I can ever finish everything.

I was on the College Confidential website and I saw someone asking if SSI counted towards the EFC and it turns out that those benefits don't and both my mother and I receive disability, so what does this mean? Will it mean that on my app, I technically won't have any income? How is this going to work?

I started reading the Feminist Activism book haha. I like it so far. I can't just choose one book to read, I want to read them all!
Lady DT
26 July 2013 @ 01:35 pm
Do you guys remember that post where I asked about me writing non black people?

I can't remember how long ago that was, maybe last year. But since that time, I've become more aware of my race and African Americans accomplishments in various fields.

In the past few days I've been looking for black women writers, artists, and other stuff like that. I want to know more about black womanhood from various points of view. I want to know more about our history.

So I wanted to write about that. I'm saying I'm not going to write about various people but I want to focus on my people too.

And I've been thinking about volunteering. There's a Junior Women's League here in Shreveport that looks perfect for me but you have to be 24 to join...I turn 23 this year haha. But I'm going to keep it in mind.
Lady DT
25 July 2013 @ 07:29 am
I know duotrope is probably the best bet but I don't get my check until a week from now, so I've been going for alternatives. These markets focus on short fiction as that's what I'm best at right now. So here are some links for you.

Poets and Writers Market for Literary Magazines

Everyday Fiction's List

Absolute Write's List

That's it for the moment, but I'm still looking.
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Lady DT
10 July 2013 @ 08:28 pm
Hey you guys. I was just looking up sex workers in Medieval Europe (Related to my writing) and I came across this interesting article here.
Lady DT
03 July 2013 @ 12:16 pm
I wrote about this on my writing blog, but I was just looking at an article on racism on the wiki that really hits a nerve for me on this whole issue.

Okay so in fantasy vampire, fairies, elves and whatever else are called races.

Like I have problem with that. To me it seems to be othering races as 'not human' you know what I mean? I just don't like it, I find it distasteful. I don't know if any of this makes sense, but yeah I wanted to record my thoughts on that.