I don't know about you but I'm still riding my Obama high. This morning my four-year old explained to me why it was important to dry his hands after washing them. In response I told him he was very smart. "That's right, mommy," he said with a very solemn face. "I'm smart like Obama." Don't you just love this man's influence! It's everywhere. If you've lost your Obama high, try listening to Will.i.am's new song,It's A New Day and I guarantee you'll be feeling Obamalicious once again. Don't let the feeling go.
I'm using Obama's amazing journey to become the 44th president of the United States to inspire me to make my dreams come true. No more excuses. One of those dreams is to become a successful novelist. I actually sold my first YA novel to HarperCollins in 2006 but am only now getting a chance to revise it. I've been a bit lax. But now with my Obama fever, I'm forcing myself to get it done by the end of November. That is November 28th to be specific.
The story is about Syrinthia James, a 15-year old girl with a White mother and a Black father. She's grown up however, without ever knowing her father's side of the family. Thanks to circumstances beyond her control, she's being "exiled" to Brooklyn for the summer to live with her father's brother and his family so she can "discover her roots." As it turns out, her uncle's family includes a colorful cast of characters including her Japanese aunt, her little cousin Miko, and an older cousin with a troubled past who helps Syrinthia learn to love her whole self. There's more to it than that, but I don't want to give away all the good stuff.
I'm going public with this book on my, website and charting my progress so if I give up or slack off, I will face public humiliation. Feel free to drop me a line and tell me to stop playing on Facebook and get back to work!
And finally, anyone living in the Philadelphia area should feel free to come to the Painted Bride Arts Center this Friday night, November 14 at 5:30 to hear me tell my Kinky Gazpacho story as part of the First Person Arts Festival. I promise to put on an exciting performance and it's free so what do you have to loose?