Thursday, July 21, 2011


As of today, this site will no longer be updated. I am moving to Why the move? Well, it's mostly because I want to reclaim my full name. I like it and it's the name on my books, so sounds like a good thing to do. Another reason? I had issues with hosting and Wordpress and the provider I was with never seemed able to correct the issue, so I had moved this site to Blogger, which kinda limits templates and functionality for me. Was ready to get back to WP.

With all that said, come check out the new site. I plan to blog more in the future--been slacking in that area lately, so be on the lookout, thanks!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Page of New Story

Yes. Yes. And Yes.

It has been a long, long time.

Needless to say, I haven't been writing--not creatively anyway.

Most of my writing has been academic as I have been writing (and revising and revising and rewriting) proposals and gearing up to take my qualifying exams at the end of August.

Once I finished edits on Into the Web, the second story in the Double Inkwell series back in January, I've been in academic mode.

But in the back of my mind, I'd been thinking about the new story. The main character has been talking to me, and slowly, I had been making my way to the first page of the story.

Last night, I wrote it, and here it is.

For now, I'll just give the title: INSIDE. More to come as I write more. Hope to do more writing soon as I'd like to have this book done by end of the year and be moving on to the third book in the Double Inkwell series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LOOSE a poem on being set free


When you do,
What you do,
Where you do,
Why you do,
How you do,
I become loose.

Get your mind out the gutter,
for I'm talking about one
who is like no other,
my Lord, my Savior, my Father.

He took me, a
bad past-reflecting
woman, and He
shook me loose and free
like crisp white sheets
on the line being whipped
by a stiff, spring breeze.

At first, I stood,
defiant, reluctant to
let Him in, but when
He wants in, it's not up
to you whether the door
opens or not.

"Do you want to be loose?"
He asked me, but I stood
there, still, with
unmoving lips,
hand upon hip
though my mind screamed,
“Rescue me from the life
I've created for myself.”

And He did.

Piece by piece,
Peace by peace,
He did.

He touched my eyes and said,
"See with all your heart and soul,"
and before me was a straight path
full of golden-lit goals.

He touched my nose and said,
"Take in your new life," and instead
of the decay of inner city, I
breathed light and air with no strife.

He touched my ears and said,
"Listen with all your heart and soul,"
and I could hear words of encouragement
and love in a soft, sweet echo.

He touched my mind and said,
"Remember not your past so that you
can feel guilt, but remember so that a
better life in the future can be built."

He touched my hands and said,
"When in doubt, lift them high,"
and fingertips reached heavenward
because on only Him could I rely.

He touched my mouth and said,
"Let your praises be heard," and
beautiful music lifted from some
place inside my soul that stirred.

He touched my feet and said,
"Let them move for me," and my
hip dipped, my hair swayed, and my
feet danced as if set free.

It wasn't easy,
the loosening.
Nothing good in life
ever comes easily,
but it came,
the loosening,
slowly, but surely,
it came, and He
took me,
piece by piece,
peace by peace,
and released
all burden from me,
leaving me
and free
to dance.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shonell Bacon: The Editor

Learn more about my editorial services at CLG Entertainment. I'm affordable, pretty fast, love to teach through editing, and my clients don't think I'm half-bad either. Some of their testimonials are at the site, too!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Latest Daily Tablet Piece: A Look into Writers Boot Camp, Part Two

Do you know what the Daily Tablet [link] is?

Daily Tablet is a brand-spanking new site, and its goal is to deliver the latest, greatest, hottest and coolest writer-friendly stuff directly to your inbox each weekday.

I recently joined DT as a DT Expert, someone to help inspire writers to...well, WRITE!

Last month, I offered a sneak peek into my Writers Boot Camp, and this month, I continue that "peek" with a look at the second assignment I give clients who pursue WBC with me.

Come check out "A Look into Writers Boot Camp, Part Two: Plot" and let me know your thoughts! Also, make sure you subscribe to Daily Tablet so that you can get daily writing news in your inbox!

Here's the [link]!

I Talk about "Fellowship at Hardee's" and Oil and Water Anthology

As most know, my short story "Fellowship at Hardee's" is part of the anthology Oil and Water and Other Things That Don't Mix.

All proceeds from the anthology go to directly benefit MOBILE BAYKEEPER and BAY AREA FOOD BANK, two charities helping to combat the effects of the spill and help the communities affected.

Over at the Oil and Water blog, I talk about how the idea of "Fellowship at Hardee's" came to me and why I decided to submit it for possible publication in the anthology.

Check it out [now]!

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Thinking Structurally" ~ Part 3 of 5-Part Book to Screen Series

In the first two parts of the five-part series, Book to Screen, I offered advice on books and software to help you on the scriptwriting journey, and then I talked about seeing your book as a visual story.

In this next part, I talk about "Thinking Structurally"--and by this I mean looking at your book, once you have parsed out what could be redeveloped for the script, and thinking about it in terms of movie structure. In this part, I talk about the three-act structure (not as a hard rule but to give guidance in structuring your "movie" story), components that are vital to any good story, and a mention on non-linear and linear storytelling.

Big thank you to those who have e-mailed about the series, have learned from it thus far, and are actually interested in now turning their books into possible screenplays!

Now, let's move forward in this journey! To read my latest The Write Life for You article in the Book to Screen series, head to APOOO Bookclub via this [link].

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