I owned The Nickel Boys for months before I dared read it, because I was afraid that it would be too heavy to engage with in the middle of an already challenging semester. I thought it would rip me apart and break my heart with all its potential horror. After reading it finally over break,… Continue reading My Thoughts: The Nickel Boys
Edem had breached her agreement. She was now suffering the consequences, paying her penalties through nausea, sweat and convulsions. She had already spent several hours going back and forth between her bed and her trash can, dry-heaving over the latter for minutes at a time. She felt like she was going to die. Whatever was… Continue reading Afordzi (A Short Story)
Yes, I finished the series! Now I can end the year in peace! (Update: individual OTC stories are no longer available, but you can download them all in a single PDF collection on my OTC site.) Snippet below: Kuukua and the Killjoy Kente Charlotte was on the ceiling of Mr. Dotse’s office. I didn’t understand how… Continue reading Kuukua and the Killjoy Kente
A novelette is just a really long, short story. And this particular one is romantic African science fiction. Here's the PDF: If I Could Kill My Feelings. I hope you enjoy it. But if you don't, that's okay too. We can still be friends. 🙂 And yes, the title of this story has an optional ellipsis… Continue reading If I Could Kill My Feelings… (A Novelette)
Hello there! I have GREAT NEWS. My friends have published a book! A real, actual, physical book, can you believe it? I'm so proud of Rodney Assan and Fui Can-Tamakloe! Made in Ghana is an anthology of short stories of Ghana, by Ghanaians, for Ghanaians - and whomever else. Oh... and did I mention I wrote… Continue reading It’s Made in Ghana, and It’s Lit!
As I stand on the edge of this precipice, I know I am in no danger – yet, every cell of my body is telling me that I am about to die. My mind is still not strong enough to tell my body to be quiet. I, of all people, should not have this problem,… Continue reading Dive (flash fiction)
Hi! For those who don't know, I recently decided to become a spider. (For more information, read my About page.) And accompanying my recent metamorphosis is the launching of a new fictional character, Kuukua, who gets her own fiction series, On the Ceiling. And now I have a "pilot episode," a story called Kuukua and the Magical… Continue reading My Newest Fiction Will Be On The Ceiling
Yo. So. The last story I wrote was Institutionalized Addicts, back in March 2016. That's right; it's been almost a whole YEAR. But, as I've declared 2017 my writing-intensive year, we should be seeing more short stories, hopefully. If you've read any of my short stories before, please clear all expectations of what you expect this one… Continue reading About My Not-Quite-Ex (A LONG short story)
Even though it doesn’t feel like it for me, I can see quantitatively that I’ve read a lot in 2016. There have been years of more intense reading, I’ve felt. But despite all the books I’ve read, there have only been a few that really energized me, made me think “Yes, this is what I’ve… Continue reading Onyesonwu made me very happy!
When I read this post after writing it, I was amazed at how much it sounded like a classroom lesson. Writers do this thing where they tend to become lecturers. This isn’t my intention, ambition, aspiration, whatever. I’d be terrified if I knew teaching was in my future! Why is this happening to me?! Also,… Continue reading We Should Quote Characters